What to look for when choosing a Kundalini Yoga class?
When searching for a Kundalini Yoga class, make sure that it is the "real thing". Ask the teacher or the people in charge of the yoga center to make sure that it is Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, and the teacher is IKYTA certified (International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association).
(Correction: Kundalini Yoga teachers are IKYTA certified, not KRI)
How to prepare for a Kundalini Yoga class?
Bring an open mind to class, allow yourself to experience and learn something new. Also remember the reason why you want to take the class: for your own well-being. Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is all about helping people to be their true selves, so that people can truly be happy in life.
Wear comfortable clothing to class. You may notice that the teacher and some students have their heads covered or dress all in white. This is to protect one's energy and to expand one's auric field. You may choose to do so to enhance your experience with Kundalini Yoga, however it is not an obligation.
What to expect in a Kundalini Yoga class?
All Kundalini Yoga classes follow a certain structure:
- Tune in with the Adi Mantra (Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo)
- Pranayam (breathing exercise) and/or appropriate warm-up exercises
- Kriya (a set of yoga exercises that have been put together to create specific effects)
- Relaxation (sometimes the teacher will play the gong for relaxation)
- Ending prayer and Long Sat Nam
What to do after class?
Many places offer yogi tea (a healthy and delicious tea made from spices) after a Kundalini Yoga class. Feel free to hang out with the teacher and fellow students, enjoy a healthy cup of yogi tea and socialize. This is also a good opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the practice.