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Kundalini yoga

During my self quarantine I started kundalini yoga. It’s something I always wanted to try but felt that I might not be able to keep up in a class with other kundalini students. Why…well, I usually don’t give my chronic illness much consideration, nor do I let it adapt a mind frame that hinders me in any way, unless the pain gets too much and I can’t ignore it, of course. I think that in some ways it has even motivated me to defy the odds and that very attitude has served me well so far. It even has left doctors astonished that there isn’t any joint damage to my bones. Yet I have been bad enough twice to know how quickly things can change and how debilitating it can be. Something I might did today, may bring me trouble tomorrow and consistently in performance is not a given. So what better time as the “now” to try kundalini yoga in the comfort of my home!

If any yoga friends are out there reading this, you know that it is much harder than it looks. I had to start with chair yoga because it was hard for me to sit in lotus position on the floor. I have since progressed to sitting on the floor and although still a bit uncomfortable, at least I got there and can tell the difference.

My session started with the powerful mantra of Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo. The words mean “I honor the infinite wisdom, I honor the teacher within.” Immediately I felt connected. What followed was a seemingly easy routine of stretches and breath work, holding your breath suspended and building immunity. 20 minutes of hardly moving left me breathless and I couldn’t even complete the entire routine. But I stuck with it and there was something so fulfilling, something that left me feeling good and strong. I could always notice the difference, right after my workout and guess what…I got better. At this point I continue with the same workout every day until I get the feeling that I have nailed it, before moving on. At that point I plan to focus on a new routine and eventually combine the two, and so on.

The benefits I have seen so far is more flexibility and strength. Even some of the stiffness from the arthritis is subsiding and I notice an overall increased well being. My mind is clearer and I want to say that I am in a different state emotionally, especially during this time that can be challenging for all of us and perhaps depressing. I think kundalini yoga has allowed me to stay stable, to not forget the overall picture and being grateful for everything I have. I know I have said it before that things could always be worse and I won’t take my blessings for granted.

Each session ends with another mantra, called “Sat Nam”. This mantra can also be used during your exercises, using Sat to inhale and Nam to exhale. It’s a wonderful way to support the exercises, the work you are doing and helps you to stay focused. It means “I am truth, truth is my identify or truth is my essence.”

Simply beautiful isn’t it 🙏🏼

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We are the co-creators of our life and the time is now. More than ever are we needed to support Mother Earth and each other. Together we discover and explore our unique gifts in times of strengths, in times we lean on each other, and in times when we learn from each other. This blog started as an outlet and what I ultimately called my “Warriors Journey.” It was a way to document the ups and downs of my life, sharing my hardships as well as my successes. It showcased the struggles, but more important the ways of how to overcome them. Although we are warriors each and every day, I realized that having to be a warrior, comes from a place of pain. I decided to rename this blog, and “Phoenix Rising” now stands for the story of overcoming such a painful place. My motivation for this blog hasn’t changed and I hope to share inspiration and hope, to create a sense of belonging, a space of being heard, and connecting with like minded beings who instill a sense of oneness. We are never alone, and we are unstoppable in the pursuit of what sets our soul on fire. Who I am in a nutshell... 
I am an energy healer and Reiki Master. I am surviving a chronic disease that I’ve sent into remission three times since my initial bout, 15 years ago. I continuously challenge the status quo and by doing so I change my stars. I am a believer that anything is possible. I am a hopeless romantic and I believe that true love exists on various levels. I am an optimist that will always see the glass as half full. I am a dreamer, believing in endless possibilities. Not even the sky is the limit. I have jumped off of the hamster wheel, and I am writing a new chapter. I am chasing my Nirvana to support my most authentic self. This is my story, I am that Phoenix and I am rising from the ashes. Namaste 🙏🏼💙🦋

38 thoughts on “Kundalini yoga

    1. Oh I’m not saying I’ve gotten the hang of it, as it amazes me how exhausted it can leave me, barely moving. Kundalini yoga is all about breath work, suspending the breath and finding your inner rhythm. It looks much easier than it is but I can feel the benefits and in time I hopefully get more successful in executing it.
      I started with chair yoga first, something easy and you can build on that. You should definitely try again. I’m currently doing immune boosting sessions with Brett Larkin. 🙏🏼
      Stay safe my friend. Hugs

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    1. I hear you and it can be intimidating and hard to start. I felt like this for years, wanting to start but didn’t know how and where. In the end I found a style that resonated with me and that I could connect to. It made all the difference the difference. Although being patient with myself, knowing my execution is not perfect helps. Accuracy will come in time. I hope you revisit it again some time 😉

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  1. I ‘started’ a simple yoga thing at one time and it hurt, so I stopped. (OK, I fell over a few times and that was what hurt!) I need to retry this with an I will attitude. Blessings for the reminder!

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    1. Oops wasn’t done yet but I hope you try again. Try chair yoga for beginners or like me for seniors, lol which was easier going until you get the hang of it a bit and are able to stretch those rusty bones.

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  2. Hello fellow Yogi,
    Kundalini is such a beautiful practice! I have personally found it to be the best medicine. What you put in is what you’ll get out. Keep up! It dusts the cobwebs of the mind and opens the heart.

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  3. I have been practising kundalini yoga, I practise it this other morning and I felt it sensation of flow.

    It didn’t cost me a couple of days, I felt weak massively and they called me a doctor.

    Doctor draw the liquid from my spine and said I have bacterial meningitis. I was fed antibiotics and soon I felt okay. I had to be adopted by hospital for at least 16 days if daily antibiotics.

    What’s going on?

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    1. I have never tried Vinyasa but have read that it is faster paced than kundalini. Vinyasa focuses more on the fluid movement from pose to pose where kundalini gets you in touch with yourself, teaches you to go inward and support yourself through your breath even in situations that become uncomfortable. I hope you will give it a try. Best wishes.

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  4. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! I’ve heard such amazing things about Kudalini yoga and this post make me want to try it!!

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    1. You really should and I hope you will. You can start with a beginner session and there is never a need to keep up. You always do YOU and what feels comfortable to you. It’s amazing and I will write a follow up post soon. Thank you for stopping by and have a great weekend.

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