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Awaken with Kundalini Yoga

Posted on: October 6th, 2016
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A man was alone on an island. Day and night he practiced Kundalini yoga with meditation, and chanted mantras to connect to the universe. One day a boat arrived at the island shore. A man got out of the boat and said to him, “You aren’t saying the words right”, then sailed away. The man on the island was alone again. He did not understand what had just happened, or what he was doing wrong. So he floated out to sea, until he reached the boat, and called out, “What’s the right way?” -original source unknown

A variation of this story was a teacher’s answer to my concerns during a Kundalini Sunrise class at Sanctuary Yoga. A true gift to the community, this free class is taught on early Wednesday mornings by couple Sohan and Siri Deva.

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Kundalini yoga teachers Sohan Kaur and Siri Deva Singh, dressed in graceful white clothing. Teachers are asked to wear white while teaching, which is said to help hold space during classroom sessions. A head covering is worn to enhance focus while teaching. Wearing white is optional for students.

In what first appears to be for an exclusive religious group, Kundalini yoga is for everyone. Brought to the United States from India in 1968 by Yogi Bhajan, Kundalini is a comprehensive and spiritual form of yoga, described as the releasing of coiled energy at the base of the spine up through the seven chakras. The transfer of the stored energy raises awareness toward self realization. Through a combination of focused exercises, (kriyas), postures (asanas), breath work (pranayama), and chanting (mantras), it isn’t your typical yoga workout session in a trendy studio or gym.

At the start of the session, the couple sung gently in turn while Siri Deva played acoustic guitar. I listened to the words, fearful to mispronounce them. They shared that pronunciation was not what mattered, but intention. It is recommended to listen first.

My intention is to learn and deepen my practice (my life) so as to welcome and generate positive abundance infinitely. This isn’t about wanting things that are frivolous or just for myself.

Throughout this post, there are many educational links provided for you to explore. Here is a link from my first session with video of the exercises lead by guest teacher Cynthia.

The kriyas were then followed by a meditation with recording by artist Dev Suroop Kaur.

Embracing connection of community and awareness, I wanted to know more about this practice from a personalized view. Graciously, Sohan agreed to answer my questions in the following interview. May this serve as a stepping stone in your own practice, whichever way that may be.

How did you two first meet?

 We met at the largest Kundalini Yoga event that happens every year near Espanola, New Mexico, the 3HO Summer Solstice Sadhana Celebration. It’s a festival that includes daily morning sadhana, communal healthy meals, daily yoga workshops and camp community service and more. We were on a service exchange team together working to welcome and check-in new arrivals. It was fun to work with the team we were with and we spent a lot of time together. We also took some yoga classes together and did some partner yoga. This was while he was living in Oregon and I was living in Florida.

On a side note, there is also a 3HO winter solstice sadhana celebration just before Christmas every year in Lake Wales, FL. It’s a cozy 700 people, where as the summer is about 2000 people or more. We met at the summer festival in 2013 and were married at the winter festival in 2014, a year and a half later.

When did you first begin your Kundalini practice?

Mine began in 2008 when I was in a car accident. It caused some shoulder and neck pain that the chiropractor and massage therapists just couldn’t seem to fix. So my mom introduced me to some hatha yoga videos. It gave me a nice body focused introduction to yoga. Then my mother (who was already a yoga teacher at that time) mentioned something about ashrams she was looking at in her Sivananda yoga tradition. I had to google to see what that was all about. It turned out that there was a Kundalini Yoga ashram about 5 minutes from my apartment in Orlando. (The Baba Siri Chand Ashram in Altamonte Springs, FL, I designed their website later). We went together to check out the classes that March and then it took me a little while to go back, but I did and just kept going. The community is awesome and so are the teachers there.

What is most challenging about your practice?

In the beginning it was choosing one meditation or yoga kriya and sticking with it rather that trying to do 5 at a time and over loading my system trying to do everything. Right now I am working on focusing on a style of meditation called Japa. It is the continuous repetition of a mantra all day, everyday. Sometimes it’s done with a mala, but you can also do it without. It’s a practice that takes time and mindfulness to develop. The reward is that your entire being vibrates the mantra continuously and imbues your whole vibration with this energy that can help you when you need it.

What keeps you practicing?

It’s just something I do everyday, like brushing my teeth or taking a shower. While that makes it sound mundane, it actually describes how essential the practice is to my life. I can feel the difference if I don’t practice everyday and so there is no question or decision. It’s like having dirty teeth all day, only it’s a dirty mind and energy field. Some folks in the community call it mental floss or a mind shower.

There’s also the impetus to bring the community together more and more. Kundalini yoga is a special practice and it is all thanks to the community. We share a special spice tea called yogi tea after most classes and have time to chat with everyone. The community gets together for special sadhanas to celebrate and potlucks to hang-out or to do clothing swaps and different things. It’s a lot of fun to spend time with folks who are on a spiritual path and have the continued support of others who live a like minded life. Make no mistake, Kundalini yoga is a lifestyle well beyond the practice of meditation and yoga. It supports your healthy life if you choose to.

