The physical practice of our foundational retreats is centered around Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. This is a powerful yet accessible yoga that can be practiced by people of all different physical types and abilities. We teach this style of yoga because of its strong emphasis on the breath, the nervous system, and meditation. In our experience, Kundalini yoga is one of the fastest paths to health and happiness. Learn more about Kundalini yoga.
Kundalini yoga uses a series of asanas, meditations, active and passive kriya sequences, pranayama, and control of the body to empower personal change and improve physical and mental health. Practitioners call Kundalini yoga “the yoga of awareness” because it focuses on the expansion of sensory awareness and intuition in order to raise individual consciousness.
For those with little or no experience with Kundalini yoga
This retreat introduces you to Kundalini yoga. Classes offer modifications based on your physical ability and we provide instruction for each exercise. Here you can see a sample Kundalini yoga class. Because the exercises are simple, it is easy to begin Kundalini yoga regardless of your past yoga experience. We’ve taught Kundalini yoga to people who had health conditions as severe as lung cancer so if you are concerned about your physical ability, rest assured the exercises can be modified so you can participate.
For those with some or advanced experience with Kundalini yoga
This retreat offers two daily Kundalini yoga classes with modifications that allow you to experience extended poses, breathwork, and meditations. While the classes are “all levels” classes, each class contains exercises that can be modified to challenge the experienced Kundalini yoga practitioner.
Our kundalini yoga classes follow a typical format that incorporates asanas, a deep relaxation, and a meditation in each class. The typical flow of a class is:
-an introduction to the topic for the class and tuning in to begin the class
-gentle warm up exercises lasting 30 minutes
-a kriya (series of exercises designed for a specific effect) lasting 20-30 minutes
-an 11 minute deep relaxation
-a meditation (typically involving breathwork, occasionally including mantra) lasting 5-11 minutes.
-the close of class.
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