I recently completed a Kundalini yoga teacher training course, and it's been a transformative experience on so many levels. For the first time, I fully dedicated my life to my yoga practice—and it's astounding how much I evolved as a person.
I started doing yoga in high school, but it wasn't until I was regularly practicing in my 20s in San Francisco that I fully understood just how trippy a seat on the meditation cushion could be. Needless to say, I was well-versed in both the physical and esoteric benefits of yoga before embarking upon an eight-month journey of submerging my life in it.
Since graduation, my practice has continued, as have my studies. I still devour the philosophies of Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhaja and travel across the country for immersive workshops. But for every student, co-worker, or family friend I encounter whose curiosity is piqued by my unorthodox trainings, there is one question that inevitably comes up: How can this practice help a person to sleep at night?
Falling asleep and staying asleep is a huge problem in this day and age. For some people there are greater medical issues at play, of course, but as someone who is not unfamiliar with overactive mind or problems falling asleep at night, here's what I have to say.