Kundalini Yoga & Meditation is a relatively new form of Yoga in the Philippines. In recent years, the practice has attracted more yogis as well as non-yogis, because of the mental & spiritual benefits it offers. I discovered Kundalini Yoga & Meditation a few years ago when I signed up at a local Yoga studio with a 40-day membership, with the intention of getting back on the fitness track. I thought it would be a meaningful way to mark my 46th birthday by practicing Yoga for 40 consecutive days. Each day, I explored different classes such as FNR (Flexibility-Not-Required), Stress Free Gentle Flow, Restorative, Pranayama, Kundalini Yoga & Meditation.
I clearly remember the first Kundalini class I attended. It was a Monday night, and there were less than ten students who joined the 75-minute session. The teacher was dressed in white, and she delivered the class in a manner that was friendly and non-intimidating. I remember leaving the studio feeling light and very relaxed and couldn’t help but think that my corporate career would have probably lasted longer, had I discovered this technology during my earlier years.
As I attended more classes, I learned that Kundalini Yoga & Meditation provides practical tools & techniques for busy householders, working individuals, as well as teens and children. I experienced various breathing techniques, exercise sets (Kriyas) and meditation exercises that helped me manage my stress and anxiety levels. I began to understand that practicing Kundalini Yoga & Meditation regularly helps strengthen my internal systems- specifically, the nervous system and glandular system, gain mental clarity, and manage the emotional challenges of daily urban living. Within the next few months, I became more curious about the practice and decided to join a workshop with Tarn Taran Kaur Khalsa, a certified Lead Trainer from the Kundalini Research Institute. I began to have a deeper appreciation for Kundalini Yoga & Meditation, as I was introduced to the teachings of Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini who brought the technology to the west during the late 60’s. Twelve months later, I decided to deepen my understanding by joining the first Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training in the Philippines.
During this Teacher Training journey, I learned to connect with my inner self and discovered that I was holding on to old patterns that no longer served me. Through regular practice & meditation, I began to let go of these old patterns and make room for new ones to develop. The more I practiced, the more open I became to self-healing of body, mind and spirit.
As I continued with the process of self-healing, I explored more Kriyas & Meditation exercises. One particular kriya for Healing Hands which was taught by Yogi Bhajan stood out for me, as I searched for ways to help my husband recover from a recent hip replacement surgery. I wanted to support him while he started his healing and physical therapy. The following kriya takes 11 minutes, and can help generate prana (life force energy) through the hands.
This Kriya helped me re-charge with prana daily, and share healing energy through the power of touch.
HEALING HANDS KRIYA
Begin by chanting the Adi Mantra (“Ong Namo, Guru Dev Namo”) three times. This mantra means “I bow to the divine wisdom; I bow to the divine teacher within”.
1) Rub the palms together rapidly to produce heat for 3 minutes.
2) Extend the arms to the sides, parallel to the ground; palms facing up. Begin Breath of Fire; continue for 3 minutes.
3) Inhale and hold the breath. Bend the wrists and face the palms to the sides, as if pushing in between 2 walls. Feel the energy flowing from the palms. Exhale; relax the breath.
4) Rub palms together for 2 minutes.
5) Bring left hand across diaphragm, left palm facing up. Bring right palm 8 inches above the left palm, arms parallel to the ground. Meditate on the flow of energy between the palms for a few minutes.
End the practice with three long repetitions of Sat Nam. (Sat means “Truth”; Nam means “Identity or Name”).
About Kundalini Yoga & Meditation:
Kundalini Yoga & Meditation is currently one of the fastest growing forms of Yoga worldwide. Once considered a forbidden practice outside India, Kundalini Yoga & Meditation was introduced to the West in the late 60’s by Yogi Bhajan (Harbhajan Singh), Master of Kundalini.
Yogi Bhajan taught over 8,000 classes in more than three decades and has trained hundreds of teachers who continue to share the technology in many countries today. KRI (Kundalini Research Institute) is sanctioned to oversee all trainings globally. Last year, the first Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training was conducted in the Philippines, under the guidance of Tarn Taran Kaur Khalsa. She is an international KRI Lead Trainer for Level One and Two, as well as an international KRI Aquarian Academy Mentor who studied under the direct guidance of Yogi Bhajan.
For more information about Kundalini Yoga & Meditation, kindly visit www.3ho.org
About the author:
Tet was a corporate warrior who worked in marketing & communications for over 2 decades. Her most recent assignment was General Manager of Urban Ashram Manila, a premiere center for the study of Yoga. It is here where she re-discovered the joy of Yoga, having studied briefly during her childhood. Under the guidance of Salliji (Sally Kung), Tet learned traditional asana & meditation, together with her parents who helped introduce the practice to commercial airline pilots more than 30 years ago. She has recently left corporate life and is now focusing on sharing the technology of Kundalini Yoga & Meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan.