Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I sign up for classes?
For your first class you can choose to pay $7.00, or you can take advantage of the New Student Special in which you can get 5 classes for $25.00, valid for one month.  After that you may either pay the drop in rate of $12.00 ($10.00 if you're currently a college student) or purchase a class package to save a little money per class.  See the prices page for more details.

Why did you switch to having class packages and how do they work?
For about the first year I taught here in Bellingham, I had students just pay class by class. But what I noticed was that though it was convenient for some, for most it was annoying to have to deal with money each class. Also, I know for myself that when I have to pay for classes ahead of time, it motivates me to attend more frequently. In this system, you have an option of saving a few dollars per class by purchasing a class package. There are three to choose from: a 5 class, 10 class, or 16 class pass. Using a 5 class pass as an example: purchase this pass for $55 ($40 if you're a college student) and use it for any 5 classes that you'd like- just be sure you use it by the end of three months time. This is basically a commitment by you to attend 5 classes in a three month time period. You may use the package for any regular ongoing classes that you wish. Just remember that it will expire in three months, although in the event of an injury or special situation, let Ruby know as she may be able to work something out for you.  It is also now possible to share a package with a close friend or partner, or family member for your convenience.

How much is the first class?
The first class is only $7.00. After that you may pay the drop-in rate of $12.00 ($10.00 if you're currently a college student) per class or purchase a class package to save a little money per class. New students, please enjoy the New Student Special: Purchase any class package on your first visit and you will receive one class free! See the prices page for more details. Bring your checkbook or cash as credit or debit cards are not accepted at this time. However, you could purchase your class/class package through Pay Pal via the website.

I have never practiced yoga before and am not sure which class to start with. What do you suggest?
Start by reading through the class descriptions on this website and verify class times that work with your schedule. The Class descriptions paint a pretty good picture of what you can expect in each class. Keep in mind you may need to try a few classes to see what feels best for you. Most of the classes are beginner friendly, though I would most recommend either the Gentle Flow or the Wednesday Mixed Levels Vinyasa Flow class if you have limited yoga experience. The Kundalini based classes are also beginner friendly if you are comfortable with such things as chanting and meditating. There are no restrictions in these classes...you may attend any that sound appropriate for you. And, please feel free to email me at kokoroyoga@gmail.com or call me at 360-447-8778 and I'd be happy to direct you to a class that best suits your needs.

It's my first time...what should I wear?
Wear something comfortable that allows you to move freely. Stay away from bulky clothing and things that are restrictive. Many people wear workout type clothing just as you would wear to the gym. There are no shoes worn in the studio and yoga is practiced in bare feet, so wear easy on/off shoes to be removed before entering the space.

What should I bring?
Please bring a water bottle (there are cups if you forget your water bottle). Filtered water is available for use. For the more vigorous classes such as the Vinyasa classes, you may want to bring a small towel.

I forgot my mat, or I do not own one...do you have them for loan?
Yes, I have mats that you may borrow. People wipe them with a special disinfecting cleaning solution after each use, so the one you borrow should be nice and clean. Props such as blocks, blankets and straps are available if needed as well.

Is it OK if I have to leave class a little early?
Yes, of course, but if you are leaving early, you might want to set up your mat closer to the stairway for easy exit. It's fine to leave any props you've used out and Ruby will put them away for you. It is recommended you take child's pose or lay down a few minutes before you need to leave so you can give yourself at least a short shavasana (final relaxation). Then leave as quietly as possible. Tea and occasionally snacks are sometimes offered after class so please feel free either to hang out after class and enjoy or leave right as class ends, it's up to you.

I would like to purchase a Gift Certificate for a friend or loved one. How do I go about doing that?
5 and 10 class Gift Certificates are available at $5 off: 5 Classes ($50), 10 classes ($95). Ask Ruby after class or call for more info.

 

FAQs specific to Kundalini Yoga:

How is Kundalini Yoga different from other types of Yoga?
Kundalini Yoga contains the elements of all forms of Yoga. It includes physical postures and movements (asana), meditation, breath-work (pranayama), and chanting (mantra). Kundalini Yoga is taught in prescribed sets of exercises (kriyas) and is taught in its pure and complete form. Kundalini Yoga is a physical practice but it also encompasses a meditative focus that makes it good for stress relief and emotional balancing- in addition to the physical benefits.

What can I expect in a Kundalini Yoga class?
Each Kundalini Yoga class follows a similar structure designed for optimal results physically, mentally, and emotionally. All Kundalini classes begin with a time for centering. The teacher leads the class in 2 mantras, the first being the Adi Mantra: Ong Namo, Guru Dayv Namo which means, "I call upon my own inner guidance, the divine wisdom within me". The next is the Mangala Charn mantra:
“Aad Guray Nameh, Jugaad Guray Nameh, Sat Guray Nameh, Siri Guroo Dayvay Nameh” which means:I bow to the primal Guru, I bow to the truth that has existed throughout the ages, I bow to True Wisdom, I bow to the Great Divine Wisdom.  It is a very protective mantra that also helps to free one from self doubt.  Students may chant or listen, as they like. The class then is lead in 10-20 minutes of warm-up exercises, sometimes including aspects of hatha yoga such as sun salutations or other various postures which prepare the body for the yoga sets (kriyas) that follow.

