My journey with Kristianna and Kundalini Yoga has taken me from the intro classes, to Yogi Bhajan, to Snatam Kaur, to Sat Nam, to Wahe Guru, and now I am one week away from my third sadhana practice. I have had so many "God Moments" in her classes, from the Moola Mantra to I Am. I remember when I first started taking classes and I was trying to describe the awareness and light that I was feeling and the connection to my soul. Thank you for helping me find the light in myself and others. Kundalini Yoga classes are helping me to detox my body, mind, and soul. I am letting go and letting God. I have set my intention to one day take the teacher training class at the studio. No, I don't want to be a teacher in front of the class, but I do want to learn more about Kundalini Yoga and share it with others.
For me personally, recovery is about replacing darkness with the light. Recovery Rising has given me the awareness and the tools to connect my mind and body to my soul. This awareness has extended from my daily practice of yoga and meditation into every aspect of my life. Sat Nam.
Endless love and light,
I have been attending the Recovery Rising class for several months, and over this period of time, there has been a remarkable improvement in my health and well being. Kristianna is an awesome instructor who has experience with the mix of recovery and Kundalini Yoga. I have more focus on what happens in my body, mind and spirit which enhances the discipline necessary for step and recovery work. There is a connection between my heart, head and body that I did not have before I began attending the class. I have more positive energy. I am a more creative and productive writer and musician. My moods are stable, and I have a greater balance of serenity and peace in my life. This class is worth driving 100 miles for every Sunday afternoon.
It would be easy to say that going to Kundalini Rising Yoga is the greatest gift I've ever given myself. The problem is that "gift" makes attending class every week sound optional, almost like a luxury. In truth, it's more like going to the emergency room for chest pain. I was in crisis and doing Kundalini Yoga has proven to be an essential tool in my recovery. Challenged by more than just an extra 60 pounds, my whole life felt like a mess. This place is about way more than just yoga. They've helped me take back my life, my whole life - body, mind, and spirit.
"I am constantly seeking new methods of self -healing and in that search I was lead to Kundalini Rising Yoga Nashville. I respond well to eastern mind -body work and am thrilled to have found Kristianna. She is so kind and her voice is soothing and engaging. Her sessions are relevant, varied, and they have helped me be able to break into some of my stuck places and begin to see the good in life and feel joy again. Recovery Rising Yoga is a very nurturing non-judgmental recovery class. It's one of those classes that takes you full circle each time instead of stopping just when you are having a break through. At least that has been the case for me. Even though I can't do all the poses right now because of some physical limitations I still achieve huge amounts of emotional healing. I have found that I have become much more flexible after just a few weeks and can't stand to miss a class without feeling my week isn't complete."
The pair of opposites do not effect a yogi -- neither praise nor insult. ~Yogi Bhajan
Kundalini has give me a beautiful space to come and to just be… to open my heart amidst all the craziness of life and practice just that…opening the heart—in a safe place… There is a Dalai Lama quote about us westerners working so hard to develop the mind… when it is the development of the heart that is needed to take us through this next space in time… Time is speeding up all around us and we need tools. Kundalini is a place I can go at anytime to find peace and nourish myself. In Kundalini I connect with the space within that is connected to all others and not separate from anything… this is a welcome rest from daily living and a practice I consider to be a luxury, yet essential to my life. I am extremely grateful for the practice of Kundalini, the teachers who teach it (and live it) and the many blessings that shower my life everyday because of it. The more I live with my heart, the more my mind lets go. The more the mind lets go, the more blessings flow… And what a relief that can be… to let go of that mind – if only for a moment…
While I've sporadically practiced yoga for a little over a decade, I knew nothing about Kundalini until I stumbled on a class on a Sunday after hearing my body's cry for a good stretch. In the middle of the kriya, I started weeping. I had never felt such a release, such a sensation, such a feeling! I went to classes off and on for about a month until i realized Kundalini yoga was having a huge impact on the very essence of my being and when I didn't go for over a week, I felt it.
Since I've been practicing twice a week, many destructive and self abusive modes of thinking and acting have seemingly melted away with ease. Anger held in my lower back is gone; self deprecating internal dialogue is mute. TMJ due to almost constant teeth grinding for decades was gone after a throat chakra clearing kriya.
So far, one of the most significant changes has been my releasing the extraneous things in my house. After two decades of collecting stuff, a huge yard sale has helped my detach and get rid of many possessions that have been weighing me down and cluttering my house and mind. The profits from this yard sale are part of my fund for yoga teacher training. As I continue my journey, I am excited to see what is in store for me next!
