Title Photo by Tet Bachman, Kundalini Teacher
Los Angeles, California in the early 90’s is when my yoga journey started. Shiva Rea, Seane Corn and Saul David Raye were my first yoga teachers. They gave me my first experience of embodiment and filled the gaps in my soul during. Any presence of being in and with my body had been repressed. I didn’t have the capacity to know or understand what it meant to connect with my body and mind. I didn’t understand the source of pleasure and pain; energy and fatigue; vitality and excitement; calm and tranquility. Holding back all associations with my body and connections with my mind was the most effective way to bury all my past traumas, pains and dull my senses to the daily stresses of life. The ideas of embrace, heal, feel whole and complete where not part of my belief system. I masked each of these associations with actions of insecurity, choices made out of fear and the knowing it was easier to feel pain. As I learned how to embody that my soul is housed in this physical temple, my spirit started to long for more. The source of my essence soon became bored with the physical asana practices. I continued trying different systems of yoga until I experienced my first Kundalini Yoga & Meditation class as taught by Yogi Bhajan in February 1995. It changed my life and continues to be the cornerstone of my daily practice and source on how to be a human, living on earth as a spiritual being.
The word “yoga” comes from the Sanskrit root “yuj” meaning “to yoke, to bind together”. Yoga is the process of unifying the individual consciousness with the universal consciousness. We are in a new paradigm operating from a place of “WE” over “I”. Belonging and being in community is a longing for individuals who want to share an existence that serves the greater good of all. We practice yoga to give us the experience of bridging the finite self with the infinite self. We are empowered, breaking and dissolving patterns that no longer serve us nor our communities. This unifying process inspires us to heal and help others heal. Yoga and meditation gives us the experience of realisation and enlightenment. The soul and universal being are not different in nature. There is an identity between the ultimate truth and the reality of the individual as truth. Many in the Western world and developing countries are using yoga and meditation as a tool for peace, stress management and healing.
History records Sri T. Krishnamarcharya, born in 1888, was our century’s greatest and first yoga teacher. He spent the first 36 years of his life studying yoga, Sanskrit, Ayurveda and philosophy. His influence emphasised the physical asana practice we know today as Hatha yoga. Krishnamarcharya through his different stages of evolution, taught renowned teachers we identify with today through Ashtanga Yoga with Sri Pattabhi Jois, Iyengar Yoga with B.K.S. Iyengar and Krishnamarcharya Yoga with T.K.V. Desikachar (his son). Some knew him as volatile and exact, ill-tempered and self-centred or a gentle mentor who cherished their individuality. “His knowing that all yoga belonged to God”. Is the most important trait that his students acknowledged. Krishnamarcharya never claimed any originality with the yoga he taught. Yoga during their time was not taught for profit. All of them at one point lived in poverty, forced to take a job and teach yoga on their days off. We have today over 100 systems and hybrids of yoga and meditation. Connect to and learn the roots of your chosen yoga system or hybrid to make your daily practice and transformation more meaningful.
Yogi Bhajan was born on August 26, 1929 in the district of Gujranwala a part of India but today now Pakistan. His birth was significant after 25 years of his family praying for a male heir. The promises made for his birth were fulfilled when he was tied to his father’s chest as an infant and carried to the shrine of Vaishnoo Devi to give thanks for his birth and the experience of being in such a holy place. The determination of fulfilling these commitments were events which were to shape Yogi Bhajan’s philosophy and experience of life. He made visits to every possible holy shrine, holy person and studied all the teachings, scriptures and technologies of the religious practices of the world. Sant Hazara Singh was the master of Kundalini Yoga and the Mahan Tantric during this time. Yogi Bhajan studied Kundalini Yoga, Tantric Yoga and Gong meditation under the direction of Sant Hazara Singh. By the young age of 16, Yogi Bhajan perfected the disciplines. He was acknowledged by his teacher to have attained the mastery of Kundalini Yoga. Yogi Bhajan is known by three names. Siri Singh Sahib known to “nail you on the spot”; analysing and bringing out of the shadows your wrongs. Yogi Bhajan known to be compassionate giving you the freedom to self-initiate and Harbhajan Singh who says “Everything is all right, God and me, me and God are one.”
Kundalini Yoga & Meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan is the yoga of awareness. It consists of asanas, movements, pranayama, mantra, mudra and meditations. It’s a system that cultivates Pantajali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga in any single kriya or meditation. The techniques form the “owner’s manual for human consciousness (1). The kriyas and meditations “explores your dimensions, depth, nature and potential as a human being” (2). Intellectual knowledge is replaced with “wisdom when you experience it with your heart and it becomes your personal experience” (3). The formulas calm the mind and develop intuition so that you may recognise what is real and important to you. Intellectualising and constant analysing leads to insecurity and inaction whereas a calm mind and strong intuition develop your mental potential. Your actions and choices come from clarity of the neutral, intuitive and comprehensive mind when you practice Kundalini Yoga & Meditation. It is a technology which strengthens the nervous system and brings balance to the endocrine system so that you can navigate the daily stress and contain a steadiness of health, beauty and vitality.
My traumas dissolved as I experienced through the meditations how they created patterns in my consciousness that limited my potential and kept my mind clouded in fear and insecurities. My physical body transformed through the kriyas that removed the negative patterns of pain making my nervous system strong, flexible and healthy. Kundalini Yoga is a science that works on the seven chakras, the arcline and aura also called the eighth chakra. This science activates our glands building our capacity to maintain a steady flow of energy so that we avoid being swayed by other people’s traumas and dramas then taken for a ride with their emotions. Through the commitment of a daily practice we build the character to carry the caliber of our creative potential and understand our existence in the universe. Navigating stress, relationships, careers and community is now met with immense grace, creativity and infinity in all aspects of my daily life.
1, 2, & 3 (Bhajan 14), Bhajan, Yogi. The Aquarian Teacher – Textbook – KRI International Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Level One. Kundalini Research Institute (KRI), 04/2018.
Siri Prakash Kaur Bullock is an Associate trainer in the KRI Aquarian Trainer Academy. She was blessed to study with Yogi Bhajan for a brief period and she continues with his personal instructions to help build community.
She is the founder an director of NorCal Women’s Camp Inc, a non-profit organization in Northern California founded 15 years ago. This event has since changed the lives of thousands of women.
When her family moved to the Philippines, Siri Prakash was inspired to create a yoga event for women. This year celebrates the 6th Annual Kundalini Yoga women’s Event in the Philippines.
She currently lives in Bali with her husband and son who is a student at the Green School. Siri Prakash is also the owner and master brewer of Starr’s Brew Kombucha Elixir in the Philippines. She holds a Masters of Science in Hoslitic Nutrition and Education and a Bachelors of Science in Special Education.