Soul Journal

Experiencing Gurmukh on the Ganges River in Rishikesh, India

Aug 21, 2019

#events  #meditation  #yoga 

I first found myself in a Gurmukh Experience in 2008 on the banks of the Mata Ganga (Mother Ganges) River during the International Yoga Festival at Parmarth Niketan Ashramin Rishikesh, India – the birthplace of yoga. I had spent time at Parmarth the year before and thought their Yoga Festival sounded AUMazing. So by God's grace, I gathered a group of 15 and we set off to experience it first hand!

When your feet land in Gurmukh’s presence, you know you’re in for something far bigger than a “right foot left foot” class or an “all about the love” class – you’re in for deep transformation. Yep. Whether you want to change or not, you have no choice – it’s inevitable! True transformation is a felt experience, it’s not a class where you "listen," it’s a felt experience where "do." As they say in India, "Slowly slowly" and with patience, these subtle layers begin to dissolve, never to be found again! I’ve wanted to die, definitely cried, laughed my ass off when making monkey sounds or circling my tongue for nearly 20 minutes, revealed my essence, activated my purpose, and every time I've walked out of a Gurmukh Experience, I've been empowered to Rock my Truth!

In the West, we are so focused on yoga as an exercise modality. Yoga is so much more than that and Gurmukh is one of the rare teachers who equally addresses mind, body, AND soul. The movement serves as a means to push through the barriers of the mind in order to directly speak to the soul. I still hear her saying “If you feel like you’re going to die, then go ahead and die!” Of course, this has never happened. At that moment, you ask spirit to guide the way and then bam! The Kriya is over. You did it! Yay!

The impact Gurmukh has had on the SoulJour Experience is immense. While our approach is different, the theory is similar – using yoga is a holistic approach to self-realization. Yoga is so much more than a workout. It’s a work in. It’s about unraveling the layers of schmutz brought on by our past, our relationships, our ancestral karma, in order to find the light. And then to spread the light with everyone we meet! As Gurmukh often says, "Let go and let God..." 

It is with such honor that we welcome Gurmukh and her ever radiant daughter, Wah Khalsa, to SoulJour's Wembley Park Sanctuary on Friday, September 13th. If ever there were two people who would bring more light that dark on Friday the 13th, it would be them! These women embody yoga in the truest sense – they walk the walk each and every moment of each and every day and it comes through in their teachings. 

When women come together, we have the power to heal.
When we are healed, we have the power to change the world!
Ladies –  grab your girlfriends, sisters and mothers, and join us for this VERY intimate and special gathering under the stars with one of the wisest, most masterful teachers alive today!

Gurmukh & Wah Khalsa
Friday, September 13 • 6-9pm
Wembley Park Sanctuary, Lake Oswego