Yoga is probably one the biggest trend of the past couple of years, due to the healthy lifestyle craze. I was influenced by that trend, I won’t deny it. It is because of the trend that Yoga has become more accessible and known to a wider audience.
However, I had a specific idea of what I was expecting from my practice and it was not stretching (as a ballerina, I am already quite flexible) or being able to do specific posture and showcase them in picture.
I wanted to find inner peace, balance and grow. I wanted to learn how to meditate and stay calm even when going through a storm. And this is exactly what I found when I first started Kundalini Yoga.
"Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self."
I discovered Kundalini Yoga quite randomly. I attended my first yoga class during the 2014 Beirut Yoga Festival and it happened to be a Kundalini class. I did enjoy the class, although it was a bit strange (and you do get slef-conscious) but my greatest memory was the energy and positive vibes I got from the teacher, Ahed. I knew I had found my teacher. It did not matter to me what type of yoga she was teaching, as long as she was teaching.
I believe that if you want to start Yoga, find, above all, a teacher who you can connect with, someone that reaches you with their positive energy and who can truly help you grow from within.This relationship is really important in my opinion, and makes a difference between regular teacher and great teachers.
More about Kundalini Yoga
The Kundalini school of Yoga focuses on awakening the kundalini energy by practicing meditation, pranayama (breathing exercises or control of breath), mantra chanting and yoga asana (or postures). Kundalini energy represent a strong spiritual energy and force that is located a the base of the spine and represented as a serpent. When awaken, this energy can flow through all the chakras and eventually reach the 7th and last chakra (crown chakra)
"Kundalini Yoga consists of active and passive asana-based kriyas, pranayama, and meditations which target the whole body system (nervous system, glands, mental faculties, chakras) to develop awareness, consciousness and spiritual strength."
Beyond the stretching exercise and physique activity, Kundalini yoga allows you to grow as a spiritual individual. Some people even say that 1 year of regular Kundalini Yoga practice is equivalent to 10 years of Hatha Yoga!
Today I can truly say that the practice of Kundalini Yoga changed my life. I did try other practice (and I especially like Vinyasa Flow) but to me, Kundalini is unique.
I know I still have struggles and personal challenges, but I have also overcome a lot of internal hurdles and fears. I have come to understand my emotions and feelings, something I had troubles to get in tune with. I have become more serene and at peace with myself, my environment and my surroundings.
And for this, I am forever grateful.
Happy International Yoga Day!