Kundalini yoga (as taught by Yogi Bhajan) is an ancient technology and science that activates health, potential and capacity. It works with powerful and relaxing breathing, visualisation, dynamic asanas (postures) mantras (chants) along with mudras (hand gestures).
It is taught in kriyas (a series of postures) that are designed to bring about a transformation and balance through working a particular system of the body (i.e. the nervous, endocrine, lymphatic and immune system). It is often called ‘a yoga of awareness’ as it expands consciousness and emphasises the flow of movement within any given kriya.
Yoga means union. Classes aim to stretch and challenge the mind, body and spirit enabling inner strength, balance and relaxation. Through working with the body, breath and voice, participants begin to find flexibility, clarity and develop vital tools that help deal with everyday stresses.
Yogi Bhajan was a master of kundalini yoga and came to the West to share the ancient teachings of yoga to help westerners shift in consciousness. Through supporting the nervous system and energy bodies to balance, it trains the mind to focus and deal with the onslaught of stresses that are a symptom of our times.
Through preparation the body becomes a container and vessel for the mind to thrive.
- Improved flexibility
- Core muscular strength
- Calmness in mind and body
- Positive attitude
- Improved mental balance
- Better awareness and connection in the body
- Improved sleep patterns
- An overall radiance
Each class will start with a tuning in mantra, a warm up, followed by a kriya, relaxation or meditation and a tuning out to ground and focus your energy at the end.
This yoga cultivates consciousness of mind, body and spirit. The positive effects will penetrate into your lives and can manifest in numerous ways.
Ong namo guroo dayv namo (x3)
The adi mantra is used to tune in before kundalini yoga classes, to centre us in the higher self, and to spiritually guide both the teacher and the students during the class.
I bow to the subtle divine wisdom, the divine teacher within. An ancient yogic mantra which allows the chanter to relate instantly to the divine teacher within. Adi means primal or first and mantra means the creative mental projection using sound. It is used to tune in before kundalini yoga classes, to centre us in the higher self, and to spiritually guide both the teacher and the students during the class.
Aad guray nameh, jugaad guray nameh, sat guray nameh, siree guroo dav-ay nameh (x3)
(A mangala charan mantra)
This mantra can be said directly after the adi mantra as a protective mantra.
I bow to the primal wisdom. I bow to the wisdom true through the ages. I bow to the true wisdom. I bow to the great unseen wisdom.
Sat Nam (x3)
This is probably the most widely used mantra in the practise of kundalini yoga. Sat means truth-the reality of one’s existence. Naam means the identity. It is the bij (or seed) mantra. Within the seed is contained all the knowledge of the fully grown tree. The essence or seed is the identity of truth embodied in condensed form. Chanting this mantra awakens the soul and gives you your destiny. This mantra balances the five elements (tattvas).
Translations taken from the KRI International teacher training manual Level 1.
Don’t eat a heavy meal before class. Try to eat a light snack 1-2 hrs before.
What to wear
Wear loose warm comfortable clothing. It is done bare foot to cleanse and revitalize nerve endings in the feet. Bring socks, a jumper and a blanket for relaxation.
Switch off mobiles, keep conversation to a minimum so you can focus on the class
Drink plenty of water to help the natural cleansing process that is stimulated through yoga. Try not to shower for 30mins – 1 hr after the class as this helps your body to absorb the minerals from the skin and your sweat.
Kundalini Yoga, meditation, mantra, and live music
Morning sadhana is an opportunity to connect with your soul. Practiced in the early hours often termed the (ambrosial hours) it is a time to lift your heart toward the infinite and cleanse and clear the body and psyche of limiting thoughts and habits. It brings both freedom and flexibility to your whole day.
Sadhana usually begins with Japji (song of the soul) prayers, followed by a kundalini yoga kriya (as taught by Yogi Bhajan). Each Sadhana ends with morning call meditation and chanting mantras for the aquarian age accompanied by live music.
We all share porridge together after this practice.