What is Kundalini Yoga?
Kundalini yoga is often referred to as the most comprehensive form of yoga. It combines meditation, mantra, physical exercises, and breathing techniques. The practices allows the flow of energy and consciousness that exists within each of us, and enables us to merge with the universal Self.
Yogi Bhajan is the master of Kundalini, therefore all classes refer to his teachings. Yogi Bhajan was taught by other masters who created Kundalini from Raj yoga, which is based off the the traditional 8 limbs of yoga.
Let’s Break It Down Now
Kundalini yoga is formalized and must contain these 6 components;
1) Tuning-in with the Adi Mantra
2) Pranayama or warm-up
6) Close with the blessing song, “May the Long Time Sun Shine Upon You”
Why do it?
It is supposed to balance you out. Clear your chakras. Huh? Chakras? It moves your internal energy around and attempts to place it in the appropriate areas after breaking through rigid clogged areas. That is my simple definition.
Maybe I should have mentioned this earlier, but it is also known to balance out sexual energy. I was specifically told to do Kundalini yoga of this reason.
I have only had two experience, but I am going back for more. The first class I went to was at Golden Sol with Jap Dharam and my second class was at Golden Bridge in Santa Monica.
My first class in many ways felt meant to be. And just to preface, I use those words rarely and deliberately. The mantra we chanted was for protection and decisiveness. It fit perfectly with my moving madness and I am perpetually indecisive. I had this feeling of being sure of what I want and not being afraid of it. I still had plenty of moments of distraction. It also doesn’t mean I’ve stoppped considering every other scenario, but there is no reason for me to have self-doubt.
Ultimately, it can be very relaxing and grounding. It is the epitomy of linking breath and movement unlike vinyasa yoga where breath can often get lost.
Yes, there is chanting and singing. Creating vibrations with your own voice is healing. You have to be able to let go. Easier said than done, I know. But it’s effective.
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Try it. Why not?
There’s no better time that now,