It is hard to believe we have completed another year of Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training. For many years I have had the privilege to be part of the teaching team lead by Sat Dharam Kaur and every year I am blown away by the caliber of people becoming teachers, through this program. I have had the fortune to witness the transformation of these amazing people.
Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training
I reflect back to when I went through the training program. I was dealing with a severe eczema-like condition all over my face and hands. At five o’clock in the morning I would have to wear sunglasses to protect the raw skin around my eyes. Some days I would hold my face and just cry because the pain was so much. Specialists just wanted to give me a cortisone cream, which I refused. I wanted to solve the problem not bury it deeper inside. Over the months of the course, the training awakened me to all aspects of my life, some I was prepared for and others I was not. I questioned my values and beliefs. I realized I was avoiding my problems rather than deal with them. I became a master at burying my emotions.
With the daily practice of kriyas and meditation I started to feel alive inside and that I had a purpose in this life. I went to a Kundalini Yoga Woman’s Camp in Vancouver to experience more deeply the yogic lifestyle. Not surprising, my condition started to clear up. So now I was hooked! I developed a daily spiritual discipline which continues to this day. I thrive on sharing the love and passion I feel for these sacred teachings which are so relevant for us today.
Congratulations to all the new teachers. Be the lighthouse, be the change you want to see. Sat Nam.
“You know what a teacher is? A chiseler, a polisher, a designer, whose touch can make an ordinary human the master of time and space.” Yogi Bhajan 1/10/97
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