How did you start doing yoga?
I started doing yoga on Wednesday Dec 14, 2011. I will always remember that day, it literally changed my life. Before that I was doing a bunch of research on consciousness, higher frequencies and other spiritual stuff. Then I got into a car accident. After the car accident, I remember thinking oh my god, I have to get my sh*t straight. If I can easily damage another vehicle, I can damage my vehicle, my body. I know it was just a little fender bender but that accident really changed things for me. After the accident I just kept hearing “yoga…yoga…yoga” it was this voice that kept getting louder and louder in my head. At this time I didn’t even know what yoga was. The only experience that I had was doing a 24 hour fitness yoga class with my cousin. It wasn’t anything that caught my attention. But after that first kundalini class on Wednesday, I knew I was right where I was supposed to be and haven’t stopped going since.
Do you feel like yoga was something you were searching for?
Originally I was just doing conscious research. I got out of a really tough relationship and I would say for a good year or two I was in a depression. I did absolutely nothing. All I did was drink, smoke, eat, sleep, and repeat the next day. I remember one day I woke up around noon and I was just depressed, and for some reason I was watching the history channel about the Aztecs and I was getting angry. I was looking at this white guy talking about my people and I was thinking, who does he think he is? I’m going to do that. I’m going to look up information about my people. So I got dressed, went to Barnes and Noble and into the New Age section to find information on “my people”. I don’t know why I ended up there, but I realized that “my people” is all of humanity, so I started reading about Aztecs, Mayans, and other stuff. That’s what got the whole conscious journey started.
Would you say you were pushed by pain or guided by intuition?
Literally both. I had to deal with the pain of the car accident and deal with the pain of my mind being so noisy. It was getting to a point where I literally was thinking, am I going to have to live with this noise my entire life? Then after my first kundalini class, we did a kriya for opening the heart center. Everything in my mind was so quiet you could heard a pin drop. After the class I just knew that this was where I’m supposed to be and what I’m supposed to be doing.
What are some of the changes that occurred since you started doing yoga?
It’s worked on all levels – physical, mental, spiritual. Before yoga all I would do for exercise was bike to the beach and do crunches. I thought I was in shape but I couldn’t even hold my arms up for one minute. I had muscle strength but no nerve strength. I didn’t have a core. I developed internal strength through yoga.
Has it affected any other aspects of your daily life?
I’m more conscious about knowing when I’m going to be triggered by something and then taking a step back to be the observer. Now I can say hey, why am I feeling this way? I’m just overall better able to control my emotions. Before it was all negativity. Now I can flip it around into something neutral and positive. I’m also WAY more comfortable in my own skin. Now I can be anywhere and not worry about what other people are thinking about me. Before it’s like I was trying to keep up an image of myself but I just got to a point where I’m completely happy.
What does Sat Nam mean to you?
In its truest form, Sat Nam is the higher self. What is the highest of the highs? It is TRUTH. Truth is the highest of the high because if you live a lie it’s going to collapse over time, but truth withstands time. Then you connect that higher self, or that truth, down to your identity. When I hear higher self I really hear Sat Nam. its just a way to reestablish that connection with the higher self. It’s just using a different word for something we already know. There’s also an entire science to chanting it:
S = the sound that the kundalini energy makes
A = vibrating the heart center
T = stimulating the upper palate and intuitiveness
Nam = bringing it down into your identity. Truth is YOU. YOU’RE the truth. Truth lives now and forever
Do you have a favorite mantra or meditation?
My favorite mantra is Sat Nam and my favorite mediation is the maha gyan mudra, or the meditation to do when you don’t know what to do. If I’m short on time, 3 minutes of this meditation and it’ll get me there. It brings the hemispheres into balance, builds the intuition, and brings the physical, mental and spiritual body into alignment.
What would you like to see happen as we move forward into the Aquarian age to raise group consciousness?
All the changes start within ourselves because then it will get reflected externally. Find people who are interested in raising their consciousness and get them to the next level. Educate people in any avenue and allow people to be in their own process. Everything is divine timing, and when people are ready, the conscious bubble will burst.