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 Kriyas (actions) instead. The actions are usually very simple - 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 several minutes in a typical class. The point is that although the actions are simple, the body fatigues from repeating the actions over and over. Each kriya 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 fatigues, the mind will produce a lot of negative self-talk (“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 – because it takes the same mental strength to get you through it.
In addition to the kriyas, 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). 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.
Single Session Credit - We recommend this option for first time users. Although it is a slightly more expensive option, you don't have to commit yourself to purchasing a whole course of lessons. The advantage is that this option allows you to try out your chosen class to see if you like it or not. The disadvantage is that it is more expensive and you only get 7 days to use your lesson from the date of purchase. This means that you have to wait until the last minute to book your chosen class, which may mean that it is already fully booked if it is a popular class.
Six Session Credits - We recommend this option for regular clients who have already tried out our different classes. You get 8 weeks to use up your 6 credits. You can use your 6 credits for any class on any day or time, with any instructor and for all of the different movement methods. The advantage of this option is that it is cheaper than a single session but you are able to book up for your chosen class up to 8 weeks in advance. This means that you are likely to be guaranteed your place on your chosen class if a particular class is very popular.
Twelve Session Credits - We recommend this option for regular clients who have already tried out our different classes. This option is designed for students who wish to attend classes at least twice a week. Effectively, you get your second class at half price. However, you only get 8 weeks to use up your 12 credits. This means that the system forces you to come to at least two sessions a week. You can use your 12 credits for any class on any day or time, with any instructor and for all of the different movement methods. The system allows you to book up for your chosen classes up to 8 weeks in advance. This means that you are likely to be guaranteed your place on your chosen class if a particular class is very popular.