Kundalini Yoga is a 5,000-year-old authentic system of yoga exercise and meditation that promotes health, happiness, and wholeness. It is a complete science that combines postures (asanas), movement, sound current (mantra), breath (pranayam) and meditation into powerful sets called kriyas. It is designed to provide you with the experience of your highest consciousness through the raising of your Kundalini.
Kundalini Yoga is called the Yoga of Awareness. Practicing it allows you to build a healthy body, keep it in shape, increase your vitality, train your mind to be strong and flexible in the face of stress and change, make contact with your innate inner wisdom as well as open the door so that you can fulfill your potential. It balances the glandular system, strengthens the nervous system, and enhances creative potential. Through yogic breathing techniques and meditation, peace of mind can be obtained giving an experience of deep inner calm and self-confidence. Kundalini Yoga gives you the vitality and health that is your birthright. It makes you radiant, peaceful and strong so that you can meet life's challenges victoriously and with grace.
Through Kundalini Yoga people have healed themselves of the pain of physical illness, mental pressure, drug and alcohol addiction, and more. Because Kundalini Yoga develops the total person, practitioners also become more intuitive, sensitive, and subtle within the shortest possible time.
It is universal and nondenominational. No matter what religious path a person follows, Kundalini Yoga helps you experience your personal beliefs in a deeper, more meaningful manner.*
* Excerpts from the book Kundalini Yoga, the Flow of Eternal Power , Shakti Parwha Kaur Khalsa available in our store.
Kundalini Yoga is believed to be one of the most comprehensive form of yoga because of it merges the elements of physical asanas or postures with pranayams or breathing exercises and the use of the sound current through mantra also known as Naad yoga.
Beginning the Class
In a Kundalini class, you will always begin with an opening mantra to tune in mentally and physically to the practice you are about to begin. The entire class will chant 'Ong Namo Gurudev Namo' together three times. This is ancient yogic mantra as a tool to relate instantly to the divine teacher within. It is used to tune in before Kundalini Yoga classes to center us in the higher self, and to spiritually guide both the teacher and the students during the class.
In Kundalini Yoga, there are specific sequences of exercises used to address specific concerns on the physical, emotional and spiritual plane. You might do a yoga set focused on loosening the spine, or you might do a yoga set focused on releasing inner anger. There are a multitude of yoga sets in Kundalini Yoga, and your teacher will walk you through what each class is designed to address and how.
Each exercise in a Kundalini class combines asana and breath and the exercise is to be done at the same time as the corresponding breath. Kundalini Yoga exercises can either be movement exercise where you combine cyclical movements with the breath or the maintenance of a specific pose while breathing in a prescribed manner. Sometimes there will also be the recitation of specific mantras during an exercise. Another element is eye focus. You will often be given instructions on where to focus your eyes, usually either closing them and looking internally at the third eye, or focusing on the tip of the nose with the eyes 9/10ths closed. These yoga sets or kriyas, combine with the chanting, breathing, and meditation to make Kundalini Yoga a physically challenging practice.
Ending The Class:
Each Kundalini Yoga class is ended by singing the blessing 'Long Time Sun' This song has become the blessing used to end Kundalini Yoga classes. Yogi Bhajan said that this is our closing prayer, and so is used to end a Kundalini Yoga practice, along with three repetitions of Sat Nam.
One should plan to be well hydrated prior to a session. The ideal time to eat a meal would be approximately two to three hours before you plan to begin a session. If the consumption of food is absolutely crucial after that, eating something light, such as a piece of fruit, would be acceptable.
What to Wear:
You should wear simple, loose, comfortable clothing. This clothing should be made of a natural fiber such as cotton. You do not wear shoes in a Kundalini class. It is believed that the act of being barefoot will help to stimulate the nerve endings on the bottom of the feet.
In Kundalini Yoga, it has become a common practice to use the greeting 'Sat Nam' to say both hello and goodbye. It is a term from the Sikh faith that means 'Truth' and 'Name' and recognizes the divinity of truth in every person.
Enjoy your yoga class! Sat Nam!