What to Expect
What Is Kundalini Yoga?
Kundalini Yoga is a Raj Yoga which means it includes elements of many different traditional styles of yoga:
Beginning and Ending
Every Kundalini Yoga class will begin with a Tune-in Mantra: Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo, which connects us to the wisdom of those on the path before us and the wisdom that resides within us. Each class also ends with a traditional blessing song: May the long time sun shine upon you, all love surround you, and the pure light within you, guide your way. In this way we learn to bless ourselves and dedicate our practice to the light within everyone.
Kundalini Yoga is taught in Kriyas, that is complete sets of exercises that when practiced together have a certain predictable effect. Never practice any of the exercises on their own but instead seek support from the instructor if you are interested in cultivating a home practice.
You will be encouraged to keep your eyes closed throughout, which helps you maintain your focus within yourself and your own experience. We never ask anyone to believe in anything, but instead rely only on your own experience.
Our Bij Mantra is Sat Naam, Truth Is My Identity, and in this way we incorporate an affirmation throughout the practice. Other mantras will often be part of the exercise sets, but Inhaling "Sat" and Exhaling "Naam" will be used in all Kundalini Yoga Classes.
The instructors will have their heads covered, sometimes with something simple, other times with a traditional Sikh Turban. This is a technology that contains the energy of the Radiant Body and facilitates the flow of the teachings. As you deepen your practice, you may find covering your head during meditation beneficial.
Kundalini Yoga Instructors do not touch their students and often maintain a seated, meditative position throughout the class.
We hope this helps orient you to our practice and we hope you experience your own self-blessing by giving it a try!