Kundalini Yoga, also known as the householders yoga and the Yoga of Awareness, is a yoga practice that cleanses our bodies and mind from years of accumulated stress and the dis-ease that comes from it. This practice opens up our energy centers, strengthens our nervous system, and unifies our mind-body system so that we become more in integrity with our Self. Kundalini Yoga has earned its nicknames by its practicality, speed and ease in which it transfers off the mat and brings awareness to the forefront and into our day.
Kundalini Yoga uses asana (movement), mantra (sound), pranayam (breath) and mudra (hand gestures), with emphasis on sound (chanting) meditation as a way to clear, seed and “recode” our mind to create a pathway to our next most radiant Self. Every exercise becomes a moving meditation. It offers us an opportunity to find calm amidst "chaos," preparing us for our day.
Sadhana, or personal spiritual practice, is what you do to conquer time and space. Aquarian Sadhana begins with a 20 minute Meditation of the Soul called Japji and ends with 62 minutes of mantra meditations chosen to prepare us for the Aquarian Age. There is yoga asana practice in between Japji and the meditations that last from 20-40 minutes. If you can cultivate a strong discipline do to this on a daily basis first thing in the morning, you can overcome most obstacles.
This format is very much like the Aquarian Sadhana (see above). We begin with Japji and yoga. Instead of chanting the 7 mantras prescribed in the Aquarian Sadhana (some of which we might do from time to time), we may practice other meditations. Through this variety, it is our hope to demonstrate how one can customize their own practice. Morning Sadhana at UYC begins at 5:30 pm. This class is pay-what-you-want.
Sacred Playground: Yoga & Meditation for Kids
Is UYC's unique program for kids. Our vision is to celebrate and seal their innate wisdom and offer tools that work with their natural ability to be fully present while they still have it so that they continue to have access to it as they get older... as well as to bring them back to their inner compass so that their points of reference come from within. Meditation (taught through breath, sound and movement) brings this wisdom into their bodies, to a more cellular, rather than academic, level. Our approach varies based on age and readiness. For children ages 4-7, this series focuses on storytelling (essential for inquiry, creativity and concentration), yoga movements that align with what they hear (word and body alignment), and meditation (total presence). For ages 8 to 11, this course teaches a child to listen to his or her inner voice and to start using Self as a point of reference rather than to the external world for approval. We blend some movement to encourage good posture, breath work and sound meditation to stimulate calm and to help recode the negative self talk, quiet the mind, and to direct it towards infinite potential. Our program is structured as a series and requires pre-registration. For more information, and to register your child,visit us here.