Upcoming Yoga classes I teach in Monroeville and Highland Park are posted on MeetUp.com under my Kundalini Yoga name: Satyajeet Singh.
In Monroeville, I teach adult Kundalini Yoga classes at the Wholistic Awareness Center, housed on Cedars of Monroeville campus. All classes are open to the public.
The typical class sequence is described below.
For kids, there will be a discussion of the rules for behavior and we will recite affirmations. Rules emphasized for kids are for each child to keep her or his energy on his or her own mat. Children are not to talk unless invited to talk. An example of an affirmation is: "I believe in myself, and I will do my best." In school settings, where a component of citizenship is being taught, I will utilize and adapt the citizenship teaching to my class.
There are safety rules for adults and for kids. Never make any movement which causes pain. Be gentle with your body and do not strain yourself.
For adults, the theme of the class will be described because each class involves a different set of exercises and a different Meditation. There are exercises for immunity, or for the adrenals and kidneys, or for the heart center, or for developing intuition, or for shieldng negativity.
For kids and adults alike, we take some breaths and chant a short mantra in Sankrit three times, which means that we call upon our inner teacher and infinite wisdom to guide us. We will feel the vibrations of our own sound helping us become inwardly aware.
For kids and adults we warm up with breathing and gentle exercises for the major muscle groups. For kids, especially the younger ones, the warm ups may mimic animals, or tasks, e.g., “an elephant walking” or “mixing batter” or "riding a camel". For middle school children through adults, the warm ups may be a number of energetic Kundalini style exercises.
After we are warm, we will do a sequence of exercises connected to a theme. For kids, the theme may be an adventure into the cowgirl, cowboy and Indian era of the American west, or, being on a farm, or going on a trip through the desert or a forest, etc. For adults the theme is based on the selection of the exercises, which may open our hearts, strengthen our immune systems, or work on our abilities to project or protect ourselves. Breathing techniques are always a component of exercises or poses.
For kids, there may be fun pairs or group activities where the children work together. For pairs work, girls work with girls and boys work with boys. Sometimes we will form a circle of everyone to do a balancing pose, or we may perform movements of a flower opening or closing. Touching will be either the hands of one child to the hands or wrists of another child by grasping or pushing, or the soles of the feet push against one another.
Following asana and pranayama, deep relaxation integrates the energetic work, and includes playing the Gong. Meditation follows deep relaxation. For kids, there may be guided imagery during deep relaxation. For kids, the meditations will involve chanting a sound or series of sounds. For adults, the meditation may be silent or with a chanted mantra. The run time for young kids doing meditation is 3 minutes. For adults, the run time is typically 11 minutes.
Kundalini yoga classes end with a tradition adopted by Yogi Bhajan, which is chanting an Irish tune known as the Sunshine Song. For kids, there are hand and arm movements which go with the verses. The Sunshine song words are: "May the long time sun shine upon you, All love surround you, And the pure light within you, Guide your way on."