Harriet Emily, Kundalini Yoga Teacher

12 June 2018

For anyone who hasn't heard of what Kundalini Yoga is all about let me enlighten you.. Kundalini is an uplifting blend of spiritual and physical practices, which incorporates movement, dynamic breathing techniques, meditation, and the chanting of mantras. The goal is to build physical vitality and increase consciousness. This brings me onto my latest mindful story..

Please meet the beautiful Harriet Emily, a London based Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Sound Healing Therapist and Plant Based Cook who I stumbled across recently. Like many of the wonderful people I have met through this blog, Harriet found the practise when she was at a cross roads and through the practice of Kundalini this has taken her on a life journey like no other. When she's not immersing her students in a beautiful sound bath, she is sharing her yummy vegan recipes and tips. Her instagram account is definitely one to follow in you want inspo on some delicious vegan snacks! 

We caught up for a wonder around the streets of Chelsea to talk about how she came to Kundalini and her love of cooking, Harriet had the most incredible aura and someone who you could talk to for hours! 

How did you get into yoga and do you remember your first yoga practice?

I discovered Kundalini Yoga by crossing the street on my first trip in Los Angeles four years ago. It was so crazy and unexpected that I ended up spontaneously walking into the Golden Bridge Kundalini Yoga centre in Santa Monica - I had no previous yoga experience before, but was just drawn to go into the studio. I had no idea just how life changing that day would be!

What is kundalini yoga to those who are not familiar with it and why is did this style appeal to you so much?

I found the depth of spiritual connection to the 5,000 year lineage of Kundalini Yoga more powerful than anything I'd ever tried before. The combination of breath work, mantra and posture in this practice is incredibly empowering and transformational on all levels. This is a practice that nourishes my body and soul, and it's something I need in my life on a daily basis. The best way for someone to understand the practice is to experience it, so I would really recommend trying out a class!

When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, or have lost your focus temporarily, what do you do? 

I normally practice breath of fire when I'm feeling mentally stuck. Breath of fire helps to stimulate the blood flow throughout the body, so can help to reawaken the mind and remove any feelings of 'fogginess' or confusion.

What rituals have you brought into your every day which have had a positive impact on your life? 

Every day I get up and practice my daily sadhana for 1.5-2 hours. I practice the same routine daily for usually 90-120 days before switching it up. This is a strict discipline that I brought into my life to really implement a practice of dedication. I pick different yoga sequences and meditations that focus on an area of my life that I want to enhance, and I make sure I work on it for at least the 90-120 day time period. Doing this is something that completely changed my life, and it has taught me so much about myself and the influence we have on our lives.

What's you're favourite vegan snack recipe? 

I'm addicted to raw chocolate!

What five items can you not live without?

my iphone, gong, crystal singing bowls, yoga mat and palo santo!


You'll find Harriet this year at Wilderness teaching, so pop over and say hi! Check out all her news and recipes:

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