Recovery Rising Yoga Testimonials
It is hard to believe I have practiced Kundalini yoga for almost TEN years. I remember my first class vividly (I was a Freshman in college and we practiced outside under huge, ancient trees) and as I have read from many other Kundalini students' accounts, it was instantly something I knew would stick with and be a part of my life forever. What attracted me the most about the study was understanding and trying to practice the state of a neutral mind. This concept was new at first and will always be a challenge to me. However the more I think about it, the more books I read regarding, and the more yoga I practice - the easier it comes. I am thankful that this is always something I will have to work towards. Additionally, I am a big advocate of the "serving yourself so you can serve others" mentality. This is not necessarily a concept exclusive to anything in particular, but it is something I gather from my practice. I almost thought of this to be a selfish concept at first until I realized the more grounded and strong I am, the more solid friend I can be thus equalling in greater service to others, instead of being full of insecurities, anxieties, etc. Believe me, I have my days of course, but knowing my role and how it affects the universe make me want to strive for an overall better attitude. All of these things do not come easily or naturally for me quite honestly, but Kundalini yoga provides me with a vessel that helps me get the state of mind I would like to be in - calm, confident, radiant, and self-accepting. Sidenote: I have taken classes across the country and Crystelle's classes have always been easy for me to attend. I have a very talkative and inquisitive personality and her style of teaching and acceptance of others makes me feel comfortable and not so much of a "bull in a china shop" so to speak! So, thank you!
I remember attending my first class and how I was amazed by the power of this type of yoga. I felt it immediately; a calming, yet invigorating sensation. I like all the different aspects of the kriyas; the postures, chanting and meditations and how they work together. I appreciate the explanation how certain postures and breathing techniques are affecting and benefiting me. Taking your class has changed my life by learning how to calm myself and bring myself back into the moment. I tend to get nervous a lot, but the breathing techniques and meditations really help me not worry so much. Thank you, thank you for all you do!
“When I first began studying yoga I was suffering from daily migraines, intense episodes of anxiety and panic, plus debilitating seasonal allergies. I was in intense pain both physically and mentally and visited at least ten physicians last summer. After attending numerous doctor's appointments with no answers or relief, I began to doubt the isolated remedies of Western medicine. At the time I was attending bi-weekly yoga classes as a source of exercise and was reading fervently about yoga and its sister science, Ayurveda. I began to notice subtle improvements but I was still in pain. In the Fall, I happened upon my first Kundalini Yoga class. Unbelievably, in one session, I experienced positive results which kept me coming back for more! I found Kundalini Yoga to be the perfect blend of movement, breath, and meditation, integrating mind, body, and soul. I began to attend group classes frequently and was inspired to start a daily home practice. Soon I began to see amazing results. My headaches reduced dramatically in severity and frequency, I began to experience tranquility as opposed to anxiety, and I am happy to report that I am no longer dependent on prescription allergy medicine. Kundalini Yoga has allowed me to conquer my hypochondria by focusing my attention on holistic wellness rather than disease. The kriyas and meditations have empowered me to become my own doctor, psychologist, personal trainer, nutritionist, and spiritual guide. Most importantly, Kundalini Yoga has taught me the role of balance in the process of self-healing to become truly healthy, happy, and holy.”
Kundalini yoga, along with a healthy diet, is a wonderful way to turn back the hands of time. Since I started practicing Kundalini yoga, I have found my flexibility greatly improved. It is a gentle way to balance the stress and anxiety of every day living. I find that it uplifts, exalts and clarifies my mind. Kundalini yoga is known as the "yoga of awareness". As a "royal" yoga, all other yoga's have descended from this yoga. Because kundalini yoga balances the glandular systems, the sense of well-being that I have achieved is a beautiful thing! I am happy that I have decided to make this uplifting lifestyle change. I wish I would have done it sooner.
Kundalini yoga has allowed me to experience spirituality in a new, more complete way. Through this practice, I discover peace, insight, and energy that I did not know I possessed. I also feel empowered to change unsuitable habits and patterns. I love participating in the collective energy of the group classes!I am grateful to the instructors at Kundalini Rising for their guidance and compassion, particularly Crystelle, who has helped me develop my individual practice.
The practice of Kundalini Yoga helps makes life more joyful. It improves and enhances every aspect of our daily experience. Having worked with teachers in other parts of the country, I feel fortunate to have Crystelle Brown as my teacher at Kundalini Yoga Rising. Crystelle guides us through spiritual elevation in a cheerful, down to earth way.