Kundalini Tantra Yoga in Wivenhoe, Essex.
Kundalini Tantra Yoga: Movement, mudras, and mantras to balance the entire system. Classes see students move through a breath-focussed hatha practice with some added set sequences with dynamic movement and additional breathing techniques to assist the flow of energy in the body. Following the movement we move into a Kriya (cleansing) sequence that combines mudra, mantra, and pranayama leading to a settled state for meditation.
Breathwork, Vinyasa Flow, Gentle Hatha, and Beginner Yoga: I am passionate about pranayama – breathwork practices are accessible to everyone, and the benefits are incredible! If all you do is breathwork, you will feel so much better! Mix it up with some movement, or just ease yourself in with a gentle hatha practice or a stronger vinyasa style class. These classes include breathwork, movement, and relaxation/meditation but not mantras.
Kundalini Tantra MUST be practiced on an empty stomach, a full breathwork session should too. If this doesn’t suit we can modify the class but please allow at least 2 hours since last meal.
KUNDALINI TANTRA YOGA FAQ
What is Kundalini Tantra Yoga?
It is a set of practices that tap into Kundalini Energy. The proper use of this energy helps us to live a life in alignment with our soul journey. It is easier for our unit of consciousness to meet with infinite consciousness through deep meditation. A full tantra yoga practice which moves the body and grounds with breathwork allows us to sit in meditation to reach samadhi.
Kundalini = energy
Tantra = expansion and liberation
Yoga = consists of 8 limbs:
- Yamas (moral restraints)
- Niyamas (individual observances)
- Asana (movement & postures)
- Pranayama (breathwork)
- Pratyahara (sensory awareness) leading to…
- Dharana (concentration) which in turn leads to…
- Dhyana (meditation) which at times can take us to a place of…
- Samadhi (union with bliss)
What is Tantra?
When we practice the 8 limbs of yoga, we are practicing Tantra.
It is a process of expanding our consciousness to attain a state of liberation. Tan = expansion Tra = Liberation. The objective of Tantra is to take our unit of consciousness and unite it with the one consciousness, the process of realising that our we are not the drop, we are in fact the ocean.
Tantra is not a religion or a culture, it is a spiritual science and is thought to be 7000 years old, designed to be accessed and benefitted from by “the householder”(whatever their religious or cultural preferences are) as opposed to only those who are able to retreat to a mountaintop for lengthy amounts of time to practice.
Tantric practitioners do not aim for abstinence or seek escapism from the “real” world – instead they choose to experience with full awareness. Liberation from the mind through Tantric practices help realise this aim.
Fundamentally Tantra says that through a dedicated practice we keep all aspects of ourselves healthy so we can enjoy this fabulous physical existence while tapping into the bliss of the divine.
Tantric Yoga vs Hatha Yoga
Seven thousand years back, there was no distinction. Yoga was the 8 limbs, and practicing it was Tantra. Today the view is that all asana is Hatha Yoga, what makes Tantra Yoga different is the way that dynamic movement, intention, and breathwork is bought into a practice.
A tantric practice stimulates the energy centres in the body and raises the energy up. When we do this during an asana practice, we are expanding and liberating our physical body. When we bring this into our breathwork, we are expanding and liberating our energetic or pranic body. A full Kundalini Tantra practice which brings the other important elements in using a Sanjeevani Kriya continues this through our other bodies (known as koshas) allowing us the expand our consciousness until we find liberation in bliss.
I can assure you that in the classes I offer, the practice is energetically very gentle, intended to get energy flowing, not awaken a previously untapped source. If you want to open that door you will have to work with dedication with an experienced practitioner.
Tantra and shhhhh… intimacy!
There is no sexual intimacy required to experience Tantra Yoga! This is a misconception after aspects of Tantric practices were misrepresented by just one individual to people in the western world.
Tantra says that the body is a temple, and should be looked after to be able to enjoy everything there is here on earth, and yes, along with walking in the woods, watching the clouds, laying in savasana, it can also include enjoying other things in your life even more including intimate relationships.
By practicing Kundalini Tantra Yoga, lots if things will improve in your life, which in turn will naturally improve your relationships with everyone – and just as you will spend time working on your asana, or breathwork technique, if you feel inclined to work on closeness with your partner there are specific practices for that too that can be guided by a experienced Tantra teacher.