Kundalini and Me
My Kundalini practice has been such a beautiful blessing that it is tough to articulate just how much it has changed me, but I will try to begin!
I discovered this ancient practice much by accident via ClassPass one evening, about 4 years ago. I had fallen in love with yoga about 3 years prior when I was going through a particularly unstable season of life, and had never let go. I thought I'd taken probably every type of yoga that existed, but oh, boy was I wrong! I left my first Kundalini class that day feeling so energized and intrigued, even being one of only two students in the class.
Shortly thereafter I joined a home studio that's one of the most beautiful in LA, which also offered regular Kundalini classes. I decided to give it another go, this time intentionally. I quickly fell down a rabbit hole into this magical practice. Weird, but magical.
Kundalini is known as the yoga of awareness, or consciousness. It is said to be a supreme technology to awaken your awareness and take you into your original self; an intense discovery of your authentic essence. This ancient system was long kept secret except to those who had proven themselves in the deepest dedication to their teacher and the practice itself to learn these magical ways, until it was brought by Yogi Bhajan to the US in the 1970s. It combines movement, breath work, mantra, and meditation to provide an intense conditioning of the mind and body. Let me tell ya, this stuff is potent!
My real love for Kundalini blossomed just a few months into my practice, when I had emergency surgery to remove my gallbladder, which was just a string that unraveled the most frustrating health rollercoaster I've ever experienced. Kundalini was one of the main things that got me through it. Even when I couldn't do a physically intense practice (although it can be vigorous as well), just learning to move my breath and energy through my body, conditioning my mind to push through, and learning how to get quiet enough to connect with God in the most REAL way I ever have... it completely changed me from the inside out.
Things to know about Kundalini: it is not a religion. People from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds have experienced the power of Kundalini. For me, as a Christian, it has magnified my relationship with Jesus a million times over. Don't be turned off just because it's unfamiliar! Obviously, much longer conversations could be had on this topic, but just know that Kundalini is for everyone, no matter what you believe. Mantras are the thing that many people get a little skittish about. The mantras are essentially using sound current to soothe and connect to your mind -- hugely healing! Without knowing the words, you can experience how the sounds make you feel. Next, you don't have to wear all white when you practice Kundalini, but many people do. It is known to expand your magnetic projection, and honestly, wearing all white is a practice in mindfulness in itself! It changes the way you carry yourself. Also, turbans are optional! Once your practice becomes deepened, you may feel a difference when meditating with a head covering of some sort... but no one is going to shame you for coming to a class without one.
Kundalini is such a dense and diverse practice, that even as I'm about to finish my Level One Teacher Certification, I feel like I'm barely skimming the surface on all it has to offer. It works the physical body, activates the glandular system to regulate all systems of the body, and it trains your brain to do things beyond your perceived capability. Simply put, through regular practice, you have the opportunity to transform into the best version of your self. Within minutes, you can change your mood, energize your body, connect with God, cut through your own crap, and just feel phenomenal. I'm so excited to share more about this practice with you!