Do you have a favorite mantra you would like to share?

If it only were that simple. Currently I am working with the mantra Ang Sang Wahe Guru. It means that the Divine Essence of All is vibrating in every limb and cell of my being.

The information below is from

Translation: The dynamic, loving energy of the Infinite Source of All is dancing within my every cell, and is present in my every limb. My individual consciousness merges with the Universal consciousness.

More Information: Ang is ‘a part’. Sang is ‘in every,’ or ‘with every’. Wahe is ‘the indescribable living ecstasy of Infinite Being’. Guru is ‘the knowledge that transforms your mind, emotion and essence.’ The whole phrase means, “The Infinite Being, God, is with me, and vibrates in every molecule and cell of my being.”

This mantra expresses a universal truth. Repeating it creates a thought, which gradually guides the psyche to adjust itself. It re-connects every fragmented projection of the psyche, each separated part of the body, and synchronizes the finite sense of self to the Infinite Oneness. This act of rejoining the separated parts is the quintessential act of healing. Under attack, under war, under the pressures of fear, this meditation keeps us together, conscious, and ready to act. It brings the inner peacefulness that comes only from the touch and scope of spirit.- Gurucharan Singh, Director of Kundalini Research Institute

Anything else you would like to share:

Anyone is welcome to the morning practice. You can do as much or as little as you want or can and visualize the rest. Part of the benefit of sadhana is that you get there and the group energy helps you along even when the practice isn’t perfect. That’s why it’s practice! Any donations to the Amala foundation on our behalf are wonderful because we are so grateful that Sanctuary Yoga lets us use the space to offer this free class to the whole Austin community.

These are links I share with everyone about the morning practices and Kundalini Yoga.

More Information on Kundalini Morning Sadhana:
Sadhana Mantras:

Japji App for study:
Live stream daily sadhana from Millis, MA Ashram:

We have a ton of videos on Youtube that are full meditations and kundalini yoga kriyas for people to practice with. There is one that is the heart beat meditation for beginners, but the magnetic field and heart center kriya is probably the most popular. That, or the new lungs and circulation.

This facebook group is announcements about all Kundalini yoga sadhanas in Austin

More about Sohan and Siri Deva here:


Win A Year of Free Yoga!

Posted on: April 9th, 2014
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Welcome To Our Spring Raffle!

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Enter into our raffle by purchasing a single $15 class pass (valid for any class in addition to being a raffle ticket). The more you buy, the more entries you get!


You will be entered into a raffle for the following:

First Prize: A Year of Free Yoga at Sanctuary Yoga!

Additional Prizes:yoga warrior

6 Private Yoga Sessions; offered by Sanctuary Teachers Lydia Jarjoura, Emily Brennan, Liz Shakti, Allie Burnitt, Courtney Bell, & Jeremy Devens.

3 Ten-Class Passes

10 Five-Class Passes

20 Three-Class Passes

3 Yoga Mats

5 Energy Healing Sessions; Offered by Communal Healing Project members Alyson Simms, Paula Falk & Rev. Michael Zarchain.

1 Acupuncture Session with Kit Garcia

Join Our Raffle!

Drawing will take place April 30th! The more you buy the more chances you have to win. There is no better place to enjoy free yoga in Austin than Sanctuary Yoga!

As always, your practice supports the youth programs of The Amala Foundation! Amala is currently in need of volunteers for Camp Indigo this summer. Camp Indigo is a progressive summer camp for ages 4-12. We’d love to have you there!


Free Yoga All Day, Sunday Oct 6th

Posted on: September 26th, 2013
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Join us for some free Yoga on Sunday October 6th to help Austin celebrate ACL (or recover from it!)

Drop in to any class:
10:30am-12pm Forrest Yoga with Rebecca
Forrest Yoga is renowned as an intensely physical and internally focused practice that emphasizes how to carry a transformative experience off the mat and into daily life. The practice challenges students to access their whole being and to use Forrest Yoga as a path to finding and then cleansing the emotional and mental blocks that dictate and limit their lives. Students cultivate an acute awareness of their own practice and life process, creating a unique and powerful opportunity for them to make practical life decisions based on their own experiences. Forrest Yoga does not require strength or flexibility; it only requires a willingness to learn how to feel authentically and respond honestly. The practice is founded on four pillars — Breath, Strength, Integrity and Spirit.
12:30-1:30 Hatha Yoga with Eva

Eva teaches Hatha yoga. Eva’s classes are eclectic and available for a wide range of people. The classes usually are slow-paced streching.  She likes to look at classes as community healing circles where participants have the freedom to experience a deeper meaning. She creates a friendly environment that allows people to rest and take care of themselves. The challenges are to enjoy ourselves, avoid injuries and to stretch our muscles a little bit more than usual. Eva believes in the yoga practice as a complementary treatment, but also for the beauty of the discipline. She is exploring symbolic healing through asana. 

