Read Maya Fiennes' interview in the May 2011 issue of Soul & Spirit Magazine.
Maya Fiennes - Yoga for Real Happiness
Maya practices and teaches kundalini yoga by focusing on breath and movement to open the energy points along the body, which is said to move you into joy and peace. Achieving the state, Maya explains will help you reach your full potential and tackle everyday life with renewed enthusiasm and happiness.
Q) HOW AND WHEN DID YOU DEVELOP THIS TECHNIQUE?
After years of practicing different forms of yoga, fuelled by the search for spiritual growth, I found kundalini yoga and my search was over! I was very taken by the direct way of reaching peace. I then taught under Shiv Charan Singh at the Karam Kriya School in London to gain my certification.
Q) HOW IS IT SIMILAR OR DIFFERENT IN STYLE FROM OTHER FORMS OF YOGA?
While some of the poses - called kriyas - in kundalini yoga are the same as those in other types many are not. This is very different in that you feel the change in your body immediately, even after one class. It is a form of yoga that can be practiced by all ages, levels of experience and flexibility. The use of music and sound is also important in kundalini yoga, as the vibrations are used to clear various energy [chakral] blockages.
Q) WHAT WILL PEOPLE TAKE AWAY FROM YOUR WORKSHOP?
They will learn how breathing exercises, postures, mantras and meditation from kundalini yoga can help them achieve happiness. My students will also be taught how to use their breath to achieve harmony between mind, body and spirit.
Q) WHAT ARE YOUR HOPES AND AMBITIONS FOR THIS WORK?
I hope that through my teaching I am able to help my students realise they all have happiness within them - it just needs to be unlocked to be enjoyed. I also want to make sure everyone realises that their happiness is really a state of mind and not something that can only be enjoyed momentarily. With the help of yoga, we can all be happy, if not all the time, certainly most of it. Happiness prolongs our lives!