What to expect from a Kundalini yoga class with Inner Calm

Tune-in with a short mantra
We begin our practice by tuning in with mantra.

Adi Mantra “Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo“ sets up a sacred space for our practice, and helps to guide the practice with awareness and presence.

Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with this mantra. It’s quite a simple one, and you should be able to memorise it fairly quickly.

Warm-ups
Next, we’ll prepare and ground our bodies for the practice with variety of warm ups.
Kriya
“Kriya” means “complete action”.

Our Kriya will include postures, breath work, mantras, and a point of focus and relaxation that are brought together in a specific sequence, bringing specific results.

A Kriya removes energy blockages and brings about a state of spontaneous flow. There are thousands of Kriya to choose from, so every class will be different.

Relaxation
At the end of the Kriya, students are guided into state of deep relaxation – helping to integrate all of the benefits of the Kriya.

We sometimes use sound healing to promote relaxation, with the use of gong or crystal singing bowls.

Meditation
After relaxation, we practice meditation.

Once again, there are many different meditations to practice to bring our body, mind, and soul into harmony and balance. With each session, we’ll practice a different variety of short meditations.

Ending the class
We close with a short song/prayer – “Long Time Sun” – and repeat “Sat Nam” three times.
After Class
Make sure you drink plenty of water, to help the natural cleansing process that is stimulated through yoga.
How to prepare for class
• It’s important to come to the class with an empty stomach. Ideally, you should not eat for at least two (2) hours before the start of the class. It’s fine to drink water, or have a (very) light meal.

• Wear comfortable clothes – natural fibre is best.

• Mats, blankets, and eye coverings are provided.

• Let the teacher know if any medical reason that may prevent you from practicing fully – it is of course important never to aggravate an existing injury. If you have any concerns about whether or not yoga is suitable for you, please feel free to ask us any questions and contact your health care professional.

• We are a guide, but only you can accurately listen to your own body when practicing. You have to listen to what your body is telling you, and discern sensibly how much to put your body through during any form of yoga, including Kundalini.

• You must let your teacher know if you are pregnant. There are certain postures and breathing techniques that are not to be done during pregnancy.

• Ladies in the menstrual phase of their cycle need to avoid inverted postures, leg lifts, and any strong breathing practices such as “Breath of Fire”.

“Your strength is how calmly, quietly and peacefully you face life.”

– Yogi Bhajan

Inner Calm FAQs

We’ve tried to provide answers to some of the questions those new to Kundalini yoga may have. However, if your particular question is not highlighted here, then please don’t hesitate to ask us after class, or reach out via email or phone.

Why do we practice barefoot?
Kundalini Yoga is interested in the subtle energies that flow throughout the body – from the hair on your head, to the tips of your toes.

The feet are packed with nerve endings that connect to all parts of the body. Yogi Bhajan posits that the feet are a major intersecting site of energy exchange between the body, the sun, and the earth. Bare feet maximise this flow of energetic exchange, to cleanse and revitalise the practitioner’s energy field.

Is Kundalini yoga a religion?
Kundalini yoga is not a religion.

When we apply the ancient technology of Kundalini yoga to our bodies and minds, it has the effect of uplifting the spirit. Kundalini yoga is for everyone – a universal and nondenominational practice, no matter which religion (if any) you follow.

What does the word "Kundalini" actually mean?
“Kundalini” refers to the concentrated, living energy that often lies dormant within us. This powerful, unifying energy opens up our potential, and reinforces our connection with the universe.
What are the benefits of the gong?
The vibrations of gong sound balances our glandular system; aligning and balancing the Chakra system (our energy centres in the body) and slowing down our brainwaves, quieting and calming the often fast-paced “noise” of conscious thought processes.
Who is Yogi Bhajan?
Yogi Bhajan is the visionary who first brought Kundalini yoga teachings to the western world, in 1969.

Up until that time, Kundalini yoga was a closely guarded “secret” of sorts – generally not available to the wider public.

What does "Sat Nam" mean?
It’s common for Kundalini yoga practitioners to great each other by saying “Sat Nam”, which simply means “I see the beauty of the truth within you”.
Do I have to wear white?
It’s not required, however wearing white clothing expands your aura. Negative energy is reflected away from the body, and positive energy is contained within.

By wearing white, all the colours are available to support and enhance your aura, and the eight Chakras (energy centres) within you.

Why do we wear turbans?
Turbans provide a way for the head to be covered during practice – retaining the energy within we’ve worked so hard to activate, through our Kriya.

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