Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo is the opening mantra that rings out across the Kundalini class.
Dressed in white sitting cross-legged on a sheepskin, a turbaned teacher leads the chant. The mantra is used to connect with the universal wisdom within and also to the energy of teachers past, present and future. The mantra translates to “I bow to the wisdom of the divine teacher within”. In recent years Kundalini Yoga has begun to attract a large celebrity following. Madonna, Courtney Love, David Duchovny, and Rosanna Arquette – all of them have taken classes. A stream of a-list actresses practicing include Jennifer Aniston and Melanie Griffith, with Andie McDowell crediting her youthful appearance to Kundalini yoga. With the angelic voice of Kundalini Yogi Snatam Kaur often heard in a class it’s not surprising Oprah Winfrey is a fan of the divine Kundalini music and chants. Humanitarian and ambassador of LOVE himself, Mr Russell Brand is a dedicated practitioner of Kundalini Yoga and often shares demos on youtube and social media.
So why is it trending ? Whats attracting people to try Kundalini Yoga?
Kundalini yoga is also known as the “Yoga of Awareness”. When practiced we are unlocking the powerhouse of energy that is lying dormant at the base of our spine. Kundalini Yoga is a technology of angles, timings, subtle movements, meditation, mantra and breathwork, which together become the “KEY” to unlocking and harnessing this energy. Its practice gives us the opportunity to connect with and open up to our infinite potential. It is often illustrated in diagrams as a coiled serpent resting just below the base chakra. Each class is focused on awakening your Kundalini energy safely and carefully rising this energy up through the chakras which enables us to gently clear mental, physical, emotional and psychic blockages. As you learn to connect to a higher consciousness the technology of this yoga helps clear Karma and balances our physical and energetic systems.
It’s very different to a mainstream Yoga Class
Although Kundalini Yoga is very different to conventional Hatha practices, along with all yoga traditions it shares the one goal, to yoke the finite with the infinite. With supposedly over 5 million prescribed variations of breathing and exercise sets (Kriyas) and meditation combinations, every Kundalini yoga class will more than likely be different each time. There will be some elements that stand out and are unique to every Kundalini Yoga class for instance, most Kundalini yogis generally where white (said to enhance your aura). Also, when facilitating a class the teachers will cover their heads with a scarf, bandana or turban to protect their crown chakra and enhance the experience of meditation. Both students and teachers will often be seen sitting on a sheepskin rug which protects the body’s electromagnetic field. All classes throughout the world will close as they begin, with mantra. “Sat Nam” is the chosen closing mantra which is chanted 3 times. This mantra translates to “truth is my name” and it connects you to your infinite truth.
Kundalini Yoga & Good Health
Kundalini yoga teaches you the techniques and awareness to stay healthy. You gain a strong immune system, vital glands, a strong nervous system, good circulation and an awareness of the impact of your habits. This foundation gives you energy and lets you deal with the mental and spiritual obstacles in your life. Its practice brings unity to mind body and spirit. Kundalini Yoga was first brought to the west in 1969 by Yogi Bhajan. In the past Kundalini Yoga was only taught to royalty, nobleman and scholars. Yogi Bhajan believed that everyone had a right to learn and practice this style of yoga and made it his life's work to spread these teachings. No matter what your physical state Kundalini yoga can be practiced with ease and comfort. No previous experience with Yoga is necessary and you will feel the benefits even after your fist class.
Love Happiness, Love Health, Love Yourself, Awaken your mind, body and soul with the Yoga of Awareness……….