She also kicks my butt. By the end of my first session, I was gasping for air and sweating profusely. But after I settled down, I realized that I felt more awake, more present, and more centered than I have in a very long time. Don't get me wrong, I still love my Hatha Yoga, but this program is a wonderful complement. The energy released is more intense and profound.
To many westerners, Gurmukh may seem a bit odd, but I found her refreshing, funny, down-to-earth, supportive, and very genuine. At the time of filming she was 58, but looks more like 38, and her soft, airy voice sounds more like 18. Makes you want to give this Kundalini thing a try, doesn't it? I pray that I am in such incredible shape as this woman when I'm "middle-aged."
I strongly disagree with the reviewers who think that this program is too strenuous, or even "dangerous." Not once did I feel that this routine put my body in a position it couldn't handle, and I am a relative newcomer to Yoga. Of course you should respect your body's limits and realize that your flexibility and stamina will increase with practice. Any Yoga video worth watching is going to challenge you, or soon you'll be bored of it. Just go a little slower at first, make the movements a little smaller until you build strength. If you feel like you're going to pass out (like I did when I first started), just pause the DVD, catch your breath, and move on when you're ready. Soon enough you'll be able to jam through the whole program without stopping, and you'll feel an energy and awakening that you may never have known before.
If you're a beginner to Kundalini or Yoga in general, don't be intimidated. This program is challenging, but very "doable" for all fitness levels and belief systems. Gurmukh warmly welcomes people of all faiths, and gives encouragement and inspiration that everyone can relate to.
Thank you so much, Gurmukh! I'm so glad I found your Kundalini Yoga video.
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