JenÂ and I are basically co-presidents of Gabbyâ€™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 YogaÂ (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 Jenâ€™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 werenâ€™t going to get any further, so I knew I had to resign myself to the experience.
I should note here that Iâ€™d done Sculpt FusionÂ that morning and CycÂ 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.)Â
For those of you unfamiliar with Kundalini yoga, it is veryÂ different from forms of yoga you are probably accustomed to. Iâ€™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, youâ€™d hate it) and involves MANY long holds.
Iâ€™ve been to several of Gabbyâ€™s speaking events and I follow her on Spotify,Â so I had an idea of what I was getting myself in for. We began with an ego eradicator, and I nearly started cryingâ€¦at my sore arms.
I wouldnâ€™t really consider Kundalini yoga a type of exercise, but more a type of meditation. Iâ€™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 didnâ€™t get as much out of this workshop as I expected.Â
Towards the end, she asked us to imagine our lives as we wanted them to be, and I realized how little Iâ€™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 notâ€¦whatâ€™s your favorite kind of yoga?