In modern day living, we all need a bit of an escape from our busy lives and daily stresses. Here in London life can become particularly hectic, which may explain why the boom in people practising yoga on a regular basis doesn’t appear to be showing any signs of slowing down.
Yet the world of yoga can seem confusing from the outside, with many different types on offer to explore. So when the opportunity to try out an as yet undiscovered type of yoga came along, Natalie and I jumped at the chance.
Our private yoga class was led by Elena B. Diaz, who runs HomeYoga, which encompasses private classes, corporate classes and even skype classes so that wherever you may be in the world, you can still be guided through the yoga practice.
In HomeYoga, Kundalini is the specific type of yoga taught. This type yoga is a very powerful, original and complete type of yoga. As Elena explained before beginning our class, it is a discipline for “daily-life”, focused on people who have daily responsibilities and activities both at home and away.
HomeYoga teaches Kundalini yoga for a myriad of reasons, from the potential it holds, particularly for women, to handle emotional and physical changes throughout our lives, to the different elements of Kundalini which encompass mind, body and soul.
Being new to Kundalini, Elena outlined in depth the history of Kundalini, alongside how she found herself drawn to it and the benefits that it can have for a wide range of people.
We began the class, which consisted of a range of positions, with some particularly challenging breathing exercises and ‘kriyas’, which are dynamic sets that involve the use of asanas (body positions), pranayama (breathing control), mudras (gesture with hands and fingers), mantras (sounds), relaxation and meditation.
The class was very interactive and Elena helped guide us through, explaining each exercise and demonstrating before helping us to practise ourselves.
No experience was necessary; Elena modified the exercises for each of us and encouraged us to try new variations on the positions. The class was a great balance between challenging our bodies and letting our minds relax – as Elena highlighted, one of the key benefits to Kundalini is an awareness of our physical, emotional and mental condition, the improving of breathing patterns, and a more peaceful and focused mind.
Following the class, both Natalie and I felt refreshed and calm, having enjoyed the new experience of Kundalini and keen to explore the practice more!
Elena currently teaches home yoga and corporate yoga across London.
She is also Teacher of the Month in September’s issue of The Yoga Magazine (UK&USA edition)
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