Kundalini Yoga, also called the Yoga of Awareness, uncoils the infinite creative potential within. This powerful spiritual energy, known as kundalini, coils in the sacrum at the base of the spine . Through a complex system of yoga postures, excercises, breath (pranayam), sound (mantra) and meditations, this sacred energy can be accessed.
One of the ways Kundalini Yoga is set apart from other forms of yoga is that many of the exercises are very dynamic and active, involving movement with breathing patterns creating a rhythmic exercise. These exercises work to open the body, increasing circulation, flexibility, and energy. Many of the exercises are designed to give flexibility to the spine, as the spinal column is one of the foundations of physical health. As we increase the flexibility of the body and spine, we develop a youthful body.
Kundalini Yoga exercises also work directly to balance and stimulate the glandular system and strengthen the nervous system, promoting greater physical and mental health. After each class students feel energized, uplifted, and relaxed. Students see and feel the results of their efforts quickly.
Focus on Breath and Movement
Kundalini Yoga, also called the Yoga of Awareness, consists of simple yogic techniques that can be practiced by everyone. Positive effects can often be noticed right away. It keeps the body in shape and trains the mind to be strong and flexible in the face of stress and change. Oxygen capacity is increased along with blood flow to the glands, resulting in heightened awareness and vitality. Through breathing techniques and meditation, peace of mind can be obtained.
What to Expect in a Kundalini Class
A Kundalini class will usually consist of a warm-up to stretch the spine and improve flexibility, a sequence of poses (a kriya) that focus on a specific area of the body, and meditation, including the use of chanted mantras, pranayamas and mudras. Kundalini devotees often wear flowing white robes and head wraps.
As a beginning student, participate at a pace that suits your flexibility and endurance. Wear loose, comfortable clothing, preferably made of cotton or other natural, breathable fiber. It is best to remove your socks to help stimulate the approximately 72,000 nerve endings in your feet. Wait two to three hours after eating before you practice yoga and meditation. This will help you gain the maximum benefits, plus it is easier to exercise on an empty stomach. If you must eat, have something very light, such as fruit.