Kundalini Yoga is called the Yoga of Awareness. It is a dynamic, powerful tool that is designed to give you an experience of your soul.
In Kundalini Yoga, we harness the mental, physical, and nervous energies of the body and put them under the domain of the will, which is the instrument of the soul. This technology precisely and consciously combines breath, mudra, eye focus, mantra, body locks, and postures to balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system, expand lung capacity, purify the body, and calm the mind.
Kundalini kriyas and meditations are much more specific than your regular flow class, somewhat like an Iyengar practice. But rather than focusing on physical alignment, the kriyas are a specific set of exercises that generate energy, organize that energy, and deliver you to a specific energetic state — one of greater awareness.
Within the practice are built-in moments of stillness where we sit quietly and awaken to our Self. The breathwork within the kriyas is so powerful that it starts to strip away the layers that veil our consciousness and in the sweet moments between poses we can sense the fullness of who we are.
You cannot stay the same when you practice Kundalini Yoga. The very nature of what we do is to awaken the energy of consciousness, to practice in a way that sheds light on our self-imposed limitations, and invites us to think out of the box and develop our intuitive mind.
Kundalini Yoga is not a religion. When we apply the technology of Kundalini Yoga to our bodies and minds, it has the effect of uplifting the spirit. It is for everyone. It is universal and nondenominational.
Jenny O. teaches a weekly Kundalini yoga class at Yoga Yoga South.
“In Kundalini Yoga the most important thing is your experience. It goes right to your heart. No words can replace your experience. Your mind may accept the words or it may not, but your consciousness will not accept just words.”
-Yogi Bhajan, The Aquarian Teacher Training manual