Kundalini Yoga

So, you may have noticed some dead air. I managed one whole post for the month of February. I have been out of sorts for a bit.  I thought it best to take some time and find some motivation instead of writing some crappy posts that no one wants to read. All is well, just feeling lazy and a bit stagnant. I am aware of it and have been trying to get moving again. Don’t get me wrong, I am running, actually in comparison to past years I am running pretty often in this polar vortex hell, I mean winter. The laziness is more mental. I feel as though I am living reactively instead of the proactive growth I strive for. That said, I am doing things to get moving again.

Last week I did something I have never done before. Thanks to an invite from Theodora, I went to a kundalini yoga workshop at Golden Bridge studio in NYC. I had never heard of kundalini before an event I attended last year where Gabriella Bernstein spoke about it.  It is the original and most powerful form of yoga (according to Golden Bridge).  The class was hosted by Gabby Bernstein. She is kinda my girl crush these days and if she is hosting an event, you’ll likely find me there. That said, I thought kundalini would be a little too granola and hippie for me. But I love me some Gabby and anytime I can hang out with Theodora, I’m in.

Theodora & I share many interests including Gabby Bernstein and after work drinks :)  This photo being the latter.

Theodora & I share many interests including Gabby Bernstein and after work drinks :) This photo being the latter.

It was great! It was different than any other yoga class I have attended. Of course, since it was a special Gabby Bernstein workshop and not a regular class, there was alot of upfront speaking about kundalini and her journey. She was joined by Yogi Amanbir, who was great! Gabby referred to him an angel and I could absolutely feel his good energy from all the way in the back of the room. Oh yea, there were like 70 people there.

Gabby and Amanbir (Phot o from Bernstein's Facebook page)

Gabby and Amanbir (Photo from Bernstein’s Facebook page)

Instead of a bunch of down dogs and eagle poses, there were guided visualizations along with 4-6 minute motions and static holds. While some of the motions seemed strange and unnatural, I went with it. The asana that stood out the most was when we were instructed to make the motion of washing ourselves with water. It was symbolic of cleansing the bad thoughts. I really got into it and cleansed away the negativity and anger I have been carrying for no good reason. I am a little embarrassed, but willing tell you that I shed a few tears during this exercise.

View from the front of the class (Photo from Berstein's Facebook page)

View from the front of the class (Photo from Berstein’s Facebook page)

Towards the end of class, we did a bunch of chanting which was strangely comfortable for me. There were even gongs at the end. I think kundalini can be helpful in my struggles with mediation. It is guided and when you are engaged in a motion or a hold, your mind doesn’t have the freedom to wander as much. I will definitely try it again soon.  If you are someone who can be completely open to spiritually and not just looking to sweat (not that there is anything wrong with sweat), I recommend at least trying kundalini yoga.  For a different perspective on the workshop, you can read Theodora’s post

Below is song you sing at the end of the class.  you sing it first for yourself, then for someone you may be angry or upset with and the last time for the world.  I absolutely love this routine.  I followed the rules and channeled someone I am trying to forgive for the second time around.  You cannot sign this song without feeling warm inside.  Try it!

May the long time sun shine upon you
All love surround you
And the pure light within you
Guide your way on
May the long time sun shine upon you
All love surround you
And the pure light within you
Guide your way on
Guide your way on
Guide your way on

xox or Sat Nam (matra used in kundalini as a greeting or closing for the class)

Jen

 

Comments

  1. says

    Love this post! I think you got a lot out of it. I left feeling all warm and fuzzy but I’m not sure how much I got out of it. I’m also not sure how receptive I was that night. I think I was just tired :)

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