“The process of self-healing is the privilege of every being. Self-healing is not a miracle, nor is self-healing a dramatization of the personality as though you could do something superior. Self-healing is a genuine process of the relationship between the physical and the infinite power of the soul." - Yogi Bhajan
Officially I “opened the doors” of Alchemy Yoga and started teaching kundalini yoga and meditation, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, three weeks ago. In that short time, I've had the honor of teaching 11 people who are brand new to this style of yoga. It's been incredible witnessing this group show up for themselves and seeing their dedication to their practice each week. By developing a relationship with their own souls and exploring their Sat Nam (truth in identity), they are making space for healing, as soul energy and soul connection are so very powerful. Waking up to your heart and aligning your consciousness with the flow of universal love is available to everyone and while there is more than one way to do that, I haven’t experienced any as effective as kundalini yoga and meditation.
I’ve been asked twice about the name, Alchemy Yoga, and what it means. Alchemy has a varied history across many different cultures but in synopsis, alchemical “science” was the precursor to modern chemistry. People living during medieval times were obsessed with trying to turn common base metals, like copper and tin, into gold or they were consumed with finding the elixir of life. If anyone would be able to do this, they felt they would posses life’s secrets thereby giving them unlimited power. Over time, the term alchemy became synonymous with transformation of the ordinary into exceptional.
Fast forward to 2016, and I had been in process of trying to name my passion project for some time. One day, while meditating, the name Alchemy Yoga came to me. Interestingly, it is not at all a coincidence. How I ended up teaching kundalini yoga was out of looking to change my life in a practical way. That is a long story for another time, but suffice it to say it was out of the mud of my life that this lotus was able to grow.
As Rumi says, “the cure for the pain is in the pain.” By diving deep into the hurt, and by using kundalini yoga and meditation to process my experience, open my heart and connect with my soul, I was able to alchemize my grief and turn it into something valuable to others. If I had numbed out during that time I’d probably still be stuck. The greatest thing is it isn’t even really about me; I am just a messenger for these powerful yogic teachings. This yoga and meditation works, and I know it because I have walked through the fire myself. It brings me so much joy to hear about the experience of students after they leave class and go out into the world feeling more balanced with a expanded sense of self.
While I would never consider myself completely healed, (my journey is definitely a long haul) sharing this yoga while practicing myself is wildly therapeutic. This isn’t to say that every Alchemy Yoga student must, or will go on to, become a kundalini yoga teacher (though that would be awesome!). The goal is that people have the tools and awareness to be able to co-create and dynamically shape the direction of their lives in a positive way. Conscious, elevated, and connected souls have the power to transform their own lives, then the lives of others and that is really what ALCHEMY means to me.