(Full disclosure: I offer Reiki sessions and certifications out of Delta Groove Yoga)
Noon-dalini at Delta Groove Yoga.
I gave a Reiki session at 10am, which went well, then ducked out to get some juice at Juice Bar on Cooper and Peabody. Juice Bar is looking like a very cool spot to meet like-minded people, if you’re into health, yoga, and general juiciness. There I saw Nikki, who works at Delta Groove Yoga, getting some tasty juice! After talking for a bit she invited me to the Noondalini class. I was picking up some juice for my friend Diana, who also works at Delta Groove Yoga, so I agreed. I hadn’t been to a Kundalini Yoga class in several months at this point, so I felt a twinge of apprehension.
About 5 minutes into the class I thought “What have I gotten myself into?!”
But it wasn’t bad. In fact, I had 2+ moments of thinking “I feel physically wonderful!”.
Olivia Lomax, owner and teacher, has a way of encouraging you to keep going exactly at the moment when you feel like stopping. Its uncanny, and downright masterful.
Kundalini Yoga uses chanting, breath of fire, and lots of locks (bandhas) to contain the powerful energy that is generated. I found Kundalini yoga about 5 years ago through Give Yoga off of Mendenhall (now Broadway Pizza). It is an interesting branch of yoga definitely worth exploring. I think what initially attracted me to Kundalini yoga was its emphasis on the spiritual nature of yoga. Whereas Vinyasa seems to focus mostly on the physical body, kundalini focuses on other levels of being; the astral, energetic, spiritual, etc. Because Reiki deals with these energies, this type of experience is easily accessible for me. If you want to experience the more mystical aspects of yoga, choose Kundalini. It’s simply the fastest Yoga route to mystical experiences.
If you just want to look sexy, stick to Vinyasa. It works!
If you want to look sexy, be relaxed, and have mystical experiences, do the 21-Day Yoga Challenge with me and have a balanced mixture of Vinyasa, Yin, and Kundalini Yoga!
Plus, you can help patronize my three favorite midtown Yoga Studios:
Elements Yoga Lounge, Midtown Yoga, and Delta Groove Yoga.
P – 7
M – 7
E – 7
S – 21!
Remember: on a scale of 1-10, rate how you feel in the following categories: Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual.
Over the last several days of the Yoga Challenge I’ve determined that rating myself on spiritual connection is superfluous. Spirituality is eternal. There is never a time when I am not connected to spirit. There are times, however, when I feel disconnected regardless. This is an illusion. Even writing about this right now seems counter-intuitive.
The gift to self is being able to recognize more and more when I feel disconnected (checking in with my emotions).
By the way, I’m listening to www.psytube.at, Forest channel. Psytrance. One of my loves!
That’s it for now, off to hit up some homies to hang out on a Friday night in Memphis. L’Chiam!