Kundalini in Sanskrit comes from ‘Kunda’ meaning ‘coiled’, or ‘the curl of the lock of hair of the beloved’, a metaphor describing the release of latent energy and expanding consciousness, which is thought to exist within each person. Kundalini yoga is the science of the ‘uncoiling’ of latent energy in the body. This system encompasses many aspects of Yoga commonly available in the West and others less commonly available. It consists of simple to advanced techniques which can be practised by anyone whatever age or ability, always with considerations on the individuals needs and aptitude. It is a complete yoga, which includes breath work, yoga postures, sound, chanting and meditation. Kundalini yoga helps to build a robust and healthy body, a balanced mind, and gives vitality and health. One of the principle concerns of Kundalini Yoga is the health and flexibility of the spine and corresponding health of internal organs, leading to increased energy, vitality and well-being. Kundalini also describes the latent energy of the body stored at the base of the spine. Once the body and mind have been suitably prepared, the rising of this energy up the ascending channels of the body can be begun safely. Chinese Yoga is a some what softer approach than its indian cousin where postures are less extreme in their method and execution. Postures are held for longer but are easy versions of the standard Hatha Yoga postures.
Yoga Classes – what to expect
John runs a multi layer approach gearing classes to the aptitude of the students. No two classes are the same. He doesn’t teach ‘one size fits all’ Yoga which is most common place in health clubs and average classes. Utilising Indian and Chinese approaches he introduces basic to advanced techniques to facilitate relaxation, improved health and well being as a foundation for spiritual practice.
John teaches slowly and systematically and unlike other styles does not force postures or energy movement/development The core postures (Asanas), movements (Kriya’s) are from Hatha, Kundalini, and Chinese (Chines Yoga, Tao Yin) Yogic Systems. You can expect to practice movements lying down, sitting, and standing. Some are stationary postures, others involve movement. Breathing techniques, mantra and meditation are included too where suitable.
Time is spent at the beginning and end of each class lying down, followed by a final meditation. Please wear loose or stretchable clothing to class, and if possible bring a yoga mat and blanket. Private tuition is also available on request. Please see the classes page for more information.