What is kundalini Yoga?
Kundalini yoga is the yoga of the householder. It is a complete technology that brings tangible results into your life. Through the use of postures, breathing practices, mantras, relaxation and meditation Kundalini Yoga teaches you the techniques and awareness to stay healthy. It gives you a strong foundation of health, well being that gives you the energy to deal with all the mental and spiritual facets of your life. It empowers you through awakening your divine energy.
Here are some of the Benefits that students experience with regular practice of Kundalini Yoga:
- Increase your health & immunity
- Strengthen your nervous & glandular system
- Reduce stress & increase your vitality & stamina
- Removes blocks, old patterns & limitations
- Releases anxiety, calms the mind & bring you inner peace
- Gain inner strength, courage & character
- Bring you self love, trust & compassion
- Help you to meet challenges in your life
- Awaken awareness and consciousness
Structure of a Kundalini Yoga Class:
Tuning in: We begin our practice with the Adi Mantra Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo. This mantra connects us to the infinite spark of consciousness inside ourselves. It sets up a sacred space for our practice and helps to guide our practice with awareness. We also chant the mantra Aad Gureh Nameh, Jugaad Gureh Nameh, Sat Gureh Nameh, Siri Guru Day vay nameh. This mantra clears doubts and opens us to guidance. It cleans out negativity and brings light to our aura.
Warm Ups After we have tuned in with the mantras, we usually prepare our bodies for the practice with a variety of warm ups.
Kriya: We then practice a kriya. Kriya means completed action. A Kriya will have postures, breath, mantras, a point of focus and relaxation that are brought together in a specific sequence, which will bring a specific result. A Kriya removes the blocks and brings about a state of spontaneous flow. There are thousands of kriyas to choose from which work on all aspects of the body, mind, emotions and soul.
Relaxation At the end of the kriya, students are guided into a state of relaxation, which helps them integrate the benefits of the kriya.
Meditation After relaxation, we practice meditation. Once again there are many different meditations to practice to bring our body, mind and soul into balance and harmony.
Prayers & Mantra at the end of class Finally, we end the class with a prayer called the Long Time Sun May the longtime sun shine upon you All love surround you And the pure light within you Guide your way on We then repeat Sat Nam (Truth is my identity) three times.
How to prepare for class
It is important to come to the class with an empty stomach. Ideally do not eat for 2 hours before the class. It is fine to drink water.
What to wear for class?
Wear comfortable clothes made of natural fibre.
Bring a scarf to cover your head for meditation.
What Shall I bring to a class?
Bring a yoga mat or a sheepskin rug to sit on.
Bring a blanket for relaxation and water to drink.
Is it ok to practice Kundalini Yoga when I am pregnant?
There are certain postures and breath techniques that are contraindicated in pregnancy. It is important to let your teacher know that you are pregnant so you can be supported in your practice through your pregnancy. Though it is fine for you to join a regular class as long as you are following the teacher’s guidelines on how to practice yoga during pregnancy, it is encouraged however that you find a class that works specifically with pregnancy.
Can I practice Kundalini Yoga when I have my menstruation?
Ladies during their their menstrual cycle need to avoid inverted postures, leg lifts and any strong breathing practice such as the breath of fire. Women are encouraged to listen to the wisdom of their bodies to discern what they are able to manage during their menstruation.
Is Kundalini Yoga Safe for me to practice?
Let the teacher know if there is any medical reason that may prevent you from practising kundalini yoga fully. It is important never to aggravate an existing injury. If there is any concern whether yoga is suitable for you, contact your health care professional.It is up to you to listen to your body when practising yoga. You have to discern how much your body can do during the yoga. If for some reason, you need to come out of the pose, if you are able to, come back into the posture as soon as you can.
Is Kundalini Yoga Suitable for Beginners:
Yes. Kundalini Yoga is suitable for students of all levels of yoga experience. Yoga is non competitive. Kundalini yoga invites you to practice with awareness and loving kindness. You are encouraged to practice at your own pace and slowly you will find that the kundalini yoga classes will bring you an experience of transformation, life changing experiences and a feeling of well being in your body, mind and soul.
Have a read of what Preet’s students say about their experience of kundalini yoga:
“I have been going to Preet’s Monday class for about 8 months now, and it has become a very important and treasured part of my week; the opportunity to nourish my body and mind, regain balance and come to a place of harmony. Preet’s teaches with kindness, understanding, strength and grace which has also helped me to gain confidence in my own daily practice.” Kirstie
“What brings me back each week to this inspirational Kundalini yoga class (now for over 3 years)?.It is the commitment, pleasure,empowerment, joy and love from our teacher, Preet. I have found deeper peace, and connection as well as physical fitness and core strength. Fantastic! Thank you so much for all you have given and shared. ” Nicki.
- What is Kundalini Yoga?
- Practice and Class Structure
- Regular Classes
- 1-to-1 Sessions
- Workshops and Retreats
- Level 1 Teacher Training
- Yogi Bhajan: Master of Kundalini Yoga