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In this post, I’ll be sharing a little info on Kundalini yoga for beginners out there. Kundalini, in general, is something that I’ve personally been quite skeptical about. Not that it wasn’t good, but because when I started yoga, I wanted only the physical and serendipity that it brings. I wasn’t really thinking of the chants, and learning about our different selves and different energies that are locked in our body – to be honest, I was kind of avoiding that because it feels like a cult to me. My personal take on it before.
So, what IS Kundalini yoga to make me feel like it was a cult?
If you have ever heard of Kundalini yoga, just try to remember that it’s mostly about our body and spiritual awareness. There are different sections/things you’d do in a practice (which I’ll be going into deeper below) to make you unlock the “Kundalini” energy that’s believed to be trapped in our below spine area.
When I first tried to read more onto the chants that are used in Kundalini yoga, I thought I’ll be praying to a lineage of dead divine teachers. Which…at the thought of it is pretty scary to me haha. I’ll explain more on the chants below. But because of that, thinking I was talking to the dead, I always kept it at surface level.
But the more you give yourself a try on Kundalini, and the more you study what they are actually trying to achieve, you can enjoy the practice 🙂
I think the more open-minded you are, the more you’ll feel the sense of healing & refreshed after the class.
So I’ll cover some topics that are pretty basic for Kundalini yoga for beginners here – I don’t want to get into many details as well, as I’m still also very much a student. This is for you, and me, to learn more about what’s Kundalini yoga all about 🙂
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History of Kundalini Yoga
When it comes to the history of Kundalini yoga, I’m still till now, not sure which source to believe in. This is one trouble that I had when I tried to learn more about Kundalini yoga.
If you read about Kundalini yoga in other articles, they can vary a lot, so I’d just like to take it as no specific definite source that can actually vouch on how Kundalini yoga came about – at least with the inconsistent stories that I’ve read.
If you guys know how Kundalini yoga actually reallllyyyyyy came about, do let me know below!
Some that I’ve read said that it’s made famous by the West… I’m not really sure whether to believe that. Who knows. And another said that Kundalini yoga is pretty ancient, dated back to around 3,000 years ago, used by the Tibetans, Egyptians and many more. There are also some that claimed it’s been practiced by the Sikh warriors in India.
But, among all of my confusion, there’s one name that kept popping up when I was reading about Kundalini yoga, which is Yogi Bhajan. Some say that he sort of revealed this Kundalini yoga practice back in the 1960s for us, humans to prepare of what’s coming. The stress, the work, the superficiality – at least, these are what I assumed he meant. But well, turns out we all need some yoga in our lives, no? 🙂
Even though many have said that you kinda will be in a state of trans when practicing Kundalini yoga, Yogi Bhajan, however; claimed that it’s not really true. Kundalini yoga is not just by getting ourselves into that state, but it’s also to just create awareness in our body and mind. To give us more sense of what’s really happening around us.
Also, good to note that Kundalini actually means “Coiled Serpent“. So the trapped energy that I was talking about just now, about us having to release that energy in our lower spine, is in the shape of coiled serpent 🙂
The Chants.. What Does It Mean?
There are actually a lot of different chants out there, being practiced with different Kundalini yoga classes. But one of the famous ones, one that I’ve usually heard and chanted along to, is the Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo.
Warning: This can be a little culty.
So Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo (Adi Mantra) basically means that I am now bowing to the Creative Wisdom, and I am now bowing to the Divine Teacher (within). Well, basically means that you’re being aware of yourself, of your creative self, and the teacher that is in you. This is quite powerful as you are basically acknowledging your powerful self and telling it to your body and mind.
But… this chant is also said to be connecting us to the literal Divine Teachers of Kundalini Yoga. Like Yogi Bhajan and his predecessors. Which in all honesty, can be quite scary to think of for me 🙁 (Sorry, I’m a little scaredy cat)
However, chants and mantras can be super amazing. Sometimes, you just need that positive affirmation to yourself 🙂 Below is a video you can listen to for the chant 🙂
Kundalini Class Can Be… Interesting!
So after all that I’ve written, please don’t think Kundalini yoga is all about chanting and singing!
Kundalini yoga has different phases in one practice. It will usually start with a chant with the teacher along with the students.
And then, they will start with a warm-up that will usually take about 10 minutes. Sometimes with the warm-up, the teacher will usually share some spiritual notes with us to what I deemed as to get the students in the mood of spirituality.
And then it moves to the workout itself. Like any other yoga, it can involve asanas, pranayama as well as some chants. Depending on the teacher, this usually takes the most time.
After the workout, then it’s time for the relaxation moments. Usually will be focusing on Savasana. You just have to zone out, relax your muscle and listen to your body. This phase is probably about 10-15 minutes I’d say? I can’t really tell, but to zone out and do nothing can seem like a long time..
Then to the final phase, Kundalini yoga will usually end with meditation, and sometimes singing. Well, usually singing. There are also some more chants or mantras to be practiced together, along with hand mudras.
Also, good to note that Kundalini yoga will usually be accompanied with very relaxing background music – which made the whole practice extremely peaceful and refreshing 🙂
Give It A Go, It Can Be Liberating
For Kundalini yoga, I’m also going to share some videos on YouTube below that’s great for you to get a picture of what Kundalini yoga is all about.
If you are interested in trying more of Kundalini yoga, you can either go to a yoga studio who offers Kundalini yoga or, you can also just check out an online yoga class that you can at home 🙂
Body & Mind Awareness – Is It For Me?
Yes, it’s for everybody. If you’re someone who’s rather busy and didn’t have the time to actually catch up with yourself, to listen to your body, to take a minute, to relax, Kundalini yoga is actually extremely great for it.
I’d definitely recommend for you to give it a try! I personally like to learn and read a lot more about the history of Kundalini yoga. Once I’ve come up with something more solid, I’ll let you know 🙂
But, to wrap things up, just know that Kundalini yoga really pressed on the locked energy within us, and how the practice of all different stages is supposed to liberate the energy, to liberate you.
Give Kundalini yoga a try, try out the chants and meditation, try to be as open-minded as you can be.
Once you’ve gone to a few classes, I think you’ll love it even more 🙂
Anyway, if you’re new to Kundalini yoga, would you give it a go? Is this something you’d like to explore more? Let me know below 🙂
Till my next post, namaste.