Harbhajan Singh Khalsa, known as Yogi Bhajan, honoured in 1974 with the title of Siri Singh Sahib by the Sikh authorities in Amritsar, India, founded the 3HO Foundation in 1969. As master of kundalini yoga, Yogi Bhajan arrived in Canada in 1968 and began sharing what he had learned from his spiritual teachers in India. With the motto, “Keep up and you‘ll be kept up”, and the ever-repeated goal to inspire teachers and leaders rather than gather students, Yogi Bhajan travelled tirelessly throughout the world teaching and counselling. He inspired us to live, serve and practice in community, in ashrams and at yoga camps. He visited us in 1999 and taught in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Yogi Bhajan left his body in 2004. We are indebted to the enormous body of teachings he left and the continued inspiration and strengthening derived.
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A powerfully rooted ritual initiates us into any chosen spiritual practice. When we immerse ourselves so completely into the practice we come to see no separation between the practice and ourselves. We are living our purpose and our purpose is joyfully living through us.
The practice of all forms of yoga offers us a beautiful opportunity to develop strong rhythms in of practice in our lives that balances and supports us on all levels.
Kundalini Yoga, the Yoga of Awareness, is an incredibly transformative spiritual practice brought to us through a strong lineage of enlightened souls. The Siri Singh Sahib Yogi Bhajan is the master of Kundalini Yoga and brought this previously secret practice to the West in 1969. Guru Ram Das, the 4th Sikh Guru who is associated with healing and miracles, was Yogi Bhajan’s teacher in the subtle realm. Guru Ram Das was acknowledged as holding the lofty throne of Raj Yoga (Royal Yoga) and would pass that blessing on to all who would come.
When we chant to tune in before practice we connect to this lineage, the Golden Chain, through the Adi Mantra: Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo. This mantra is our pure infinite soul connection to all masters and teachers of Kundalini yoga, past, present and future. As we chant we open ourselves to the wisdom that needs to move through us, we bow to the divine Infinity within ourselves and all beings, and we ignite the spark of our intuition and higher guidance.
Through this discipline we are offered the highest gift for shifting, awakening and raising consciousness.
It is said that Kundalini Yoga is an emanation of over 8.4 million kriyas! (We must have done something right in some lifetime to have access to this wealth of teachings!) Kriya means action, an action that leads to a complete manifestation. Each kriya that we precisely practice as taught by the master has a very specific effect on our minds, our bodies and our souls.
If you choose to deepen into the ritual of Kundalini Yoga you could literally transform your life by choosing just one kriya to practice and master.
It is highly recommended to practice a kriya or meditation for 40 days up to 1000 days to experience its full and deep benefit. It takes 40 days for example to break a negative pattern or habit.
What you put in is what you get out. Once you commit to and develop your sadhana, you immerse yourself in the beauty of your practice and the comforts and challenges it brings.
Sadhana is spiritual discipline that awakens awareness. It is through ritual that we honour ourselves and our natural rhythms and cycles. We release old, outlived patterns and nurture a new empowering – compassionate patterns that truly honour who we are. This is a process and a journey of commitment to our highest self. We allow ourselves to hold a challenging pose or sit in silent meditation, breathing presence, awareness and release through and beyond the discomfort, the pain, the anger; eventually into the gentle and healing space of acceptance of what is, as it is.
Practice is a conscious commitment to a discipline, choosing it no matter what, because there will always be a valid excuse keeping you from your mat, and from the path to consciousness. So everyday, choosing no matter what to relate to your soul, infinity, our wisdom and truth. Your life will change. Your challenges, frustrations, fears and phobias may stay the same (for a while) but the way you choose to relate to them, observe them, work with them will be different.
Yogi Bhajan says “You will never know who you are if you have not disciplined yourself to know who you are.”Yours in awareness, love, light and truth, Patwant Kaur Rhodes