Not Very Yoga-Like (guest post by Viriam Kaur)

Via on Jul 13, 2011

“Not Very Yoga-Like.”

This always baffles me.  When someone calls me on something that isn’t “very Yoga-like”.  Please explain to me what that means.

There are so many ideas of what being “Yoga-like” is in this society and apparently it means “don’t be human, or don’t tell me the truth, or really, don’t tell me how you feel, especially if it ain’t good”.

I practice Yoga everyday and have for many years, I do asanas, I meditate, I am deeply in touch with my inner life and my “issues” which sometimes can be tough, living in the “real world”.  I have a deep connection to God and Guru, deep devotion in my heart. But having all this “knowing” makes my life richer, I am able to choose how I want to react.  I am able to speak from which chakra people can hear me from.  I am able to watch and hear what isn’t being said by listening deeply to what I am feeling or watching someones body language.

Angry YogiI cry, I get hurt, I get upset, I get mad, Yeah, and sometimes I YELL.  There I said it.

Yoga is not about NOT being human.  It’s about embracing what IS. Being Human. That’s it. Acceptance.  Don’t the Angels cry to be human? or to taste that one tear? or to feel that devastation or joy?  This is it ya’ll.  The ultimate experience.

Kundalini Yoga teaches us to do our daily practice and live in the “real world”.  Yogi Bhajan himself said (paraphrased) Don’t try to overcome your ego, use it to SERVE you.  He teaches us to use our “neutral mind”, develop our radiant bodies, work out our “issues” on the mat, drop what doesn’t serve your highest self.  He never says, “don’t be human”, or “don’t feel your emotions”, or “don’t scream and yell”.

So, I will go on being a Yoga teacher, a mother, a wife, a friend, a sister, a daughter, teaching what I know, learning from life, and sometimes not being very “Yoga-like”. Om Sat Nam Bless what IS~ Viriam Kaur

Viriam Kaur

Valinda Cochella (Viriam Kaur: it means the princess who is the bringer of divine truth) MA, E-RYT 500, Founder of South Bay Yoginis worked as a Dance/Movement Therapist for many years starting in 1994, when she completed a Master’s degree in Dance/Movement Therapy from UCLA. Upon completion of her Master’s degree, she worked for seven years as a Therapist, Counselor and Teacher abroad (in Mexico and Japan). Valinda has been practicing Yoga since 1994, and has been passionately studying yoga ever since.

You can find her at: South Bay Yoginis and her blog  My Life is My Sadhana

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8 Responses to “Not Very Yoga-Like (guest post by Viriam Kaur)”

  1. Enjoyed this very much, Valinda. Congratulations on being the first article to emerge from the brand new Open Blogging Community. I hope this will encourage many others to post their blogs and comments here, too.

    Now, thanks to Bethany Eanes, anyone can post blogs on Elephant Yoga, and have a chance of it becoming an Elephant article, as yours has above. Thanks, Bethany and Valinda both.

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  2. Joe Sparks says:

    " Feelings are to be felt." If they are good feelings, enjoy them, but don't be guided by them. If they are bad feelings, feel them and discharge them. Logic should always be the guide.
    I agree, your not being very Yoga- like is being human. Thanks!

  3. tanya lee markul says:

    Suppression never works!

    Posting to Elephant Yoga on Facebook and Twitter.

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  4. tanya lee markul says:

    Just posted to "Featured Today" on the Elephant Yoga homepage.

  5. michele says:

    Thank you Viriam Kaur. You reached into my head and heart and wrote directly to me. I found yoga 2 1/2 yrs and have been on a roller coaster ride ever since. It has been difficult for the persons around me to adjust to my changes. I have been accused of being mentally unstable or having a negative medication reaction!!! This all because I have opened up about some very deep issues from my childhood and have begun to verbalize my independence. I have also insisted upon family counseling for myself and the family member with whom I am living. It really boils down to the fact that I am on a path of finding the "human" in myself and nothing and no one will impede my progress.

  6. Viriam Kaur says:

    Thank-you all so very much for your comments, they warm my heart, LOVE & YOGA to all, may we move through our feelings with love & compassion for ourselves! Om Sat Nam, Viriam Kaur :)

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