July 15, 2014 § Leave a comment
On July 13, 2014, Aquarian Yoga Center’s first class of Kundalini Yoga teachers graduated from a year-long training with Gurudass Kaur (center). It was a momentous occasion and a miraculous year.
Below, some excerpts from our practicums: The question we answered was “What is Kundalini yoga?” Feel free to post your own definition in the comment area.
Akasha Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is known as a Raj or Royal yoga because it was once practiced only by a select few in India. Now, it has gained popularity in American culture and has come to be known as the yoga of awareness. Why is that? The practice raises one’s awareness of the multidimensional nature, of the energy body and the subtle spiritual realms. Through the use of sound vibration, breath control, precise body movements, hand gestures and eye focus, the technology of Kundalini Yoga enables the practitioner to overcome any obstacles and attain greatness.
Harjot Kundalini yoga is a technology; it’s also a spiritual and physical practice. It’s a yoga that utilizes asana (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), mudra (hand positions), meditation, and mantra (the repetition of sounds to achieve a certain effect). Kundalini yoga has been called the Mother of all yogas; it’s also been called the Yoga of Awareness. If you want to get to the union of body, mind, and spirit, Kundalini yoga will take you there. But more than all these things Kundalini yoga is an experience—your unique, individual experience. It’s a practice that will answer the call of your individual soul.
Savitri Kundalini Yoga is a mother yoga that teaches you, challenges you, encourages you, pokes you, embraces and loves you, to unite your finite and infinite self for you to awaken your true self. You birth again through her. SAT NAM !
Sat Kirtan Kundalini is the yoga of awareness.
Shama A Key to OUR INNER Kingdom which connects US to our Kreator of pure LOVE… An unconditional LOVE A priceless treasure which exists within each one of us. A serene peace illuminates from this inner KINGDOM as the divine has created this realm for all Kreatures on this land. An inner kingdom in which WE hold all the gifts given by our true LOVE – a white light – an unconditional LOVE. We must have the courage to unlock this Key to enter the Kingdom! For me Kundalini Yoga is my union with the divine… there is nothing like Kundalini Yoga as the one who Kreated me and sent me on my journey to experience the love and beauty of the grand kreation. It is my PEACE. Wahe Guru.
Guru Rattan Kundalini yoga offers you an experience of your true self, your sat nam, your true identity. Because it is known as the yoga of awareness…by practicing it you will become more aware of yourself. Using breath, movement, mantra, & eye focus to allow energy to flow through the body releasing all that blocks the way to you.”
This month also featured a move to a beautiful new space at 127 Valley Road. Below, a picture of Savitri leading a Celestial Communication as her son looks on at our Opening Celebration. At right, Dee (Sarabraj Kaur) with Gurudass on graduation day. Wishing love, light, and peace to all!
June 16, 2014 § Leave a comment
by Kathy Livingston (Harjot Kaur)
After class on Sunday we had a little surprise for Akalsukh to celebrate his birthday. Happy birthday, and may you have a year of blessings ahead, Akalsukh!
On the same day, I brought my butterfly home—it has graced the front window since Aquarian Yoga Center’s opening in 2011. Now that we are about to move to a new space (be sure to come to the grand opening celebration on July 5!) it seemed a good time for this butterfly to fly on home for a while.
Two things I have learned from yoga are 1) Everything changes, and 2) Change is good. Change can also be scary, intimidating, annoying and uncomfortable, but unless we learn to embrace it we are sure to suffer, because everything, everything… changes. To be happy we must learn to let go, flow, and be in the now.
I have also learned a lot of other things from yoga. Thanks to Akalsukh and Kundalini yoga, I have learned to be patient and positive, two things I always struggled with in the past. Kundalini yoga and that wonderful Yogi Bhajan lecture “Patience Pays,” teaches us that the hand of the Divine will take care of us—that our Creator will be there for us always, and though we may not always see the big picture or understand why things are happening in a particular way, we can be certain that there is a reason: All we need to do is trust and “Let the hand of God work for you.”
