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.
Benefits that students experience with regular practice of Kundalini Yoga:
- Increases your health & immunity. Strengthens your nervous & glandular system.
- Reduces stress, increases vitality & stamina. Releases old patterns & limitations
- Brings inner strength, courage & character and helps you to meet challenges in your life.
- Calms the mind & brings you inner peace
- Opens our heart to infinite source of love.
- Awaken awareness and consciousness of our True Self.
Structure for 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 then 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 After the warm up we 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
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.
- Wear comfortable clothes made of natural fibre.
- Bring a scarf to cover your head for meditation.
- Bring a yoga mat or a sheepskin rug to sit on.
- Bring a blanket for relaxation and water to drink.
- 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.
- Please do not practice kundalini yoga under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- You must let your teacher know if you are pregnant. There are certain postures and breath techniques that are contraindicated in pregnancy.
Ladies during their menstrual cycle need to avoid inverted postures, leg lifts and any strong breathing practice such as the breath of fire.
Code of Ethics & Rights of the student: As a student of Kundalini Yoga you have the right:
1. To have a safe, clean and welcoming class environment.
2. To be treated with kindness, respect and honesty.
3. To be treated equally with other students, without discrimination.
4. To freely choose where, and with whom, you study Kundalini Yoga.
5. To receive the pure and timeless teachings of Kundalini Yoga.
6. To practice Kundalini Yoga and Meditation at your level of comfort, capacity and self-care while respecting the needs of others.
7. To have a Student-Teacher relationship that is professional, respectful and graceful.
8. To practice Kundalini Yoga free of personal, sexual, financial, religious or political pressure from your Teacher.
9. To respectfully ask questions or raise issues of concern or complaint, openly or anonymously, and receive honest answers and fair consideration without fear of ridicule or retaliation.
10. To enjoy your Kundalini Yoga journey!
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.