Your Frequently Asked Questions
What is Kundalini Yoga?
The technology of Kundalini Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, is a science of the mind and body, designed to elevate the spirit. Kundalini is therefore for everyone, regardless of denomination or belief systems.
Kundalini Yoga is a dynamic form of yoga that awakens our own awareness using sets of physical postures and movements (asana), meditation, breathing exercises (pranayama), and chanting (mantra).
Kundalini Yoga also strengthens our physical well-being, and is highly effective in releasing stress, balancing our emotional state and creating our mental clarity. The Yoga therefore acts as a stepping stone for personal transformation.
How does Kundalini Yoga differ from other yoga?
Kundalini Yoga contains the elements of all forms of Yoga; Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga, Shakti, Tantra, Raj.
Your Kundalini Yoga teacher does not make up exercises or sets of movements, but uses prescribed sets of exercises (kriyas) which focus upon specific areas of the body. It is taught in its pure and complete form.
Can I attend a Kundalini Yoga class if I am new to yoga?
Yes! Kundalini Yoga is great for students of all levels of experience. Yoga is a personal experience and is not a competitive activity. Students therfore focus within themselves, listening to their own bodies and working to the best of their ability.
Who can practise Kundalini Yoga?
Kundalini Yoga is suitable for people of all ages, ethnicity, or religion.
However, if you are suffering from any medical problem or are recovering for an illness or operation it is advisible to consult a doctor before taking up yoga. Also please let the teacher know before starting the class as excercises can usually be adapted to your individual needs.
What do I bring with me?
If you have a yoga mat, please bring this along with you. You may also want to bring along a a bolster or cusion to support you while sitting and blanket to cover up during the relaxation.
Please also bring along a bottle of water to keep hydrated during the class.
What can I expect in a Kundalini class?
Each Kundalini Yoga class follows a similar structure designed to achieve the best results for you, physically, mentally, and emotionally.
The class begins with a short mantra to open the space and balance and focus the mind.
This is then followed by a short warm-up and the set of exercises. This is generally followed by a meditation and then a relaxation.
What is Kundalini energy?
Kundalini energy is the energy of awareness. This energy is said in the yogic scriptures to lie dormant within us until, we begin to awaken it. Once awakened, we begin to see reality more clearly, exist more in the present, and feel more spiritually connected.
What are Chakras?
Chakras are energy centres in the body that relate to our body’s systems and organs. Each one corresponds to a different part of the body; starting at the base of the spine and moving up to the crown of the head.
What is mantra? Why do we chant?
Mantra is an integral part of all Kundalini Yoga classes.
It is the use of specific words and sounds to change the consciousness of the mind and chemistry of the brain. All mantras have a meaning; most are expressions of oneness and unity with the Infinite.
However, the effect of the mantra comes from more than just its meaning. Each specific sound causes the tongue to stimulate specific points in the mouth. These points trigger a response in the brain.
Use of mantra is a fun and uplifting experience, especially in a group practice. Students who are uncomfortable with the use of mantra are not required to chant and will benefit from just listening.
How often should I undertake Kundalini Yoga?
Ultimately, a yoga practice is best done daily. This gets you centred for the day and provides maximum benefit. However, any practice, however often, will be beneficial. Two to three times a week will provide noticeable results. Many people find that they feel so good when they do Kundalini Yoga, they want to do more and more!
What is Sadhana?
Sadhana is a daily personal practice. In the Kundalini Yoga tradition, it is suggested that a personal practice be done early in the morning, ideally before sunrise! This time is the optimal time for spiritual practice and it prepares you for the day ahead. However, a sadhana practice can be done at any time. Sadhana can be a few minutes of meditation when you wake in the morning, it can be a yoga class, or it can be you own personal practice.
Is Kundalini Yoga a Religion?
No. Kundalini Yoga is not a religion, nor is any other form of yoga. It is a technology for health and consciousness and is practised by people of all faiths; Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Sikh, and others.