PAVEL LANGER (TAJ SANDEEP SINGH)
Hello everyone, my name is Pavel / Taj Sandeep Singh. My spiritual name resonates with being fearless and joyful. I like both names, call me as you like. I am originally from the Czech Republic and started yoga in my teens. I was also drawn to full moon meditations, men’s circles and Native American sweat lodges.
In 2015 I moved to York and started a 3-year Ashtanga journey, enjoying building strength and deepening my understanding of the philosophy of yoga. A couple of years ago I started looking for a spiritual practice and found Kundalini yoga. I immersed myself in the beauty of this style of yoga; with its particular practices and direction, I quickly got rid of old habits which didn’t serve me anymore. I saw how beneficial this style of yoga is for me. After finishing my teacher training course it was a natural flow to share the teachings with other people. Kundalini yoga is practical, challenging and also very beautiful. I’ll be doing some further training in India next year too.
I am a passionate musician, playing piano, guitar, drums and harmonium – you can expect me to bring some of these instruments to my classes. I like working with the sound current (naad - mantras & chanting) and dynamic yoga as well as deep meditation. I also work as a Tuina practitioner in York.
Why kundalini yoga?
I believe that kundalini yoga is the most powerful tool known to human kind at this age. It is essentially a technology that everyone can acquire and that is helpful in many aspects such as tuning into your body and finding what does not work properly and then getting clear tools on how to work with it (eg. weak kidneys or thyroid); going through any block that has been created (eg. childhood traumas) or that you have created yourself in your mind; developing a neutral mind so you are becoming an observer to a situation rather then being dragged into the emotional turmoil.
Kundalini yoga was first mentioned in the Vedas, it is truly an ancient practice thousands of years old. In the past there would be a master yogi and a student that would be given one kriya for his/her life. For example he/she would be given a mantra. Normally one would need to study Hatha yoga for many years before "qualyfying" to Kundalini yoga.
Yogi Bhajan started teaching Kundalini yoga despite the fact that this was such a sacred practice. Why? Because he believed that in today's age there is simply no time for waiting 10 years to get one kriya so he made this practice available for everyone. Everything is happening so fast (and is speeding up). All the 4G, 5G, Wifi, commercials, media, adverts, internet overstimulates our nervous system. This is a cause of stress. And this is one of the reasons that people are unhappy. It's just simply too much to bear. When one strenghtens their nervous system he/she becomes more resilient to any stress from outside. Practicing Kundalini yoga balances the glandular system and in turn hormonal release, thus the body works at its best. One develops neutral mind and learns how to act rather than react. Nowadays there are more than 70.000 kriyas and meditations, all free to learn at https://www.libraryofteachings.com/.
Given the fact that Kundalini yoga is simply the most dynamic form of yoga it is clear that this practice will not be serving everyone. Some people may choose a more gentle way of rising the consciousness and that is absolutely fine. Everybody has a different path and pace. From my point of view, steady practice of Kundalini yoga is very benefitial for everyone.