Intro to Kundalini Yoga
According to my kundalini teacher training textbook, The Aquarian Teacher, kundalini yoga is defined as, “the technology of human consciousness… a science… the fastest way to create transformation [and] establish an aligned relationship between the body, mind, and the soul… a process that takes us beyond the mind to where we can follow our hearts”. I explain and experience kundalini yoga as a practice that can clear the subconscious mind, to get out of our small/ego selves, and embody our higher/true selves, but likely the best way to understand kundalini yoga is to personally try practicing it yourself.
Kundalini yoga is far from the “typical yoga” class. I remember walking out after trying my first kundalini yoga class and thinking, “okay, that was NOT yoga”. Kundalini yoga is one of the most, if not the very most, spiritually based types of yoga. If you attend a class you can expect that throughout the class there will be a kriya, (a specifically designed yoga set), that generally includes more sitting and meditating, mudras, (specific hand positioning), and mantras (repeated words internally or out loud).
The teacher and some of the students may also be wearing primarily white, along with head coverings. These aren’t required to practice, but are suggested, as the teachers of this yoga believe that white combines all of the colors together, so it strengthens the aura, (energy field), and that wearing the head covering enhances focus and allows the energy that’s cultivated to be kept within the body, instead of being released outwards.
The way I “found” kundalini yoga was merely from my intuition, so really it found me. Reflecting back now, I remember coming across it occasionally online, I would see someone briefly mention it here or there, but I never thought much of it at the time.
Then last summer, I suddenly was intuitively guided that I should try kundalini yoga. I googled kundalini yoga classes in my area, found one, and signed up to try it the next day. After reading the description of the class it didn’t really make logical sense for me to try it, but I’ve learned my intuition is meant to be trusted, so I went to the class. As I mentioned above, my initial thought was, “that was NOT yoga”, and I somewhat thought it was strange, but there was also an energy within the class I hadn’t felt before. A sense of safety and pure love. Even though I somewhat questioned the class, I planned to go back again the next week, so I did. Again, I thought it was strange, but I trusted my intuition.
After I got home from the second kundalini class I again was nudged by my intuition and googled kundalini yoga teacher trainings in Colorado. I came across a few of them and reached out. Long story short, I ended up signing up to join a 9 month kundalini yoga teacher training program after my third class. While it still may not make logical sense to me, I know it doesn’t need to. I’m continuing to trust my intuition, and I know practicing kundalini has made profound shifts within my life, and trust it will continue to do so.
You might be wondering what the tangible benefits may be of practicing kundalini yoga, so here are some of the benefits:
~ cultivates a spiritual practice that engages the mind, body, and soul
~ strengthens intuition and connection to self
~ strengthens the nervous system, decreasing stress and fight/flight response
~ stretches and builds muscles
~ stimulates circulation
~ provides biofeedback, (awareness of the body’s internal processes)
~ allows muscles as energy catalysts, (activating and strengthening meridians)
~ cleanses the tissues
~ aligns and activates the chakras
~ balances each of the 10 bodies, (which I’ll write another blog post about later)
~ is a lifestyle (there are specific recommendations to practice as a kundalini yogi that support the practice even deeper – for example, taking cold showers, getting up early, having a plant-based diet, etc.)
I also wanted to touch on the difference between kundalini awakening and kundalini yoga. You may have come across people talking about a “kundalini awakening”, while this could be possible, that is not the same with practicing kundalini yoga. There really is no goal of having a “kundalini awakening”. In fact, kundalini energy is always within us, waiting to be activated, which can be done by consistently doing the practice. However, most often a specific kundalini awakening doesn’t happen when practicing, and in fact it’s a slow progression of feeling more vibrant and at peace within ourselves. However, everyone does have their own experience with kundalini, and every experience is valid.
I would highly recommend trying a kundalini class, especially if you’ve been drawn to read this blog post, and are still curious after getting to this point. I would suggest doing a google search of kundalini yoga classes in your area, there are also many online offerings – both paid memberships, and free classes even on Youtube.
If you’re drawn to me and are curious about me teaching specifically — I share kundalini practices and insights on my Instagram. I will also likely begin to teach virtually inside my private facebook group and/or host group Zoom classes, and will offer donation based classes soon. (If you’d like to be notified about me teaching virtually, you can opt-in to my email list here, or you can just send me a message or email here).
No matter where you try kundalini, I would suggest trying kundalini yoga classes at least 3 times, whether with the same or different teachers. The practices are always different, and you may resonate with one teacher more than the other. I would invite you to at least try it, you may despise it, or it just might change your life. Overall, follow and trust your intuition, and as always, feel free to reach out if you have any questions. ✨