Coming out of Kundalini yoga classes, I like to observe people’s conversations and sometimes I add something in there too.
- Often people in class will want to know how long an exercise will be, this is a big no no area for me and Kundalini as a whole. Unless the teacher makes a point to tell us or I am doing it at home, I don’t want or need to know. In doing a section of the Kriya no matter how easy, hard or exhausting (like jumping jacks or crow pose) the most important thing is that you do it, you keep up and trust. Trust is the first key. Trust your teacher, trust the teachings, trust that all things eventually end (because they do) and trust in your own ability while also honouring your body.
- The second is that you get given a key to recognise your own infinity, you’ve just done a 22 minute meditation with your arms up – congratulations! You didn’t think you would get through 3 minutes of bow pose with breath of fire – you did it! The teachings of Kundalini yoga enable you to recognise your own infinity in your finite form. Way beyond your monkey mind, beyond limits you’ve set yourself or past conditions set for you. You can learn about your own self power on the yoga mat then transfer it in your everyday life too, it’s all do able and transferable.
- As well as being a tool for you to have focus and harmony, it gives you direct experience of taking responsibility. Taking responsibility to focus your mind, to be present, to move from the truest part of you. You show up and take responsibility for your time and when your fully there, you get full effects. A good example of this is when I re-adjusted how I did Sat Kriya and made sure my ‘Sat’ and ‘Nam’ were equal in volume and I was pulling in my navel more on the ‘Sat’. Instantly I noticed the difference and got a shot of responsibility for my body and soul.
The three keys – trust, self power and responsibility will open doors for you, doors that little by little make large shifts into your happiest life!
‘It doesn’t matter how much I teach you or how much you learn. The role of the teacher is to elevate another person’ – Yogi Bhajan