Dhyanjot teaches Hatha, Ashtanga Vinyasa (flow Version Warm ups), Anusara Alignments and Kundalini Yoga
For those of you who are new to my classes, I teach Restorative classes which may also include some Yin Postures, Kundinyasa (blend of Ashtanga Vinyasa Warm ups with Kundalini Meditation), and Kundalini Yoga & Meditation classes.
Each class may includes pranayam (breathing exercise), Ashtanga Vinyasa warmups, Kriya (set of postures)with a specific intention, meditation(some include chanting) and a 15–20 minute live planetary gong relaxation to enhance healing and transformational power of the practice.
I teach a restorative class on Monday Nights at North Park Yoga, Tuesday night Kundalini Mantra & Meditation Class at Ginseng Yoga, Thursday night Kundinyasa (Blend of Ashtanga Vinyasa Warmups with Kundalini Yoga practice)at Ginseng Yoga, and Wednesday morning at 6 am Kundalini for Vitality at Ginseng Yoga and an 8:30 Kundalini Yoga & Meditation at Cosmic Flow in Golden Hill.
I have a monthly 2 1/2 hour gong healing immersion, Bi weekly sound sessions and seasonly I conduct an 11 day Evolution Rejuvenation Detox Cleanse. See schedule and events for details.
Dhyanjot’s Background and Influences:
Dhyanjot has been practicing and studying yoga since 1999. Dhyanjot teaches two types of heart opening, healing, and transformational yoga practices. The first being Kundinyasa Yoga that includes Ashtanga Vinyasa warm ups with alignment techniques from Anusara school of Yoga combined with the depth and transformation practice of Kundalini Yoga.
The second is a deep healing restorative practice with influences in Atma, Naam and Yoga Nidra. Dhyanjot has been influenced by late masters including Paramahansa Yogananda (Kriya Yoga), Osho, Christ, Buddha, Yogi Bhajan, Krishnamacharya, and Sai Baba. Dhyanjot’s modern day teachers & influences include Dr. Joseph Michael Levy (Naam and Sound Healing), Siddhi Ellinghoven (Kundinlini/Naam), GuruMeher Khalsa (Kundalini Yoga), Eric Schiffman (Anusara), Jeanie Carlsbad (Anusara), Adesh Khalsa (Ashtanga Vinyasa/Reiki), Mehtab Benton (Gong Techniques), Sotantar (Gong Sound Healing), Joshua Leeds (Sound Healing & Therapy), Guru Ron (Ayurveda), Joe Guarino (Ayurveda/Chinese Medicine/Clinical Nutrition), Dr John Zimmerman (Naturopathic Medicine), John Finch (Herbology), Kathleen Padecky (Aromatherapy), Seymour Koblin (Body Reading/Kinesiology).
Dhyanjot aka Gary Grenus has graduated: Texas Christian University 1993: Business, Psychology, Nutrition; School of Healing Arts 2009: Whole Food Nutrition; Kundalini Research Institute Graduate 2009-E-RYT Certified Teacher. Other Influences include Health Food Restaurant Owner : Spiritland Bistro 2004–2008. Whole Foods Market Neutraceutical Buyer 2008–2011. Real Estate Entrepreneur 1995–2007
Dhyanjot teaches Kundinyasa Yoga in South Park and a Restorative Deep Healing Sound Healing Yoga at North Park Yoga. He also leads bi weekly sound healing Sessions and monthly Gong Immersions along with a quarterly nutritional cleanse and rejuvenation program (Evolution Cleanse). Each year Dhyanjot also co leads a Kundinyasa Yoga Teacher training program each Spring in San Diego.
Yoga is more than just exercising the physical body. It is so much more. Asana means “to take a seat” to meditate, contemplate to understand thyself so one can have a harmonious relationship with their physical body, mental body and spiritual body. This connection allows for more joy, love, and happiness in ones life. When you live with self love you begin to take back your personal power and everything becomes possible.
Yoga Classes with Dhyanjot focus on a specific intention for the week. Each intention is highlighted in his weekly newsletter that include mantra information, motivational quotes and articles, astrology, nutritional tips and yoga class intention for the week. Each class peels back a deeper awareness of the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual body. Regular participation will maximize your potential in many different ways in your life. His classes are like the “yoga of surprise”. It is never what you expect but it is always the perfect class.
When you practice in group classes-in union-you multiply the benefits while energetically exchanging gifts and supporting each other energetically during the experience.
