Firefly Yoga Center Newsletter July 2018
Sandra Koslowski, My Realbody Yoga creator, shares how to lead an inclusive yoga class with Firefly Yoga teachers.
Welcome to our first issue of the Firefly Newsletter
So many wonderful things have happened in the past year at Firefly that we decided we wanted to share our news.
- For starters, In October, we opened the Lacey Firefly Yoga at 4450 Pacific Ave SE. So we now have our original Firefly studio and our sweet Butterfly studio at 421 and 419 Water Street in addition to the new Dragonfly studio in Lacey. Check out our locations
- We are up to more than 30 teachers bringing more than 60 yoga, meditation and movement classes of all kinds, styles and levels each week. We have 2 chair yoga and 2 kids yoga classes each week. See our classes
- We have recently launched our Yoga Courses. Now you can learn more about meditation, philosophy and technique to enliven, enrich and deepen your yoga practice. Each course is held in the evening at the Butterfly Studio. In the future, we may offer courses during the day hours as well... stay tuned! Learn about our enrichment courses
- We are still running two intimate 200-hour yoga teacher trainings each year and we have added an Advanced 300-hour training to our repertoire. The advanced training runs 12 months, 1 weekend per month. Learn about Teacher Trainings
- Each month in this newsletter, we will have an informative article for your reading pleasure. This first month, Susan has volunteered to kick us off with an article on Kundalini Yoga.
Susan teaches Kundalini Yoga at the Dragonfly Studio in Lacey at 5:30 pm Tuesdays.
In Kundalini Yoga, We Tune, Tune Out,
and Tune On. And it's ok to sing off-key.
Every Kundalini class begins by tuning in, by chanting the Adi Mantra three times through, 'Ong Namo, Guru Dev Namo'. This mantra is in the Gurmukhi language, a sacred language from India, where yoga comes from. It loosely translates to, “I bow to the Creative Wisdom, I bow to the Divine Teacher Within.” We chant the Adi Mantra at the beginning of class to settle into our bodies, into our mind, into our space. We tune in to connect to the Golden Chain of teachers, to all the great gurus and sages past, to our current teachers in our lives, and to our own inner wisdom. When we tune in, we express gratitude for our teachers and for our practice.
When you chant, it's like doing yoga on the inside- the vibrations and sound waves travel throughout your body and infuse every cell with energy- you're giving yourself a chakra tune-up. At first you may feel uncomfortable chanting out loud- and that's ok. Just listen and vibrate the mantra mentally until you feel comfortable chanting out loud. Don't worry about singing off-key; chant in your own key.
Towards the end of class, we 'tune out' to soft music, a singing bowl, or gong music during savasana. This is where we find our rest and relaxation. This is perhaps the most important asana (pose) in our practice. In savasana, we allow all the yoga we practiced earlier to integrate into ourselves.
Then we close our Kundalini class by singing our blessing song, the Long Time Sun. This mantra is in English. One of my favorite versions, and one I use most often in class, is the Long Time Sun by Belinda Carlisle (yes, from the Go-Go's). You can find it on SpiritVoyage.com or on Itunes- check it out.
So, how did this English mantra come to end Kundalini classes for the past five decades? One day Yogi Bhajan (who brought Kundalini yoga to the West) came upon a group of yoga students playing Long Time Sun by the Incredible String Band. Yogiji asked them to keep playing it, and from then on requested them to play it after his classes. It quickly became a tradition that continues today at the end of every Kundalini Yoga class taught throughout the world.
Whenever we tune in, tune out, and tune on, I think about the thousands of other yogis and yoginis around the world who are chanting along with us -- the whole universe vibrating with us even. In this age of Aquarius, it's more important than ever to shine your light and keep on tuning on.