Kundalini Yoga: An Adventure in Consciousness
When I first began practicing yoga in 1967, I found a book called Be Young with Yoga. Since I was only 17 at the time, I was actually more intrigued by the book’s pictures of women in leotards than with staying young.
But I did start to imitate the weird body postures in my bedroom, even completing a headstand which caused my parents much concern with my infatuation for “yogurt,” since the word yoga was not in their vocabulary.
Later, I would actually eat yogurt and even do “real” yoga with teachers. And that is where my journey with Kundalini Yoga began five years later in an ashram in Houston, Texas.
Like most people at that time, I still had misconceptions about what yoga was about. It was still headstands and all the cool postures you could perhaps twist your body into for me.
But when I got into Kundalini Yoga, I saw beyond women wearing leotards as my teachers showed up in class wearing turbans.
Within a few months, I had heard about this real yogi called Yogi Bhajan. I was skeptical about following another one of the many Eastern gurus who had recently appeared on the scene.
And then someone in the ashram turned me on to one of Yogi Bhajan’s early lectures, and I knew that this is what I had been searching for since the age of seventeen.
Here is part of that lecture that Yogi Bhajan gave when he explained what yoga really was, back in the days when many people still thought it was either a fermented food or kooky religion.
Although he said these words fifty years ago, I still learn something new about yoga every time I read them. Maybe you will too.
Many do not understand the concept of yoga. Some think it is a religion. Some think it is physical exercise for health and some think it is a psychological system. All this is based on a misunderstanding of yoga. Yoga is simply a relationship.
The word yoga comes from the biblical word, yoke which in turn originated from the root word in Sanskrit jugit. Both mean joining together or to unite. Yoga is the union of an individual consciousness with infinite consciousness. A yogi is a person who leans completely on the Supreme Consciousness, God, until they have merged their individual self with the Infinite Self. This is all.
Yoga is a technology that expands one’s awareness. It begins with the reality that every human mind has both Infinite and Creative potential. However, this unlimited potential can be limited according to one’s level of awareness.
Awareness varies and gives one a variety of choices. To break the unconscious limits, one needs a technology. That technology must expand the caliber and capacity of the mind to establish equilibrium to control the physical structure and experience the Infinite Self.
The techniques of Kundalini Yoga create an owner’s manual for Human Consciousness. It explores your dimensions, depth, nature, and potential as a human.
This is all that yoga means.
- From the Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training textbook, The Aquarian Teacher
Want to learn more? Take one of these four Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training courses I will be teaching in 2020.
AUSTIN, TEXAS: Begins January 11, 2020
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA: Begins January 17, 2020
FORT WORTH, TEXAS: Begins January 24, 2020
OJAI, CALIFORNIA: Begins March 6, 2020