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Come join us on the evening of the Full Moon for an amazing gong journey of sacred sound, relaxation and meditation! This is the perfect time for relaxation, reminding us that we must care for ourselves in order to be able to care for others, and for making fresh starts in our lives. We’ll start with a meditation to bring new beginnings and a sense of renewal into our lives and then experience a deep relaxation with the sound of…Find out more »
Join Mehtab in Melbourne for a 10 day journey of learning the gong! More Information & RegistrationFind out more »
Master Gong Practitioner Training This three-day course is for yoga teachers and students, sound healers and therapists, and everyone who wishes to use the gong in their practice, teaching, and healing modalities. No previous experience is required. In this hands-on course with personal instruction you will have the opportunity to practice playing different gongs with personal attention from a team of gong trainers. This comprehensive training covers both basic and intermediate playing techniques and applications. The following subjects are covered:…Find out more »
The Kundalini Yoga Level 1 certification program is open both to yoga students ready to become teachers, and those who wish just to immerse themselves in the science of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®. Learn More About Level One Training The Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training course in Ojai, CA is hosted by Soul Body Ojai and led by Mehtab Benton. Information & RegistrationFind out more »
Gong Yoga Therapy for Emotional Well-Being with Mehtab and Guru Karam Sunday March 15 7:00-8:45 pm $40 / $45 at the door Yoga and Sound are a powerful combination for healing the emotional body. In this therapeutic sound healing and gong workshop with Mehtab and Guru Karam Benton, you will experience a release from emotional patterns that no longer serve you. Through simple movements, breath work, and the sound of several gongs during deep relaxation, you will be able…Find out more »
The Astrology of Epidemics: What in Rahu is Going On? Join Vedic Astrologers Mehtab Benton and Tej Arvind for a 45-minute look at what is happening in the world astrologically. We will look at the role of the Vedic planet Rahu in the current virus epidemic, and what we may expect. Special Stay at Home Price: $9.99 RegistrationFind out more »
Hard Lessons, Good Times: Jupiter and Saturn in 2020 Friday, May 1st 11:00 AM Central Standard Time How the double retrograde and conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter this May can bring both a spiritual awakening and a new political reality. RegistrationFind out more »
Venus Loves You - The Astrology of Relationships Want to know all about Venus in your birth chart and for everyone else in your life? In this fun and personal 90-minute webinar with Mehtab and Tej Arvind, you will learn a lot about yourself and others as we describe the relationship dynamics, gifts and challenges, for Venus in all its signs! When you register, you will receive a link so you can fill in the birthdates of all the people…Find out more »
Mercury Retrograde Again and Again Mercury goes retrograde June 19 and again October 16. Come discover how these two different retrograde periods will affect your life and those around you in this 45-miniute Vedic Astrology webinar with Mehtab and Tej Arvind. June 1 Monday 11am • $9.99 Can also be viewed anytime afterward – we will send you the link. RegistrationFind out more »
Life Purpose and Career: Your Vedic Sun Sign June 12 FRIDAY • 10:30 am – 12 pm Central USA time Discover what your Sun sign can tell you about fulfilling your life purpose and achieving happiness in your career. Vedic astrologers Mehtab Benton and Tej Arvind will take you on a journey through all 12 Sun signs in this 90-minute webinar. You will find out the opportunities and gifts of each Sun sign, as well as suggestions for occupations…Find out more »
Solstice Eclipse Meditation June 20 • 10:30 – 11:30 am Central Time USA For the first time in over 400 years, a solar eclipse Is occurring on the day of Solstice. Join Mehtab and Guru Karam to understand what this once in a lifetime astronomical combination means astrologically in the months ahead. We will practice a meditation together to aid in the global transformation brought about this eclipse and the arrival of Solstice on the same day. Registration is…Find out more »
Vedic Moon Sign: Your Key to Happiness July 17 FRIDAY • 10:30 am – 12 pm Central USA time Discover what your Moon sign can tell you about emotional fulfillment and achieving happiness in your life. Vedic astrologers Mehtab Benton and Tej Arvind will take you on a journey through all 12 Moon signs in this 90-minute webinar. You will find out the opportunities and gifts of each Moon sign, as well as suggestions and activities that allow you to…Find out more »
