Zen out: Try Kundalini Yoga in Nairobi
If you’re having a hard time with the downward dog (that’s a yoga pose), how about first incorporating deep meditation into your yoga routine if you’re a beginner. Getting meditation right makes stretching much easier. Here’s where Kundalini comes in.
Highly recommended for Yoga amateurs, Kundalini Yoga’s main goal is to create physical vitality and generate more consciousness about ourselves, our bodies, our feelings and what surrounds us. Once you master the inside, you are able to master the outside. Everyone who’s had Kundalini as their primer to practicing yoga finds it easy to transition to more complicated Yoga poses.
Kundalini is an ancient Indian Sanskrit term—meaning “coiled snake”— which refers to an energy which sits coiled at the base of the spine. This is considered our life force energy, our ultimate creative potential. It is symbolised with two snakes wrapping around each other up the spine which moves up and through each of the seven chakras in the body.
The goal is to awaken the Kundalini, allowing us to increase our creative capacity and access the highest of our human potential. It’s a process of self-actualization and could be likened to experiencing enlightenment.
As Kundalini energy rises, it’s believed to help you balance your chakras and contribute to your spiritual wellness.
Kundalini Yoga consists of six main components, which are done in the following order:
- Opening chant. Every class begins with an opening chant, also known as tuning in.
- Pranayama or warmup. You’ll do breathing exercises, called pranayama, and sometimes also movements to stretch your spine. The goal of pranayama is to practice breath control.
- Kriya. A kriya is a sequence of postures, pranayama, mudras (hand positions), sounds, and meditation. The length and intensity of the kriya depends on your instructor.
- Relaxation. This allows your body and mind to absorb the effects of a kriya.
- Meditation. Your instructor guides you through meditation to cultivate awareness.
- Closing chant. The class ends with a closing chant.
For some people, It may seem like hocus pocus but Kundalini has great benefits like:
- Stress and anxiety relief
- Improves cognitive function
- Increased energy
- Improved mobility
Every Weekday from 9am-noon, at the Karen Village, Yoga guru Deepak Patel facilitates Kundalini sessions for Ksh 2000 bob a person. Call 0722 487722 to book a session.