Teacher Feature:
Meet Demetria Jackson

Gurushabd Khalsa Stories

In 1 sentence, what was your first impression of Kundalini Yoga?

WTF just happened?!!!!!!

If aliens landed on earth tomorrow and offered to take you home with them, would you go?

Nope, definitely not.

Tell us your love story with Kundalini Yoga.

Kundalini Yoga came to me at a time in my life whenI had reached my metaphysical bottom. I had spent years suffering in silence while doing my best to cope with symptoms I, at the time, had no language for. I later learned that my experiences could be summed up with four words—anxiety, depression and body dysmorphia. For years, my mind was in a complete state of chaos; getting more than 3 hours of sleep a night was a privilege that came once in a blue moon; and having enough energy to get myself out of bed the next morning was never a guarantee. I developed unhealthy obsessions about my body and abused it in ways that left me feeling ashamed, isolated, and completely powerless.

After a year of practicing Kundalini Yoga I finally learned how to love myself and my body—unapologetically and unconditionally. I gained the courage to explore traumatic experiences in my life and the inspiration and willingness to work through the aftermath of these experiences.

Kundalini Yoga is medicine—for my mind, my body, and my soul. My mind has never been clearer. My nervous system has never been stronger. And I’ve never felt more at peace or connected to myself, to others and to the divine in my entire life.

Do you have a day job? If yes, what is if?

I’m a stay-at-home mompreneur.

What do you eat for breakfast?

These days I’m loving 3-ingredient, gluten free peanut butter banana pancakes. Sooo delish.

How often do you do a daily practice? What do you do?

Every couple of months I start a new daily practice usually consisting of one kriya and one meditation. This year I’m attempting my first 1,000 day sadhana consisting of the kriya to strengthen the magnetic field.

Have you learned any big lessons recently?

Our children are our biggest teachers. Their tiny bodies hold some of most massive lessons we will ever have the opportunity to learn. The biggest lesson my kid has taught me so far : I am in control of nothing and no one. Get over it!

What’s your go-to mantra?

The Adi Mantra

Which meditation have you practiced the most amount of times? Why?

Meditation for Spiritual Stamina. I love how strong it makes me feel; how vulnerable and open it makes me; and how synchronistic it makes life for me.

What is it about teaching that lights you up?

I love being a possibility model for others who feel like the practice isn’t for or accessible to them because of the size, shape, ability or colour of their body. I love that my body gives other people permission to show up as they are without shame and without judgement. That’s the best part about teaching for me.

Check out Demetria’s class schedule. 🙂