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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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Who am I, and why I write. I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I am the one, holding on to the silver lining when the skies are gray. I’m a believer that nothing is coincidence, but that everything has purpose. I’ve made my mistakes, don’t we all, but I see them as growing pains and they are a part of who I am today. I have lost myself in order to find myself, and I still do from time to time, but in a good way. I’m a big child who laughs until my belly hurts when life wants to be serious. Career wise: I’ve been there, done that, and I took “The jump” off the hamster wheel in an effort to change my future. I didn’t land all that soft, but I can say that I’m still proud to have found the courage to do it. Coming full circle, I had it all, and yet I was lonely and had nothing. Today I choose to be a collector of moments and I chase memories, instead of the material stuff. Less is more, and the motto is quality over quantity. You’d be amazed at how freeing it can be. I see myself as a free spirit that believes in an unconventional lifestyle. Somehow I go against the grain most of the times, not to rebel, but because it feels right to stay true to my unique and authentic self. It takes courage, and you often stand alone, but if you dare, you soon realize that it is the only way if you don’t want to lose who you are. Just like most, my past wasn’t easy and I come from a life that didn’t always give me the opportunity to be heard. Few related and even fewer cared to take the time. But that’s the past and it’s history, the future hasn’t happened and the “NOW” is truly all we ever have. In the end we all have a story to tell, and we all seek to be understood. We all yearn to be heard and accepted and still life is hard and our path is full of stumbling blocks. If we can see the lessons in adversity we may realize that the toughest moments are often our greatest teachers. There is a reason for the saying that the stars can’t shine without darkness, and it might be darkness that will show you the light.
It took a series of (un)fortunate events, to learn to glow through the pain, to learn how to dance in the rain. I believe in Magic and wonder, and the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. As an empath this old soul often feels a little too much, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Today, I am here to tell my story because I believe that it can help others. It is my hope to bring inspiration and strengths to you, while showing you that it can be done. I know you are out there, and I know you are suffering in silence. I am here to tell you that you are not alone, and your voice is being heard loud and clear. Hang on and be strong, transformation is yours. 
In light and love....Rhapsody Bohème 💙🦋

36 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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