Kundalini Yoga – the ‘Yoga of Awareness’. An amazing yoga practice which we can enjoy and sustain no matter how busy our family, social and business lives. Yoga for the Real World.
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Kundalini Yoga, the ‘Yoga of Awareness’, was brought to the west by Yogi Bhajan in 1969. It is a dynamic and very enjoyable style of yoga which, using physical postures and movements (asana), breathing exercises (pranayama), meditation and chanting, enables us to tap that latent potential within, which may have been lying dormant for a long time.
We as teachers of Kundalini Yoga, as taught by Yoga Bhajan, and our students are incredibly fortunate to have hundreds of sets (kriyas), each of which focuses on a particular objective, e.g. balancing the glandular system, strenghtening the nervous system, releasing fear and anxiety. Students frequently comment on how enthusiasm for their yoga practice is enhanced by this amazing variety of fascinating kriyas.
Pranayama is fundamental to Kundalini Yoga. All asanas and meditation utilise the power of the breath, clearing out toxins, strenghtening the immune systme, energising the body, aiding our digestion and balancing the two hemispheres of the brain.
Kundalini Yoga, the ‘Yoga of Awareness’. Eyes closed to get a true sense of what’s going on inside the body, mind and spirit. Focus at the 3rd eye, seat of our intuition. “If you don’t go within, you go without”. Sat Nam.
Growing up in Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, Colin spent much of his time under the African sun in physical activities - running, playing rugby, hockey, squash, tennis. And so he continued after arriving in the UK in 1975, adding marathon running to his repertoire. The inevitable stress on his back led to occasional visits to an osteopath who, in 2001, recommended that Colin add a further activity as a counterbalance – yoga.
Colin’s interest in yoga developed steadily and he returned from a yoga retreat in Marrakech in 2007 keen to enhance his practice. In 2008 he undertook a Kundalini Yoga teacher training course with the Karam Kriya school in London. One thing led to another and Colin now teaches Kundalini Yoga in London.
Colin is a very busy financial adviser in London, giving him first-hand experience of the need for a practical tool to enable us to counteract stress and to remain focused and calm in the midst of the challenges we face in these changing times.