The main constituent of a Kundalini yoga class is a kriya. A kriya is a set of exercises put together in a specific way to obtain a specific result. For example, there are kriyas for flexibility of the spine, opening the heart-center, transforming anger, working circulation and the lungs, and for cleansing the aura and reducing ego. There are countless more. Kriyas typically utilize asana (posture) pranayama (breath), mantra (sound) and mudra (hand seal). These are powerful techniques that support the fulfillment of what the specific kriya was intended to affect, create, or transform.
Curious practitioners should know that Kundalini classes welcome beginners. So, there is no reason not to give it a try!
Why Do We Always Begin with the Mantra “Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo”?
This mantra is known as the Adi mantra and links us to the long, interconnected and inter-woven chain of Divine Kundalini yoga teachers that preceded us, referred to as the “Golden Chain”. It is not linear, which makes the chain stronger. When we tune in with the Adi mantra, we are linked with this chain and also to the teacher within. We can trust that the mantra will support and influence us as we teach and practice. The teacher then becomes a channel, allowing the wisdom of the teachings to flow through him or her. The Golden Chain also protects us from any negative karma that may be present.