As we move to a new location at 127 Valley Road and begin a new chapter in the continuing story of Aquarian Yoga Center, may we all stay present, and fill our hearts with gratitude, knowing deep within that whatever comes next is exactly what is meant to be.
Happy Birthday to Akalsukh, and happy new home to Aquarian Yoga Center! Sat Nam and blessings to all.~
March 31, 2014 § Leave a comment
By Sat Kirtan Kaur
I have always known there are similarities between scuba diving and yoga. My scuba diving trip this past month became a yogic journey epic in proportions that I never could have experienced if not for my yoga practice.
As I descended again and again into the infinite blue, the vastness I was enveloped in was much like focusing at my third eye. Weightless, floating, immersed in the moment, I was all-present. I could see forever. Light above darkness below, I was in between.
Breath, the primary life force. Slow, deep, rhythmic prana that transcended my body into a deep relaxation. Entering into another world that I effortlessly blended into, becoming part of the space. Gracious creatures surrounding me; beautiful landscapes of hard and soft corals. Amazing teacher, I am so grateful for this experience, humbled by the grace.
Editor’s Note: This beautiful, heartfelt piece by Kundalini yoga teacher trainee Sat Kirtan Kaur reflects the remarkable way this practice changes our lives, following us off our mats–even into the depths of the deep blue sea.
January 4, 2014 § Leave a comment
Sat Nam – Divine Light
By Shama Kaur
There is Truth in thee…
There is Love in thee…
There is Peace in thee…
Truth, Love, Peace are in myself as
YOU…Divine Light has created this form of me!
You are my creator. All that I have is from You.
Bless my soul….
Bless our Union….
May we always be in UNISON with the white light illuminating from within my soul.
—Written by Shama Kaur on Jan 2, 2014 (47 days after her first White Tantric Yoga Experience)
Editor’s Note: We are happy to share this beautiful poem written by Kundalini yoga teacher trainee Shama Kaur. She was inspired to write this after attending White Tantric Yoga in NYC in November. Shama explains, “My first White Tantric experience was intense and divinely beautiful. I would like to share a poem which expresses my state of being, written today, 47 days after my experience.”
November 7, 2013 § 1 Comment
In honor of our Second Anniversary and the upcoming holiday season we thought it would be appropriate to ask some of our students, teachers, and teacher trainees why they are grateful for AquarianYoga Center. We invite you to add your own words of gratitude in the comments area below or email us and we’ll add your words of gratitude to this post. There is no end to the thankfulness we feel for our spiritual home. Here are a few comments we’ve collected so far:
Shabad Avtar Kaur (Aggie): “Look for the answer in the same place that you found the question! In short – each and every day ever since I’ve had the opportunity to build a relationship with Kundalini yoga at AYC my question is: ‘Is your heart open and clear to accept and embrace your whole self, as well as others, in unconditional love?’ – I am able to receive the affirming answer at AYC, my spiritual home, through devotion and the steady practice of Kundalini yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan. For this I am very grateful.”
Dasjeet (Joe): “Aquarian Yoga is a place that spiritually uplifts you as you spiritually evolve. I truly appreciate Aquarian Yoga for its dedication to Kundalini yoga and community. Each class brings you closer to discovering the real you and the person next to you. A place of great energy, community and support.”
Sevakpreet Kaur (Karolina): “I am grateful for the opportunity and privilege to teach and be part of a community that feels like family and a place that feels like home! Aquarian Yoga is my home away from home! I am grateful beyond words for my teacher Akalsukh and everything he has taught me and continues to do so tirelessly every day; for his enormous efforts, sacrifices, tireless work and selfless giving to make AYC what it is today! I am just grateful, filled with joy and bliss for Aquarian Yoga and the community! Happy 2nd anniversary and many, many more blessed years to come! Wahe Guru!”
Akasha Kaur (Marina): “I’m grateful that there is a Kundalini Yoga studio in New Jersey where I can do the Teacher Training course that I’ve been postponing now for 12 years! I’m grateful that Akalsukh has taken it upon himself to manage AYC and teach many of the classes. I’m also grateful for the New and Full Moon classes/workshops every month.”
