i’ve now attended two kundalini gong & mantra events. essentially kundalini yoga classes.
kundalini yoga was brought to north america by yogi bhajan in the late 1960’s and is a practice which frees the energy locked in the lower body (base of the spine) in order to move that energy upward, eventually to reach enlightenment.
the description from about.com provides an accurate description of each of the two events i attended:
What to Expect in a Kundalini Class
A Kundalini class begins with a short chant followed by a warm-up to stretch the spine and improve flexibility. The main work of the class is called a kriya, which is a proscribed sequence of poses and pranayama that focuses on a specific area of the body. The teacher typically does not make manual adjustments. The class ends with a meditation, which may be accompanied by the teacher playing a large gong, and a closing song. Kundalini devotees often wear flowing white robes and head wraps.
i was attracted to the first event by the gong. as a shambhala buddhist, the gong is an integral part of my practice. i connect strongly with the deep resonance of the gong.
i was not disappointed. in both instances, the 31 minutes of gong meditation were a vehicle of transportation.
the entire evening provides high repetition of sounds and movements. the mantra meditation, with its finger movements and vocalizations interrupted my usual meditation practice. they offered busy-ness, noise and nonsense, while i prefer stillness and awareness.
all is good. the gong bath was an amazing experience and i can endure the, to me distracting, activity of the mantras.