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Kundalini Yoga is often referred to as the Yoga of Awareness. It includes dynamic and powerful practices using breath, mantra, and movement that harness the mental, physical, and spiritual energies of your body. The best part about it? You can reap the benefits in as little as 3 minutes per day.
Kundalini refers to energy, and as a form of yoga, involves practices that are as practical as they are dynamic. Practicing regularly can quickly reduce stress, improve mental clarity, elevate your mood and increase overall vitality. Everything in Kundalini Yoga is specific and intentional to make physical changes in the body and nervous system for prosperity and wellbeing.
The basic idea of what we are trying to access in Kundalini Yoga is to access Kundalini–this infinite source of energy that lives within each of us. If we can learn to access and use our energy in a particular way, we can tap into our own unlimited power, vitality and healing potential. We do this through riyas – yoga sets – intentional movements that create specific effects in the body. Kundalini energy starts at the base of the spine and moves up as in a spiral.
Through meditation, we learn to move and work with this energy to its greatest capacity.
We begin every session with what we call “tuning in.” We chant the mantra “Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo” to attune ourselves to Universal energy, followed by “Aad Guray Namay” to energetically contain and protect our practice. No matter what, taking this time to plug into the vibrational sensations of the mantras will leave you feeling great.
In Kundalini Yoga, there are many different ways you can sit. Some common basic postures include rock pose, celibate pose and easy pose.
Daily Practice: Sadhana
Sadhana is your daily practice. Kundalini has a wealth of mantras, kriyas and meditations that you can incorporate into your day to day routine. That is one of the great things about this practice–you choose the sets that you like or that challenge you that have a positive impact on you and work for your body.
Check out our Introduction to Kundalini Series on our website.