When you understand who and what you are, your radiance projects into the universal radiance and everything around you becomes creative and full of opportunity. – Yogi Bhajan
A little over 4 years ago I tried my first Kundalini Class with one of my teachers from my first 200-hour training course. While enjoying the experience, I didn’t realize at that time that Kundalini Yoga would be come an integral part of my own personal yoga practice (I was already a strong Vinyasa and Ashtanga practitioner). As I headed back to Albania from India to start my yoga endeavors there, I was blessed with 2 beautiful expats in the country that had just recently completed their Kundalini Level 1 training and had been living in Albania for 7 years at that point. We all decided to join forces and started what became the Tirana Yoga community group. For a long time in Tirana, Kundalini Yoga was the only other opportunity I had to practice yoga under the guidance of another teacher (outside of my own self-practice) as yoga was completely new in the country and at the time no one else was teaching yoga. I am forever grateful for my teachers Sylvie and Lies who really introduced me to these technologies and am happy to share a few resources for those of you interested in learning more.
Below is a little more extensive outline of what Kundalini Yoga is as well as one of my favorite kriya sets (attached) and a playlist I frequently use in a Kundalini class.
Kundalini Yoga is called the Yoga of Awareness. It is a dynamic, powerful tool that is designed to give you an experience of your soul.
In Kundalini Yoga we harness the mental, physical, and nervous energies of the body and put them under the domain of the will, which is the instrument of the soul. This technology precisely and consciously combines breath, mudra, eye-focus, mantra, body locks, and postures to balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system, expand lung capacity, and purifiy the blood. It brings balance to the body, mind, and soul. (http://www.3ho.org/kundalini-yoga)
The main proponent of Kundalini Yoga in the West and credited with being the first to bring the teachings and techniques to a Western audience is Yogi Bhajan. Read more about him here.
The Art of Healing – Siri Gaitri Mantra (more extensive instructions and guidance on how to perform this meditation)