Purest Potential Kundalini Yoga


 

WHAT IS KUNDALINI?

Kundalini Yoga is a technology thousands of years old that enables each person to tap into his or her own potential to grow, to learn and to develop the inner strength to face life’s challenges. The primary intention of Kundalini Yoga is to awaken the full potential of human awareness in each individual; that is, recognize our awareness, refine that awareness, and expand that awareness to our unlimited Self. Clear any inner duality, create the power to deeply listen, cultivate inner stillness, and prosper and deliver excellence in all that we do to manifest our Purest Potential.
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Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is a sacred technology for happiness. When practicing, your inner power is awakened to unite with the Universal life force. This awakened state gives you the capacity to expand your perspective and experience each day with increasing inspiration and joy.

This sacred yogic discipline promotes physical health, stimulates the potential of the mind, and touches one’s innermost being. Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, is recognized as one of the major systems of yoga instruction.

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Practice to Neutralize Constraints,
Breathe and Awaken to Possibilities,
Meditate to Manifest Consistent Expansion,
in Conscious Community

CLASS STRUCTURE

1. Opening Mantra: ADI MANTRA
2. Theme / Topic
3. Warm-Up Exercises
4. Main Kriya
5. Meditation Deep Relaxation / Gong Bath
6. Closing Song / Long Sat Nam / Blessings
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THE ADI MANTRA:

ONG NAMO GURU DEV NAMO
This mantra calls upon the Creator, the Divine Teacher inside every human being. It establishes a strong and clear connection so that we can receive the highest guidance, energy and inspiration. Always chant it at least three times before beginning any session of Kundalini Yoga.

SAT NAM
SAT: Truth NAM: Name (Identity)
“Truth is your identity”
SAT NAM (rhymes with “but mom”) Use it as a greeting, anytime, anywhere, anyplace.

SOME GUIDELINES FOR POSTURES
  1. Use a sheepskin or a mat for support. A sheepskin or other natural fiber such as wool, cotton or silk provides an electro-magnetic insulation from the ground.
  2. Wear comfortable clothes made of natural fibers such as sweats.
  3. If you must eat before class only eat something light like a piece of fruit and avoid eating anything heavy two hours before class.
  4. Take your socks off. Our feet have approximately 72,000 nerve endings in them. When we allow our feet to breathe we allow our nervous system the chance to connect with the energy surrounding us.
  5. While pregnant or menstruating ask your teacher for a variation when the asana stimulates the navel center or calls for an inverted pose
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BREATH OF FIRE**
Breath of Fire is a rapid, rhythmic, bellow type of breathing method. This breath is used consistently throughout Kundalini Yoga Kriyas. In Breath of Fire, the focus of energy is at the navel point. The breath is fairly rapid, 2 to 3 breaths per second, continuous and powerful with no pause between the inhale and exhale.

INHALE – As you inhale, the air is pulled in by pushing the navel point forward to bring the air into the lungs.
EXHALE – As you exhale, the air is pushed out by pulling in the navel point and abdomen towards the spine. In this motion, the chest area is moderately relaxed.
**While pregnant or menstruating, substitute Long Deep Breathing for Breath of Fire

THE SUNSHINE SONG – 3HO MANTRA
Throughout the world, 3HO classes in Kundalini Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga, use this “Sunshine Song” (Incredible String Band) to close each class. It is a positive affirmation bringing blessings to all.

May the long time sun shine upon you
All love surround you
And the pure light within you Guide your way on
May the long time sun shine upon you All love surround you And the pure light within you
Guide your way on
Guide your way on Guide your way on
Sat Nam
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Early morning sadhana practice

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Where Purest Potential becomes living Reality

Wednesday Sadhana: 5:30 to 7:30am
Aquarian Sadhana 

Sunday Sadhana: 5 to 7:30am
The theme for the Sunday Sadhana practice varies:
1st Sunday of the month:  Prosperity
2nd Sunday of the month: 10 Body Sadhana
3rd Sunday of the month: Miracle Mantra
4th Sunday of the month:  Aquarian Sadhana

Bring water, yoga mat and blanket
You can come at any time during this morning practice, there is no such thing as coming late to sadhana. Come to enjoy the song of your soul during these early morning hours and set your frequency for the day.

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Transformation Overview:

Understanding & Applying yourself to Level 2 Teacher Training

Level 2 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training is a conscious investment in a proactive, self-initiated transition into an identity upgrade - towards self-realization and liberation from the karmic cycle of death and rebirth.

It is a personal transformation of you as a being – understanding and accepting yourself, and being more you. If you can keep a journal of self-reflection, it will give you more clarity as a mirror of your process.

