At the time, I was also quite anxious about transitioning out of my career as an attorney and becoming a stay-at-home mom—I was terrified I was going to lose my “value” in the world.
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All yoga has its origins in the work of the ancient yogis who spent their lives observing the fluctuations of energy and the effects of different activities behind closed eyes. The yogic system started out with mantra or a coded sound that created a desired effect, breath work and movement. Over time, the holistic system became diluted into different techniques and then schools (i.e. some just had mantra, some just had movement, etc.). This led to 22 schools of yoga at the time the Yoga Sutras were written by Patanjali circa 200 A.D.
All the schools of yoga have a purpose. Kundalini yoga retained all the “facets” of the original system: mantra, meditation, breath work and movement for one purpose…to ignite the Soul Body and have it rise up the spine and into our lives. The yogis call this “Jiwanmukt” (the experience of a liberated Soul while living). The system I practice is Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan—the man that first brought this practice to the West in 1969.
These experiences are based on my weekly classes I teach in La Jolla to mostly women, 30-60 years old, with a lot of stress and a lot of love and beauty in their lives as well. I know how hard it is to make time to meditate and exercise, so I maximize the experience to release stress, connect with Spirit, and increase capacity for joy. I also like to use the classes to (at least in a subtle way) rhythmically release self-destructive habits.
The classes begin with a tune in mantra that connects us with the Yogi Scientists that figured out how these simple moves with breath raised the consciousness to connect with the Universal Pulse. Then we warm up and breathe and move into a kriya or a particular recipe of movement and breath and meditation for a desired result that I go into further detail on in the accompanying blog post. We end with an optional gong bath. If you are busy and can’t stay for the gong bath, please lie down for at least 90 seconds so that the benefits of the practice can be delivered throughout your physical body, energy bodies, and all nine feet of your electromagnetic field.
Regularity creates rhythm and rhythm creates change. If you can commit to doing at least one experience a week, and even just reading about the second one (or having it play in the background counts too!), you will start to feel more joy and authenticity flow. Kundalini is really a vibrational upgrade that brings you in sync with the TRUE YOU and with the Universe. So by practicing 1-2 times a week you’ll start to find that the breath or something in the experience will organically flower during the week between sessions, and all of the sudden a mantra from class will pop in your head. These spontaneous moments are the real goal and are indicative of new brain patterns forming, and new ways to connect with your Destiny happening too! You are also free to do the experiences multiple times…think of it as an “as needed” practice.