Overview

This 10 days kundalini yoga course in Rishikesh is one of basic spiritual science of yoga which gives an insight of enormous potential of your divine energy. This divine energy is intrinsic by nature and stay in the form of kundalini at base chakra. The divine energy moves in your chakras and nadis, which are like wires and switches connected to each other.

The course is intended to purify your subtle form of energy channels (nadis & chakras). There are seven chakras in your body which are inter-connected to each other. These are pathway to kundalini’s ascending after chakras get purified. The major three nadis—ida, pingala and sushmana help you to reach that meditative state where time loses its essence.

The basic kundalini yoga focuses on purification of nadis/chakras and unexplored dimension of awareness. It prepares you physically/mentally/psychologically for the advanced kundalini yoga course. Hatha yoga is opening path to kundalini yoga. The basic chakra-stirring asanas in combination with yogic gesture balances your energy levels.

Preparation for kundalini yoga technique

  • Physical balance for classical asanas
  • Balanced breathing from both nostrils
  • Knowing ratio of inhalation/exhalation/retention
  • Developing power of long sitting
  • Visualizing your subtle chakras

Course Curriculum

The 10 days kundalini yoga course is amalgamation of practical and theoretical techniques to ensure complete inner purification of vortex of energy. The former is most vital and devoted to six hours. The theoretical portion will be of two hours daily.

Practical Training

  • Extending awareness through yogaasanas
  • Controlled breath for inner purification
  • Controlling mind by focus & concentration
  • Enhancing awareness level by finger movements
  • Inner focussing on all chakras
  • Mantra for inciting chakra vibration

Theoretical Aspects

  • Awakening of dormant serpent energy
  • Seven chakras and ascending of kundalini
  • Vortex of energy and it’s connection with chakras
  • Subtle life force for kundalini
  • Preparing mind and body for stirring kundalini
  • Choicest meals for yogic practice

Techniques

The preliminary kundalini yoga is 10 days long course practiced in backdrop of strong spiritual surroundings of Rishikesh under the supervision of guru. What you taught in theoretical session will be in balance with practical session. Every day will be learning day with new experiences & new feelings with gradual purification in subtle channels of energy.

  • Asanas for physical stability
  • Purifying nadis through breathing
  • Purification of seven chakras
  • Mantras chanting for inner purification

Classical Yoga Kriya

It is traditional techniques which involves specific asana of hatha yoga where you learn stability and also open the passage for the flow of energy. It prepare for expanding your consciousness from outer to inward.

  • One-hour yogic poses
  • Standing & relaxing asanas
  • Stability & stamina of body
  • Meditative sitting asanas
  • Sustain mind-body bond

Pranic Kriya

Infuse your pranic body with different levels of yogic breathing to understand your inherent potential. Bringing divine rhythm in your incoming and outgoing breath will stir the seven sheaths of your existence. You will go through mystic experience of inner stirring.

  • Removing nasal blockages
  • Rhythmic yogic breathing
  • Purification of mind/thought
  • Develop inner & outer retention
  • Balancing slow & fast breathing

Intense Concentration

You will start with simple focussing your mind on any external or internal object/subject. The world will drop from your mind. The five senses start shrinking as you delve deeper in kundalini sadhna (penance). The mind drifts towards your inherent energy of infinite possibility. There will be no dual thoughts or fluctuation in mind.

  • Controlling your wandering mind by awareness
  • You become aware of your thoughts & actions
  • Detach yourself from mundane life
  • Liberate yourself from the limitations of mind & body
  • Be a spectator of your own thoughts & actions

Gesture & Locking Energy

These are traditional technique in kundalini yoga. The guidance of guru is must to lock the spiritual energy from leaking or wasting or directing towards inner awakening. It redirect all the energy for stirring the kundalinin shakti at its base chakra.

  • Expressive yogic gesture
  • Locking powerful energy
  • Develops awareness of prana
  • During pran kriya, balance of subtle energy
  • Mudras & bandhas connection with chakras

Meditating on Chakra

This meditation is done with chanting of seed mantras for each location of seven chakras. You have to visualize colour and meditate on colourful petals for each chakra.

