Kundalini Yoga s Nidhan Kaur

NIDHAN KAUR

a.k.a Emina Kurtagic, was born and raised in Zagreb, where she completed high school and started to study architecture. At the age of 21 she moved to Canada.
Her first kundalini yoga class was with Yogi Bhajan in 1975, while living in Vancouver. Yogi Bhajan gave her the spirtual name Nidhan Kaur, meaning princess who is a treasure, so she continues discovering the treaures on the path of Truth.

 

Completed teacher training level 1, with SKY, Guru Dharam Singh and Darryl O'Keefe, UK, level 2 with Amrit Naam Sarovar, with Karta Singh in France. Taught in London in studios in Chelsea and Belgravia and attended and taught on a number of workshops and retreats. Continues education with Elizabeth St.John, therapeutic healing and with gongmaster Don Conreaux, holistic resonance.

 

Over the years, Emina has also extensively created, curated and taught art, film and performance, mostly in London and Paris. Holds a BFA from University of British Columbia, Vancouver, a diploma in advanced studies DEA and doctorate in film and theatre studies from the University of Paris, I, Sorbonne, Doctoral thesis: Choreography of a Film Portrait.

Presently preparing a book on kundalini yoga for all seasons, and compiling materials and ideas for a new film, on the theme of  a tea ceremony.

 
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Croatian (native speaker)

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at DIVYA Yoga Centre

starting March 12th to April 23rd,

Seven weeks course, every Friday 17.15 – 18.30

 

16.4. Neven & Boris (her students) will lead Kundalini Class

 

Nidhan Kaur presents:

 

Treasures of Kundalini Yoga

as taught by Yogi Bhajan

 

Changing of Seasons: Spring Equinox, Prosperity and Renewal

 

Yogi Bhajan advised that we arrange our lives around the summer and winter Solstices. The spring equinox, March 21st is right in the middle, between the two solstices, daytime equals the length of the nighttime. The snowdrops are already out. Fluctuating temperatures, sunshine, rain, frosty winds, snow on Sljeme. The past winter was harsh, cold and meager. This time of year, most of us would feel low in energy, with fatigue, poor circulation, allergies, slower digestion, stiff joints.

At the same time, longer daylight hours bring optimism, inspiration, new ideas.

This is the season of  germinating, be it of creative projects or of the crops.

 

The seven weeks course is going to take you on the journey through seven chakras (spinning energy vortexes).

 

Starting with the heart center, Anahata Chakra, we will learn how to overcome fear and  embrace opportunity, healing and prosperity.

 

We will connect  with the lower triangle for survival instinct, discipline, willpower (below the waist) and with the upper triangle for expression, vision and awareness (throat centre, brow point and crown).

 

The flow of prana (intake of breath and life energy from water and nutrients) will be balanced with the flow of apana (waste elimination).

 

Short meditaions are going to help us coordinate the negative/positive/neutral aspects of our minds and focus on what we have and what to do in order to see our projects through to fruition.

 

The course is general, suitable for all, regardless of the individual's age and level of fittness.

 

HOW TO PREPARE:

Allow at least two hours between a large meal and comming to the class and please do not attend if under the influence of alcohol  or recreational drugs.

Tell your teacher if you are pregnant, if you had an injury or if you are taking perscription medicines.

 

Wear loose fitting clothes, preferably light colours and natural fabrics .

You may like to keep your hair out of your face, with a bandana, a braid or a pony tail.

Bring a shawl to cover yourself during relaxation and a bottle of water to drink.

Optional: bring a yoga mat, a sheepskin or a small blanket to protect your spine when on the floor and a small meditaition cushion, if you need one (These are provided by most studios, but it's the best to use your own in order to cultivate a positive habit).

Arrive 10 min before the class in order to change and relax.

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WHAT TO EXPECT IN A CLASS

 

Nidhan's personal preference is that everyone in the class forms a circle.

It's easier for the teacher to see what everyone is doing and the group energy is more supportive when we «can see ourselves in the eyes of one another».

 

The class begins with tuning in:

 

Chant 3x:

Ong Namo Gurudev Namo

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This mantra is called Adi Mantra and connects the individual with the Inner Pilot:

I bow to the Divine channel of wisdom,

I bow to the Divine Teacher within my Soul.

I bow to the Divine energy of the Infinite.

 

Chant 3x:

Ad Gure Nameh

Jugad Gure Nameh

Sat Gure Nameh

Siri Guru Dev-e Nameh.

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This is Mangalacharan Mantra, a link with the Golden Chain of the Yogic Lineage, with your teacher's Teacher's Teachers:

I bow to the Teacher who was there in the Begining.

I bow to the Teacher who was there through the Ages.

