With millions practicing it worldwide (including devotees Kate Hudson and Alicia Keys), Kundalini Yoga is becoming a bona fide craze. Katie Jackson steps into The Sacred Space Miami to find her center.
Guru Jagat and Harijiwan.
Why is everyone wearing all white? Was there a dress code? Did I miss that on the invitation? I came here to learn how to relax, and suddenly I’m hovering at an 8 on the calm-to-Gilbert Gottfried scale. You see, I’ve dabbled in yoga for years, hoping to someday nail Scorpion pose but truly only mastering Savasana. The fact that I’m not better at yoga actually stresses me out—especially when I scroll through my Instagram feed after a Netflix-and-wine evening and see my friends living their best mindbodygreen lives. So when my editor asked if I’d ever tried Kundalini yoga, a practice that is less about twisting your body into a pretzel and more about breathing and meditation, I was intrigued. And that is how I find myself arriving in head-to-toe black at The Sacred Space Miami—a crow in a sea of doves—for a special session with Los Angeles yoga master Guru Jagat.
The Sacred Space Miami’s tranquil gardens.
Over the next two and a half hours, Guru Jagat sits on a podium wearing a snow-white robe and turban—Kundalini yogis believe that the color expands our auric radiance; duly noted—and guides us through a series of breathing techniques and poses. The former are complex; the latter are relatively simple. The idea is not to increase your muscle tone but to increase your overall consciousness. There is chanting and more breathing during a guided meditation. And then, finally, there is Savasana. The crazy part is that somewhere around the 30-minute mark, I stopped feeling like the awkward outsider and started to soak up the energy in the room. I became truly present. I may be dressed in the wrong color, but these are my people, and together we are going to make this world a better, calmer and more enlightened place. As I leave the workshop, Guru Jagat stops to chat. “I think it’s important to bring Kundalini yoga to places like Miami that hold so much creative, cultural and environmental power,” she says. “We’ll definitely be back to do more workshops.” As will I—but first I need to see what Lululemon stocks in white. 105 NE 24th St., Miami, 786.621.5006, thesacredspacemiami.com