Ce este Kundalini Yoga?
KundaliniYoga este o stiinta straveche ce integreaza toate instrumentele si tehnicile din yoga: sunete, miscare, meditatie, respiratie. Este o tehnologie puternica, potrivita timpurilor noastre (Aquarian Age), deoarece este cea mai puternica forma de yoga. Produce rezultate de 16 ori mai repede decat orice alta forma de yoga si raspunde pe deplin nevoilor omului secolului 21, coplesit de stres si de noile tehnologii. Este yoga care isi tine promisiunea, si anume Transformarea personala. Dezvoltarea intuitiei, gasirea scopului in viata, a menirii fiecaruia, un corp sanatos si o minte echilibrata sunt numai cateva din beneficiile directe, conditia fiind practica sincera, dedicata, minim 3 minute pe zi.
Ce facem intr-o sesiune de Kundalini Yoga?
Fiecare clasa de Kundalini Yoga este diferita. Sunt sute si mii de tehnici. Vei regăsi elemente comune, dar de fiecare data vei experimenta altceva.
De ce să practici Kundalini Yoga?
Pentru că se adreseaza unui spectru larg de probleme, acoperind toate ariile de interes Minte- Corp. Iata numai cateva exemple:
in plan fizic: kryia pentru inima, kryia pentru rinichi, sistemul limfatic, Lasa-ti ficatul sa traiasca etc.
psihologic: Kryia impotriva depresiei, stresului, anxietatii, TOC-sau OCD/ Tulburari obsesiv compulsive, adictii etc.
energetic: Kria pentru echilibrul prana- apana, Echilibreaza mintea si inima etc
transformare personala: Sat kryia, Nabhi kryia, Provoacă-ți Ego-ul, Ego Eradicator etc.
„Kundalini Yoga consists of active and passive asana-based kriyas, pranayama, and meditations which target the whole body system to develop awareness, consciousness and spiritual strength.” —Yogi Bhajan
Kundalini yoga—you’ve seen it on the schedule, you’ve seen it at yoga festivals, and your co-worker can’t stop raving about it. Despite Kundalini’s popularity, many of us still live in oblivion when it comes to this sacred, meditation practice. We’re here to dismantle those questions, hopefully creating a path for you to easily and enjoyably practice Kundalini yoga.
Kundalini is unique in that it’s all about breath and internal energy. Despite its ancient roots, it’s also a totally accessible form of self-care that can slide easily (and really, should) into your wellness routine.
What is the purpose of Kundalini yoga?
According to the Kundalini Research Institute, the primary objective of Kundalini is “to awaken the full potential of human awareness in each individual; that is, recognize our awareness, refine that awareness, and expand that awareness into the unlimited Self.” Basically, you’re on a physical and mental mission to clear away the mental clutter and dive right into the truest parts of yourself.
Kundalini is also a little more lax than other spiritual practices—there are aren’t any super strict rules or pieces of dogma that claim it to be “the” way to access one’s Higher Self, Kundalini is simply “a way.” The word “Kundalini” is an ancient Sanskrit word that literally translated to “coiled snake.” Early practitioners of Eastern Religion (this was before Hinduism and Buddhism really took off), believed that each individual possessed a divine energy at the base of the spine. To access the energy, we needed to put in the energy of “uncoiling the snake.”
How does Kundalini Yoga work?
The combination of breathwork and meditation in Kundalini yoga is designed to raise complete mental and physical awareness so that you can handle the power of the rising Kundalini energy.
Because of the sensitive nature of Kundalini (doing all that internal work is powerful!), it’s best to work under the supervision of a professional, certified teacher, especially if it’s your first time. Luckily, there are often several options for those looking to give it a go. More and more “classic” yoga studios are beginning to embrace this beneficial practice.
