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Frequently Asked Questions

DO I NEED A TEACHER, OR CAN I EFFECTIVELY PRACTICE ON MY OWN?

A group of people practicing will naturally have a great level of energy that we tap into, but developing the discipline for your own personal practice will pay off in many ways. The key is to commit to doing something every day. Whatever you commit to must be something that you have no problem in doing. Even starting out with a few minutes each day will have significant benefits. You can always do more when your energy levels permits, but by remembering that your only commitment is those few minutes, you should have no problem maintaining this. Over time, you can add to this, gradually growing your level of discipline in a way that never exceeds your current ability, maintaining a positive feedback cycle and continuing to improve at a comfortable pace.

HOW LONG DO I NEED TO PRACTICE FOR EACH DAY?
Any amount of time you spend on your practice will produce significant benefits. You could start with only 1/2 an hour in the evenings, and once you feel the obvious benefits you will be motivated to begin practicing for longer. Whatever you do, don’t rush your practice. There are Kundalini Yoga kriyas, or exercise sets, that are short enough to fit into your available time. Even a 3 minute meditation pays off when you practice regularly. Take your time, enjoy each posture, and give yourself the gift of a relaxation period, even if it is only a few minutes. Relaxing into your practice and enjoying it to the fullest is vital to getting all the benefits that will accrue over time.
WHAT IS THE MOST COMFORTABLE POSITION FOR MEDITATION?
If you are practicing Kundalini Yoga on a regular basis, you will find that you can sit (in comfort) for longer and longer periods. Of course, the goal is not to learn to endure suffering, but to be sensitive to your body and treat yourself, and others, with kindness and love.

A vee-shaped cushion, stuffed with buckwheat, can be used in different ways to support the various sitting positions, making it possible to do long meditations quite comfortably, in rock pose, easy pose, half lotus, etc.

For those who simply cannot sit comfortably regardless of position or cushion, sit in a chair that provides firm support. It is essential that the feet be equally placed, flat on the ground to assure that the lower spine and hips stay in balance. The back of the chair will support you if it is straight.

CAN YOU RECOMMEND A SUITABLE BOOK FOR BEGINNERS?

One of the best books to start with is Kundalini Yoga, Flow of Eternal Power by Shakti Parwha Kaur Khalsa. This definitive guide, fully illustrated with photographs, is an accessible introduction to the ancient practice of Kundalini yoga, with information on poses and positions, diet and lifestyle, breathing and stretching techniques, chanting and meditation exercises, and general guidelines that can help anyone, beginner or advanced, gain the greatest benefit from the practice of yoga.

WHERE CAN I OBTAIN SUITABLE BOOKS, MEDITATION AND MANTRA CDS?

You can purchase books and CDs from Kundalini Books in Australia (www.kundalinibooks.com.au).

There are also download options for mantras from Spirit Voyage (www.spiritvoyage.com) and many mantras are also available now on spotify and iTunes.

WOULD USING DVDS HELP ME DEVELOP MY PRACTICE?

Kundalini Yoga DVDs are probably the next best thing to a good teacher. You can watch a demonstration of each stretch or exercise, while listening to the accompanying explanation, and then practice it for the allotted time. The Beginners DVD Series by Nirvair Singh, in 6 parts (12 lessons), which is an exceptionally good introduction to the basics. 

HOW CAN I OBTAIN DETAILS OF TEACHERS AND CLASSES IN MY AREA?

You can find a teacher under our teachers menu.  If you are looking for a teacher in another country, please visit IKYTA – International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association (www.ikyta.org).

CAN I PRACTICE KUNDALINI YOGA DURING PREGNANCY?

Becoming pregnant does not mean that you should stop your Kundalini Yoga practice. We advise you consult your health care provider before practicing yoga. You will have to modify your exercises as your size increases. It is always recommended that you avoid navel exercises, inverted postures and strenuous kriyas. Pre natal women can enjoy its focus on creating inner strength, fearlessness, a strong physical body and a quiet mind. Squats are an excellent preparation for childbirth.

There are many excellent pre-natal Kundalini Yoga Instructors in Australia please find one on your Teachers page.

CAN WOMEN PRACTICE KUNDALINI YOGA DURING MENSTURATION?
For women students at this time of the month it is best to avoid navel exercises, inverted postures and strenuous kriyas. However, this is a very individual decision.
CAN THOSE WITH MEDICAL CONDITIONS STILL PRACTICE KUNDALINI YOGA?

Those with certain health or other issues should modify their Kundalini Yoga practice accordingly. We advise that you contact your health care practitioner for advice.

HOW DOES KUNDALINI YOGA DIFFER FROM OTHER FORMS OF YOGA?
Kundalini Yoga is dynamic in its practice, vast in practical information and powerful in its experience. It incorporates the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of yoga into one cohesive and integrated system. It has a much broader emphasis on breathing, meditation, hand positions or mudras, chanting or mantra, and spirituality.

The practice of Kundalini Yoga balances the glandular system, strengthens the nervous system, expands the lung capacity, and purifies the bloodstream. It brings balance to the body, mind and soul. It enables you to harness the energy of your mind and emotions, so you can be in control of yourself, rather than being controlled by your thoughts and feelings. It is on-the-job training for success and excellence in life, and is designed to give you a “hands on” experience of higher consciousness. It teaches positive self-empowering attitudes of thinking. It builds inner strength and self awareness so you can fulfill your highest potential. It perfects the finite life while connecting you to the Infinite experience, enabling you to merge with or “yoke” with the universal Self.

HOW CAN I AS A CHRISTIAN/JEW/MUSLIM/OTHER BELIEVE THAT GOD IS WITHIN US AND THAT PRACTICING KUNDALINI YOGA IS NOT IN ITSELF A SIN?
Kundalini Yoga is about EXPERIENCING God within. It is not a religion, has nothing to do with beliefs, and is not a substitute for religious practices. Applying the technology to our bodies and minds has the effect of uplifting our spirit. It works from within, energizing our normally dormant spiritual energy – the Kundalini. The effects are profound and universal. It can help us find God, but in a non-denominational way. Regular practice will make you a better Christian, Jew, Muslim or whatever you aspire to be. Whatever your beliefs, the end goal is the same. Life is not about being identified with a label. Life is about being divinely you.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF JOINING KYTANZ?

There are many benefits to becoming a member of KYTANZ and being recognised as a certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher in Australia and New Zealand. To find out more, read about our Membership Benefits here.

CAN I USE MY OWN PURCHASED MUSIC WHEN TEACHING ONLINE ?

In Australia and New Zealand, teachers are obliged to pay for a licence to play music with One Music Australia.

They licence Yoga sessions through their Fitness Centre and Fitness Wellbeing Licence Scheme.   

 As at August 2020 the rates are $3.27 for each Fitness Class with 10 or fewer participants per year

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