Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I park?
While we do not have public parking in our building there is residential parking available all around the studio. Be advised during summer and when there is a swell, parking can take a few minutes to find.
What do I bring? Do I have to wear a head wrap? What is up with sheepskin mats?
Please wear comfortable clothing for yoga and bring a sweatshirt if you get cold during meditation. In Kundalini you will often see students and teachers with their heads wrapped in white or light colored fabric. The reason we do this is that the pressure of the fabric across the temples of the forehead and the 26 bones of the head creates a more comfortable container for our mind during periods of meditation and contains the rising kundalini energy. Wearing light colors can help with balancing the corresponding colored chakra, and wearing white also helps us tap into and experience our vastness and neutralize negativity. However, if a head wrap is uncomfortable or distracting to your meditative practice then it is not recommended.
In Kundalini technology the auric body is an electromagnetic field that surrounds the physical body usually in the range of 3-9 square feet. (This auric field can be more or less, and dense with radiance depending on the person.) The earth and any given surrounding also has an electromagnetic field. In order to “ground” or neutralize our magnetic field and make the meditative experience more beneficial, we sit on a sheepskin.
Both head wraps and sheepskins are available in our boutique. We also have a few sheepskins for rent at $5/class if you want to try a class with one and see if it makes a difference. Yoga mats are available for rent at $2/class.
All yoga has its origins in the work of the ancient yogis and rishis who spent their lives observing the fluctuations of energy and the effects of different activities behind closed eyes. The yogic system started out with mantra or a coded sound that created a desired effect, breath work and movement. Over time, the holistic system became diluted into different techniques and then schools (i.e. some just had mantra, some just had movement, etc.). This led to 22 schools of yoga at the time the Yoga Sutras were written by Patanjali circa 200 A.D.
Kundalini yoga was kept secret and only taught to those who had “graduated” from other schools of yoga or were of royal lineage until Yogi Bhajan brought it to the West in 1969. The purpose of this school of yoga was always to have the quickest transformative yogic “recipes” for alignment between the body, mind and the soul.
Yogi Bhajan recognized a lot of seekers of Soul Awareness amongst the hippies he encountered when he arrived in the West. He believed that in the coming Age of Aquarius Kundalini Yoga would be a necessary tool, a life raft through challenging times ahead. He made it his mission to create as many teachers of Kundalini yoga before the Age of Aquarius* began November 11, 2011. (Yogi Bhajan passed in 2004.) Today there are thousands of Kundalini teachers in the world because of Yogi Bhajan.
*"The Age of Aquarius is a mega-multiple manifestation. It is a lifestyle which has a vision of many channels of realities which a single human being will have to face. The capacity of the mind will reach its optimum in order to deal with everyday life. The world will become smaller and smaller and smaller. So man's vitality has to become larger and larger and larger.” ~Yogi Bhajan
How often should I be practicing Kundalini?
Kundalini can be practiced daily. Your teachers all have a daily meditative practice, a requirement to being able to transmit the Kundalini experience. We recommend attending classes four times per week to feel and sustain positive shifts in your consciousness and life, and create meaningful channels for joy and peace to flow in.
What does a Kundalini yoga class entail?
In general Kundalini yoga classes follow this flow: 1) tuning in with mantra (sound), 2) pranayam (breathwork) and warm ups, 3) kriya, 4) relaxation (sometimes with gong) 5) meditation 6) closing blessing and mantra. (Kriya are complete sets that like a recipe create a certain treatment or treatments such as challenging and strengthening the nervous system and testing the will of the student beyond the limitations of the ego.)
Why do we use mantra in meditation in Kundalini?
The answer to this question is found in the sacred text of Japji Sahib, or the Song of the Soul—
By remaining silent, inner silence is not obtained.
According to Kundalini yogic technology, the goal to true silence is to “tune” the 72,000 nadis or strings in the subtle body, the mind, the glandular system and nervous system to a harmony using mantra and breath and that harmony is the true feeling of inner silence.
Are Yoga and Meditation a religion?
We refer to Yogi Bhajan for the answer—
Someone always asks if [yoga and] meditation is a religion or a belief. It is not a religion. It does admit you are a body, mind, and spirit. But it clears the mind, pure and simple. This lets you bring more energy and spirit to whatever your tradition or religion may be. You can practice it as a human, even as an atheist. It is about human capacity and the relationship to your mind and whole self. It doesn’t give you some specific belief. It does make you more believable about your beliefs.
Do any of the words used mean that we are chanting to some god that we don’t know? No. You are chanting in your mind to evoke a state or to feel your own sacredness and soul. There is no concept at all of ‘chanting to someone.’ It is an energetic act that changes your brain, stimulates hormone balance, and engages you in a special conversation with your own mind about vastness and truth.”