Just as all rivers end up in the ocean, all yoga ends up raising the kundalini.
What is the kundalini? It is the creative potential of the human being.
Yogi Bhajan, PhD. Master of Kundalini Yoga
Why practice Kundalini Yoga ?
It is within the fast pace of what life can become
and the stresses that can wear upon each one of us,
that we are reminded to integrate practices into our lives
to help us find calm amidst the chaos
and stillness amongst the noise.
It is within this stillness that we can find strength during the changing seasons of our lives,
we can call on courage to walk with us to a new destination and we can be at peace with all the outcomes
that may manifest around us along the journey of life.
What is Yoga ?
What is Kundalini Yoga ?
The word yoga originates from the Sanskrit word, jugit, meaning to join together. In the west, we know this word as yoke.
Yoga, originating in ancient lands in and around India and Pakistan of today, is defined as the union of the individual consciousness with the Infinite. It is a method, any one of many around the world from different cultures, which brings awareness to one’s unique presence in the universe and to the transcendence of the ego-self.
Yoga helps to train our minds to begin to awaken us to our unlimited Infinite potential, referred to as kundalini. The word kundalini means, “the curl in the lock of the hair of the beloved.”
Yoga philosophy teaches that when we uncoil our essential self, our creative potential, our kundalini, we are awakening to the energy of the underlying reality of every human mind, that it is both infinite and creative in potential.
Kundalini Yoga or any other kind of yoga is not a religion. When we apply the technology of Kundalini Yoga to our bodies and minds, it has the effect of uplifting the spirit. It is for everyone. It is universal and nondenominational.
The Aquarian Teacher, Level 1, Yogi Bhajan
Referred to as a diamond with many facets, Kundalini Yoga is a Raj (King) Yoga combining all the traditional eight limbs of yoga identified in Patanjali’s Sutras, into a systematized technology that gives one an experience of their Infinite self or soul.
It is a dynamic tool designed to harness the mental, physical and nervous energies of the body and put them under the domain of the will which is the instrument of the soul.
The technology of Kundalini Yoga precisely and consciously combines breath, mudra (hand positions), eye-focus, sound (mantra) , body locks, postures, concentration and meditation to balance and strengthen the glandular and nervous system, expand lung capacity and purify the blood. Its practice brings balance to the body, mind, and soul.
The science of Kundalini Yoga changes and strengthens one's radiance to give one an expanded life and greater capacity to focus. When the mind is calmed, intuition will be strengthened and it becomes easier to realize potential, unfold in one's natural nature and fulfill one's personal destiny.
The practice of Kundalini Yoga also helps one's ability to develop and master awareness of the three functional aspects of mind that yoga philosophy teaches, the negative or protective mind, the positive or expansive mind and the neutral or meditative mind which has the capacity to observe actions of both minds and can judge and assess without attachment in relation to ones own purpose and reality. (Read FAQ's for more benefits)
Kundalini Yoga rapidly makes you what you already are, and brings you to the practical experience of Infinity.
Yoga Bhajan, PhD, Master of Kundalini Yoga
Frequently Asked Questions
For more information on benefits and the practice of Kundalini Yoga, as well as some history about Yoga Bhajan, the Kundalini Yoga Master from India, who introduced it to the West, I welcome you to read the FAQ's and links I have prepared for you.
The Practice of Kundalini Yoga
The focus of Kundalini Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, is on one’s personal experience and awareness through its practice.
Regarded as a yoga for householders, its practice provides tools for people to cope with the daily challenges and stresses of life whether it be holding jobs, raising families or managing businesses. It is a yoga for everyone who wants the skills to cope successfully with the challenges of our times. Incorporating its practices into one's day to day life, even once a week, can help to build healthier, happier, more balanced and enriched lives.
One of the more formalized practices of yoga today, Kundalini Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, utilizes the practice of kriya, an orchestrated pattern of movements, sound (chant), pranayam (breath), hand mudras, body locks, concentration and meditation that automatically guides the energies of the body and the mind to a specific result defined by the focus of the kriya(s) practiced within the class.
