Kundalini yoga is sometimes called "original yoga". Its practice is very ancient and for centuries it has remained secret, being transmitted only to initiated yogis. It was an Indian guru, Yogi Bahjan, who decided to spread this knowledge in the late 1960s. He then began to give courses and train teachers in the United States and Europe.

The goal of Kundalini yoga is to liberate Kundalini, a vital energy located at the sacrum level, in the root chakra. Kundalini yoga combines the dynamic and static practice of asanas with breathing, meditation, mudras, kriyas and chants. Once released, this energy rises up the spine to irrigate the other six chakras. It is an intense yoga practice that can produce very rapid effects. One can feel the Kundalini energy mobilizing in the body from the very first session.

There are three categories of Kundalini yoga teaching: "instructor", "practitioner" and "teacher". The Kundalini Research Institute is responsible for supervising the training courses and maintaining their quality worldwide.

Regular practice helps the vital "Kundalini" energy to circulate in the body, which rebalances the physical and mental energies.

On a physical level:
Strengthens the immune system
Stimulates self-healing faculties
Improves sleep quality
Exercises the respiratory system

On a mental level:
Develops optimism and joie de vivre...
Improves emotional control
Allows you to refocus more easily
Reduces stress

How your first class will go:
At the beginning of a Kundalini class, the teacher sings a mantra and the students can join him if they wish. Most often, the mantra Adi: "Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo" which means "I bow before my highest consciousness" is repeated three times and allows you to connect with your inner teacher as well as the teacher who is conducting the class.

After the chanting of the mantra, we move on to the warm-up. This consists of simple asanas to relax the spine, pranayama and sun salutations. The main series can then begin. It is composed of different exercises (static or dynamic asanas, pranayama, songs), each with a particular objective: to harmonize body and mind, strengthen the internal organs, boost the immune system...

At the end of the course, Kriyas (techniques to circulate energy and detoxify the body) are practiced before moving on to a phase of relaxation and meditation. Finally, the mantra "Sat Nam" is repeated three times.

What you need to practice:
Kundalini is a little different from other styles of yoga, we often see practitioners wearing white. Yogi Bahjan believed that wearing white increases the aura.

Leggings or  bootleg pants: The important thing is to be comfortable, to be able to move without restriction and in white if it inspires you!

A suitable top: A long or short sleeved t-shirt depending on the season, preferably in cotton and white. Once again, we favour comfort.

A rug: Choose a comfortable rug at least 5 mm thick.

Accessories and supports: A brick, a bolster or a zafu to sit on during breathing exercises. A strap and a brick can also be useful when practicing asanas. Some adjustments are indeed sometimes necessary.

Free your vital energy with Kundalini yoga!

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