Welcome to Guru Gayatri Yoga and Meditation Center, home of Kundalini yoga in the heart of Seattle. Guru Gayatri welcomes you into the art and science of Kundalini yoga, where each person is encouraged to reach their highest and purest potential. Through practice and awareness, we can consciously evolve as individuals to build meaningful, authentic, and lasting relationships.
Guru Gayatri Yoga and Meditation Center is a Washington State Corporation 501c3 non-profit teaching and charitable organization.
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 such as Sat Nam, meaning “truth is my identity.” 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.
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.
Yogi Bhajan was considered a master of Kundalini yoga at the early age of 16. He brought Kundalini yoga to the West in 1968. He taught over 8,000 classes and inspired thousands of people to keep up and live in their excellence.
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 or “layout.” During layout the gong will be played followed by meditation. The sequencing for most classes is yoga workout, deep relaxation with gong, and meditation.
Mantra meditations and breathing meditations are the most common in Kundalini yoga. Repeating a mantra helps to align the mind with one’s elementary vibration and supports cleansing the mind of its chatter. Knowing how to use the breath in meditation can also direct the mind into stillness.
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. Yoga mats are also available for sale in in our store. Our bathrooms are across the hall and can be used as changing rooms of needed.
There are no levels in Kundalini yoga. We teach to all levels in every class. On the other hand, Wednesday’s class at 7pm we have titled “Gentle Yoga.” In Gentle Yoga, the pace is slower than other classes and most participants sit in a chair as well as their yoga mat. Always feel free to check in with your yoga instructor if you are a new student or if you have a health concern. Call Sada Simran if you have any questions or you need more clarification. 206.418.9767
Yogi Bhajan wore a turban, adhering to the Sikh way of life. Throughout history, many saints and sages wore turbans as a cranial adjustment for the brain in preparation for deep meditation. A cotton turban is said to help hold energy in for better mental focus.