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What is Kundalini Yoga?

Pastor Kim Reising

“Kundalini Yoga is the science to unite the finite with Infinity, and it’s the art to experience Infinity in the finite.”  -Yogi Bhajan-

Kundalini Yoga is called the Yoga of Awareness. It is a dynamic, powerful tool that is designed to give you an experience of your soul.

I have found Kundalini yoga to be a technique which allows me to harness the mental, physical, and nervous energies of my body and guide them in the direction that I desire. Prior to my practice, I was unable to sit quietly and pray or meditate for more than 5-10 minutes; I can now sit quietly for hours!

Kundalini Yoga is not a religion. Practicing the technology of Kundalini Yoga has the effect of awakening, stimulating and uplifting spiritual consciousness. It serves to enhance whatever faith tradition or spiritual path that you follow. I have found it to be very beneficial in my own journey towards a deeper, more intimate relationship with God through Jesus the Christ.

This technology precisely and consciously combines breathing, mudra (hand position), eye-focus, mantra (chanting), body locks (intentionally tightening muscles in a particular region of the body), and postures to balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system, expand lung capacity, and purify the blood. It brings balance to the body, mind, and soul.

The person who brought the practice of Kundalini yoga to the United States from Pakistan is Yogi Bhajan (Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji), who became a US citizen in 1976. Yogi Bhajan was raised in a Sikh (religion) family and continued in this spiritual tradition.

Kundalini Yoga is a yoga for the common person, for people who have to cope with the daily challenges and stresses of holding jobs, raising families, and managing businesses. It is a practice for everyone who wants to learn the skills and techniques that can allow one to cope successfully with the challenges of daily living.

I continue to find great value in my daily practice of Kundalini yoga. Over the past 16 years of my practice I have experienced an increase in flexibility, stamina, and my ability to remain centered and grounded in stressful situations. I begin each day with practice and meditation.

There is a small group of practitioners in the Evansville area, some of us gather on each Thursday evening here at Zion to enjoy the benefits of shared energy in a group practice, to experience different styles of group leadership, to learn new techniques and to share the nurturing experience of community.

I invite you to join us.

What is the Zion Center for Spiritual Development and Healing?

Pastor Kim Reising

I came to Zion in 2015 with a vision for creating a welcoming space for practitioners of alternative spiritual and healing practices.  This vision is born of my belief that Christianity has been too exclusive and judgmental in relation to other faith traditions and the spiritual/healing practices that have been developed around the world, over thousands of years.

My goal is to bridge the chasm that has formed and bring the wealth of experience and knowledge from “marginalized” traditions and practices together in one place. I believe this is being faithful to the Way of Jesus, and brings a smile to God’s face.

The Zion Center is a ministry of Zion Evangelical United Church of Christ, that intentionally reaches out to those who have been hurt or judged by the traditional Christian church, or those who choose to follow a more universal spiritual path that respects every tradition built on unconditional love.

The Zion Center provides a way to experience the love of God and the support of community, but it does not require participation in traditional Christian worship or engagement with traditional Christian practices. Still these valuable resources are available on a weekly basis for those who wish to experience them for the first time, or return to try again.

Oneness with God, unity with the Creator, connection with the Ultimate Source, is the end purpose of nearly all spiritual traditions and practices, including Christianity.  This goal is clearly expressed in the teaching of Jesus and articulated by Jesus in John 17:25 (also the motto of the UCC) “that we may all be one.”

The logo for the Zion Center was designed by a personal friend and professional graphic designer, Deborah Doleh.  I told her I wanted a dove which is representative of the Holy Spirit in the Christian tradition and also as a sign of Peace across the world.  I wanted the colors of the chakras (energy centers in the human body recognized by eastern traditions), which are also the colors of the rainbow. The final symbol is the lotus petal, a symbol of spiritual enlightenment in eastern spiritual practices. Thank you Deborah for a beautiful graphic representation of the mission and vision of the Zion Center.

Spiritual development and healing are gifts that we as a Christian church with a rich history and tradition of faith, have to offer our community. The Zion Center is a way to make those resources available and accessible to the community. As we are able to do this, we may be reshaped, reformed and revived by the community that gathers here. Zion can continue to be a vibrant community of healing, learning and wholeness into the future.

Thank you for the opportunity to travel a new path through familiar terrain and discover the new thing that God may be doing in our midst!