Posted on August 25, 2017
Here are some thoughts from a student (Cheryl Lafortune) who benefited from some scholarship money is years past and what here journey was :
1) Describe your journey into Kundalini Yoga and becoming a teacher.
I began attending KY at my local YMCA. My first experiences were different from any physical activity I had encountered.
I have always been involved in organizied sports. I was a college athlete, physical education major and even got my Masters in Sport Sciences. I was considered a “jock”. Even today I play tennis and golf on a regular basis. I truly enjoy physical activity. My beliefs include that the body -mind- spirit are linked and all need their own form of exercise.
So, I was attending KY classes and doing this crazy stuff. Breathing through one nostril while stretching over my knee, chanting, stretching like a cat or cow, etc and thinking this is nuts! As nuts as it was, I was feeling great and wanting more. I just went with it and began to feel immediate benefits!
Physically I was feeling better. There were also mental benefits. I began to find my neutral place. Drama in my life was reduced. I became more confident in my ability to accept and deal with any and all of what life has to throw at me. KY gave me skills to use to help maintain my mental balance.
I began enjoying the yoga so much I wanted to learn more, so I signed up for teacher training.
I wanted to be able to share KY practices with others.
2) What impact did receiving scholarship assistance have on that journey?
Right around the time I signed up for teacher training I became unemployed. I would have had to withdraw from the training had I not been lucky enough to receive the scholarship.
3) What do you plan to do now as a Kundalini Teacher, and/or where has teaching brought you so far? ( for example, what populations are you serving/ intend to serve, etc )
Personally, I have benefited most by developing my daily practice. Keeping yoga foremost in my life reminds me to try to elevate others.
I have been able teach classes to adults and children. As a middle school teacher, I incorporate yoga practice and skills to help my students and they love it.
Additionally, I have become connected to a wonderful group of KY teachers and practicioners with whom i have developed many dear relationships.
Going forward, my focus will continue to be sharing KY practice and skills with my middle school students as I am able. I may offer an after school class to other teachers this coming school year.
I will continue my personal and group practices and will probably attend Sat Namfest and events at the ashram. ~~~ Cheryl