Why do we tune in before starting a Yoga class?
Different types of Yoga may use different types of mantras at the beginning of the class, but the goal it’s the same.
The mantra has a meaning, but the real goal is to open the space for that class as a reminder of our connection between our physical bodies and our infinite self.
It’s like changing the channels of the TV to see another channel. Tuning-in changes the channels of your attention. It makes you conscious of that moment.
What is the best type of yoga for me?
All Yoga types have the same goal, which is to raise the Kundalini energy up through the spine. As the Kundalini energy raises up crosses the Chakras. Each Chakra makes you feel different emotions. I.e.- Root Chakra- grounded, security, survival; Heart Chakra- pure love, kindness, compassion, etc. I have to say that all Chakras are needed, and no one is no superior to another one. But as the Kundalini rises up to the higher Chakras you start to feel more elevated states of being.
Each type of Yoga has a particular method to raise the Kundalini energy. Same styles use more energetic and fast flow than others like Asthanga Yoga, or Power Yoga, others hold positions for longer periods of time, like Tantra Yoga, or Kundalini Yoga. Others use a slower version of practice the Asanas, like Hatha Yoga. Others only use the repetition of sounds (mantras), like Laya Yoga. Others use pure breathing techniques (pranayama). Others use pure meditation. Others use heat, like Bikram Yoga.
There is no doubt there are many different types of Yoga. The best bet is to try a few different types and see which one suits your needs best.
I personally started with Asthanga Yoga. I always loved a good work out, and the challenge in the most advance positions. For a few years I practice it with amazing results. I even become an Asthanga Yoga teacher. I loved it!
But after a few years I started to miss something. My practice was great, my flexibility too, but I was missing the spiritual side of it.
Then, Kundalini Yoga found me. Every class is different; it works with pranayama (breath control) techniques, a yoga set (asanas), a meditation, and relaxation in the same class. In one hour you feel great, and you can do it every day without being physically exhausted. I also become a Kundalini Yoga teacher.
And I truly can say I found the spiritual connection I was missing. I believe that at the beginning I really need and like more Asthanga Yoga, and provably wouldn’t like Kundalini so much. At that time I was looking for a vigorous practice, physically challenge, and as the time passed I needed to fill up another part of my being.
Through the years I tried almost all the different types of Yoga, and I like them all, some more than others. Here and there I like to try different types than the ones I regularly practice. It keeps me fresh.
I believe the best type of Yoga for you it’s directly related with where are you at that particular time in your life.
Mantra to find lost things.Guru Amar Guru Siri Sat
Kalijug Rakhee Pat
Raj Jog Takhat Dheean
Guru Ram Das
Ardas Bhaee Amar Das Guru
Amar Das Guru Ardas Bhaee
Ram Das Guru Ram Das Guru Ram Das Guru