My First Experience With Kundalini Yoga
I’ve been a yogi for about three years. Yoga has transformed my life and given me incredible connections with like-minded people. It’s really hard to describe what yoga and meditation do for me. People always ask me how I meditate. They tell me they can’t shut their brains off. Truth is, it's not about completely shutting your brain off.... it’s about letting go of the attachments you have to the thoughts that come up.
I’ve been on a spiritual journey since 2015, but the urge to go deeper has gotten stronger over the past year. I’m looking for something more. I heard about Kundalini yoga through a spiritual teacher I follow and was intrigued to learn more. I watched a few YouTube videos and had an idea of what I was in for, but now that I’ve been, I realize nothing could prepare me for what came up during class.
What I loved most about the class was the use of mantras and the music. Being a musician myself, I loved the fact that yoga and music can be brought together in such a beautiful way. But Kundalini is much more than just music. You are given a lot of time during class to meditate which I also loved. But there is a part that kicked my ass and brought out some crazy emotions. During Kundalini you hold postures for minutes on end and use breath work to get through the difficulty of the pose.
During this class, all of our poses/postures were done sitting down. We raised our arms, we did pumping motions with our arms, and we had to make our movements follow our breath. We built up so much energy and tension that the release was amazing and really helped me to work through and let go of blocks. I can see why people love this type of yoga. I can also see why it’s not for everyone. It allowed me to release anger, anxiety, and fear.
It was an experience unlike any other, and I can’t wait for more! You don’t realize how hard it is to hold your arms up in the air for 5 minutes until you have to do it. From what I’ve experienced today, I don’t feel that Kundalini is for a beginner yogi. It’s a deep, spiritual yoga that is not for the faint of heart. You have to want that type of experience. I feel like you have to go looking for it. You have to be at a place in your life where you want more from your yoga practice.
It was all in all an amazing experience, and I am defiantly going to be experimenting with this type of yoga over the next year. I will, of course, bring you along on my journey and let you know how the next class goes. Have a great week friends. Namaste.