Posts Tagged ‘Kundalini’

Day 78 LA-LYFE Yoga-Valinda Cochella

Yoga, in all its bazillion interpretations, has not escaped these inquisitive YoYos, with the exception of that once privileged form, Kundalini. Not available to us westerners until ’69; Yogi Bhajan feelin’ everyone, even roadtrippin’ YoYos, should enjoy its benefits, boldly broke tradition and brought this ancient practice to the U.S. On this super-sunny So Cal day, we zipped down the famed Pacific Coast Highway to LYFE Yoga Center in Hermosa Beach to experience the mystery of Kundalini yoga.

Valinda Cochella

Valinda Cochella

Walkin’ into witness the jaw-droppin’ view of this seaside studio, The YoYos were immediately taken by the “arms wide open” warmth of our super-friendly teacher, Valinda Cochella, founder of “South Bay Yoginis”, a network of highly trained instructors. As happy, shinin’ yogis were busy arrangin’ their blankets and mats into their familiar friendly circle, the room started buzzin’ with praises for today’s kindhearted teacher and her unique gift of leadin’ this unusual practice.

Over the next 90 minutes, the curious YoYos learned that Kudalini yoga links repetitive, dynamic asana with breath, for the specific purpose of tappin’ into the resident energy livin’ at the Muladhara root chakra (base ‘o spine) and allowin’ it to awaken the body as it moves up through all seven chakras.

Mystic Messengers

Mystic Messengers

Our connected, generous guide lead us through the 23, eyes closed; set poses which were taken straight out of “the book”, keepin’ it pure, the way it was practiced by the masters, eons ago. Each fast paced, repetitive, 2-3 minute movement was accompanied by Valinda’s continual reminder to breathe deeply and internally repeat the mantra “sat nam” (truthful self). Sweatin’ buckets and feelin’ like floatin’, the lucid YoYos couldn’t explain the crystal clarity they were feelin’ from these seemingly simple, short lived asanas. Kinda makes ya go… Hmmmm…

After class the YoYos headed back to their soon fleeting sailboat digs when, like a miracle, Flipper and life-long mate spurted by to say “om shanti”. The Kundalini state of mind YoYos couldn’t help but wonder if these “good omen” mammals were joyfully communicatin’ dolphin wisdom; always jump and play, smile Big with teeth showin’, and just keep on flowin’ through the uncharted, eye-openin’, energy tappin’ waters of this “most excellent” adventure.


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Day 100 LA-Yogaworks-Kia MIller

Today, on this “most excellent” 100th day of this epic journey; with bodies strong and minds followin’ along, the YoYo’s were electrified knowin’ that the so-called “conclusion” of this marathon yogic adventure was in reality, merely a “can’t put it down” chapter.  Amazed by the plethora of “not to miss” studios and talented teachers” linin’ the west coast, the “inquisitive” YoYos went over schedule in Seattle, Portland and San Francisco… oops!  With just a few more “off the charts” L.A. teachers on the calendar and the San Diego world of yoga still to be uncovered… the energized YoYos will carry on… as promised, all the way to the border.

Lia Miller

Kia Miller

So, with our “soon to be seen in yoga classes across the universe”, typed-dyed, “Groovy collection”, Yogitoes in hand; the “Summer of Love” YoYos, headed to the energy awakening Kundalini class, taught by the celebrated, charismatic teacher, Kia Miller, at Yogaworks Main in Santa Monica. Already pumped from the last 99 days, the YoYos were curious to see what form the coiled power that sits at the base of the spine would take, as this experienced guide would bring it up through all 7 chakras.

Kundalini Rising

Kundalini Rising

Illuminatin’ the room with her brilliant smile, Kia opened by ignitin’ this class with the “breath of fire,” followed by a series of blazin’, churnin’ asana.  Continuing through an inferno of moving postures, this talented guide challenged us to hold bhandas, drop our chin, lift our gaze and visualize the powerful spiralin’ energy from within,’ rising up, up, and away through the crown of our head, connectin’  earth energy with that of the infinite.  Whoa…good thing we were grounded into our super-psychedelic Yogitoes!

Ending with a most unusual rhythmic, WTH, arms to side and up over head, forever movement, Kia admitted she wasn’t sure how some weird cave dwellin’ yogi figured out how this exhaustive repetition could drive energy up and out…expandin’ our aura … but it did… and it was cool!

Once again, with the superb talent of brilliant guides, The YoYos are tappin’ into that www of the universe, and connectin’ as we continue, this “most excellent” adventure.


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