Jen and I are basically co-presidents of Gabby’s fan club, so when we saw she was hosting a Kundalini workshop, we decided to buy tickets.
I trekked down to Chinatown after work in the cold to meet up with Jen at Golden Bridge Yoga (which is a really pretty space.) The line to register was nearly out the door, and I began wondering why I was there. I finally found Jen, got a big hug from her, and we went upstairs.
They handed me a mat, and I laid it down next to Jen’s. As more people piled in, we were encouraged to move our mats even closer. The closer mats get in yoga, the more anxious I get. So, totally defeating the point. But, the mats obviously weren’t going to get any further, so I knew I had to resign myself to the experience.
I should note here that I’d done Sculpt Fusion that morning and Cyc the night before, so my everything was ridiculously sore. (So sore that I tried adding milk to my coffee yesterday morning and lost total muscle control and poured half a container in. Which was fun.)
For those of you unfamiliar with Kundalini yoga, it is very different from forms of yoga you are probably accustomed to. I’ve mostly done vinyasa yoga, which is one of the most popular styles. Kundalini focuses very heavily on the spiritual side of yoga (so, Laura, you’d hate it) and involves MANY long holds.
I’ve been to several of Gabby’s speaking events and I follow her on Spotify, so I had an idea of what I was getting myself in for. We began with an ego eradicator, and I nearly started crying…at my sore arms.
I wouldn’t really consider Kundalini yoga a type of exercise, but more a type of meditation. I’ve heard Kundalini can get really deep, and I heard several people in the room crying at one point. Maybe I was too tired, maybe I was expecting too much, maybe my poor muscles were too sore for all the holds, but I didn’t get as much out of this workshop as I expected.
Towards the end, she asked us to imagine our lives as we wanted them to be, and I realized how little I’d change right now, and how happy I am with that. It makes the hard work I put in to get where I am so, so worth it. And, today was a serious marathon, so I am treating to myself to a nice early bedtime now because tomorrow will be AWESOME.
Have you ever tried Kundalini yoga? Were you able to get into it? If not…what’s your favorite kind of yoga?