I know Sat Nam Fest Berkshires is going to be fun! But it’s also going to be important for me. I rely on immersive experiences to bring me back to my committed practice. Sat Nam Fest is going to help me reboot my practice, and it can help you do the same.
How can the festival provide a reset? Well, it offers all the ideal conditions for a committed practice: community, inspiration, experience, and energy. With all of these things in place for me, a reinvigoration of my Kundalini practice is inevitable. Let’s take a look at each of these components and how they’ll play out in the Berkshires:
Community. The Sat Nam Fest “sangat” is a beautiful group of like-minded folks who love the Kundalini Yoga practice with their whole hearts. It’s a community of kindred spirits who keep each other up. In the ambrosial hours, we practice Sadhana together. Throughout the day and into the evening, we breathe, chant, eat, and dance together. The support and the sheer amplification of energy will lift me up.
Inspiration. Top Kundalini Yoga teachers (like Gurmukh, Krishna Kaur, and Hari Kirin Kaur) will share their takes on Yogi Bhajan’s teachings in powerful classes and workshops. And the most talented devotional artists in the world (like Snatam Kaur, Guruganesha Band, and Ajeet Kaur) will share their mantra music. Inspiration will gush forth, and I will drink it in. Sometimes, it’s just the right words at just the right time, and sometimes it’s a song that opens my heart, expands my mind, and allows me to reclaim my commitment to my Self and my practice.
Experience. Workshops (like Ramdesh’s The Body Temple and Anne Novak’s Love Unexplained) will immerse me in the powerful effects of this practice, proving time and again that Kundalini Yoga just works. Intellectually, I know this practice is powerful. I remember my transformational experiences. As a student and teacher, I feel the benefits myself and see them in others. But, at Sat Nam Fest, workshops with guidance through life-altering kriyas and meditations, accompanied by soul-stirring live music, offer an incomparable reminder that we are all love. We are all one. It’s the difference between the thrill of hang-gliding and the epic launch of a rocket ship. Sometimes, I need an epic launch.
Energy. If I take care of my energy and wake up refreshed every day, it’s easier to grab my mat and dive into my practice with enthusiasm. But to be honest, my life and responsibilities don’t always support that intention. Sat Nam Fest sets us up for great self-care, by providing delicious, healthy, and hearty vegetarian food and yogi tea. Early to bed and early to rise is the rhythm at Sat Nam Fest, and this night owl (trying to become a non-night owl) easily fell right into that rhythm last year. I was so deliciously tired and cleansed after a day and night of yoga and music that I hit the pillow with ease. There’s also an all-night gong bath with Crown of Eternity on Saturday night that has the power to heal and clear consciousness as attendees sleep.
To reboot, sometimes we need to step out of the everyday and gather in community, soak up inspiration, feel the profound benefits, and nourish ourselves. Sat Nam Fest Berkshires is the perfect setting to do just that.
Hope to see you there! Sat Nam.