I tried Kundalini yoga for the first time in Bali more that a year ago and initially I was caught by the beautiful music and mantra chanting. So when a weeklong workshop with a good Kundalini teacher popped up here in Dharamsala I jumped on that train.
Over the years there are a tremendous amount of yoga styles that has emerged from the traditional Hatha yoga. The name Kundalini refer to a primal energy in the body and with its release the tradition say that you can reach a higher and more enlightened state. The practice of Kundalini yoga was an ancient tradition in India but the knowledge started to spread in the West in the beginning of the 20th Century. For example, the psychologist Carl Jung held a seminar on Kundalini related to stages of higher consciousness in 1932. A bit later, in 1969 Yogi Bhajan, a yogi from a Sikh family in Punjab, started to actively teach Kundalini in in the West by setting up a center in the United States (it is this Sikh influence that makes a lot of Kundalini followers to wear a turban and white clothing). More hands on, Kundalini yoga is a mix of spiritual and physical practice including movement, dynamic breathing techniques, meditation, and the chanting of mantras.
When magic happens
The workshop I signed up for was for women only and included a combination of Kundalini yoga and dance. What a wonderful concept that turned out to be! And what beautiful magic that was created over the week. Both the Kundalini practice and dance stirred up a lot of different emotions, thought and belief patterns. With the guidance of two amazing women, a lot of things was shared and dealt with in the safe bubble that we created within the group. This was definitely one of the bigger experiences I have had regarding personal insight and development. It was a far larger experience than expected and I believe we all left with a feeling of being a bit stronger and having gotten new friends for life. How fortunate I am to have been a part in this…
“A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself.”