Shuniya Kundalini Yoga’s goal is to assist you in improving your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being and health, enhancing your self-esteem and self-confidence and enabling you to develop healthy and fulfilling relationships with yourself, others, nature and the transcendental.
Shuniya |shoo-nee- yuh| means 'zero', 'nothing', and describes a state of awareness in which the mind is brought to complete stillness, perfect harmony, neutrality, peaceful calm. It is a state of emptiness, where no positive or negative is assigned to things: there is no good or bad, there is no trying, no searching, no desire, no wanting. There is nothing. From the state of ‘shuniya’ things can simply unfold, without you having to 'try' or 'do' anything. You just create the required empty space and then watch how things happen and unfold.
This is the state we try to reach through Kundalini Yoga and Meditation. Learning to develop this internal quiet offers numerous and profound benefits, such as awakening the body's innate self-healing potential and facilitating self-knowledge and self-transformation. Shuniya Kundalini Yoga is dedicated to help you uncoil your own potential, so you can experience for yourself that nothing has to come from the outside: all is in you, you are the storehouse of your totality.
The Sanskrit word 'yoga' comes from the word 'to yoke', which means 'to join together', 'to unite', 'to unify'. Yoga is the union of the individual's consciousness with the infinite consciousness. Viewing yoga only as a physical exercise system for vitality and health does not do it justice, and neither does seeing it solely as a psychological system that develops the potential of the psyche. Essentially, yoga is a relationship, a union, of body, mind and soul; of self (the individual consciousness) and Self (the Universal Consciousness). It is not a religion, it is a spiritual discipline of self-actualisation and self-realisation, of awareness unfolding. Apart from bringing many physical and mental benefits, it also takes you on a journey of finding your inner self. It is you relating to your spirit, your essence, your higher self, in the most personal inner relationship. In Kundalini Yoga this is called 'Sat Nam': 'Truth is my Identity'.
Yogi Bhajan, the Master who brought Kundalini Yoga to the West and in whose tradition I teach, wrote the following about the role of the state of shuniya for a Kundalini Yoga teacher:
So the first principle of a teacher is, "I am not." If you cannot practice shuniaa, you cannot be a teacher of Kundalini Yoga. Shuniaa means zero. The moment you become zero, then all powers will prevail through you. The power of a teacher of Kundalini Yoga is in his zero, in his shunnyaa. In shuniaa you become zero, you reduce everything to nothing: "I am nothing. Everything is nothing. There's nothing to be nothing." The moment you become that, then everything radiates from you.
Shuniya means zero. The moment you become zero, then all powers will prevail through you… The moment you become that, then everything radiates from you. Kundalini Yoga is a method to become nothing, so that everything can flow through you. That's all it is.
Kundalini Yoga uses pranayam and bandha to create the state of stillness — shuniya — "zero." Into this stillness, a seed — bij — is planted to create a new rhythm or pattern of being. Thus, the kundalini flows.