Kathryn E. Livingston

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Airdate: April 18, 2013

Grande dame of Kundalini yoga Gurmukh joins Ramdesh on this fascinating podcast. An extraordinary teacher, Gurmukh’s hallmark is opening the heart and inspiring her students (Ramdesh included!) to live the life of their dreams. If you’ve ever taken a class with Gurmukh or watched one of her DVDs, you already know of her seemingly magical ability to join her heart with yours as she somehow inspires you do something you never thought remotely possible!

The show opens with a “Be the Light” from Mantra Mala by Aykanna followed by “People of Love” by Snatam Kaur from Celebrate Peace. Gurmukh  then shares her joy over the recent opening of a new Golden Bridge Yoga in Santa Monica, CA.  (She is co-founder and co-director of the Golden Bridge studios in Los Angeles and New York City as well.) If you live in the area or are visiting the West Coast be sure to stop in and check it out.

How do you define love, Ramdesh asks her dear friend and mentor. “That’s a question that’s been asked from the beginning of time,” Gurmukh observes. She quotes Yogi Bhajan as saying that “love is forever.” It’s a word that should be used with intention and commitment. That doesn’t mean that you must be with someone forever, Gurmukh explains. But it does mean that when you live from the heart, speak from the heart, and feel from the heart, love endures even when people lovingly separate: “Love is love.”

Gurmukh is an amazing teacher who continues to inspire women (and men) in her travels all over the globe. She encourages all women to realize that we are sisters, and to come together without competition and without comparison. If women were to do this, she points out, the world would change “right off the bat.”  She also encourages women to love men unconditionally; when women lead with love men will follow. At age 70, and after 30 years of marriage, Gurmukh says she finally understands the power of a woman. “The need for us to lead with love is so vital.”

One of the primary ways in which Gurmukh is helping to shape the world for the better is through the Kundalini yoga childbirth teachings, called Khalsa Way. “The human race can evolve one woman at a time, one mother at a time, one baby at a time, one family at a time and it comes from the consciousness of the mother before she has even conceived.” This gentle technology helps women shape the destiny of each baby and can truly change the world. When she looks at the children born to conscious parents, says Gurmukh, she is filled with optimism. “I have all kinds of hope,” she says.

Gurmukh and Ramdesh also discuss the importance of a strong nervous system (Gurmukh and Snatam Kaur have just released a new DVD Kundalini Yoga for a Strong Nervous System). “The nervous system is the greatest system that we have,” says Gurmukh. “It’s so important on so many levels.” This DVD is both invigorating and deeply relaxing.

Although many people are waking up in the Aquarian Age, Gurmukh notes, “Most people are still sleeping. That’s the divine plan right now.” But though it may take many years, we’ll get there, Gurmukh predicts.

What can people do right now to feel calmer? Gurmukh has some great suggestions, including left nostril breathing for three minutes, Kirtan Kriya and neck rolls. Or, take a walk and swing your arms, drink water, lie down in the grass and look up at the sky. There are so many simple things you can do to connect with your own heart and soul, and the beat of the universe.

Join these two remarkable women for this uplifting conversation. Gurmukh has changed so many lives for the better: Let her into yours and enjoy her vibrancy, open heart and awe-inspiring abundance of knowledge.


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