Private Sessions– Develop your personal discipline: Dhyanjot believes that it is important to meet people where they are so they may enjoy the success of their journey. Each personal session sets one up for success as each posture and movement is designed for your body type making public classes much more accessible. If interested he will design a personal daily yoga set that you can utilize on your own each day that not only fits your physical self but also helps with your emotional, mental and spiritual self as well. Personal coaching may include nutritional coaching, sound healing and/or numerology readings to help set you on your life path.
Other coaching sessions includes Life path and Series Seven for personal alignment sessions are a unique opportunity to take self discovery one step at a time and at your own pace. Its an opportunity to overcome your personal obstacles at a pace that you can handle. Once you understand yourself on a deeper level it is easier to overcome the obstacles and build relationships that honor your life and your purpose.
How does Kundalini relate to Hatha and Vinyasa?
Most Yoga classes are pieces of the whole. Yoga has been broken down as it is easier to understand and practice. When you bring Ashtanga Vinyasa together with Kundalini you bring the sum total of its parts together to form the whole preparing you for the depths of meditation and awareness. Consistent practice promises you more peace and happiness in your life.
Vinyasa flow is “Hatha in motion” creating a nice circulatory practice and is an important component to an effective yoga practice to build strength and flexibility. This is only 5–10% of a yoga practice but it helps you prepare for the deeper practice that awaits you in Kundalini system which has a strong meditation practice.
We are all here on Earth school to learn and grow and it is important in Yoga to “poke and provoke” the physical, emotional, and mental bodies to release stored environmental and genetic stagnations that keep us from growing, finding contentment and energetic peace. This is where Kundalini Yoga is effective. Kundalini Yoga helps direct and manage the Kundalini energy that is present in all human beings. When practicing Kundalini Yoga one will stimulate and direct different chakras (energy centers) to release stagnations and bring more energetic balance into the body. This awareness of these energy points in the body is an opportunity to break through what has been suppressed or ignored causing imbalances in your life physically, emotional, and mentally. Combining the strength and flexibility of Vinyasa for your alignment and flow along with the tools and technology of Kundalini Yoga to manage and direct your energy creates an important well rounded yoga practice thats sets you up to reach your fullest potential as a being.
By combining energetic release with circulation, flexibility, and strength of the body while merging this potential with the stillness and focus of the mind brings one closer to to the possibilities of enlightenment. This is Kundalini Vinyasa Flow.
Isn’t time to bring your body alignment to be a perfect reflection of the universe.
Come join a class or the Yoga Teacher Training program co-lead by Dhyanjot called Kundinyasa Yoga held each Spring at Ginseng Yoga.
What is Ashtanga Vinyasa? What is Hatha Yoga? What is Raja Yoga? How does all this fit together? Ashtanga Vinyasa is a set of postures that brings more strength and flexibility to your practice. A Vinyasa Flow class can be created from the Primary Series of the Ashtanga Vinyasa System and is based from philosophy of the 8 limbs of Yoga.
The “Hatha” Yoga System is a representation of opposites. It is a way to master your polarities through balancing the duality of the mind through the movement and connection with your physical body and your breath. Each week I teach asanas (physical postures) that help with poise, balance, flexibility, and strength. You practice to improve the body’s physical health and to clear the mind in preparation for meditation. The original Hatha text, Hathapradipka by Swatmarama, discusses that an important part of the hatha practice is to awaken the Kundalini by the way of the 6 limbs(before the 8 limbs of Ashtanga) of yoga to attain Samadhi. He also states in the text that “there is no raja without Hatha and no Hatha without Raja yoga”. Raja yoga uses asana to prepare the body for prolonged meditation where Hatha yoga utilizes not only meditative postures but a large arrangement of cultural postures to enhance your overall connection with the body. My classes combine the understanding that Vinyasa Flow from the Ashtanga Vinyasa system and blend it the depth of Kundalini, a Raja style of yoga. FYI: Vinyasa flow is a group of hatha postures arranged in a sequence with different rates of speed.
Note: My classes tend to focus on warmups that include a slow to moderate speed vinyasa flow based on both Ashtanga Vinyasa Series and alignments from the Anusara Yoga System. This style enables you flow but to also hold some postures longer to connect to your physical alignment and your breath. The warm ups are followed by kriyas and meditations that allows you to fall deeper into your practice. Each session includes a specifically designed planetary gong sound healing that matches the practice and astrological happenings.