Shama: “There are no accidents in this world and everything is in divine order as it should be. When the soul goes within and connects to the divine, the vibrational frequency uplifts and doors within our earthly realm open up as well. That is how I feel about Aquarian Yoga Center as my continued journey to connect to my own soul and my deep thirst for understanding Kundalini yoga brought me to this sanctuary of souls who were on a similar quest. I am deeply grateful to my soul sister Aggie (Shabad Avtar) who mentioned there is a Kundalini center in Montclair. My first experience was with 5 am morning Sadhana – I was welcomed with unconditional love from this beautiful soul sister (a goddess). Then the actual experience of group sadhana was uplifting and intoxicating! I was just in a state of love and in love with myself and how I can grow my higher self. I found a place to grow my soul with people who can understand. I am in a state of knowing my soul purpose and I quickly realized Kundalini teacher training is a path I must follow. I then enrolled in the AYC first teacher-training program. I love each class experience; I cry, laugh, giggle, connecting with others and myself. It is beautiful. I am grateful to all the souls I have met and will be meeting at AYC. I love taking the classes at AYC; they bring about a creation within me I love to express with poetry, painting and dancing. I feel like my soul has butterfly wings and I can just fly!”
Sukhdev (Maria): I will always be grateful to Akalsukh, our patient Kundalini yoga teacher. I will always be grateful for his encouragement in learning to quiet my mind in the midst of adversity and chaos–to surrender my fears, pride and tears and come back home again and again to that beautiful, peaceful place within. Wahe guru!
Savitri: “Why am I grateful for AYC? Ummm, let me think… besides opening their doors and introducing me to Kundalini yoga; besides opening their hearts and welcoming me as a member of their family/community that extends knowledge and love to each of us; and besides their amazing hard workers, committed, and loving teachers…they have the best Yogi Tea ever!!!! Thank you, AYC, for being part of our lives.”
Sarabraj (Dee): I am truly grateful for Aquarian Yoga Center not only because I teach Flow Yoga there but I’m also a student/teacher trainee of this wonderful yoga practice as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Every class taken is with knowlegeable, caring teachers who are interested in guiding students on the path of Kundalini yoga. The studio is warm and inviting. I’m so happy to have found a spiritual home. Thank you, Akalsukh. Sat Nam!
Sat Kirtan (Kristina): I am humbled to be part of this amazing community. The selflessness each one of you embraces encourages me to to keep up. Thank you all for everything you do to keep this sacred space for all who enter. We are showered with pure grace.
Marcus: Most grateful for AYC for providing our community both local, world wide and into the universe & multiverse with a center of love, light, peace, laughter, joy & compassion. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Sat Naam.
Harjot Kaur (Kathy): “I am grateful for the new gong! It is great to have two gongs at the center, and this one has such a lovely vibration. I am also grateful that we now have two studios, two bathrooms (lol!) and also along with the theme of “two” we have “too” many wonderful teachers and students to name. Thank you to each and every one who makes AYC such an extraordinary, heart-centered place. I am also especially grateful to/for Akalsukh for his wisdom, devotion, and dedication and to/for Gurudass Kaur who is our phenomenal lead teacher trainer. And I am grateful for the Buddha in the window who calms my heart every time I walk by the center.”
Come celebrate our Second Anniversary on November 17th and join in the gratitude fest. We also have a great kirtan coming up on November 30th with the remarkable sacred chant artists Sat Purkh Kaur and Abhai Raj. Check our website for the many workshops, classes, kirtans and events as we enter our Third Year of this blessed center.
Please feel free to sign into our blog and enter your own words of gratitude in the comment area below or email a few sentences for posting to Harjot at email@example.com.
Sat Nam and Happy Second Anniversary, AquarianYoga Center! The journey of miracles continues…feel the love, joy, and gratitude!
August 16, 2013 § Leave a comment
by Kathy Livingston
After yet another inspiring class at AquarianYoga Center recently, we gathered by the yogi tea urn, and as we were chatting we suddenly realized our toes reflected both our diversity and our unity. As Lea (who took the picture above) posted on Facebook, “Happy Feet! We all really are unique!”