I bow to the Teacher who always teaches the Truth.

 

We warm up with up to four exercises, which vary from class to class,

or we may go straight into a Kriya.

 

Kriya is a precisely timed sequence of postures(asanas) and movement transitions, including specific breathing techniques (pranayam), hand gestures(mudra), eye positions(drishti), repetitive words of power (mantra) and  muscular contractions and relaxations of the locks (bhandas). With a practice of a particular kriya we direct the energy flow towards an intended direction such as healing the body, clarifying the mind, developing intuition. There are thousands of kriyas practised in kundalini yoga.

The ones in this course are selected from the manuals mostly published by Kundalini Research Institute.

 

After the kriya, there is a reccommended relaxation, to allow the body to integrate the benefits of the exercises.

A meditation follows, which includes again the elements of a kriya, that is, posture(s), breathing techniques, eye positions, mental focus, bhandas, visualisations and, sometimes, mantras.

There is a considerable choice of meditations in kundalini yoga. Some are done individually, as a group(eg. a healing circle) or in pairs (a Venus kriya).

 

Some practices in in kundalini yoga are silent, but a gong, other musical instruments as well as recorded music may be used in a class.

To end the class we sing x2:

May the long time sun shine upon you

All love surround you

And the pure light within you

Guide your way on.

 

Followed by x3

SAT NAM

This a bij mantra, meaning: My Name is Truth

By this mantra we are transforming bad habits and established unconscious patterns formed as a response to external influences and false preconceptions.

Sat Nam is a committment to be true to who you really are, to your Inner Truth.

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ABOUT KUNDALINI YOGA

 

A branch of the ancient discipline from Indian Subcontinent, practised for thousands of years, seems not only in India, but also in ancient Egypt and pre columbian Americas. Some elements of yoga are integrated in most ancient and present religious rituals and spiritual practies worldwide. However, yoga is neither a religion nor a philosophy, it is a sience. First recorded in Patanjali Sutras about 400AD, all forms of yoga consist of the same elements, in way of postures, breathing techniques, mental focus, attitudes, gestures, eye positions and repetitive sound current(mantra, naad).

The schools differ by the way they interpret the Yoga Sutras.

 

Kundalini yoga has developed focusing on spiraling energy and transformation through the ability to access the increased capacity of the brain (kunda, the cave, or the cavity of the scull, where the brain is curled and the great database of knowledge from individual's past incarnations is stored), the energy spiraling down and grounding itself through creative action. The brain impulse, descends to the base of the spine,  to Mulladhara chakra, the root energy centre, situated inside, about two centimeters above the perrenium,  where Kundalini, the Great Serpent of Power is curled (Kundal: a curl of the hair of the Beloved).

 

Demon Mulla, presiding over the Mulladhara demands that, in order to enter the Temple of Love, a disciple washes the feet in the blood if his/her own heart.

This is to warn the adept, that the safe way to release the kundalini energy on the way upward to the brain,  is to harness the demon Mulla, by squeezing the Mullabandha, the root lock and to open the heart centre, freeing the central pathway, or the Shushmana.

Specific to kundalini yoga is the order in which the sequences of the basic elements of yoga are performed (the kriya), with intention to «uncoil the serpent» and stimulate the flow of kundalini through the chakras (spinning vortexes)  achieving balance, harmony and radiance.

Yogic teaching that we do not learn anything new, but are just finding out more about who we really are, about what we already know. This is the Royal Path, Raj Yoga.

 

Note: the symbolism of the Serpent of Power is present in numerous traditions of the Ancients. In Toltec tradition a serpent represent the chains of the DNA (see the patterns on the serpent's back), the key to the the knowledge of the ancestors. In Ancient Egypt, the cobra goddess Meretseger , «she who loves silence»is the guardian of the tombs. Cobra Ureus, is the symbol of royalty, appearing on the brow of the King.

 

The knowledge of kundalini has been kept secret through the ages and passed only to the initiates.

Guru Nanak, the first of the Sikh gurus, asked that all Sikhs, men and women alike should learn about kundalini yoga, so since his time, it has been an integral part of Sikh spiritual practice.

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YOGI BHAJAN

 

Harbhajan Singh Khalsa PhD

 

He was the main Sikh Missionary for the Western Hemisphere, master of Kundalini Yoga and the Master of White Tantric Yoga, he held a degree in ecconomics, from the university of Punjab and a PhD from The University of Humanistic Studies, San Francisco.

Doctoral thesis entitled: Communication: Liberation or Condemnation.

 

Yogi Bhajan brought the science of kundalini yoga to America in 1969 and more than 1000 teachers have been formed under his auspices worldwide.

 

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