FAQ Kundalini Yoga
Why the Hummingbird?
The hummingbird or the “flying jewel” is a powerful symbol of health, vitality, renewal, and guidance. The tiniest of all the birds, it is playful, energetic and free spirited. The hummingbird buzzes from flower to flower whispering a special message of joy and love, its delicate wings fanning out healing energies. Life is so beautiful when we enjoy the sweet nectar of life and buzz with energy like a hummingbird!
What is kundalini yoga?
Kundalini Yoga is a 5,000-year-old system of yogic exercises and meditation that is designed to give you a “hands on” experience of your highest consciousness. There are three basic components to Kundalini Yoga. There are the physical postures, thousands of kriyas (exercise sets) that strengthen the nervous system and balance the glandular system for optimum physical and emotional health. Breathing techniques (pranayam) help in processing emotions and feelings, relieving stress, and developing concentration. Mantra (sound, or Naad Yoga) and meditation techniques work to direct and discipline the mind. The practice of this yoga offers powerful tools for developing one’s own higher consciousness and increasing wellbeing, vitality, and connectedness to life.
What does kundalini have to do with spiritual enlightenment?
In yogic anatomy the sushumna is the central channel and conduit for the kundalini energy that runs along our spine and up to the crown of our head. Along this channel are placed additional channel networks called chakras. These chakras are associated with major aspects of our anatomy – for example our throat, heart, solar plexus, and in turn these aspects of our anatomy are related to aspects of our human nature. According to the literature of kundalini yoga our experience of these centers is limited due to knots which restrict the flow of energy into these centers. Three knots are particuarly important, the knot of Brahma which restricts the center at the base of the spine, the knot of Vishnu which restricts the heart center and the knot of Rudra which restricts the center between the eyebrows. These knots form an important framework in yogic thinking and the stages toward enlightenment are articulated in terms of breaking through these knots in the yogic classic the Hatha Yoga Pradipika as well as in some of the yoga upanishads.
The goal of kundalini yoga is the same as the goal of any legimitate spiritual practice: To be liberated from the limited bounds of the self-centered and alienated ego. The more balanced energy in the body, the happier we are.
Why is Kundalini Yoga so powerful and fast-acting?
Kundalini yoga is based on kriyas, or specially formulated sets of exercises, not just postures, and the benefits of kriyas are considerably greater than doing random postures, which is one of the reasons that KY works much more quickly and effectively than other forms such as Hatha – it is much more precise, and allows you to target specific benefits and work on exactly those aspects of yourself that need work at the current time.
How can I as a Muslim/Jew/Christian believe that God is within us and that it isn’t a sin to practice KY?
Kundalini yoga is about EXPERIENCING God within. It has nothing to do with beliefs. Beliefs are a mental discussion. Practicing Kundalini yoga will make you a better Muslim, Jew or Christian or whatever you aspire to be, because you will be able to really experience the teachings. Whatever your beliefs, the end goal is the same. Life is not about being identified with a label. Life is about being divinely you.
What are your group and private rates?
Group sessions are $15+ depending on the studio per person and private sessions and assessments are $95+ per 115 minute session.
What if I am new to yoga and/or fitness?
All levels are welcome and encouraged! You are in control of how much effort you choose to put into your practice. You are encouraged to listen to your body and enjoy the benefits of the Kundalini experience. Most of the time our eyes are closed so you it is very likely that no one in watching you! Wear comfortable clothing and bring a water if you’d like.
Do you offer prenatal Kundalini classes?
Absolultely! There were specific sets and meditations for prenatal yoga designed by Yogi Bhajan that are very beautiful. Not only will you feel amazing, but you will have a closer and more spiritual connection with your baby.