Explore Your Inner World
There seems to be as many types of yoga as there are practitioners — from the pose-focused Hatha to the flow-informed Vinyasa, the alignment-centric Iyengar to the sweat-infused Bikram. And then there are hybrid forms such as Acro Yoga, or Yogilates.
Determining which one is right for you often involves taking an intro class and seeing what it’s all about. But if you know that you want to engage in a more meditative, low-pressure class than you’ve found in high energy yoga studios, then Kundalini Yoga just might be the practice for you.
By focusing on awakening your kundalini energy, this practice is designed to help you enhance your overall awareness. It uses a series of poses, guided meditation and chanting to help you discover your creative spirit.
We just started offering Kundalini Yoga at Seattle Central, and we asked one of our instructors, Marilyn Smith, to share her thoughts with us on what makes this practice unique.
How long have you been teaching Kundalini Yoga?
I’ve been teaching Kundalini Yoga at the Laurelhurst Community Center for almost two years now.
This class is lovely, because often times people who participate are from the same neighborhood and have friends in common.
It’s a very relaxed, low-pressure yoga environment.
What inspired you to teach it?
I love to teach this yoga because it works!
It is a very gentle yoga that helps people relax their minds and bodies.
Why would someone want to take Kundalini Yoga?
Often times, we go home at night, tired, and turn on the TV to relax.
It’s a nice feeling to do something productive for yourself, to engage in an evening yoga class that relaxes in a sustaining way, that keeps the body supple and the mind ready to handle the pressures of time.
Who would benefit the most from taking Kundalini Yoga?
Kundalini yoga tends to attract a more mature audience.
So, for anyone who wants to experience a more gentle yoga that incorporates meditation, this is perfect.
Describe an inspirational moment in this class.
Kundalini practitioners often talk about the beautiful coincidences that arise around the practice.
Traditionally, during the relaxation portion of the yoga, a gong is played. They’re quite expensive and typically too large to move.
But, two of my regular practitioners, a husband and wife, happen to own a reasonably sized gong, purchased in the Far East. So, our class manifested its own gong!