Master of Kundalini Yoga
Kundalini is considered the most comprehensive of yogas combining:
- Physical practices
- Breathing exercises
"Kundalini" literally means "the curl of the lock of hair of the beloved". This poetic metaphor alludes to the flow of energy and consciousness that exists within each of us, and enables us to merge with – or "Yoke" – the universal Self. Fusing individual and universal consciousness creates a divine union, called "yoga" The Upanishads, Hindu’s sacred scriptures that date back to the fifth century B.C., is the first to describe Kundalini, although the oral tradition reaches back even further into history. For thousands of years, this sacred science and technology was veiled in secrecy, passed along verbally from master to chosen disciple.
Yogi Bhajan broke with this long-held tradition of silence. A master of Kundalini by the age of 16 – itself a rare feat – he began teaching Kundalini Yoga in the West in Los Angeles, California in 1969.
He was born in what is now Pakistan. Yogi Bhajan studied comparative religion and Vedic philosophy in his undergraduate years, going onto receive his Masters in Economics with honors from Punjab University in India. Years later, he earned his Ph.D. in communications psychology from the University of Humanistic Studies in San Francisco. He studied Kundalini Yoga under the guidance of his teacher Sant Hazara Singh, a Kundalini and Tantric master. He also studied with various teachers and yogis, including the respeceted Swami Sivananda.
Since he arrived in the West, he emerged as a spiritual, community and business leader with a distinguished reputation as a man of peace, world-vision, wisdom, and compassion. He authored and published more than 30 books on topics ranging from spirituality and consciousness to communication and psychology. He founded several foods companies that manufacture and distribute natural products based on these teachings. As the Siri Singh Sahib, or the Sikh leader in the Western Hemisphere, he has met with Pope John Paul II to discuss inter-religious dialogue and worked side-by-side with the Dalai Lama and the Archbishop of Canterbury to foster world peace.
Yogi Bhajan passed away on October 6, 2004 in his dome in Espanola, New Mexico.