Kundalini Yoga Training
TO KUNDALINI YOGA
An Introductory Course, Designed and Written
by Guru Rattana, Ph.D.
Nam! (I honor the Truth of your identity, which is the same as
mine and makes us one.)
are indeed blessed to find the powerful technology of Kundalini
Yoga. Even modest practice of thirty
minutes a day will create significant changes in your life. You
may feel more energized, more relaxed and more alive all at the
same time! Your presence will become more magnetic and you will
attract things to you that you previously had to run after.
You will be come more aware and notice nuances and opportunities
that once escaped you. Your life challenges will not disappear,
but you will tap the courage, acquire the will and cultivate the
inner strength to deal with them in a whole new way.
The bottom line is that you will become more YOU. You are about
to embark on the fabulous discovery of the Self.
© 2003-2005 - Guru Rattana, Ph.D.
Alone and Together - Do I Need a Group?
are alone from the reality that we are the one that has to do
our personal work. Identity, healing and self-love are personal
journeys. To quote Yogi Bhajan,
can find your true identity within yourself. Nobody can find it
for you. You must get up in the morning and find your true identity.
You need time to be all by yourself, where there is nobody else.
It will bring prosperity. Your radiant body will become brighter.
There is no make-up that works to make you brighter, or for your
character. You can try anything you want, but for character, you
have to work with yourself. You must make your own path in your
own life for your own prosperity and richness, and you have to
be beautiful, bountiful and blissful. This the way God made you."
(Yogi Bhajan class lecture, December 1, 2001.)
the same time that we are alone in our connection, the power of
universal love exists in everyone. The more we tune into the reality
of oneness, the more we realize that we are not alone. The more
we allow this force to flow through us, the more we can take advantage
of group consciousness and prayers. A powerful force field of
love has been created and is ever expanding through the spiritual
practice of individuals like yourself from all over the world.
Those in the KY discussion group and this KYTraining class have
shared that they experience the support of this group, even though
they practice alone.
Do I Need a Teacher
live in a revolutionary period of history -- the democratization
of spirituality. Yogi Bhajan is one of several masters to come to
the West and give freely the technology of yoga so that this sacred
science of awakening can no longer be reserved for an elite few.
with all those souls who choose to awaken requires a new set of
guideines and information. Among the ancient teachings is the mantra ONG NA MO GURU DEV NA MO. We were given this
mantra so that we could tune in directly to the masters of this
science and be guided by their subtle bodies.
future of the planet depends upon the consciousness of its inhabitants.
We could self-destruct at any time. The more people who wake up
and vibrate at the heart center with love, the greater chance
we have to survive as a species. This is serious business. We
are all participating in this process. We must be awakened and
self-empowered to change the structures that exploit and manipulate
people out of greed. Asleep people support the corrupt system.
course, it is wonderful to be in the physical presence of a teacher,
but many great souls are now willing to do the work without this
luxury so that we can shift the morphogenetic field of the planet
to the vibration of love. They (we) have had teachers and been
teachers in past lives. What is required now is that we wake up
and stay awake to God-consciousness.
you everyone worldwide for doing your daily Sadhana (spiritual
practice) and making your personal contribution to love and light.
Tuning In to the Teacher Within
always tune in with ONG NA MO GURU DEV NA MO. (Lesson
#3) This links us to the golden chain of teachers from
Yogi Bhajan on back. They are always there to serve and guide
us. We are the ones who have to be patient and quiet enough to
receive their guidance. Cultivate this subtle awareness and it
will be more valuable than you can imagine.
Kundalini Yoga in the West
Yogi Bhajan came to the West in 1969, Kundalini yoga was a secret
science taught only to a few selected students. The significance
of the open sharing of this technology is monumental and revolutionary.
For the first time in known history, the democratization of spirituality
is possible. Everyone can wake up and stay awake. And we can get
a yoga set and meditation to do so over the Internet!!
of what was available when I discovered Kundalini yoga in 1976
was in the form of hand written notes. I kept thinking someone
else was going to put them all together. However, destiny decided
that I would be blessed with an enthusiastic student who would
help me assemble four manuals from the early notes. These four
books are still classics and are available on our website http://www.yogatech.com/
first and the most popular worldwide is "Transitions
to a Heart-Centered World." The next was "Relax
and Renew," followed by "Sexuality
and Spirituality." "Introduction
to Kundalini Yoga" now republished as a second edition, adds much new material and also includes
the best sets from the first three books.
you acquire my three basic books, you have enough sets and meditations
to last decades or longer.
destiny path is to help people like you practice Kundalini yoga.
Knowing the technology is the essential first piece. The second
piece is HOW we actually train our minds and bodies to achieve
higher states of consciousness. This is the current focus of my
and "Advanced" Mantras
often ask if a mantra is appropriate for them or if it is an advanced
mantra. We don't teach KY in terms of beginning mantras and advanced
mantras. It is more the case that you choose the mantra, meditation
and KY kriya that fits your need at a certain time and space.
You practice it for 40, 90, 180 or 1000 days until you
feel you have achieved the results you desire.
