The term “Kundalini yoga” may conjure up visions of yogis sitting in blissful meditation or entering altered states. Yet it is a yoga that you can experience today with teachers trained in this ancient practice. Practitioners say its effects can be profound because it is designed to directly release blockages of ill health, stress and emotional trauma.
“Kundalini yoga encompasses active meditations, breathwork (pranayama), mantras (sound current) and physical movement to open up the energy, to open you up to your full potential and radiance,” says Marianne Monteleone, a kundalini teacher at Old Town Studio in North Fort Collins. Each person will have a unique experience with the practice, she notes.
You can experience kundalini yoga yourself in her Fort Collins classes Wednesdays from noon to 1:00, or attend a special workshop November 28 from noon to 1:30. The Saturday workshop will focus on increasing stamina and detoxifying the lungs, kidneys & adrenal glands.
This form of yoga is actually a “technology” of sorts designed to release dormant energy. Throughout our lifetime we create blockages that limit our emotional and physical wellbeing. Kundalini yoga can help you to breathe fully and live fully, says Monteleone. A fit body is a by product.
Some within the tradition have envisioned kundalini energy as a sleeping serpent at the base of the spine which can uncoil and move upward through a subtle “channel” bringing us to higher consciousness. The reference may seem esoteric to us Westerners, and yet Monteleone for one says that during her teacher training she felt herself shift emotionally and physically to more openness.
You do not have to have a yoga background to take a kundalini class and experience its effects. Says Monteleone, “Those who want to connect more deeply to their spirit self would really enjoy this yoga.”
Monteleone studied with Gurmukh Khalsa, a prominent kundalini teacher, in a style taught by Yogi Bhajan. For more information, see