Hello, my name is Michelle Henderson and I teach Kundalini yoga classes at the Alma Vale Centre.
I have been practising yoga regularly since 2006 and have found Kundalini yoga transformative physically, mentally and spiritually which is why I have trained as a teacher. It’s often referred to as the ‘Yoga of Awareness’ as it brings us into a natural state of union with that which is greater than ourselves and harnesses life force energy for peacefulness, balance and growth.
I’m also a postgraduate reader in Neuroscience, completing a Master of Science in Neuroscience and Psychology for Mental Health with King’s College London with a research focus on the benefits of yoga and meditation for wellbeing. I therefore infuse my classes with current findings from neuroscience and related research for the benefit of students whilst also enabling them to experience kundalini yoga for themselves and simply enjoy the class.
These classes are for complete beginners as well as those who are more experienced – everyone is welcome.
In addition to my classes, I periodically run specific programs for small groups on kundalini yoga and meditation for anxiety, post-traumatic stress, insomnia and depression.
If you would like to try kundalini yoga or one of my programs, you can either drop into a class or contact me if you have any questions.
Kundalini Yoga Classes
at the Alma Vale Centre
1st Thursday every month
7:30pm to 9:00pm
£9 per class / £40 for pass of 5 / Available on Move GB
Contact Michelle direct on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07954 187 442 for further information regarding the classes.
What is Kundalini Yoga really about?
Aside from improving the physical body and health, yoga is ultimately a path of positive transformation involving both a philosophy and a practice designed to help you learn who you really are and along the way replacing negativity with loving kindness.
The most ancient text we have describing yoga is Patanjali’s literary masterpiece Yoga Sutras written between 500 BC and 200 AD. This book defines yoga as the calming down of all the noise and busy-ness in consciousness and literally calming down the mind, body and heart for the welfare and wellbeing of humankind.
Patanjali does not focus primarily on the yoga postures (asanas) even though they are an important part of yoga and indeed kundalini yoga. Instead Putanjali recognised 8 powerful aspects, or ‘limbs’, of yoga. Together, these 8 ‘limbs’ comprise a complete practice to refine and awaken bodily, mind and heart intelligence and health.
Kundalini Yoga ultimately works with all 8 Limbs and can sometimes be called the ‘Mother of all Yogas’. Each kundalini yoga class uses yoga postures (asanas), breath work (pranayama), sound (naad), chanting (mantra and bhakti), hand postures (mudras), gentle eye concentration (tratakum), meditation and prayer for a complete approach to yoga.
Kundalini Yoga can also be referred to as the ‘Yoga of Awareness’, as true to the origins of all yoga as a philosophy and practice designed to teach us who we are, it calms the mind and heart to cultivate a natural union with one’s innate ‘Light of Awareness’. Yoga in its broadest sense includes a belief in a permanent, Divine inner light of awareness within a world that is constantly changing and increasingly pressured. A personal union between yourself and a greater One connects you to inner wisdom and is the meaning of yoga. It is not a religion and does not ascribe to any one faith. Sat Nam is a mantra often used in Kundalini Yoga and translates as Truth is My Identity. This is a biij or seed mantra in Kundalini Yoga which means that it is a meditative seed which will sprout and grow with ongoing practice.