Kundalini Yoga Training
Creation & Choice
© 2003 - Guru Rattana, Ph.D.
do we choose to practice Kundalini Yoga?
do we decide to follow a spiritual path?
of the path or the practice, one of our primary motivating factors
is that we want to change something in our lives.
want to reduce our inner anxiety and experience peace of mind.
want to feel better, to be happier, to be healthier.
want more vitality, more passion, more joy.
want a better life, loving relationships, meaningful and prosperous
may want to lose weight, sharpen our intuition, or be more
in control or our own lives.
human journey is about change, transformation and evolution.
To change we
must understand where we are and how we got here.
we must transform our inner and projected energy.
To evolve we
must actively engage in the creation of our own reality.
how do we create the changes that we desire?
How do we transform
How do we become
more conscious participants in our own lives?
approach to change, transformation and evolution is based on the
Everything in the Universe is made up of energy, including ourselves.
To make changes
in our lives, we have to shift our energy.
Our inner reality creates our outer reality.
As we shift our
mental, emotional and physical states, we create changes in our
circumstances, environments and relationships.
Whatever the problem, challenge or situation, "It's all about
me and my life."
Free Will is the gift that we humans were given to make changes
in our lives.
nature of the Universe, ensures that we will grow and be transformed.
Free Will gives us an opportunity to participate in the process
through conscious choice. Free will is what makes change, co-creation
and choice possible.
do we Shift our Energy?
practice of Kundalini yoga shifts our energy. It does so through
a combination of (1) Movement, (2) Breath, (3) Sound, and (4)
Many of the Kundalini
yoga exercises or asanas involve rhythmic movements.
BREATHING OR PRANAYAMA
is incorporated into the exercises as well as done as a meditation
in itself. Pranayama exercises also produce effects through attention
of mantras tunes us into and aligns us with the universal sound
current. The effects of mantra meditation include the clearing
of the subconscious mind, the creation of divine thoughts and
the ability to listen to the sounds of the Universe.
Rhythm is an
integral part of the physical Asanas, the Pranayama and the chanting.
Rhythm is key
to establishing identity, stability and health.
do we Create?
yoga is based on the following understanding of how we create
body, mind and emotions respond to movement, rhythm and sound.
body, mind and emotions follow the breath.
we feel physically, mentally and emotionally determines how
we vibrate determines how we project into the world and the
we project determines what we attract and create.
we attract and create influences how we feel about ourselves
and our lives.
we do not like what we are creating, we can choose to shift
our attitudes, our perceptions and our energy.
scenario continues and intertwines.
course in Kundalini Yoga is based on the following model of transformation:
yourself - your thoughts, your energy, your projection and
your life will change.
touchstone is - Every situation and challenge is all about
ME, my energy and my life!
live in the question - What can I do, how can I be today to
align and resonate with the life I choose to create for myself?
Yoga is About
is a brief explanation of each of these concepts and guidelines
on how to focus your attention during your practice of Kundalini
Yoga to maximize your transformation.
Life in physical
reality is about experience.
define the parameters within which we limit or allow ourselves
to experience life.
is the extent to which we actually feel life.
goal is to experience our energy and a sense of ourselves in our
By moving and
stimulating the body, we keep it healthy--
we build a strong
immune system and nervous system
we keep our glands,
circulation and structure vital.
body is the temple of our Soul. As we cleanse, relax and systematically
move our body we revitalize and maintain our temple we activate
our dormant potentials we invite more aspects of our Soul to become
known to us.
By raising the
frequency of our energy, we move into greater alignment and resonance
with our higher Self, i.e. our Soul, the Universe, what we wish
to attract into our lives, our destiny path.
