I found Kundalini Yoga via some DVDs leant by a Hatha teacher. At the time I was raising four young sons as a single mum and drinking heavily. I was completely adrift without much of an anchor. Nailing myself to a disciplined sadhana practice massively enhanced (if not saved) my life and those of my children. I still find myself shedding tears as I write this. I am profoundly so grateful.
2010 was when we were still resonating quite strongly with Saturn teachers. These days I am able to be much softer in my approach to my practice and the way I communicate the Teachings but I know that without that initial Saturnian energy I would be much poorer today.
My four sons would also tell you that they’ve benefitted enormously from the Teachings coming into our lives. My second son, Jote Prakash Singh Khalsa has been teaching since he was 18 years old and all of them have practised it to some extent.
When they were little they were very disparaging of my practice…”Oh mum, shut up about the yoga…”. You know how it goes/ My third son could be the worst but, nevertheless, when he got into trouble at a crazy teenage party and one of his friends was fitting from taking some MDMA he may just have saved his life by remembering to chant Sa Ta Na Ma while they waited for the ambulance! It certainly helped everyone else to stay calm.
I finished my teacher training in 2010 which was also when I took up using my spiritual name which means “Princess/Lioness who radiates the dawning light as she meditates upon, repeats and holds the Divine Name within her heart”. Like many people it didn’t resonate with me at all until several years later….when it made complete sense to me! It was significant part of my journey through Shakti Pad because I believed myself to have no voice and no right to a voice from childhood emotional abuse and neglect. I am now thoroughly enjoying playing harmonium and chanting in sadhana…and a recent lockdown project for me has been to learn tabla!
I consider the awareness I have gained, from practicing Kundalini Yoga and working as a Gestalt Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Trainer, to be in service of creating these more vibrant relationships.
My passion and creativity go into building relationships that are more connected and more loving. Relationships like these feed us (and thereby the whole Universe) at the deepest level whether they are the ones we have with ourselves and the ones we have with our family, communities, nations and our planet.
“At the time I was raising four young sons as a single mum
and drinking heavily. I was completely adrift without much of an anchor.
Nailing myself to a disciplined sadhana practice massively enhanced
(if not saved) my life and those of my children.
I still find myself shedding tears… I am profoundly so grateful.”
I have just started a 6 week course for weight loss and increasing your vitality, called “Weighty Matters”.
“Welcoming the I-Thou” is a workshop that I run four times a year. They take a different yogic theme and we work with Kundalini Yoga and Gestalt therapeutic tools. For me combining the two therapies leaves no stone unturned. I have found that a Kundalini practice on its own can too often lead to bypassing the intense and real relationship challenges we are here to experience and learn from. Reversely, counsellors and psychotherapists are often lacking the hugely transformational tools that create the much needed changes to the nervous system and glandular system.
I currently teach online classes every Sunday morning from 10-12noon. Soon to make them a mix of online along with in-person at a studio in York.
I have also produced a series of videos for beginner’s to the practice. You can view these here.
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