The first time I met Raj Jiwan was on the International Yoga Day in Mallorca. She taught a Kundalini Class at Tramuntana Flow in Sa Cabaneta, a beautiful Yoga and Retreat House. She was wearing white clothes, a turban thingy on the head. Different. Yes, Kundalini is different than conventional Hatha practice. With Raj I had my second kundalini experience and I remember after chanting, a lot of pranayama and energetic exercises, I went home happy and full of energy. And with the conclusion, that Kundalini should be part of a yogic practice. But, yeah, let's listen to Raj Jiwan, this power- and delightful young teacher from Mallorca! ;-) SAT NAM.
Who are you and how did Yoga come into your life?
I was born Philippa Hughes in Mallorca. My spiritual name is Raj Jiwan. The shift from Philippa to Raj Jiwan happened in 2005 when I felt a pull towards yoga even though I didn’t really know what “Yoga” was. At a holistic fair in the UK I stumbled onto a book that would literally change my life. It was the “Woman’s book of Yoga.” I started to practice the yoga outlined in the book and immediately noticed real changes in me. For example, I had more energy; I was less moody and I felt less lost, so I kept it up. I had no idea, however, that this book would literally change the course of my life. By 2010 I had left my cushy job in the Yachting world to go to my first of several teacher trainings.
Why Kundalini - what fascinates you?
I have always said Kundalini Yoga found me.
Right from the first moment I started to practice the most basic of Kundalini technology, I began experiencing real changes to both my physiological and physiological being. I could see the changes happen and I found this amazing and a little unnerving! My first teacher training ultimately completely changed the course of my life. Kundalini technology changes you at the cellular level and cleans out your limiting beliefs.
Change is not easy but Kundalini Yoga provides some easy tools to help you along the way, in fact, once you start practising, change happens without you really being conscious. It starts on the inside but is quickly visible on the outside too.
You are saying, that your commitment to your students is to eliminate limiting beliefs, identify the own rhythm and enhance the quality of life. It sounds very therapeutic. To be a Kundalini Teacher, is it like being a life coach?
Maybe the term life coach is too limiting and also focuses on me as a teacher, when in reality it's not about me but about the tools that Kundalini provides my students. The technology of Kundalini yoga is broad and includes many therapeutic aspects. Think of it as a yogic technology that upgrades the operating system that is you.
Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo.
You are a mother. And you are working as a doula. What is your message especially for women?
In the prenatal yoga classes I teach, I see women who fear childbirth, mostly because they have lost touch with themselves, their bodies and the natural world around them. By contrast, if we learn how to be intouch with our inner self and trust our intuition we can go into labour with another perspective thereby allowing the birthing process to unfold naturally. Learn how to meditate. Meditate!.
I am a young mother too and life sometimes can be quite challenging. How can mothers still fulfill their own needs? Any helpful Kundalini exercises? ; )
Yes, try and meditate in a quiet space that is yours for at least 3 minutes a day. Then increase the meditation to 11 minutes, then 32 minutes. There are specific meditations I can recommend but just meditate on what you want to change without any prejudgements is a great place to start.
Which Yoga book was the most empowering for you?
- A woman’s book of Yoga by Hari Kaur Khalsa
- Outobiography of a Yogui by Paramahansa Yogananda
- Masters Touch. Gurucharan Singh Khalsa/ Yogui Bhajan.
Recently you started “Pop Up Yoga“. I love this idea, tell me more about it!
The idea was born out of my desire to make Kundalini yoga more accessible, practical and economical for everyone. I pop up in your neighborhood, get the community together, practice and deepen our consciousness, all the while having fun! It doesn’t get any better than that.
Where can we meet you and are there any upcoming workshops you can recommend?
You can find out where I am going to be by checking the calendar section of kundaliniraj.com or on Facebook where I post the weekly PopUp Yoga locations. Also, in the fall I’ll be starting regular classes in Binissalem as well as offering communities that can bring 4 or more people together the opportunity to have a semiprivate class at the time and location of their choice.
I organized Mantra Night's where we get together, meditate and sing Mantras.
Finally, I also give private classes. Prices range from a donation of 10,- for the PopUp Yoga to 15,- for the semiprivates and 60,- Euro for a private class.
You are thankful for...
Life, a beautiful community of loving and conscious beings and the lessons I continue to learn every day!