What’s the USP?
“You are your own best teacher,” says Jessica Banks (aka Sat Shakti Kaur). “But first you need to learn to distinguish your intuitive mind from your ego mind. Through the yoga and meditation, you can turn your attention inward, become more self-aware. With this heightened awareness, you can start to access your intuition, let go of self-doubt, and trust in your own knowledge and experience. In this way, the practice is empowering. My role is to help students get there and then get out of the way.”
How much is it?
By donation, starting at £5 (subject to change). In addition to its studio classes, JOY Yoga also offers 30 weekly classes online.
What can I expect?
Each Kundalini Yoga class starts with a recitation of the Adi Mantra – Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo. It means, ‘I call upon my creative consciousness, I bow to the divine teacher within,’ and acknowledges our own innate wisdom. Beginners welcome to all classes.
Kundalini Yoga: This usually includes, breathwork, exercises, deep relaxation, and meditation. Sometimes the class is gentle and more meditative, sometimes more physically rigorous, depending on the day and who’s in the class.
Kundalini Meditation: This class has longer meditations (usually 31 minutes) plus some warmups. It can help you calm your mind, become more focused and creative.
Gentle Yoga: This is intended for those who may be struggling with illness or injury. The class goes at a slower pace and exercises can be adapted for practice in a chair.
Gong: This class includes a brief warmup and meditation followed by a long relaxation with the gong.