Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga is a set of tools to increase our self-awareness and to bring our whole selves back to balance. It includes physical postures and movements (asana), meditation, breathing exercises (pranayam), hand positions (mudra) and chanting (mantra).

Kundalini is Sanskrit for “the coil of the hair of the beloved”, which symbolises the uncoiling of the inner awareness of our spiritual nature, which lies as dormant creative potential at the base of the spine. Through the practice of Kundalini Yoga, we can awaken that potential, raise our awareness and deepen our relationship with ourselves and others.

Move

Kundalini yoga teaches us the techniques and awareness to stay healthy, promoting physical wellbeing and emotional happiness. Different sets of exercises focus on particular organs or systems of the body building resilience and supporting homeostasis.

Supports the nervous system

Strengthens the immune system

Balances the glandular system

Maintains strength and flexibility

Promotes the circulatory systems

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Breathe

In Kundalini Yoga we learn to breathe properly and to control the breath, allowing us to control the mind, which in turn gives us more control over our lives and improves our wellbeing. There are many benefits in mastering the breath.

Oxygenates the entire body

Clears the mind

Improves digestion

Balances the brain hemispheres

Releases fears and emotional blocks

Alleviates stress

Meditate

Each meditation has a specific focus, but all meditation reminds us of the existence of something greater than ourselves, and promotes a sense of oneness and unity. Individual sounds cause the tongue to stimulate points in the mouth triggering a response in the brain and a change in consciousness. Whether in silence or using mantra, meditation is a conscious method of controlling and directing the mind.

Calms, controls and directs the mind

Develops our intuition

Increases our sense of connection to all

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What to expect from a Kundalini Yoga class

The classes are a safe and supportive space in which we can feel free to be ourselves. The energy of the group helps us to lift our vibration and to reach for our full potential.

All levels are welcome and no previous experience is necessary.

Tuning in - We prepare ourselves for our practice by chanting a mantra that connects us to all of our teachers and consciously connects us to our higher selves and inner wisdom

Pranayam - Using the rhythm and depth of the breath, we can effect and manage different states of health, consciousness and emotion

Warm up – to prepare ourselves for the kriya

Kriya – or ‘completed action’ is a series of asana or exercises that have a theme and aim to achieve a specific result, such as relieving stress, balancing the glands or releasing toxins from the liver

Relaxation or shavasana

Meditation

Tuning out – We close our practice by singing The Long Time Sunshine Song and chanting three long Sat Nams.

Thoughts and tips for coming to class

Avoid eating heavily for 2-3 hours before coming to class

Wear loose clothing that allows you to move freely

Yoga is not a competitive sport so we always aim to work with compassion, awareness and acceptance of where we are with our practice on that particular day. Slow consistency is more valuable than pushing to achieve a goal!

Please let me know if you have an injury or a medical condition that I need to be aware of

Pregnant women should get permission from their doctors to take a yoga class

“Anna is extremely knowledgeable and her calm, measured and often humorous approach creates warm, lively sessions where students can explore the richness of this form of yoga, guided and supported by a natural teacher.” 

– Ruth Fishman, teacher –

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