Kundalini Yoga brings simple techniques to relieve stress and connect with their inner self. The practice is a complete science of the human body, which combines breath, dynamic postures, sound current, and meditation to balance the nervous system and reset the body’s natural flow of energy. Emphasis is placed on maintaining awareness in any situation or environment, not just in yoga class! Each practitioner’s experience will be unique and will have the capacity to bring an overall state of well-being and peace. Class will consist of a full yoga set (or “kriya”), relaxation, and a meditation.
“In Kundalini Yoga the most important thing is your experience. It goes right to your heart.”
The Basic Structure of a Kundalini Yoga Class:
Every Kundalini Yoga class will have the same basic structure, no matter who your teacher is. Here are the main elements.
1. Tune in. We tune in with a mantra that is chanted 3 times:
Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo
I bow to the Infinite Wisdom. I bow to the Wisdom within myself.
2. Warm Up
Your teacher may warm up with some basic breathing exercises (pranayam) and/or exercises to stretch and loosen the spine.
A kriya is a set of exercises or movements in a very set and prescribed way that leads to a specific outcome. Typically, a kundalini yoga kriya invokes a breathing pattern and a movement. This may also include an eye focus and a mantra whether it be silent or aloud. It is the movement and the breath that work together to create a change. Depending on the class, we may continue the exercise anywhere from 1-3 minutes.
Kriyas are followed by a long relaxation where students lie on their backs and rest allowing the glandular system to secrete, the nervous system to adjust and the entire body system to integrate all the energetic changes that occurred during the kriya. It can be a time of great healing.
The last part of class is reserved for meditation, typically anywhere from 3-11 minutes. There are many different types of meditations in kundalini yoga, each with a specific outcome. We may chant a mantra (aloud or silently), follow a breath pattern, sit quietly, or hold our arms in a specific posture.
6. Long Time Sun
We end each class with the Long Time Sun Song:
May the long time sun shine upon you
All love surround you
And the pure light within you
Guide your way on.
Power Kundalini will focus on kundalini yoga kriyas that offer an intense, physical challenge balanced by a deep meditative experience. Kundalini Yoga combines postures and movement with pranayama (breath work), mudra, drishti (eye focus points), sound vibration/mantra, and meditation. This layering of aspects of yoga creates a unique practice that challenges & integrates the physical, mental-emotional, and spiritual aspects of the Self. In this class, students will move through personal blocks to reach a new level of strength, vitality, and focus. This is a class recommended for those who already have a strong exercise and/or yoga practice, and who want to move forward to a new level of mind-body integration. Beginners to Kundalini Yoga are welcome, but students should expect a vigorous, whole-body workout.