“Kundalini Yoga means awareness. Awareness is a finite relationship with infinity. That’s all it means. This dormant energy is in you. This awareness is sleeping so you only experience a limited part of your full capacity. When it can be extended to Infinity, you remain You! In that state, nothing is lacking. This is the basic human structure, the framework through which we have to function.” Yogi Bhajan Founder of Kundalini Yoga
YOGA & MEDITATION
ONGOING KUNDALINI YOGA CLASSES
Feel the magic of tapping into your own eternal flow of power in this yoga class. Kundalini Yoga classes, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, give access to a personal experience of your highest consciousness.
You’ll work with breath, movement, sound as mantra, and simple meditation. Within the class you will be able to initiate self-healing, strengthen your nervous system, manage your moods, balance your chakras and increase your strength and flexibility.
When: Tuesdays, 6-7:15pm (beginning March 21, 2017)
Open to All Levels
Location: WM Wellness
31 Auburn Street
Auburn, MA 01501
*Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. A light blanket, water and meditation pillow are optional.
What is Kundalini Yoga?
“Kundalini is known as a niche form of yoga that is growing in popularity in pockets of New York City and Los Angeles. But Kundalini, perhaps more than any other yoga, has a long and fascinating history. There is no philosophy (physical or otherwise) that has been more durable than Kundalini Yoga. Unlike most ancient religious philosophies, Kundalini does not hold onto any strict rules or dogmas. The pure nature of Kundalini has allowed each generation for thousands of years to find personal meaning in the practice. The objective is decentralized and selfless – help people actualize their Higher Self. Kundalini does not claim to be the way; it is simply a way, one tool on each individual’s journey to personal discovery. Going to a class today feels so fresh, relevant and forward thinking, you would think it was a hybrid Eastern-Western concept developed specifically for the 21st Century.
In early Eastern religion (long before Buddhism and Hinduism) it was believed that each individual possessed a divine energy at the base of the spine. This energy was thought to be the sacred energy of creation. This energy is something we are born with, but we must make an effort to awaken thereby putting us in direct contact with the divine. Kundalini Yoga is the practice of awakening our Higher Self and turning potential energy into kinetic energy. Of the many yogas that developed over the past 5,000 years, Kundalini was considered the most sacred.” from Huffington Post article dated 3/26/15
What is a Kriya?
The word kriya means action. It is an action that leads to a complete manifestation like a seed leads to a bloom, a thought into actuality, a desire to commitment.
In Kundalini Yoga a kriya is a series of postures, breath, and sound that work toward a specific outcome. Practicing a kriya initiates a sequence of physical and mental changes that affect the body, mind, and spirit simultaneously. There are kriyas that support the liver, balance the glandular system, make you radiant, stimulate the pituitary, increase the flexibility of the spine, and many more. Each kriya has a different effect, but all work on all levels of your being.
Practicing Kundalini Yoga kriyas is one of the best ways to prepare yourself for a healthy, happy life. Using the angles and triangles of the asanas, fueled by the prana of the breath, re-tuned by the repetition of mantra, and concentrated by eye-focus and body locks, you are physically different by the end of kriya. These changes assist the physical and mental preparation of a meditative internal space. This framework for meditation occurs in numerous ways: opening the joints to facilitate sitting, altering the chemical constituents of the blood via glandular stimulation, and redirecting the mind through concentration and focus.
Everyone can practice these kriyas on their own. An important aspect of the power of Kundalini Yoga is that each kriya is whole unto itself, a perfect jewel that acts to create a flow. They are perfectly designed sets of exercises meant to produce predictable and subtle impacts on the total Self. Yogi Bhajan emphasized the importance of keeping the teachings as given, with the exception of reducing the timing of postures when necessary.