Kundalini yoga is a form of Raj or Royal yoga that was brought to the West in 1969 by Yogi Bhajan. It is the yoga of awareness. A technology to support the creative potential of human beings and the awakening of self-healing. It works on many levels – alleviating low mood/anxiety, and working on your nervous system (great for all, but especially relevant for those who have experienced trauma). It increases your fitness, makes you more flexible, unblocks you, connects you back to your power, opens you up, makes you more radiant and more connected to your authentic self. The postures and meditations work on a cellular level - bringing up what needs to be healed, then releasing it. It is great therapy without the talking (and cheaper)!
Each class is different but they all have the same basic structure – tune in with mantra, usually a warm-up, perhaps some pranayama (breathwork), then a kriya for a particular purpose (e.g. for a healthy spine, to conquer sleep, for emotional balance, for digestion, to open the heart chakra…). Followed by relaxation, meditation, then close the space.
A kriya is a series of postures combined with specific breathing techniques which intensify the workout. Each posture/breath combination may be done rapidly and repetitively, more slowly and meditatively, or may involve holding certain postures while consciously breathing in a certain way. Some classes feel more physical, others more heart-centred – all work on many levels simultaneously. Kundalini Yoga is a spiritual and mental activity as much as a physical one. Even if you don’t identify as ‘spiritual’ you can just enjoy how the class makes you feel.
Kundalini yoga is suitable for all – from the inflexible, never-done-yoga-before-and-not-sure it’s-for-me folk, to those who do, or have done, other types of yoga but are intrigued by what Kundalini might offer.
Sunday afternoon at 4.30pm is a wonderful time to reset yourself on a weekly basis for the week ahead and The Yoga Room is a beautiful space to do that in. If you’re interested in a class please book a space by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or for more information go to: seechangeholistic.com.
Kundalini yoga classes are every Sunday at 4.30pm at The Yoga Room.