i began studying kundalini yoga after my mom died. in the middle of a physical and emotional breakdown, i was introduced to these teachings as a lifestyle. the kundalini yoga lifestyle is for everyday people who want to take control over their own life and make a difference in the world. lately we hear a lot about it especially from business leaders, entrepreneurs, and hollywood names who use kundalini yoga to support success.
i learned that this yoga is made up of practical components that promised to get me back to health and able to contribute to the world again. at the point when i heard about this, i had a lot of stuff from the past weighing on my spirit. i felt like i had been removed from the world, especially the active world of business where i spent so much of my life. it seemed like all of a sudden i had no role to fill. it wasn't until i read that the master of kundalini yoga, yogi bhajan, said that the first job of a leader is to self-lead, that i felt connected again. meaning, in order to lead oneself, one has to know oneself, accept oneself, find one's strengths, and act from this space of authenticity. after that a leader is prepared to go out in the world and do the right thing.
being a very pragmatic kind of person was absolutely geared for the business world of the 80' and 90's. i saw myself as more of a brain on a stick rather than a human being with a body, mind, and soul. so i wasn't very aware of the toll of stress and emotions on my body. in the yogic lifestyle i learned techniques to take care of myself on all levels. i learned about nutrition and fasting to cleanse the physical body. i learned about creating an early morning yoga and breath practice to begin the day by praising god and cleaning the subconscious mind. it's a wonderful feeling knowing that i can control my world by controlling my breath and bringing my mind to stillness. i learned japa or the repetition of sound codes that slay the dragon of the thought stream. my emotional-commotion has diminished and often, i find myself just sitting in gratefulness for all that is.
one of the greatest pleasures of the yogic lifestyle is being asked by people who know me to share the teachings. every time someone calls me seeking the support of kundalini yoga for their challenges in life, i feel so very blessed to lead the way and to have such incredible tools to show them. the best part is, they come to me because they see the change in me. they want to know what i know. that means i am leading by example. i am leading by being the very best i can be and people react deeply to that. living a yogic lifestyle allows me to once again take on a leadership role and make a contribution even though i am retired. what a great feeling that is!
if you are seriously interested in taking life and leadership to the next level, i am available for international and local consulting. looking forward to hearing from you.