Interview: Azita Nahai

Yoga Scholar

alignyo Los Angeles yoga guide: interview with Kundalini teacher Azita Nahai

Azita Nahai's spirited playfulness graces her classes at Yoga West and the newly opened Golden Bridge Santa Monica. She is a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga teacher with a PhD in Human Development. Her doctoral research explored how Kundalini Yoga & Meditation can be an effective adjunctive therapy in Trauma Recovery. Learn more about what lead Azita to this path in our Q&A with her. 

What makes your style of teaching unique?

All of who I am is woven into the fabric of each Kundalini Yoga and Meditation class. What does that mean? It means you’ll get the yogic teachings and technology threaded with my professional background in human development, psychology and trauma recovery. It means you’ll step into a space that is infused with humor and spirited playfulness – beckoning you to uncover the joy that awaits you at the core of every moment. With every sequence of breath, asana, mudra and mantra my intention is to guide you back to your own inner wisdom and help you tune into the natural harmony of your Soul. 

What's the most frequently asked question you get being a yoga teacher?

I am commonly asked, “What led you to become a Kundalini Yoga teacher?” To which I always respond with my life mantra, “If you feel there is something missing in your life… it is probably you.”  For many harrowingly dark years in my life, I felt there was something missing – a gaping hole I would attempt to fill with anything and everything. It wasn’t until my first experience on my (tear-stained!) Kundalini yoga mat that I realized that missing piece in my life was ME. Kundalini Yoga helped me awaken to my Soul’s call, and I have never stopped listening since.

What's the strangest thing a student of yours did, said or wore in your class?

Wait a sec – we’re living in LA, right? The stranger the better! Ask a class full of yogis if they’ve ever felt like they DIDN’T “fit in,” and all hands go up. In the words of Yogi Bhajan and Guru Singh, “Don’t try to fit in, you fit perfectly in you.” So, bring on the strange!!

What's the most yogically incorrect, or stereotypical thing you do as a yoga teacher?

Most stereotypical? I create a sacred space for radical love and acceptance. Period. I’m all about turning down that nagging voice of the internalized self-critical judge, and raising the roof with that compassionate voice that accepts all of who you are.  

Which profession would your alter ego choose and why?

I feel pretty lucky – I feel I’m getting to live out the life of my alter-ego since I’m also a therapist in my day-to-day. So, I get to infuse two deep passions (yoga & meditation and therapy) as a way to offer people practical tools for becoming conscious participants in their own healing and growth. But put all that aside, I definitely missed my calling as a boot scootin’, country singing, Nashville star!

Who or what inspires your practice and your teaching?

Once you commit to living “in yoga,” there is inspiration around every corner. I am inspired by life – the teacher that humbles me daily. I am inspired by Yogi Bhajan, Guru Singh, my parents, my brother, my friends, my clients and my students. I am inspired by those who have been broken open and are still willing to embrace their vulnerability as the only place where true grace and courage appear: All those who allow their purpose to burn brighter than their fear.

Comments

When you've got it....

Azita is one the rising stars in Kundalini Yoga. She's got it!

Azita also at Yoga West

We are fortunate to have Azita (Ramjoti Kaur) on our schedule at Yoga West. She teaches a 9 am class on Thursday mornings!

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