At the end of last year, I went to LA for Christmas. I’ve already told you all about it, especially my discovery of Kundalini Yoga. It has become my new passion.
I have been practising yoga for a long time now. I would like to share this amazing type of yoga with you because it makes me feel so good. It has helped me, especially during such difficult times. There are many types of yoga and they all have the same goal: to establish unity between breath and movement, body and spirit, between you as an individual and the Universe. That’s what the word yoga means –union. This is true for every type of yoga.
Kundalini Yoga is an ancient technique designed to awaken the so-called Kundalini energy that we are all born with. It’s our essence, our life force, and it lies dormant in the base chakra at the fourth vertebrae of the spine. Chakras are the various focal points in the subtle body used in a variety of ancient meditation practices, collectively denominated as Tantra.
We need to awaken it if we want to reach our full potential, to become fully conscious and present.
Practising Kundalini Yoga produces powerful and dramatic results very quickly. It lifts your energy levels to new peaks. It aligns your whole being so that ultimately you become more awake, aware and vibrantly healthy. A Kundalini session will leave you feeling fighting fit, ready and able to tackle everyday challenges with new zest. Practising Kundalini yoga is a total workout for the body, mind and spirit. Kundalini works by freeing the flow of energy through seven power points in the body known as chakras.
The word chakra means wheel and perhaps the best way of imagining them is as spinning vortexes at intervals along your spine. Each radiating a different energy vibration that’s important to your health
and happiness. By opening and balancing these centres, we enable ourselves to connect to a larger source of energy – from which we have come and to which we will return.
Kundalini does this with a combination of exercise, chanting and breathing techniques that calm the mind, releasing tension and stress. It builds strength and focus and gives us the spiritual armour we need to survive everything modern life throws at us.
Many of the positions and moves themselves are quite simple and easy, it is the extended repetition that challenges us. As a result, you will find new resources of stamina you never imagined. This physical journey, accompanied by chanting and music, is extraordinarily powerful and often quite emotional. Many deep-seated issues and traumas might come to the surface, and it’s not unusual to cry when you try some of the exercises. It’s very common to feel a rush as the body’s natural painkillers- the endorphins – come surging to help us. It is very common for people to open up and laugh with pure joy too.
Training Your Mind
Kundalini is about training your mind as well as your body, helping not only the spine to become more flexible but also your attitude to life. Balancing the endocrine system that controls our hormone production. This helps us to cope with the stresses and challenges of each day more
My personal experience has shown me it’s a great antidote to the menopausal symptoms we are all experiencing. So, why don’t you give it a go?
The teacher who introduced me to Kundalini Yoga is Maya Fiennes, who is also a good friend of mine. Maya is an internationally renowned musician, composer, yoga teacher and acclaimed author of Yoga for Real Life, a best-seller translated into several languages. A pioneer of the New – new thinking, new feeling and new ways of sharing, she loves to help her students and her readers create the life they want to live! She has worked with everyone from Deepak Chopra to Goldie Hawn and has
dedicated students worldwide.
Born in Macedonia, Maya lives between London and Los Angeles. She travels the globe facilitating retreats, live performances and teacher training events. Maya’s style of yoga and meditation is unique – a blend of Kundalini Yoga, Tai Chi and Qi Gong. She is also the creator of Kundadance, a 60-minute high-intensity, fun, uplifting, cardio, dance workout. It’s a creative movement class that takes you on a journey through the chakras actively aligning your body, mind and spirit. Maya has an energizing, empowering and transformational effect on people
wherever she goes.