pranayam (breathing techniques)
asanas (body postures / movements)
mantras (sound currents or mentally produced sounds)
bandhas (body locks / muscle contractions)
dhristi (mental and eye focus)
Yoga is mainly characterised by quite dynamic, repetitive exercises, a strong attention to the breath which helps intensify the effects of the poses with the purpose of freeing energy in the lower body and allowing it to move upwards, and the use of mantras.
Yoga classes now offered in Leicester help you to become more aware of your physical, mental and emotional condition and to subsequently influence them in a positive way - hence why KY is also called 'The Yoga of Awareness'. In each class you will do a different physical practice and work with different meditations. The overall result of a regular KY practice is the balancing of the chakras (energy wheels / centres along the spine).
This in turn awakens us to who we really are: spiritual beings having a human experience. KY can be practiced by anyone – regardless of age, gender, physical condition, flexibility (the presupposition that one has to be flexible to practice yoga certainly does not apply to KY), and/or physical impediment
At Active Arts we support a varied choice of fitness and performing arts classes including Dance, Singing, Acting, Box-fit, and Martial Arts our range of classes is always expanding so please feel free to visit our centre or contact us online regarding any enquiry.
Active Arts Centre
Tel: 0116 2622 544
Kundalini Yoga (KY) is a powerful Raj Yoga filled with the technology of meditation & mindfulness, pranayam, diet and lifestyle. It offers a way to live as a Warrior-Saint within the practical, day-to-day role as a householder. Kundalini Yoga has the explicit goal to enable you to live life as a Warrior-Saint and remain non-attached in the face of all the polarities and the reactions these provoke. The Warrior-Saint embraces and celebrates life with deep engagement, commitment and joy.
KY is a very potent and effective system of self-transformation and personal development that uses and combines the following techniques:
Kundalini Yoga is mainly characterised by quite dynamic, repetitive exercises, a strong attention to the breath which helps intensify the effects of the poses with the purpose of freeing energy in the lower body and allowing it to move upwards, and the use of mantras. The exercises help you to become more aware of your physical, mental and emotional condition and to subsequently influence them in a positive way - hence KY is also called 'The Yoga of Awareness'. The overall result of a regular KY practice is the balancing of the chakras (energy wheels or centers along the spine) and the alignment of our ten spiritual bodies (these are: the soul body, negative mind, positive mind, neutral mind, the physical body, arc line, auric body, pranic body, subtle body and radiant body). This in turn awakens us to who we really are: spiritual beings having a human experience.
Kundalini Yoga has an extremely wide range of benefits. Its practice
keeps you healthy
increases vitality and productivity
helps to prevent burnout and depression
enhances your general feeling of well-being
strengthens the muscles, joints and spine
removes toxins from the body
enhances the functioning of organs, glands, blood circulation, nervous system and immune system
develops and balances both brain hemispheres
gives you a stronger focus in your daily activities and at work
increases your efficiency
makes you excel in your endeavours in all areas of your life
helps you to understand your emotions and discern their origin in certain thoughts
teaches you how to handle these emotions and change them by changing your thoughts
motivates you to adopt a more healthy lifestyle
deepens a spiritual awareness and sense of oneness with everything around you
stimulates you to live a life of righteousness, compassion, truth, consciousness, and service.
KY has proved to be very effective in helping people deal with many diseases of this age: stress and burnout, depression, chronic pain, headaches and migraine, emotional trauma, all kinds of illnesses, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), auto-immune diseases (lupus, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, lyme disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Sjögren's syndrome, ...) thyroid imbalances (overactive or underactive), PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), uterine fibroids (leiomyomas or myomas) and other problems with the uterus, fertility problems, menopause and andropause, nervous disorders, cancer, addictions, skin problems, eye problems (bad eyesight, myopia, cataract, …), etc.
KY also offers disorder-specific protocols for treating all of the major and common psychiatric disorders, including Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorders such as Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Trichotillomania; Phobias, Panic Attacks and Panic Disorders, Acute Stress Disorder, Post Traumautic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Abused and Battered Psyche, Depression, Grief, Bipolar Disorders; Addictive, Impulse Control and Eating Disorders; Insomnia and other Sleep Disorders, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Co-morbid Disorders (Conduct Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder), Dyslexia and other Learning Disorders, Schizophrenia and other Psychotic Disorders, Personality Disorders including Paranoid, Schizoid, Schizotypal, Antisocial, Borderline, Histrionic Narcissistic, Avoidant, Dependent, and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder; Autism and Asperger's Disorder.
Kundalini Yoga can be practiced by anyone – regardless of age, gender, physical condition, flexibility (the presupposition that one has to be flexible to practice yoga certainly does not apply to KY), and/or physical impediment – , provided that the given instructions are followed.
If you have any physical impediment, alternative instructions will be provided for all exercises; even if you cannot sit comfortably on the floor, you can practice sitting on a chair as an alternative. Because KY is so effective and quick in its results, it is a yoga form that works specifically well for active people who combine working or studying with a busy family and social life.
We also offer specifically tailored classes for pregnant women, for women who have recently given birth, for families and for seniors, as well as classes specifically targeted to e.g. addiction recovery, stress management, etc. Please have a browse through our Classes & Services pages.
Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji, better known as Yogi Bhajan or as the Siri Singh Sahib to hundreds of thousands of yoga students worldwide, was born in nowadays Pakistan in 1929. His spiritual journey started at the age of 7. At the age of 16 his master Sant Hazara Singh proclaimed him to be Master of Kundalini Yoga.
In 1968 Yogi Bhajan left India for Canada and the United States, where in 1969 he broke the centuries-old code of secrecy and started teaching KY publicly. Until then, this dynamic and very potent form of yoga had been kept secret and was reserved for a yoga-elite in India.
An outstanding pioneer in many fields with a deep and compassionate insight into the human condition, he established permanent institutions, created spectacular events, produced a prolific body of teachings and trained thousands of KY teachers. He established the organisation 3HO which embodies the three H's of his credo 'healthy, happy, holy' as being the birthright of every human being. Yogi Bhajan is also the Mahan Tantric, the only teacher in the world who is allowed to teach White Tantric Yoga.
Yogi Bhajan not only taught his students Kundalini Yoga and meditation; he also taught Ayurveda, cookery (have a look at for example 'The Golden Temple Vegetarian Cookbook'), humanology - the science on how to be a human being -, and sound current (Shabd Guru).
In 1994 he founded the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association (IKYTA) to further spread his teachings as well as the Kundalini Research Institute (KRI) to preserve his teachings which he knew were years ahead of his time. Yogi Bhajan left his physical body on October 6th 2004. In April 2005 the United States House of Congress passed a resolution honouring Yogi Bhajan and the work he did.