A Kundalini yogi’s take on Hot Yoga
“Trying new things is one great way to learn about yourself,” Harnam shared after taking a moment to reflect on my question. “I actually tried it for the first time last year at One Fire, and loved it!”
I had asked him to share with me his experience of his first hot yoga class. For some people, they swear to all that’s holy they will never come back. For others, they’re totally ready and pumped for their next class. For Harnam, it was an opportunity to learn something about himself.
“I’ve been studying and practicing Kundalini Yoga for over 20 years,” he said. “Trying hot yoga for the first time was new and foreign, and so very challenging. But I did love it. It opened up new vistas in my practice.”
This perspective is kinda nice to hear. For those of us who organize the festival, it is this introduction and integration that inspires us. For us to practice side-by-side people who are devoted to other lineages. And learn from one another.
“The festival was an amazingly safe and open place to have this kind of experience,” Harnam added. “I’m a sucker for locations. I love the Caribbean and I love Mexico. The energy of this community made it easy for me to open my heart to love, and to rise to meet the challenges of the practice with an open heart.”
I then asked him to share with me some of his own personal practices. In particular, the one thing he did every day.
“Kundalini meditation for burning anger,” he answered. “It provides me with the ability to look beneath the surdace. It gives me a foundation to open to love, instead of reacting. And it teaches me not to engage in anger, but to find a way to get through it.”
And how would this translate into practical, off-the-mat wisdom?
“When confronted with a trigger, take a step back immediately. Breath consciously, and through your breath control your body and your reaction.”
Harnam will be co-leading a Kundalini class this year at One Fire. For those of you who are attending the fest and have never tried it, what better opportunity?
Also- exciting side note. Harnam is currently working on a new album called MYSTIC HEART. Click here to learn more about it (and listen to 2 songs).
Interview by Mishel Ixchel
Harnam (Tony Zatzick), MFA, is an artist, yogi and musician who deftly weaves these powerful elements into his transformational workshops. Whether creating mandalas, leading sacred chant, or teaching yoga – Harnam will take you there. He is known for his heart-centered, authentic, and engaging style. His paintings and recordings are critically acclaimed for their transformational and soulful power. His new Spirit Voyage album: “Meditations for Removing Obstacles” is now available on iTunes, and Amazon. Visit www.harnamusic.com to experience his paintings and other albums: “A Fearless Heart” and “All Roads”, and “Awakening Your Creative Fire”. https://www.facebook.com/HarnamMusic