THERE ARE MANY TYPES OF YOGA, and they all have the same goal: to establish unity between breath and movement; body and spirit; between you as an individual and the Universe. That’s what the word “yoga” means: union. Kundalini yoga has its own way of getting you there. My teacher Harijiwan used to say “ it’s the Ferrari of the yoga’s, they all get you there, but with kundalini yoga its way faster”.
It’s an ancient technology designed to waken the Kundalini energy we are all born with. It’s our essence, our life force, and it lies dormant in the base chakra, at the fourth vertebra of the spine. We need to awaken it if we want to reach our full potential, to become fully conscious, present & enlightened.
A total workout for the body, mind and spirit, Kundalini works by freeing the flow of energy through the seven power points in the body known as chakras. Once you have settled in to your first kundalini class you find yourself in a combinations of exercise, chanting and breathing techniques that will calm the mind, releasing tension and stress. It builds strength and focus, giving us the spiritual armour we need to survive all that modern living throws at us.
A Kundalini session leaves you feeling fighting fit, ready and able to tackle everyday challenges with new zest.
NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE in yoga or related disciplines is required for you to begin to achieve undeniable benefits almost immediately. Many of the positions and moves are quite simple and easy – it is the extended repetition that challenges us. Persevere and you will find new resources of stamina you never imagined. This physical journey, accompanied by chanting and music, is extraordinarily powerful and often quite emotional. Many deep-seated issues and traumas may come to the surface, and it’s not unusual to find yourself crying or laughing when you first start your practice. It’s also common to feel a rush of the body’s natural painkillers, the endorphins, come surging to help us.
What do I need to start?
Kundalini yoga doesn’t use a lot of props or expensive equipment. You will want to wear comfortable yoga clothes or loose pants. You will be sitting on the floor, so you will need to bring a yoga mat, blanket and/or soft cushion to sit on. Most of all, you need to bring your full attention, the commitment to give yourself this time and focus in on yourself. An open mind always comes in handy too!
What is Kundalini?
I am often asked about what Kundalini is, and what does it mean to have a Kundalini awakening. Kundalini refers to our creative potential, to awareness, to connecting to our inner power. From this perspective we have all had a Kundalini awakening, in fact many of them. All who are committed to their personal growth, and practices that promote greater understanding and awareness are having mini awakenings at a time. They arise as the little AHA moments where we realize we “get” something at a different level, our perception changes, or we feel a new lease on life.
It is unique and individual journey. Just because you may not have had an experience that results in a dramatic change does not mean that it is not happening for you. Concentrate on your own practice and relationship to your inner being. When you hear all perspectives and stay neutral you are on your way to Enlightened Living!
As with much in our modern world we want things fast, we want it now, and we want it to show up in the way we imagine it. How limiting this is. The mystery of life is so much more profound and exquisite. If we rely on what we can imagine we block ourselves from the miracle of what is possible.