After decades of speeding up, keeping pace and being on the run in the City of Angels, finding an inner flow that is always accessible is the key. Moving away from high impact aerobics, I have been following the path of yoga for the past two decades, in alignment with my desire for more inner equilibrium.
While my mother’s generation was taking ‘Librium’ and “Running for the shelter of a mother’s little helper’s to get her through the day’. (Stones, "She Goes Running for the Shelter" lyrics) My generation has learned that ‘Doctor please, some more of these” is no longer the answer. “What a drag it is getting old”.
The practice is something I can do, without questioning my motives, no matter what is going on in my outer life. However, after a recent relocation to another part of town, I discovered new opportunities to find other classes that appealed to me. One that I had known about and had done decades ago, after a car accident, because of the powerful healing qualities was Kundalini Yoga. At the time, I was not connected enough to my inner core to understand the meaning of these strange postures. It felt weird to me, and the breath work was like hyperventilating and I was not mature enough to know the importance of self-healing. Thirty years ago, if you weren’t feeling well, going to a doctor first was the way. Now I have learned enough about myself so that I will consult with my own inner guidance first, before running to Dr. Knowitall.
“Kundalini Yoga also known as laya yoga, is a school of yoga that is influenced by Shaktism and Tantra. It derives its name through a focus on awakening kundalini energy through regular practice of meditation, pranayama, chanting mantra and yoga asana. Called by practitioners "the yoga of awareness", it aims "to cultivate the creative spiritual potential of a human to uphold values, speak truth, and focus on the compassion and consciousness needed to serve and heal others.”
The Kundalini Yoga I resonate with is in the tradition taught by Yogi Bhajan who founded the 3HO, ”Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization.” Known as the Yoga of Awareness, with the attention on self-awareness and experiencing your highest consciousness. In my experience of the other yoga classes I attend are like kindergarten in terms of a spiritual practice. I was seeking an authentic teacher who had achieved a higher level of consciousness that was running through their life and could assist me in accessing my own. I had grown into needing something more, with a focus on the science of the mind and body, to elevate the spirit, which has no boundaries, no discrimination.
I find when my monkey mind does not quit (even in the more strenuous postures) the Kundalini approach has tempered it to a point where I can use the breath to detox the mind and the body at the same time. My ‘been there and done that’ guru seeking, with all the transformational weekend warrior seminars, talk therapy, energy healing work and programs yielded some relief. But relief is not enough, it’s the daily meditation practice that seems to align me to feel my own true north.
What I’ve discovered for myself is: How we’re living ‘off the mat’ really makes the difference.
In my daily show, called my life, I encounter a cast of characters from work to play.While attending a recent Hollywood Oscar gifting suite event, I discovered an angelic presence amongst the bling and party atmosphere. While everyone was running around with the Papparazzi to pick out fun gifts and trinkets, I crossed paths with a radiant feminine essence. Her name is Mahankirn and she was one of the exhibitors at event at the trendy Fig n' Olive restaurant on Melrose Place.
She shared that at the age of 18 she was selected by Yogi Bhagan as his personal assistant and was trained in the sacred art of healing with inner silence, Sat Nam Rasayan®. She was then appointed as his personal healer until his passing ten years later.
Like most gifted healers, Mahankirn had to overcome her own obstacles. She had an accident of a sprained ankle that developed into debilitating paralysis in her right leg. Wheelchair bound and in intense pain, seeking help from hundreds of doctors and specialists around the country, it was Yogi Bhajan who gave her the teaching of Mah Boundlotus® from which she healed herself.
“When she asked Yogi Bhajan why he had waited to teach her this technique he told her that it was because she needed to learn from this experience “that we are perfectly imperfect and imperfectly perfect”.
It seems as if the most profound healers have had to experience their own healing crises and learn how to heal themselves before moving on to heal others.
“It became her passion to share this knowledge with everyone and teach these healing techniques that had helped her so much. She has taught healing workshops, Kundalini yoga and Mah Boundlotus to tens of thousands of people around the world.”
Mahankirn has studied with the only two living masters of the ancient healing technology from India known as Sat Nam Rasayan, Yogi Bhajan and Guru Dev Singh. She has received the highest level of certification in this healing modality.
I had the opportunity to attend a couple of classes with her this past week and was blown away by the powerful transmission of her healing intentions. In my past, I attended some of her master’s healing lectures and felt his presence emanating from her voice.
She embodies the energetic essence of a master healer and my experience of the effects of these teachings were palpable. I am now learning how to detox my thoughts and my stuck energies through the postures and techniques.
SAT NAM RASAYAN is an ancient healing technique where you learn to heal others with your projective meditative mind. You will learn and experience how to heal the effect of events that have caused trauma and/or shock in the system. You will be guided with Kundalini Meditation techniques to experience the YOU within you, and you will work with a partner to apply the meditative mind to learn to heal others.
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