Wise teachings in the yoga tradition always assure us that if we practice with determination and faith we will reap many rewards, both spiritually and worldly. One of the rewards that I have enjoyed has been the opportunity to blog as work exchange to attend Sat Nam Fest.

My experience as a Sat Nam Fest blogger for work exchange has been so joyful that I feel funny calling it “work” exchange. For me, intuitive exchange feels more appropriate. What do I mean by that? I was given writing assignments — or came up with topics on my own — and the themes and messages blossomed into being. I sat down to write and, instead of struggling to find the right words, my intuition took over and the words just flowed. The process of writing became an intuition strengthener and benevolent teacher.

Sat Nam Fest is dear to me because it’s where I first experienced the teachings of Yogi Bhajan as delivered by Krishna Kaur. After one class with her, I signed up for her Level One Teacher Training. Before coming to Sat Nam Fest in 2013, I had been a casual yoga student. Sat Nam Fest is where I met my teacher, fell in love with the practice, and surrendered to my spiritual path as a serious seeker of nourishment through wisdom. I blog as a way to honor this gift that Sat Nam Fest bestowed upon me. The festival continues to be the exact experience I need to nurture the next crucial step in my spiritual growth.

My spiritual growth has been enriched through writing about yoga. I have been writing since I was a child, and I always hoped to become a successful author. But my yoga practice helped me stop fretting over my success as a writer and instead stay focused on how my writing skills can serve. On a personal level, writing helps me to access the more subtle layers of consciousness. I write in order to explore and unearth all that is deep within, to become aware of and play with the more mystical dimensions of being. Combined with yoga and meditation practice, writing nurtures this inner journey that is as unending as it is wondrous.

On a more social level, writing gives me experience and a skill set to blog for Sat Nam Fest. Blogging is the best form of work exchange because all the work is done before the actual festival. I can attend the festival and enjoy every workshop and every activity with the carefree knowledge that my work is done. Blogging happens in the months leading up to the festival, so the actual event is a time to relax and recharge. Also, a blogger can walk around the festival delighting in the thought that perhaps some of these festival goers read a blog post that inspired them to show up to the festival. If this is truly the case, then blogging fulfills any writers’ longing that her words be effective and inspirational.

Blogging for Sat Nam Fest benefitted me because I made strong connections with the teachers I interviewed and wrote about. Some teachers shared sophisticated or in depth aspects of yoga practice and it was my job to organize the words so the ideas are clear to blog readers. This exercise always helps me refine my skills as a Kundalini Yoga teacher. The blog posts help me realize ways in which my own yoga and meditation practice can go deeper and improve. There are so many great teachers to learn from, and this festival brings them together.

This gathering of wise souls at a festival creates an environment in which everyone can speak and act from the heart. Only at Sat Nam Fest do strangers gladly allow me to hold their babies. Only at Sat Nam Fest do I meet a new person during a meal, and we find ourselves instantly sharing life stories and laughs. It is such a safe environment to be open and to act authentically from the heart.

Sat Nam Fest is like a generous mother whose nourishment and gifts are boundless and given unconditionally. If you are someone who loves yoga and loves to write, please jump at the opportunity to blog for Sat Nam Fest. You will feel so blessed on so many levels.

May those who feel called to blog for Sat Nam Fest—and those who don’t—enjoy the blessings that continue to shower upon us when we engage in mutually beneficial intuitive exchange.

Sat Nam!

If this work exchange opportunity is calling your name, and you’d like to write for Sat Nam Fest, contact satnamfest@spiritvoyage.com  for details. Please share a brief summary of what you love about Sat Nam Fest and why you would love to contribute to our blog. We look forward to hearing from you!

Surjot Kaur is a KRI certified teacher of Kundalini Yoga as Taught by Yogi Bhajan. She writes about yoga, meditation, and consciousness. She seeks to be a humble observer of the Play of Divine Consciousness. She prays all beings may awaken to total freedom. She lives with a loving husband, two daughters, and a dog in San Diego.