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I must say I am very impressed with the breadth and depth of the teacher training I have been receiving at Spirit Rising Yoga in Chicago.  It’s so wonderful that this great body of knowledge has been placed into a formal teaching curriculum.  Honestly this should be a college course made available through the universities.  I don’t suspect it will be long before a progressive university picks it up as such, maybe the UW will get hip to it.  It provides a subtle blend of psychology, quantum physics, aerobics, anatomy, philosophy, humanology, religion (more so reflection on religious concepts,) and yoga.    I suspect that in the future elements of this course will be rolled out across our educational system for the betterment of humanity.

I got to teach last time we had class together.  I taught Transforming the Lower Triangle into the Upper Triangle.  This kriya focuses on brining the energy from the lower centers (triangle) up to the higher centers (triangle.)  It’s actually a rather challenging, yet achievable set.  I remember taking it for a test spin several weeks ago and saying, wow this is a tough one, I can’t wait to go through it in class, thinking I’d have it taught to me.

Then it turned out that this one was mine to deliver to the class.  I was rather ill the week prior leading up to teaching.  Typically I like to rehearse a kriya for a week or so in the morning prior to teaching, in order to help it lock into my body memory, but my illness stopped me from doing this.  So instead, I was forced to mentally rehearse this in my head, over and over and over again.  At the end of the day the mental rehearsal was probably more helpful then going through the motions over and over.  I spent special attention to the transitions between the exercises in order to create a smooth experience.  I believe this came through in the class I taught.

I got some really kind and constructive feedback from my fellow yogis.  You know it’s pretty amazing this Kundalini Yoga.  While teaching a Teacher does not perform the exercises, demonstrate from time to time, yes, but not perform them.  I was pleasantly surprised to realize an affect of transforming the lower triangle into the upper while teaching a distinct sensation came to light between my third eye and crown.  It’s not that I doubted this to be possible, it’s just that I didn’t even think about this aspect of teaching before.  If you want to master something, teach it right :-)

I am still in the middle of a 40 day Aquarian Sadhana.  I’ve felt much better since the last teacher training and this has really allowed me to deepen my practice.  Lately I’ve felt a very strong connection to the Japji portion of the Aquarian Sadhana, which helps connect to Spirit.  In fact I intend to recite Japji, or something that delivers a similar effect, every day as part of my daily practice.

Today I’ve come to the realization why I’ve been resistant to always waking up at 4 for the Aquarian Sadhana.  It’s because I know in my heart that once I do this, bang, it will become a part of my daily routine ongoing and I wasn’t sure I was ready for that yet.  Thus far I’ve been less focused on the time and more focused on getting through as many of the elements of the Full Aquarian Sadhana as possible.  This past week I’ve made it through all components all days but one.

We are supposed to keep a little Aquarian Sadhana journal of our experiences, so I thought I’d share some here.

Aquarian Sadhana Experiences 

  • At this one time I was deep in a chamber, or cave of sorts.  I felt this other entity some ways away from me and there was a vacuum of sorts in between us.  Not completely understanding what or who the entity was I rehearsed a mantra of protection.  After further reflection I do not suspect I required protection, I simply need to get used to new experiences from within
  • Regularly during the chanting I slip out of regular consciousness, then pop back in, not knowing if I’ve been chanting for the past X amount of time, or simply in a semi slumber, or deeply abstracted.
  • One morning I heard the voice of a fellow teacher in training chanting, Sat Siri Siri Akal.
  • I find that after I go through an entire Aquarian Sadhana and sit in silence for a while, there is a tremendous amount of energetic activity within my minds eye.
  • Virasan is one challenging pose to maintain during the chanting part of the Aquarian Sadhana, lately I’ve found it to be extremely uncomfortable across my back and shoulders.  I guess I’ve got some blocks to push through.
  • I do have the kriya for my Aquarian Sadhana memorized, which is cool.  It seems as though this portion of my practice is already well established and comes with ease
  • I have a small statue of Lord Krishna is my yoga room.  This morning I had a vision of the Statue/Lord Krishna, in a slightly different position, but standing high upon a building.  I thought to myself, yes, that’s as it should be.

On another note, I’ve realized that I’ve had a regular Kundalini Yoga practice for the past 4 years now.  I can’t believe the change that has occurred in my life since I began, well I believe it now, but if you would have told me then what I know now I would have been like, yeah right what ever.

I truly love Kundalini Yoga and look forward to being a vehicle for helping others with their transformations!