How Did I Find Kundalini Yoga?
Well, Kundalini found me.
PRESS & PRESSURE
My entire life, I was pressured by societal norms to not pursue my true passion – astrology and mystical traditions. In 6th grade I had to write a career report on what I wanted to be when I grew up. I told the teacher “astrologer” and she said that isn’t an option, maybe you meant “astronomer”? Fast forward through straight A’s and a killer GPA at a top-tier university – I chose to work at major news organizations and later start my own PR firm because it was more in line with what everyone around me was defining as “success.”
In the trenches of national newsrooms at NBC and Fox News, I faced the same pressures that everyone encounters – deadlines, long hours, toxic culture – but on a much more visible and high-stakes scale. My work was seen by millions and moved the entire political narrative in the country.
INTO THE DARKNESS
I turned to common Western solutions to cope with the pressure. Like nearly all my peers, I took anxiety medication (SSRI) and drank wine daily.
The solutions I was turning to only made things worse. By 2016, I was so sick I couldn’t get out of bed for more than a few hours a day. This lasted 8 very dark, mostly winter months. I was struck by mono for the 3rd time. And I was very carefully coming off of the SSRI.
For a full year I couldn’t look to the side without having a brain zap – a mini epileptic-type shock that would sometimes completely knock me out. It’s a common withdrawal symptom of SSRIs that no one talks about.
When Spring came, I spent every night laying on the floor in the living room unsure how I would make it to my bed and also not wanting to fall asleep for another 14 hours. In desperation, I started meditating. I didn’t know mantras so I used the only one that mattered to me: “I am healed.”
During the first meditation, the divine mother showed up and promised my healing as long as I allowed myself to be held by her.
A few days later in meditation, I experienced a Kundalini rising. It was divine, profound, healing, and really shook me—I had no idea what had happened.
HEALING & INTEGRATION
Thanks to Google, I found my way to my first Kundalini yoga class as soon as I could and began to find some stability and support. I suddenly started coming across the doctors and supplements that massively healed me.
The Kundalini energy moved me into the healing frequency.
Since then I have spent my days in curiosity and devotion to this energy. I have the deepest gratitude for my teachers – Guru Jagat, Harijiwan, and Tej – and reverence for the teachings of Kundalini Yoga as taught by the Mahan Tantric Yogi Bhajan.
SHAKTI SITA’S BACKGROUND
Shakti Sita Kaur, a Kundalini yoga teacher, astrologer, and mindfulness leader, is the founder of The Pallas, the only Kundalini yoga studio in lower Westchester County, New York. Her passion for teaching comes from her deep curiosity of Kundalini energy and the human body’s natural ability to heal. She draws from her own experience and her teachers Guru Jagat, Harijiwan, Tej and master of Kundalini Yoga, Yogi Bhajan.
While she has always been interested in mystical traditions, she studied Political Science and English with a Film Media concentration at Bucknell University. She was a scholar athlete, swimming for the university’s NCAA Division I team. Upon graduation, she was accepted into the highly competitive NBC Page Program and later became a news producer for MSNBC, NBC, and Fox News.
Shakti Sita created a boutique PR company, Fletch PR, and worked with technology startups and small businesses. After a health crisis, she switched gears into the wellness scene and earned her 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification in Vinyasa. She is constantly in training with Ra Ma Institute and her Kundalini yoga teachers.
When she’s not doing Kundalini yoga, she enjoys writing, being near water, spending time with her husband Dan, and playing with her Mini Schnauzer Winni.