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Spotlight on Kundalini Yoga

An uplifting blend of spiritual and physical practices, this yoga style incorporates movement, dynamic breathing techniques, meditation, and the chanting of mantras, such as Sat nam ("I am truth"). The goal is to build physical vitality and increase consciousness.

BASIC PRINCIPLES: Using sound, breath, and posture, Kundalini Yoga aims to develop spiritual awareness by freeing the serpent power (kundalini) that is coiled in the base of the spine and drawing it upward through the seven chakras.

WHO FOUNDED IT: Kundalini Yoga has its roots in the Tantric Yoga tradition, which dates back to the eighth century. In 1969, Sikh leader Yogi Bhajan (born in 1929) brought the practice to North America.

WHERE TO DO IT: Kundalini's spiritual center is the 3HO (Healthy, Happy, Holy) Foundation in Espanola, New Mexico; the foundation oversees 300 centers worldwide.

SIDE BUSINESS: The Yogi Tea Company sells a complete line of medicinal and healing teas.

TEACHERS TO KNOW: Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Shanti Kaur Khalsa, Shakta Kaur Khalsa.

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Lori Miles

What a gift that Yogi Bhajan gave us with the introduction to kundalini yoga. It is the most spiritual of all yoga and the most effective in clearing out space of light. To be able to closely connect with my beloved and His guidance for my path in life is what I am so grateful for.

Sada Anand Kaur

Controversy will make a human famous. In a 'bigger' picture, no one or anything, is good or is just an individual's perspective.

Eleusis D

Yogi Bhajan was here in Austin in 1974 (I was part of a group that invited him), and he was a hoot! Much funnier, less formal than I would have imagined - though he seemed rather stern compared to the other two Swamis we brought in that year. Might have been all that hot pepper!

Anyway, don't get bogged down in the personalities. A guru's a guru, but samadhi's a joke! (Apologies to R. Kipling).

Life to Smoochie!


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