In other words, you begin your practice and over time you achieve
greater levels of self-mastery, expand your awareness, connect
with deeper levels of who you and establish your relationship
with universal forces. Practice or Sadhana is an on-going, evolutionary
process with no fixed end goal. Of course, we are all going for
eventual enlightenment, but there are even different levels of
enlightenment before liberation.
we get asked if the practice of Kundalini yoga is dangerous. First,
many of the people who advance this opinion are not talking about
Kundalini Yoga. When you hear an opinion about KY
investigate if the person has actually practiced the ancient technology of Kundalini Yoga. They often have not and are talking about spontaneous
Kundalini awakenings of someone who has never practiced KY. Second,
spreading fear and negativity perpetuates the current paradigm
I have learned not to engage in conversations trying to prove
ideas based on different opinions with the goal of convincing
or proving an idea right or wrong. Everyone has their own reality
and experiences, which are true for them. Some also have opinions
not based on experience. I avoid this territory. I was in academia
for decades and intellectual conversations based on speculation
hurt my head.
is no denying that people have had spontaneous kundalini awakenings
with severe side effects. Also some people have raised their kundalini
through meditation and visualization. When the techniques used
are primarily mental and do not include the physical preparation
and training, the body cannot handle the energy. In both cases
the body is not prepared to receive the high levels of energy.
It makes sense that if your body is wired for 100 volts and you
receive 1000 or 10,000 volts, there could be negative reactions.
We practice Kundalini yoga to avoid these situations.
yoga is the yoga of consciousness. We
systematically train our mind and attune our body to hold higher
frequencies of energy associated with Kundalini and consciousness
energy. People in the past who have not strengthened their nervous
system or prepared their bodies and psyches to hold these vibrations
have had problems. The evolution of consciousness is a universal
reality. It is certainly wiser to prepare oneself for awakening
than to live in denial and try to remain asleep.
most dangerous thing in this world is to live unconsciously. The
state of the world is a stark testimony to this fact, as is the
condition of the lives of most human beings. When we are not conscious,
we are not only ruled by our subconscious programming, we are
a puppet of the global unconscious. Now that is scary!! We all
have examples in our lives where we have created turmoil and conflict
without consciously choosing to do so. Who wouldn't choose prosperity,
loving relationships, vibrant health, joyful living and rewarding
work? Then why are so many people suffering from poverty, painful
relationships, depression, illness and unrewarding work? Why do
we create so many problems and then have to spend so much time
and energy dealing with them? The answer is lack of consciousness,
which links us to the cycle of karma and struggle.
is only one way out. Wake up and stay awake! And we have to do
this for ourselves. We are most fortunate to have the gift of
Kundalini yoga to help us in this process. This doesn't mean we
will automatically live in utopia. But as Yogi Bhajan used to
tell us, "I didn't tell you everything would be perfect.
I said you will be able to make it through to victory."
care to appreciate your own struggle, knowing that your efforts
are being recorded on the side of light. The light you bring into
your own mind and being is helping others unknown to you who are
struggling with the same issues. Did you ever wonder why it takes
so long to have breakthroughs in consciousness? If it is any consolation,
you are bringing others along as well.
Where to Start
also ask if they should start with Lesson 1 first and move through
the lessons in numeric order. The answer is yes and no. Lesson
#2 on Silence is a touchstone for all future practice.
You will probably find that sitting and tuning into silence is
difficult. Then move on. Tuning in will make silent mediation
easier. The Spinal Energy Series
and all KY sets facilitate silent meditation. Each lesson helps
us cultivate the ability to sit quietly and tune into the eternal
sound of the Universe. Connection with the universal sound current
is one of our primary goals. The lesson on Surrender
to the Zone covers this in detail.
mentioned that he still has to sit in a chair to meditate. This
is not a problem. Our goal is not the position. Our goal is the
inner cosmic connection. Some people meditate standing up. Some
connect with the Infinite in a waking, walking state. Our goal
will be guided to pick what sets and meditations work for you.
The most important thing is to do something! And establish a regular,
committed practice. The second important thing is to do what you
do with awareness. To get the most out of your practice, train
your mind to be present to yourself and what you are experiencing.
One of your major goals is cultivate and follow your inner guidance.
have mentioned that it is hard to get started. During a class
in Palo Alto I encouraged everyone to practice five minutes a
day and then increase their time as they could.
The next week this talented artist lady (who had never practiced
outside of class before, had lots of emotional issues and just
couldn't get around to doing her art work because of many excuses
including health problems) greeted me with her success. She had
had the best week ever, felt very energized, got lots of painting
done in the nearby hills and felt great.
I asked her what she had done. She said, " I set the kitchen
timer for 5 minutes, ran into the bedroom, did 5 minutes of yoga
and stopped when the timer went off." She was delighted with
her success and the immediate impact of her glorious 5 minutes
Sadhana. I was impressed too! Five minutes! I was humbled. It
takes me two hours.
great way to start is to do the "4 Part Breath Meditation"
one or two times a day. (4/4 Energizing Breath)
You will feel the effects of this powerful pranayama exercise
and want more.
all start out as beginners and we all advance as we practice.
Our progress is determined by our commitment, attention and intention.
get started with five minutes every day. Program yourself for
success. Establish your connection and enjoy your life!
remember that the power of our group energy is available, needed
and effective in creating changes for those who participate.
you for joining us and for sharing your love and your light with
all of us and with the world.
Light to All.
Peace to All.
2003 - Guru Rattana, Ph.D.