Kundalini Yoga, also known as yoga for the soul, is a very spiritual form of yoga, involving use of the mind. Whereas traditional forms of yoga use Asanas (postures) held in a static position for a specific length of time, Kundalini yoga uses Krias (actions) instead. The actions are usually very simple (e.g. lying outstretched on your back whilst you raise alternate legs up on an inhalation and lower on the exhalation) - but that does not mean it is easy.
The timings for each action are unknown to the participants and they may vary from one minute up to eleven minutes in a typical class. The point is that although the actions are simple, the body does tire from repeating the actions over and over again. Each kria is performed with the eyes closed in order to shut out any external stimuli and take the focus internally, so the student becomes more aware of their internal environment. Therefore, thoughts, feelings, emotions and sensations are heightened when the eyes are closed.
Since the student is unaware of the timing for each action, when their body gets tired, the mind will produce a lot of negative self-talk and this chatter (“I can’t do this anymore”, “I want to give up” etc.). The idea is that you learn to push past all of these mind viruses and learn to talk to yourself in a positive, uplifting way (“I can do this”, “I am strong”, “I will not give up” etc) – this makes you mentally stronger. This technique can also be used in everyday life, if you encounter difficult situations (particularly when you don’t know when they are going to end) – because it takes the same mental strength to get you through it.
In addition to the krias, Kundalini yoga classes also involve specific meditations and chanting. Group chanting is known as Kirtan and it is an intensely uplifting experience, designed open your heart (like a child singing innocently and joyously).
The Kundalini yoga high is often mentioned – a non-drug high – full of energy and vitality. It’s no wonder why this is the only class on the timetable at MyBody Studios that has a waiting list for it each week!! With our busy, stressful lives in this day and age, people are looking for a bigger meaning and a more spiritual experience and Kundalini yoga gives you just that. Come and try it out for yourself and see what the fuss is about!
In Kundalini Yoga we harness the mental, physical, and nervous energies of the body and put them under the domain of the will, which is the instrument of the soul. This technology precisely and consciously combines breath, mudra, eye-focus, mantra, body locks, and postures to balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system, expand lung capacity, and purifiy the blood. It brings balance to the body, mind, and soul.
Weekly classes and monthly taster workshops are available from our Sunderland studio.
PLEASE NOTE: when buying a bundle of lessons, you can use those credits against any class, on any day, any time, with any instructor and across all methods of movement on the timetable.