Hello beautiful, bountiful and blissful beings!
Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo
I bow to, and welcome, the creative power, the divine wisdom, and the great teacher within.
Chanting this mantra, the Adi Mantra, is how we start a Kundalini yoga session.
What is kundalini yoga?
Kundalini yoga is a yoga of awareness.
To give you an idea of what Kundalini yoga may be, I will tell you a bit about one of my first experiences with it, as well as guiding you into some breathing and sounds with words and videos, because I believe it’s so much about personal experience. Yet, Kundalini yoga can also be tools to connect to the impersonal: to infinity, to sunya and to stillness.
Let’s experience together – just stop where you are right now.
Inhale deeply, fill yourself with life energy, Prana
& exhale with a sigh, letting go of what you don’t need.
& exhale past and future.
& exhale… & then, just let your breath flow naturally.
Check out this video: Invitation to Kundalini Yoga and Gong
The Ego Eradicator
One of my first experiences with Kundalini yoga was at a yoga and meditation course where we tried various kinds of yoga. The Kundalini yoga exercise that I continued to practise after that course was “Ego Eradicator”. I felt that it reminded me of my power, but I also got the opportunity to challenge myself a bit: after a while my arms got tired and I wanted to take them down. Sometimes I did, but many times I kept them up, and then noticed my mind changing, noticed the sensations changing, noticed emotions changing, noticed the transformation.
I also had difficulties with the “breath of fire” that’s usually a part of the practice. I was unsure how to do it, so sometimes I did long deep breathing instead (which is a perfect alternative), and sometimes I just explored how I could approach breath of fire and the sensations with it. Today I believe it’s such a powerful and beautiful breathing technique.
You can try Ego Eradicator yourself with this short video:
The healing sounds of the gong
The gong is a healing instrument, and I include the sounds of the gong in my classes. In my Kundalini yoga teacher training there were various gongs and the sounds of them made me arrive into presence, and sometimes made everything else disappear but the vibrations. I had the opportunity to participate in gong baths, where they played for about an hour, and also gong pujas/gong nights, where they played gongs for the whole night…
Sometimes it was totally blissful, relaxing, marvellous, and sometimes it created the space for me to open to emotions such as strong sadness. It’s often like that – gongs heal what needs to be healed, and going through and dissolving blockages and imbalances may include what’s not so comfortable. Yet, letting go of the resistance and opening up to life with whatever is present, I believe is being alive.
You can watch a gong greeting in this video:
We are truth
Truth is my identity
With this mantra, a seed mantra, we close our Kundalini yoga session. We remind ourselves that we are truth, that we are something beyond our human forms as well, that we are infinity. This idea gives me so much peace. We are not only humans; we are endless beings. We don’t need to worry about anything, as we are already everything and nothing. Isn’t that great? 😉
So, let’s experience life in presence!
I wish you power, playfulness & peace,
Maria teaches every Monday & Wednesday 7:30-9:00pm at About Balance. Please come through the back entrance after 7pm.