the kundalini is a very complete dynamic yoga in which we find the pranayama techniques (or discipline of the breath), dynamic postures that involve repeating the movement sometimes for three minutes, static postures, from relaxation techniques, from mantras and meditations.
What are its strengths?
The kundalini is a vitality yoga, which reconnects us to the movement of life and to our organic intelligence. It energizes the functionality of vital organs and it balances the nervous, immune and endocrine systems. It is also the spine flexibility yoga, because it is along the latter that the breath is circulated. It helps restore harmony on a daily basis.
Who can practice this yoga?
Kundalini yoga is accessible to all people, everyone can explore the postures at their own pace. It is not a yoga that seeks postural perfection, but rather the circulation of vital energy. It’s a breath engagement yoga in all parts of the body used by the postures. This commitment creates a feeling of well-being, serenity and anchoring. It can be a good complement to ashtanga yoga.
A kundalini class lasts between 1 hour and 2 hours and starts with a opening mantra then by a protection mantra. These mantras we relate to the spirituality of this original yoga : sitting cross-legged, we breathe in the axis of the spine and we come to vibrate and sing the mantra. It is not a question of singing right but of vibrating true!
We then continue with a pranayama breathing to reconnect to his breath and warm up his body. We continue with kryia : a sequence of postures either standing, or sitting, or on the back, or on the stomach, or on all fours to work the different angles of the body.
Some examples of postures:
- The cow cat : on all fours, connected to the earth, the back hollows out when you breathe in and it becomes round when you breathe out.
- The camel ride : sitting cross-legged, hands grab ankles. When inhaling, we unroll the spine, when exhaling we relax it in the round back. The column follows the movement of the kundalini serpent.
We explore different breaths that cleanse the body, like that of fire: we breathe out powerfully through the nose, the navel returns to the spine on the expiration, and we breathe in very briefly.
We continue with a sung meditation guided by the magic of mudras (yoga of the fingers) then we end with a deep relaxation shavasanTo. Sat Nam closing mantra closes the kundalini course.
The pregnant women should not practice it beyond the first trimester of pregnancy and with the consent of their doctor. Then, there may be constraints depending on particular situations (menstruating women, the elderly in whom we avoid compressions which can create problems in the vertebrae…).