Last night I had the wonderful experience of practicing Kundalini Yoga with a group of Kundalini Yoga teachers in Denver. It was so sweet to share yoga together, without a lot of words or music, just breath and collective energy – and an awesome gong relaxation at the end!
The past 2 years have been light on the Kundalini for me. I’ve mostly stuck with my Kundalini meditation practice and left the asana to Ashtanga. Probably because Ashtanga was new and alluring for me and I was in a different environment, one in which Kundalini Yoga did not hold a large presence.
But as I’ve said before, one of the things I’m really looking forward to about being back out West is more Kundalini Yoga! Starting with a long meditation workshop last weekend and then this gathering last night – I’m feeling groovy 🙂
Kundalini was my first love when it comes to yoga. I discovered it when I was 17 and was immediately entranced. I find that most people who try it either immediately love it or they think it’s crazy-freaky stuff that they want nothing to do with. I was in the former category, particularly because I found it to be a thrilling alternative to getting high. I’ve struggled with addictive tendencies for years and when I was a teenager and through most of college, I used various drugs and alcohol daily…until my Kundalini Teacher training in ’08-’09.
All yoga makes you feel good…the sweat, the stretch, the focus, the endorphins, the back bends (love the feeling of deep back bends!) But Kundalini Yoga makes you feel absolutely amazing. Practicing an intense KY kriya and meditation makes me feel like I’m glowing. My whole body feels warm and open and beautifully radiant. The adjustments in my nervous system, glandular system and subtle bodies are palpable.
I love sharing Kundalini Yoga with people because it was life-changing for me and I know it has been for so many other people as well. I don’t think I could have stopped drinking and using drugs without the influence of this powerful yoga in my life.
The dedication and discipline of daily practice and the reward it brings of feeling so good, so clear, so ALIVE made it possible for me to enjoy life sober. What a blessing!
When I return from India in March I will be starting to teach Kundalini Yoga here in Denver and I am so excited! The practice last night was part of a meeting of local KY teachers joining together to A) build community B) create an online database of all local KY teachers so that students can find the teachings easily and C) host donation Kundalini Yoga classes 5 days a week in Denver. Amazing, right? I feel so happy to be a part of this new project. I will keep you posted as to when the website goes up and when the classes start.
Blessings and Sat Nam.