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Kundalini yoga is an ancient technology, comprising of specific physical movements, postures, breathing techniques, and mantras that affect both your mind and body. It can benefit you by helping you release stress, balance your nervous system, induce deep relaxation, strengthen your body and your core, and enhance your creative flow.
Also called the Yoga of Awareness, Kundalini yoga helps you release your dormant creative energy, and connect to your authentic self. Kundalini yoga teaches techniques that expand your perception of universe, helping you break unconscious limitations (those nagging self-doubts) and connecting you to your infinite potential (to all that you are capable of achieving). When you are connected to your true Infinite Self, you have the intuition and power to make conscious choices that can support your identity within the world.
In other words, you can be free to be you!
Kundalini yoga’s primary objective is to awaken the full potential of every human being and for all beings to be healthy, happy, and holy.
Kundalini yoga is accessible to everyone
“The power of Kundalini Yoga lies in the actual experience. It goes right into your heart and extends your consciousness so you may have a wider horizon of grace and of knowing the truth. Ultimately, you come to understand your existence in relationship to the Universe, and this brings you to the practical experience of Infinity. You can then radiate creativity and Infinity in all aspects of your daily life.”
- Yogi Bhajan
Structure of a Kundalini Yoga Class
While Kundalini yoga differs from other styles of yoga, anywhere in the world that it is practiced, it will always follow 6 major components:
1. Tuning in with the Adi Mantra: This begins the practice by giving thanks for the teachings and allows you to connect with your higher self.
2. Pranayam or Warm-Ups: Breathing exercises or gentle exercises to warm up the spine in preparation for the kriya.
3. Kriya: A specific set of postures, movements and breath work taught by Yogi Bhajan. Each kriya has a particular purpose and works a different part of the body in both physical and energetic ways.
4. Relaxation: The most important part of any yoga class. This is the time where your body can integrate all the new movements and the energy that were awakened during the kriya.
5. Meditation: Doing yoga makes you more receptive to meditation.
6. Closing: Singing the ‘Long time Sun’ ends the class and offers you a blessing on your journey forward.
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Yoga therapy is a combination of the practice of Kundalini yoga and regular talk therapy where we use yogic principles, awareness of the body, breath, and movement to facilitate and support your treatment goals. Combining yoga and therapy together means that you more readily integrate changes not only from the mind, and but also from the body. It also means that you have all the tools for a daily practice, which consolidates your learning and integrates these practices in the day to day. A session typically lasts 1.5 hours and can be done individually, in couples, or in small groups.
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