How Teacher Training Changed My Mind

Several years ago, I enrolled in Kundalini Yoga teacher training with the intention of “deepening my practice.” I had no plans to teach—ever! In fact, I had a long history of shying away from teaching, though I had studied education in college and at my late father’s urging had procured a teaching certificate for English 7-12. After graduation, however, I never used the certification, deciding instead to pursue a career as a writer.

Understanding Breath of Fire

Kundalini Yoga teachers often get drilled on the relation between Breath of Fire and hyperventilation. In this video I explain why Breath of Fire is not hyperventilation, and it also the physiology of hyperventilation and what it really is.

Pranayama will induce sensations that may be new for students, but these experiences need not be feared. We are adventuring into realms of consciousness expanded beyond the everyday. And any fear sensations themselves can be observed and that awareness be utilized to transform this Vata energy into pure Prana.

Kundalini Yoga in Lurigancho Prison, Peru

Lurigancho Prison is the most overpopulated prison on the South American continent and one of the most overpopulated in the world. In November 2009 a group of young prisoners at Lurigancho Prison began practicing Kundalini Yoga as part of a program to help these young men to realize their potential and capacities to prosper in life.

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