What is the focus of Kundalini Yoga? What is the primary objective of the practice?
Kundalini literally means “the curl of the lock of hair of the beloved.” This poetic metaphor refers to the stream of energy and consciousness that exists within each of us and enables us to unite with the universal Self. Fusing individual and universal consciousness create a divine union, called yoga.
The primary objective of Kundalini Yoga is to awaken the full potential of your awareness. It helps you to recognize your awareness, cultivate it, and reach the next level of awareness – your unlimited Self.
How does Kundalini differ from other forms of yoga?
Kundalini is considered the most comprehensive of the yoga traditions, combining meditation, mantras, physical exercises and breathing techniques, among other features. It is called Raj Yog (or royal yoga), because it comprises all eight limbs of yoga into a singular practice to achieve absolute eminence. Also, because for a long time it was confined to royalty.
How long should I practice each day?
Yogi Bhajan developed complete sets of exercises, consisting of the main Kundalini practices. These are called kriyas. They differ in length and complexity, so you can start with as little as 5 min a day. You can expect to experience bigger benefits as you increase your practice time. Remember, regularity is essential, so try to spend at least 5 min every day.
What are the benefits of Kundalini Yoga?
Because of the very nature of Kundalini Yoga, achieving spiritual goals through physical exercise, the benefits are numerous and intertwined. The body affects the mind and emotions, and vice versa.
Physical benefits include:
– A flexible spine;
– A strengthened core;
– Expanded lung capacity;
– Increased energy;
– Improved bone health.
Mental and emotional benefits:
– Reduced stress and improved memory;
– A calm and focused mind;
– Greater joy of life and happiness;
– Protection from negativity;
– Better relationships with all people.
These are only a few of the benefits. We will let you discover the full range for yourself.
What should I wear during my practice?
Something comfy and loose, which makes you feel good. Yogi Bhajan recommended white clothing from natural materials such as cotton and linen. This will help your aura and energy flow. Always wear something to cover your shoulders and spine. This will assist the awakening, flow, and distribution of Kundalini (the energy of Prana, which flows in patterns or channels called Nadis) up and down your back.
Kundalini Yoga is generally practiced barefoot. You can use a blanket or a shawl to cover your body during the relaxation period at the end of your practice.
What does a typical Kundalini yoga structure include? How long does it take?
Usually, a Kundalini yoga class starts with chanting for tuning in followed by the pranayama and warming up exercises. The main part consists of a set of asanas, which is called kriya. Then it is time for deep relaxation, followed by meditation. To help you go back to your everyday activities, the session ends with some more chanting. The whole practice usually takes 40 to 60 min, but it can differ depending on the length of the particular kriya. When you practice at home, you can go for the classic Kundalini yoga structure, or you can change it according to your needs and preferences.
Do I need a teacher, or can I effectively practice on my own?
If you are new to Kundalini Yoga, it is recommended to attend classes in person. Kundalini Lounge is perfect to help you complement these at home and while traveling, but we can also refer you to instruction by renowned teachers close to where you live or work.
If you already have the experience, our videos include clear instructions, so you will find them easy to follow. We also recommend using an alignment mat just to be on the safe side.
How does Kundalini Lounge work?
It’s easy to get started. Just create an account. Now you have your own personal virtual yoga lounge. There you can track your practice.
• Every video has an Add to Favourites button in the top right corner and your favorite videos will be instantly available in your virtual lounge.
• On the Teachers page, you can follow the yogis who inspire you. In your virtual lounge, you will receive updates about their new videos and blog posts.
• You can also track all your viewed videos and see all the new stuff.
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