What is Kundalini Yoga?
Kundalini Yoga is a blend of Raja Yoga, Shakti Yoga and Bhakti Yoga. Raja Yoga works on bringing the body and mind into a one- pointed focus through the practice of meditation, and mental and physical control. Shakti Yoga is the expression of the divine feminine energy and power within. Bhakti Yoga is a devotional form of yoga that uses mantras. The word ‘Kundalini’ refers to an energy that lies coiled and usually dormant at the base of the spine. It is a potent reservoir of energy that can be unlocked to impart oneself with vitality, radiance, and grace. It is a dynamic form of yoga that unlocks your unique human potential.
Kundalini Yoga awakens your higher consciousness and connects you to the universal consciousness. On a spiritual level It gives the yogi the tools needed to explore beyond the self, to merge with the infinite consciousness, and to nurture the soul. On a physical level, through posture work and pranayama, it energizes the body and calms the mind. It helps to balance emotions and works on increasing flexibility and flow of prana throughout the whole body.
Kundalini Yoga establishes a harmonious relationship between the mind, body, and soul. It is a quicker way of raising your vibration and connecting to your higher consciousness than other types of Yoga.
How does Kundalini Yoga work?
Through the practice of Pranayama (breathing techniques), Asana (postures), mantra (repeated sounds) and meditation, Kundalini Yoga regulates the mental, physical, and nervous energies of the body. It draws the kundalini energy upwards from the base of the spine, which is then integrated into our body. It releases stale blocks of energy from the body, and re directs the flow. As a result, our energy levels rise (shakti) and a balancing of the chakras occurs. We begin to shift our orientation to the upper chakras, where an authentic relationship with our higher consciousness can blossom and grow.
The word yoga means to yoke or to join. Yoga is a technology that unites the individual consciousness with the universal consciousness. In all styles of Yoga spiritual growth, awareness and physical wellbeing are promoted.
A regular practice of Kundalini Yoga develops strength and grace, discipline and calibre, creativity, and authenticity. As you experience the practice in your heart, you expand your consciousness and connect to your inner light, your original self. From this point you enrich your daily life with radiance and creativity.
What are the benefits of Kundalini Yoga?
- Breathes energy into your life
- Increases your flexibility
- Increases your will power
- Connects you to your creative energy
- Strengthens the nervous system
- Increases self-awareness
- Develops intuition
- Changes how you feel for the better
- Connects you to your higher consciousness
- Maximizes your full potential
- Raises your vibration
- Creates healing from the inside out
- Balances Prana and Apana, the life force energy verses the elimination energy
How is Kundalini Yoga different to other forms of Yoga?
Kundalini Yoga combines Pranayama, Asana, Meditation, Mantras, Mudras and Drishti. A mudra is an energetic seal and a gesture of consciousness. It is created by placing your hands and fingers in a specific position.
Drishti are specific eye focus points that accompany most postures and meditations that help to concentrate the mind. These combined elements quickly direct the attention to the present moment and set the inner stillness of the heart and the mind.
There are literally thousands of Kundalini Yoga Kriyas to choose from that target specific systems within the body and the mind. Kriya means action. Each class you attend will be different, and you will have a new experience during and after each class.
It is a dynamic practice that delivers results which are fast and direct. It is an excellent style of yoga to practise within the demands of the modern world. It is an accessible yoga that anyone can practise and feel the benefits of. It is a transformational yoga and it empowers you to let go of the things in your life that no longer serve you.
What should I expect in a Kundalini Yoga class?
Each class will be different from week to week giving you a unique experience each time you practise. The class structure consists of pranayama (breathing techniques), Kriya (a series of breath, postures and sound that have a specific outcome), relaxation and meditation. You can expect to move and to hold postures for a set time. Expect to breathe in ways you may not have imagined! Expect to experience wonderful meditations and to chant mantras. Expect to feel a positive difference within yourself at the end of the class.
What can you expect from me as your yoga teacher?
- A warm welcome.
- An experienced practitioner.
- An experienced teacher.
- A sense of humour.
- A down to earth approach.
- Life experience.
- A thoughtfully chosen and well- prepared class.
- A relaxed atmosphere and environment for you to have an experience in.
- Professional competence: A qualified Level 1 Kundalini Yoga teacher.
- Integrity: I have my own daily spiritual practice.
- I follow a yogic lifestyle and diet.
- I am a member of KYTA and IKYTA (Kundalini Yoga teachers association and International KYTA)