As I looked around in class today I noticed the students were all experienced with Kundalini Yoga. Although from a Yogic perspective the few months they have been learning and practicing Kundalini Yoga is not much, given the power of this system, I know it is not insignificant either. What this allowed, of course, was for me to take the class up a notch in terms of level and difficulty. I also know that many of these now experienced students actually relish the challenge of more advanced Kundalini Yoga Kriyas, so this was the perfect chance to teach them that.
I started class with a new pranayama breathing exercise and also decided to vary the traditional Spinal warm-ups that we do. In general, a Kundalini Yoga teacher practices all the exercises with the class. This of course serves to demonstrate the exercise, but it also lets an adept teacher raise his level of energy, thus serving to uplift the overall energy of the entire class and participants. Usually I can only participate in a limited capacity because my primary responsibility is to ensure the students are doing everything correctly and safely. Today though was a lucky day for me, since the students were sufficiently advanced, I too was able to give myself more to the yoga and pranayama practice.
In the varied spinal warm-up, I was demonstrating a different way to do Yoga Camel Ride (Spine Flex Yoga Exercise) when the exercise began to take over. Once I brought it to a particular pace and rhythm it triggered the energy pathways (nadis) to open and then Kundalini Shakti began rising in waves up my back and flooding my brain. Once this began, the exercise propelled itself and more and more Kundalini streamed into my higher centers (chakras). Instantly, drastic changes began taking place in consciousness as I felt the enormity and power of unadulterated infinite mind. My entire system was flushed with energy and I would have gone further, but, I had a class to teach :-). So I gladly returned to the company of my beloved students and we went on from there.
The important point I want to make here is that you must work to authenticate spiritual teachings for yourself so that you can make them your very own. To just run around and quote other Yoga Masters and parrot various claims is immature and your teachings will lack conviction. Your goal has to be to stand on your own and be authentic. When the teachings become authentic, you will also be able to contribute to them and then you be original. Of course study the teachings and learn from others, but, endeavor always to make the knowledge first hand by direct experience so that you become a true source of light and inspiration.