December 9, 2014 § Leave a comment
By Kathy Livingston (Harjot Kaur)
Aquarian Yoga Center recently hosted a screening of Awake, the new documentary film about beloved yogi Paramhansa Yogananda. The Rialto Theatre in Westfield was filled with yogis of all traditions, many of whom have read the extraordinary book Autobiography of a Yogi, the engrossing and enlightening memoir that Yogananda penned about his life.
Yogananda brought the concept of yoga and meditation to the US in the 1920s, and established a thriving center on the West Coast. His message was that if we continue in our busy lives, forgetting to go within and connect with Spirit and our true nature, we will miss our chance to experience the bliss that is available to us in this earthly existence. Thousands of people around the world have been drawn to Yogananda’s teachings, and to his example of a life lived in a truly spiritual manner; he kept his connection to the Divine in every waking moment.
Coming together as a community to share this film and to learn about this great master was a lovely and touching experience. No matter what your yogic path, there is always room to learn from others; after all, within our hearts we are all the same, we are all creatures of God with a purpose to love and to find the happiness that is our birthright.
In this season of light, let’s remember Yogananda’s words, “Live quietly in the moment and see the beauty of all before you. The future will take care of itself…” Thank you, Aquarian Yoga Center, for sharing this quote, and for bringing this unforgettable movie to us.
Happy holy days, and may you experience the Bliss that is Divinely yours. Peace, love, and blessings to all. Sat Nam & Namaste!
October 10, 2014 § Leave a comment
By Harjot Kaur (Kathy)
This November marks the third anniversary of AquarianYoga Center Montclair, which opened on 11/11/11! Another milestone is in the making this month with the opening of a new additional center in Westfield. On October 25th, join us for a Grand Opening Celebration there! Check out the website for all the details of this fun and entertaining day, which will include yoga, dance, music, vegan food, and much, much more!
Change and growth are part of life, and as Aquarian Yoga expands and blossoms we must be ready to accept the gifts that the universe provides and flow with the river of life. Aquarian Yoga is now offering a range of classes, including prenatal yoga, Afro-Brazilian dance, Sacred Indian dance, Shakti Dance (and teacher training) and more. We also have a lot of wonderful new teachers at both centers—try out their classes and see which style and approach resonates with you! Check out the new offerings at each studio on our website.
Yoga changes lives…we all know that by now. It helps us to let go of fear, to cope with conflicting emotions, to overcome anger, to deal with grief, to calm our worries, to soothe our broken hearts. Yoga helps us to re-discover the joy in our lives, to once again find our inner child, to connect with our inner voice, to listen to and answer the call of the soul. As Aquarian Yoga continues to evolve and grow, Westfield AYC will reach out to a new community, offering the many blessings of the practice of Kundalini and other styles of yoga. This is true cause for celebration!
Let’s join together to celebrate and give thanks for yet another inspiring chapter in the continuing story of Aquarian Yoga. See you all on Saturday, October 25th at the brand new Aquarian Yoga Westfield! As we change, grow and blossom, there are many ways that we can uplift and support one another. Peace, love, and light to all! Sat Nam & Namaste.
August 30, 2014 § Leave a comment
A beautiful light shined on Aquarian Yoga Center this year. Her name: Anand Nivas Kaur. Anand Nivas is soon heading back to her homeland for a while, but we know she will return one day with her winning smile and generous heart. In the meantime, we send her our gratitude and prayers. Thank you for your light, love, and dedication, Anand Nivas! We were blessed by your presence, grace, and your stunning voice (especially at morning sadhana!). Though we will miss you, we wish you the very best as you continue on your life journey! Ang Sang Wahe Guru! Peace and love to you always.
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.”