• The Life and Career of Saha Devi

    It’s been over 50 years now that I’ve been practicing and teaching the yoga sciences, including the ancient technologies of Kundalini Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and mantra meditation. I was fortunate to study with pioneers in the Yoga movement and today, I'm inspired and grateful for the growing yoga phenomenon and our community.

     

    At sixteen years old, I lost my family to a nasty divorce and was suddenly on my own. I soon found myself cold, hungry and barely surviving in the Hippie scene on the streets of San Francisco. It was the Summer of Love, 1967 and I was living the counterculture’s solution, “turn on, tune in, and drop out.”

     

    The racial and political unrest of the times fueled my desire for spiritual life and my questioning, whether love was real? I began hitchhiking and traveling a lot. My quest was baffled by “free love” until I arrived in the Sierra Madre mountains in Oaxaca, Mexico, 1968, to be changed forever.

     

    Undisturbed, beyond beautiful mountain landscapes, psychedelic mushrooms, indigenous residents and my Mexican hippy friends felt like family, “a soul family.” By 1969 I was living in a devoted yoga community where I began my deep dive into my life long yoga practice.

     

    My first Kundalini Yoga class was at the Woodstock Festival in 1969. A couple of months later I was living in the Hare Krishna ashram and learning Bhakti Yoga, Ayurvedic cooking and the “sattvic” yogic lifestyle. By 1974, I was living in India to study, teach and serve: my dream come true, when I learned quickly that service lit me up and lifted my feet off the ground.

     

    Now my kids are all grown up and my yoga practice is primary in my life. But at fifty years old I faced what I called, "dark night of the soul,” a deep depression with debilitating physical pain. Therapy helped, but it was Kundalini Yoga and my mantra meditation that was my best medicine and fostered my own soul retrieval, that began with a powerful dream. Now, I am grateful and inspired to share with you and facilitate your soul retrieval and Kundalini rising experience. 

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