What is `Kundalini Yoga?
Kundalini refers to a stream of energy that rests at the base of
the spine. A Kundalini Yoga practice
helps awaken and move that energy with the aim of bringing the yogi to happiness, health, and
awareness. It’s a very personal practice, everyone works at a pace that is right for them on that
day and its very adaptable to all levels of fitness. But the shared experience is that by the end of
the session there will be a shift in the way you feel - sometimes challenges are thrown up to be
reflected on, sometimes you feel euphoric, sometimes energised and sometimes blissfully relaxed.
A Kundalini yoga class features different elements of asana,
meditation, and chanting, but it
combines these in unique way. Each class consists of a different set of poses - or kriya that are
designed for a specific purpose, such as opening the heart, fighting off illness, or nurturing
creativity. Each class includes a set of poses followed by relaxation and a meditation.
What to expect in this 4 week course
Each week will have the usual class structure outlined above but
we’ll be focussing on one of the
foundational practices of Kundalini Yoga
Kriya - The Physical stuff - the asana Kundalini style, movement
and why we do them this way.
Looking at the practices that may seem to set Kundalini apart - like wearing head coverings when
Naad - Using Sound - looking into how and why we use music,
mantra and gongs. Listening to
and learning the mantras that we use in every class, some that we use a lot and experiencing
different ways we absorb the sound current.
Prana - Moving Energy - learning some of the breathing exercises
we use regularly. Investigating
this practice’s focus on energetic channels (nadis) and centres (chakras) Kundalini energy and the
use of mulabandh.
Meditation - Expanding Conciousness - combining all the
practices we have looked at so far and
considering how they can bring us to a more meditative state and spirituality in yoga. Things we
can do to keep that feeling of expansion