I have never exercised!
I have always been physically active working with competition and thoroughbred racehorses. Riding these beautiful animals gave me the best cardio workout every day. Cleaning their stalls and carrying buckets of water was the best strength training around. Combine all this with fresh air and sunshine and I thought I had it all. Enter yoga. A friend invited me to attend a Kundalini Yoga class. It was quite a revelation because I realized just how inflexible I was……
What is Kundalini Yoga?
Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is designed for everyone. It is the Yoga of Awareness focusing on the breath and physical poses for flexibility, strength and endurance.
I found that by connecting the breath with the posture I became much more aware of the effect of the exercise. I also discovered that my breath does more than just keep me alive, it is calming and balancing and helps me to think a little more clearly. During most of the exercises the eyes are closed to help increase inner focus. When my eyes are closed, I can feel how my body is performing the pose, recognizing any resistance or restriction of movement and using the breath to breathe through the blockage.
Beautiful Music for Relaxation
Kundalini Yoga also uses the healing effects of sound through music and mantra. Whether I am listening to music or chanting mantra, I can feel a positive shift in my thoughts. And there is no sound like the gong…it immediately vibrates the cells of my body and allows a calmness to wash over me. I go into a deep state of relaxation.
The beauty of Kundalini Yoga is that it is simple but precise. It is for everyone – especially people who are busy and do not have a lot of time to practice. Beginners and intermediate students can be in the same class because everyone goes at their own pace. Having the eyes closed helps limit the amount of competition or intimidation between students. Everyone feels benefits from a Kundalini Yoga class regardless of their level of flexibility.
So how did I get from this hectic life of competition to embracing a yogic lifestyle…..I established a regular Kundalini Yoga practice, and begun to experience myself all over again. As the flexibility of my spine increased, all aspects of my life shifted. Through my personal practice many new opportunities have materialized that allow me the privilege of sharing this technology and guiding others on their personal path.
When the body and mind are at ease, inspiration flows freely and peace of mind is realized.
“Kundalini Yoga teaches you the techniques and awareness to stay healthy. You gain strong immune, glandular and nervous systems. This foundation gives you energy and lets you deal with the mental and spiritual facets of your life.’—Yogi Bhajan