Kundalini Yoga is called the Yoga of Awareness. It is a dynamic, powerful tool that is designed to give you an experience of your soul.
Kundalini is an ancient Sanskrit word that literally means “coiled snake”, a divine female energy or primal energy (shakti) which lays dormant at the base of the spine in everyone.
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 purify the blood. It brings balance to the body, mind, and soul, actively working on the chakra system – energy receptors within the body.
During the practice you will be taught a kriya (set of asanas) as originally taught by the Master, Yogi Bhajan including pranayam and a meditation which may involve chanting mantras (a powerful technique used in meditation). Playing music or mantras during the class and while you practice can really enhance your experience and we allow time for deep relaxation or a sound bath.
Kundalini Yoga was kept very secret until 1969 when Yogi Bhajan taught it openly in the West in order to prepare humanity for the major changes that this planet is going through as we cross from the Piscean to the Aquarian Age. The exact origin of Kundalini Yoga is unknown, but the earliest known mention dates to the sacred Vedic collection of writings known as the Upanishads (c. 1,000 B.C. – 500 B.C.).
Kundalini Yoga is for householders, for people who have to cope with the daily challenges and stresses of holding jobs, raising families, and managing businesses. It is a path for everyone who wants the skills to cope successfully with the challenges of our times.
The purpose to deliver a six week course to a beginner student is to provide a more thorough understanding of Kundalini Yoga as a Technology of Awareness from the outset. As opposed to a beginner student attending regular classes without any basic understanding of the teachings and philosophy. It provides context which is important for any new beginner, to have some understanding of the different aspects of the practice including the benefits, but ultimately how the technology of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan can be applied and integrated into our Being.
Throughout the course the student will learn the fundamentals in Kundalini Yoga; kriyas, asanas, mudras, pranayam, bandhas, mantras, meditations and chakras. A broad understanding of yogic terms and philosophy, a basic understanding of how each of the systems within the body correlate to the entire being as well as the numerous benefits to the overall well-being, so the knowledge and wisdom gained through personal experience during this course can be applied into a regular practice.
Each class will focus on a few topics of discussion or a theme to provide the student in-depth knowledge and insights so they can assimilate the theory and integrate it through practice. A kriya and meditation will be introduced which is suitable to the topics explored in the class, with times shortened for a beginner. It will provide an opportunity for the student to experience the divine wisdom within by merging the finite; individual consciousness with the infinite; supreme consciousness.
The key aim for this course is to enable the student to develop greater self-awareness, discover the many benefits of the practice and establish a personal commitment to Kundalini Yoga. After completion of the course, the student should feel comfortable with Kundalini Yoga and be familiar with a number of kriyas, asanas, mudras, pranayam, bandhas, mantras, meditations as well as have a basic understanding of how the subtle body perspective differs from western anatomy. Each of the chakras will be discussed and the Ten Bodies will be explained as these are integral parts of the teachings and the yogic philosophy.
Importantly, this course aims to deliver significant insights to the student, for one example, understanding the mudras. What each finger represents and how the mantra and mudra work together will enable to student to deepen their practice. Introducing specific mantras which are often used and the meanings behind the mantra (which are mostly translated from Gurmukhi language) as well as the benefits of chanting mantras, will provide greater meaning to the student and further improve their practice.
Meditation does take some skill and endurance at times, during this course the student will have the opportunity to feel the benefits of meditation. Doing no more than 11 minutes of meditation throughout this course will help the student to develop focus and concentration while increasing their potential to practice meditation for longer periods.
Various breathing techniques will be explored in-depth so the student can also feel the benefits and understand why certain techniques are being used in any given kriya. Mudras will be explained in detail, how they guide the energy flow and reflexes to the brain. The body locks or bandhas will be performed by the student a number of times until they are comfortable to apply the bandhas when needed during a kriya or meditation. Additionally, how the bandhas affect the flow of energy to allow an equilibrium to be established through the direction of prana and apana in both the body and mind will be discussed.
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The beginner student will learn how Kundalini Yoga differs from other styles of yoga, the history and tradition of Kundalini Yoga and why Yogi Bhajan and Guru Ram Das are revered. This will help the student to define purpose and establish a personal commitment to the yoga as they evolve through practice. The perfect posture will be demonstrated and explained so the student can identify the correct alignment required to allow the energy to flow throughout the body. The body locks or bandhas will be explained in-depth and the student will have the opportunity to apply the various bandhas until they feel comfortable with the practice. A few basic breathing techniques or pranayam including Breath of Fire will be introduced to the class prior to an entry level kriya for basic spinal energy series and meditation titled the Seven Wave “Sat Nam” Meditation.
(Namdhan Kaur) is a Level 1 Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher and has recently completed her training under Guru Dass through the International College of Kundalini Yoga. She is hoping to achieve her Level 2 Certification in the near future and currently teaches at Kundalini Yoga Brisbane.
Anna is an inspirational teacher, her classes are gentle, enjoyable and bring the right balance to your yoga, perfect for anyone who would like a real kundalini yoga experience. She is most passionate in serving others by delivering the teachings and ancient wisdom so others can connect to their individual higher consciousness and live with an expanded awareness to move through life’s ups and downs with grace, humility and compassion.
“I feel so alive and well practicing Kundalini Yoga, having access to this technology in today’s modern world is a blessing. Through personal experience and commitment it has taken me on a transformative journey and a deeper understanding of Self”.