Awakening & Awareness
To continue our series of articles we take a look at Mali’s first experience of Kundalini Yoga, the yoga of Awakening & Awareness with Yoga with Soul teacher Amarjot Kaur.
I am told two things about the class ahead of me.
There are no expectations.
There is no judgement.
So I begin with an open mind and learn a great deal.
Kundalini yoga is a sacred experience. One with a specific order.
Due to the power of the practice, the timings of the postures along with the rhythm of the breath must be adhered to. This specificity is what enables us, energetically to tap into the experience and protect us on the journey.
Each individual experience has infinate potential to awaken something within us.
Which is why, in some respects, it is difficult to quantify the process.
We all store emotions in the body; resentments, memories, trauma; which in simple terms can hold us back. They contribute to the stories we tell ourselves that ultimately shape our identities; that we are victims, that we aren’t good enough or loved enough. But there comes a time when certain stories or identities no longer serve us, becoming nothing more than negative habits. Kundalini provides a safe and supported space in which to allow our bodies to source and unravel the destructive tendencies we no longer need; as well as unlocking the good stuff our bodies crave.
The process isn’t a conscious one in as much as it is the body that leads the way; there is no telling what could emerge – good and bad.
This is why the practice and the structure has to be respected; something Amarjot Kaur, our teacher, reiterates throughout the class with clarity and gentleness.
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Alongside postures and the breath, chanting is a significant part of Kundalini. Vocal vibrations are an important and effective way to tune into something beyond; the result of which is powerful, both collectively and individually. The sound of one’s voice along side others is humbling and highly nurturing. And after only a short time the sounds resonating within my chest act like an internal balm.
The impact of which is striking. Nourishing and health – giving.
I feel held, by the class but more importantly perhaps, by myself.
The recurring message is that we do our best to meet the experience.
Amarjot Kaur explains that ‘stuff will inevitably come up’ but that we should bust through the blocks as best we can. That if something surfaces, we must trust that we are ready to address it. There are times however, when the feelings or emotions can be so deep rooted it is difficult to name them or understand exactly what they are.
For me, tears begin to flow – no sobbing or blubbering but a quiet and continuous stream, clearly a physical respone to the work I am doing.
A letting go.
My body is shifting what it needs to, independently of my conscious mind.
It is blissful and challenging.
There are moments when I become very tired and want to stop. But I take on the advice and persevere. For the rest of the evening I am very quiet, knowing that something has surfaced but unsure as to what it is.
I sleep and the next morning I feel…
Secure. Optimistic. I am lighter. My mind more forgiving.
I take a moment and realise that I’ve been lucky to have been introduced to this practice; a practice that promotes self exploration and growth. A practice that stiumulates unique healing. A practice that is a sacred privilege, and remarkably, available to us all.
Amarjot Kaur’s intention is to share the sacred teachings and practice from the Master of Kundalini Yoga, Yogi Bhajan. During this disciplined 90 minute class you will use a precise combination of mantra, meditation, mudra, asana and pranayama techniques.