What is Kundalini Yoga Kundalini Yoga is the yoga of Consciousness and was brought by Yogi Bhajan in 1968 from North India to the west. A powerful and dynamic form. Kundalini Yoga classes are a dynamic mix of postures, pranayama, mantra, music and meditation that teach you the art of relaxation, self-healing and alertness. The balance of body and mind allows you to experience the purity and beauty of your soul. You achieve inner vitality, with which you compensate for the negative effects of stress. No previous experience in yoga is required to achieve results in your very first lesson.
Benefits of Kundalini Yoga There are many benefits that you will begin to notice by practicing Kundalini Yoga. Regular practice will bring about many positive changes for you. Here are some of the results that you can experience.
The course of a Kundalini Yoga class Each lesson has a different theme, ranging from a lesson to increase the immune system to an introduction to the chakras.
Intunen The lesson starts with chanting the Adi mantra. This is where every yoga class starts. The first mantra is to bring you into the here and now, to leave the hustle and bustle of everyday life and to get full concentration in the lesson.
3 x Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo
Ong - Infinite creative consciousness Namo - I greet you, I bow to you Guru Dev - Cosmic wisdom in me Namo - I greet you, I bow to you
The second mantra is a protective mantra. You put this around you. The first line on the right, the second on the back, the third on the left and the fourth line on your own.
Aad Guray Nameh - I bow to the wisdom that was in the beginning of time Jugaad Guray Nameh - I bow to the wisdom that has been there through all ages Sat Guray Nameh - I bow to true wisdom Siri Guru Devay Nameh - I bow to the universal wisdom
This is also repeated 3 times.
These words come from the Gurmukhi, a sacred language from Northern India.
Kriya Before starting with the kriya, there is first the rack and stretch work, warming up. A kriya is a yoga set with exercises in a prescribed order and times. Of course the times may be adjusted to the level of the yoga practitioner. A relaxation follows after the kriya. This ensures that the exercises work through to every fiber of your body. Then follows a meditation.
Asana Asanas are the body postures. There are 84 basic attitudes in Kundalini yoga, from which thousands of postures and movements are derived.
Pranayama Breathing is an important part in Yoga. Pranayama is the guided breathing. Regular breathing ensures that sufficient oxygen and other nutrients are passed through the blood. This way the brain can function optimally. Those who breathe quietly and regularly give the body new vitality, calm the feelings and provide a clear mind.
In the Kundalini Yoga there are 2 important breaths:
1. The slow deep breathing This breathing works very relaxed and gives a feeling of inner peace.
2. The fire breathing This is a fast and powerful breathing with the abdomen and diaphragm. The fire breathing works cleansing and gives a lot of energy.
Meditation Meditation is an integral part of Kundalini yoga. The meditation after the kriya and the relaxation makes us aware of the infinite creative power in ourselves and in the universe. In meditation we accept the presence of thoughts without attaching to them and without reacting to them. If you do not do anything with your thoughts, there comes a point where thinking becomes calm. At Kundalini yoga the meditations have in principle the following duration: 3 minutes, 11 minutes, 22 minutes, 62 minutes.
A mantra is used in many meditations. A mantra is a repetitive sound that changes thinking and consciousness. A mantra can be chanted aloud or in yourself.
Mantra Kundalini Yoga is known for the many mantras that are used. Mantras can also be used in addition to use in meditations to better withstand difficult or heavy exercises. Reciting or chanting mantras, aloud or in yourself, is a conscious way of controlling and controlling your mind. Emotions are all vibratory frequencies of our mind, our thought waves. The thoughts we have determine our vibration and thus also how we feel and what we project. With every thought we have and every word we utter, we create new feelings, vibrations and vibrations. With this we influence others, but especially ourselves. By chanting and thus consciously addressing the positive healing powers of the ancient mantras, we initiate new vibrations that have a profound effect on our being.
Mudra Mudras are energetic connections that are made with the fingers. They are used in yoga exercises and meditations.
Closing Eventually the lesson is concluded with the following mantras.
May the long time sun shine upon you. All love surround yo, and the pure light within you, guide your way on. Let the eternal sun shine upon you, envelop love and show the bright light within you.
3 x Sat Nam
Sat means truth and Nam means identity.
Sat Nam is the mantra most commonly used in Kundalini Yoga. Sat on the inhalation and Took on the exhale. The mantra Sat Nam is also used as a greeting.
Uses in Kundalini Yoga
Turban Yogis often wear a turban. During the practice of Kundalini yoga you work with powerful energies. Covering your head can help you stay centered in your body and shield yourself from the outside world. It protects the crown chakra and presses certain acupuncture points, so that emotions play less. Wearing a turban also prevents headaches after class.
White Clothing Most kundalini yoga practitioners wear white loose clothing and wrap their heads in a white turban. The white clothes are worn to support the energetic body or the aura and the nervous system.
Spiritual Name The spiritual name often used by practitioners of Kundalini yoga is also called your true identity. The name refers to your destination in this life and is determined on the basis of numerology. Every time someone names this name, the guiding force in your life is confirmed, and every time you respond, you respond to it. Getting a spiritual name is special because it tells you more about yourself. This is certainly not only for advanced yogis, everyone can request a spiritual name. For more information about this or to request a spiritual name, please visit: 3ho.org spiritual-names request
Sadhana Sadhana means daily morning discipline of kundalini yoga. You can see this as a self-discipline for body and mind to give expression to the infinite within yourself. Sadhana keeps your mind clear. In Kundalini yoga it is customary to do the Aquarian sadhana. About two and a half hours before the sun rises, a start is made with the recitation of the Japji, also called meditation of the soul. Then there is a kriya and meditation with mantras.
Cold Shower A cold shower is started in preparation for the sadhana. A cold shower in the morning is the healthiest and most efficient way to start your day. It improves your blood circulation and the cleansing process of the skin.
In many yoga studios the Aquarian sadhana are organized in the early morning hours. This sadhana is often not seen as a lesson, but as a joint spiritual practice.