Kundalini yoga is known as the yoga of awareness. Of the recognised forms of yoga it is said to be the original complete form, and the most comprehensive. It encompasses asana (physical postures), chanting mantra (repetition of primal sounds), meditation, and breath. For this reason it is known to be one of the fastest and most potent systems of personal transformation and spiritual growth. It balances the glandular system, strengthens the nervous system, expands the lung capacity, and purifies the bloodstream. It trains the mind to think positively and be in control of thoughts and attitudes. It builds inner strength and self- awareness to its maximum, assisting us in reaching our highest potential.
The word Kundalini is derived from the word “kundal “, which means “the curl of the lock of hair of the beloved”. It is a metaphor, a poetic way of describing the flow of energy and consciousness that already exists within each one of us. Kundalini yoga explores our dimensions, depth, nature, and potential as human beings, and enables us to experience our infinite selves, our true nature, our spiritual essence.
Kundalini yoga is practiced in the form of kriya. Each kriya is a set of postures, breath and meditations designed to allow the manifestation of a particular state. Many of the postures involve movement, and the emphasis is on the overall energy and dynamics of the posture rather than on precision.
A typical Kundalini yoga class will include chanting a mantra to “tune in”, breathing and warm-up exercises, the main kriya, a meditation (with or without mantra) and deep relaxation. A class always closes with a beautiful song of blessing, known as “The Sunshine Song”, sung or recited in English