“Amid the swirling, confusing, unfocused energies of the modern world, there is a light, a calm and a healing at the centre of all things”
“Kundalini Yoga is more about the sound current than the words. The mantra’s go deeper, there is magic in it”
What is Kundalini?
Kundalini is the potential form of life force energy lying dormant in our bodies at the base of the spine, which can be awakened by spiritual disciplines. Practices such as Kundalini yoga, meditation and mantra focus on raising the Kundalini from the base of the spine, or root chakra to the top of the head, or crown chakra, awakening a transformative energy that assists us to raise our consciousness, and increase our flow of creativity and manifestation so that we can experience self realisation.
When Kundalini energy awakens, we can wash away our deepest tensions, and eliminate our misunderstandings about our true nature. We experience a direct transmission of spiritual power which gives spiritual freedom.
What is Kundalini Yoga?
Kundalini Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, is the science of using angles and triangles within the body to move the energy. It is a dynamic blend of physical postures, breathing, movement, stretching, meditation, mantra and relaxation, the combination of which activates the glandular system, strengthens the nervous system, expands the lung capacity, and purifies the bloodstream. Both safe and effective, it brings balance to the body, mind and soul, and can be practiced by almost anyone, regardless of age, fitness, occupation and experience.
The purpose of yoga is to silence the mind, to reach Samadhi, to be in the present moment. The more we do yoga, the more we drop out of the thinking mind in everyday life, leaving us with less stress and more contentment.
Kundalini literally means “Curl”. It is the coiled energy that resides in the spine, and when it awakens it changes consciousness. Kundalini is female energy, loving and nurturing. Kundalini Yoga helps us to free up the flowing of the energy to bring us back to the enlightened state. It is recognised that people have blocks in different places as a result of their conditioning, however there is a jewel inside every one of us that is ready to be awakened to bring us to joy and balance. Kundalini yoga assists us by unblocking this energy.
Kundalini yoga, is the yoga for the everyday person, no matter your fitness level, flexibility or stamina. It is achievable by everyone. In practicing Kundalini Yoga, you combine breath, postures, mantra and meditation to achieve your highest potential.
Benefits found by students of Kundalini Yoga include:
increased energy levels
improved strength and flexibility
a clear mind
increased lung capacity
protection from negative influences
deep relaxation that heals
How Kundalini Yoga is Different from Other forms of Yoga
Kundalini Yoga is more than just postures put together. It is a set of exercises (Kriya) that are done in a specific sequence to achieve a certain aim. It is a yoga that is accessible for everyone, no matter your physical strength or flexibility. Yogi Bhajan called it the ‘householder’s yoga’, meaning that all people are able to bring this practice into their everyday lives.
Kundalini Yoga also uses Gurumkhi language for mantra and meditation, whilst other yoga’s use mainly Sanskrit. Gurumkhi language was created thousands of years ago by Sikh gurus to make mantra more accessible for everyday people to connect to the divine.
There is no specific religion followed by Kundalini Yoga practitioners and people from all beliefs are welcome to the practice. In the modern world and current Aquarian Age that we live in, beliefs are less relevant as it’s about each individual’s personal experience and important that we trust from our own experience of being a human being.
What to expect in a Kundalini Yoga class
Every class is different, and combines breath, postures, body locks, chanting and meditation to purify the body and mind. Each Kriya (set of exercises) is different and its sequence and time of each exercise achieves a specific aim, with the total impact of the sequence being greater than the sum of the parts.
We begin with a mantra to ‘tune in’ to the practice, warm up using a combination of breath meditation and exercises, then commence the Kriya. Once the kriya is complete, we then go into a deep relaxation so that we can integrate the effect of the kriya on a cellular level, finishing with a mantra or breath meditation and finally a blessing for all beings.
The techniques offered in Kundalini yoga help us to adapt and function harmoniously in our ever changing environment and society. We leave a Kundalini Yoga class feeling more healthy, emotionally stable and spiritually balanced, so that we can then approach our day with a new zest for life, and bring more light to the world. A class leaves you with an overwhelming sense that you have nurtured your entire being and truly experienced something special.
The Purpose of Mantra
Mantra literally means, divine sound. It is a code to connect us with the divine nature, divine energy and divine power. It moves the energy.
“Man”=Mind, Heart, Consciousness; “Tra”=trang=reverberation/vibration, a sound that keeps going.
A mantra is therefore a sound that protects the mind from itself, or the dominance of the thinking mind chattering. It has been said that if you want to stop suffering, you have to stop listening to the mind.
To empower mantra, we use intention, rhythm, and pronunciation. Putting our heart and trust in the mantra is the key to receiving the full benefit. The rhythm and repetition of the mantra overrides patterns of thought and helps us to release blocks from our subconscious, bringing the mind to calm. There are 84 energy points in the roof of the mouth so the pronunciation of the words within the mantras helps to release energy into the mind brain. We therefore need to learn to pronounce the mantras correctly, and with regular practice correct pronunciation comes. “The mantra sings you after a while” –Ram Singh
Beginners and Experienced Yogi’s Welcome
The only way to truly know if Kundalini Yoga is for you, is to experience it for yourself. If you are a beginner, booking in for a six week beginner’s course is recommended, however casual classes are fine too. Bookings for each class are essential. Please visit the timetable and bookings page to reserve your place.
For more information on Kundalini Yoga, please visit the Kundalini Research Institute, and read the great article found at the link below.