• Kundalini Yoga

    A Journey Through the 8 Chakras with Kundalini Yoga

    In this post, we’ll go through each of the eight chakras, offering a brief explanation with a Kundalini Yoga kriya and meditation to help bring each of these energy centers back into balance.   What are Chakras? Chakras are energy centers that exist within the human body.  These energy centers are mapped to different emotional and psychological issues and can be used to help identify imbalances and to establish internal harmony.   The combined effect of our chakra systems become who we are, how we feel, how we behave, and how we change.   In simple terms, the word “chakra” is a Sanskrit word meaning wheel or circle. These whirlpools…

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    5 Health Benefits of Conscious Breathing

    How to Spring Clean Your Body Using Your Breath The key to cleansing your body through your breath is to develop conscious breathing. You clean your house with a broom and a mop but did you know you can clean your body with your breath?   What is conscious breathing? Conscious breathing is a broad term that refers to methods that improve the breathing function, the process of moving air in and out of the lungs to bring in oxygen and flush out carbon dioxide. The human body is designed to flush out 70 percent of its toxins through the breath. While we have this potential, most of us use…

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    Three Approaches for Emerging from the Pandemic (and Which is Best): a Yogic Perspective

    Back in March of 2020, I wrote a blog post called “The Coronavirus from a Yogic Perspective.” It was one of the most popular pieces I’ve written, having been shared over 1,000 times and having been read by tens of thousands of people. Why? Because back then, it was really confusing to know what to do. We’d never been through a pandemic before, there was a tremendous amount of uncertainty, and some of the things that we’ve subsequently gotten used to, like lockdowns, curfews, and mask-wearing, seemed straight out of a horror movie.   Now we face a new set of firsts as the restrictions that have kept us mostly…

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    How A 5-Minute Movement Break Can Improve Your Focus

    When you’re feeling overwhelmed at work or experiencing an afternoon slump, chances are your mind and body could benefit from a short break.   Ben Greenfield, a biohacker, human performance consultant, and New York Times bestselling author talks about the importance of taking “movement snack breaks” during your workday. According to Ben, movement is one of the most important aspects of aging well, staying fit, and reaching optimal levels of physical and mental performance. In its simplest terms, more movement equates to a better life, and more movement is within everyone’s reach. That’s the good news.   The bad news is that with our sedentary lifestyle and pandemic lockdowns, we’re…

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    If Happiness Is Your Birthright, Your Energy is Your Passport

    My first Kundalini Yoga teacher, Siri Vedya, would always start his classes with a brief discussion about life. He would talk about practical day-to-day issues as well as more advanced philosophical concepts. While I loved the full 90 minutes of his classes, his lecture was my favorite part.   One day he announced that we were starting a “happiness series,” and explained that there were different steps required to reach happiness. The first step, he said, was our energy.   “You need energy to be happy. Without enough energy, it will be very difficult to enjoy your life and to accomplish the things you are here on planet Earth to…

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    How This Simple Three-Minute Practice Can Make Your Lockdown Better

    “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ~Lao-Tzu In most of the world, we’ve been in some sort of lockdown for the last two months. It isn’t easy. Some days are better than others, but everyone I talk with describes moments of feeling overwhelmed. We are trying many different things to help stabilize ourselves during this period—journaling, healing circles, support groups, the list goes on. All these can be really valuable, but I’m going to ask for something even simpler. I am going to ask you for three minutes of your day. Because in these three minutes, I can improve your life.   How do I…

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    Zoom, Zoom Baby!

    This post is in partnership with Elephant Journal. Last week, I took my first live yoga class via Zoom. It’s a bit ironic, since I’ve been teaching yoga via Zoom since November 2019, but this was the first time I sat on the student’s mat and got the “in-class” experience. Like my students have been telling me since I began teaching online… read more.

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    The Coronavirus: A Yogic Perspective

    This post was written on March 3, 2020. I’ve updated it as of April 4, 2020. The theories around the three minds remain the same, but the data has changed.   The coronavirus (CO-VID19), which originated in 2019 in Wuhan, China, has been spreading globally.  It is a serious threat with over 1,100,00  known infected cases as of April 3. The trajectory is dangerous, the spread is exponential, and the growth occurs very quickly. The virus contained would not have been that big of a deal. The virus spreading is a big deal. It is now clear the virus is rapidly spreading far and wide, and nearly half of the…

  • Kundalini Yoga,  Wellness

    Why Meditate?

    Lots of people ask “why meditate?”  I’ll give a more scientific answer below, but I’ll start by sharing my personal experience.   I had been taking Kundalini Yoga classes for several months before I did my first 31-minute meditation. Most of the meditations in my regular Kundalini Yoga classes were three to five minutes, and I was curious what would happen if I tried to go longer.  When I saw that Akiva Satnaryan was offering a class with a 31-minute meditation at the Hayes Valley Yoga Tree near my house, I decided to sign up.   The class started in the regular sequence: we tuned in, we did a short…

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    Excerpts from The Aquarian Teacher

    In this series, I’m excerpting sections from The Aquarian Teacher, by Yogi Bhajan. This is the book we used from my Kundalini Yoga teacher training. During Kundalini Yoga teacher training, we were introduced to the five stages on the path of wisdom. These stages are excerpted from page 218 of “The Aquarian Teacher” by Yoga Bhajan.   The Five Stages on the Path of Wisdom   Saram Pad The “honeymoon period” when we consciously enter a relationship with our spirit and our spiritual path. We are happy. We have left the pain of the past and feel the freshness of a new life on the spiritual path. We have found…