The term "yoga" comes from a Sanskrit word meaning "union" or "connection".
At its most practical level yoga is a process of becoming more aware of who we are and therefore feel connected. As such, yoga is a process of self-discovery. This leads us to self-mastery and self-realisation.
Everything we do can become yoga if it is done with awareness. Awareness is the key to discovering all the mysteries of who we truly are and reveals the luminous intelligence and the beauty that lies within us.
There are many traditional yogic paths that propose different techniques to find balance and health, to awaken our consciousness and to facilitate greater awareness and connection to self and life. Personally I fell in love with Kundalini Yoga instantly, it was resonating with me straight away because it is very complete.
Kundalini Yoga was brought to the Occident by Yogi Bhajan at the late sixties, this is how it became popular in the West. Nevertheless, it is an ancient technique used in different lineages, combining dynamic physical exercises and postures (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama), control of subtle forces (mudra and bandha), cleansing the body-mind (shat karma), chanting of mantras and the science of sound and vibration, many forms of meditation and relaxation to balance body, mind and soul. Each Kriya – sequence of postures – is dedicated to a specific subject. Almost all the current yoga postures are present (cobra, triangle, bow, wheel, etc.) Headstands and extreme stretching poses are not part of the practice. It is a yoga that is very accessible to anyone, at any time, any age. Yogi Bhajan wanted it to be a householder yoga with techniques we can integrate in our day to day lives without the need to retreat from society. It proposes a vast toolkit of exercises for different situations, very simple and yet so effective.