Nature provides for us all the elements we need to experience a fulfilling yoga practice: Walking on the earth in our bare feet on the way to the mat, stepping on natural elements like stone pavers interlaced with soft groundcovers, breathing in fresh air, feeling the breeze on our necks, and feeling warm life-giving sun on our faces.
This is where the beauty, efficiency, and art of Kundalini Yoga comes in. You don’t have to look good in spandex coordinates, you don’t have to be in any particular physical shape, you can wear jeans, you can do it at your desk, you can do something for three minutes, there is literally NO BARRIER TO ENTRY.
Joint pain, dizziness and cramps are common complaints, especially among beginning yogis who don’t know what level of discomfort, if any, might be appropriate. At the same time, it can be confusing when a teacher says, “Find your edge,” or “Breathe into discomfort.”
Rise never flags in its efforts to get the listener up and moving, appreciative and ready for the day or night ahead.
“I love how commercially popular yoga has become and I will never say anything bad about yoga’s expansion. However, I felt that I was only teaching an asana practice—not a yoga practice. I knew there was so much more to it.”
We all know many dedicated, professional yoga teachers and studios who do wonderful service, but this series is a good (and occasionally amusing) reminder that those who teach yoga need to not only “manifest a vision,” but also eat and pay the rent.
Using a frank and honest voice that weaves personal anecdotes with simple, direct applications in the areas of work, money, creativity, food and drink, solitude, meditation, healing and aging, freedom, enlightenment, sex and relationships, Allen provides ample practices for living the life of your dreams in this very moment.
Sometimes a weekend can feel so free and wonderful that the last thing you want on Monday is to get back to being focused. Is that you? Maybe you can relate to Angrier Yoga. It might even snap you out of it!
When backlash in the press sent the yogi back to his homeland he noted with relief that, “It’s wonderful to walk among people who don’t need coaxing to be spiritual.”
The resulting trance rhythms hypnotize the soul as they also propel listeners into ecstatic dance. An insistent rhythm on tunes like “Amma” and “Praying for Love” (a trippy arrangement that includes some of her most pop-influenced lyrics to date) makes it a challenge to sit still.