by Karen Kramer, DY&OF blogger
Over the course of my 20 plus years of practicing yoga I’ve had only a handful of experiences in a Kundalini Yoga class. Several things about these classes really stuck with me though: A teacher wearing white clothing sitting on a sheepskin rug and a class that consisted of systematic breathing techniques, chanting, gestures (mudras), yoga postures for a very specific amount of time, and the Sunshine Song. Really, what resonated most was the feelings I experienced and the energy I was aware of after my classes. I’m certainly no expert in this style, and maybe you aren’t either, so I felt like taking a closer look to get a better understanding of what Kundalini is all about.
Evidently my perceptions were not far off, according to Jen Grant, a Minneapolis-based, author, speaker, workshop presenter, life coach, self-love ambassador and Yin, Restorative and Kundalini Yoga instructor. She teaches from the Kundalini lineage as taught by Yogi Bhajan, the person who brought this ancient practice and knowledge to the West. Jen’s passion and enthusiasm about the powerful message of love and oneness was contagious as she described the class format and philosophy. Her personal story is interesting as well.
Karen Kramer is a yoga instructor and festival blogger.