“With Kundalini Yoga, you can build a healthy body, develop a balanced mind, make contact with your infinity, your innate inner wisdom, as well as open the door so that you can reach your full potential.” – Yogi Bhajan
Kundalini Yoga was first brought from India to the western world in 1968, by Harbhajan Singh Puri, known to his students as Yogi Bhajan. Since that time, it has grown in popularity and is now practiced and taught by thousands of individuals worldwide. The power of Kundalini Yoga lies in it’s holistic nature.
It is not only a practice of physical postures, but of breath work and meditation, as well. It has a profound effect on body, mind and emotions. Kundalini is yoga with soul. Due to it’s subtle and internal nature, it is a non-competitive practice which focuses on self awareness rather than self improvement.
How does Kundalini Yoga work?
For the most part, Kundalini Yoga is practiced with the eyes closed. Rhythmic movements, co-ordinated with the breath, are interspersed with rest periods and self observation. As self-awareness increases, the mind begins to drop it’s constant chatter, the nervous system changes gears and this stimulates an endocrine response.
The cascade of electrical impulses and hormone messages triggers the brain to switch from Beta, stress response brain waves, to healing Alpha and even Theta brain waves. Within this state of mind, one becomes present. The mind becomes clear, relaxed and focused and states of deep inner wisdom and peace become the norm.
What are The Benefits from this Yoga?
- Helps to reduce anxiety and depression
- Improves mental health and feelings of wellbeing
- Helps to promote a positive self image
- Increases emotional awareness and helps one process negative emotions and experiences
- Reduces overwhelm and promotes resilience
- Balances the nervous system to promote healthy sleep and improve energy levels
- Balances the endocrine system and regulates hormones
- Improves mental clarity, focus and cognition
- Promotes a strong sense of self, promotes healthy decision making and boundaries
- Improves general health, fitness and vitality and reduces pain
Who can practice it?
Many people imagine that they are not flexible or fit enough to attend a yoga class, however, this is rarely an issue with Kundalini. Although the practice can often be physically challenging, each individual goes at their own unique pace and participates only at the level that is safe and achievable for them. Within a class, you will find experienced yogis and beginners participating side by side, with both benefiting from the group experience.
“Kundalini Yoga classes are a dynamic blend of postures, breath, mantra, music and meditation, which teach you the art of relaxation, self-healing and elevation.” – Yogi Bhajan
Gurudaya will be running a general Kundalini Yoga class on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7.15pm. The class is $20 or $15 concession.