The Master of Kundalini Yoga
Yogi Bhajan is often called the “Master of Kundalini Yoga,” a title that was given to him at the age of 16 by his teacher, Sant Hazara Singh.
The title of “Master” is often used to describe someone who has expertise in a particular area or subject, such as a “master gardener,” a “master chess player,” or a “master criminal.”
Courses of instructions now abound that promise you can become a “master chef,” a “master gong player,” and even a “master of media manipulation,” and usually in only a short amount of time for a very attractive price.
Yet there is only one way to become a Master and Yogi Bhajan said it very well.
If you want to learn something, read about it.
If you want to understand something, write about it.
If you want to master something, teach it.
Mastery only comes to those who can effectively share with others what they have learned and understood. Until then, you remain a student.
One of the many things that I have learned and loved about Kundalini Yoga is that it is a yoga that can quickly turn students into teachers. So often teachers, and including yoga teachers, measure their success and standing by how many students they have.
Unlike many yoga teachers who came to the West in the late 20th century, Yogi Bhajan was very clear what the true mission was. “I did not come here to gather disciples. I came here to create teachers.”
He knew that real mastery does not come from following a teacher but in becoming a teacher. And mastery is not about mastering a particular subject, like yoga, but in mastering yourself.
To become a Master, you must first master yourself, so you can become a Teacher.
Self-mastery depends upon one thing: your ability to commit to yourself and to a discipline, “Don’t become a disciple,” he said. “Become a living discipline.”
Commitment is the first step to mastery. Yet it is not commitment to learning or to accomplishing a particular desired goal. It is a statement to the universe.
“Commitment is knowledge within itself. You don’t commit to get the knowledge,” Yogi Bhajan once said.
“When you commit, knowledge comes to you. If you can commit and hold on to it, there is nothing more you have to learn. When you commit, things will happen which will shift in you, change you, stop you, tempt you to disobey, revolt. Such opportunities will come to you. Even if you forget the truth that is the basis of you, if you continue to be committed, that’s all it takes. Commitment does not ‘begin’ anything. Commitment is the end in itself.”
The most important aspect of the Kundalini Yoga training courses I have taught for over 20 years is that students who come to learn about this yoga realize that it is not about learning, but a commitment to doing, to sharing and teaching this yoga.
Do you want to master Kundalini Yoga? Teach it.
Here is a short 3 to 9 minute practice to get you on your journey to commitment. We give it as the first assignment on our teacher training programs for homework. Commit to it for six weeks and see how your life will change!
MORNING WAKE UP SERIES
1. Stretch Pose (1 min to 3 min)
Lie on the back with the arms at your sides. Raise the head and the legs six inches, and the hands six inches with the palms facing each other slightly over the hips to build energy across the Navel Point. Point the toes, keep your eyes focused on the tips of the toes and do Breath of Fire.
2. Nose to Knees (1 min to 3 min)
Bring the knees to the chest, with the arms wrapped around the knees. Tuck the nose between the knees, and begin Breath of Fire.
3. Ego Eradicator (1 min to 3 min)
Sit in Celibate Pose or Easy Pose. Raise the arms to a 60 degree angle. Curl the fingertips onto the pads at the base of the fingers. Plug the thumbs into the sky. With eyes closed, concentrate at the third eye point, and do Breath of Fire. To End, inhale, touch the thumb tips together overhead. Exhale and apply mulbandh. Inhale and relax.
Make a commitment to yourself and the future. Join us in one of these upcoming Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training programs for 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
“A teacher is a person who has a place in the heart of the student, not the head.” – Yogi Bhajan, master teacher of Kundalini Yoga