What is Kundalini Yoga?
Kundalini Yoga is one of the most rapidly effective yoga practices. It awakens and develops the kundalini - the lifeforce energy and creative consciousness we all carry. Once the kundalini energy is stimulated, it moves through the tissues of the body, balancing the endocrine and nervous systems, energy centers, and the body's electromagnetic field.
Kundalini Yoga is actually many yoga traditions combined, which is why it is so powerful! It's a combination of Laya Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga, and Shakti Yoga.
Laya Yoga involves sound and mantra, Hatha yoga is based on physical poses and mastering polarities, Bhakti Yoga cultivates surrender and devotion, Raja Yoga focuses on gaining control over the mind and emotions, and Shakti Yoga is about strength, activity and the goddess energy.
This is a powerful practice that can help you intuitively release what is not serving you while adding depth to all aspects of your life. And to quote a wonderful teacher Maya Fiennes, “What is certain, if you persevere with Kundalini yoga, your skin will glow, aches and pains will diminish, and you’ll be calmer, healthier, happier.”
How It Works
In Kundalini Yoga, pranayama (breath), drishti (eye gaze), asanas (yoga poses), mudras and mantras are all interwoven to lead to a connection with higher consciousness. Combined and practiced together, these techniques are called kriyas.
A kriya is a set of postures, movements and breath patterns that, when performed as a sequence, lead the mind and body to a desired outcome.
Pranayama, or conscious breathing exercises, are practiced to connect the mind, body, and spirit.
Drishti – where you set your gaze during your physical practice – is used to deepen your focus and awareness.
Asanas and repetitive movements are used to strengthen the body, release tension, and move energy.
Mudras are sacred hand gestures and energy ‘seals’ that use the magnetic and electrical polarities in the fingers and hands.
Mantras are incorporated throughout to infuse the body with high frequency sound.
A Bit About Me
During a transitional period in my life when I didn't know up from down, I was drawn to take an evening Kundalini class at my local high school. It was the very first kind of yoga I'd ever tried and within the first three minutes of the first class, I couldn't believe how completely different I felt ... at a cellular level! Needless to say, I was hooked. I continued to practice Kundalini and other styles of yoga for the next 25 years. Yoga kept me afloat during my career as a technical writer and teacher, and while raising babies, toddlers and teenagers. Sometimes months would go by and I wouldn't do any yoga, but when life got challenging it was always Kundalini yoga I came back to for the deepest relief. In 2019, I took the plunge and became a certified teacher, and it is quite literally one of the best things I've ever done. I love teaching these classes!
"Yoga is the science of the self, and kundalini is the awakening of the self. It is that simple".