A Kundalini Yoga class is made up of the following elements:
Tuning In: When we practice Kundalini Yoga, we tune in by chanting ‘Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo’, connecting us to the purity of the infinite teacher living within each of us.
Breath (Pranayama): Breath is life energy itself. When we learn how to breathe consciously, we can calm our minds and master all aspects of our lives.
Kriya: A Kriya is an exact, dynamic combination of postures (asana), breathing and sound – a complete system that balances body, mind and soul, and increases mental clarity and physical vitality.
Meditation: Meditation brings awareness and control of our thoughts. Using mantra (sacred sound currents repeated aloud or silently) and mudra (sacred gestures) we can clear negative patterns and connect with our higher consciousness.
- Ideally avoid food for 2 or 3 hours before a class. If you need to eat something, have something light like a piece of fruit
- Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing.
- Long hair should be tied up and out of the way.
- Have a bottle of water with you and drink plenty.
- Bring a yoga mat and a blanket or shawl to cover yourself whilst relaxing.
Ideally, loose and comfortable clothing made of natural fibres (e.g. cotton, linen, wool, hemp). As the class progresses you may become warm, so having layers is often useful. Bringing a shawl or blanket will keep you warm in the relaxation and meditation segments of the class.
We are living in a time when many people on the planet are becoming more sensitive, and much of our cultural structure (stimulants, news, stressful lifestyle) is not in alignment with the calling of the soul.
If you feel you are having energy disturbances, there are many things you can do to help ground yourself and help you to feel safe so that you can allow healing energy to flow. Click here to view the Kundalini Rising Factsheet and download it to your desktop.
Kundalini is the whole energy of the cosmos in the individual and beyond the individual. It is the energy of the consciousness. Without the constant flow of that energy, you could not live. Normally you use a small portion of the brain’s potential. When kundalini awakens, one understands the effect and impact of an action at the beginning of a sequence of action and reaction. They have the choice to take an action or not. In other words, a person becomes totally and wholly aware. That is why it is called the yoga of awareness.
Kundalini Yoga is preventative, not curative. If you have a serious health condition, it is recommended that you check with your Doctor prior to participating in a class, and you let your teacher know of any illness or injury so that they can make the necessary adjustments.
Yoga is tremendously beneficial during this sensitive time as a way to take time out from a busy life, connect with your body and the changes it is going through, and connect to the new life growing inside.
There are certain modifications to yoga for pregnant women. Many teachers offer specialist pre-natal yoga classes, and this is recommended from the second trimester. If you are attending a regular kundalini yoga class, please inform your teacher you are pregnant, so he/she can recommend appropriate modifications to exercises.
It is always recommended to listen to your body and rest when necessary, even if the exercise is not finished.
Practising yoga is not simply about the flexibility of the body. Yoga is not competitive. Kundalini Yoga works on an energetic level – it is possible to modify postures, and even to achieve a benefit from visualising the posture (if you are unable to hold it). Everyone has their own limits, and these should be kept in mind when participating in a Kundalini Yoga class. This is part of becoming more conscious and aware of your own body and its capacity. If you have an injury or medical conditions it is helpful to let your teacher know prior to the class, so he/she can modify exercises appropriately.