• 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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    Kundalini Yoga as the Key to Unlocking the Power of the Enneagram

    I became a Kundalini Yoga teacher as the unintended consequence of a relationship breakup. I first started taking Kundalini Yoga classes to get through that difficult period and a year later, I enrolled in Kundalini Yoga teacher training “just to learn more.” That was 9 years ago, and I’ve since changed my life completely, moving from San Francisco, California to Athens, Greece and trading a 20+ year career as a CPA and finance consultant to teach a combination of Kundalini Yoga and the Enneagram. Along the way, I’ve become more and more convinced that Kundalini Yoga is the key to unlock the true power of the Enneagram. I’ve also become…

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    15 Benefits of Long Deep Breathing/ Τα 15 οφέλη της βαθειάς μεγάλης αναπνοής

    For the Greek translation, scroll down. Για την ελληνική μετάφραση, μετακινηθείτε προς τα κάτω. “When you are short of wisdom, breathe.”  Guru Nanak   One of the very best things you can do for your health is long, deep conscious breathing.  As an exercise, breathing is wonderful!  Breathing is free, it requires no additional equipment, you can do it anytime, and it can be practiced by everyone, from the very healthy to the very sick.   Kundalini yoga places a large emphasis on the breath, and breath work is component of every kundalini yoga practice.  One of the most fundamental types of breathing we use is long, deep breathing. This…