This strength based yoga class will be taught by none other than our very own Aj Chhabra.
For those of you who know Aj, and I think most of us do - this is a great leadership and teaching experience for him. For those of you who may not know Aj, he is a Senior at Galena high school who will be leaving for the Airforce Special Forces sometime in June of this year.
Aj went to boarding school in India his 7th and 8th grade year where he became a certified Kundalini Yoga instructor. Below is a little bit about the newest class being added to the BBCF schedule. This class is included in your current dues, BUT since Aj is a high school student and athlete any donation from us to him is GREATLY appreciated.
Kundalini yoga is an ancient form of yoga that has only been practiced in the west relatively recently. In 1969, Yogi Bhajan founded 3HO (the Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization) to introduce this yoga practice to a broader population. Although Kundalini had not previously been taught to the public, Yogi Bhajan felt that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy its benefits.
What is Does Kundalini Mean?
The Kundalini is untapped energy (prana) at the base of the spine that can be drawn up through the body awakening each of the seven chakras. Full enlightenment occurs when this energy reaches the crown chakra at the top of the head. Kundalini energy is often represented as a snake coiled at the bottom of the spine.
Focus on Breath and Movement
Each Kundalini Yoga asana series is done in conjunction with a specific breathing technique that intensifies the effects of the poses with the purpose of freeing energy in the lower body and allowing it to move upwards. Kundalini sequences (called kriyas) may consist of rapid, repetitive movements done with in conjunction with a designated breathing method or holding a pose while breathing in a particular way.
What to Expect in a Kundalini Class
A Kundalini class begins with a short chant followed by a warm-up to stretch the spine and improve flexibility. The main work of the class is called a kriya, which is a proscribed sequence of poses and pranayama that focuses on a precise area of the body. The teacher typically does not make manual adjustments. The class ends with a meditation, which may be accompanied by the teacher playing a large gong, and a closing song. Kundalini devotees often wear flowing white robes and head wraps.