By Siri Kirin/Kathe Forrest
My first Summer Solstice was potent! It was 2007.
Having taken one class at Yoga Yoga in Austin Texas, I became certain that this “Kundalini Yoga” was what I had been searching for to enhance my spiritual path.
In New Mexico, where Summer Solstice is held in June, I became enamored with it all. The rituals of sadhana, seva and Gurdwara united me in the flow of brotherhood and love of prayer. I floated above the ground after three solid days of White Tantric Yoga®.
I had found my tribe.
One of the last classes I attended was with Guru Singh. His speech was all about finding someone to strengthen our resolve after Summer solstice to continue our connections to the Infinite through sadhana and the 40-day practice. He encouraged us to look around—right at that moment—and find a partner who would be a support for the next 40 days when we would practice Kirtan Kriya.
I was sitting next to a man whom I had shared the experience of the second day of White Tantric Yoga®. We turned to each other and cried out, “Let's do this”!
We were filled with the ecstasy of the Summer Solstice experience.
End of story? No, that good friend and fellow teacher (he took teacher training in 2009) and I have continued to share our "spiritual "experiences with each other. This summer it will be eight years since that moment in time and space
And after that solstice in 2007, I went immediately into teacher training and I've been doing sadhana continuously since then.
I have also written a book, Keep the Change Now, to encourage others to “Keep up”—to explore the strength and resolve that you find in Kundalini Yoga and the day-by-day inspiration that sadhana elicits.
Kathe Forrest/Siri Kirin began studying Hatha yoga and meditation in her mid-twenties and became certified in Hatha yoga after a 10-year intensive study. She has been certified as a Kundalini teacher since 2007 and acknowledges that for her this one takes the cake. Her teaching and understanding of yoga, meditation and pranayama is influenced by the philosophy of many yogis and teachers including: Kahil Gibran, Sivananda and Yogi Bhajan. Studies in nutrition and alternative therapies have contributed to her scope of understanding the mind-body connection. Kathe can be reached through email and her website to provide classes and workshops on the 40 day practice. Her new book, Keep the Change, Simple Practices for Lasting Transformation is available through www.spiritvoyage.com www.keepthechangenow.com