Kundalini Yoga – The Union with Consciousness.
What to expect from a Kundalini Yoga lesson?
Yoga creates a relationship between our individual and infinite consciousness. Thus, using the techniques and tools of yogic traditions such as mantra (sound), asana (attitude), mudra (hand position), band (physical locking), meditation and pranayama (breathing technique), you will immediately feel the energy flow to your body and the awakening of your mind.
1. You will chant a mantra
The mantras are repetitive sounds used to penetrate the depths of the unconscious mind and regulate every vibration of our existence. It exalts consciousness and coordinates it with the sound of creation, that vibrates continuously. This universal sound is called Anahat.
The root of the word mantra: man-means “think” and -ter means “release from the shackles”.
The mantras are chanted in Sanskrit or Gourmaki. Although mantras can be made in any language,
some of them are “structured” to bring targeted psychological and physical effects.
Chanting a mantra activates the endocrine system. We use the vibration of mantras to release hormones that bring balance to mind, homeostasis and healing to the body.
Chasing a mantra facilitates concentration. Often, when we sit to meditate our minds, jumps from thought to thought, making it difficult for us to concentrate. The chant distracts the mind from the frivolous thoughts by helping to concentrate.
The vibrations of the mantra have the power to rebuild your molecular structure. Every sound, every thought, every feeling has a distinct vibration and of course a different effect on our consciousness. When you think negatively you create a subtle vibration. The longer it persist, the more it affects your existence. The vibration caused by thoughts creates an emotional vibration that generates a physical vibration. This is the source of every sensation in the body. Chasing a mantra adds another vibration to your being, bringing a change and an enlargement to our perception.
2. The structure is different from other yoga classes
Kundalini yoga is characterized by periods of intense exercise followed by time to relax and observe the results. A set of exercises consists of a sequence of postures called kriya. Each kriya has different postures including movement, breathing techniques, eye focusing and chanting mantra. Each kriya is designed to bring different changes in mind and body, bringing the necessary energy and relaxation to get into meditation.
3. Breathing, breathing, breathing
In Kundalini Yoga alpha and omega is breathing. Breathing is the key to the subconscious. The more conscious our breathing, the more enhanced is the connection and control of our body and feelings. Helping the mind to calm down from its chatter and freeing us from stress and anxiety.
4. Meditation is integrated into the lesson
At the end of each lesson, there is always a meditation. The practices of Kundalini yoga use many meditation techniques, such as mantra, repetitive motion and eye focusing, making it easier to achieve a deep meditative state even for a beginner.
5. You will meet the limits of your comfort
While movements are usually quite simple, doing something repeatedly for several minutes is a challenge to the body and the mind begins to react. The key here is to remain gentle to yourself and do your best. You are always encourage to listen to your body, but at the same time, consider whether you can go beyond this automatic voice of mind that says things like “you can not do that” or “you have to stop now.”
Kundalini yoga causes your body to overcome the self-imposed limits of mind.
6. You will see a lot of white
Kundalini yoga teachers usually wear white cotton or other natural fibers, because it strengthens the aura. Aura is the electromagnetic field that surrounds you and acts as a reservoir for your vital energy and as a protection against negativity and disease. Wearing white, you create a larger shield. That’s why teachers often wear a white headgear such as a hat, scarf or turban to hold energy inside the body. As a student, you are welcome to wear any color you want and experiment to wear white if that attracts you.
7. There is a reason why Kundalini yoga became popular only recently
The ancient teachings of Kundalini yoga have been kept secret for a long time. Instead of teaching them openly, Kundalini Yoga was taught only to privileged and noble for thousands of years. This refreshing practice is now available to everyone thanks to a man named Yogi Bajan, who brought Kundalini Yoga to the West in the late 1960s and began to teach them publicly.
8. Each lesson is different
It is important to keep this in mind, especially if you attend a lesson that focuses on a particular part of the body, such as the trunk or the hands. There are thousands of different yoga and meditation practices of Kundalini that have been taught by Yogi Bhajan throughout all these years. So, while there are certainly positions and movements that appear repeatedly, there is also a great variety.
The best way to understand Kundalini yoga is to experience it yourself through a lesson. Now that you have an idea of what to expect, why not trying it?
Duration: 90 or 120 minutes
Cost: from 30 € per month