Kundalini Yoga is one of the oldest forms of yoga – it has been practiced by the Upanishads in India since 500 B.C. Mastering the practice at sixteen, Yogi Bhajan brought Kundalini to the West in 1969. Initially, it was never taught publicly until Bhajan challenged its secrecy and taught Kundalini openly to the public and consequently established the 3HO, which stands for “Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization.”
Relatively new to the Western Hemisphere, Kundalini, “the yoga of awareness,” opens your heart, builds strength and releases the energy located at the base of your spine. Kundalini is without a doubt one of the more spiritual styles of yoga. It focuses on breath and movement and challenges its students both physically and mentally.
Kundalini literally means “coiled” and is represented by a metaphorical coiled snake at the base of your spine. The purpose of Kundalini practice is to uncoil your snake and release that energy within. Health, strength, fitness and overall happiness benefits are included.
What to Expect
When coming to our Kundalini Class expect to dance, jump, hold long poses, and breathe deeply and repeatedly – no two classes are the same! It is great for beginners as it has the flexibility to push past your comfort zone as well as offering the ability to go at your own pace. Kundalini has no levels.
Wear clothing made to move! There is an almost cardio-like aspect to Kundalini yoga, and you’re going to want to make sure you’re wearing clothing you can breathe and move in to avoid restriction in your practice.
Bring along a water bottle, Blocks are encouraged for seated positions, if needed.
Kundalini yoga varies from practice to practice. All classes will begin with an opening chant and expect to finish with deep meditation, a closing chant and a song. Expect to focus on your breath (specifically “breath of fire”, where air is sucked in and out rhythmically) and to move, dance and let go. Kundalini has the power to unleash and unlock barriers within ourselves that is supremely joyful and serene.
I teach Kundalini because, like Rolfing®, it is a tried and true technology that takes the ego out of teaching. When we teach Kundalini, we teach the Kriyas, Meditations and Mantras that were handed down to us from our teacher and his teacher and his teacher…… I say to my students, by showing up you are 1/2 way there to discovering your own Sat Nam, your true identity. We come together in group to discover our own Sat Nam. The perfection of the postures is not near as important as the union and understanding happening inside of you.
Anyone and Everyone is welcome to either one of the classes, we hold a relaxation and flexibility session at 2:45p.m. on Mondays and an energetic session at 5:45 p.m. on Mondays as well at the Sanctuary: 513 S. Main St. All classes are $10.
To Learn more about the Kundalini Practice visit: 3HO.com