Wednesdays at 7pm on selected dates

Louise Luiggi of Immortelle Yoga runs 75-minute Kundalini Yoga classes at Balance on Wednesdays. You can find our current courses in the online shop of our sister site, Pilates by Philippa, or please get in touch.

Kundalini Yoga is quite different to other forms of Yoga you may have tried.

This is the King of yoga. A yoga of Awareness. It is a dynamic, powerful tool for expanding awareness; effective and transformative because it is holistic, working on your body, mind and spirit.

You'll benefit from Asana (postures), Pranayama (breathing), Meditation and Mantra. You do not need to be flexible or an experienced yogi to enjoy the benefits of Kundalini Yoga. It is a practice for everyone, or for anyone who wants to be happy!

I like to describe it as a tuning, cleansing and shaking up of the body, mind and spirit, taking you out of your steady, heavy first gear and straight into your full potential – flying high in your shiny, polished vehicle of a body.

Like all yoga, it is about moving energy, lifeforce or prana, within your body. However, Kundalini Yoga is specifically designed to awaken the dormant energy that lies at the base of the spine. This is like releasing your creative potential, your destiny, allowing you to fly!

The format of a Kundalini class is different to the popular Hatha yoga classes. There is a physical component in the form of a Kriya – this is a sequence of postures with a predictable specific effect. The movements are often repetitive and can be challenging (mainly for the mind, which frequently questions what you are doing and insists you should stop!)

There is always a relaxation within the class, a vital requirement to allow the effects of the Kriya to be integrated within the body, and to teach you how to stop and listen.

Mastering the mind is one of the aims of Kundalini Yoga (or any yoga) so you can be in control of your thoughts and feelings, rather than your mind and emotions taking control of you. Various meditation techniques are used, some including mantra (use of sound, “magic words”!)

Kundalini Yoga is a spiritual practice (like all yoga), but you do not need faith or belief to practice. In fact, doing is believing!

Approach it with respect, with reverence and openness and it will help you achieve your personal best