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The Most Important Thing I Learned at 3HO Summer Solstice – How To Get Through Every Block.

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I kept hearing the answer to the sutra ‘There is a way through every block” even before Summer Solstice. Love. Over and over again. Love.

My first Solstice I had to dig real deep to get there and to get through it but I felt at home, everything familiar. When I told people it was my first Summer Solstice after 15 years of Kundalini Yoga everyone always seemed surprised. I know many people in the community around the world, this blessing made the experience so very full and also very challenging. I felt my weakness, frailty, and pain were on display.

Each day I was confronted with blocks, with circumstances highlighting deep seated fears and painful places. My need to fix things, obsession with perfection – in everything, fear of chaos and the unknown, doubt, not doing enough, making mistakes, and hurting others unintentionally because of my own feelings.

The experience brought an immersion into peace, a commitment to honoring my bodies needs, to say no, to create boundaries, to keep up, to give and love even through pain and doubt. I recognized my deep need to give, and be loyal, and to fully appreciate the grace and beauty of my own radiant smile that touches peoples hearts deeply.

Almost every day I hitched up or down the mountain, some days both. There is no other time or place I would consider doing it, but it was part of the experience and plan to connect with more people, to gain sparkling nuggets of divine wisdom.

Leading up to Tantric I was told how important it is for us to heal the generational karma so that we can break the chains of karmic bondage and fulfill our destiny. The final day of Tantric we chanted Akal, the air thickened with the energies of the souls connected to us. What laid out before me was the importance of generational healing that transcends any obligation in the physical. The work we do as yogis is profound, the soul clearing, the karmic purifying is the reason I incarnated into a family I have never quite understood, felt so much turmoil from, could always palpably see the entanglement of illusion, meanwhile resisting it every minute.
White Tantric Yoga, Summer Solstice Sadhana, Ram Das Puri, New Mexico, June 24, 2014.

Photographs © Andy Richter. Andy is currently immersed in a photographic exploration of yoga that will take form as a book in the coming years. The journey continues to lead him into the presence of great masters, to ascetics meditating in caves, to massive gatherings of humanity and always to a deeper knowledge and experience of yoga.To see more of his work, please visit www.andyrichterphoto.com.

I saw the light of love and partnership, the possibility for me in the smiling face of a beautiful child. The last day of the festival I hitched up with Sat Siri of Ra Ma Da Sa Institute. Sitting in the backseat with her beautiful daughter, her eyes on my face, and holding my hand against her heart brought home what I discovered in day two of Tantric.

When I am asked if I want children I always, very particularly say no. My attitude against something tied to my perspective and experience of relationships, and family was a massive block to finding peace and happiness in those realms. That fear, taken on from generations of karma and my own parents experiences passed onto me was wedge in my destiny. What I felt, in a wave of release and love was the possibility, and heart felt desire to have children, and the faith and hope of the possibility of that fulfillment.

While Solstice was extremely painful, while I was confronted very obviously with challenge, I will be back next year (and not just because I anticipate my debut album to be released). There is no other stronger, more sacred experience I have been through that has given me the opportunity of healing, of forgiveness, and growth. And meanwhile I am still crying over its loss, pain, and beauty…I am basking in its joy, and infinite love, its breaking open of my heart. While I am still feeling pangs of hurt, having moments of serious wailing and weeping, it is the way through, and part of the process for me. Healing generational karma can be a tough job, but it is a great soul service, one made with love and devotion.

 

Yoga is for ‘EveryBODY’

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My journey with Kundalini Yoga began fourteen years ago. Kundalini Yoga has enriched my life in ways I never imagined, and has taken me by surprise many times. It did not take long for me to see I did not just stumble upon Kundalini Yoga. I was lead by destiny, that unseen hand that guides us, which has found me here, creating this wonderful space for Kundalini Yoga.

Yogi Bhajan left for us a wealth of knowledge so vast it is a marvel one man could share and create so much in a lifetime. He gave us teachings to empower and experience ourselves. Thousands of kriyas, meditations and lectures for us to experience and share with each other. He created, and supported the creation of companies and products for people wishing to live a healthy lifestyle. His life was a life of seva, dedicated to the upliftment of humanity.

Yogi Bhajan has been a very important, and spiritually intimate figure in my life. I never met him in person, but he has made himself known to me in the most beautiful ways. I have felt his touch, his voice, and his light, blessing me with grace, and a love so pure, and unconditional.

Kundalini Yoga is for everyBODY’ (as he would say), from every walk of life, no matter what your age, or what your difficulty, Kundalini Yoga can support you and help you transform. Over the years as a sevadar and employee of several yoga studios, I have seen many students fear starting a yoga practice. The judgement starts before they even cross the threshold of the studio door. Without my strong encouragement and assurance that anyone can do Kundalini Yoga, they never would have taken the chance. Being given the opportunity to support people in empowering themselves, I am most deeply grateful for. We are all on the same ship here. Yoga is not a place of performance, where we are on show for the world, but the sacred place we go to find ourselves. It is not until it is experienced that the power of Kundalini Yoga can be known.

I am always striving to remember, what is most important, what liberates me, that we are here to serve and uplift one another. It is an honor to be a part of creating another way for us to connect with each other and share the teachings of Kundalini Yogi that are so needed in this ever changing, fast paced world.

– Sat Avtar Kaur

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