Kundalini Yoga is an ancient technology that seems more relevant today given the stresses and uncertainties of our fast paced modern lives. It is a holistic practice of self discovery that teaches us to reconnect with our true nature through a synergistic blending of dynamic movement, breathing techniques, sound and meditation. It is a fast and effective way to build not only physical strength, but inner strength as well, and as the body becomes strong, so does the mind.
With regular practice Yoga can help improve circulation and flexibility, reduce stress, help us focus on the present and Kundalini Yoga in particular focusses on moving our energy to help cleanse emotional obstructions, allowing us to move out of habitual patterns and move forward. The real power of Kundalini Yoga lies in the experience.
What to expect in a class.
The class likely will open with the teacher saying ‘Sat Nam’, which is probably the most widely used mantra in Kundalini Yoga. Sat means truth – the reality of one’s existence, Naam means identity. It reminds us to come back to our true selves, beyond the ego.
Tuning in with Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo. This mantra honours the divine wisdom in all of us and helps to centre both the teacher and the student. It is usually followed by a second mantra: Aad guray nameh, jugaad guray nameh, sat guray nameh, siree guroo dayv-ay nameh. This mantra helps clear the clouds of doubt and opens us to guidance and protection. It surrounds the magnetic field with protective light.
Warm Ups and Kriya: Usually there will be some warm up exercises and stretching before starting what is called a Kriya. Kundalini Yoga is really a technology introduced to the west by Yogi Bhajan in the 60’s. There are many different Kriyas. One day we might be working on Stress and the Kidneys, another class might focus on inner anger, another on the Immune System and so on. For this reason I encourage you to try more than one class, as each time there is a different set of exercises and focus.
Relaxation and Meditation: The order might be reversed depending on the teacher or kriya being taught. The relaxation time helps to integrate the exercises and the Meditation also varies. There are many different Meditations, just like the Kriyas. Some are chanting and some breathing. Many students feel a little intimidated with the chanting so if you don’t want to, don’t. After attending a few classes though you will start to join in. It is one of the best ways to overcome energy blocks in your throat chakra and I certainly wouldn’t be teaching today if it were not for chanting mantras.
Closing: We sing ‘May the Long time Sun shine upon you, all love surround you and the pure light within you, guide your way on.’ When Yogi Bhajan first heard this song he asked for it to be sung at the end of each class.
‘An attitude of gratitude, is the highest yoga’ Yogi Bhajan