We live in stressful times.
With the world in the grip of fear from terrorism, monetary crisis, and political unrest, it can sometimes make you want to just close your eyes and wish it away.
The situation at home with our own problems and the “noise” associated with the coming election adds to the stress of just living.
I have always been a spiritual person. I try to keep a level head and a calm presence. Sometimes it’s not easy. I used to meditate when I was younger and found it very fulfilling. I thought getting back to that would help me better deal with stress.
By chance, I found yoga instructor Cate Baily at Montclair Kundalini Yoga (127 Valley Road in Montclair).
I had no idea what Kundalini Yoga was, but being interested in new things, I tried it. As I found out, Kundalini is actually the oldest form of yoga. It was kept secret and only taught to a select few. Then in 1968, Yogi Bhajan introduced it to the West and began spreading the word. Kundalini is not about crazy poses, which I could never do, it’s more about living from your heart — not your ego. Powerful stuff indeed! Kundalini Yoga uses many breathing exercises, kriyas (which are sets of exercises), relaxation, and meditation. The goal is to “awaken” the Kundalini energy that resides at the base of your spine. In simple terms, it puts you in touch with your inner self.
Well, I’ve found this practice to be exactly what I need. The music alone is so soothing, but the classes have had a profound effect on me. I leave each one feeling totally at peace. I listen to the music at night, and I regain that feeling and sleep like a baby! No more restless nights worrying about the world. Imagine if everyone in the world went to Montclair Kundalini Yoga.
I can’t recommend highly enough Montclair Kundalini Yoga. They are providing a small oasis in Montclair where anyone regardless of yoga experience or age can find inner peace. Montclair Kundalini Yoga not only provides a great service to Montclair, but to the world. This energy can spread through all of us to each person we encounter every day. It amazes me now when people ask me why I seem so calm and peaceful. I tell them Montclair Kundalini Yoga and Cate. My favorite place.