Kundalini Yoga is known as the yoga of awareness. It is a Shakti based practice, the female principle of divine energy, most other forms of yoga in the west are Hatha based. It fine tunes the development of discipline, skill, self-power and the awareness that we are one with a creative life force. Through practice, an embodied knowing of this principle takes one out of the duality of minds and enables the practitioner to exercise a neutral mind more frequently. Various practices take the practitioner to this point, Kundalini Yoga is known to work at a faster pace.
It is a process orientated form of yoga and it uses physical asana, pranayama and mantra to create experiences in the body in which the finite or limited parts of ourselves meet with the infinite parts of ourselves. It is a practice which facilitates the embodiment of the understanding that we are more than the small idea that we are conditioned to have of ourselves. Through various kriyas (actions) It creates environments which expose the ways in which we are addicted to being less, it builds our awareness around the patterns that keep us small and gives us tools to connect to and operate from a place within that offers deeper creative potential and capacity. With this awareness, we can begin to actualize our potentials as human beings.
In essence, it works with the Kundalini energy, which is described as the ‘nerve of the soul’. This is energy that lies dormant at the bottom of the spine, one could describe it as a natural energy store. Kundalini yoga works on binding prana and apana in order to ignite the kundalini energy. With the assistance of breath, asana, mantra, mudra and bhandas the energy is triggered to move, it shifts through the body, stimulating and fueling various parts of the body to open, heal and transform.
Alexia has practised yoga for 18 years, she began her yoga experience with Kundalini yoga but enjoys various forms including Vinyasa, Bikram and Forest Yoga. She completed her Kundalini Yoga Level 1 Teacher Training with Ravi Kaur in 2017 and is currently immersed in the Level 2 training.
She also completed the Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training with Ana Forrest in 2014. She teaches both styles intermittently in various parts of Johannesburg, mainly in spaces that don’t have easy access to healing modalities like yoga.
The practice of yoga and meditation has been vital to her own process of transformation and growth, as a result, she is really passionate about sharing in the potential and capacity to shift oneself that the practice of Kundalini Yoga offers.