Yoga as Medicine
Medicine is something that heals us. Something that we take to restore balance. Healing is not the same as curing, although the two are related. To cure is to eliminate evidence of disease: to heal is to become whole.
Yoga is about becoming a whole person. There are many darknesses, stories and patterns within us that will always be with us: we cannot ‘eliminate’ them as they are simply the way we are drawn. There is much spiritual talk of ‘living in the light’- but, for me, the yogic path is about living with, and in, both our dark and our light.
In this way, yoga is profound medicine. It invites us deep into the psyche, into the belly, into the darkness of Selfhood so that we may come to know who we are. And with this burgeoning self-awareness, we can live more fully in the world. More consciously. Making better, or more informed, choices for ourselves. We come to know our triggers; our gifts; our broken-ness; our sorrows and joys. And we can embrace them. We can even come to love the whole thing- for it uniquely us.
There never has been, nor ever will be, another person on the planet who is exactly like you. Yoga teaches us how to show up in the world in all our ragged glory.
“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, and compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.” Lao Tzu
What is Kundalini Yoga?
Kundalini Yoga- as taught by Yogi Bhajan- if coined the ‘Yoga of Awareness’. It is based on the premise that we are not yet fully aware of the whole Self. There is much more to discover about ourselves and our potential. To become more aware requires developing our ability to feel and look deeply into the body-mind. We need tools to do that. Kundalini Yoga is one such tool, and a very potent one. Kundalini Yoga works with the breath, body postures, relaxation techniques and meditation to open yourself to the vaster realm that makes up your totality.
It is an energetic experience: we work with yogic models that you may be familiar with- such as the chakra system- and the 10 yogic bodies, the nature of the tattvas, or elements, and so on. Kundalini Yoga encompasses a broad scope of philosophy and energy medicine principles. It is a bright, refreshing practice that can also offer you a comprehensive path to self-knowledge, and delivers results fast. This is why I love it!
What is KunYin Yoga?
This is my own unique fusion of Kundalini Yoga practices with Yin Yoga practices. It offers the use of sound & mantra, Kundalini principles, married with the Daoist insights & deep physical & emotional release of Yin Yoga.
The polarity of yang energy is called yin energy. A go-slow, savour the moment, ‘take it gently’ energy. Many yoga classes work with the strong yang energy; cultivating that beautiful inner fire that cleanses, purifies, & gives us heat & light.
In KunYin Yoga, we cultivate a different kind of energy. Yin Yoga focuses on holding postures (asanas) for longer periods to deeply stretch the connective tissues- ligaments, tendons, & fascia (connective tissue). The focus is on letting go, deep relaxation & breathwork, & allowing gravity to take us deeper into release.