New Trend: In Yoga, the Student Is the Teacher – Literally
Yoga teacher training is outpacing the growth of new students. Is this trend good for you?
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Using chanting, meditation, poses, and breath, a Kundalini practice helps you channel your energy from the bottom of your spine to your whole being’s energy centers, or chakras. Labeled the “yoga of awareness” by many, Kundalini captures the elevation of the spirit: as the energy flows within you, rising from your lower chakras to the higher ones, the delivery of enlightenment and the highest consciousness is achieved. Kundalini stems from the Sanskrit word, kundala, meaning coiled, or kundalini, which has been translated as “the curl of the lock of hair of the beloved” (yogic testimonies suggest it being theorized as both a coiled-up or sleeping serpent at the base of the spine and as a metaphor to conceptualize the flow of energy and consciousness found within each person. Though early references date as far back as 1,400 and 1,000 B.C., Kundalini yoga was believed to be shrouded in secrecy, shared with only chosen devotees, and did not became mainstream in the West until the late 1960s, thanks to Yogi Bhajan; the creator of 3HO® (Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization), Bhajan’s particular teaching of Kundalini yoga takes a Raja Yoga-approach.
There are numerous styles of yoga to suit your needs and your goals. In this "Workout 101", we'll get you started thinking about the kind of practice that fits your personality. Of course, experimenting with different classes and instructors is the best way to feel it out – you may be surprised to find out what works for you.