KUNDALINI YOGA2019-10-03T10:56:23+09:30

Kundalini Yoga with Mardi MAY

The yogi’s say: “To stay young, stay flexible!”

Kundalini refers to the energy that often rests at the base of your spine, and the practice of Kundalini Yoga (as taught by Yogi Bhajan) uses posture to bring more flexibility to the spine and body, meditation to bring more stillness to the mind, breath to re-balance our systems and mantra to safely stimulate that energy to be released, and bring you more health and vitality.

Sometimes relaxing, sometimes a bit challenging, sometimes downright kooky – this inclusive technology of yoga brings about shifts within that you may not even be aware of. During a class you are encouraged, and reminded, to bring your awareness into your body – and make the practice your own, working within your own limits – whatever they are in the moment.

Mardi has been practising Kundalini Yoga since first discovering it over fifteen years ago. In 2016 she took the plunge and completed the training to be able to share it with her community – and loves it!

Offering:

Easy Yoga (Chair & Floor Options Given)

  • Sundays 10-11am Upstairs Moana Hall
  • Wednesdays 10.45-11.45am Rm 4 Woodcroft Community Centre
  • During school terms

Designed for those with lesser physical capabilities (or those that love gentle yoga), these classes offer options for practising yoga on a chair or the floor, or a bit of both. Following the structure of a Kundalini Yoga class, but done slower with more attention on listening to your body in each moment.

Recommended for: Students (beginners & experienced) who would like a gentle class, and students that have some physical restrictions (please seek medical advice prior to attending). Students who have trouble getting up and down from the floor are encouraged to practise on a chair to begin – and when you feel your body awareness/ability has increased you may like to move to the floor.

Please note that the Moana venue is upstairs. If you struggle with stairs please see Woodcroft classes for easier access.

Costs: 

  • 1 Class Pass – $15/$10conc.
  • 5 Class Pass (exp. end of term) $50/$40conc.

A typical class may include:

  • ‘Tuning in’ with the Adi Mantra chant (Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo)
  • Breath practices
  • A ‘kriya’ (which is like a prescribed set of body postures and exercises)
  • Deep relaxation
  • Meditation
  • Ends with a projected healing meditation (May the longtime sun – song)

A little bit about Kundalini Yoga (as taught by Yogi Bhajan)…

You’ll usually find a Kundalini Yoga instructor dressed all in white (including a head covering) and they will direct the class but won’t single you out, or move around the room and adjust you into a posture. During class you are encouraged to work with your body’s uniqueness, and make the postures your own, closing your eyes when you’re comfortable with the exercise, and turning your awareness and attention into your body.

For more information about attending a class, see my blog – Kundalini Yoga Practice Guidelines here

I do have some props (mats and blankets) available, but I recommend you bring your own – so they can soak up your ‘yoga vibes’.

What to bring:

  • Yoga mat
  • Blanket for relaxation
  • Cushion for meditation/sitting if you wish (chairs are provided for chair yoga)
  • Water bottle
  • An open mind and willingness to give it a go – even when it seems a bit kooky 🙂

I also have a small range of books and equipment available for purchase – credit/debit cards and cash accepted.

Other Mardi MAY sessions include Mindful Movement and Meditation Groups – for more info visit www.mardimay.com.au/attend

Thanks for your interest!

In gratitude,

Mardi

Questions? Here’s the logistics…

Where do I find you, and where should I park?

Moana 

UPSTAIRS Moana Hall – please make your way to the side of the building and up the stairs. A bathroom and tap water are available at this venue. Plenty of free parking is available – at the side beside the stairs, and a larger park can be found at the beach side exit of the roundabout

Woodcroft

Head into Woodcroft Morphett Vale Neighbourhood/ Community Centre and follow the signage down the back of the building to room 4. Reception is available at the front of the building if directions are needed. A bathroom and filtered tap water are available at this venue. If you are new please allow a little extra time to find your way. Plenty of free parking is available both in front of the community centre, and in and around the shopping centre next door. Please allow a little extra time at peak lunchtimes to find a park and make it to class on time.

Do I need to pre-book?

No, you do not need to pre-pay, however make sure you check the calendar at the top of the page to ensure the class is on. Then you can simply arrive 5-10mins early to your first visit so I can get you registered. Cash is preferred or credit/debit card payments are available.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferable?

Yes, you can transfer your ticket/pass to someone else, just let me know. Class passes can also be used by multiple family members/partners.

See below for FAQ’s about Kundalini Yoga….

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In Mardi’s Kundalini Yoga sessions she will be dressed all in white, and have her head covered.

This is the ‘uniform’ of a Kundalini Yoga instructor

WHAT IS KUNDALINI YOGA?2018-03-31T23:54:13+10:30

Kundalini Yoga, also referred to as the yoga of awareness, was brought to the West back in the late 60’s by Yogi Bhajan. It is a comprehensive collection of yoga technology that includes posture, breath, mantra and meditation to safely stimulate our Kundalini energy for greater health and wellbeing.

HOW IS KUNDALINI YOGA PRACTICED?2018-08-21T11:06:21+09:30

There are many ways to practice Kundalini yoga – and generally a typical class will include ‘tuning in’ with the Adi Mantra chant (Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo) followed by some breath practice, a ‘kriya’ (which is like a prescribed set of body postures and exercises), deep relaxation, and meditation, ending with a projected healing meditation (May the longtime sun – song).

You’ll usually find a Kundalini Yoga instructor dressed all in white (including a head covering) and they will direct the class but won’t single you out, or move around the room and adjust you into a posture. During class you are encouraged to work with your body’s uniqueness, and make the postures your own, closing your eyes when you’re comfortable with the exercise, and turning your awareness and attention into your body.

For more information about attending a class, see my blog – Kundalini Yoga Practice Guidelines here

DO I HAVE TO HAVE EXPERIENCE IN YOGA?2018-03-31T23:55:25+10:30

Not at all. Most of Mardi MAY’s classes are designed with beginners in mind. First time and experienced yogi’s are welcome to attend. Some classes are gentle relaxation classes (great for people that have some minor physical restrictions), while some are a bit more physical to increase your energy. Mardi MAY also offers chair yoga some weeks – for those that struggle getting down on the floor and sitting cross legged. Chairs are also there if you’d prefer to meditate on a chair. Please see class calendar below for more info.

DO I HAVE TO GO EVERY WEEK?2018-03-31T23:55:49+10:30

No you can attend whenever you like when classes are offered. However, it’s great motivation and learning to attend weekly group yoga sessions. There is also a great sharing of energy when doing yoga in a group, rather than home alone. It’s also great for expanding your flexibility – and decreasing stress.

HOW LONG ARE THE SESSIONS & HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?2018-04-01T01:03:22+10:30

Depending on venue sessions go for approximately 50-75 mins and prices vary depending on venue costs, differing programs, and overheads but range from $ contributions for community classes to $15/$10 conc. See class links for more info and specific costs.

Concession and class passes are available. And if you are struggling financially please come and see me so we can work something out.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?2018-03-31T23:59:56+10:30

I do have some props (mats and blankets) available, but I recommend you bring your own – so they can soak up your ‘yoga vibes’. Bring your yoga mat, blanket for relaxation, cushion for meditation if you wish, and some water. You should also take payment, an open mind, and willingness to give it a go – even when it seems a bit kooky :).