When you step into a Kundalini class, you might be surprised; it’s not like Hatha or Vinyasa, where you alternate between dance-like flows. Kundalini is more about the breath, and using a variety of physical movement to help assist in the effort to achieve physical and mental ease. Many of the poses and physical postures focus on abdominal work, activity within the spine, and applying pressure to various body points. Arrive to your first class with an open mind—and of course, properly hydrated.
What are some of the benefits of Kundalini?
There’s a reason Kundalini is so popular—the benefits are real, tangible, and accessible. One of the best takeaways is being able to tap into that rising energy, or in some folk’s terms, your intuition.
Think of your intuition an internal GPS. Through regular meditation, we begin to weed out our mental chatter, and create more space for our intuition to have a clear, present voice. And when we strengthen our intuition, we can rely on it as a form of guidance system. Practicing regular meditation helps serve as a tool for when we need to make difficult decisions regarding our relationships, career, and more.
Other associated benefits include deeper feelings of peace, increased compassion and empathy, increased creativity, and a heightened spiritual connection. In general, as you begin to connect mind and body, you find it easier to combat negative feelings and fall deeper into a place of bliss and understanding.
Why do Kundalini instructors often wear white?
Yogi Bhajan, the father of Americanized Kundalini, first explained the meaning behind wearing white in 1975, stating, “We ask you to wear white so that you reflect what is outside and go within yourself.” In other words, wearing all white clothing is said to expand one’s “light” energy by at least one foot, and serve as a filter for negative influences.
The act of wearing white can be a meditative practice all in its own. Wearing one color requires great mindfulness when planning one’s clothing. You have a very specific intention for when dressing yourself, and make that part of your day a mindful activity.
Why is sheepskin often used in Kundalini?
The use of sheepskin within a Kundalini yoga practice is a personal preference. Traditionally, many yogis have used animal skins to sit on during yoga and meditation. Yogi Bhajan recommended the sheepskin for meditation, as it created an insulation between the yogi and the magnetic pull of the earth. Respect for the animal was taken into consider—Yogi Bhajan also explained that it was best to use the skin of an animal that had recently died. The thought process was that it would help to liberate the animal’s soul, and thus serve as a blessing.
It’s no surprise that veganism and vegetarianism are often prominent in a yogi’s lifestyle, and so the presence of sheepskin has generated much debate. Ultimately, the decision is a personal one. You can just as easily practice Kundalini on your mat.
What does Sat Nam mean?
The most popular mantra associated with Kundalini is (hands down) Sat Nam. In simple terms, Sat means truth and Nam means name, vaguely translated to Truth is My Name. Essentially, it’s a way for one to acknowledge that our personal essence is The Essence. When we say “Sat Nam” in Kundalini yoga, we’re greeting one another in a way that says, “I see and recognize your true nature.”
What’s really special about “Sat Nam” is the experience of saying it. The vibration is immensely powerful. “Sat” emanates upward through the crown chakra, whereas “Nam” is said to be grounding, meditative vibration that inspires connection to the earth. The combination of these two vibrations creates a connection between the physical world, your personal awareness, and a divine, spiritual plane. (Or whatever that means for you!)
At the end of the day, it’s hard to grasp the meaning of Sat Nam, and Kundalini in general, simply through its textbook definition—it’s mantra and practice that needs to be lived, and experienced. Give it a go, and see what you can find.
What is Kundalini?
The term ‘kundalini’ is a Sanskrit word for ‘primal energy’ located at the base of the spine. Through a committed spiritual practice, the kundalini can be awakened and travel up through the body which cleanses and purifies the glandular system, nervous system, and energy centres. The kundalini can move to the top of the head (Sahasrara Chakra) to expand consciousness and achieve enlightenment.
A kundalini awakening experience will often produce heightened states of awareness, feelings of ecstasy and an experience of Oneness.
In Kundalini Yoga, we aim to arouse this energy in a safe and controlled manner. We use techniques to strengthen the physical body, nerves, glands and the mind. The kundalini is a powerful energy, and the body and mind must be conditioned to accommodate its movement.
