What is Kundalini Yoga?
Kundalini yoga is the yoga of Awareness. It is a form of yoga that focuses on breathwork (pranayama), postures (apana) and mantras.
At the start of each class, we tune in with a mantra. After a set of warm-up movements, the class starts with a kriya (set of postures). Each kriya’s set of postures, mudras and mantras are combined to achieve specific outcomes – hence one often hears about the ‘technology’ of kundalini yoga.
“Kundalini yoga classes are a dynamic blend of postures, pranayam, mantra, music and meditation, which teach you the art of relaxation, self-healing and elevation. Balancing body and mind enables you to experience the clarity and beauty of your soul. No previous experience in yoga is required for you to achieve results with your very first class.”
There are hundred’s of different kriyas – which is the reason that just about every class is different. There are kriyas to increase spinal flexibility, to improve memory, fight depression, work on the endocrine system, your chakras, your energy body… Some are more physically challenging, others mentally challenging, and some that feel more relaxing.
In every class, there is a period of relaxation – of lying down and allowing the ‘juices’ that were released during the class to permeate through the body – for the effect of the kriya to take hold in your body, mind and soul.
The class ends with a meditation. Some include mantra (chanting), mudras (certain hand positions) and various types of breathwork. All are deeply relaxing.
The class closes with the blessing –
May the long time sun shine upon you All light surround you And the pure light with in Guide your way on Sat Nam
Tuesdays mornings 8.00 – 9.30 am. There’s chai tea and fruit after class
R400 for 5 classes (Valid for 2 months)
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What to wear
Loose comfortable clothing – if you have white natural fabric. The colour white expands the aura by 18 inches, protects from negative projections, deflects negativity, helps lift depression/uplift mood, and teaches one to be more graceful in one’s environment by heightening awareness of one’s surrounding. And, says Yogi Bhajan, “All the colours are in the white light. You can absorb from the white light just the frequencies you need regardless of who you are because all the frequencies are in it.” It is recommended to wear white while practising Kundalini to achieve better results, but it is not required.
You may choose to cover the head with a non-static, natural cloth (like cotton or silk) and with the hair up is recommended. The idea is to move the energy upwards and keep it in the body rather than allowing it to leave through the head or crown centre.
What to bring
There yoga mats in the studio but you are welcome to bring along your own.