Special Notes For Beginners
Most of us, young and old, have poor breathing habits. The practice of Kundalini
Technology of Consciousness
is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to sharing the
Sat Nam. As
a beginning Kundalini Yoga student, you should proceed at a pace that
suits your flexibility and endurance. Practice at home - a one-hour
morning practice will prepare you for your day. If you can practice
at the same time each day, you will find that you improve rapidly.
Take one to three yoga classes a week and one workshop a month
to establish a firm foundation for an effective program that fits
your needs, goals, capacity and lifestyle.
The practice of Kundalini Yoga begins by Tuning In.
IMPORTANT: Kundalini Yoga participants begin each session by 'Tuning In'. Step 1) Rapidly rub your palms together for 5-10 seconds in order to stimulate the nervous system. Step 2) Chant the Adi Mantra, ONNNNG ... NAMO ... GURU ... DEV ... NAMO, three to five times, with your hands in Prayer Pose, thumbs against the sternum.
THE ADI MANTRA
"The Gong is the first and last instrument for the human mind. There
Mantra is vibration. Energy vibrates. There’s a particular vibratory
frequency corresponding to every sound in the universe. By vibrating
a particular combination of sounds (syllables), you tune in to different
levels of your intelligence-consciousness.
ABOUT THE ADI SHAKTI MANTRA
mantra has eight vibrations (Ashtang), and describes the glory
of God. Thus said the Master, “In the time period two-and-a-half
hours before the rising of the Sun, when the channels are most
clear, if the Mantra is sung in sweet harmony, you will be one
with the Lord.” This will open the solar plexus, which in
turn will charge the solar centers. The person will get connected
with the Cosmic Energy, and thus will be liberated from the cycle
of time and karma. Those who meditate on this mantra in silence will charge their solar centers and
be one with the Divine. That is why I speak to you of why we should
meditate and recite this mantra. See AdiShaktiMantra.com for specific details.
THE FORMAT CONTINUES
A theme or topic is introduced.
Yoga has collected many practical guidelines to keep your life
vital. Nutrition, exercise, proper sleep, meditation, breathing,
body awareness, and the relationship you have with your emotions
are the basis of some of these teachings.
The main "kriya", or exercise series, begins.
A kriya is a specially designed sequence of yoga exercises, each lasting from one to three minutes. This series will "work out" a certain component of your mind and body system - be it your glandular system, your nervous system, your organs or your muscular system. At the end of the series, you will be consolidated in a new physical and mental state.
“A Kundalini Yoga kriya is a sequence of postures, breath and sound that are integrated together to allow the manifestation of a particular state. When you execute a kundalini kriya the result of its repetition is the access to, and mastery of a particular, predictable and stable state – a facet of your awareness.” The Aquarian Teacher
Now, we do a meditation. Your
body will be transformed as a result of the kriya; your mind and
emotions will now be made calm and clear by directing the attention.
You will sense and develop your quiet mind, your ability to concentrate
END OF CLASS
Class ends with a group projection.
After raising our energy and spirits, we project that feeling
to the whole world and to all those we love and care for. To do
this we sing a song:
BREATH OF FIRE
This is a commonly used breath done in Kundalini Yoga. It is done by pumping the navel point in and out while breathing rapidly through the nose. On the exhale, the navel is pulled in. At first it is easier to focus on the exhale and start at a slow rhythm. Eventually you want to have a rapid, equal and consistant breath. This breath (Pranayama) strengthens the nervous system, purifies the blood and energizes the body. See video.
This frequently used practice closes off the lower 3 chakras and allows the kundalini energy to rise. See video. You do this by contracting the muscles of the rectum, the sex organs and the navel point - pulling in and up on the navel. More Kundalini Yoga Basics.
LEARN, LOVE, EXCEL WITH KUNDALINI YOGA
NOTES FOR TEACHERS
what you know, don't teach
you chant Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo,
"When you come upon any difficult path, start!" Yogi Bhajan
POINTS TO PONDER
are some ideas, simple ideas, but easy to lose track of.
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*Consultation with a health care professional should occur before applying adjustments or treatments to the body, consuming medications or nutritional supplements and before dieting, fasting or exercising. None of these activities are herein presented as substitutes for competent medical treatment.