Published by Sounds True Publishers, Boulder Colorado
LEARN TO SHIFT YOUR ENERGY PATTERNS TO HEALTH AND RADIANCE
Essential Kundalini Yoga: An Invitation to Radiant Health, Unconditional Love, and The Awakening of Your Energetic Potential, shares ancient, effective techniques, and provides clear understanding of the underlying energy behind human potential, health and peace of mind. Co-authors Dharm Khalsa and Karena Virginia dispel the mystery and trepidation many experience along the path, replacing it with confidence and ease. This is a book that makes timeless techniques accessible to the modern world and uplifting your personal energy easy to feel comfortable with.
KARENA VIRGINIA & DHARM KHALSA
A SPECIAL NOTE FROM THE AUTHORS
August 9, 2020
We would like to share a message with love in our hearts, and a prayer of healing for all. We spent three years writing Essential Kundalini Yoga as a gift from the depths of our beings to each of you. Today we are writing again from our depths to let you know that we do not condone conduct that uses a position of authority to hurt, abuse or manipulate another human being.
The soul-level virtues of compassion, respect, integrity, humility, responsibility, harmony and heartfelt love are essential for humanity. Anyone in a position of trusted leadership, whether in a position of providing spiritual or moral guidance, or holding public office, implying that virtues of the soul are relevant while at the same time conducting themselves in complete opposition to their own statements, are creating a dangerous volatile mix of harm, pain and emotional confusion.
Today we are writing about Yogi Bhajan, and as students who trusted him, it is very difficult to do. We have sad hearts having to write a message like this, but we feel we must. If you have not heard about what has been recently revealed about Yogi Bhajan this note may be surprising to you.
Yogi Bhajan passed away 16 years ago. Over the course of this year it has become clear that there was sexual misconduct and manipulation by Yogi Bhajan that occurred during his lifetime. Although the behavior was in the past, there is emotional pain remaining for many and which in some cases is just emerging now. The swirling mix of emotions are incredibly challenging to every one of us who trusted his guidance, and we ourselves are processing deeply, as are many others.
Abusive behavior hidden beneath spirituality is especially confusing and offensive. This old archetype is being exposed in many arenas at this time on the planet. Yogi Bhajan brought transformational teachings to the west, at the same time we see where he failed to meet his own standards. We do not condone his failures and stand with those who feel harmed.
Fundamentally, we return again and again to pray for healing - for the women who have come forward, for any individuals who are hurting, for the community that was close to Yogi Bhajan, and all practitioners of Kundalini yoga around the world. As a path forward we are committing to work for empathy, acknowledgment, healing, wisdom and transformation.
Without wishing to diminish any processing - and in fact the true experience of our pain is essential - we also have come to see that there is a profound opportunity within this experience. We are at the doorway of transcending the old piscean guru-student paradigm, so once and for all we may step into the truth of our own direct connection to the infinite guidance, wisdom and loving awareness that is accessible to all. This was the next chapter of the spiritual journey all along. Yet the guru-disciple paradigm of the past prevented the page from being turned. That traditional paradigm served the world of yoga for thousands of years, and brought many benefits. But clearly, especially in light of these revelations about Yogi Bhajan as well as others in positions of spiritual authority of various faiths and lineages, its time has passed. This challenge is an extremely powerful opportunity to transcend. After a long period of processing, and hearing enough details first hand that we are certain they are true, we also can see this as a paradigm shifting opportunity to activate. Yet first the pain must be felt. Empathy must be activated. Truly we are only beginning a long process of healing and transformation.
The message is that each of us has the ability to become clear vessels. We have found that using sound current, meditation, mudra and our sacred breath allow each of us to directly access divinity.
Essential Kundalini Yoga was written to convey the essence of the practice while stepping out of the box. Our goal was to connect heart to heart with each reader to convey the beauty and healing of this practice. Everything from the writing to the photography, was carefully created to support your practice, your understanding and a profound experience of self. As a concept it steps beyond the borders that are often thought of as “kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan”. Breaking free of any paradigm requires courage, and we are proud of the balance that was achieved and the boldness it required. We stand fully behind the fundamentals that the book explains, the voice it carries, and the wisdom that we hope you can gain by the practices in it.
Kundalini yoga is not about Yogi Bhajan. It is about Prana, the life force of the universe that awakens each of us, carries wisdom, and activates the most profound aspects of our beings. The three pointed balance is to be grateful for what one has received, valuing the transformative strength of the practice, while at the same refusing to rationalize or bypass damaging behavior, and most importantly, working towards positive change for the future.
We hope you continue to practice kundalini yoga, because in spite of what Yogi Bhajan did, these practices, mantras and the community of practitioners is profound. We promise you that we commit to bringing you only techniques and concepts that empower you. We wrote essential Kundalini yoga with you and the power of this time in our minds. We wanted to bring you a very accessible and heart centered form of kundalini yoga with other tools for self sovereignty.
Any spiritual guide or teacher today who is not providing the key and the pathway to connecting with the very same wisdom they themselves claim to access is acting out of the old paradigm. As we endeavor to follow our inner guidance with discernment, we promise you that our mission was the same when we wrote the book: to help people access the miracle of their own energy, wisdom, and guidance within the self.
We care about you. We want to help to heal those who were hurt, work to make things better, and most of all honor all women all over the world who have suffered the degradation of misogyny.
We are grateful for this practice. Yet we do not condone the behavior of Yogi Bhajan or any person who abuses their position or authority. We are devoted to God, love you, stand with you and will not accept any form of manipulation. That is our promise.
Co-authors of Essential Kundalini Yoga
A beautifully presented, simply written and accessible portrait of kundalini yoga from the authors’ unique perspective.
