As I’m about to head off for a week in a safari tent on the north east coat of Ibiza with my dear friend Celia, with the intention of doing LOTS of kundalini yoga (my favourite type!) I thought I’d share my previous article explaining what Kundalini is, basically beautiful! And of course I’ll be sure to share my adventures in Ibiza when I get home, because with Celia they’ll definitely be plenty!! She’s the ability to make friends, find fun and cause mayhem anywhere and Ibiza’s prime for it, am I ready for this …. Oh my gosh YES!
So, here’s my previous article:
If you’ve read my “managing night sweats and hot flushes” post, you’ll be familiar with the concept of using meditation and exercise to help reduce stress and in-turn the menopause symptoms, well kundalini yoga nails both in one neat package…. Perfect hey!
I can’t claim to have done the research to get the.. “Aha, that’s the yoga for me” moment, as stumbled across it 2yrs ago, with limited understanding of the different forms thought I’d signed up to a bog standard, touch your toes and lets get bendy class, but by complete chance discovered this rather beautiful yoga, which seems to help control menopausal issues (when I go, fallen off the wagon somewhat!)
One lady when asked if she’d enjoyed her first class, said, I quote “It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever done”…. Perfectly put madam.
So, what is this Kundalini malarkey and how does it differ from other yoga…
Kundalini is one of the oldest forms, in-fact for thousands of years, the science of Kundalini was kept hidden, passed on in secret from master to a chosen disciple who was considered worthy. Teaching Kundalini outside the secret society of Indian yoga elite was unheard of, as believed the general riff raff weren’t up to accessing such a powerful knowledge, therefore Kundalini was veiled in secrecy until one morning a holy Sikh rebel named Yogi Bhajan wrapped a white turban around his head and took a one-way flight from Punjab, India to Toronto, Canada in 1968 and shared the secret with the world….
And how does Kundalini differ?:
Yoga has dozens of variations in philosophy and style, some yogas (like Bikram) are structured as a physical workout. Others (like Jivamukti) put an emphasis on meditation. Kundalini Yoga is little of both, but with an added emphasis on consciousness that activates energy centers throughout the body. Kundalini is still a great workout, but teachers and students participate in each kriya (set of moves) with a quiet reverence and eyes closed more akin to a temple than a gym.
It’s referred to as the “Yoga of Awareness”, a complete yoga science that includes breath (pranayam), yoga postures (asanas), sound, chanting (mantra) and meditation. It is designed to provide you with the experience of your highest consciousness through the raising of your Kundalini… What the.. is “your kundalini”?!
We’re said to born with a coiled energy lying dormant at the base of the spine, represented as either a sleeping snake or serpent waiting to be awakened, this is your kundalini… How cool does that sound!!
And how do we awaken this dormant serpent?
Awakening involves the Kundalini physically moving up the bodies central channel to reach the Sahasrara Chakra at the top of the head. This is achieved through meditation, pranayama breathing, the practice of postures and chanting of mantras. Kundalini awakening is said to result in deep mediation, enlightenment and bliss – I’m a rookie and no-where near close to this, but do know I feel bloody amazing after!
So, in a nutshell… It combines yoga postures similar to other yoga, whilst eyes are closed, chanting and mediating – Hopefully that’s not too hippy dippy sounding and put you right off! As it’s really not, it’s actually very accessible and the great thing about having your eyes closed… No-one’s looking at you not reaching your toes!!
Actually checkout this YouTube clip, bit American but if you’re a visual learner like me it’ll explain far better than my ramblings:
If I’ve ignited your curiosity and you’d like to understand more than please read this WONDERFUL article, it’s on a great site called ‘SoMuchYoga’: https://somuchyoga.com/kundalini-yoga/
If you want tfind a teacher or class have a look at the association site: http://www.kundaliniyoga.org.uk/
If you live near me in Herefordshire/Powys then Georgie is a wonderful teacher and has a few classes each week: http://www.healingspirits.co.uk/
And if you’re still unsure then give this DVD a go, it’s really easy to follow and will give you a taster: Detox and De-stress – yoga DVD
Teear calls it my “Mumbo Jumbo Clap Trap”, but didn’t stop him donning his holiday elephant print trousers and joining in on a Saturday workshop, think he secretly liked it too, shhh…. Don’t tell his friends!
Right, if nothing else I’ve managed to convince myself it’s time to get back in the saddle….