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Kundinyasa Combines Two Yoga Varieties In One for Double the Benefits

By Pamela Sosnowski

With so many yoga studios in the U.S. today, it can be hard to distinguish one from another. San Diego-based Kundinyasa, however, takes a revolutionary approach to the ancient practice of yoga by fusing together two styles (Kundalini and Vinyasa), creating a form of yoga that blends the physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits of yoga into one class.

"People say kundalini is the yoga of awareness, but I'd say kundinyasa is the yoga of transformation," owner Adesh Kaur said. "You get the physical practice of strength flexibility and fun sequences plus you get deep energy transforming practices that really bring students to a sacred space within themselves. Most yoga classes don't offer that let alone teach breath work, mantra, or meditation."

Adesh holds Kundinyasa classes in the South park district of San Diego at Ginseng Yoga Studio. She's been featured in the local media for her unique style of yoga and also leads the 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training program at her studio, which certifies teachers in Kundinyasa yoga. It was her own frustration with grasping the two forms of yoga that inspired her to make them more accessible to students.

"I had always felt I was not speaking the same language as other Hatha or Vinyasa teachers I knew," she said. "We didn't understand each other; the systems seemed so different. I took a Vinyasa training with emphasis in Ashtanga yoga to understand more about yoga and adjustments and sequencing. After the training I just instinctively started creating a Vinyasa warm-up for the Kundalini practices I was teaching and it was magic!"

Adesh is also a sound shaman multi-instrumentalist and will incorporate the use of gongs, crystal bowls, chanting, and more as a form of healing during yoga classes. She will also be teaching a sound healing teacher's retreat in Hawaii this fall which will feature hands on gong training, sacred rattling, voice activation and more. These tools can be used to further enhance yoga classes by understanding the physics of sound and how they affect the mindset.

The studio is also hosting a mindful living retreat in Maui this month for yoga students and teachers of all abilities. The four-day retreat includes daily yoga practices and meditations, Hawaiian cultural practices, a plant medicine hike, law of attraction classes and more, all within minutes of Hawaii's most beautiful beaches and waterfalls.

Besides Kundinyasa, Adesh's studio also teaches hatha and vinyasa yoga, as well as meditation sessions. New students can take a single drop-in class for $17 with several yoga packages available for regular students. Classes tend to be on the smaller size to allow more one-on-one attention from instructors. Adesh says that at Kundinyasa, yogis will find a welcoming space to make new friendships while strengthening their body and becoming centered.

"[It's the] community vibe for sure", she said. "Ginseng is one of the oldest yoga studios in San Diego in the super quaint neighborhood of South Park and has regular students that get to know each other."

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