Anybody else come to this crossroad?
What did you do?
Now I practice hatha yoga but I do some asanas dynamically and include some breath of fire. I don't want to acknowledge that I am doing KY.
Both the yoga and the religion drew me in to 3HO, but over time KY seemed to always hurt me. It felt too harsh and the meditations were too busy- not contemplative enough. Sikhism OTOH felt like what I had been searching for all my life, especially when all the complexities that Bhajan added to it were stripped away.
So I had no desire to continue KY after leaving Bhajanism but I very much desired to keep my relationship with the Guru. I don't consider myself a good Sikh, but I still consider myself a Sikh.
In that Hatha yoga class, the teacher taught us "bellows breath" which was exactly the same thing as Bhajan's "breath of fire."
Way I see it, every school of yoga was originally taken from somewhere else, "improved upon" and rebranded. Bhajan took yoga from other sources and altered it to make KY his brand. If others can make up yoga, why shouldn't you? It's your body; do what feels good!
Yoga is not OK for religious purposes if one is a Sikh, but this isn't strictly a Sikh forum. Perhaps yogic beliefs conflict with other religions as well? I dunno. But I agree with you that there's no problem doing yoga as a form of exercise.daansingh wrote:yoga is ok if not for religious purposes but as a physical excerise.
i asked this on the old forum but really did not get any responses. food..still vegetarians...pure.
or, do you enjoy a hamger and fries now and again? or, a t-bone steak?
And I'm omnivorous.
There a few very early photos of him in lotus pose, but that is it. It has always struck me as odd.
Is then any film of YB doing kundalini yoga? Did anyone ever see him practising?
The only thing that ever turned me off a little is seeing the large photos/posters of Yogi Bhajan in the studio. When I began, I instinctively felt that I didn't want to look at him as a master or guru or anything like that. That is my only slightly negative feeling about KY. Otherwise I have always felt the practice, meditations, and mantra to be relaxing as well as centering. All of the teachers and students I have come across have been good people. As with any group of people, I'm sure there are those that maybe do treat this practice in a cult-like manner. But, again, all of the teachers I have met with are very respectful of individuality and never have pushed any agenda.
I started practicing after Yogi Bhajan died so I have no way of forming any opinion on him. Of course, It's extremely disconcerting to read of the allegations against him. I have searched the internet to find conclusions on these lawsuits. What was his defense? Somewhere I read both lawsuits were expunged. But it's difficult to get any tangible information other than court documents regarding the allegations.
If YB is guilty of committing abuses against his students, this of course in horrifying. But, there is a separation between the man/teacher and the practice of Kundalini Yoga. He did not create Kundalini Yoga, he was the first person to bring it the United States/Western World. This does not mean that the yoga practice itself is a sham or harmful. Kundalini yoga has been around for centuries, from my understanding.