In just a few hours I’ll be off to the airport to fly from Halifax, NS to New York City – the start of my journey to the Kumbha Mela in Allahabad, the second oldest city in India.
Celebrated every 12 years, the Kumbha Mela is known as the largest spiritual gathering on earth. From January 27 until February 25, tens of millions of people from around the world will gather at the confluence of three great rivers – the Ganga, the Yamuna, and the Sarasvati – to attend the festival. I am fortunate to be one of them.
I will join sadhus (holy men), preachers, sages, devotees, media, yogis and others who will gather to share spiritual teachings, deepen their practice, and experience the powerful energy of collective consciousness, devotion and spiritual discovery.
Eight months ago I learned the Himalayan Institute was leading groups to the Kumbha Mela. The quiet, knowing voice inside told me I was meant to take this journey. Over the past two years, the spiritual practices of tantra hatha yoga taught by Swami Rama in the 5,000 year old lineage of the Himalayan Masters, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait (spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute), Rod Stryker and many other teachers from the Institute have enlivened my life. Discovering my prana (life force energy) and its transformational power has set me on a path of living my best life. I have Dorothy Spence from 108 Yoga in Halifax to thank for introducing me to these teachings.
Since first traveling to India 11 years ago, I’ve always dreamed of returning to this incredibly complex, spiritually rich, beautiful country. It’s with extreme gratitude and excitement that I will board a plane on Friday with several fellow yogis from Halifax to begin this pilgrimage to India. The next 21 days promises to be an incredibly interesting, eye-opening, and likely life changing experience. I can’t wait to share this journey with thousands of fellow seekers.