FULL MOON Meditation Webinar with a GONG Relaxation! Monday August 3 • 8 pm Central Yes, we are ready to bring the GONG to you! Join Guru Karam and Mehtab for a Full Moon meditation, followed by a Zoom Gong relaxation beginning at sunset. We put stereo microphones in our home studio so we can bring you the magical sound of the Gong and sound healing! *** For maximum benefit, please use headphones or earbuds for the Gong relaxation **…Find out more »
The Planets of Karma: Understanding Your Life Purpose with Rahu & Ketu Discover what the placement of Rahu & Ketu, your planets of karma, can tell you about your life purpose and achieving satisfaction in your life. You will find out the opportunities and gifts of each placement, as well as suggestions and activities that allow you to fully embrace your life path. August 14 Friday 10:30am • $14.95 Can also be viewed anytime afterward – we will send you the…Find out more »
Mudra Therapy Training with Mehtab and Laura Benton August 27-30 • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (Central USA) Online Course for Certification Come join our live streaming webinar for an in-depth training in the use of mudras for healing, therapy, and personal transformation. You will learn how to use mudras in the practice of yoga, sound healing, astrology, meditation and relaxation in this online certification course. Have to miss a class or cannot attend the course online? Register and…Find out more »
FULL MOON GONG Meditation Webinar September 1 TUESDAY 7:30pm-8:30pm (Central USA Time) Join us on the evening of the Full Moon for an online healing meditation and Gong relaxation. Begin your evening with a short talk by Mehtab on the significance of the Full Moon in the Vedic sign of Aquarius, followed by a healing meditation with Guru Karam. Spend the last half of the webinar in a deep Gong relaxation to the sound of several gongs played in stereo.…Find out more »
Conscious Communication Kundalini Yoga Level 2 Teacher Training Course An Online and Worldwide Experience September 11-13 & September 18-20 (12-6pm Central, 1-7pm Eastern, 10am-4pm Pacific) Pay In Full Registration Payment Plan Registration (Purchase the course from the website and then you'll receive a link to register for the Zoom event) For a complete virtual experience of this transformational training: Classes are recorded for those who need to time shift or make-up missed classes. Video lectures and meditations that accompany…Find out more »
NEW MOON GONG Relaxation Webinar September 16 WEDNESDAY 7:30pm-8:30pm (Central USA Time) Join us on the evening of the New Moon for an online healing meditation and Gong Nidra relaxation. This evening is a special Super New Moon event! Begin your evening with a deep relaxation into the body and breath, followed by a guided visualization for healing and transformation. The final part of the evening consists of many gongs played in stereo to take you deeper inside. Headphones or…Find out more »
The Blessings of Jupiter: Discovering the Gifts of Your Life September 25 Friday 10:30am • $14.95 Discover what the placement of Jupiter can tell you about your blessings and gifts in your life. You will find out the opportunities of each placement, as well as suggestions and activities that allow you to fully embrace your life path. Can also be viewed anytime afterward – we will send you the link. RegistrationFind out more »
FULL MOON GONG Meditation Webinar October 1 THURSDAY 7:30-8:30pm Join us on the evening of the Full Moon for an online healing meditation and Gong relaxation. Begin your evening with a short talk by Mehtab on the significance of the Full Moon in the Vedic sign of Pisces, followed by a healing meditation with Guru Karam. Spend the last half of the webinar in a deep Gong relaxation to the sound of several gongs played in stereo. Headphones or earbuds…Find out more »
Mercury: Self-Expression & Mastering Your Mind Friday, October 16th 10:30am Central Time, USA Join Mehtab and Tej Arvind as they take you through the signs of Mercury. Discover how your sign placement of Mercury influences your self-expression and analytical mind. View anytime! A recording will be sent after the webinar. RegistrationFind out more »
NEW MOON GONG Relaxation Webinar October 16 FRIDAY 7:30pm-8:30pm Join us on the evening of the New Moon for an online healing meditation and Gong Nidra relaxation. This new Moon marks the closest the Moon will be to the Earth this year! Begin your evening with a deep relaxation into the body and breath, followed by a guided visualization for healing and transformation. The final part of the evening consists of many gongs played in stereo to take you deeper…Find out more »
