Guru Gayatri Kundaliani Yoga Seattle

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Welcome to Guru Gayatri Yoga and Meditation Center, the Kundalini Heart of Seattle. Guru Gayatri welcomes you into the art and science of Kundalini Yoga. In our Sacred Community, each person is encouraged to reach their highest and purest potential. Through the practice of Kundalini Yoga, using the tools of Sacred Sound and Breath, we teach individuals to consciously evolve and build meaningful, authentic, and lasting relationships.

[spacer height=”10px”]Guru Gayatri Yoga and Meditation Center is a Washington State Corporation 501c3 non-profit teaching and charitable organization.

[spacer height=”10px”]After reading the information below, if you have any questions or you need more clarification about Kundalini Yoga, please feel free to call Sada Simran at 206.418.9767

WHAT IS KUNDALINI YOGA?

Kundalini yoga is called the yoga of awareness. It is a dynamic, powerful tool that is designed to give you an experience of your soul. An uplifting blend of spiritual and physical practices, Kundalini yoga incorporates movement, dynamic breathing techniques, meditation, and the chanting of Mantras. The goal of this practice is to build physical vitality and increase consciousness.

 

Kundalini yoga is a practical tool for everyday people. It is not posture based; therefore, it’s accessible to everyone, regardless of age, gender, or body type. It’s powerful, efficient, and effective. It gives people the experience of connecting with their personal power, of having a clear mind and a wholeness of being.

IS YOGA A RELIGION?

Yoga is not a religion at all. It is a science and technology which combines breath, posture, sound, and movement. Consider that religion is how one worships the God. Yoga, on the other hand, makes one experience what it is that one worships.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT IN A kUNDALINI YOGA CLASS?

Each Kundalini Yoga class incorporates movement, postures, breath, and meditation. Exercises will be taught in the form of a “kriya.” Each kriya is a specific sequence of exercises.

 

The deep profound transformational qualities of this style of yoga lies in the specific sequencing of these exercises. Each class is unique in that different kriyas in combination with various meditations will be taught. After the workout, time is set aside for deep relaxation during which the Gong will be played. A Mantra Meditation will follow. The sequencing for most classes is warm-ups, practicing a Kundalini Kriya followed by deep relaxation with Gong, and closing with a Mantra Meditation.

WHAT IS MEDITATION?

Meditation is the process of clearing the mind.  Meditation in Kundalini Yoga contains specific, practical tools that carefully and precisely support the mind and guide the body through the use of breath, mantra, mudra, and focus. The range and variety of meditation techniques in the Kundalini Yoga tradition is truly extraordinary. Yogi Bhajan passed on hundreds of meditations tailored to specific applications. There are meditations that reduce stress, work on addictions, increase vitality, and clear chakras, to name a few. While there exist many styles and approaches to meditation, what sets the Kundalini approach to meditation apart is its precision, effectiveness, and practicality.

What Should I Wear?

Wear comfortable clothes that you can move in easily. Natural fibers clothing is best for your electromagnetic field. Please bring your yoga mat and a blanket to cover yourself during the layout. You may also find you want a pillow. 

 

Which Class Should I Take?

There are no levels in Kundalini yoga. We teach to all levels of experience in every class, newcomers as well as experienced yogis. Always feel free to introduce yourself to your yoga instructor if you are a new student or if you have a health concern. 

THE GONG

The Gong is the creative Sound. When we want to clean our bodies, we use soap and water. A Gong bath uses sound and vibration to cleanse us on the inside – emotionally and physiologically. Relaxing while the Gong is played is a unique and highly personal experience. During a Gong layout, all levels of your Being – physical, energetic, emotional, mental and spiritual – will benefit from the deep, healing resonance of the Gong.

What is a Kriya?

Kriya means completed action. It is an action that leads to a complete manifestation like a seed leads to a bloom, a thought into actuality, a desire to commitment. In Kundalini Yoga, a kriya is a series of postures, breath, and sound that work toward a specific outcome. There are kriyas that balance the glandular system, make you radiant, increase the flexibility of the spine, and many more.

 

Basic Breathing?

Breathing plays a vital role in the practice of Kundalini Yoga. Various breathing techniques will be taught and practiced during class. Here are a few principles to remember:

  1. Your rate of breathing and your state of mind are inseparable.
  2. The slower your rate of breathing, the more control you have over your mind.
  3. The mind follows the breath, as breath follows mind.
  4. Our experience in any given moment is relative to the quality of our breath in that moment.

 

What is a Mantra?

Mantra is the use of sound to affect consciousness. The word itself comes from ancient Sanskrit.  “Man” means mind; “Tra” means frequency. Chanting mantra produces a specific vibratory frequency within the body which draws the mind into alignment of one’s own Truth. Mantra chanting is compatible with all belief systems.