ACADEMY AWARD WINNING ACTOR AND AUTHOR
Kundalini Yoga has given me the tools to thrive in my life. I am thrilled to see a book written about Kundalini Yoga that is for everyone.I believe that this book will give you tools to elevate your life.
AWARD WINNING ACTRESS AS
"TRINITY" in THE MATRIX, AND FOUNDER OF ANNAPURNA LIVING
Karena and Dharm have created a gem here in this book. It demonstrates how Kundalini Yoga can be used to connect the higher frequencies, the ocean of love, and your abilities of attraction. I highly recommend Essential Kundalini Yoga for those who are called to break through limiting beliefs and enter the world of all possibilities.
RECOGNIZED SPIRITUAL TEACHER, SACRED ARTS MUSICIAN, AUTHOR OF "ANGELS GATHER HERE", AND OTHER TITLES
Karena and Dharm invite us to dissolve the beliefs that keep us feeling lost, using the simple magic of Kundalini breathwork, so we can hear the sometimes barely-audible voice of our own intuition and follow our grace
"THE ART OF INTENTION" AND MASTER
If you’re looking for a miracle in your life this book could be it. It is a must read for anyone interested in energizing their mind, healing their body, and activating their spirit. We need this book now more than ever
DR. DHARMA SINGH KHALSA, MD
PRESIDENT OF THE ALZHEIMER'S RESEARCH AND PREVENTION
FOUNDATION, AND BEST SELLING AUTHOR OF "BRAIN LONGEVITY" AND OTHER TITLES
Karena and Dharm illuminate a rich, complex practice with friendliness, joy, and love. This book gives practitioners of all levels the skills and confidence they need for a powerful, nurturing kundalini yoga practice.
INTERNATIONALLY CELEBRATED YOGA TEACHER, SOCIAL ACTIVIST AND CO-FOUNDER OF "OFF THE MAT, INTO THE WORLD"
Essential Kundalini Yoga provides an intelligent insight into the healing and miracles of Kundalini Yoga that will inspire not only the beginner, but the regular practitioner as well.
LEADING SACRED CHANT AND KIRTAN MUSICIAN, AND AUTHOR OF "ORIGINAL LIGHT"
This book will show you the way to unlock strengths you never knew you had.
WINNING SURVIVOR OF CBS'S HIT SHOW "SURVIVOR"
Akin to books by Thich Nhat Hanh and Abraham-Hicks, first time student to seasoned practitioners will get that instant sense of calm and inspiration, regardless of which page they flip to, or how much time spent indulging in any given sitting.
ACTRESS, TV & RADIO PERSONALITY, AND
HEALTHY LIFESTYLE EXPERT
A beautifully presented book, written with sensitivity, both to yogic principles and practice, and the need of our times to undertake what we do with an attitude of loving kindness and a gentle nurturing of self.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who is drawn to Yoga, be they newbies or more seasoned proponents
NICKY HAMID PHD.
AUTHOR OF "THE SHIFT TO 5TH DIMENSION: REMINDERS FOR AWAKENING ANGELS" AND OTHER TITLES
There are very many books out there that tell you what to do, but very few crafted as well as this that explain and demonstrate how to work with these esoteric techniques. The "how to" instructions for the postures, breath, and visualization in each pose allows deep access to the experiential aspect of our Divine Nature.
J. MICHAEL WOOD
FOUNDER OF MEDICAL QIGONG
I enthusiastically recommend these practices to my patients and have been nothing short of amazed at the results. Essential Kundalini Yoga is an urgently needed guide to self-initiation and healing in today's world.
KELLY BROGAN, M.D.
NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLING AUTHOR
Karena and Dharm have created a masterpiece that enables us to move beyond the limitations of the mind so we can live in our brilliance and share your light with the world. Essential Kundalini Yoga is a simple guide book to help you blossom into your full form instead of settling for a mediocre life or hiding behind humility.
FEATURED ON OPRAH WINFREY'S "BELIEF" TELEVISION SERIES, AND FOUNDER OF "MADE WITH PURPOSE"
Karena Virginia and Dharm Khalsa have written a beautiful book of timeless wisdom that brings the magic of Kundalini Yoga to a new audience. I am delighted that this book has been brought forth as a gift of love for new yogis to discover and to become inspired within its practice.”
TV PERSONALITY AND AUTHOR OF "PLANNING FOR SUCCESS"
Karena and Dharm are gifted teachers who have written a visually stunning book that is easy to follow and truly helpful. Everything in this book is accessible and inspiring! It’s full of divine wisdom and so much love!
SIRI BANI CINDY LUDLAM
FOUNDER OF KUNDALINI YOGA BOSTON, AND OF "YOU GO GIRL YOGA"
Essential Kundalini Yoga is a book for first timers as well as long time practitioners. Kundalini yoga uses ancient, time-tested exercises to optimize the flow of Prana through to the entire nervous system. The easy to follow explanations in this book bridge the detailed science of Western medicine with Eastern philosophies from experts in the field of health, wellbeing and mindset
DR. PAUL GILSON, MD.
CLINICAL PROFESSOR OF NEUROBIOLOGY AT ROBERT JOHNSON SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
KARENA VIRGINIA brings 20 years of experience as a certified healer and registered instructor in the kundalini and hatha schools. Before her teaching career she worked in the entertainment industry as an actor and model. She lives in New York City. For more about Karena click to visit karenavirginia.com.
DHARM KHALSA was trained directly by Yogi Bhajan, for whom he was a personal assistant for many years. He has taught kundalini yoga since 1980 and practiced hatha yoga since childhood. He is on the Board of Directors of 3HO Foundation and the Siri Singh Sahib Corporation, the non profits overseeing the kundalini community since founder Yogi Bhajan's passing. He lives in New Mexico. For more about Dharm click to visit dharmji.com.
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