Coincidentally, I had just been listening to a new CD by Snatam Kaur of children’s songs called Sat Nam! One of the tracks is called “All the Colors of the Rainbow.” The chorus goes, “All the colors of the rainbow, all the colors of the rainbow, all the colors of the rainbow, that’s how I know you love me so!” It’s a very sweet song (and if you have kids, they’ll love the CD).
Even though many of us usually wear white when we practice Kundalini yoga, we are all colorful with our unique rainbow characteristics (as you can tell from our toes!). One of the things I most love about the practice is its all-inclusiveness. Kundalini yoga is for everyone, and we respect and honor each and every person’s path. I remember being surprised at one of the very first classes I ever attended, when the teacher (Akalsukh, of course!) asked us each to introduce ourselves to one another at the beginning of the session, and tell a little about ourselves. I’d never had this happen in a yoga class before. The message seemed to be, “Even though we’re all unique, we’re also all one, so let’s get to know each other!”
One of the sutras for the Aquarian Age, given to us by Yogi Bhajan, is “Recognize that the other person is you.” To me, this means that even though we may have different hairstyles, eye color (and nail polish colors), jobs, ethnic backgrounds etc., our hearts and souls still yearn for the same things. We are all here to be happy, which is our birthright. We are all here to give. We are all here to love.
I hope to see you at a class or workshop soon! In the meantime, if you can identify whose toes belong to whom in the photo above (those in the picture or present at the class when the pic was taken excluded from this offer—sorry!) I will personally buy you a copy of Snatam’s new CD. (However…I’m not sure I know the answer myself!)
July 23, 2013 § Leave a comment
I’m a bit of a late bloomer in some areas. Many years ago, when I was in college, my dad suggested that I get my teaching certificate. I took all the courses, and even went on to get a permanent teaching certificate with my M.A., but the truth of the matter was, I didn’t really want to teach. The required student teaching segment of my training (English, to 10th graders) actually made me ill. I was so nervous each morning that I went to the college physician to get Valium (I never took it, though). In short, teaching just scared the heck out of me. I became a writer instead.
So why am I now about to embark on a Kundalini Yoga teacher training program at AquarianYoga Center with Gurudass Kaur, Akalsukh, Sat Kartar, Ravi Inder, and Kartar Singh? The reason is that my heart is full with Kundalini Yoga, and whether I ever actually teach a class or not, I want to know more…I yearn to understand more…I want to immerse myself in the magic and mystery (and yes, the science) of this technology. I realize, after nearly four years of Kundalini Yoga, that the practice has profoundly changed my life, and for that I am grateful. And I realize that I want to share what I have learned and continue to learn—whether it’s with a class full of yoga students or simply with my sons, friends, or siblings.
Yogi Bhajan, it is said, didn’t want to collect students; he wanted to create teachers. When I first heard this I thought it was rather odd. But now, going on four years into the practice, I better understand the devotion and passion that inspired him to make this statement. Yes, he wanted people to learn; but he also wanted people to teach. It is the only way to widely share the amazing benefits of this unique method of yoga… the yoga of awareness, the yoga of music, of mudra, mantra, of dancing, of spirit. I have practiced many styles of yoga in the past eight years and no contest (not that in yoga there would be a contest!), but I believe and feel that Kundalini Yoga is the most direct route to the soul.
All this is by way of saying that if you are thinking, considering, wondering, wandering, weighing, debating, and/or dreaming about becoming a Kundalini Yoga teacher now is the time and the time is now. I doubt that anyone could be more skeptical, critical, or doubtful of Kundalini Yoga than I have been….and perhaps that is why it has taken me four years to get to this point (and ps I don’t yet have a spiritual name!). But when I learned of this remarkable opportunity to study at my spiritual home with a group of phenomenal teachers my negative mind turned off and my heart said “Yes!” It is time to become a teacher.
I hope you will join me if your spirit calls you to this path. Find out more here about the first Kundalini Yoga teacher training in New Jersey, and please…sign up soon so we can begin this exciting journey together!