Kundalini Yoga, Yoga, Meditation - London, UK  Hampstead, Primrose Hill, Finchley Road,  Camden, West Hampstead, Swiss Cottage, St Johns Wood, Baker Street and beyond

"Yoga is not going to make you great. Yoga is going to make you YOU." - Yogi Bhajan 


 

 

 

What is Kundalini Yoga? What are the benefits?


  • Kundalini Yoga was first taught in the West by Yogi Bhajan, Ph.D., who in 1969, recognized that the young people in America, who were experimenting with drugs and alternative lifestyles, needed something tangible to quench their inner thirst.
  • His decision to teach Kundalini Yoga was somewhat momentous because it had never been taught openly before. Yogi Bhajan contends that in this time of great transition and transformation (which many are calling the onset of the Aquarian age) every person has an inherent birthright to be healthy and happy, and the means towards the realization of this is within each of us.
  • Practicing Kundalini Yoga keeps the body in shape and trains the mind to be strong and flexible in the face of stress and change. It increases oxygen capacity, boosts blood flow, balances the glandular system, strengthens the nervous system, and reduces stress-induced toxins such as adrenaline and control. 
  • The effect is a heightened self-awareness and vitality that allows you to harness mental and emotional energy. Individuals feel more in control of themselves, with enhanced peace of mind, concentration, and a deep inner calm and self-confidence. No matter what someone's age or physical capacity is, Kundalini yoga and meditation can have immediate benefits.

  • Enhancing your experience of a Kundalini Yoga session

  • Take a shower before, especially in the morning. 
  • Wear loose cotton clothing (white recommended) & head covering for meditation.
  •  Sit on something like a blanket, mat or sheepskin.
  •  Bring a shawl or blanket to cover yourself during relaxation and  meditation. 
  • Drugs [including coffee, alcohol & tobacco] as well as a high protein (meat) diet go against the aims of yoga. 
  •  Taking Care of your body Be sure there is no medical reason why you  should not do the yoga.
  •  Do not eat for 2 to 3 hrs before - its OK to drink herb tea or water.
  •  Elder people and those with high blood pressure will naturally be advised  to do all the exercises more slowly.
  • When menstruating women should not do inverted postures, double leg lifting, strong breathing or anything that puts a strain on the abdomen.
  • If you have any back problems let your teacher know and learn to adjust the exercises accordingly.
  • For meditation Mantras are an important aid to meditation helping to cleanse the subconscious mind as well as releasing new resources of consciousness. 
  • The rhythmic breathing and alternative thought form of the mantras serve to interrupt our usual patterns and create opportunities for the intuition to function and have more influence, bringing clarity to our lives.
  • Keep the spine straight and the chin in and back - straightening the neck Become conscious of the breath possibly linking it to a mantra Prepare by inhaling white light & clear energy, exhaling toxins and tensions
  • Be aware of the hands - their position or movement - mudra Eyes - imagine a helpful but simple image; circle and dot, candle flame, cross, etc. 
  • Eyes - focus in and down to root of nose or third eye (between brows). 
  • Thoughts - don't attach, suppress, run from or otherwise make thoughts important, just allow them Tongue - if not chanting press lightly to upper palate.

 Kundalini Yoga teacher, London