There are 25 different types of yoga, if not more that exist around the world, and all of them work towards strengthening the mental state and physical body of the individuals who found personal satisfaction and peace in the art. The differences between these variations of yoga are often not apparent to everyone and we have found that many have blurred perceptions about what Kundalini Yoga is compared to the rest.
Kundalini Yoga is the yoga of awareness and provides a more spiritual experience.
Kundalini means “coiled” which refers to the dormant feminine energy we all possess, or Shakti, at the base of our spine. The postures are formed with our eyes closed so that you can focus inward and feel your exact movements, helping you understand your body and the pose you’re performing—instead of focusing on what the other students are doing. Closed eyes strive to eliminate distractions and self-consciousness so that you can find balance and achieve your personal goals.
“There’s nothing which can be more precious in you than your own relationship with your own consciousness.” – Yogi Bhajan
There is a large emphasis on breathing and sound to break through your internal barriers.
Kriyas are the repetitive postures and breathing techniques performed during this type of yoga, and when combined with the sounds of beautiful music or chanting mantra, a healing effect occurs. A feeling of positivity is draped over your thoughts and between, the chants, music, and gong, there is a natural vibration that is created to awaken your body and mind.
You breathe into your posture and feel what your body is ready for. That’s why Kundalini Yoga is truly for everyone!
If you are moving in the right direction, and focusing inward on the pose you are performing, you are still doing wonders for your mind and body. Kundalini Yoga is all about going at your own pace and feeling what is right for you and finding what you can do to put your body and mind at ease.
However, one thing that we know to be true about every form of yoga is that they are working towards the same goal: finding and nurturing the creative potential within you.
No matter which variation of yoga you choose to practice, it’s important that you allow yourself an opportunity to heal and rejuvenate, breaking yourself out of a confined and mundane routine.
Come find your own path and immerse yourself in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan today! We have several ongoing classes and if you have any questions, feel free to contact Daya Kaur at 416-674-7083 or by email.