When I say I practice Kundalini yoga most people think of yogi’s dressed in white clothes with long beards, chanting mysterious sounds. Yes, there is a mysterious vibe around Kundalini yoga, but actually Kundalini yoga is for everybody! These days Kundalini yoga is becoming more and more popular. That’s not strange when you experience the effects of Kundalini yoga, after even one class! Let me tell you what Kundalini yoga is all about and what it can do for you.
Kundalini yoga is an ancient yoga technique that used to be secret and only available for the most elite in India. Yogi Bhajan is the one who introduced Kundalini yoga to the west in 1960. He came to the west with the intention to make this ancient style of yoga known to the big public and to educate and train teachers. This was important because our modern world is changing fast and people have a lot of stress in their daily lives. Kundalini yoga helps you to deal with every day problems and reduces all forms of stress.
Most people are driven by (unconscious) patterns of the mind. In Kundalini yoga you learn to work with your life energy and to train your brain. You use your mind as a computer to manifest your reality instead of letting your mind rule you. With a strong nervous system we are able to withstand stress and get in touch in a much deeper way with our feelings. Through the practice of different kriyas (movements) you strengthen your nervous system, remove toxins from the body, give yourself endurance and grit, so that you are ready for anything.
Kundalini yoga is also called yoga of the awareness. It is a powerful, transforming kind of yoga where the nerve system is being healed and strengthened. It is a super effective way to decrease stress since stress is being held in the body in the nervous system. Kundalini yoga works on different systems of the body, like the nervous system, gland and hormone system, metabolism, blood flow, lymphatic system and subtle energy centers in the body.
Every class starts by tuning in with a mantra, then some warming up exercises, a kriya and ends with a short meditation. A kriya is a set of exercises, composed in a special order to reach a certain effect. There are many different kriyas, like: Kriya to Relieve Inner Anger of Kriya for Disease Resistance. These kriyas are ages old recipes of movements and breathing techniques. If they are done in a certain order, they will activate systems in your body to strengthen and regenerate.
During the class your are activating your life energy. With different kriyas you are working on freeing your body and mind of blockages, negativities, stress and fears. You free yourself in order to achieve your goals. With the chanting of different mantras you are activating your voice, in order to create and empower yourself. You’ll experience that you’ll have more power breathing and chanting from your navelpoint instead of from your throat.
There is a lot of movement during Kundalini classes. Not static movements, like in Hatha or Vinyasa yoga. And how flexible you are is not important, all you need is a flexible and open mind. Most movements are done sitting in easy pose on your mat, but don’t underestimate the practice. You will use the strength from your arms and legs and if you’re not used to the movements you will feel your body the next day, don’t worry!
The spiritual aspect is there, especially in the singing of the mantras. But Kundalini yoga isn’t a religious ritual, you can take a spiritual experience from it, but it is definitely not necessary. Just feel the effects of the practice on your body and mind when you do it, and you will know why yogi Bhajan succeeded with his teachings. But I warn you; Kundalini yoga can be addictive! Before you know it you will fly high and radiate from the inside out!
Don’t take my word for it. To try it is to believe it.
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