Tabbatha Bennett (Mandeep Kaur) – Raise Your Awareness

What led you to yoga?

The way I found myself doing kundalini yoga was really random. I always had a want, or a need, or a draw towards yoga. I didn’t know much about it at all, but I always knew I wanted to do it and learn more about it. I started to realize I never took any time for myself to go inwards and reflect. One day I bought a Groupon deal to a power yoga class. It was great, I definitely felt a sense of feeling good afterwards, but I wanted more and knew there was more. Power yoga to me just felt like exercise.

Now that you found kundalini yoga, how has it changed your life?

It brought me back to me. It hasn’t changed me– it reminded me who I was. Kundalini yoga reminded me of who I really was and who I really am.

What does Sat Nam mean to you?

When you greet someone with Sat Nam, you are gifting them the opportunity to be their true self. We’re always something different to someone else – to your parents, your brother, your friends, your coworkers – we’re always putting on different masks. We have different filters and we react and interact with people in different ways. There are very few people that we give our complete and total self to, probably out of fear of being rejected and the desire to fit into society. When you say Sat Nam to somebody, you are allowing them to be their true self with you.

What is your favorite mantra or affirmation?

There are so many! I think I was probably a singer in another lifetime because I already love music to begin with. But when I started to learn what the mantras meant to me, they were so basic and get to the heart of existence of love and life. I heard this one last night – Humee Hum, Tumee Tum, Wahe Guru; I am Thine, in Mine, Myself, Wahe Guru. The version I was listening to is by Mirabai Ceba. It is a meditation to awaken your soul and a call on your destiny. It is just so beautiful!

What advice would you give to yourself 15 years ago?

We’re not taught at an early age to listen to that voice inside of us. I would tell myself to listen to that soft voice inside, that intuition. Llisten to it because it’s right.

If you were an asana what would you be?

Easy pose and prayer mudra. When we’re sitting in easy pose getting ready to tune in, I really feel in that moment like that’s where I’m supposed to be.

What rituals or practices do you do to deal with the stressors of everyday life?

Continually remind myself to breathe; constantly. And I’ll also play mantra in my cubicle at work or at home.

What advice would you give someone who is searching for a more meaningful life?

First and foremost, come to a kundalini yoga class! I feel like everyone will resonate with it! But if it doesn’t resonate with you, just keep looking and keep asking. Ask to be shown. It’s like that old saying “knock and the door will be open.” And if you keep looking whole heartedly you will find what resonates with you. After you find it, it’s not an easy path. Change is difficult, and undoing the learned habits we have is not easy. But when you know it works for you just stick with it.

What are 3 characteristics that we, as a humanity, need to develop as we move forward into the Aquarian Age?

(1) Be conscious about raising your awareness. If you find anything that’s teaching you about love or is love centered, it will raise your consciousness. As long as its heart centered and about lifting other people up, you will raise your consciousness.

(2) Commitment. Once you find the path for you, be committed and stick to it.

(3) Keep up and you’ll be kept up. Make the commitment to be kept up on this path and you will be kept up!

Mandeep Kaur is a KRI certified Kundalini yoga instructor and soon to be certified doula. She is a constant seeker of truth, love, and light and shares her passion for living consciously with pure devotion. You can find her teaching Kundalini yoga every Thursday at Source Yoga.
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