Whilst we are on the subject of Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, I thought I would write a post about her book – 8 Human Talents. Now I don’t say this lightly but this book is one of those that gives you the tools to achieve pure physical, mental and spiritual stability – if you put what she says into practice and continue to do so. The 8 human talents are a deep explanation and analysis of each of our 8 chakras. Each Chakra is summerised as the following descriptive word – Acceptance, Creativity, Commitment, Compassion, Truth, Intuition, Boundlessness and finally Radiance.
Her methods include Kundalini Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Meditation. She defines these perfectly on her website where the extracts below have been taken from:
“What is Yoga?
Yoga is a tradition and a science with roots in ancient India that has evolved over centuries to embrace the wisdom of many places and times. Although it means something different to each person, it is rooted in oneness or returning to the Source. Throughout history, it has been split into various “schools” focusing on different aspects of yoga. Each branch is of the same tree, the tree of the Self. Yoga means union.
What is the difference between Kundalini and Hatha yoga?
Hatha yoga is the physical branch of the yoga tradition and focuses on the structure of the body to help relieve stress and to provide strength in one’s mind and body. In learning the asanas (yogic postures) of Hatha yoga, a sense of health and vitality is created to help prepare for meditation. Hatha yoga can decrease stress, regulate metabolism, and heal many physical ailments. Practitioners leave class with a deeper connection to their bodies, muscular flexibility, strength, relaxation, concentration, and overall well-being and health.
Kundalini yoga uses breath, yogic postures and meditation to help maintain a healthy spine helping to strengthen the nervous and glandular systems. Each class can help one become aware of much more than just the strength of the body. It helps to facilitate a change physically as well as emotionally and spiritually. Kundalini yoga is yoga for the mind, body, and spirit.”
I picked it up and read it about 7 years ago but really need to read it again. I’m staying with my Mum at the moment as she isn’t very well but as soon as I get home, I will pick this up again. I was looking at her site yesterday and felt a compelling desire to learn what Gurmukh has to teach.