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Kundalini Yoga and the teachings of Yogi Bhajan continue to be on the rise in Asia. The 3HO Kundalini Yoga Festival Asia is held annually in Thailand in late October.
By Rebecca Sonkkila, Australia
I attended the level 2 Authentic Relationships course, the Asia Yoga Festival, White Tantric Yoga®, and a two-day meditation workshop with Gurucharan on meditation. Wow! What a ride it was. I feel that each event led naturally to the next, a deepening experience that changed and grew me as I allowed it, and that each event was held with such unbelievable love from all sides. Teachers, peers, and the helpful staff that cooked, cleaned, fetched, and translated at all hours of the day.
The festival hit the nail on the head. With a spirit of excitement we looked inside to discover light naturally arising, we were transformed in the company of new and old friends. Sunder Singh led sadhana most days—a gift to all. His soft voice flowed between the cicadas’ morning call and he had us rocking and stretching our way in deep oceans of meditation effortlessly. By breakfast time I had spanned the universe inside and penetrated an infinite beyond. I dissolved the labels of self, to flicker in harmony with space itself. Then it was time to eat.
Meals included seven or more Thai dishes in buffet style. There is an abundance of exotic fresh tropical fruit. Particularly delightful were trolleys full of milk of fresh young coconuts that surprised us on some of our snack breaks.
The international teachers, Gurucharan Singh, Tarn Taran Singh, and more, came together and formed a powerful team. We were all mesmerized and hypnotized, staring into ourselves, melting boundaries, opening to the entire Universe. Each workshop seemed to build on the last in some way. There was a sense of cohesive direction that really worked. Something greater yet related to the previous workshop could surface, gently and naturally, as we experienced kriyas, conversations, and sharing. Class after class of intense yoga had me floating from room to room. One action-packed event was headed by Gurucharan Singh, Sunder Singh, and Tarn Taran Singh with his guitar. At the end I’m not sure if any of us knew which way the door was. But we certainly knew who we were within the floating stillness of clarity and oneness.
The grounds of the festival, Baan Phu Waan, abound with Thai life: tropical trees of crazy shapes, a luscious pond full of huge fish that fly out of the water. An ancient Japanese painting comes to mind when looking at the cool still surface broken by dancing fish and bordered by temple shapes of cream and gold. This vista is sweetly lit in the night making it difficult to tear your eyes from the glittering scene and head to bed.
Talent night was created to celebrate Sunder Singh Khalsa’s birthday. This brought everyone together in a really magical way. The intensity of our dedication and spirit came to the stage with poetry, song, rapping, Michael Jackson the Sikh, people throwing themselves in cold, and some rehearsing right up to the last minute. We laughed hard and ended arm in arm, chanting in a bubble of love with Sunder Singh at the center.
I loved the Asia festival experience and will be back next year. How special to see the radiance and beauty of the Thai people, and do deep personal work for the light of my soul somewhere exotic and far away from the pressures of home. There is something about Thailand that has me feeling welcomed and loved in every way. The heat felt so good in my bones, the smell was so particular to the tropics. What a remarkable and commendable stand our spiritual teachers make for us. It is an honor to share this experience with the enlightened souls that fill our Kundalini Yoga realm. I’m so blessed I can scarcely contain my gratitude.
Rebecca Sonkkila has just completed the Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Immersion at Ramadasa in China.
For more information go to www.kundaliniyogaasia.org
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