Kundalini Yoga is a physical and meditative discipline that combines postures (asanas), breath (pranayama), and the chanting of mantras. Kundalini refers to the energy that lays dormant at the base of the spine. Through the practice of yoga, this energy is raised and travels up the spine, through the chakras, creating an overall sense of well being and a heightened sense of awareness. The word Kundalini literally translates as a “coiled female serpent.”
Traditionally the techniques of Kundalini were only communicated from Master to disciple and through a long initation process. In 1969 Yogi Bhajan began teaching Kundalini Yoga openly to the public.
Yogi Bhajan defines yoga as such: “Yoga means a discipline of mind and body. There is nothing mysterious about it. Yoga does not explain the meaning of life… It's aim is to develop a quality of mind which can perceive reality and acquire self knowledge.”
About Yogi Bhajan
Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga, arrived in the United States in 1969 with a stated purpose: “I have come to create Teachers, not to gather disciples.” He then founded 3HO – the Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization, based on his first principle: “Happiness is your Birthright.”
Through the Aquarian Teacher Program, Yogi Bhajan has trained thousands of KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga Teachers. In 1994, the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association (IKYTA) was formed to further spread these priceless teachings uniting Kundalini Yoga teachers worldwide.
Gurmukh and Gurushabd are Legacy Teachers of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. They both studied and served directly with Yogi Bhajan from 1970 until he left his body in 2004, directing the Golden Temple Restaurants in Santa Fe and Los Angeles, pioneering his first Yoga Center in Los Angeles in the early ’80s, sitting at his feet for the Teachings for many years in Los Angeles and New Mexico. Gurmukh attended the Khalsa Women’s Training Camps with Yogi Bhajan from 1972 until he left his body. For more than two decades they experienced the White Tantric Yoga Courses and Solstice Gatherings that he presided over in person. In his household and in public they served him directly.
Their commitment to spread these Teachings has been and continues to be inspired by their Teacher Yogi Bhajan. These Teachings will reverberate on this planet for centuries. Their Mission is to do what he did: foster students to be teachers 10 times better than they are.
We have been touched, inspired, and uplifted every day by these Teachings. Our lives changed in our first Kundalini Yoga class. From that first class we learned the only way to happiness and fulfillment is through kindness and compassion. We live to encourage others to share their kindness and compassion.
We humbly bow to any Souls who wish to join in this Journey of Awakening. This is how the Aquarian Age will blossom into the next Great Age of Peace.