How can Kundalini Yoga help you lose weight?
Kundalini Yoga is one of the most powerful yoga styles. It comprises poses, coordination of breath and movement, and meditation. This style of yoga strengthens your muscles and spine, trains your mind and helps to eliminate negative feelings. Kundalini Yoga is great for weight loss and body fitness.
Nirvair Singh Khalsa teaches classes in Kundalini Yoga at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He serves on the Board of Directors of the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association . He is the author of fourteen videos and four books on Kundalini Yoga. Nirvair Singh was kind enough to answer our questions on Kundalini Yoga and its benefits for weight loss.
What are the main principles of Kundalini Yoga?
The main principle of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is overall balance. Physical health, mental well-being and happiness, and a clear spiritual experience of inner self or soul is cultivated.
How this type of yoga differs from other yoga styles?
Kundalini Yoga is practiced in kriya form. The exercise sets and meditations have a specific order for a calibrated effect. Yogi Bhajan taught over 7000 kriyas, so there is a huge variety. Some are very simple and easy and some are very challenging.
How does Kundalini Yoga help to lose weight?
Kundalini Yoga helps a person lose weight and stabilize her weight by bringing the entire being into balance and helping a person develop self-awareness and positive habit patterns.
What is the best way to get started, especially if a person is out of shape? Are there any special recommendations for overweight people?
Start with a simple beginning Kundalini Yoga kriya and walk every day. Having a certified instructor is best, although practicing on DVD is a great way to start.
What should a person eat/drink before class?
Practice on an empty stomach. Drinking water after a class and through out the day is recommended.
How many times a week should a person do yoga and for how long?
The best benefits come with daily practice, but your will get results with even two sessions a week.
How long does it take to see results?
Relaxation and a feeling of healthy well-being happen immediately. If there are life style changes, walking and daily practice of Kundalini Yoga for Weight Loss, 90 days can see substantial results.
What physical, mental and emotional changes happen when a person starts Kundalini Yoga practice?
You feel better, more relaxed and you have a sense of self control and increased awareness.