Need to unwind? This ancient yoga will literally do the trick

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KUNDALINI YOGA

Would you like to heighten your awareness?

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Often referred to as the Yoga of Awareness, Kundalini focuses heavily on the ‘energetics’ side of practice.

The word Kundalini literally means ‘coiled’ and is represented by a metaphorical coiled snake at the base of the spine. The purpose of this practice is to ‘uncoil’ and release the snake, or more specifically, the energy it represents.

How and where did it start?

kundalini yoga

Although relatively new to the West, Kundalini is one of the oldest forms of yoga – it has been practiced since the Upanishads (a collection of writings described as “the supreme work of the Indian mind” that contain the fundamental teachings central to Hinduism) were written in India around 500BC.

Yogi Bhajan brought Kundalini to the West in 1969.  Prior to this it was kept under wraps, so it wasn’t until Bhajan taught it openly and publicly that it become accessible to all. He established 3HO – “Healthy, Happy, Holy Organisation.”

What are the benefits?

–       Deep relaxation

–       Calmed nervous system

–       A stronger core

–       Improved digestion

–       Greater lung capacity

So what can I expect?

Something different each time. However, you’ll generally begin the class with an opening chant and finish with a meditation and song and incorporate breath of fire – a breathing technique designed to release toxins and increase vital strength.

The movements and breath-work in Kundalini yoga can feel intense and challenge you not only physically but mentally. Know that this is an important part of ‘digesting’ and ‘releasing’ and truly a part of the process.

Kate will be running a Kundalini Workshop in Sydney on June 20. For more information, visit here.