These kriyas - that have been created, their syntaxes tested and then passed on through the lineage of Kundalini Yoga Masters - provide steady, predictable progress which leverages basic functions of the body and the mind to create ongoing, sustainable, personal growth and healing.
In this tradition, meditation is not considered separate from asana (posture or pose) and yoga; it is integral to the practice. The exercises in the kriya bring the body and the mind to a state where deep meditation can be easily achieved.
The physical body is the basic temple in which you can deposit the treasure of happiness in your life.
My eye on the mark, Archer's Pose, focusing on one of the peaks at Whistler Resort, BC, Wanderlust Yoga Festival, 2015
Let's Experience A Class
Well enough with all the serious stuff of explaining information! My experience has been that Kundalini Yoga really does need to be experienced. When I am asked about my own practice and the benefits I have gained to date, they are truly innumerable and subtle at the same time, but yet there is one statement I can make that sums it all up beautifully for me. "It is a fantastic, all encompassing practice to grow old with." (I might add that everyone is getting older every day!)
As has been so respectfully and wisely said by other Kundalini Yoga teachers, "Kundalini Yoga is great for everyone, but it is not for everyone." One of the underlying aspects that make each one of us as human beings so magnificent, is that we all unique and within that, we each have unique paths of development, growth and transformation. The most important part being though, to allow yourself new experiences so you can find that which harmonizes you with the expansion of your Infinite, Unlimited Self.
Come, try a class and give yourself an experience! Sincerely Yours, Wendy
In any class, anywhere in the world, you can expect it to include six major components with a typical class
being 60 - 90 minutes.
Tuning-in with the Adi Mantra
Pranayam (breath techniques) or warm-up (5 - 10 min.)
Kriya (30 - 45 min.) Kriyas, as given by Master, Yogi Bhajan are complete sets of exercises and postures that will have specific focuses. They can be short sequences performed with Natural or Long Deep Breath or may involve vigorous, even strenuous exercises with strong breath techniques such as Breath of Fire, which challenge and strengthen the nervous and endocrine systems, testing the will of the practitioner beyond the limitations of their ego. Examples of names of kriyas and their focuses are: For the Glands, the Circulation, and the Meditative Mind, Flexiblity and the Spine, Healthy Bowel System, Strengthening the Aura, Pituitary Gland Series, Kriya to Withstand the Pressure of Time or Kriya for Conquering Sleep, Become Strong as Steel, Forgiveness and Healing, Communicating Our Truth or To Relieve Inner Anger.
Relaxation (5 - 15 min.)
Meditation (11 - 31 min.)
Close with the blessing song, “May the Long Time Sun Shine Upon You”
Ways I Can Work With You As Your Teacher
If you live locally and you don't mind my broken French, you can attend a small group class or book a private session in my home studio at Saint-Pacôme, QC. Français information locale.
Check out my current Calendar for ongoing classes or new sessions starting.
If you would like to experience Kundalini Yoga with me while visiting the beautiful region of the Bas St. Laurent, (St. Lawrence) where I live, we can arrange for you to stay at bed and breakfast near by. In between your sight seeing trips, we can set up private yoga sessions together.
And then there is Skype or a private Youtube channel. Technology makes a lot possible these days!
If you are a looking to create programming for a retreat, wellness center, convention or event for attending participants, I can help design a specific Kundalini Yoga program or class that suits your desired focus.
As a business or organization looking to create health/wellness or stress management practices for employees, I can work with you to develop ideas, strategies and also teach short term on-site Kundalini Yoga classes.
You Can Start Kundalini Yoga Where You Are Today
I would also like to add here, that to begin the practice of Kundalini Yoga you can start where you are today. In Kundalini Yoga we do what we can, within our limitations, previous physical injuries, general health and flexibility. If your doctor has given you a go ahead to exercise your body than we will be good to go. In all practices of yoga it is a very important to always listen to your body and not push yourself at any time to bring about physical harm.
I hope to hear or see from you soon. Don't hesitate to Contact Me with any questions you might have.
Consultations are always FREE!