Dr. Azita Nahai will be blessing Sat Nam Fest with her amazing Trauma to Dharma™ workshop!

If you have ever wondered why we cry on the yoga mat then come learn from Azita, who has refined her knowledge through 20 years of research and practice.  If you’d like to expand your own knowledge of the neuroscience and physiology of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, then this workshop is for you.  If you are knee deep in any kind of pain or standing face to face with another life challenge, Azita holds space for every struggle. 

Join Azita Nahai for a workshop that promises to lovingly carry you through moments of vulnerability. To give you permission to “go there”. To connect deeper to any trauma you may be carrying, that you may not be aware of, or that may not even be yours.  This workshop will support you in reconnecting to you. Come dive into a journey of self-exploration and feeling what you need to feel. As Azita says, “Feeling is healing.”

With deep gratitude, we enjoyed the sweet pleasure of a Q & A with Dr. Azita Nahai.

What is one of your favorite Kundalini Mantras and why? 

Azita:  My students hear me say it all the time: ‘When in doubt, chant it out.’  My go-to ‘leap and the net will appear’ mantra is the Adi Mantra~Laya Style. It’s my “faith pill”. So much of our pain rests on our relying solely on our own strength- as if we’re the only ones in control. There lies the struggle. We are so afraid to let go. And yet, the moment we stop wrestling with God, we rest with God. This mantra is my rest stop~ where I let go, only to find myself floating in a sea of Spirit.

If I’m not chanting it on my own, I love chanting along with Guru Singh’s soul-lifting version on his Naad Mantra album, and White Sun’s beautiful version.

Is Kundalini Yoga becoming more widely used and needed in trauma recovery IMG_5922today?

Azita:  I used to wonder how I was going to sell this practice to the skeptics in my field (because I was one). The scientist in me needed proof, and that’s what we nerdy researchers set out to do: uncover the myriad of benefits to yoga and meditation. And to think, we’ve only just scratched the surface!

The ancient yogis were scientists long before we were.  They experimented on themselves, and gave us these practices.  And today’s research further supports what they knew all along: The body is the way in and our consciousness is the way through. 

So, yes, there is more of a lean towards incorporating Kundalini as both a spiritual and somatic practice in trauma recovery. I see Kundalini Yoga as the perfect marriage between Science and the Soul; and am honored to bring my own science and trauma background into my classes and my practice.   

But a word of caution to those who do bring any form of yoga and meditation into the treatment room~ we must tread lightly and consciously. This practice can unearth so much. The client has to be ready.

How Does Your Work Impact Your Own Spiritual Growth?

Azita:  Well, first off, without my Sadhana I wouldn’t be able to hold space and dive into the depths of my work. My Sadhana is my anchor. We’re all beings moving from Trauma to Dharma, myself included. And, so I’m doing my best to walk the walk, to go where I grow, and compassionately embrace my own human trips and falls along the way. It’s a privilege to meet people in their pain. It is my way of giving back; my way of saying “I’ve been there, that’s why I’m here.” I feel a deep responsibility to offer what I’ve lived, learned and personally benefited from. It’s a duty and a service that also feeds me. The courageous clients I get to work with are my mirrors~ teachers in their own right, whose steadied commitment lifts and inspires me daily.

You encourage students to face their pain and embrace their pain.  Can you give a real-life example to illustrate this?

Azita:  Listen, I see life through the lens of Post Traumatic Growth. None of us leave here unscathed. We have all been pained. How many of us continue to carry the hurt and hate like defensive coats of armor? That armor has its place. But left on too long, it hardens and stiffens. It desensitizes us. It constrains us, keeping us shackled to pain that begs to be transformed.

While we cannot change what happened to us, we can choose how it will transform us.  Pain to purpose- that’s the Trauma to Dharma ™ way. We don’t get over it, we get into it.. Pain doesn’t want to be fixed, it wants to be felt. It wants to be held. Where might the pain you have witnessed or experienced further deepen that reservoir of compassion this world requires to see each other through our humanness? Where can your pain be of service? Where can we stand up for each other and say, “Your pain is my pain. Yes, I have been pained and, I am still privileged to be here. So what can I do with what I’ve seen? Wit what I’ve learned? With what I’ve felt?” I encourage my clients and my students to be present to pain and grief when they rear their heads (because they will).. Dostoevsky once said, “The darker the night, the brighter the stars.  The deeper the grief, the closer to God.” Those painful breaks and cracks can open us up to so much more…

What do you love about Sat Nam Fest?

Azita:  Sat Nam Fest is literally Coachella for the Soul. We come together in community under the desert stars, riding the powerful sound currents and sharing in that Kundalini magic. The effects of the teachings, the technology and the music grow exponentially in community. We need each other.  Life’s traumas can be so isolating.  But at this festival, everyone shows up for one another~ open armed and open hearted.  We need more opportunities like this to be together. 

What are your future plans?

My workshop at Sat Nam Fest is a little teaser to my Trauma to Dharma™ weekend immersions coming up at Golden Bridge Yoga~ In New York on April 16th & 17th  and back in LA on May 14th & 15th.

I am also hard at work editing the long anticipated Trauma to Dharma™ book.  Whether you pick up the book as self-study journey, dive into one of the immersions or meet me-on-one-one the Trauma to Dharma™ is designed to help those who have suffered from trauma (no trauma too big or too small), who want to free themselves of their “story”, the unhealthy patterning, and the tyranny of the past;  and who are ready to dive deeper into their healing and recovery.

Feeling inspired? Join us for Sat Nam Fest in Joshua Tree, CA this April 6 – 10!