Gong Player Certification Training Live and Recorded Webinars, Online Self-Paced Course, and Individual Mentoring The most comprehensive online training in the art and science of playing the Gong begins worldwide on October 17, 2020! Learn to play the Gong in this new online format with live and recorded classroom meetings, a self-paced skill development course with practice sessions, and a private mentoring class with a certified Gong Trainer. All training is done online, with the ability to participate in live…Find out more »
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ BASIC GONG TRAINING Online Webinar October 17-18 (Saturday and Sunday) • 10 am – 2 pm (Central US Time) (8am-12pm Pacific, 9am-1pm Mountain, 11am-3pm Eastern, 3pm-7pm WET, 4pm-8pm CET) In this beginning level course, you learn all about the Gong – how its sound is so unique, its history and applications for rituals, healing, and meditation. Mehtab will take you on a tour of all the various types of Gongs available and how to select your first (second or third)…Find out more »
FULL MOON GONG Meditation Webinar - A Blue Moon! October 30 FRIDAY 7:30pm-8:30pm It's the Blue Moon this month and we will be playing a Blue Gong!! Join us on the evening before Halloween for an online Full Moon healing meditation and Gong relaxation. Begin your evening with a short talk by Mehtab on the significance of the Full Moon (and Blue Moon) in the Vedic sign of Aries followed by a healing meditation with Guru Karam. Spend the last…Find out more »
Vedic Gemstone Therapy: Healing with Yoga, Astrology and Ayurveda An Online Course and Webinar October 31- November 1 (Saturday-Sunday) 11am-4pm Central US time (9am-2pm Pacific, 10am-3pm Mountain, 12pm-5pm Eastern, 4pm-9pm WET, 5pm-10pm CET) Need to miss? All classes are recorded and may be viewed later. This training is based on the hundreds of years use of gemstones according to the Vedic traditions of astrology, yoga, and ayurveda, and includes the use of mantras and astrological timing with gemstones. You…Find out more »
The Aquarian Teacher™ KRI Level Two Teacher training program Authentic Relationships is a virtual training (in-person is sold out) based from Ojai, California. All classes will be recorded and can be accessed at a later time, if needed. Authentic Relationships is a 60-hour course with classroom hours and independent study. It is an in-depth transformational learning and teaching experience with a well-designed curriculum, manual, and support materials. Authentic Relationships is one of the five modules required for Level 2 certification…Find out more »
Mars and Your Birth Sign: Manifest Your Energy! Friday, November 13th 10:30-12:00pm US Central Time Discover how to direct the energy of Mars into your life based upon your birth sign. Achieve your ambitions and manifest your destiny and make friends with Mars! RegistrationFind out more »
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ ADVANCED GONG TRAINING November 21-22 (Saturday and Sunday) • 10 am – 2 pm (Central US Time) (8am-12pm Pacific, 9am-1pm Mountain, 11am-3pm Eastern, 3pm-7pm WET, 4pm-8pm CET) In this course which requires some knowledge of gong playing and your own gong, you will learn how to work with three components of Gong playing - volume, rhythm and striking area – to create playing sequences and sessions. We will explore the use of Gong Maps to illustrate how you can…Find out more »
FULL MOON ECLIPSE GONG Sunday, November 29 7:00pm-8:00pm The last visible lunar eclipse of 2020 occurs at 1:32am (CST) on November 30th. Join us on Sunday evening November 29th to meditate, anticipate, and completely relax to the sound of the Moon Gongs on this powerful Penumbral lunar eclipse. RegistrationFind out more »
Saturn Cycles and Major Life Changes Friday December 4 • 10:30am-12pm Webinar $14.95 Discover how the cycles of Saturn are affecting your life based upon your chronological age and your Vedic Moon sign. We will explore the Saturn transits, the Saturn returns, and the great 7-year cycle of Saturn (Sade Sati) so you can anticipate the major changes in your life ahead. This webinar will be recorded and can be sent to you for later viewing. RegistrationFind out more »
The Seven Secrets of Kundalini Yoga Saturday, December 5th 1:00pm-5:00pm Central Time $29.95 Recording will be available for later viewing. Experience a deeper appreciation and understanding of Kundalini Yoga in this comprehensive webinar that enhances your practice and accelerates your transformation. You will discover the “secrets” that make a Kundalini yoga practice more profound by working with postures, breath, mantras and meditations in a new way. We will explore basic kundalini yoga kriyas and meditations that take on a…Find out more »