After the warm-ups, yoga sets (kriyas) are begun. Each yoga set involves physical postures (asana), breath work (pranayama) and meditative focus. Following is a long, deep relaxation that allows time for regeneration, stress release, and peace. Each class ends with a 3-11 minute meditation or two which can be quite powerful after the clearing that occurs during the kriyas.  Each class closes with a song of blessing, in which students can sing along or listen. The words to this song are: May the long time sun shine upon you, all love surround you… and the pure light within you guide your way on. After class, students may relax or enjoy tea and talk. At this time, the teacher is also available to answer questions.

What is Kundalini?
Kundalini energy is the energy of awareness. Yogicly, it is taught that this energy of awareness lies dormant within us until through yoga, meditation, or spiritual practices, we begin to awaken it. Once this energy is awakened, we see reality more clearly, exist more in the present, and are spiritually connected. Simply put, awakening our kundalini is just awakening our own awareness and consciousness.

What are Chakras?
Chakras are energy centers in the body. Each corresponds to a different part of the body (starting at the base of the spine and moving up to the crown of the head). Learning about the chakras is a way of bringing balance to mental and physical issues through energetic techniques. Chakras may be mentioned in Kundalini Yoga classes but it is not necessary to be familiar with such concepts before attending class.

What is mantra? What is the purpose of using sound in Kundalini Yoga classes?
Mantra is use of specific sounds to change the consciousness of the mind and chemistry of the brain. Mantras, like words, have a meaning (most are expressions of oneness and unity with the Infinite). However, the effect of the mantra comes from more than just its meaning. Each sound is a formula, causing the tongue to strike specific points in the mouth. These points trigger response in the brain. Some mantras are used silently. In this case, it is a mental focus for the mind. Use of mantra is a fun and uplifting experience. It is a part of all Kundalini Yoga classes, at some point. Students who are uncomfortable with use of mantra are not required to chant and may enjoy just listening.

How often should I practice Kundalini Yoga?
Ultimately, a yoga practice is best done daily. (Even a few minutes every day can make a big difference!) This gets you centered for your day and provides maximum progression. But any practice, however often, will be beneficial. Two to three times a week will provide noticeable results. Many people find that they feel so good when they do yoga, they want to do more and more!

Who was Yogi Bhajan?
Yogi Bhajan was the master teacher of Kundalini Yoga. He was the first yogi to begin teaching Kundalini Yoga in the West. He arrived in the United States in 1969 and began teaching Kundalini Yoga to help people live healthy, conscious lives. At that time he also started 3HO (Happy, Healthy, Holy organization), which shares the teachings of Kundalini Yoga and hosts many events all over the world. (Visit http://www.kundaliniresearchinstitute.org/, and http://www.spiritvoyage.com/ for more thorough information about Yogi Bhajan or Kundalini Yoga.)

What books do you recommend to learn more about Kundalini Yoga?
I have a growing collection of Kundalini Yoga books and have received great benefit from the following books. You can of course get them from Amazon, but Yogatech.com and our very own local used bookstore: Henderson Books usually has a few Kundalini Yoga titles.

• Kundalini Yoga as Taught by Yogi Bhajan: Unlock Your Inner Potential Through Life-Changing Exercise by Shakta kaur Khalsa (Great Intro. to KY)
• Kundalini Yoga for Body, Mind, and Beyond by Ravi Singh and Marcha Silvestri (Great Intro. to KY)
• The Eight Human Talents:Restore the Balance and Serenity within You with Kundalini Yoga (Main Focus: Chakras)
• The Kundalini Yoga Experience by Guru Dharam S. Khalsa and Darryl O'Keeffe (Main Focus: Ten Bodies and Chakras)
• The Ten Light Bodies of Consciousness: A Guide to Self Discovery and Self Enlightenment by Nirvair Singh (Main Focus: Tantric Numerology and Ten Bodies)
• Kundalini Yoga: The Flow of Eternal Power by Shakti Parwha Kaur Khalsa (Great for Women)
• I Am A Woman: Essential Kriyas for Women in the Aquarian Age
• Kundalini Yoga Sadhana Guidelines by Gurucharan Singh Khalsa (Great tool to deepen your personal practice or Sadhana)
• Breathwalk: Breathing Your Way to a Revitalized Body, Mind, and Spirit by Gurucharan Singh Khalsa (Great for integrating Kundalini Yoga breath work into a walking regimen-very powerful!)

What is some of the beautiful music that you play in your Kundalini classes and how can I purchase it?
I will list the names of my favorite musicians.  Really, almost all of their albums are amazing, but feel free to email me if you have questions about particular albums.  www.spiritvoyage.com and amazon.com allow you to sample the music first and you can purchase it in CD or MP3 formats.

My favorite Kundalini Yoga Musicians:
Nirinjan Kaur
Sajah Singh
Snatam Kaur
Sat Kartar
Sat Purkh
Guru Singh
GuruGanesha Singh
Guru Prem Singh Khalsa
Guru Shabd Singh Khalsa

And here's a great CD to help you start your yoga practice:
A Simple Yoga Practice: How to start daily yoga and mediation
by Atma Kaur and Santokh Singh Khalsa (2010)

 


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