09 Feb What is Kundalini Yoga?
What is Kundalini Yoga?
On our website, Kundalini and Meditation is described as: a 90-minute class of Kundalini Yoga and Meditaiton to open and align your chakras. If you don’t know what a chakra is then come learn and be awakened to your most creative self. We will practice breath of fire and kriyas (actions or the sequence) that will unlock your creative potential. Singing bowls and a gong will be played during your savasana. Singing and chanting are a part of the experience. Yogi Bajan said that those that don’t go within go without. Let’s go within together on this 90 minute journey! All levels welcome.
Satya Anand and Kirtan Priya Kaur are two of our Kundalini teachers at Olive Yoga.
Satya Anand teaches Kundalini and Meditation from 10:15am-11:45am on Wednesdays.
Kirtan Priya Kaur teaches Kundalini and Meditation from 10:15am–11:45am on Fridays.
Q: In your own words, what is Kundalini yoga?
Satya Anand: Kundalini yoga embodies all yogic disciplines. It is both science and a spiritual practice. It uses the physics and hydraulics of the body, breath, and voice to move, open, and clear blockages in the body, mind and spirit to prepare us for meditation. The reason we clear all those blockages is to have unencumbered access to our true selves. When we’re not in the way of ourselves, we can live our true worth.
Kirtan Priya Kaur: Kundalini Yoga is the yoga of awareness, the power of KY lies in the actual experience. KY goes right into your heart and extends your consciousness so you may have a wider horizon of grace and of knowing the truth. In KY, you learn to ride your energy, to experience it and penetrate any given situation to attain a balance. You develop your relationship to your mental potential, you learn to use the clarity of the neutral, intuitive and comprehensive mind so you can then radiate creativity and infinity in all aspects of your daily life. The best way to understand it is to do it. You actually feel the effect on your first class and then develop a balance and a stability through a daily commitment.
Q: What drew you to Kundalini yoga?
S: I went to a class on recommendation from a friend. I left that class thinking, “this yoga is really weird.” Within a day, I realized I just didn’t seem to carry the same problems anymore, and that life felt easier and brighter. This was at a time in my life that was stressful and overwhelming, yet I found that I could handle literally everything with such an ease and grace like I hadn’t before. I never looked back. I’ve been practicing Kundalini yoga ever since.
K: Without turning this interview into a therapy, after my first class I simply knew that KY was a tool given to me to find happiness. I have tried many ways of healing my open wounds, KY felt right to me.
In my first class I felt like a magical sensation that a path was open. It took me of course many year to fight my old habits, and old pattern to keep a regular personal practice.
Q: When did you first start practicing?
S: In 1999 I took that first class.
K: I did my first class in Casablanca in 2011.
Q: What is one of your favorite kriyas and could you describe a little about it?
S: “Strengthening the Aura” is one of my favorites. It’s quick. It can be done in as little as 9 minutes. It leaves you feeling invincible.
K: My Favorite Kriya, is Nhabi Kriya, of course it’s one of the hardest. This sets focus is on developing the strength of the navel center, which is the center of your commitment and stability. It activates the power of your third chakra. I also love it because it was my first kriya given by my teacher for 40 days and it’s one of the more effective to me.
Q: What is a common misconception about Kundalini yoga?
S: Many people think that Kundalini yoga is a religion. It isn’t. It’s a science and a spiritual practice, and it’s non-secular. People of all faiths and ideologies are welcome. There is a religion commonly associated with Kundalini yoga, but they are not mutually inclusive. Kundalini yoga classes are simply a way of developing your relationship to yourself. It’s between you and your own infinity.
K: People often think that Kundalini yoga is a cult because we wear white and chant mantras in Sanskrit. We wear white as teachers so we can protect ourselves to others energies. When a student comes to class they often feel a need to heal, or feel better. Being in white allows us to shine and not absorb other’s energy. We also wear turbans for meditation, it give us a better flow to our 10th gate. It’s also a tradition and it’s a form of respect to the lineage of the teachers that came before us.
Come experience Kundalini for yourself with our lovely teachers at Olive Yoga! We can’t wait to practice with you.