The regular practice of Kundalini Yoga is a form of mental and emotional hygiene. In addition to improving physical balance, strength and flexibility, Kundalini yoga works on the nervous system, glands, circulatory system and breath. It promotes perspective. It fosters compassion and community. It has no prerequisites --- but an open mind helps.
Long before Russel Brand, Miranda Kerr, Sting and Madonna were doing it, Kundalini Yoga was alive and well in Ottawa’s core. From 1994 until this past June, the casually curious and the doggedly devoted met at the Rama Lotus Yoga Centre, on Gladstone near Bank, to be led through precise sets of postures, movements, breathing techniques, hand positions, chanting, meditations and words of wisdom that were brought to North America by Yogi Bhajan in 1968. From 1994 until this past June, students left those Kundalini Yoga classes feeling tranquil, alert, refreshed and ready to take on whatever life served.
Then, on June 16 of this year, the Rama Lotus Yoga Centre closed its doors.
The time since has seemed long. But there is good news. Kundalini Yoga has returned to Ottawa’s core. On Monday September 16, through the generous donations of practice space and teacher members' time and talents, the Central Ottawa Kundalini Co-op was born. Already 43 members strong, co-op members are invited to meet here in The Glebe at 6:15pm each Monday evening for 90 minute Kundalini classes led by volunteer, certified Kundalini teachers. Payment is by voluntary cash donation to the generous organization providing our weekly practice space.
This article Practice Makes Perspective: The Glebe’s Pay-by-Donation Yoga Co-opwas published on the Glebe Report Newspaper and it is re-posted here with kind permission and attribution to the author’s bio.