Many meditations also use the breath, perhaps simply bringing your attentions to the flow of your breath, or by consciously using specific patterns of breath, such as regulating the ratio of inhale to exhale, or breaking the breath into segments, or indirectly through the use of mantra. Since breath is correlated with your moods and energy level, altering the depth, rate, and pattern of breath can change mood states to a deep blissful state always as the practitioner becomes more disciplined.
Be sure to follow the instructions in class for using the breath in a meditation carefully, and check with the instructor if you have questions. Begin with a 1hr. class and gradually increase them as you get used to the profound changes they cause in your mind and body. If you feel dizzy, stop and make sure you are using the proper technique. Breath meditations create a lot of movement of energy and energy exchange so it is very important to feel comfortable and balanced with these changes. Always report to the instructor any feelings of emotional overwhelm or discomfort.
Check to make sure that you breathe with a complete breath. About 30% of people do not breathe correctly, but it is easy to change if you increase your daily practice, and will have a profound impact on your metabolism, vitality and moods. Unless the meditation specifies otherwise, breathing in Kundalini Yoga is always through the nose.
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The ultimate aim of Yoga and meditation is to become more and more conscious. Enlightenment, therefore, is becoming fully conscious.
The first thing to know is what it isn't. It isn't magic, and it isn't a belief or a religion.
Meditation is a time to connect with your breath, a time to be present to the life force in your body, a time to re-establish your own rhythm, a time to talk to your higher self, a time to be in love with your unique life. Meditation is between you and YOU.
Just like a daily shower cleans your body, a daily meditation cleans your mind, to help you focus your energy, avoid mistakes, stay healthy, and become more kind and prayerful. It helps you clear your subconscious, and to stay fully present.
It is an opportunity to create a stillness within yourself where you do not react to the unceasing flow of the mind. You can quickly and comfortably process all sorts of feelings and thoughts, and easily rejuvenate and relax yourself so you can handle stress and create rapport with those around you.