Yoga prodigy seeks joy and finds it

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Cole Jacobs, who just turned 20 last week, is among one of the youngest yoga instructors in California. He teaches a Vinyasa yoga class. Photo by H. Lorren Au Jr., Orange County Register

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LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (RNS) There is a maxim often attributed to the Buddha that says, ``When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.'' The same could be said for yoga instructors.

  • Kelly

    Interesting speculation about somebody born in 1993 being the youngest kundalini yoga instructor in the nation. However, children born to the followers of the dead kundalini kingpin, Yogi Bhajan, are automatically “certified” as kundalini yoga teachers upon graduation from Miri Piri Academy in India. It’s a controversial school set up by a highly controversial man. Controversy aside, what is not arguable is that these newly-minted teen-aged kundalini teachers return home to the USA and Western Europe. They are then plugged into Yogi Bhajan’s profitable kundalini yoga machine.

  • Abraham Yeshuratnam

    John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr formed the Beatles and became world’s most astonishing rock-‘n’-roll band. Elegant lyrics, luminous melodies and a lovable looniness set them apart. 70 million people watched the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. They soon became rich and famous. They were attracted by the advertisement of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Transcendental Meditation (™ )and Yoga. It was propagated that TM would reduce stress and aid relaxation. Out of curiosity and for fun the Beatles met Mahesh Yogi. Till then Mahesh Yogi was living in anonymity. But the meeting with the Beatles gave him instant popularity and he became a world guru of Yoga and TM. Later the Beatles went to Rishikesh and stayed in the ashram of the Yogi in 1968 to study. John and George eventually left the ashram when Mahesh Yogi had made sexual advances on the beautiful actress Mia Farrow. Meanwhile, by his name linked to the Beatles, the Yogi had millions and millions of dollars. Donations and the $2,500 (£1,270) fee to learn the technique helped finance the construction of Peace Palaces, or meditation centers, in dozens of cities around the world, as well as several universities. Did the TM and Yoga help the Beatles? Instead of TM removing stress and tension, TM increased their tension, stress and worry. They smoked marijuana to ward off worry and emotional strain. Yogi misled the people by saying that TM would improve concentration; but the Beatles suffered mental strain and nervousness. There were frequent disputes among them, especially over financial matters and choosing a song. Lennon was shot and killed on 8 December 1980, in New York City . McCartney declined to attend the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, issuing a press release saying, “After 20 years, the Beatles still have some business differences which I had hoped would have been settled by now. Unfortunately, they haven’t been, so I would feel like a complete hypocrite waving and smiling with them at a fake reunion.” That was the endof the Beatles. The Beatles story is the historic evidence of the deception, falsehood and chicanery of the gurus and swamis of TM and Yoga. It is proved that troubles, stress and tension cannot be packed away and magically forgotten by TM and Yoga. It is also a real eyeopener how the swamis, yogis and gurus who are now invading the West are minting dollars by exploiting people suffering from anxiety disorders and stress in their day-to-day lives.

  • Peggy

    Yes, there are some swamis and so called gurus who are charlatans and phonies, however, there are also many more who are sincere and devout. As Ms. Falsani quotes Buddha, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” That does not negate false starts! Also, to compare yoga practice of an ordinary individual to that of The Beatles is also a false contrast. Evidently they didn’t meet the teacher who would lead them into a blissful state, although we cannot judge their state of enlightenment, just as we should not judge anyone who claims to have been enlightened. I applaud Ms. Faslani for reporting a spiritual interpretation of kundalini yoga which more often than not misapplied in the West where it’s often considered part of Tantric Yoga.

  • Lena

    Amen, Abraham. Kundalini serpent power yoga has a down side w/bizarre side effects, which sometimes don’t go away. Here Kundalini master Gopi Krishna described an uncontrollable yogic awakening: “I knew I was dying and that my heart could not stand the tremendous strain for long. My throat was scorched and every part of my body flaming and burning, but I could do nothing to alleviate the dreadful suffering. I racked my distracted brain for a way of escape, only to meet blank despair on every side….conscious of the scalding sea of pain in which I was drowning.”

    Take a walk, folks. Have tea with friends. Swim, journal, pray to God, read the Psalms. It’s real. It works.

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  • A.Yeshuratynam

    Lena It’s all nonsense … ‘“I knew I was dying and that my heart could not stand the tremendous strain for long. My throat was scorched and every part of my body flaming and burning …” Yoga, being a primitive method of penance, does not know about the purpose of lungs The purpose of the lungs and breathing is to bring oxygen into the body to send it to the blood and remove carbon dioxide in the blood It is a foolish belief in Yoga that by deep breathing that toxin will be released. But in reality, the oxygenated blood moves into the heart where it is pumped throughout the body. Yoga gurus fool the people by saying that by deep breathing, blood can be diverted to selected organs to get energy. To get sex energy, they say, by deep breath and by concentration blood can be sent to sex organs. What a foolish idea!. While having deep breath, air goes only to lungs and not to sex organs. This is proved by athletes. A fast runner will exclaim, ‘I had to stop running to catch my breath.’ Or a swimmer will say, ‘I had to stop swimming underwater to get my breath back.’
    Yoga gurus misguide people b y saying that by standing upside down with the head touching the ground (srasahrama), blood will stream into brain and improve memory power and intelligence. What a foolish idea! In this sense, blood will be streaming into our feet for they are always touching the ground. There is no scientific evidence that by standing upside down brain power will increase. Did Plato or Archimedes or Newton stand upside down every morning? It’s all foolishness to make money by yoga gurus and swamis who have infested the West.