Amid COVID-19 measures, all yoga studios are currently closed and my classes are suspended.
Kundalini yoga is one of the oldest forms of yoga that still includes all the original elements of yoga. Classes vary between different dynamic postures, static postures, breathing exercises, eye-focus, chanting, and meditation. Some classes are active and energizing, while others are calming and focus on meditation. It's recommended to try a few classes to get a sense of the variety.
This type of yoga places great emphasis on strengthening the glandular and nervous systems to increase your overall resilience. To build such strength, postures are sometimes held for a long time or repeated in dynamic movements. Postures vary from class to class which means your body has to keep on learning. To do that, your brain has to make new neural connections and that can help keep your brain young too!
Classes are balanced with slow and meditative exercises. There are pauses between postures to connect with the breath and observe your experience. Movement is always synchronized with breathing but there are also specific breathing exercises, called Pranayam.
Both beginner and advanced students are welcome as everyone is encouraged to practice at their own pace but please consult with your doctor if you are in doubt as to whether to participate in a yoga class.
Links to more information on yoga and meditation:
A two minute animated introduction to Meditation
Dr Mithu Storoni talks about the Science behind Yoga in this two minute video
A research article on the benefits of Kundalini Yoga for Postraumatic Stress
The Alzheimer Research and Prevention Foundation has done research on one of the Kundalini Yoga meditations, called Kirtan Kriya and its benefits of improved memory and focus.