The Lineage, The Golden Chain
Kundalini Yoga comes to us from a lineage of Masters and Teachers, and it is the energies of these spiritual beings that we tune into at the beginning of each practice.
We have Yogi Bhajan to thank for bringing the thousands-year old practice to North America in a time when he knew we'd need it the most. He began his training at the age of eight, and was declared a Master by his teacher at the age of 16 and a half years old. In 1968, he came here from India to openly share and teach what was once a practice reserved only for the royal and elite.
Yogi Bhajan's declaration was that everyone deserved to be "healthy, happy, and holy." He wished not to assemble students, but to elevate teachers. You can read more about his life and accomplishments here.
Tera Sundri trains personally with Sat Dharam Kaur and Har-Prakash Singh. Sat Dharam began training with Yogi Bhajan in 1976. Yogi Bhajan called her a "teacher of teacher and healer of healers." All Kundalini Yoga delivered to you from Roots for Wings Healing comes from this yogic tradition.
What's With the Turban?
In the Kundalini Yoga tradition, practitioners typically wear white clothing and white head-covers. You may have even seen some choosing to wear turbans. Yogi Bhajan taught that wearing white expands the aura- which you can think of as being the magnetic field of the body. When we expand our aura, we not only strengthen our projection into the world, we also help to ward off what is not desired as well. Covering the crown of the head is said to enhance concentration and protect from taking in another's energy.
Most teachers in Kundalini Yoga wear the white and head cover as a uniform of sorts. As a student, you aren't required to wear either, but you are encouraged if you feel called to!
About Kundalini Yoga
Kundalini Yoga is a powerful and fast-acting technology that meets you where you are at. It is a refuge from the barrage of the stimulus of our ever-moving pace of life, and the relentless waves of the mind.
Kundalini Yoga tunes the glandular system, strengthens the nervous system, and builds physical and mental stamina. The capacity of the lungs are harnessed in such a way that life-force (prana) is increased and circulated. The physical body is strengthened so that the stresses of life are more manageable.
The body learns to work in harmony, and as thus, all that is physical begins to naturally direct itself to follow the lead of the subtle Spirit. As this shift occurs, an awareness of being more than our daily lives, more than our physical circumstances, and more than just simply a singular, insular being happens as well.
Intuition sharpens. A sense of interconnection with all is felt. Lifelong patterns and thought-processes surface for compassionate acknowledgement and healing.
The long and short of it is, Kundalini Yoga is an invitation and a way of coming home.
What is Kundalini, anyhow?...
Kundalini is the energy of awareness. It is the energy of the Soul, the true Self. This energy is not something which is created through practice, but rather is awakened and, with breath, concentration, intention, dynamic movement, mudra (hand gestures), and/or mantra, can be guided up through the chakras so that one might experience a merging of the Soul with the Infinite.
Kundalini Yoga, and the experience of Kundalini is not a religion or cult. You are welcome to participate, bringing with you whatever beliefs, practices, and traditions sit well with you. You are not required to convert to Sikhism or adopt any views that do not resonate. Rather, the awakening of Kundalini and participation in class is meant to strengthen and clarify whatever connection you have to Source/Universe/Goddess/The God of Your Own Understanding. You are given the tools to be empowered to look within, finding the Divine energy that has always been the fuel of your soul.
In a Kundalini Yoga class, expect the unexpected. Some aspects of it may be familiar to you from other schools of yoga, while others will seem foreign or unusual. With each facet of a class, you will be presented with the opportunity to surrender and "see what happens," or fight it with resistance and judgement. Please know that you are encouraged and supported to listen to your body and its particular needs. However, if you do your best to surrender to the process, to expand beyond your own mental limitations, you will find a clarity within yourself that you never knew was possible.
Ready to try the "Yoga of Awareness" and come back to your Infinite self?