Kundalini Yoga in the Loop - Chicago

(312) 922-4699 - Fine Arts Building - 410 S Michigan Ave - Suite 514 - Chicago, IL 60605 - info@shaktakaur.com

What Is Kundalini?

A Brief Introduction to Kundalini Yoga

"Kundalini Yoga is uncoiling yourself to find your potential and your vitality and to reach for your virtues. There is nothing from outside. Try to understand that. All is in you. You are the storehouse of your totality." ... Yogi Bhajan Kundalini Yoga is the original of the twenty-two schools of yoga and is called the "mother yoga." It works on your entire nervous and glandular system. The word "kundalini" means awareness, and manifesting the hidden potential of that awareness. In the yogic tradition Kundalini energy is portrayed as a coiled serpent lying dormant at the base of the spine. To raise the Kundalini means to awaken and enliven this creative energy.

Kundalini Yoga is an effective way to both strengthen and stretch the muscles. The increased flexibility gained through Kundalini Yoga will help prevent injury and avoid pain. In addition, because Kundalini Yoga incorporates the physical aspects of yoga, along with the mind and spirit, into an integrated system, you gain a working understanding of the mind/body connection. The meditations you will learn will improve your concentration and focus which will improve your ability to function at your best. Finally, you will feel refreshed and attentive after each session indicating a stronger and more balanced immune and nervous system.

"You are not a soul,
you are not a mind,
you are not a body.
You are the controller of all three."
... Yogi Bhajan
KYL delivers the experience of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan, Ph.D. Kundalini Yoga was not taught publicly until 1968 when Yogi Bhajan came to the west. Today this technology is practiced and taught all over the world!

Class Format

We use the following mantra (Adi Mantra) to begin class by "tuning in" to the golden chain of teachers:

Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo
Creative Force I Call Upon Infinite Teacher Divine Energy I Call Upon
"I call upon the Divine Creative wisdom of the Infinite."

The main "kriya" (set of Kundalini Yoga exercises) begins. Each exercise usually lasts from 3 to 7 minutes. The kriya will rejuvenate a component of your mind / body / spiritual system. It could be a particular muscle group, your glandular system, nervous system, organs or your mind. At the end of the kriya you will be consolidated into a new and healthier physical and mental state.

"You have come from Infinity, to finite, to merge back into Infinity. This is your temporary place. It’s a motel."
... Yogi Bhajan
Deep relaxation follows the kriya. In Kundalini Yoga it is as important to relax as it is to move the body. This is when your body is able to integrate the positions you have just practiced and heal itself.

Meditation follows the relaxation. Your body will be transformed as a result of the kriya. Your mind and emotions will now become calm and clear, allowing clear direction of your attention. You will sense and develop your "quiet mind" and your ability to concentrate.

Closing the class. After loosening the muscles and raising your energy, we will project that feeling of vitality to others by closing with the following blessing:

"May the long time sun shine upon you
All love surround you
And the pure light within you
Guide your way on."

How does Kundalini Yoga work?

According to the tenets of Kundalini Yoga, as prana (the subtle life force carried to us by air) enters the body, it awakens human healing energy, or kundalini energy. The purpose of Kundalini Yoga exercises is to circulate this human prana, or kundalini energy, and to eventually return it to the cosmos. When we consciously raise the kundalini, it activates chemicals in the brain and a healthful change in consciousness is experienced. It may be subtle or it may be spectacular. It doesn’t matter what your level of physical ability is - if you can breathe and move your body, you will experience Kundalini Yoga. The real proof that a person has raised their kundalini manifests in a happier attitude towards life, relationships, and the self.

What do I bring to class?

Wear loose clothing or exercise clothes. It is best if you do not wear socks. Bring an exercise pad, pillows to sit on (or to prop your knees with) and a blanket to cover yourself during deep relaxation. You should also bring a bottle of water to drink.

How long until changes occur?

Positive effects as a result of practicing Kundalini Yoga occur in as little as 3 minutes.

3 minutes
Increased blood circulation begins, distributing enhanced endocrine secretions in the body.
7 minutes
Brain patterns begin to shift and the magnetic field surrounding the body increases in strength.
"Somebody is telling you  (mostly you are telling yourself), that 'you are wrong' - this is your mantra. But if you are not right, you would not have been born. You are a fully matured soul, sent on the earth for the test of facing the lessons of earth and returning back home victorious." ... Yogi Bhajan
11 minutes
The nervous system begins to clear.
22 minutes
The subconscious mind begins to clear.
31 minutes
Endocrine secretions totally balanced as is the ethereal energy of the chakras (junction points of body and spirit).

These changes persist throughout the day and are reflected by positive changes in your mood and behavior.

How to change habits.

"Life is a gift. A gift is a gift, whether its a good gift or a bad gift. Life you cannot buy, you cannot sell, you cannot do anything with it - it is a gift."
... Yogi Bhajan
There are specific periods of time required to break old habits (or patterns) and develop new ones. Often a student of Kundalini Yoga chooses a specific kriya/meditation to affect a desired change and then practices those for a specific number of days.

40 Days       To change or break a habit.
90 Days       To confirm a new habit.
120 Days     The new habit is who you are.
1000 Days   You have mastered the new habit.