There are a lot of things I care about. I care about the food and medical choices that are accessible to us. I care about how we educate our children. I care about the rights and protections of every human on this planet. I care about this planet.
There are many places to direct my energy. And I chose to teach kundalini yoga.
What I noticed in my own practice was that as I went deeper, my original reasons for starting were no longer the reasons for continuing. I met this evolution with ongoing curiosity and at times hesitation. But I kept going. The more purposefully I practiced, the more I cared about what foods I put into my body, how I voted with my wallet, how I experienced adversities in my life, how I saw “mean people,” how I discarded things, and how I viewed my relationships with religion, nature and with other living things.
What I realized was that just because someone is into sustainability, for instance, did not mean that that person is necessarily into humanity. But when someone is about seeking Truth, that person naturally begins to act on all of the above. That person begins to act out of love instead of fear; rather than making decisions from what she does not want, she makes decisions from what she does want.
When one contemplates the very essence of yoga, or union, in yoga practice, the energy center of our body-mind that governs the feeling of connectedness with all things becomes open and balanced, resulting in a sense (or knowing), that we are all one. In Kundalini Yoga, we call this Ek Ong Kar. This not only shifts one’s paradigm and predisposes one to take action that is more life supporting and inclusive, it also creates an underlying sense of joy even in turbulent times; one is able to feel anger, sadness and pain and still maintain a sense of equanimity. What better place from which to move through life than a place of light to overcome darkness?
I teach kundalini yoga because it effectively infuses spirituality into its practice, and it is nearly impossible to separate the two. And if you want it to, it can take you to YOU fast. I teach yoga because I can’t think of a more important tool to share than tools that bring you to your true essence, and also because I love being witness to this type of transformation in others.
Kundalini Yoga Quotes:
“I’d never felt anything like it; it was just an opening of energy and a feeling of such liberation.” -Marika Bethel, owner, Glowing House