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Sat Nam Yoga

Kundalini explained

Sat Nam translates as “Truth, Identify”

What is Kundalini?  Kundalini is an energy that already exists within each and everyone of us, usually in a dormant state. This means that most people never feel nor ever know its there.  The Sanskrit word Kundalini means coiled. In the yogic tradition Kundalini energy is portrayed as a coiled serpent lying dormant at the base of the spine. To raise the Kundalini means to awaken and enliven this creative energy, freeing energy in the lower body and allowing it to move upwards.  Enlightenment or an awakening of the spirit occurs when this energy is activated and directed to the higher centers of the body.

What is Kundalini Yoga?
Known as the Mother of all Yogas- It’s one of the original 22 schools of Yoga, a pure form of yoga, often referred to as the yoga of awareness because it focuses on the expansion of sensory awareness and intuition in order to raise individual consciousness and merge it with the Infinite consciousness. Kundalini Yoga’s purpose is to cultivate the creative spiritual potential of a human to uphold values, speak truth, and focus on the compassion and consciousness to heal yourself and serve others.

What should I expect when I attend a Kundalini Yoga class? Kundalini is a blissful and joyous practice of getting to know your true authentic self.  You will leave feeling stronger, more confident, refreshed and sometimes euphoric. We always recommend that you go at your own pace and will support you with modifications,  so any class is suitable for beginner practitioners.

Expect to do some downward dogs and a few balancing postures to warm up. In a Kundalini class you’ll experience many components of yoga that are sometimes forgotten.  You’ll do some dynamic movements like swinging your arms to create circulation and move your body is ways you never have!  Each class is different as there are 100’s of Kundalini Sets.  You’ll learn how to use ancient breathing techniques to self regulate.  We’ll  Meditate and even do a little chanting.  Ending each class with a generous Shavasana with gong relaxation for full body integration. Stay for an optional cozy cup of yogi tea and a few minutes of community time.

What are the benefits of Kundalini Yoga?
Besides getting a great physical workout and building core strength, you’ll naturally increase your stamina and endurance. Having practiced these skills, you will have the toolkit you will need to navigate the continent of your own Mind.  You will notice more control of your emotions and your mood. Kundalini Yoga allows you to achieve your highest potential, all the obstacles that were once blocking you from getting “there” simply shed away with each class.  When the body and mind are at ease, inspiration flows freely!  Through the use of these ancient Yoga and meditation techniques,  peace of mind can be obtained giving an experience of deep inner calm, improved concentration and self-confidence.  It gives you the vitality and health that is your birthright.  It doesn’t take long! In fact, you will feel immediate results.

• Get rid of stress build up and learn ways to cope with stressful situations
• Be centered and calm
• Conquer anxiety
• Live a truthful honest life
• Get rid of insomnia and get your inner clock back on track.
• sharpen your communication skills
• have meaningful and rich relationships
• enhance your creativity, think outside the box and work more efficiently
• strengthen your core and your values
• find balance
• heal injuries
• increased flexibility
• control hyper tension
I have only practiced “gym yoga” and can barely touch my toes!  Are your classes too advanced for someone who is just starting to learn Yoga? ANYONE can walk this path–all physical levels and ages are welcome.  Yoga is not just for the flexible. That would be silly!  Building a relationship with your body takes time. Honor where you are and focus on advancing at your own pace. We provide bolsters and cushions that will slowly ease you into a more flexible you 😉  Our staff is highly trained to give modifications to new students as well as people with injuries. Everyday you hesitate is just one more day without understanding the power of your Kundalini!

Our Teacher and his mission.
yogi bhajanYogi Bhajan Ji, Ph.D, Master of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, Founder of 3HO (Happy, Healthy, Holy Organization), came to the West from India in 1969.  He broke with tradition dramatically by teaching this once secret knowledge to all.

Since then, thousands of people around the world have embraced the practice and lifestyle teachings of Kundalini Yoga as a technology to transform their lives, to experience the fulfillment that comes with clearing the subconscious blocks in the mind and body to rapidly improve emotional, physical and mental health.  All of our classes respectfully draw upon the vast body of teachings he shared.

Why White and Natural Fiber Clothing? All we can say is TRY IT!  White represents light and new beginnings.  Notice how when you throw on a fresh white dress shirt or blouse it feels like you’ve been given the opportunity to start the day with a new slate.  This simple form of color therapy can do wonders for your yoga practice.  Kundalini Yoga practictioners wear natural fibers because they are good for the psyche, for energy levels and for the nervous system.

“We wear cotton because our sensitivity has to reach Infinity and cotton breathes.”
– Yogi Bhajan

Headcovers. Wearing a head cover is a common practice while meditating.  It helps to contain the electromagnetic frequency of the body and keeps the mind focused.

Gong Therapy. The gong creates a sense of ecstasy and well-being as energy blockages are released on the cellular level,  allowing the body’s systems to heal and function more efficiently.  Cool down from your workout slowly and enjoy the healing vibrations of the gong at the end of each Kundalini Yoga class.

Yoga Lingo.

Kriya. a Yoga set

Asana. a Yoga posture

Prana. Life Force

Pranayama. breathing techniques that direct prana.

Apana.  The eliminating force of the body.

Mantra.  Sometimes beginners find it strange to chant mantras in a foreign language. Just being present and listening is already part of the practice, eventually it will all come naturally.

Mudra.  postures of the hands

Nadis. Channels of flow of Prana.

Bandha.  locking/contraction of muscles that contain, direct and release energy flow.

Ida. The nadi that brings the cooling, mind-expanding energy of the moon.

Pingala. The nadi which brings the stimulating, heating energy of the sun.

Sushumna. The central nadi, or channel through which the kundalini ascends. The sushumna originates at the base of the spine where the three nadis(ida, pingala and sushumna) meet. IT travels up the center of the spine to the top of the head.

Breath of Fire. Breath in and out through the nose as you focus on the exhale. The breath is powered from the navel. It is rhythmic steady breath.

Gyan Mudra. Index finger and thumb touching together, stimulates the nervous system.

Bandha. Body locks or muscular contractions applied to seal the energy.
Mulabandha (Root lock), Uddiyana bandha (Diaphragm lock) and Jalandhara bandha (Neck lock) . When all these three are applied together it is called  Mahabandha (Great Lock).

Shavasana. deep restorative relaxation for final integration of the practice.

Kundalini Yoga Class Format.

Classes are 90 minutes

Format:

Warm up

Tune In

Kriya

Shavasana

Gong Immersion

Meditation

Tune out

What to Bring.

Yoga mat

water bottle

light blanket or shawl for relaxation, cool down and meditation

dress in comfortable clothing (practitioners must be fully clothed)

head cover (not required but recommended)

 

 

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