Kundalini means energy, and Kundalini yoga is a powerful and useful practice. It works quickly to reduce stress, improve mental clarity, and elevate moods. It forgoes complex poses for energy-boosting, breath driven exercises, quick meditations, and simple poses. Using Kundalini yoga activates the chemical distributions in the brain that are your natural substances. Certain mantras and breathing exercises make actual physical changes to the brain and body. In short, it’s practical magic.
Kundalini yoga and its teachings were kept secret for a long time, taught only to royalty and nobility for thousands of years. In the late 1960s, Yogi Bhajan was the first person to bring the sacred teachings to the West and publicly teach it.
Kundalini yoga relies heavily on chanting, breath, and meditation. There is no vinyasa flow, no chaturangas, no hands on adjustments in postures. The kriya exercises (or postures) done during class can be physically or mentally challenging, or both. Some are short bursts of physical movement and others are a static holding of a position, with breathwork and meditation practiced throughout.
Kundalini yoga directly works on the endocrine and nervous systems to positively affect your life, creating a greater sense of peace and relaxation as well as a deep satisfaction with relationships, work, and creativity. Chanting mantras directly changes the frequency with which your adrenals release stress hormones. The hypothalamus is located just on top of the brain stem right above the roof of the mouth, which is why chanting and vibrating a mantra gets direct results. Deep yogic breathing increases bone strength and density by creating more minerals in the body and delivering them deep into your bone marrow. Physical yoga postures stretch and tone your muscles. Kundalini Yoga can reach major emotional and energetic breakthroughs in under 3 minutes of practice. Who doesn’t have time for that!
Anyone trying to deal with the increasing daily demands of modern life. So…everyone. We live in a world of constant media onslaught, communication, and societal pressure. Being able to withstand and process the intensity of the world right now is a critical application of yoga and meditation. There are no prerequisites for you to gain the benefits of Kundalini yoga. It is easy enough for the injured and ill and powerful enough to challenge even the most robust athlete.
Ok, we know. You have probably heard that Kundalini yoga is weird. But if being weird means ridding the body of toxins and trauma to experience immense prosperity and creativity, then call us David Bowie. Unlike your go-to gym vinyasa class, Kundalini yoga isn’t an athletic flow. Every class begins by sitting in easy pose and tuning-in with the same mantra recitation. It’s ok if you don’t know it. Listening to the sounds will still deliver benefits until you learn them. There is then usually a dharma talk by the teacher followed by a series of sets that involve different kriyas (postures), breathwork, and mantras. Each posture will last for a few minutes and each set is followed by a meditation. Do your best, no one is judging…or watching. Except the teacher. And trust us, they have seen everything!
Our regular yoga classes are 90 minutes but some classes are 45-60 minutes depending on the schedule. There tends to be a more laid back vibe at RA MA compared to a “traditional” yoga class.
If you like. But you can also wear black, leopard print, or whatever makes you feel comfortable and awesome. Just wear something. You’ll see the teacher and many students wearing white, including a turban or other head covering. Wearing white helps to expand your energy and lifeforce and filter out negative energy. See for yourself!
Then you probably need it. The results of Kundalini yoga can vary from subtle energetic changes to powerful emotional breakthroughs. Sometimes you aren’t even aware of the changes that are occuring. If you ask anyone who is a long time practitioner of Kundalini, it was often the first few classes that were the hardest to get through. But if you stick with it, you will start to experience an expansiveness in your life that you have never witnessed before. Like anything, it takes practice and dedication
Most definitely! Children of all ages are welcome to all classes at RA MA. We ask that parents keep an eye on their kids and take them out of the room if they get fussy or loud, especially during meditation or gong. We find that kids sometimes bring their parents to class, so follow their lead!
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The RA MA TV monthly and Annual memberships give you access to thousands of On-Demand videos on RA MA TV, including all pre-recorded classes from Guru Jagat, and other RA MA teachers. RA MA TV LIVE membership gives you access to the above PLUS full access to the daily line-up of curated Livestreamed classes including Guru Jagat’s daily Live classes. Livestreamed Special Events, On-Demand Events, and Courses are not included in the Monthly/Annual memberships, these are available to purchase separately.
Live-streamed and On-Demand Special Events, and all Courses are available to purchase a la carte and do not require a monthly or annual RA MA TV membership.
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All you need is a little space and a yoga mat. Many of the Kundalini Yoga postures and meditations are done in a crossed-leg seated position. If this is uncomfortable we recommend using a meditation cushion, or even sitting in a chair. No props are necessary for Kundalini Yoga classes. Wear comfortable clothing that allows for unrestricted movement and breathing.
All Kundalini Yoga classes are open to everyone from advanced practitioners to people taking their very first class. If you are new, take it easy and go at your own pace – you will have a deeply personal experience!
Yes, it is incredibly important for you and especially for your baby to participate in class as much as possible prior to giving birth! There are modifications to some movements if you are pregnant, and of course we encourage you to take things slowly and to be a little careful with your practice. Contact us for more information.
In the tradition of the teachings of Kundalini Yoga, the 120th day of a woman’s pregnancy marks the time when the soul enters the body of the child. It is a time of high energy and an opportunity for focused prayer. Celebrate your 120th Day with RA MA by emailing us in advance.
We have children of all ages coming to Kundalini Yoga classes at RA MA, as well as participating online – they really love it! Check out the Family Yoga channel.
Yes! RA MA Institute partners with the non-profit organization Vital Warrior, which offers alternative therapies including Kundalini Yoga to address the unique stresses and traumas of veterans. Email us at VITAL WARRIOR a copy of your military ID to coordinate your free subscription.
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