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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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