  • Understanding symbol of chakra
  • Chakra purification process
  • Be aware to each chakra
  • Feeling its existence in subtle body
  • Removing blockages in chakras

Kundalini Yoga

This is one and half hour kundalini yoga with traditional yogic techniques. With the blessings and guidance of guru, you will go simultaneous activation of seven chakras. The connection between awareness & consciousness will be strengthened to deeper level.

  • Balancing your level of energies
  • Purification of internal body
  • Burnika, charnika & tendon (tadan) kriya
  • Removing negativity for positive transformation
  • A positive aura will develop

Theoretical Portion

Like pure science which works on logic & proof, the science of kundalini yoga relies on personal belief and your commitment. You have to transcend your mind, body and five senses to understand your kundalini shakti. It is traditional yoga passed on from generation to generation orally from guru to disciples (via speaking & listening).

Kundalini Yoga: Concept & Theory

  • What is kundalini?
  • Interconnections between chakras & nadis
  • Vital force & chakras
  • Third eye or intuition in kundalini
  • Understanding subtle & gross existence
  • Role of guru in kundalini kriya

Time & Diet

  • Right time for yogic action
  • Duration for chakra meditation
  • What to eat & what to avoid
  • Attuning with new location/time zone

Daily Regimen

The ten days of kundalini yoga course will be eight hours of practice daily. You have to self-practice under the guidance of guru which start early in the morning and run till evening. You have to adhere to strict rules and regulations designed by Spirit Yoga Foundation for every kundalini yoga students. Diet will be light and vegetarian.

  • Wake-up
  • Herbal tea
  • Kundalini kriya & chakra meditation (with seed mantras)
  • Breakfast
  • Kundalini yoga philosophy
  • Advanced level pranayama & meditation
  • Lunch
  • Rest
  • Kundalini kriya with yogic gesture
  • Chakra meditation
  • Silence meditation with seed mantra
  • Dinner

Note: The daily schedule is subject to change. The exact daily schedule will be handed to you on the first day of your arrival.

Student Requirements

The Spirit Yoga Foundation has set standard rules & regulations to maintain decorum and dignity which all students are expected to follow strictly.

These requirements are as follows:

Program Requirements

  • Mental & physical fitness is mandatory for all students
  • Basic knowledge of English is desirable
  • Drugs/alcohols/cigarettes are prohibited
  • Regular attendance is enviable
  • Wear yoga dress in all yoga classes

Study Requirements

  • Strictly follow the designed syllabus
  • Follow the scheduled time
  • Must stay in center during course
  • Maintain a distance from teachers
  • Each students must have his/her own health insurance
  • Outing is not allowed during duration of the course
  • Contact manager if any query or demand

Meals

  • Only vegetarian food
  • No demand of extra food

Accommodation

Our center is in sylvan surroundings of nature on the outskirts of Rishikesh. It is far away from the hustle-bustle from the crowded town. The murmuring rivulet with glory of mountain and vast greenery make it an ideal place for practicing yoga & meditation. The fresh mountain breeze is soul-stirring and refreshes your mind and body.

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Program Fee

  • Triple sharing room : 700 $ USD (per person for 10 days course)

  • Double sharing : 1000 $ USD (per person for 10 days course)

Fees Includes

  • Food, lodging & yoga learning
  • Spacious room with AC facility
  • Three yoga dresses, a yoga mat, neti-lota & beads
  • Pick & drop facility from airport

Complimentary

  • Trekking in nearby mountain village
  • Yoga & meditation in bank of Ganga
  • Spiritual musical concert (weekend)
  • Live music meditation

Testimonials

Sanjay Thapliyal

USA

The total experience of practicing basic kundalini yoga left a permanent impression in my mind. I participated in the month of January in 2017 at Spirit Yoga Foundation’s yoga center. I still remember a chilly cold morning when I begun the practical session. My body was perspiring with sweat at the end of 45 minutes practice of bhastrika pranayam. I also went through practical training of nadi shodhan pranayama for inner purification.

Professor Shubash Dhulia

New Delhi, India

Meditating on chakra is basic ingredient of basic kundalini yoga course, which I understood at yoga center of SYF. Chanting of seed mantras helps in the activation of chakras (vortex of energy). Their meditation room is classical combination of traditional values & modernity---sandwiched between facing mountains. The morning songs of mountain birds capture your imagination and helps in better focus on mind for concentration.

