Leave Them Wondering // Desiree Pais on Kundalini Yoga

An excerpt from my trip on the Radiant Body Yoga Retreat in Puerto Vallarta with Kat Colla and Desiree Pais

As we take photos on the property of Xinalani, I suggest that Des tie her hair up.

Last class, she spoke about the energy and power that wearing the hair up gives women.

She declined.

Des explained that she wants to break away from the traditional images of Kundalini practitioners who wear turbans and their hair pulled back.

She began speaking eloquently of the yogi-images we are exposed to on Instagram and her wishes for that “image” to be different…

“I hope we can chill out on these yogi-poses and just start living in a greater way.”

I couldn’t agree more.

So much of what we see on Instagram takes away from the point of yoga and other types of exercise, or any interest we might have.

Art, fitness, wellness, travel — we see images edited to perfection of the highest standard in the respected field. It holds us back.

“I’m not flexible enough for yoga” says someone during every yoga conversation.

Yoga is so much more than flexibility. To me, yoga is a practice of the mind, and then the body. My friend became a yoga teacher in Rishikesh and said exactly that. The movement of the body allows for the mind to engage, to allows it to be still, and in turn, connect the mind, body, and soul. Yoga changes your life.

Desiree’s wish is for us to have our own quiet practice that leaves others wondering. And when they ask us what we’re doing, just bring them along to class.