If you are familiar with this practice, you already know that Kundalini Yoga combines breath, sound and movement to generate deep relaxation and is focused on achieving great centering.
To make you understand why Feel Free has Kundalini yoga lessons in its path, in this article we will tell you something more about:
- the history of yoga, from its origins to today
- the types and styles of yoga that exist
- kundalini yoga
- the path of kundalini yoga in Feel Free
Let’s start! Enjoy the reading.
Yoga: a bit of history, from its origins to today
The word yoga refers to a group of physical, mental and spiritual practices or disciplines that originated in ancient India. It has been speculated that the origins of yoga go back to pre-Vedic Indian traditions, but most likely they developed around the 4th and 6th centuries BC. in the ascetic and ramaṇa movements of ancient India.
The earliest written record of yoga is found in the “Yoga Sutra”, a 2,000-year-old treatise by the Indian sage Patanjali – and one of the oldest extant texts – which provides guidance on how to master the mind, control emotions and grow spiritually. .
The Yoga Sutra still forms the basis of modern yoga, introduced by yoga gurus who came to the West from India following the success of Swami Vivekananda, who adapted the principles of the tradition between the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century.
In the 1980s, a very different form of modern yoga became popular throughout the Western world consisting of an increasing number of (sometimes new) asanas and a few other practices, such as physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation / relaxation techniques.
Today more than ever, due to the hustle and bustle of modern life, yoga is considered an ally to gain better control of the mind and body, expand spiritual energy and improve our well-being.
Practicing Yoga Today: Styles and Explanations There are different types of yoga and many disciplines within the practice.
The main types and styles of yoga can include:
- Kundalini yoga: Kundalini means “coiled, like a snake”. Kundalini yoga is a meditation technique that aims to release pent-up energy. It combines personalized asanas, pranayama and meditation to create a specific result;
- Hatha yoga: is a general term for any type of yoga that teaches physical postures. The “Hatha” classes usually serve as a gentle introduction to basic yoga postures;
- Ashtanga yoga: Based on ancient yoga teachings, it became popular in the 1970s and applies six set sequences of postures that quickly link each movement to breathing;
- Bikram yoga: commonly known as “hot” yoga, Bikram takes place in artificially heated rooms at temperatures of almost 40 degrees and with 40% humidity, consists of 26 asanas and a sequence of two breathing exercises;
- Iyengar yoga: focuses on finding correct alignment in each pose using a variety of objects such as blocks, blankets, straps, chairs and cushions;
- Jivamukti yoga: emerged in 1984 and incorporates spiritual teachings and practices that focus on the fast flow between poses rather than the poses themselves and can be physically intense;
- Power yoga: became popular in the late 1980s as an active and athletic type of yoga based on the traditional Ashtanga system;
- Sivananda: It is a system based on a five-point philosophy – correct breathing, relaxation, diet, exercise and positive thinking – which work together to achieve a healthy yogic lifestyle. It requires 12 basic asanas, complemented by sun salutations and savasana poses;
- Yin yoga: is the quietest meditative yoga practice ever that allows for the release of tension in key joints including: ankles, hips, knees, neck, back, shoulders. Yin poses are passive;
- Prenatal Yoga: Prenatal yoga uses postures that practitioners have designed for pregnant people;
- Rejuvenating Yoga: It is a type of relaxing yoga with four or five simple poses that require items such as blankets and pillows to sink into deep relaxation without any effort in maintaining the pose.
Yoga has grown tremendously in popularity in recent years, with passionate yogis reaching out across the globe to reap many health benefits. According to a survey conducted by the Yoga Alliance and the Yoga Journal, the number of Americans practicing yoga rose from 20.4 million to 36 million between 2012 and 2016.
In fact, yoga popularity statistics show that 15% of Americans have practiced yoga in the past 6 months. About one in three Americans has tried yoga at least once.
What motivates people to practice yoga?
The reasons range from the obvious to the most surprising, including:
* Release tension (54%)
* Become stronger physically and mentally (52%)
* Feeling happier (43%)
* Get more “for me” time (27%)
* Feeling less alone (21%)
* Disconnect from technology (20%)
Kundalini Yoga with Feel Free: why practice it?
I was lucky enough to participate in a kundalini yoga class when I was 17 and it was truly a “Love at first sight” that lasted a lifetime!
Now, after 30 years, I continue to practice and teach it with passion. And when I can, I participate in a yoga class as a student and sit on the mat to receive the teaching.
In its historical origin, this practice was born with the intention of moving and releasing the spiritual energy called Kundalini in the practitioner.
It is said that when this energy is released and channeled at the same time this determines a person’s physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
Kundalini Yoga essentially works on the combination of breath and movement: when we breathe and move, we release physical and emotional tension.
This allows us to:
- generate a greater capacity for empathy;
- increase our creativity;
- increase our charisma;
- develop greater vital energy;
- achieve greater inner peace.
The Kundalini Yoga that we practice within the Feel Free -connecting body & mind path is inspired by the teaching practice of Yogi Bhajan (Indian master who brought this teaching to the United States in the 1960s).
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See you soon and… Feel Free.
Paola & Tyler