Soul flow just posted an interview with me on my Kundalini Yoga journey, and I wanted to share it with you...
MAYA STANGE ON KUNDALINI YOGA
We’re so excited to announce that Maya Stange is returning to Soul Flow on Sundays to teach 4pm Kundalini Yoga and Meditation.
We wanted to welcome her back by sharing her Kundalini journey with our community. Below is our Q&A.
When did you discover KY?
It was 2004. I was living in LA to pursue my acting career, and people kept telling me about this strange and amazing yoga I had never heard of, and how much I would love it. I heard stories about these classes where people would do 108 squats, and crazy stuff like that. It was weird how many people kept telling me I should check it out. So, of course, I ignored the suggestions, and kept going to my regular Hatha class at the gym! Looking back, I think I could sense it was a big deal, so I was kind of putting it off…. Then one day my Hatha teacher led us through some really powerful exercises, with strong breath, and I had the most incredible experience of energy and aliveness. I went up to him after the class, my eyes wide, and he just looked at me and said, “So you practice Kundalini, right?”. It turns out that’s what we had just done, and I felt like a fish who had just discovered water for the first time. He took me to his teacher, Gurumukh, at Golden Bridge. And that was it.
What do you love about it, and what does it do for you?
For me, Kundalini Yoga is a complete science. It’s so much more than a physical work out. You are balancing your brain chemistry, cleansing the blood, balancing the glandular system, building the nervous system, as well as strengthening and toning the muscles and increasing your fitness. The first thing I noticed when I started a regular practice is that I wasn’t nervous in auditions anymore. I felt I was more comfortable in social situations, and was able to stand up for myself more in relationships. I had more energy, I slept better, and I started to connect with that deep peace within myself, which was such a relief.
How did you come to make the decision to become a KY teacher?
I didn’t, really! I was pretty attached to my identity as an actor, and I didn’t see myself as a yoga teacher at all. But the problem was, I loved it so much, I was going to class every day, and it was transforming every aspect of my life. I signed up for teacher training, just because I wanted to go deeper into the teachings and learn more. Even through teacher training, I kept insisting that I wasn’t going to be a teacher. But then friends were curious about it and kept asking me to teach them, and I ended up teaching in a small studio in LA! And haven’t stopped since.
When did you embark on your training and where did you decide to do it?
I did my training in 2005 at Golden Bridge with Gurumukh, Harijiwan and Tej, who were the teachers I started with. I pretty much lived at Golden Bridge for those years… My main teachers Harijiwan and Tej now offer trainings internationally, and through Ra Ma Institute in LA. Those guys are amazing.
How can KY enrich the lives of people living in modern/ urban society?
The great thing about Kundalini is it was always designed to be a house holders yoga. It is not meant for renunciate yogis living in caves, as the Hatha practices are. Kundalini is for people with families, with jobs and busy lives. It works fast. We have exercises you can do for 3 minutes a day that will totally change your life.
Where do you hope your KY journey will lead you next?
I am always curious to see what will happen next! I am teaching a retreat in the Blue Mountains 2-4 June, and another one in Sri Lanka later this year, and looking forward to traveling more, doing more retreats, workshops in Australia and around the world. I am especially excited to dive deeper into the One on One work I do with private clients. It is so rewarding to go on a journey with someone over time and see them transform, heal and open! It really is the best job.