Graduation, Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training

Today I graduated from Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training. I’ve been in training for nine months. I came into this program surly and trepidatious, but I leave confident and calm. We were each given 2 precious minutes to address the crowd today, this was my speech.

Six years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My mother, in her great wisdom, convinced me to attend a support group meeting. I was sure the support group would be a waste of time. I didn’t need to talk to anybody about this, I just do everything myself.

At my first meeting I actually said the following: “OK, I GET it. Something in my life is not working. This is a wake-up call. Just tell me- How long is this *expletive* *expletive* spiritual transformation going to take?”

I was dead serious. I have a college degree in Mathematics. Everything can be reduced to a formula or an equation. There is a numerical answer for any situation. The women in the group all looked at the floor, they didn’t know what to say, but the group leader calmly informed me that there is no timeline, but that it would happen in it’s own time.

That process did change me- at least as much as I was willing to be changed. And it did take it’s own time. However, It’s in doing this teacher training that I realize that spiritual transformation is not a destination (unfortunately). It’s a journey. Day by day, kriya by kriya, meditation by meditation. And it takes forever (again, unfortunately). But, as our master teacher Guru Singh always says, “That’s OK. We have forever.”

I’m so grateful to have gone on this journey with this extraordinary group of people, at the studio where Yogi Bhajan taught, under the guidance of these amazing master teachers.

Kundalini Yoga has changed my life in ways I never could have imagined when I walked in this studio. I can’t wait to see the amazing things that each of us will accomplish when we go out in the world to share these teachings.

Sat Nam.