By Updesh Kaur
Kundalini Yoga is about each student (through the practice) creating an eternal place of stillness within to observe, examine and surrender to his/her experience and truth. Teachers will tell you the benefits of a specific breath, posture or mantra, but the truth (experience) is for each and every student to decide for themselves.
It’s like being a scientist in a laboratory with your own white lab coat. It’s an opportunity to move into a soul place, of neutrality to assess and discern with compassion and love (rather than from the ego where judgment, comparison and criticism can run rampant).
I remember taking my first Kundalini Yoga class and being surprised at the teacher’s instructions to go within, to keep my eyes closed and observe my own experience (sensations, energy, and emotions). As always, at the beginning of every Kundalini yoga class we tuned-in by chanting the Adi Mantra, using my own sound (vibration and frequency) to link the finite self to the divine teacher within.
One of the first instructions I received was to assess for myself, not just take the teachers word about the affect of a given posture or breath. All of a sudden, I had access to a completely different type of tool box and new tools that could help me on my path of spiritual growth.
One of the first pranayams (breaths) I began to practice was Breath of Fire, the ability to detoxify. It was amazing. I began a very short daily practice of this Breath of Fire and noticed how quickly I could shift my energy and negative thoughts.
I began to really experience “the laboratory affect” of Kundalini Yoga, the yoga of awareness and began to separate my habits (ways of being) to create new options for my behavior and to choose new habits to anchor this continued growth. There’s a meditation to help support the changing of habits; it’s called Kirtan Kriya. Try it and decide for yourself.