Winter Solstice Gong Yoga Nidra: The Light Returns Sunday, December 20 • 6:30-8:00pm Webinar Price: $14.95 This webinar will be recorded and can be sent to you for later viewing. On the longest night of the year, come join us for a meditation on the Light that is returning to our planet. On this Winter Solstice, we are experiencing a grand conjunction, or union of Jupiter with Saturn, which only occurs every 20 years. This astrological event portends huge societal,…Find out more »
FULL MOON GONG Tuesday, December 29 7:00pm-8:00pm This powerful post-Solstice full moon celebrates the returning of the light as we journey through the winter darkness. This is a time for deep relaxation and healing sound before the new year begins. This webinar will be recorded and can be sent to you for later viewing. RegistrationFind out more »
The Miracle Meditation: Infinite Aspects of Kirtan Kriya Saturday, January 9th 1:00pm-5:00pm $29.95 Kirtan Kriya (Sa Ta Na Ma Meditation) is the most fundamental and valuable meditation in the Kundalini Yoga tradition. Extensively researched and practiced, this meditation can standalone as the royal pathway to spiritual health, emotional well-being, and mental acuity. While you may have practiced this meditation once before, or even for many years, there are aspects and techniques of Kirtan Kriya that have not been taught…Find out more »
Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Information Session Choose the Date that Works for You! FREE Click Here for Zoom Link Sunday, January 17th 12:30 PM (CST) Thursday, January 21st 6:30 PM (CST) Join us online for a free information session about our online Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Course! Click Here for Zoom Link Meet the teachers, practice a meditation, and listen and participate in Q&A about the course. Our course starts January 23rd and will be available live online! Kundalini Teacher…Find out more »
FULL MOON GONG Wednesday, January 27 7:00pm-8:00pm CST Join us on the evening of the first Full Moon of 2021 for meditation, relaxation, and profound sound healing. This full moon occurs in the Vedic sign of Cancer, the natural home of the Moon and a time of high psychic sensibilities. We will practice a meditation specifically for when the full moon occurs in a water sign. RegistrationFind out more »
Mercury Retrograde and You! Friday, January 29th 10:30-12:00pm CST $14.95 Join Mehtab and Tej Arvind for a webinar about the upcoming Mercury Retrograde. You will learn about this regularly recurring phenomenon and how it will influence your personal birth chart. This webinar will be recorded for later viewing. RegistrationFind out more »
MIND AND MEDITATION Kundalini Yoga Level 2 Training Course Open to Everyone An Online and Worldwide Experience February 5-7 and 19-21 (12-6pm Central, 1-7pm Eastern, 10am-4pm Pacific) For a complete virtual experience of this transformational training: Classes are recorded for those who need to time shift or make-up missed classes. The manual for the course is available online as an EBook. Small groups can participate in breakout rooms for online discussions. Multiple trainers teach kriyas, meditations and lectures in an…Find out more »
Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Late Registration Available! It's not too late to begin your journey. A Complete Live Online Course in Teaching and Practicing Kundalini Yoga First weekend has been recorded for your viewing. This online program provides international certification and recognition as a 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). "The Level 1 Kundalini training was a major highlight of 2020. The zoom platform made it shine through the ethersphere in unexpected ways!” - Mary CLICK HERE For a video overview…Find out more »
Gong Therapy Training (Online) February 27-28 (Saturday/Sunday) 10am-2pm Central US time (and also recorded) Registration In this online course with Mehtab to prepare you to begin practicing Gong Therapy, you will learn: The relationship between healing, sound, and the Gong How to interview a client for a gong therapy session What methodology to use when structuring a gong therapy session How to arrange the gongs and clients for best results Gong playing techniques for therapy Integrating and closing a…Find out more »
Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training A Complete Online or In-Person Course in Teaching and Practicing Kundalini Yoga Begins March 5! This program provides international certification and recognition as a 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). More Dates, Information & RegistrationFind out more »
Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training A Complete Online or In-Person Course in Teaching and Practicing Kundalini Yoga Begins March 19! This program provides international certification and recognition as a 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). More Dates, Information & RegistrationFind out more »
Full Moon GONG Relaxation March 28th 7:00-8:00pm CDT $14.95 This month’s Full Moon occurs in the Vedic nakshatra called Hasta, the best time to experience working with mudras (hand meditations). Come enjoy a Magic Moon Mudra Meditation and a deep relaxation with the Gongs! RegistrationFind out more »
Understanding Your Birth Chart April 3rd & 4th 10:00-2:00pm CDT Each Day Dive deep into your Vedic astrology birth chart as we explore the planets and signs and how they affect your life. You will receive a personalized birth chart profile based upon your birth date and time to use during and after the course. Discover your rising sign and how it influences your career, relationships, and well-being. Find out which planets are the strongest and most beneficial in…Find out more »
Begin your journey TODAY and go at your own pace! This is a complete certification course in how to play the gong, and students will learn beginner to intermediate gong playing techniques. No prior musical or gong experience is required, and the course is suitable for beginners as well as those who want to teach others how to play the gong. In this training course, you will learn: Techniques for single and combination mallet strikes The effects of playing…Find out more »
Full Moon GONG Relaxation April 26th 7:00-8:00pm CDT $14.95 This month’s Full Moon occurs in the Vedic nakshatra called Swati, which is the best time to go with the flow and enjoy. Come enjoy a Full Moon Meditation and a deep relaxation with the Gongs! RegistrationFind out more »
Planetary Sound Healing May 15-16 • 12-4 pm (Central US) Live Online and Recorded for Worldwide Availability $175 Registration Join Mehtab for an in-depth exploration of using sacred sound instruments for healing. Gongs, singing bowls, tuning forks, sound plates and chimes are all used in working with the cosmic energies of the planets to support physical, emotional and spiritual healing. In this course, you will: Discover the relationship between sound healing and the planets Understand how sound frequencies of…Find out more »
VITALITY AND STRESS Kundalini Yoga Level 2 Course An Online and Worldwide Experience May 28-30 and June 18-20 (12-6pm Central, 1-7pm Eastern, 10am-4pm Pacific) Pay In Full Registration Payment Plan Registration VITALITY AND STRESS is the course to improve your interactions with all those around you. We all need the ability to recognize stress in others and in ourselves. Learn how to use tools to build your vitality so you can transform stress and balance it with conscious relaxation. …Find out more »
The Healing Power of Crystals and Gemstones: In Yoga, Astrology and Ayurveda June 12th, 1:00-5:00pm Flow Yoga Cedar Park Registration This training is based on the ancient use of gemstones according to the Vedic traditions of astrology, yoga, and ayurveda You will learn the guidelines for using and wearing gems in rings, malas, and pendants, as well as other techniques, including gem infusions and placements, for healing and transformation. In this workshop we will explore the healing properties of over…Find out more »
Mehtab began his yoga career in 1973 in San Rafael California where he used the techniques of Kundalini Yoga in the ashram’s drug rehabilitation program. As a Kundalini Yoga Lead teacher trainer, he has trained hundreds of Kundalini Yoga teachers in Level 1 and Level 2 courses across the United States. Mehtab received the Kundalini Yoga Teacher of the Year Award as well as the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers’ Association award for “Building Yoga Communities.”
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Mehtab is the originator and author of Gong Yoga, the first book and course on using the gong with the practices of yoga and meditation. His book, Teaching Gong Yoga, has been used in yoga teacher training classes by teachers of all disciplines, and his book Gong Therapy has provided the foundation for teaching sound healers, healing professionals, and yoga teachers how to use the gong therapeutically.
Mehtab is a life-long astrologer who discovered the spiritual potency of using Indian or Vedic Astrology to guide people in finding their dharma and life purpose. He is a mentor in the American College of Vedic Astrology and has trained yoga students and teachers in the basics of using astrology with their spiritual journey. His book Astrology Yoga is the first and most comprehensive book that integrates the practice of Yoga with the wisdom of Jyotish (Vedic Astrology).
