I’m so excited to share my conversation with Guru Jagat about all things Kundalini, feelings our feelings, why we should all be taking cold showers, and inner and outer beauty to celebrate the release of her new book, Invincible Living. Guru Jagat is one of the youngest senior Kundalini Yoga teachers in the world and the face of the new Kundalini movement. She is the founder of RA MA Institute for Applied Yogic Science and Technology, a yogic institute with locations in Venice, California, and Palma de Mallorca, Spain. She is also the founder of RA MA TV, the “Netflix” of Kundalini Yoga (where I hang out with her), and the record label RA MA Records.
From beauty and self-care to work and relationships, Invincible Living is packed with exercises, tips, and step-by-step instructions—all fully photographed and illustrated in Guru Jagat’s one-of-a-kind aesthetic—that empower readers to:
- Learn yogic beauty secrets
- Slow the aging process
- Jump-start metabolism
- Boost mood and elevate energy
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Increase creativity and mental clarity
Conversation with Guru Jagat | Invincible Living
Can you talk about the importance of feeling our feelings?
GJ: We live in a society that hypes moodiness and drama as the normal mode of existence. Just watch the news. A reality TV star is about the lead the free nation. We’re inundated with messiness and emotional “comotionality”
At the same time, I see a lot of spiritual people locked out of there emotions. We can numb out in an effort to be or at least “appear” balanced. #spiritualbypassing
I’m one for the middle path. One in which you are deeply sensitive yet aware enough to hold an energetic buffer from reactivity. There’s a whole chapter in my book, Invincible Living, that offers many practices for emotional well-being.
For anyone unfamiliar with Kundalini (or thinks it’s just about wearing white and turbans), can you tell us more about Kundalini yoga and meditation?
GJ: One of the things I love about Kundalini Yoga is that there are literally no barriers to entry. Anyone of any physical condition, age, and experience can approach a practice and have profound results.
Kundalini yoga is known as a householder’s tradition. Meaning it’s a yoga for people with jobs, families, relationships, homes, cars…aka a life. So you don’t need perfect spandex outfits, know mantras, wear a mala, or even see yourself as spiritual. No need to get tripped up on the word Kundalini either.
Kundalini just means energy, or even less esoteric, it refers to that storehouse of power that’s within all of us – regardless or age, gender, race or fitness level. In the Kundalini yoga, the path or ordinariness is the path to your royalty. Its accessibility is why I’ve dedicated my life to teaching it.
Yogi Bhajan talked about this time – what is the Aquarian Age?
GJ: The Aquarian Age is and astrological age that began in 2012. To bring it into a more experiential understanding, the Aquarian Age is the time we’re in right now.
It’s a very time accelerated and people can really feel it. There’s a lot of pressure on us collectively. Part of that pressure is the enormous amount of information available at a touch of a button. Everything you could ever want to know is instantaneously available. The informational inundation is creating all kinds of stress- mental and emotional.
I’m a big believer in intermittent tech detoxing, but we all know that there’s no turning back. We have to have the nervous system and the psychic capacity to meet the time. That’s another reason why I feel Kundalini is so imperative at this time.
Kundalini Yoga organizes the mind in such a way to easily organize the onslaught of information into something creatively productive for you. It also opens up a vast space within, deepening the internal realm enough to meet the ever expanding external realms. This kind of internal work is majorly needed right now.
You share tips for yogic beauty in Invincible Living. Can you share a tip with us?
GJ: My favorite yogic beauty secret is the cold shower!
It’s one of the most rejuvenative, anti-aging self-care practices around and it doesn’t cost you a thing.
It builds a lot of collagen in the face and gives you an incredible golden glow. I credit cold showers to my “Benjamin Buttoning” – every holiday season my family can’t figure out why I look younger. [note from Stephanie: Guru Jagat might have convinced me to start taking cold showers. I’ll keep you posted!]
Taking a cold shower is simple:
- Start with dry brushing the body in upward strokes towards the heart. Brush with enough pressure so that the skin turns a light pink – that’s how you know the blood is circulating and lymph fluid is moving.
- Take a little coconut oil and massage the skin.
- Then, turn on the cold in the shower and jump in.
- Massage your feet, hands, face, arms, armpits, buttocks, throat, heart center, and stomach. It will help detox your internal organs as well as keep you warm.
Traditional yogic hydrotherapy suggests you stay in the shower long enough to actually “get warm” again. But however long you want to spend in there is your prerogative!
When you get out of the shower, towel yourself off until you are totally dry. Just notice how you feel. I always feel amazing.
What is your morning routine?
GJ: I’m a real fanatic, so I’m up early in the morning, taking a cold shower and starting yoga and meditation between 4-6am. Those hours are known as the Ambrosial Hours or Amrit Vela. Everything you do during that time window has a forty times greater impact on your psyche. So if you meditate during that time, you can receive forty times greater benefit.
I like making a cup of ghee and coconut oil coffee, lighting incense and cherishing that very special time of day. Then I wake up my amazing boyfriend with his coffee and hang out with him being creative, doing yoga, or practicing praise with each other for a little while before he goes to work.
I also love the practice of beditation. “Beditation” is a term I invented for hitting the alarm, sitting up in bed, meditating and then going back to sleep. Beditating is great when I’m on the road. I also give it to those out there who want a daily practice but have a hard time getting started. It’s effortless and effective.
I talk to so many women who feel completely disconnect from their bodies and it impacts everything from how and what they eat to sex to how they move. What advice do you have to help us connect more deeply to our bodies?
GJ: Embodiment is important to me. I feel a lot of women are locked out of their bodies because of self-loathing and trauma. Luckily the times are changing and we have more and more diverse beauty models in the world, but still self-hatred for women and insecurity is SO PROLIFIC no matter what they look like.
Still, the establishment is dying hard, and we as women still have to break through the cycle of media triggered self-belittlement. It’s important to me that women know that men do not care about what jean size you wear. That’s complete media propaganda.
Men (and women depending on your gender preference) care about radiance! That is something that is completely independent of how tight or how flat your abs are.
I give a lot of body-positive and radiance practices in my book. One of my favorites is a practice that Yogi Bhajan, the Master of Kundalini Yoga, gave for self-image and self-esteem.
In it, you stand naked in front of a full-length mirror while you repeat the mantra “Bountiful am I, Blissful am I, Beautiful am I” out loud. Try it even for a minute, it’s a powerful practice.
Also, just dancing to bhangra music for 5 minutes in the morning can get the energy into the parts of our bodies we most despise or judge.
Anyone else going to try cold showers?! And Beditation?! Sign me up! I hope this conversation served you and you can grab your copy of Invincible Living now!