Tej Kaur Khalsa is a beloved teacher from Nine Treasures Yoga in Los Angeles. Here, she shares her wisdom about commitment, community, and connecting to our deepest inner messages.  She is known for delivering the teachings with humor and precision.  An experience with her always reminds us we are together, swimming through the Ocean of Life, and we need to help one another get to shore.

Sat Nam Fest Blog: 

When someone is new to Kundalini Yoga, what do you like to tell them about this particular practice that always keeps you returning to these teachings and committing to this practice?

Tej: 

Kundalini Yoga has many phases that it helps a person’s consciousness traverse through, as we journey to the opening of the soul. Sometimes we are happy, sometimes sad, sometimes the past memories come pouring out, other times there are re-adjustments of the brain patterns that take place. No matter what the terrain, keep going back to class or to a place where the Kundalini energy is prevalent. No matter what is happening, I always feel better when I am around the opening of the Kundalini energy. I can breathe better, think better; I feel better. So no matter what, keep your practice going.

Sat Nam Fest Blog: 

After all your decades immersed in these teachings, how do you relate to yourself differently now compared to before you practiced Kundalini Yoga?

Tej:

I am a very sensitive being, and growing up in non-spiritual environments, I never felt ‘right’. I always felt out of place – displaced – in a foreign place. I’m sure a lot of us can relate to that. Once I began my journey in the kundalini world, I experienced a sense of hope, that things could be better on the Earth. Of course, when you first start your practice, you see everything through ‘rose colored glasses’ – so to speak. As things normalize within you, the ego gets room to pop up and wants to mess things up. But even through that phase, which all have to go through, I was blessed to keep going. Without all this exposure to the spiritual essence of things, I know I would have gotten very ill and passed on quickly. So in honor of my Teacher helping me, I try to keep up helping others through teaching, and projecting prayers for healing over others.

Sat Nam Fest Blog: 

You have been teaching at Sat Nam Fest for many years; have you noticed any changes that give you hope that we are transitioning into a humanity with a deeper, more illuminated collective consciousness?

Tej:

During my times at Sat Nam Fest, I have watched people growing into a deeper part of themselves, excited by the new force that is running through them, and growing in an open hearted soul-to-soul level, as we see and share the sacredness in one another, rather than only viewing the outer shell.

Sat Nam Fest Blog:

Is there anything you would like to say about the ways Sat Nam Fest is a special, sacred, or unique among other festivals / yoga retreats?

Tej:

I am personally grateful to Sat Nam Fest for keeping up and keeping a sacred projection with all of the locations they are opening up to. I watch people in my classes who go and how excited they get that they meet new people and learn new things in the classes as well as from one another. What a great time to build community which is so needed. During the Piscean age, people often existed as a lone wolf. Now in the Aquarian age, as it opens it’s arms to receive us, it’s imperative that we live with each other and for each other.

Sat Nam Fest is allowing this to take place. I am so grateful that everyone is Keeping Up!

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.