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Summary of Question:What is the Importance of Yoga in Sikh Dharma?
Category:Sikh Practices
Date Posted:Wednesday, 7/28/1999 11:31 PM MDT

SSA,

I've noticed that the Sikhnet website (through its connection with the 3HO organization), seems to support the practice of Kundalini Yoga. My question is, how is Yoga (especially of this type) important in our religion? I'm just starting to learn about our religion, and Kundalini Yoga's been mentioned only on this website. What exactly is it? Where can I get more information? And what is the relationship to Sikhism and Sikh practices (i.e. did the Gurus practice it, are there references to it in Bani?) Thank you for your help.

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Yoga and Sikhism:
Yes there is a connection between the two. As westerners we were introduced to the Khalsa Path by doing Yoga first. Everything we do as Sikhs is a practice of some form of Yoga.
Devotion to the Guru is Bhakti Yoga. Chanting and singing Gurubani is Mantra Yoga, Laya Yoga, and or Naad Yoga, depending on how you sing or chant it. The position you sit in to receive Amrit (sitting on one heel, one knee up,hands in prayer pose) is called Vir Assan. It is a Yoga posture to give you focus, clarity and courage.
In the time of Guru Gobind Singh his army used to practice quite a bit of Yoga to stay in shape and be fearless.
If you build a Gurdwara on a sand foundation, it will fall over very soon. Likewise, your physical body must have a strong nervous system to handle the challenges of life and still remain as a Khalsa. The yoga gives you the foundation to be a much better Khalsa. Yoga is practiced by people of all religions for the same reason. It helps them resist the lure of Maya and keep themselves in the highest consciousness.



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