Kundalini Yoga offers the next level of integration from a Hatha Yoga Practice. It took quite a bit of prodding from friends who were embarked on kundalini teacher training for me to attend a class. After over 6 years of Ashtanga Vinyasa practice & meditation, I felt that kundalini was too arcane & “new agey”.
It has been over a year since that 1st kundalini class @ www.goldenbridgeyoga.com, and I am feeling it.
Harijiwan ( www.harijiwan.com ) , a Santa Monica based teacher has this backgrounder. ” Kundalini Yoga is a meditative disciple within the yogic tradition that focuses on psycho-spiritual growth. This awakened state gives you the capacity to expand your perspective and experience each day with increased inspiration and joy.”
A class typically starts with pranayam (breathing exercises ) then segues into kriyas, a sequence of exercises which work together to create a specific effect or state. My favorite part of the class is the closing gong meditation were the sound & vibration either takes me into deep relaxation or on occasion , a kundalini rising along the chakra superhighway.
Most practitioners wear white sport head coverings in order to hold energy & create a meditative focus. And yes,a byproduct of all this heightened awareness is the ability to discern an awful hatha class or instructor.
For a donation based Tuesday evening class under the stars in Venice Cali, email : [email protected] to get on the list. Sat Nam !