ERYT 500, LMT, Reiki 2 practitioner
Kewal found yoga in 2001 and almost immediately fell into a teacher training program at the recommendation of his teacher Sharon Moon. Initially interested in the idea of deepening his understanding of yoga through study he soon realized that the best way to refine his process was to learn to share it through teaching. With the support of the teachers and founders of Yoga Yoga Kewal has been encouraged to expand his practice to include Ashtanga yoga, Hatha yoga, Kundalini yoga, Vinyasa and Hatha Flow yoga, Gentle Therapeutic yoga, Avatara yoga, Gong yoga and sound healing, and Prenatal yoga. He has also studied other healing modalities outside of yoga including Massage Therapy and Reiki to enhance his ability to touch and facilitate health and well being.
“Yoga has awakened to ability to heal myself and others while simultaneously bringing so much happiness into my life. I am thankful for the ability to practice, and even more grateful for the opportunity to share this amazing thing with the people in the city I love.”
Classes with Kewal are infused with a sense of fun and gratitude. He is a firm believer in the idea that not everyone can be best served with one form or tradition of yoga, so you can expect very different things in the different classes he offers. You can work hard in Vinyasa yoga, meditate deeply in Gentle yoga, and you will almost always relax in savasana with the gong. Come practice!
“Practice and all is coming.” – Pattabhi Jois
Why Malas? Why Prayer? Why not?
The are so many reasons to use a mala in your meditation and healing practices. On a very practical level it is a great tool in japa meditation to ensure the proper number of recitations of a mantra. The addition of the myriad properties of various stones, woods, or seeds to enhance your practice is simply a bonus that you can layer onto your practice. Lapis to enhance the connection between 5th and 6th chakras can facilitate clear and intuitive communication; Tiger’s Eye can help to bring a sense of logic to an emotional situation. When utilized properly malas can begin to affect the quality of your practice and the effect will ripple outward into the rest of your life.
In my practice (which is a way of saying ‘in my whole dang life’) I have learned that if I want something I have to ask for it. I was raised catholic and the act of prayer was a huge part of my upbringing. As an adult I left the church but couldn’t just stop praying and began the process of just talking out loud to say the things I needed to hear, or to ask for help from whatever was listening. The practice of yoga (specifically Ashtanga and Kundalini yoga) helped to give me the structure I needed to be able to align myself with the energetic currents I wanted to come into my life. Mantra practice gives me the chance to ask for what I want, or to reconfirm to myself that I am moving in the right direction.
It took me a long time to realize that I could break free from the patterns I had grown up with, but in order to do that I had to take a leap of faith. Prayer doesn’t just happen in a church, and it’s not limited to any single denomination. It comes from the very core of your being, and the ability to speak it out loud is one of the greatest gifts that you can give to yourself. Study, look deep, and understand not just your desires but the motivation beneath them that makes them so valuable to you. Once you understand what you want and why you want it, ask for it. Repeat it. Sing it out loud with a smile or cry it out. Just do it, take the leap and let your mala be your flotation device.