13 Jan

Kundalini Yoga, Part 1

I sat down this morning to write you something about Kundalini Yoga, and boy, was that a mistake.

I’ve wanted to write about it for a long time – wanted to capture some of my experience over time, wanted to share some insight into what it is, maybe make it a bit less intimidating for people who are on the fence about it – but I put it off and put if off.  Why?  Because I’m still figuring it out for myself.  Because I don’t want to screw it up.  Because it’s kinda kooky.

Here’s what I want you to know at the start: (1) it found me (not the other way around), and (2) it’s had an incredibly positive impact on my life.  I started going to Kundalini almost 4 years ago now, when my new Chicago neighbors invited me to come along with them to class.  I’d never been to a yoga class before, but had spent plenty of time with Rodney Yee and his DVDs – it didn’t take much convincing to try out the class.  But if I had wandered in on my own (and how would that have ever happened, I wonder), I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have come back for a second go of it.  For many months in the beginning, I did it mainly because I was building friendships with Rita and Charlotte, and I was so thankful for the invitation to join their circle.

As for the positive impact, well… that’s where this story gets really big and a bit unwieldy for me.  Where do I start?  Simply put, this practice sustains me.  It’s been the primary tool for my personal growth over the past few years.  I don’t mean it like there was this grand transformation (I started doing yoga and then I found the perfect job/house/partner!) – it’s just… well, life just works better.  There’s more… ease.

That’s my start… page 1.  I hope that helps – that it intrigues you, that it makes Kundalini seem just a teeny bit more accessible, less weird.  More to come…