2:00-3:00 Intro to Qi-gong with Ken and Rebecca
Qigong (chi kung) is the root of Tai Chi and Acupuncture and referred to by some as Chinese Yoga. These practices are designed to help you feel internal and external Qi (vital life force enery) while increasing circulation throughout your body, have greater focus, and build strength, all the while relaxing your body and mind. The focus of Qigong in general is on building a reservoir of Qi (also known as prana) in your core and being more aware of balance, breath and alignment, which will ultimately cross over into your Yoga practice and other activities as well.
4:00-5:30 Kundalini and Art Making with Jiwan Kaur

Learn how to create a daily Art and Yoga practice with Jiwan Kaur! Using Hari Kirin’s book, Art and Yoga, as a teacher and guide, yogis will find creative exercises to deepen their experience of yoga, while artists will discover simple, yet profound yoga and meditation practices that will help their creative flow, focus, and intuition. There is no need to know how to draw, meditate, or do yoga. The exercises are designed to make the experience accessible and fun. Any experience you bring to the process will be helpful. If you teach yoga or art or if you work as a healer, you’ll find inspiration and practical ways to deepen your professional practice. Some supplies will be provided.”

6:00-7:00 Yogarot – a combination of Yoga and Tarot with Eva

This class is for tarot lovers that would like to experience the tarot through Hatha yoga asanas. Yoga tarot is a class that consist in four parts. First, we sit on our yoga mats and ask a question to the tarot cards (bring the major arcana from your own tarot card deck if you own one, if not we can share). Second, depending on the time and energies, we improvise a practice with asanas that relate to the arcana that have chosen you or we do a whole sequence of the major arcana. We focus our asana meditation on the answer provided by the card. Third, we finish the class with a deep relaxation. And fourth, you can either exit the room or stay longer to share about your personal journey and expand into what the card has brought to light. Every asana can be accommodated to all kinds of people and backgrounds. It is encouraged to take it easy, take care of yourself, listen to your own body, enjoy yourself, avoid injuries and stretch your muscles a little bit more than usual. You do not need to have a previous experience in tarot or yoga to enjoy this class.

No experience necessary, we”d love to see you there!



Monday Sep 2nd is a Free Day of Yoga

Posted on: August 30th, 2013
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Please join us for any class on Monday September 2nd for free Yoga and Qi-Gong classes at Sanctuary Yoga.

Free Yoga Introduction to Shakti Naam Yoga

Posted on: April 24th, 2013
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SHAKTI NAAM YOGA will be presented for the very first time here in Austin, Texas at this free yoga introduction. SHAKTI NAAM YOGA is a powerful yoga as taught by Dr. Joseph Michael Levry. Introduction and classes will be presented by International Yoga Teacher Trainer, Courtney Miller of NAAM YOGA, Los Angeles.

Join us for this Free Yoga Introduction to Shakti Naam Yoga!

SHAKTI NAAM is a sophisticated, elegant and extremely healing form of yoga hardly known to the western world and practiced by yogic masters of the Himalayas in secret. During the class you will receive direct access to this advanced form of yoga, including techniques designed specifically for this Age to nurture your health, build your energy and slow down the aging process. This 2-hour class is suitable for all students of every age, health and fitness level.

SHAKTI NAAM yoga enhances the body’s capacity to nourish itself. much like a tree, with high quality prana, bringing oxygen to the brain, strengthening the heart, clearing the energetic paths of the body and detoxifying and nourishing the organs. Vast amounts of high quality energy are released in the body through the breath that provides the neuro-endocrine and immune system with the capacity for beneficial change. – Dr. Levry

Additional 90 minute classes will be held at Sanctuary Yoga on Saturday 4/27,
2 PM – 3:30PM & Sunday 4/28, 10 AM –11:30AM.

Single Yoga Class $15.00 per class or take 2 – 90 minute classes for $20.00

Free Day of Yoga Saturday 2/16

Posted on: February 14th, 2013
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You are invited to enjoy The Sanctuary and deepen your practice during our Free Day of Yoga. Whether you already love coming here or are merely Sanctuary-curious we’d love to have you enjoy the serenity that our space has to offer!

On Saturday, during the free day of Yoga we will also be offering discounted class passes:

10 class pass: Only $70
5 class pass: Only $40

The lineup:

8:30-9:30am Traditional Hatha with Mimi

10:00-11:30 Ashtanga Basics with Jenny
12:00-1:30 Surya Flow with Jaime
2:00-3:30 Forrest Yoga with Ashley
4:00-5:30 Vinyasa with Jessica
6:00-7:00 Kundalini Yoga with Jeremy

All proceeds from Sanctuary Yoga support the youth programs of The Amala Foundation which benefit the youth of Austin and the world!