Asana Alphabet™ been embarking upon another semester of teaching yoga to teens. Last year, our class had a near equal mix of male and female students, but this year the class is 100% female, all respectful and truly interested in finding the heart of yoga.
At nearly the same time these yoga sessions started, I had the good fortune of receiving Dr. Guru Rattana’s latest book in the mail, “The Gift of Woamnhood: Inner Mastery, Outer Mystery” . If you already use Dr. Rattana’s books as a teacher or yoga practitioner (Relax and Renew, Opening to a Heart Centered World, for example), you will be pleasantly surprised to find that she has truly outdone herself in her latest volume of kriyas and advice on Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. If you’re new to her books, I highly recommend them for anyone who is interested in going beyond what yoga poses should look like and get down to the energetics of the beautiful art and science that is yoga.
The Gift of Womanhood is creatively laid out into 30 lessons that give you a wealth of information, inspiring quotes and methods for coming into your true self as a woman as well as reaching out to female students that you teach. Each of the lessons comes with corresponding kriyas (yoga sets) and meditations to give you the experience of each lesson. What’s so great about this is that it lays out a very clear plan of creating a practice for yourself, or if you already have a regular sadhana (daily practice), enables you to intelligently select the set or meditation that you need at the moment.
As for teaching teenage women, and women of any age, everything is relevant. Since our trimester will be relatively short, I will be referencing the chapters, “Experiencing my beauty, happiness self-love and ME” (what a great title) and “Beauty, Impact and Power of a Woman’s Presence”. Since teenage females can often be overly self-conscious about looks and often deny their inner beauty, both the language Dr. Rattana uses as well as the recommended sets will reach this set of teens at a powerful yet accessible level.
In all, this well-researched and written collection is empowering and direct as can be felt in the enclosed quote from Yogi Bhajan: Woman is created to cultivate inner balance and to find happiness inside herself. You can get yours too at www.yogatech.com. Sat nam.