ORIGIN: Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is considered the most comprehensive of all yoga traditions, combining meditation, mantra, physical exercises and breathing techniques. Kundalini teachings encompass the eight limbs of yoga into a singular practice of excellence and ecstasy. “Kundalini” literally means “the curl of the lock of hair of the beloved”.
BREATH: The "breath of fire", a rapid breathing technique that is employed in order to match the rapid body movements often used in this practice.
MOVEMENT: With the specific purpose of raising a practitioner's consciousness, kundalini is divided into a regime of ‘sets’ that help to purify and cleanse the body-mind matrix. There are specific fast movements to each section, which are to be timed exactly. This may take the form of a mantra (repeation of words), mudra (hand gesture), pranayama (breath), or asana (posture). Kundalini is a powerful and direct way of connecting with your heart – your true inner self. The emphasis in Kundalini is on the breath in conjunction with physical movement, with the purpose of freeing energy in the lower body and allowing it to move upwards. All asana practices make use of controlling the breath. But in Kundalini, the exploration of the effects of the breath (also called prana, meaning energy) on the postures involved is essential.
BENEFITS: This powerful practice breaks down physical and emotional barriers, and can provide assistance in very specific healing areas , e.g. heart-opening, lymph gland detoxification, flexibility of the spine... you name it, there's a cleansing set of your choice!
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