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I am happy to share this via  guest blogger today, over to you Sarah….

Hi! My name is Sarah March, and I have been teaching kundalini and hatha yoga in Rochester for 15 years. I teach 3 classes a week, Tues 7-8pm at 37 Haig Ave, Rochester ME1 2RZ, Wedsnesday 7-8pm at George Vaults, 35 Rochester High Street, ME1 1LN. Also, I run yoga day retreats and hen days in Canterbury.

What is yoga, its purpose and benefits?

yoga detoxThe Sanskrit word yoga has the literal meaning of “yoke”, from a root yuj meaning ‘to join’, ‘to unite’, or ‘to attach’. As a term for a system of abstract meditation or mental abstraction it was introduced by Patañjali in the 2nd century BC. Yoga is all about expanding freedom through the cultivation of skillful action. It offers many physical

benefits, such as improving our circulation, lung capacity, balance, etc., the practice can also improve our clarity of mind, enable us to find stillness, and even increase our capacities to listen and love. In yoga, we feel more alive, more free, more at ease, more aware, and that we are part of something greater. We have increased compassion, for ourselves as well as others.

What is Kundalini yoga and the Kundalini energy?

Kundalini Yoga is an ancient art and science dealing with the alteration and expansion of consciousness, the awakening and raising of Kundalini Energy up the spine through energy centers called Chakras, activating them. This is accomplished by the mixing and uniting of Prana (cosmic energy) with Apana (eliminating energy) which generates pressure to force Kundalini to rise, by means of Pranayama (breathing exercises), Bhandas (body locks), in Kriyas (exercise sets), using Asanas (postures), Mudras (gestures), and Mantras (chanted words).

How does kundalini yoga differ from other types of yoga?

Kundalini differs from other types of yoga in how it affects you mentally. A big goal of Kundalini yoga is waking up your inner self, particularly your creative side. Another aim is to mentally open you up enough to permit universal energy to enter you. There’s a greater importance placed on meditation and mantras. Kundalini yoga has always been a type of yoga that was intended for regular people, not monks, leaders or other privileged groups.

Come along and try a kundalini lesson in Rochester this week, it will transform your life.

Contact sarahyoga@hotmail.co.uk or 07968297262 to book, and visit www.kentyogaworks.co.uk for more information.