Without these foundations...
Whatever type of yoga you’ve trained in, whether you are a newcomer, an avid practitioner, or a teacher, there are certain foundations and structures that are essential to your growth and expansion. Without these foundations, you will be unable to grow in your practice.
I have seen many practitioners and teachers come through my classes, those who’ve been practicing yoga for 10, 20, even 40 years, and the functional structures are missing.
You can take additional trainings, advanced trainings, go on fantastic yoga retreats. And yet. Until you master the foundational structures, you are unable to understand why and what you are truly practicing. You can do yoga all day long, and if you don’t understand, get it viscerally, you simply don’t have it.
At YogasYogas, we want our students to excel and we support you in doing exactly that. The structures are essential in order for you to excel. Without this mastery, you cannot truly move forward. We offer those structures so you grow, and learn properly. You won’t have to re-learn in years to come.
Why Kundalini Yoga
Kundalini yoga is a big part of my training. I practiced Hatha for years, and it changed my body. When I began to practice Kundalini, it changed my life.
Specific poses in Kundalini move energy from the lower centers to the upper centers. Other poses bring energy into the crown. These practices support expanded awareness; in fact, Kundalini is often called the “Yoga of Awareness”. Additionally, Kundalini is called “The Yoga of Sound” because as we are practicing kriya (the sequencing of pose), we are chanting a mantra or mentally vibrating that mantra. In Kundalini you remain in a pose and move dynamically within that pose.
The Kundalini teachings are about empowering you in your life. The practices provide information of why we do the things we do. I teach in this way in my classes. I consistently ask,
“Why are we doing this?”
“What does this work on?”
“What do you notice in your body, your energy field?”
“How does this relate to your life now?”
We relate the practice of the day to real life and real time. This shift allows us to be in the moment, present, aware, and in communication with our energy and bodies.
I may ask, for example, “Why are we practicing these spinal flexes?”
The answer: Spinal flexes stimulate the spinal fluid, which in turn nourishes our nervous system. If you have a flexible and open spine, how will your life look and feel and be? If closed and inflexible, how will you experience life?
Kundalini Yoga opens you very quickly. Even with the small movements such as spinal flexes, the perception is that it is simple, however, it takes time to master. KY works on the energy bodies versus only working in a muscular, structural sense.
Fiver Points Of Focus
- Navel Awareness – an approach to movement through navel awareness and the skill to project in the world; learning how to use your navel properly, strengthening it, and radiating that power into the world.
- Breath – specialized breathing techniques used for various purposes – breath of fire, long deep breathing, segmented breathing, alternate nostril breathing etc.
- Subtle Alignment – the power of tiny adjustments that change your entire alignment.
- Mantra – sacred chanting of syllable and phrase to create a new vibration, using sound to change the mind, and the body.
- Playful Mind – an open and interested approach to learning.
I’ve been asked how Kundalini is different from Vinyasa flow. They are different in that Vinyasa moves from one pose into another, in Kundalini you remain in a pose and move dynamically within that pose or move through numerous aspects of that one pose.
At times, I’ve heard of fear surrounding Kundalini Yoga because of stories associated with Kundalini energy. It’s true that when Kundalini energy rises, anxiety may also arise, one may feel a bit nutty, or he/she may experience life differently than before. The strength and power of our entire frequency working to adjust our system may seem overwhelming.
However, when one is rooted in practice, these changes can occur more gently. We can take certain actions to support our Kundalini shifts, and move forward without extreme feelings or fear of extremity.
In Beauty and Harmony,