“It’s no simple matter to understand that one’s ego is a particular constraint and at the same time that planet Earth is the way to experience the infinite”.
Kundalini, literally “the lock of hair of the beloved” in Sanskrit, is a yoga technique of self-therapy rooted in an ancient tradition originating in the Punjab, and is capable of influencing our lives in a rather special way. It invites us to follow a path within ourselves which promises to conduct us, or rather better still, to take us back once more along the universal flow to which we have always been a part.
The kriya (sequence of positions) breathing techniques, meditation and mantras (sound and thought patterns) are the distillation of thousand year old practices that allow you to discover a new equilibrium through a more profound self-awareness.
In 2003 I met up with Sangeet Kaur, who was to become my Kundalini yoga instructor; a pupil herself once of Maestri Yogi Bhajan and Guru Dev Singh, and founder of the Cerdi Kala Yoga centre in Milan.
Attending Sangeet’s weekly classes, there was no doubting, over time, my perception of the profound and a positive change in the way I viewed the world, of how I interacted with people, and how I related to my very self.
What followed on was a one-year teacher-training course to gain the KRI-Ikyta Italia certificate, based on the teachings of Yogi Bhajan. Acquiring the diploma is by no means the end of the learning process, but I was encouraged to begin teaching and was rewarded by encountering the enthusiasm of people of all ages, types and professions. So I thought it might be interesting to try somehow to introduce this spiritual activity within the rather more matter-of-fact world of hotel management. The availability of interior spaces within the Vittoria, eminently suitable to create an appropriate ambience was a further impetus but more than anything I was inspired by the genuine harmony of Montespluga itself. I’m talking about a place in which I have spent a vast part of my very existence and which even today fosters powerful emotions within me, I feel an innate attachment, one that is quite often completely at odds with the problems involved in running a hotel.
For me, proposing Kundalini Yoga within the context of a hotel sojourn provides a key, a sense of opening up some of one’s own private interiors. “breathing in” the locality, appreciating it through one’s “third eye”, the focus of intuition and inner light, source of our awareness and a sense of the infinite. Offering such an experience within the legendary Ca’ della Montagna, or indeed the generous surrounding pastures, is a means of inviting guests to embark along the path towards dharma, releasing the latent energy in order to alleviate the stress and tensions of everyday life.”
Photo by Elliot Wild
– Individual lessons
– Group lessons
– Lessons in breath walk in Val Loga or up towards Andossi
– Afternoon lessons + vegetarian or vegan dinner
– Vacation package: overnight stay, vegan dinner and breakfast at the Albergo Vittoria, lesson in Kundalini Yoga (in the open or inside the hotel depending on weather conditions), with the option of a visit to the thermal swimming pools at Andeer (CH).
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