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Chakras (Cakras)

Chakras! Super cool. When we did the Kundalini video with David Aleksis, he talked about chakras and so we thought it would be cool to do a video about them. Its one of those terms that you hear a lot, but might not actually know a lot about. So, we’re making this thing to help get oriented:)

To be fair, Cakras are actually part of a much larger and more complex system, much bigger than what we can show you inside of 5mins, but this’ll tell you what they are, what they’re made of and how they work. Hope you like it!

And, if you want to learn more, let us know. We’re making these for you, so if you want to know about something, just tell us!

**video coming soon**

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Its a loaded term. There is Kundalini yoga and then there is just straight Kundalini.

Kundalini as a stand alone term refers to a divine feminine Shakti (vs Siva) energy that lies dormant at the base of the spine.

The yoga is what you do with that latent energy. Once awake, a yogi would raise Kundalini up through the chakras, healing them and making active their powers. Upon reaching the crown of the head Kundalini would merge with the divine male Siva energy. There is then union with the divine, ecstatic bliss and spiritual liberation.

Pretty cool, huh?

And, its hugely beneficial even if you don’t get that far. Merging shakti with siva is at the far end of the spectrum and most of us won’t reach go that far, but will still experience great benefits from practicing Kundalini yoga. Same as how most people won’t become hard core vegans, but would still benefit from eating a salad.

Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan with David Aleksis

Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® is some of the more interesting yoga I’ve ever done.  Its completely different from the average vinyasa class; full of unique asana, meditations and breathing exercises.  Leaves you feeling good and balanced and ready for the day.  Check out the new video we did with David Aleksis. Enjoy!

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I’ve been curious about kundalini for awhile now, so along with taking class at different studios, I’ve been doing a little reading:

> I started with “Kundalini Yoga: The Flow of Eternal Power” by Shakti Khalsa.  Its good as a nice introduction.  Its light and funny and cute and easy to access.

> I’m now in the middle of reading Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa’s “The Eight Human Talents” and I’m finding it a really good and informative read.

> On deck, I’ve got “Meditation as Medicine” by Dharma Sing Khalsa and Cameron Stauth.

As a side note, the observant among you will have noticed that each author has the last name ‘Khalsa’ .  This is given as a last name to kundalini teachers of the Sikh faith.  I’m not entirely sure of the relationship between Sikhism and kundalini, but I do know that Yogi Bhajan the person who brought kundalini to the west, founder of 3ho is himself a Sikh.  I do not know how and in which ways Kundalini and Sikhism are intertwined, but my basic understanding is that the two were separate schools of thought that came into contact hundreds and hundreds of years ago.

**video coming soon**

Kundalini

My friend David Regelin took me to my first Kundalini class last year when I was visiting NYC.  I did not get it.  I was all about how I needed my practice to be uber physical in order to get into my head.  His response was ‘Really?  I feel like [Kundalini] is so direct!”

It made me curious.  So, over the past few months I’ve been going around the city to different Kundalini classes trying to find one that feels good to me.

I went to a class at the YMCA.  Super packed and I was late.  It was a good class.  The teacher was really friendly and recommended a few websites and a couple books to read.  Perfect.  Exactly what I needed.

Then I went to the Phoenix Rising center in Kensington.  The teacher there was subbing in and it was me and two other students.  It was cool and the teacher was super friendly and she gave me lots of fresh info, but still I felt like I wanted to explore more.  Then she told me that there is a Kundalini ashram in the city and I had to check that out.

I did a Saturday morning class at the ashram.  Its a beautiful space, but I didn’t vibe with the teacher at all.

After those three classes, I was starting to feel a little discouraged, but last night I went wayyy out into the west end to a place called Bliss studio and had a really great class.  Yes!  I really liked the teacher (also named David).  He seemed just the right mix of regular person and teacher.  I really liked it.  Definitely going back.

**video coming soon**

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After a summer holiday down in NYC, I’m back with my regular practice and feeling pretty fantastic.  I picked up a few tips from John Campbell and after a full year of working on it, I have finally managed to lower down into karandavasana!  Four days in a row!  I know, I know, most people get it quicker than that, but wah.  I don’t care.  I’m excited that I got it and not just once.  Not just one time of random luck, but four days in a row!

Of course, there is no way I would’ve been able to land it if I hadn’t been practicing all this time, setting up the foundation, getting strong in all the right places, but still the final piece finally arrived.  Success!  Now onto the lifting up out of it…

Ashtanga

Ashtanga yoga.  It is a style of practice that began in India with the late Pattabhi Jois the 20s & 30s, got introduced to the west in the 60s & 70s and now has one of the largest followings worldwide.  Here’s a little video shot with David Robson of AYCT, who is one of the leading Ashtanga teachers in Canada explaining the basics of Ashtanga .  Enjoy!

Here he is in action:

Awesome.  I can count on one hand the number of people I know who can press up like that.  Rad.

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