As we change
our energy, we change our lives.
change requires shifts in all aspects of our being-
emotional, physical, spiritual.
practice of Kundalini yoga creates changes in all aspects of our
AWARENESS AND CONSCIOUSNESS
of Kundalini yoga wakes us up and keeps us awake.
become more aware of our thoughts and emotions and how they create
our internal and external realities.
become more aware of opportunities and are able to take advantage
Within each of
us in the power to create.
are creating at every moment.
we take responsibility for what we create:
release ourselves from victimization
establish our own identity
develop a sense of our own individuality
become a powerful independent force.
root of self-esteem is taking responsibility for one's own life.
is both a feeling and an experience.
feeling of self-empowerment has two aspects:
The inner experience that we are the creator of our own life
that what we
do, think, and say has an impact that we are connected to and
a part of the creative Source.
Witnessing that as we change, our life changes--
that we can actually
create a different reality by altering our thoughts, words and
comes from consciously participating in creating our own life.
for Practicing Kundalini Yoga
HOW TO EXPERIENCE
energy as NON-VERBAL sensations. If we are thinking we are not
your attention on what you are experiencing in your body.
the energy in your body
present to the different sensations of the emotions-fear, anger
emotions are the force field of the soul.
communicates in a different way.
and transformation of emotional energy happens through
is through gentle experience and acknowledgment that tightness,
restriction, resistance and pain are gradually transmuted into
openness, vitality and pleasure.
aware of the energy sensations in your spine.
chakra manifests a different kind of energy.
aware of the different qualities of energy along your spine and
in your body.
HOW TO ACTIVATE
The purpose of
Kundalini Yoga is to activate all parts of our body, so that it
can function optimally.
goal is to enjoy being in our physical form.
is counter productive to strain or to over extend yourself.
yoga is not a competitive sport.
each exercise with the intention of stimulating, freeing and opening
up your body, energy and breath.
HOW TO ALIGN
Be aware of what
feels comfortable and what feels out of alignment.
the movements bring you back into alignment.
your own comfortable rhythm.
exercises, simply be still and aware. Let the energy align your
present to the rhythm of your breath in your chest.
Our being as
expressed in our energy has its own intelligence.
energy automatically goes where it needs to go to create healing
goal is not to interfere, but to simply let it happen.
HOW TO CHANGE
Change is guaranteed
when we practice Kundalini yoga.
we have to do is to DO IT.
can simply enjoy the practice and trust that it will work its
changes in your body, energy level, attitudes, feelings, and emotions.
and emotions must be experienced to be released.
often try to avoid this stage because it can be painful.
good news is that if beliefs and emotions are close enough to
the surface to be experienced, they can also be released.
easiest way to release is through loving acceptance, without resistance
release can be facilitated by thoughts and decisions, but the
mental aspect is only one dimension.
must take place in the physical body at the sensation level.
give yourself credit for and enjoy the positive shifts in your
inner and outer realities.
HOW TO BECOME AWARE AND CONSCIOUS
Be aware of what
is happening in your body, mind and emotions.
train yourself to turn your attention from external stimuli to
attentive how external stimuli impact how you feel to yourself.
focusing inside instead of outside yourself.
shift our attention within is one of our most difficult challenges.
focus is one of the most important requirements for spiritual
HOW TO BE RESPONSIBLE
Own your feelings
and emotions. Make them about you, not about someone else or outer
does not mean that you must try to pretend to like everything.
won't! Guaranteed! You are not supposed to. Life doesn't work
that way. Only denial works that way.
responsible means that you take responsibility for how you feel,
react and respond.
we come to a point where our reactions are not automatically controlled
by unconscious programming
we are internally at choice in our responses
we are in charge of our inner reality.
then we are able to act, speak and project responsibly.
HOW TO BECOME SELF-EMPOWERED
Inner focus is
one of our most rewarding and empowering achievements.
we realize what we are doing within, we can alter our inner habits
and thus change both our inner and outer realities.
acknowledge and thoroughly enjoy how you shift within the results
you produce without and the relationship between the two.
Enjoy Your Process
- This is Your Life
any aspect of the above guidelines and bring your attention to
it during your practice of Kundalini Yoga. Definitely do not try
to do all or even several at once. Enjoy your process-how you
change, what you create and how your choices make a difference
in your evolutionary unfoldment.
is your unique life. May each of you be blessed to experience
the wonders of your own being!
comments or questions to
© 2003 - Guru Rattana, Ph.D.