Mindfulness is actually a simple concept, but becoming mindful can be difficult, because it often contrasts with our usual state of being. Most of us are used to worrying about problems for days at a time, stressing over things in life that can’t be changed, or burdening ourselves with commitments, activities, and engagements.
If a Yoga student has high blood pressure or a heart condition, Bhastrika Pranayama is not recommended. A daily practice of Bhastrika Pranayama, for five to ten minutes prior to asana practice or meditation, will help to calm and soothe the mind as it invigorates the body.
Feelings of attachment and aversion are quite natural for all of us, whether we are Yoga teachers or practitioners. We may find that we like a certain atmosphere in which to practice or teach.
Practicing Yoga can be difficult with toddlers around; but as children grow older, adults can turn their Yoga training sessions into a family affair. Since family Yoga can benefit young and old bodies alike, practicing Yoga together can engender both improved physical fitness and some beautiful moments of bonding and relationship building.
As a Kundalini teacher, you are a vessel, not a creator. You will learn yoga asanas that have been developed over thousands of years and passed down from Yogi Bhajan to you. Sharing these teachings with your students is a solemn duty. You cannot cut out meditation because it takes too long or eliminate pranayama because you don’t like it. You must share the original, sacred teachings. In Kundalini yoga, your individual preferences are not important; only your students matter.