Founded by Yogi Bhajan and first introduced thousands of years ago, Kundalini yoga has truly come a long way.
However, with a yoga style as expansive (think: 2,500 meditations and over 5,000 kriyas!), it can get intimidating.
The good thing is you don’t have to!
You can actually make your beginner Kundalini yoga journey simple yet still powerful.
Get started on the right track by keeping the following beginner tips in mind:
- Keep things straightforward.
When starting your Kundalini yoga practice, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.
Even words that are used in the practice that you are not familiar with (Rakhe Rakhanhar and Sodarshan Chakra Kriya, anyone?) would be enough to get you sidetracked.
However, you have to keep in mind that as long as you stay dedicated to your practice, all those words will eventually make sense to you.
While still in the early stages, cut yourself some slack and be patient.
You don’t necessarily have to know everything about the practice in one go.
Allow the unraveling of the mysteries of the practice to become part of its charm.
To make learning Kundalini yoga a lot easier, consider supplementing your daily sessions with a DVD, an e-book, or an e-course.
The amazing thing about Kundalini yoga is it will meet you where you are.
That means as a newbie, you are not expected to effortlessly execute the pretzel pose or memorize all the mantras.
Just allow your body to relax and pay attention to your breathing.
Keep it simple. At least while you are starting.
- Allow yourself to be comfortable.
When practicing Kundalini yoga or any yoga variation in general, comfort should be a primary priority.
In line with this, ensure you are wearing something comfortable that will allow to make movement easy and effortless.
The type of yoga mat you will use can also help make executing the movements easier and safer so ensure you get the best mat that will suit your needs.
If you do not know how to pick the best yoga mat for you, click here.
If you get self-conscious, perhaps it might be best to explore other yoga variations you can try and are more comfortable with.
However, as a general rule of thumb, give yourself sufficient time to get to know the practice before you decide if it’s the right fit for you.
Let your intuition be your guide and you can never go wrong.
- Decide on a thing to tackle.
When you are a newbie, keep in mind that you are not expected to learn everything about the practice all at once.
The truth is, it would be best to allow yourself to focus on one aspect of the practice first.
Is it a mantra, meditation, or kriya?
Instead of trying to learn everything in one go, consider it best to master one aspect thoroughly first.
- Consider integrating Kundalini music in your practice.
The power of beautiful and transformational music cannot be overstated.
Listening to Kundalini music while doing your sessions will not only help uplift you but it can also alter you biochemically by triggering the release of the so-called happy hormones.
When looking for apt Kundalini music, browsing online would be a good place to start.
From the options you find, you can then decide on the ones that appeal to you the most.
- Connect with other practitioners (and newbies)!
The inspiration and insight you get from a group practice can help take your Kundalini yoga experience to the next level.
There are many yoga immersion experiences you can join where hundreds of yoga practitioners gather together to chant in a sacred but welcoming place.
However, if you don’t have the time or money to travel just yet, fret not!
You can still take your experience a notch higher and learn from the Kundalini masters by enrolling in a Kundalini yoga class or reading an e-book on the practice.
Being a Kundalini yoga beginner can be very exciting.
It can also be daunting especially if you are still trying to find your way around.
However, as long as you remember that Kundalini yoga will meet you where you are, you will begin to see being a new practitioner from a totally different perspective.
You are only going to be a newbie at a certain point, you might as well bask in the experience and enjoy your journey!