It is possible for people who do not engage in spiritual practice, and who would not consider themselves as ‘spiritual,’ to have a kundalini awakening. However, this can be spontaneous and without a known cause, or result from an intense emotional or physical trauma. Often, the symptoms of a kundalini awakening are seen as negative and very disruptive to normal life. A negative experience of the kundalini energy is much more likely in people who consume toxic foods and substances and have not developed the skills of self-reflection, self-acceptance, self-correction and meditation.
With a consistent practice of Kundalini Yoga, under the guidance of an experienced teacher, it is possible to awaken the kundalini energy safely so that it can be integrated comfortably. As the kundalini energy rises, opportunities for growth will continually be presented. A supportive community who are walking the same path and can empathise with the vicissitudes of rising kundalini is essential for a smooth transition of consciousness.
Kundalini Yoga uses a variety of tools to begin to arouse the kundalini energy. These tools include:
- Physical postures (kriya)
- Breath work (pranayama)
- Hand gestures (mudra)
- Vibration (mantra)
- Relaxation (Savasana)
- Meditation (Samadhi)
All of these techniques impact the kundalini in particular ways, and a practice that includes them all can be very transformative.
A Typical Kundalini Yoga Class
The practice of Kundalini Yoga is quite different compared to most known forms of yoga. Every class is different and is intended to work on a specific aspect of the physical, mental, or emotional body. However, at the heart of Kundalini Yoga is a spiritual focus which will turn you inwards to connect with divinity.
Almost every Kundalini Yoga class will include mantra, music, and possibly a shabad (Sikh sacred song). The sound current plays a central role in raising the kundalini energy and is uplifting and supportive of the practice.
The class always begins with two specific tune-in mantras call the Adi mantra and theMangalacharn Mantra. From there, every class will be different and it will be unlikely that you will encounter the same class twice. However, in a typical class, we usually begin with warm-up postures, the teacher will then guide students through a kriya, there will be a period of relaxation, and possibly a sound healing. Meditation, breath work or chanting usually follows, but this can be a variable and determined by the Teacher.
To seal a Kundalini Yoga class, the ‘Long time Sun sgine is sung, which gives us the opportunity to send out our prayers and blessings to those that we love (and those with whom we may have differences.)
At Centre for Life, we offer yogi tea after each class to assist bringing students back into their body, and it provides the space for the community to connect and share.
What to Bring to Your First Class
All of our classes are suitable for first-time students and people with physical injuries and limitations. We also provide a safe and supportive environment for the seasoned practitioner of Kundalini Yoga. Our team of qualified and experienced teachers are well-versed in the technical aspects of Kundalini Yoga, and hold space for a thriving Kundalini Yoga community.
Although it is common to wear white when practicing Kundalini Yoga, this is not required. However, it is important to wear loose, comfortable clothing that allows your body to move freely. Some students choose to wear a head cover for the purpose of containing the kundalini as it moves up the spine. Centre for Life provides yoga mats and cushions, but you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer.
Since there are no two classes that are alike, we recommend beginners participate in a minimum of five classes to have an accurate experience of this style of yoga.
Please note that you must book your place to participate in a Kundalini Yoga class.
If you are a first-time student you can purchase classes and email us to book into your first class. Remember to arrive 10 minutes early so that you can sign-in, be orientated to the space, and meet your Teacher.
The Benefits of Kundalini Yoga
Through a regular practice of Kundalini Yoga, you can expect to experience the benefits of increased self-awareness, better vitality and energy, a calmer mind, more stable emotions, deep healing and a significantly enhanced connection to spirit.
Kundalini Yoga is called the ‘yoga of awareness’ and will help you develop the courage, calibre, and grit to look at yourself. This style of yoga is not about changing ‘what’s out there’ to bring about happiness. The practice continually affords you the opportunity to see yourself different and evolve consciously.
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You can find useful tools and tips on the section Kundalini resources