Are you completely new to to YSY? Read this blog and find out what ‘speaks or draws’ your heart towards your arrival on the mat here.
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Kundalini yoga with gong relaxation 75 minutes
This yoga helps builds a strong nervous system and strengthens mental and physical powers when practiced regularly. Kundalini yoga is a technology yoga, We harness techniques like breath, mantra, meditation, posture, and movement into a powerful toolkit to help manage our hectic lives today. This yoga totally ‘lands you in your body through somatic experience to allow you to release yourself from the bondage of the control tower of your mind.
Kundalini yoga is also a breathwork yoga where we combine movement with breathwork, mantra with breathwork, and meditations with breathwork. Most facilitators teaching breathwork today are ‘borrowing’ ancient kundalini yoga breathwork techniques and tools that Kundalini yoga teachers get taught in their training (look out for non-trained ‘teachers of Kundalini’ yoga too, always research a kundalini yoga teacher’s training and lineage to know you are being taught by someone who has studied the teachings on a registered teacher training and passed exams to become a certified (usually with KRI or Yoga Alliance) Kundalini yoga teacher.
Kundalini yoga is said to be the yoga that builds resilience and awareness creating space for inner peace and releasing vitality within your body via the glandular system. It is also yoga to support every stage of our physical body journey – and many use kundalini yoga to manage the menopause years.
Kundalini yoga has movements and breaths that specifically target our lymph and glandular system. We must do these things for ourselves, our lymph has no autonomous pump like our heart and circulatory system. Many find that a kundalini yoga practice ‘eliminates (toxins) to illuminate’ and allow a sense of lightness and joy that was unavailable before attending Emma’s classes. Although Kundalini yoga teachers know how toned and strong the body becomes with regular practice we do not focus on ‘slimness and streamlining the body and see it as a beneficial and lovely surprising aspect that appears naturally over time as our bodies shift their vibrations and sometimes pounds. This is not a ‘gym bunny yoga’ but we are active and if you love movement and flow yoga, this IS the yoga for you too.
Kundalini postures are the same as some yoga styles, but some are quite different and simpler. The teacher demonstrates the posture/actions and then supervises but there is no emphasis on ‘you must do’ and students take moments on the mat after postures. to absorb the benefits in the body, and allow the hormones to adjust whilst the body (and mind) rest. We do not do headstands, and complicated twisted upside-down poses. The strongest inversion posture we do is shoulderstand and this always has adaptions so that there is a posture that is similar with the same benefits for the thyroid gland without doing shoulder stand in class.
Why do we chant in Kundalini yoga?
Chanting activates our upper dome through the palette of the mouth and affects our limbic system in the brain. Our Hippocampus and Hypothalmus is activated through breathwork and mantra. We find our voices in class, open our throat chakras. Breathwork is key in Kundalini yoga.
Come to a class, Emma runs Beginners Classe in Kundalini yoga every September and January. Join a series now.
We are amazing complex humans – ‘doing doing’. Come along ‘just be here and enjoy yoga that takes you through a variety of postures (some the same as other yogas, some quirky and different!) and work with every energy centre in the body – finding both your voice and your intuition as well as building your physical strength. We. have domes in the body that reach up into the stratosphere – we work with the body domes in classes but don’t be surprised if you feel attuned to all atmospheres, including our solar system, galaxies, and the universe and universal mind. Don’t worry if you don’t, you will LOVE the joyful vibrational uplifting classes that Emma teaches and where music is always a key part of your time on the yoga mat with her.
Kundalini yoga is our only yoga to offer a deep gong bath relaxation at the end to reset you on a cellular level. In winter, candles are often the only light we use for a class, incense is always lit, to create a sacred space for this spiritual yoga. Kundalini yoga is the only yoga to have a gong bath relaxation after postures.
Kundalini yoga classes teach techniques to manage anxiety, can help those struggling with addictions, and is also beneficial for those enduring a difficult menopause
We make Kundalini Yoga available to all except those who are pregnant.
I look forward to welcoming you to Kundalini yoga classes at Yogaspace Yorkshire in the future.
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