What is Kundalini Yoga: a Raja style of Yoga (Royal Union). Raja yoga aims at the cultivation of the mind using a succession of steps to reach Samadhi-one-pointed concentration of the mind. Samadhi helps one reach outside of the human duality to experience pure consciousness.
To enhance your experience I utilize Kundalini Yoga techniques to go deeper into your yoga practice. What is Kundalini Yoga? Kundalini yoga, “yoga of awareness”, is blend of yoga traditions that prepare one for deep meditation by clearing and balancing ones energy channels and vortexes of the body. To open these energy channels Kundalini yoga embraces two other principles of yoga that are based in sound and mantra called Nada and Laya Yoga. The “naad” in Nada Yoga is the primal vibration and implements the discipline of all sound. When the naad is integrated with the Kundalini, it transforms itself into Laya Yoga, the merging of the finite self with the infinite self through the use of tantra(spiritual science), pranayam (breath techniques), sound and mantra. When you merge with the infinite self you become what you vibrate-that is the “naam”.
Where did Kundalini yoga come from? It is best to know where Yogi Bhajan extracted the information. Yogi Bhajan brought what is now known as Kundalini Yoga to the United States in 1969. Yogi Bhajan learned from Masters such as Sant Hazara Singh, Sat Nazara Singh, Swami Chidananda, Vishnu Devananda, Satchidananda, Acharya Narinder Dev, Dhirendra Bramacharya, and Maharaj Virsa Singh. His teaches had a background in Raja, Hatha, Tantra, Vedanta, and Sikh traditions or teachings of Naam, Before 1969 Raja Yoga techniques were only given to royalty or to students who proved their worthiness to a Raja Yoga teacher. Originally the only way to be taught was to be selected by a Raja Yoga teacher and to go through the steps to prove to them that you were worthy of the information and practice. In 1969, in the dawn of the Aquarian Age, Yogi Bhajan found it necessary to change the rules, with much resistance from Sikhs in India, and decided to share the information with anyone who had the courage to listen and become “aware”. Since its birth in 1969, Kundalini Yoga has been known as the “yoga of awareness”. The Shikha-Upanishad refers to Kundalini Yoga as the combined practice of Mantra Yoga, Laya Yoga, Hatha Yoga, and Raja Yoga.
“It is a royal command and rulership of yogic virtue and values”-Yogi Bhajan.
Kundalini Yoga is known now as the master science of experience and awareness. It is the classic form of yoga that transmits conscience awareness from person to person through the Legacy of the golden chain of teachers.
“Kundalini yoga classes are a dynamic blend of postures, pranayam, mantra, music and meditation, which teach you the art of relaxation, self-healing and elevation. Balancing body and mind enables you to experience the clarity and beauty of your soul. No previous experience in yoga is required for you to achieve results with your very first class. Men of great knowledge actually found out about the chakras – their workings, their petals, their sounds, their infinity, their co-relationship, their powers. They found that the life of a human is totally based on these chakras. This total science gave birth to Kundalini Yoga.”
How does Kundalini Yoga work: The Kundalini energy is dormant at the base of the spine or root chakra (muladhara chakra). The downward eliminating energy or apana(negative) rises through the central nerve (sushmuna) with the application of the root lock (Mulbandh)to mix with the life force of the atom or prana(positive) in the naval center/nadhi /4th vertebrae, the central seat of the Kundalini energy. The Second or diaphragm lock (Uddiyana Bandh) increases the pressure to pull the kundalini energy up through the central nerve to the Neck/throat chakra. Lastly the third lock (Jalandhar Bandh) takes the energy from the throat chakra to the top of the head to merge with the sahasrara, or crown chakra. This union of experience of the Kundalini energy that rises to the crown and encapsulates the body before returning to its origin at the base of the spine is great beyond words-Wahe Guru. This process helps you hold the space to be engrossed in deep meditation and infinite bliss.
The key to the kundalini practice is having the discipline to practice regularly and develop the techniques to move the the energy through the body to the crown so that all seventy two major meridians vibrate and clear and clean the 72,000 channels throughout the body’s different systems. Regular practice of the Kundalini yoga technology of various intentional based Kriyas, Pranayams, and Meditations allows students to be connected to infinite source. The practice opens blockages, transforms habits and releases bodily discomforts so that unlimited potential and wisdom that already exists within every human being may be reached.
It is important to enjoy the process by taking each class as a step on your journey into union with the infinite where joy, happiness, and abundance is limitless.
Come join the regular expression of exploring the universe becoming aware of itself.…