No pressure, no diamonds.

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After practicing Kundalini Yoga and Meditation for almost 8 years, I’m constantly amazed at how it works and how it transforms personalities. It stretches us beyond our physical and mental limits. The transformation in Kundalini Yoga is often referred to as magic or alchemy, as this is exactly what happens.

When we stay in a certain posture for a while we are applying pressure on the body and mind. And this pressure is crucial for a process of purification and healing. The question is what are you going to do with that pressure? Are you going to surrender to it or give into the pressure. The more you surrender to it and let it work on you, the more purification and transformation happens. It’s all about your commitment and how much you’re going to invest of yourself. This is why there’s no initiation in Kundalini Yoga as our effort and commitment is a self-initiation process.

And this is exactly how diamonds are created! Diamonds and coal are both made out of the same material – carbon. The difference is the amount of pressure that is applied to it. There’s obviously greater pressure applied to the diamond and significantly less to the coal. People who do turn up to Kundalini Yoga classes and commit to a Kriya (set of exercises) are pressurised and go through the purification process which in time transforms them into ‘diamonds’. They are strong, beautiful, glowing and pure. That’s the alchemy. "If it’s so great why isn't everybody doing it?" you may ask. The answer is - mind. Mind is hardwired to move us towards pleasure and away from pain. Mind will avoid pressure at all cost. However Kundalini Yoga has some great tools on how to train the mind, to go beyond its limits and help us grow and expand. You don’t even need to practice Kundalini Yoga to understand this. Life too throws many pressures on us to make us grow and shine.

It’s natural for me to see potential in people and put them under pressure, to get the diamond out and let them shine. This is what I do in yoga all the time. Job of a teacher is to poke, provoke, confront and elevate.

Though it is funny when it happens the other way round. I was in a situation recently where I was being pressurised by someone, it taught me a great lesson... I’m trying to learn how to play harmonium at the moment which is a little challenging for me(pain). My partner was saying that I don’t practice enough and I’m not ready for an upcoming performance (applying pressure to me). This hit a big resistance in me, and at first, brought some anger and fear. The resistance is a natural reaction of the mind. Yogi Bhajan said "When the time is on you, start, and the pressure will be off." This is when the teachings come in very useful. So after feeling a little sorry for myself, ('oh my bruised ego,') I made a plan of playing harmonium twice a day and I’m loving it. I’m learning, stretching and growing again. Thank you for the pressure. No pressure, no diamond. 

I wish you all to grow and shine and go beyond any limitations!