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The Yoga of Awareness

Aug 30, 2016 11:03PM

Spotlight on Raj Yoga Center

by Sam Hudgins
Raj Yoga Center opened as a community owned nonprofit in 1975 with one focus—to teach and share Kundalini yoga. Known as the “yoga of awareness”, Kundalini yoga offers innumerable physical, spiritual and mental benefits, and can be practiced by all ages and abilities.

Some of the rewards Kundalini offers include increased flexibility, stress management, body and mind awareness, healing, aura expansion, strengthening the spirit, and uplifting the mood. Kundalini is being explored in memory research (see Kundalini-Yoga-Info.com/Alzheimers-And-Kundalini-Yoga.html) as it activates different parts of the brain, as well as in the expanding field of sleep research. For more information on this research, see en.Wikipedia.org/Wiki/Sat_Bir_Singh_Khalsa.

The Center offers six main Kundalini classes including a beginner class and has expanded their classes with offerings in Vinyasa flow yoga, as well as a children’s yoga class. For those who are unable to sit on the floor during class, chairs and alternative instructions are offered, and center director Gurumata Khalsa is even exploring the possibility of a class taught solely using chairs.

Each class begins with stretching and consists of cleansing breathing techniques, chanting and an exercise set to remove blockages in the body’s chakras. Each exercise set always ends in a deep relaxation. “Deep relaxation is important because some people never get to relax. You can get more out of it than the sleep you do at night,” points out Gurumata.

Every class closes with a different meditation, such as meditation for self-love, meditation for prosperity or meditation for the removal of fear. “Kundalini has so many meditations, there is no way to list every aspect,” praises Gurumata. Before students are sent home, they are offered a cup of yogi tea, a noncaffeinated blend similar to chai known for helping both the immune and nervous system.

The majority of Raj Yoga Center’s teachers—including Gurumata—have studied directly under Yogi Bhajan, the Kundalini yoga master who popularized Kundalini in the United States by being the first to openly teach it in the West. Yogi Bhajan also created the Yogi Tea blend the center serves.

Raj Yoga Center’s main goal is to share the power of Kundalini with as many as possible. To help achieve this goal, the center is offering a new student special: two weeks of unlimited classes for just $20 and 20 percent off their next package purchased. Packages are sold both by the month and by the class. They also to hope to increase the number of Kundalini teachers and will be offering certification courses in March.

The center spreads its love and respect for yoga by opening its doors to volunteers, guest teachers, workshops and concerts. This Fall, these events will include a spiritual concert by the renowned Guru Ganesha and his band on September 30, and a workshop on finding strength when facing cancer, taught by a cancer survivor on October 29. A highlight in October (October 22nd) will be the White Tantric Yoga workshop, a yoga that breaks through subconscious blocks in the shortest period of time, for a more enjoyable life.

Location. 22821 Silverbrook Center Dr., Ste. 160, 2nd Floor, Sterling, VA. For a full list of events and classes, go to RajYoga.org, and for updates on classes, specials and Kundalini research, follow them on Facebook.

 

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