Tales of a Kundalini yoga Virgin!
From the start of this year I have been regularly attending Hatha Yoga class with a fantastic teacher who has taught all over the world. She would chant and challenge us with the postures and teach us how to correctly sing 'om' My friend and myself loved it, very spiritual, not just about exercise, but sadly a couple of months ago she stopped the class, don't blame her really as only me and my friend would turn up most weeks and I understand that it's not good business sense to run a class for just 2 people! So I have been in Yoga limbo land for a while, not being able to find a class on the right day, then I cant quite remember how I came across Kundalini yoga, I think somebody had left some leaflets in the clinic about local Kundalini yoga classes. I knew there were different styles of yoga but I had no idea what Kundalini yoga was so after a little while of should I go, shouldn't I go, I decided to give it a try.
At that particular period of time I was going through the 'spiritual wobble' so was feeling very flat, lifeless and depleted of all energy and enthusiasm (see pervious blog on the spiritual wobble) but myself and a friend decided to go. When we got there we were greeted by a lovely lady all dressed in white including a white headband, who was very passionate about Kundalini yoga. She excitedly told us a bit about how the class would run and a little bit about Kundalini yoga “it's a bit different from other types of yoga” she said. I was thinking how different can it be? So we took our places and unrolled our mats. We 'tuned in' with a mantra that we had to sing, a little odd maybe and then some alternate nostril breathing, ok I've done this before this is ok. Then the first of the asanas (yoga postures) We were instructed to sit on the floor cross legged, put our arms above our head and wave our arms around, in no particular fashion, to the music. I'm thinking to myself what this hec is this arm waving about, why am I doing this. So for the first 5 minutes, which actually seemed like 20 minutes we all sat there waving our arms above our heads to what I can only describe as indian sounding dance music. Did I feel self conscious? kind of yes, but I closed my eyes and went along with it. The next move was to stand up and basically wiggle our hips and wave our hand above our head for another 5 minutes, what on earth am I doing here, I thought, this is madness. I feel like i'm a five year old back in 'music and movement class' I am the kind of person that needs to know EVERYTHING about what I am doing, so i'm wondering what on earth is this doing for me? Things got a little bit more 'normal' after that with some more regular yoga moves although I did not recognise any of them from previous yoga classes. There was lots of breathing involved but not just gentle in and out breaths, it was sharp inhalations and exhalations as each move took place. At the end of the session we all 'tuned out' singing a nice little song called the long time sun, I felt like I was back in the brownies. I was tired and unimpressed, my friend loved it, I was not convinced.
I went home and went to bed, still feeling flat uninspired and a bit down in the dumps. The next day I woke up and sprang out of bed, I felt incredible, positive, happy, like a weight had been lifted, I couldn't believe it, I felt incredible and back to my usual positive happy self, marvellous! My yoga teacher messaged me later that day to say that she hoped I enjoyed the class, I messaged her back saying how terrific I felt. I had changed my mind about Kundalini yoga in an instant. For the whole day I felt incredible, on a high. I found that it really worked for me on a energetic level, like it shifted something that needed to be shifted, all that arm waving and hip shaking had blow away the cobwebs indeed. I am now on a quest to find out what how Kundalini affects the body, this is taken from the kindaliniyoga.org.uk website
'Kundalini Yoga, the Yoga of Awareness, consists of simple yogic techniques that can be enjoyed by everyone, no matter his or her age or physical ability. It is a complete 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.
Kundalini Yoga is a potent and effective system of self-transformation and personal development. Kundalini Yoga stimulates individual growth through systematic techniques that strengthen the nervous system and balance the glandular system (the guardians of health), for increased stability and vitality. Meditation improves mental concentration, sharpens awareness and give the direct experience of consciousness. Kundalini Yoga encompasses and draws from all yogic systems and techniques'
Kundalini is a vast reservoir of natural energy that lies dormant in the root chakra in most people, until ‘activated’. This activation is a process: it happens naturally and slowly as we evolve. But the process of evolution can be accelerated through disciplined spiritual practice. When the kundalini ‘awakens’, our consciousness changes: we become much more aware. Kundalini yoga aids this process, the breathing exercises stimulate the flow of energy. As a transformational massage therapist, I am all about revealing the brilliance that within all of us by gradually facilitating the release of trauma, caused by the ego from the tissues in the body. I am all about transformational work. It is said that in Kundalini yoga 'The breath work within the kriyas is so powerful that it starts to strip away the layers that veil our consciousness' Just incredible! Our Yoga teacher said that Russell Brand had called Kundalini yoga, the crack cocaine of yoga, and I can see why!! I have since been to another three classes and have researched becoming a teacher, something I always do when I find something I love and resonate with, I want to know everything about it and teach it! If you are into numerology my life path number is 1 so you can see why!! The second class I went to shook me up a bit, made me realise a few things about myself, made me question my thinking about the barriers I put up in relationships and how when I check out reality the situation is very different to what I had in my head, powerful stuff. Todays class was fantastic, each session has a different focus, I can't for the life of me tell you what the focus of todays class was but I feel great. So I am hooked, I love it, another avenue to help me shed my old self and 'strip away the layers that veil my consciousness' If you live on the Ormskirk area, check out Vicky's Kundalini yogas class, i've added a link to her Facebook page at the bottom of the page. I am sure there is much more to Kundalini yoga than what I have written here and I look forward to learning more about it as I continue my practice.
PS If anybody know's why all Kundalini yoga teachers wear white please let me know!!
Until next time!
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