When you see Wah Khalsa anywhere, she is probably smiling. She has this magnetic positivity that draws you in. I’ve known Wah for many years and followed her journey from being the daughter of one of Kundalini Yoga’s most beloved yoga teachers to where she is now. She has emerged as a force in the Kundalini Yoga community with her unique contribution to this lineage of teaching. Wah has developed her own teaching style that incorporates Kundalini Yoga, done in the traditional style, followed by a powerful and transformative dance practice that is part celebration, part therapy, part detoxification…… and all fun.
The first time I experienced Wah’s class was at a Radiant Power of Women retreat in Mexico. There were 30 or so women in the room, and after opening with a powerful Kundalini Yoga kriya, we transitioned to the dance phase of her class. To be honest, it took a lot of active teaching on her part to make this transition. Some women are very comfortable in their own skin and ready to just let loose, but many of the women started out almost shy. In some ways, you could feel that discomfort of having other people see you dance.
I could see that guiding people into a space where they are comfortable opening up and dancing can sometimes be challenging. In an interview, Wah once said, “The truth is, whether we want to admit it or not, we grow when we’re challenged and uncomfortable.”
To start with, Wah gave us specific movements to follow. In the process, she guided us through an incredible process of connecting first with every part of our bodies, getting us to really relate to our bodies with love and gratitude for the work they do to support us in our life. Then, as the class progressed, she got us to go deeper within ourselves, connect through dance and our bodies to our emotions, our stress, our baggage. She opened us up and had us dance from deep within. I laughed and I cried. It was deeply a deeply transformational experience.
As we went through this process together, there was a sense of sharing this experience with all of the women in the room. We went through this journey together, and we were changed by it.
When asked about the group experience of her classes, Wah said, ” If you can, take a pause in your life and immerse yourself in community and the teaching and lifestyle that Yogi Bhajan left us. Don’t look for the answers, just live the answer and the magic that unfolds from the experience. Come without expectations and with openness.”
I, for one, cannot wait to immerse myself in this next Sat Nam Fest and get all of that magic that Wah manages to open up in the room!