Teacher Feature:
Meet Joanna Baron

Gurushabd Khalsa Stories

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

Potent, artful, strange, magical.

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

Nope. This human incarnation, especially one that has found yogic technology, is the most coveted in the universe. I’ll go interstellar next lifetime!

Tell us your love story with Kundalini Yoga.

I’ve always been in love with yoga, touched with its grace and bliss since my very first Ali MacGraw VHS tape when I was eight years old and a long journey through Ashtanga, Anusara, Iyengar, and Vinyasa. But the first time I tried Kundalini Yoga in 2013– via Gurmukh’s DVD, no less, I felt the most breathtaking energetic upgrade of my life within a few minutes. It lasted the whole day, and I felt like I had a magical little secret walking around. I moved on to studying with master teaches in Toronto, London, Los Angeles, NYC and Mallorca, and have established a daily sadhana since Winter 2015. Probably not by accident, the trajectory of my life in all aspects has also dramatically blossomed since then!

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

I direct a legal think-tank and have a start-up, Love & Dividends, dedicated promoting female financial excellence.

What do you eat for breakfast

Currently fresh celery juice and vanilla chia pudding with blueberries!

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

Every single day since Lotus’ 2015 Winter Cleanse. Sometimes it’s been 2 hours, sometimes 20 minutes, depending on what I’m working on. Currently it’s about 90 minutes.

Have you learned any big lessons recently?

Everything you are experiencing in life is something you have directly invited it– whether consciously or not. Kundalini Yoga helps you to get conscious and start commanding your reality!

What’s your favourite podcast

OMG so many! Waking Up with Sam Harris, Left, Right and Centre, Reality Riffing, and Very Bad Wizards are a few perennial faves.

What’s your go-to mantra?

So Purkh: a longer shabd women chant for the men in their life. I’ve chanted it every morning after tuning in for years now.

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

Subagh Kriya is my staple for prosperity, grit, and elevation. And Sat Kriya. It’s EVERYTHING!

What is it about teaching that lights you up?

It’s such a creative act: I love curating new combinations of pranayama, yoga sets, and meditations to achieve specific energetic patterns. Kundalini Yoga is where science meets art to me!

Check out Joanna’s class schedule. 🙂