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Class Spotlight: Kundalina Yoga

 

 

Woman in a yoga poseKundalini yoga is an ancient form of yoga that has only been practiced in the west relatively recently. We have been fortunate to have offered Kundalini Yoga classes here for nearly 20 years.

 

What does Kundalini mean?

 

The Kundalini is untapped energy (prana) at the base of the spine that can be drawn up through the body, awakening each of the body's energy centers (chakras). Full enlightenment occurs when this energy reaches the Crown Chakra. Kundalini energy is sometimes represented as a snake coiled at the base of the spine.

 

Focus on Breath and Movement

 

Each Kundalini Yoga series is done in conjunction with a specific breath that intensifies the effects of the poses with the purpose of freeing energy in the lower body and allowing it to move upwards. Kundalini sequences may consist of rapid, repetitive movements done with breath or holding a pose while breathing in a particular way.

 

What to Expect in a Kundalini Class

 

A Kundalini class begins with a short chant followed by a warm-up to stretch the spine and improve flexibility. The main work of the class is called a kriya, which is a proscribed sequence of poses and pranayama that focuses on a specific area of the body.

 

Is Kundalini for you?

 

Kundalini is one of the more spiritual types of yoga. It goes beyond the physical performance of poses with its emphasis on breathing, meditation, mudras and chanting.

 

About the Instructor

 

Pat McCorkle has taught Kundaline yoga here at the Sports Medicine Center since its inception. Her peaceful and pleasant nature make her a natural Kundalini leader and a student favorite.

 

 

Free Drop-in Class on August 23

 

Interested in finding out more about Kundalini yoga? Why not stop by for a free drop-in class on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 from 7-8pm? It's a great chance to experience the class firsthand and see if it might be something you're interested in. We look forward to seeing you there.