Tigmanshu, Film Director

Bollywood, India

I read & heard a lot about kundalini while working for a lifestyle magazine in London. I was eager to experience my own feminine-cum-serpentine power lying unattended in lowest chakra. I was little hesitating to start basic kundalini yoga course from India, the birthplace of yoga. In a rage of excitement, I joined SYF for learning basic kundalini yoga course. While meditating in dark room, I went through mystical out of body experience. I felt as I was floating in the air, just as balloon fly in the sky defying the Newton’s gravitational force.

FAQ

Every human being is gifted with cosmic energy in hidden form. Due to worldly illusion, you never understand your divine form of energy. It remained untapped at base chakra near origin of spinal cord. Kundalini starts with purification of subtle channels of energy by yogic breathing (pranayama). When you stir the sleeping feminine power, it paves the way for inner purification.

It is complete internal yogic action. Mastery over any one asana is must, as yoga practitioner has to sit for long hours in silent & secluded spot. You need high level of attention and concentration to meditate on chakras. Guru plays a crucial role in the stirring of kundalini. Nearly 80 percent you have to practice on your own, and rest rely on the transformation of energy from guru to disciple.

It starts with few asana series which helps in stirring kundalini and also in purification of subtle channels of energy. Then, purification of nadis and prana control is done through pranayama. The ratio of inhalation, exhalation & retention is also balanced through yogic breathing. Gesture (mudra) and locking of energy (bandhas) are other important elements of kundalini yoga. It ends with chanting of seed mantra, silence meditation & kundalini kriya.

  • Non-smoking during entire practice session
  • Vegetarian food (no spicy or heat producing meal)
  • Light cotton clothes & sanitation
  • Healthy body with no injury (No cold/cough)
  • No sex allowed during entire yoga session

Prana is subtle expression of supreme consciousness. In kundalini yoga, it is the vehicle or the medium for carrying consciousness. It is the symbol of kundalini power in human body. The existence of all life is owed to prana. When prana flows in all subtle parts of the body, you have actual experience of kundalini stirring at base chakra.

Chakra is wheel of psychic centers in subtle body which is total seven in number. It is bundle of pranic energy which controls the circulation of prana in the entire body. Kundalini lies in dormant state in the base chakra which is also known as mooladhara chakra. As kundalini ascends and reach at the top chakra (sahasrara chakra), the real expression of kundalini yoga start.

Hatha yoga is the stepping-stone to reach higher yoga or kundalini yoga. It elevate to the new level of consciousness after transcending the worldly consciousness. The components of hatha yoga are:

  • Satkarma: Six yogic purification for entire body
  • Asana: Brings stability in your body by stirring channels of energy
  • Pranayama: Purifies the nadis and promote the flow of prana shakti
  • Bandha: Blocking & conserving energy for practicing kundalini yoga
  • Mudra: Yogic gestures for awakening of chakras & kundalini
  • Samadhi: Meditation for long period of time

The best time is winter months when temperature dips down. Kundalini yoga is not preferable when the temperature is above 35 degree Celsius. That’s the reason why yogis move to cool Himalayan region for the practice of kundalini yoga.

There are seven chakras in subtle body:

  1. Mooladhara chakra: At the base of spine, deep dark red with four petals
  2. Svadhistana chakra: At the base of reproductive organ with pure-red lotus with 6 petals
  3. Manipura Chakra: At navel along spine, bright yellow lotus with 10 petals
  4. Anahata Chakra: At heart along spine, deep red lotus with 15 petals
  5. Vishuddhi chakra: Behind throat pit along spine, pure blue lotus with 16 petals
  6. Ajna chakra: In the centre of brain behind eyebrows, pure white lotus with 2 petals
  7. Sahasrara: In the crown of head , all color merge with thousand petals

Ida: It represents moon & control mental power
Pingala: It represents sun & control physical energy
Sushmana: It is major nadi & lie in center of spine
Vajrini: It signify the royal splendor
Chitrani: It represents sattvic (pure) nature