Eight years ago I was an emotionally frayed Social Worker looking for healing. My job as a crisis counselor was taking its toll in all areas of my life. In the midst of emotional breakdown, I searched for something that would bring relief, support and strength. As fate would have it, I soon found myself in a Kundalini Yoga class. During my second Kundalini Yoga class I committed to a 40-day practice and began experiencing powerful changes including the physical and emotional healing I desperately needed. While my story is not extraordinary, the transformation I experienced, with daily practice and regular class attendance, was.
Last week, I was honored to share that story and the practice of Kundalini Yoga & Meditation with my fellow Social Workers at our Statewide NASW Conference. My story simply illustrated how using Kundalini Yoga & Meditation in my self care practice alleviated symptoms of Compassion Fatigue and relieved physical & emotional pain. While my story demonstrates what is possible, the power is in the practice. Together, we practiced the various ways to focus the mind using mantra, mudra, movement, drishti (eye focus) and breath. I taught my colleagues Yogic breathing and how breathing slowly & consciously releases tension & stress, thus increasing vitality. They experienced the shift in vibration that occurs when we chant mantra. Most importantly, they were equipped with the tools to create their own 40-day self care practice.
Soon after my own Kundalini Yoga & Meditation practice began, I knew I wanted to teach and share this powerful technology with others. Teaching in my community of Social Workers is truly a gift and honor. We can all benefit from a self care practice. Give it a try!! Just 3 minutes a day for 40 days and let us know what shifts you experience.
Note: This presentation was inspiring, engaging and practical, and it gave an excellent synopsis on the work of kundalini yoga and meditation as a highly effective and beneficial self-care practice.... with emphasis on SELF care.
If you are interested in this or similar presentation for your group, contact Urban Yoga Chicago.
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