While I respect almost all forms of contemplative or mind-body/mind-body-spirit practices (I’m getting my Master’s in Mindfulness Studies, after all) – there’s a special place in my heart for Kundalini Yoga.
When I was about halfway through our 9 or so months of training for Level I instructors, I pulled one of our master Kundalini Yoga teachers aside and said, “I can see better. I mean, I actually feel like I can see colors and detail better.” She chuckled because I actually asked at one point if there was any scientific research linking yogic practices to vision. (Hey, what can I say – my journalistic mind wants validation, preferably in the form of peer-reviewed, replicated scientific research to substantiate any and all claims. LOL)
We had a nice chat. We talked about how I had recently left my life in NYC and relocated to Colorado to shed many aspects of myself that I felt were no longer in alignment with my true self, and to pursue a path of holistic health + wellness; I wanted to feel whole. During this time, I was actively cleaning up my health, diet and my mindset. I was attending the Institute for Integrative Nutrition at this time as well, so, I think all of these things factored into this feeling of mental clarity and surreal vividness I was experiencing. Here’s the thing — when we clean up our health and focus on our whole self, physically, emotionally and spiritually, we do get crystal clear; vibrant, true health has a way of lifting the clouds, gifting us with immense clarity.
All of this said, a deep spiritual practice (whatever that may look like to you) really elevates and amplifies this effect. Throughout our training, we were often told how you just couldn’t stay the same when you practice Kundalini Yoga. And, in my experience, even if you’re fighting and resisting it with your logical/rational mind, the practice (thankfully) still has an effect on you (and your consciousness).
After asking my teacher about why and how I was seeing more clearly, she winked and said, “Well, Kundalini is, after all, known as the ‘yoga of awareness.’ You are seeing more clearly. We practice Kundalini Yoga to remember who we truly are, and to awaken the full potential of human awareness in each of us, and to expand that awareness to our unlimited Self.”
In other words, your consciousness is going to wake the f up even if you don’t necessarily want it to…you’re going to see more, feel more and care more deeply than ever before.
And, perhaps most important of all, a Kundalini practice allows you to develop and live from your intuitive heart-mind, even if you’re like me, begging for the darn scientific evidence in order to prove to the intellect what the heart already knows: Sat Nam (a Kundalini mantra that translates to “Truth is my identity.”)
I found Kundalini Yoga during a deeply introspective time. I was searching for wholeness, for truth. During training, there’s a process in which you’re granted a spiritual Kundalini Yoga name. I was given the name Sat Sundri Kaur – this translates to “the princess/lioness whose inner beauty guides her to experience her divine Truth. Your name says that you live all that is beautiful within you when you honor the Truth of your soul.”
There are no coincidences when you’re honoring the Truth of your soul.
Sat Nam, Sat Nam, Sat Nam