It is a professional transformation of your relationship to yourself and your identity as a teacher, to be more conscious, responsible and responsive. It is a transformation of your relationship to the teachings, the Golden Chain, your soul and to the students and community that you serve and teach in; deepening your commitment.

It is an opportunity to go much deeper into understanding the teachings and the inner working of kriyas, meditations and Yogic life-style and philosophy in general.

I am/Personal
You are in a process in Level 2, and the personal gets deeper (individuation and crystallization of the I am) while the impersonal (Thou) gets vaster. During the modules you will be shifting between personal insights and experiences and a higher impersonal understanding of the teachings. To grow, you stand on a two-way bridge between the personal and the impersonal.

Changing your story/Narrative
            Changing your angle; your minds view; upgrading your values.
            Changing your picture (your windshield) so you can see the big picture.
Like everyone you have your own story (live in your own movie). It is your own construct based on your perception and interpretation of experiences and apparent facts. Your story then becomes your patterns and the window through which all your future encounters, events, experiences, etc. will be filtered. Your past story has a big influence on your future story. Your story is not reality, and therefore it can be deconstructed and changed; rewritten. If you want your life to be experienced differently, then one of the biggest things you need to do is change your story, both past, present and future. Do not be of the illusion you can live without story. The trick is tell, and live, your story in such a way that it will eventually serve your liberation from stories.

Story Defines Identity
            We are actors in each other's movies; consciously and by agreement or otherwise.
            When we change the story, then we are also changing our sense of identity.
Hence the Teacher's oath, the definition of a Yogi, and countless other affirmations and mantras. Experience is our teacher, but do we understand what our experience is teaching us? Redefining your identity gives space for new understanding of your experience. The teachings are to guide you to your inner teacher.

It is a Teacher Training: Aquarian age is the age of the teacher
            Ask yourself often - ''What does all this mean for me as a Teacher of KY as taught by YB?''
            What is it about the changing times that make these teachings relevant?

Confronting and dealing with a Major Inner Conflict/Obstacle
All through the Level 2 trainings there will be indications, or mention, of a non-real entity that hides in the shadows of your psyche and which is the cause of much sabotage in your life. It is sometimes known as the stress monster, hidden self, pain body, karmic baby, or reactive personality. It is a constructed identity made from the sum total of un-cleared, inner, reactive patterns. It comes as part of the package of incarnation in the body. Therefore it has its home in your cellular and organic bodily existence, which is also the domain of the subconscious and the negative mind.

By entering Level 2 training you are committing to retrieve the treasures this hidden self of yours may guard, as well as pulling it out of you, or at least put it to sleep for the rest of your life, so it does not bother you or migrate with you into a new incarnation.

From Karma to Dharma
Throughout the Level 2 modules there will be a sense of moving out of historical and karmic patterns that you are enslaved by and into a life of dharma and self-discipline that serves your soul towards the highest consciousness. In other words, Level 2 helps you to cultivate soul-promoting habits in place of soul-demoting habits. This is also part of changing your story (mentioned above). Here is a chart that expresses this transition:

                        FROM                                     TO

                        Tragedy                                   Triumph
                        Victim                                      Volunteer
                        Past - program                         Future – intuitive
                        Blame/shame (complain)          Responsibility                        
                        Personal claim                         Praise of the Divine (Gratitude)
                        Reactive                                   Responsive
                        Emotion                                   Devotion
                        Earthly contract                       sacred/heavenly contract
                        Finite games                            The infinite game
                        Pair                                          Prem

Moving from habits that we serve to habits that serve us
In addition to right understanding, applied intelligence and informed intuition, you will work with and through the language of the physical body in which you have incarnated and its dis/harmony with the earth and its natural laws. The language of the body is simple and the balance depends on:

Avoiding: Too much, too little or the wrong kind of:

Sleep/rest; hygiene; sex; exercise; food/diet; dress

Nature is not compassionate--it is a hard teacher; but if we obey its laws then it serves us well.

The 3 Minds
Another theme for your personal development through all of the Level 2 Trainings is your understanding and mastery of the 3 personal minds. They correspond to several other expressions of 3 which you will be hearing through the training. Here is a chart which illustrates these correlations.

3 psyches, 3 truths, 3 personalities, 3 gunas, 3 doshas:
Animal
Individual
Tamasic
Kapha
Fantasy personality
Inner Psyche
Personal truth
Clean the Negative Mind
Reactive love
Attachment
Differences attract
Human
Community
Rajasic
Pitta
Working personality
Environmental psyche
Contextual/circumstantial truth
Train the Positive mind to work for active love
Passion
Similarities attract
Angel
Universal
Sattvic
Vatta
Elementary personality
Cosmic psyche of Totality
Universal truth
Awakening neutral mind
Absolute love
Intimacy
Symmetry attracts
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