I’ve experienced Kundalini yoga as a powerful tool for personal transformation. I began practicing yoga fairly recently as a way to decompress from an intensely stressful job working with mentally ill inmates. Kundalini yoga was the only yoga to get past my very busy mind allowing me to reach my calm center.
During the summer of 2013 I made the time attend a week-long men’s Kundalini yoga retreat in Vancouver, BC. This was way off my beaten path. And it was one of the most significant events in my life. It was a week in the forest talking about what it means to be a Man of Consciousness, and intensely practicing yoga in the company of forty-five men.
Practicing yoga around only men changes the dynamics of the work tremendously. We are social creatures. We behave in certain ways in mixed company. Which is absolutely correct and acceptable. However, by allowing ourselves to drop that set of mannerisms, we can more simply and readily get to the core of our masculinity. We can give voice to who we are. We get to sweat and grunt and engage with our authentic self in a bit more honest manner. By engaging with our authentic self, we can go out into the world with more integrity and clarity.
Kundalini Yoga is called “The Yoga of Awareness”. In this ALL LEVELS class, students will experience a kundalini yoga kriya (set of movements) and meditation that is suitable for all levels of experience. We will focus on the foundational aspects of pranayama (breathing), mantras (chants) and mudras (hand positions) to build an understanding of yoga beyond the usual physical poses and movements. Through the practice of this yoga we are told one can develop a calm mind, a strong yet relaxed body, and the experience of linking the finite self with the infinite consciousness.
My goal is to create a space where we can be around other men of Spiritual Consciousness and become the powerful men we were born to be.