Vedic astrology is the original astrology from ancient India used by the Yogis to guide students on their spiritual path and to help fulfill their destiny in the outer world. It is different from Western astrology, although the planets and signs are the same, and it often gives more accurate results for those on a path of yoga and spirituality. It is especially helpful in anticipating and working with the cosmic cycles of change that occur regularly throughout our lives. When combined with the techniques of yoga and meditation, Vedic astrology reveals our destiny and how we can realize it.
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Your personal astrology reading by Mehtab is based on your birth date, time, and location, as well as specific questions or areas of life you would like to explore.
Your first appointment is a comprehensive life reading that examines your basic nature, your gifts and challenges as well as the karmic issues you are working on in this lifetime. All areas of life are considered, including relationships, career, health and best spiritual or yogic practices. In addition, you will learn about the current cycle of transformation you are experiencing and how to plan for and anticipate the coming changes in your life.
Follow-up readings, if desired, can be done around your birthday or when you are considering major life changes.
Readings may be scheduled for 60 or 90 minutes and the correct birth time is needed for the most accurate reading.
The 60 minute reading is excellent for:
- An introduction to your birth chart
- Answering specific questions
- Follow-up appointments & yearly updates
A 90 minute reading is recommended for:
- Discussing several areas of your life in depth
- Exploring another person’s birth chart as well as your own chart
- Guidance on yoga practices and/or gemstone prescriptions
You may record the reading, take notes, or simply listen.
Welcome to Cosmic Vibes! THIS MONTH: Mercury Retrograde in Vedic Astrology Mercury Retrograde – Time to Go Shopping! Perhaps you have been blissfully unaware that Mercury has been retrograde since May 29th? Not to worry – you can still blame miscommunications, travel...
Mehtab offers gong events and trainings on how to play the gong.
Certification programs are offered for Basic and Advanced Gong Playing, Gong Therapy, and Gong Yoga.
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How to Play the Gong
Learn and experience the basics of gong playing for healing and transformation. From basic mallet techniques to constructing playing sequences, you will learn to play the gong intuitively. Discover how to work with rhythm, volume, and striking placement to create playing patterns for a gong relaxation session.
Explore and practice the introductory and intermediate techniques of playing the Gong online with videos, lectures, and hands on practice sessions. This self-paced course may be started at any time is required and is suitable for beginners and those who want to enhance their playing.
Advanced Gong Playing
Take your playing to another level by using the three components of gong playing to create a journey in sound. Explore “gong maps” that allow you to work with chakras and the energies of the body. You will learn how to use various two mallet techniques to create energetic effects in your listeners and clients.
Gong Therapy Training
Learn to use the Gong in therapeutic healing sessions and conduct one-on-one private sessions for individual clients. The training is suitable for sound healers, yoga teachers, gong players, and therapists from all backgrounds.
Gong Yoga Training
Learn to use the Gong in the practices and teachings of Yoga – asanas, meditations, pranayama, mudras and mantras. This is a complete course in how to use the gong in your yoga classes, workshops, and trainings.
Gong Nidra Training
Learn to use the Gong in the practice of Yoga Nidra for guided deep relaxation. You will learn to use scripts and therapeutic gong playing to facilitate transformation and healing for both groups and individuals.
The Beginning of Gong Yoga When I first began my book Gong Yoga, it was shortly after the beginning of the 21st century. While I had been experiencing the sound of the Gong in a Kundalini yoga environment since the early 1970s, it was some years later that I coined...
Kundalini Yoga is one of the major systems of yoga instruction. Kundalini Yoga uses dynamic yoga postures, energetic breathing techniques, mantra (sound) and meditation to awaken and develop the spiritual energy within each person.
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The Kundalini Yoga Level 1 certification program is open to students who desire a deep immersion and understanding of Kundalini Yoga and for those who wish to receive professional training as yoga teachers.
The Kundalini Yoga Level 2 training program is for experienced Kundalini yoga students as well as Kundalini yoga teachers who wish to pursue advanced certification.
The Secret Kundalini Meditation Sometimes a secret is intentional, and sometimes it’s accidental. This is an accidental secret Kundalini Yoga meditation from over 20 years ago. I first experienced this meditation when it was first taught (at least in the Western...