Sunday, 14 October 2007
Kundalini? Isn't that some kind of pasta?
One of my best discoveries in 2007 was Ravi Singh & Ana Brett's kundalini yoga I just have to share!
First off, I'm not at all sure that I put much stock in a lot of the kundalini yoga philosophy. I still have a lot of learning to do about chakras and so forth before I decide. All this business of a force coiled at the base of my spine just waiting to be unleashed and so forth. That being said, I believe you can get a lot of benefit from Ravi & Ana's kundalini yoga without going whole hog into the belief system. After all, the Kalama Sutta tells us to test theories in the light of direct experience, and so far it's been my experience that R&A's kundalini yoga is a good thing!
(Why do I keep qualifying it by saying 'Ravi & Ana's kundalini yoga'? For one, because it's the only kundalini yoga I've actually tried. For another, I understand that Ravi has his own take on kundalini yoga practice, which differs somewhat from the mainstream, although he was a direct student of Yogi Bhajan, who started it all in America in the 1960s, so he surely knows what he's doing. Ravi & Ana's style of kundalini has been described as 'poetical'--maybe that's because Ravi has a tendency to say things in rhyme, and Ana looks like an absolute angel!)
I have collected 7 of Ravi & Ana's workouts so far this year. I incorporate them into my exercise rotation two or three times a week. Kundalini sets are wonderfully fun and energizing, incorporating focus on the spine, full body stretching in various classic postures, some interesting breath techniques and chanting. It is done with the eyes closed for the most part. You just have to try it to see it if it's right for you.
Here are some clips of Ana Brett from various workouts:
Kundalini Yoga Dance the Chakras
Kundalini Yoga for Beginners and Beyond
Kundalini Yoga Quick Fixes
Kundalini Yoga Breath of Fire Primer (featured in several DVDs)
You can see from the clips that the set is clean and white, with splashes of color applied to the floor and provided by Ana's mat and clothing. She usually wears two-piece workout clothes and is featured alone with Ravi doing the voice over. The music is upbeat with an Eastern flair.
If your curiosity is piqued, here are a few websites with a bit of basic information on kundalini yoga:
Gurmukh Talks about Kundalini Yoga
If you're already into kundalini yoga, why not leave some of your thoughts about it in the comments section? I would love to hear from you! If you have any questions, post them. I will try to find out the answer for you.
(This entry counts as my Monday one, as I won't have time to do one tomorrow!)
May all beings be at ease.