Saturday, February 23, 2013

Kundalini Yoga and Me

About five or 6 years ago I fell in love with this song and the singer who sings it, Snatam Kaur.

Little did I know at the time that she was probably the most famous singer in the world of Kundalini Yoga music.  I didn't even know there was such a thing as Kundalini Yoga music.  In June 2011, I went to see Snatam Kaur perform live in Washington, DC.  It was Divine. She embodies divinity and her voice is angelic, like crystal.  As I was walking out of the concert, I picked up a postcard for an event called Sat Nam Fest, a Kundalini Yoga and Music retreat.  Since I loved the music of Snatam Kaur so much, I decided I would attend this 3-day event in the mountains of Pennsylvania that coming fall.   There were going to be many more musical artists performing all weekend and I knew I would love it.

Fast forward to Sat Nam Fest in September 2011.  This was my first time ever doing Kundalini Yoga.  Within the first few seconds of starting the yoga practice at this festival, a voice inside my head said, "I am going to teach this."  I replied to that voice in my head and said, "I don't even know what this is."

And so the story cannot ignore the voice inside your head.  You know the one that is not really coming from the human you, but it's your soul talking to you.  It's not like I hear that voice everyday, so when it talks, I listen.

In a long twist of chaotic life that happened after that festival in the fall of 2011, I ended up postponing my training for over one year.  In fact, I even dropped the whole notion of doing it due to fears that had arisen.  It's not the yoga itself that brought up the fear, there are other factors involved.  Instead of amplifying and magnifying those things, I am choosing not to go into those details, which literally have nothing to do with me.  Instead, I want to amplify and magnify how Kundalini Yoga makes me feel.  It makes me feel good!  I tried to make the idea of doing this training go away, but somehow it came back into my awareness and I am being strongly guided to move forward with it.  Not even having done much of this yoga myself, I still feel that becoming a teacher is part of my path in this life.

So, in 6 days I begin my 9-month long Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training.  I have a feeling it will be demanding on many levels and I welcome that.  Why bother coming to a life on Earth if we are not going to learn, grow and push ourselves to our limits?  I am ready.

Kundalini Yoga is the yoga of awareness.  It doesn't resemble other styles of yoga much at all; it is very different.  From Wikipedia:

Kundalini yoga (Sanskritकुण्डलिनीkuṇḍalinī = '"coiled" + योगyoga = "to yoke") is a physical, mental and spiritual discipline for developing strength, awareness, character, and consciousness. Practitioners call Kundalini Yoga the yoga of awareness because it focuses on the expansion of sensory awareness and intuition in order to raise individual consciousness and merge it with the Infinite consciousness of God. As a form of yoga and meditation, Kundalini's purpose is to cultivate the creative spiritual potential of a human to uphold values, speak truth, and focus on the compassion and consciousness needed to serve and heal others.

One of my favorite things about it is the chanting and music.  Chanting changes the vibration in your body.  The music and words are devotional.  This yoga is devotional.  I like that.  Connecting with God through the body, mind and soul is what this is about and when I am doing Kundalini Yoga, it feels like I am coming home to myself.

I just got home from a 3-hour Kundalini Yoga workshop with Snatam Kaur.  Driving home, I felt amazing.  The world looked brighter, my body felt more vibrant, alive and aligned, and my energy was higher and more radiant.  I look forward to experiencing more of these amazing feelings as I begin this training in a few days.  I look forward to coming home to myself and my body each time I practice.  I look forward to sharing with others this coming home to the self and home to the God within when I start teaching.  I am blessed.    

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