Getting Started with Kundalini Yoga

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Starting place for a Kundalini Yoga Practice

I was showing a coworker of mine this great new website I have and he got back to me on it and said:

“Hey man, I am interested in Kundalini Yoga. Can we chat about it sometime?”

I was soo excited that my website had already made an impact inspiring another to try Kundalini. I chatted with him and followed up with the following bits of info.

Getting Started with Kundalini Yoga

  1. Set a time for yoga, torns pop up all the time, I tend to suggest waking a little earlier to start your day off on the right foot
  2. Buy a Yoga DVD for some expert guidance, I suggest A Journey through the Chakras, okay Ravi Singh, suggested this one to me on the phone one day, but its a great suggestion
  3. Find a Kundalini Yoga instructor near you, here is a great Kundalini Yoga Directory
  4. Purchase a Yoga book, I suggest the Kundalini Yoga Experience, its got great background info on the chakra system, Numerology, the tools of Kundalini Yoga and Kriyas that focus on specific chakras for balancing
  5. Set your intention to integrate Kundalini Yoga into your busy schedule
  6. Get Started and keep it up!

There are plenty of other things to do, but this is a great starting point.

I am fortunate enough to have carved out an entire room dedicated to spiritual practice. But you can make due with just some floor space, a yoga mat and some motivating music.

Comments on getting started are most welcome :-)

Hersh

A Thorn in One’s Yoga Practice

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What does a thorn in one’s yoga practice mean to you?

To me it represents a symbol of the things that get in the way of staying true to our practice. Often times a little thing called life can so easily get in the way of keeping up with our practice. I’ve been guilty of it before, something comes up and you simply can’t do your morning Kriyas.

You go on vacation and decide to hold off on practice, you have a deadline on a proposal to make and decide to stay up all night, thus exhausting yourself the following morning.

So many things can get in the way of impeeding our yoga practice. This is a natural occurance, what is important is how you deal with those things and how you keep on top of your yoga.

I began my teacher training program late last year. I have not been able to complete my training because I had a thorn in my hand for the past 8 months, okay kind of crazy I know but I didn’t realize I had a thorn in my hand till recently.

Thorn in Hand

Now this thron, which was about an inch in size did keep me from continuing with my teacher training program, but it did not hinder my practice. I continued to practice yoga almost daily at home. Now that this thorn has been removed from my hand I am ready to continue to follow my path to teach and inspire others.

Kundalini Yoga is a yoga that fits into ones busy lifestyle and allows you to excel in your daily life. Practice is not a thing to be sacrificed. Practice is sacred, and must be endured if it is to help transform your life.

The thorn in my yoga practice, (teacher practice really) has been removed.

What can you do to remove the thorn from your yoga practice???

Lisa Lawrence- Kundalini Yoga Instructor

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Certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor

 

Lisa Lawrence is a nationally certified Kundalini Yoga instructor who began her practice in 1975 with Ravi Singh Khalsa.

Spiritual Name- Guru Anand Kaur - Teacher of the Wisdom of Bliss, came from Master Yogi Bhajan.

Lisa started teaching with Sant Kaur at UW Sports & Fitness Center and then took over the yoga program for meriter hospital.  She moved on through the Mound Street Collective and helped to start the yoga program for the UW min-courses.

Through her work with Yogi Bhajan, Ravi Singh and Gurmukh Lisa has been able to certify over a dozen teachers through her local Teacher Training Program, including Courtney Oftedahl.  (Hershel is currently in the process of finishing the program)

Lisa brings more than 30 years of yoga experience.  We are fortunate to have Lisa’s guidance available to help to deepen our yoga practice.

 

Vishuddha- 5th Chakra (Communication Center)

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Fifth Chakra- Vishuddha (Communication Center)

The 5th chakra is the center of communcation and is appropriately positioned within the throat. It is from the throat center that we are able to express ourselves properly in the world. The throat center can also be said to be a center of truth. By operating from a balanced 5th chakra we are able to speak the truth and articulate our intentions well.

