Yoga should always be learned under the guidance of a qualified teacher.  For those of you who have been attending classes, these tips will help you to refine some of the yogic techniques taught in class.

BREATH OF FIRE

NASA's Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope aboard ESA’s SOHO spacecraft took this image of a huge, handle-shaped prominence in 1999. Prominences are huge clouds of relatively cool dense plasma suspended in the Sun's hot, thin corona.

Breath of Fire is a key breath technique used in Kundalini Yoga.  It has many benefits including cleansing the body of toxins, strengthening the nervous system, and boosting the immune system.

The best way to learn Breath of Fire is in class or 1 to 1 with a qualified and experienced Kundalini Yoga teacher. For those who are already using Breath of Fire and would like to check if you are doing it correctly and to perfect it, the basic essentials for the technique can be found here BREATH OF FIRE

MEDITATION

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Meditation is a process. By involving our mind in the process of meditation we can correct mental patterns that prevent us from fulfilling our potential and being happy / contented.

We use focal points to involve our mind in the process of meditation. These include breath rhythm, eye focus, hand positions, points of the body and sound (especially mantra either silently repeated or chanted).

It is a cleansing process that clears our sub-conscious garbage, bringing greater clarity and a feeling of well-being.  When meditating, our mind will wander. Our intellect releases thousands of thoughts at a rapid rate on a constant basis.  It is not possible for us to escape our thoughts.  The process of bringing it back to the resting place of a specific focal point (e.g. mantra or breathing) helps us to break our tendency for risk taking or being risk averse, replacing these extreme patterns with balanced, contented thought patterns. In this way, the meditative, neutral mind is cultivated. 

Some of the many benefits of meditation include;

  •  Stress release
  • Increased mental clarity and focus
  • The quiet, still time helps the body heal
  • A feeling of love and connection
  • Builds our intuitive capacity so we better know what to do, and when

Doing some breathing and warm up exercises before meditating stimulates our glandular and nervous systems and helps us to feel physically comfortable for a better focus during meditation.

The process of meditation requires commitment to a regular practice for best results and it is best to learn it in  a class or 1 to 1 with a qualified and experienced teacher.  It is the jewel in the crown of yoga and is well worth the effort

“Meditation is the art of breaking habits, to purify the mind and to take care of the day-to-day things.” YB

SAT KRIYA

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Sat Kriya is a classic Kundalini Yoga exercise that effectively raises the Kundalini energy, it contains just about all the benefits of Kundalini Yoga within itself.  It uses body locks (bandhs) and makes dynamic use of the navel point to chant the mantra “Sat nam” (in the name of truth).  This Kriya can be practiced for as little as 3 minutes a day to help keep you strong, balanced, healthy and happy!  For those who are attending Kundalini Yoga classes, here’s how to practice it:  SAT KRIYA

 

MANTRA

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“Mantras are not small things, mantras have power. They are the mind vibration in relationship to the Cosmos. The science of mantra is based on the knowledge that sound is a form of energy having structure, power, and a definite predictable effect on the chakras and the human psyche.” YB

In Kundalini Yoga Classes we chant mantra.  Mantra needs to be experienced to understand the effects!  Although at first we may find it a little strange to chant, most of us will enjoy the experience once we relax and join in!  There are very good reasons for including mantra in our yoga practice.  It raises our “vibration” and opens our hearts to give and receive love.    It has the feel good power to link us to our true self, to all humanity, life itself and the Universe!

The following extract from Kundalini Yoga: The Flow of Eternal Power, by Shakti Parwha Kaur is one of the best summaries I have found to share with you:

“There is a vibratory frequency that corresponds to everything in the Universe. Happiness or sorrow, joy or regret are vibratory frequencies in the mind. When we chant a mantra we are choosing to invoke the positive power contained in those particular syllables. Whether it’s for prosperity, peace of mind, increasing intuition, or any other possible benefits inherent in mantras, simply by chanting them we are setting vibrations into motion that shall have an effect. It doesn’t actually matter if we understand the meaning of the sounds or not.   Chanting mantra produces specific vibratory frequency within the body. The sounds and thoughts produced by the body and mind radiate out from you. The vibratory frequency of a mantra draws to you whatever you are vibrating. You are like a magnet attracting vibrations to you by what you send out.”

TUNING IN AND TUNING OUT

TUNING IN: To set our best intention and create a divine space to link to our true self and the wisdom of the teachings, we tune in to our higher consciousness with the Adi Mantra (Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo x 3) before starting our Kundalini Yoga practice:

The Adi Mantra for connection to our higher consciousness – ONG NAMO GURU DEV NAMO – I bow to the infinite creative consciousness, I bow to the divine teacher within

The Mangala Charn mantra for protection can also be chanted to follow the Adi Mantra – AAD GURAY NAMEH, JUGAAD GURAY NAMEH, SAT GURAY NAMEH, SIRI GURU DAY-VAY NAMEH – I bow to the Primal Wisdom. I bow to the Wisdom through the Ages. I bow to the True Wisdom. I bow to the great, unseen Wisdom

TUNING OUT: We end our Kundalini Yoga practice with these mantras:

“May the long time sun shine upon you, all love surround you and the pure light within you guide your way on”

3 x long Sat Nams: Saaaaaat Nam, Saaaaaaat Nam, Saaaaaat Nam – In the name of truth