What to expect in kundalini yoga class

The sequence of practices in kundalini yoga class

What to expect in kundalini yoga class

“Kundalini yoga is an experience and everybody feels it in their own way.…”

WRITTEN BY Evolve Wellness Centre

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All levels are welcome to each class as we work within our own specific level and capacity and build on that in each class.

We start a class by tuning in with 2 mantras

1 - Adi Mantra - ONG NAMO, GURU DEV NAMO chanted three times
The Adi Mantra that precedes Kundalini Yoga practice, tuning one in to the higher self. Ong is "Infinite Creative energy in manifestation and activity". ("Om" or Aum is God absolute and unmanifested), Namo is "reverent greetings' implying humility, Guru means "teacher or wisdom", Dev means "Divine or of God" and Namo reaffirms humility and reverence. In all it means, "I call upon Divine Wisdom".

2 - Mangala Charn Mantra chanted three times
AD GURAY NAMEH, JUGAD GURAY NAMEH,
SAT GURAY NAMEH, SIRI GURU DEVAY NAMEH

Meaning of Mantra:
I bow to the Primal Wisdom.
I bow to the Wisdom through the Ages.
I bow to the True Wisdom.
I bow to the great, unseen Wisdom

Comments: “When you cannot be protected, this mantra shall protect you. When things stop, and won’t move, this makes them move in your direction.” – Yogi Bhajan

Class Sequence
- a warm up,
- followed by a kriya (meaning action, deed, effort) sequence,
- long deep relaxation (sometimes accompanied by the Gong) meditation,
- chanting to close the class -  ‘the longtime sunshine’ (which is an old irish blessing) this grounds and focus the practice and your energy at the end.

Kundalini Yoga has thousands of kriyas.  A kriya consists of asana (yoga posture), pranayama (breath), mantra (chanting), bandhas (locks), and mudra (hand position). The kriya uses these elements in rhythm to create a change in the body and the mind. Kriyas can help release the tension in the body, as well as fear and all deep seated emotions and even traumas. the meditation can help to elevate the mind and strive towards the higher self.

Mantras produce healing, through balancing the glandular system and cleaning the psyche and body of subconscious patterns and habits. Within the vibration of sound, we become the refined stringed instrument plucked and resonated into alignment.

Some benefits of practicing kundalini yoga include - improved flexibilty; core muscular strength; calmness in mind and body; positive attitude; improved mental balance; better awareness and connection in the body; improved sleep patterns - an overall radiance.

Guidlines and preparation - don't eat a heavy meal before class - ideally leave at least 2 hours or try to eat a light snack 1-2 hrs before.

What to wear - loose warm comfortable clothing. It is done bare foot to cleanse and revitalise nerve endings in the feet. Bring socks, a jumper and a blanket for relaxation.

During class - keep eyes closed as much as possible to start to develop the inner awareness keep keep conversations and questions to the end, so you can focus on the process and experience of the kriya and class.

After class

Drink plenty of water to help the natural cleansing process that is stimulated through yoga. Try not to shower for 30mins-1 hr after the class as this helps your body to absorb the minerals from the skin and your sweat.

Kundalini yoga cultivates consciousness of mind, body and spirit. The positive effects penetrate into our lives and can manifest in numerous ways.

Evolve Wellness have been a leading centre in London for pioneering this practice, offering Kundalini Classes over many years. Evolve are currently offering few online classes a week as well as monthly Moon and Gong workshops.

Siri Sadhana Kaur is a UK mantra recording artist, dancer and a Kundalini yoga trainer. Her love of embodying the sacred through movement, melody and rhythm led to her to record an ecclectic mix of 8 music mantra albums she runs Level 1 KRI Aquarian teacher trainings, and events with the Karam Kriya School with a training starting January 2021. www.sirisadhana.com