|Posted by BGF FitnessSite on November 13, 2017 at 2:15 PM|
I Practiced Kundalini Yoga for 30 Days, What You Should Know
I became acquainted with kundalini yoga through Gabrielle Bernstein’s book, The Universe Has Your Back, and in the months that followed a number of individuals mentioned the practice in passing conversation, and then I received an email with a special offer for the course for mindbodygreen contributors. I took that as a Universal nudge towards this practice and committed to Guru Jagat’s Kundalini Yoga 101 course with mindbodygreen to delve a little deeper over the past 30 days.
Here’s what you should know about the course and the practice.
What is it? Kundalini yoga was brought to the West by Yogi Bhajan in the 1960s; however, this practice, described as “science” and “technology” for the modern mind, body, and spirit, is a convergence of ancient techniques that have been practiced and recorded for thousands of years. Kundalini yoga is a self-healing modality. It’s a tool we can use to get reconnected with the source and higher power within.
Before the term “kundalini yoga” existed, these principles existed. Before there was a Bible, there was God. Sometimes we humans forget, we become arrogant and are so attached to our preferred dogmas that we become stagnant and out of touch with our healing. So if you find yourself uncomfortable with the language being used, challenge yourself to see beyond the language and test the principle/spirit.
You will be doing, not listening. The practice speaks for itself, and so there are moments when Guru Jagat explains the function of a posture, pranayam, or mantra along with the science behind it, but for the most part, the course is hands on. That being said, you can’t really go through this course without experiencing some sort of mental, physical, or spiritual expansion.
Each one of us will benefit from deep breathing, right and left brain stimulation, or glandular reset, and that is precisely what the kundalini practice does.
It’s not your “typical” yoga practice. You’re not going to be doing sun salutations; in most cases, you won’t even do a down dog. Kundalini yoga is very different from Western yoga. Often you will hold a static posture or repetitive movement for 3+ minutes. Be prepared to get warm and to be challenged in interesting new ways.
It works. The brief mantra and meditation practices deliver results. You become less reactive. You make decisions with more confidence and clarity. You glow. You simply feel better.
Learn more about Kundalini Yoga:
Read - Invincible Living: The Power of Yoga, The Energy of Breath, and Other Tools for a Radiant Life $16 or FREE at your local library.
Live Class – Most yoga studios offer a donation-based class for newcomers. Check the websites of studios near you!