SPOTLIGHT ON KUNDALINI YOGA
I love experimenting with yoga… we (yoga teachers) call it yoga-slutting. We rendezvous with a different practice. Sometimes just once, other times we enjoy a little love affair.
Part of my love for skipping about Sydney (and further afield) trying different teachers and styles is that it broadens my concept of yoga. It teaches me, as a teacher, new was of bringing yoga into my student’s lives. But it also encourages me to step out of my comfort zone and not get too attached to my own practice.
So recently I started attending a few Kundalini classes and I’d love to share some info on it with you today.
Kundalini is, in a nut-shell, a very powerful spiritual practice. Originally taught by Yogi Bhajan, it is now an ever-growing popular style of yoga. In this transformative yoga practice you will work on your physical, spiritual, and mental layers of being and this can be done in a number of ways.
What does the word, Kundalini mean?
Well, in Sanskrit it means coil. Kundalini is the energy within every human being. And it lives at the base of your spine, a coiled, snake-like energy naked to the idea but well documentated by spiritual seekers and yogis for centuries. It is believed that by awakening this dormant energy, which travels up the Shushumna Nadi (the energetic channel which is the spine on the physical level), slowly opening and unlocking each chakra, and helping the individual reach spiritual enlightening and divine union.
For some of you, this might be the first time you’ve heard of Kundalini – and perhaps you are thinking what a whole lot of of voodoo crap. And that’s cool – I’m not here to convince you. But bare in mind this isn’t a concept just concocted last Thursday – we are talking thousands of years of information shared and passed down from yogi to yogi.
So, if Kundalini is about awakening an energy for enlightening, divine union – how does this happen?
What can you expect in a Kundalini class?
- Powerful breathing exercises.
- Chanting – mantras
- Postures includes mudras (gestures/seals)
Sometimes you might do ONE downward facing dog in a 75 minute class but have a stronger energetic reaction that if you were doing a dynamic class.
A kundalini yoga class is based on Kriyas – also known as a ‘set’ of exercises. This basically works to focus in on specific areas allowing you to experience quite deep and profound reactions, changes and responses.
For me, Kundalini usually brings me to tears at some point – I don’t practice it all the time because it often makes me feel quite raw and open. But every now and then I feel I need that – to have my heart space cracked wide open.
It is believed that practising Kundalini yoga keeps the body, mind and spirit in shape – preparing you to maintain clam, focus and happiness in the face of adversity, stress, change, pain, troubles – LIFE basically.
The KM Yoga school in Bondi Junction, Sydney says this about Kundalini:
The effect (of Kundalini) is a heightened self-awareness and vitality that allows you to harness mental and emotional energy. Individuals feel more in control of themselves, with enhanced peace of mind, concentration and a deeper inner calm and self-confidence. No matter what your age or physical capacity is, Kundalini yoga and meditation can have immediate benefits.
Sounds powerful huh? Well it is and if you are ready and willing you can enjoy Kundalini for all it’s worth.
There’s not much more to say than get to a class and try it. It’ll rock your world and potentially open you up to something incredible.
Maybe I’ll see you on the mat?
If you practice, or have tried Kundalini I’d love to hear your experience and if not what do you think of Kundalini Yoga?