Axial Reconnection Therapist, Kundalini Yoga Teacher
Kundalini Yoga is the science to unite the finite with Infinity, and it’s the art to experience Infinity in the finite.”
–Yogi Bhajan, 10/27/88
Intrigued by the many questions about love, the universe, and the meaning of life, Shama Kaur started her spiritual path when she was still a teenager. After exploring different therapies such as Reike, she felt the need to deepen her understanding about herself and was able to do so through Kundalini Yoga and Axial Reconnection Therapy.
Shama first moved to Ireland from Brazil in 2008. She was introduced to yoga at a young age but it was in 2012 through her love for music and mantras that she discovered Kundalini Yoga and soon developed a passion for it. Amazed by the experience of bliss, how energised and inspired it made her feel, and combining it with her love for children she decided to complete the Radiant Child Yoga Training in 2013 at the Well Within Yoga Centre in Cork.
She went back to Brazil later in 2013 where she started working as an English Teacher for children from 4 to 13 years old. Moved by her vision of sharing the benefits of yoga with children and realizing how much this could positively affect them she managed to introduce yoga in the classroom which helped her to build a strong connection with her students, improve their concentration, confidence and sense of well being.
To deepen her own practice and to share the profound effects of Kundalini Yoga with others, Shama decided to train as a Yoga teacher with Nanak Ashram Institute in Florianópolis, Brazil.
Feeling the call of the Emerald Isle she then returned to Cork in 2015. She now lives in Midleton where she works as a Kundalini Yoga teacher and also as an Axial Reconnection Therapist. In addition during the Summer she coordinated a number of kids summer camps in Ballincollig where she incorporated yoga, meditation and mindfulness into the programme.
Shama says her passion comes from the will of helping people to find that spark inside them, that deep understanding of their potential and how amazing they are.
When I was a child movement was very important to me and the body’s abilities fascinated me. As a child I spent a lot of my time on my hands doing cartwheels, handstands and playing around with gymnastics (although never officially trained) , I loved experimenting with what I could do. Affectionately called “bendy Wendy ” by my family.
So I naturally felt the benefits and enjoyed the asana part of yoga when I first experienced it while I lived in Italy in 1995 but it wasn’t until I returned to Ireland in 1997 that I really fell in love with it.
I did a course in Holistic health studies and Yoga was part of the course. It was during one of my yoga sessions there that something profound happened to me. While in yoga nidra ( final relaxation) I felt like a flood gate had opened and a rush of lightness flowed through my whole body, I felt this amazing tingling sensation and for the first time in my life felt really at home. It was quite magical and beautiful. It was in that moment where I thought “this is what I want to do with my life”.
I found myself a great teacher in Dublin and took one to one lessons with her and attended her classes too. I decided to train as a teacher and I loved her style so much that signed up with the same scho. I undertook my Yoga teacher training in the Sivananda Centre in Canada in 2001.
On my return to Ireland I start teaching classes straight away. I taught in Dublin for 2yrs mainly adult classes and the leinster rugby team. And continued teaching then in Cork when I moved here in 2003.
I have continued to keep my training up over the years, especially during the times when I stopped teaching (I took time out after having my two kids). I have done quite a bit of training in the Scaravelli style, yoga therapy, yoga for pregnancy, kids yoga, Iyengar yoga and also other body movement workshops in Alexandre technique and Feldenkrais.
I have fallen of my mat (metaphorically speaking) many times but no matter what happens I always come back to yoga.
I am passionate about the body awareness yoga can give you and how much you can receive from the final relaxation(nidra) , which to me is where to most benefit lies.
I am passionate about the body awareness yoga can give you and how much you can receive from the final relaxation (nidra), which to me is where to most benefit lies.