Many of the inter relationship challenges that humans face has to do with a miss-communication, or a non-optimal flow of energy through the 5th charka. When the throat center is out of balance it can manifest as impure words, or false statements. An overactive communication center can lead to the need to constantly express oneself even if the timing is not appropriate.

Communication is so important for us to progress as a group of people together.

One thing to keep in mind is that in order to properly express ourselves through our 5th center we must be able to integrate the impressions given by the rest of our chakras and with balance express them via the 5th chakra. Since the act of communication is actually our creative ability to interact with one another, a properly balanced 5th chakra will help to facilitate the creativity brought forth from the second chakra.

Benefits of a Balanced 5th Chakra

  • Expression of the truth, ones words hold weight with others
  • A creative outlet via communication, spoken, written or otherwise
  • Confidence in the ability to express oneself
  • Access to the Etheric communication

In our society it seems as though one is always struggling to get their voice heard. When one has balance in the 5th center, an interesting coincidence is that one may find that their need to communicate with frequency reduces, but the power of their word increases.

If we can collectively improve our 5th chakras we can collectively improve the relations between one another, brother to brother, individual to individual, group to group, country to country. May it be so.

Sat Nam

H~

Instructor Courtney Lane Oftedahl

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Kundalini Yoga Instructor

Courtney Lane Oftedahl has thrown her hat in the ring to be a Co-Operator of the Kundalini Yoga Blog. Wahooo!


Spiritual teacher Courtney Lane Oftedahl was certified in Kundalini Yoga by Instructor Lisa Lawrence of The Kundalini Research Institute. She has attended various workshops by nationally known Yoga Master Ravi Singh Khalsa of N.Y.C. Courtney has also worked extensively with individuals who have developmental disabilities.

The main focus of her instruction is working with asana (postures and exercises), pranayama (breathing techniques), and the practice of meditation. These are the tools of Yoga, tools to pick up and use to change ourselves for the better, to drop self defeating patterns and to live to our deepest and highest idea of who we are.

Anahata- 4th Chakra (Heart Center)

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Fourth Chakra- Anahata (Heart Center)

The 4th chakra lies between the shoulder blades slightly higher than the physical heart.

The focus of the heart center is non other than love and balance. It is from within the heart center that the Lord of Love shines forth in all of us. The heart center plays an important role in the balancing of the chakra system. In order to achieve a proper balance and flow of energy through the chakras, that energy must be integrated across the heart center. The blending of the higher and lower centers, (though each equally important) must be acheived across the heart center.

One means of achieving balance across the charka system is to take an inventory of what centers are out of balance. See to it that as you work on balancing each of those centers that you even out the balancing across the heart center. If weeek 1 you work on your 1st Chakra, and your 7th Chakra is out of balance as well, then try working on your 7th Chakra the next week. As you work with these energy centers you will find that the blockages move as your life moves. I speak only from my own personal experience in working with these centers over the past couple of years, (in this life time.)

When a person is blocked in the Heart Center it may manifest as a lack of abilty to give freely, or a lack of resources. The Heart Center tends to be an area that humanity requires the most healing in, who hasn’t been hurt by a loving relationship in the past. An ironic twist is that the Heart Center is also the primary center from which healing flows.
The color of the fourth chakra, is green. Green the color of abundance and good fortune. Pink is another potential color for this center, which represents a balancing of the White Light from above with the Red of the 1st Chakra.

Benefits of a Balanced Fourth Chakra

  • Love
  • Ability to give freely to others
  • Abundance
  • Healing for ones self and others
  • Integration of the higher and lower energy centers

Meditation from the Heart Center is an excellent means of polling our higher selves for what is right. If you hear your heart speak it to you then follow it. I have been working on allowing my heart to guide me for sometime, which is challenging considering my head likes to think it controls things ;-) The path may not be the one most easily taken, but listening to and operating from the heart center will help you to achieve your purpose.
The Heart Center represents Love. What a fantastic quailty to work on balancing :-)

Sat Nam

H~