Liz started practicing yoga on a whim, and hasn’t looked back since. Although she enjoys the physical practice, her first love will always be mantra and yoga music. When not doing yoga, she can be found dancing, reading, or enjoying a good cup of tea.

21 responses to “The Kundalini Yoga Brand: How Russell Brand and Other Celebrities are Making Kundalini Yoga Mainstream”

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  6. Kath

    Some people need to chill out – so what if celebrities help to popularize kundalini yoga – it can only be a good thing. And dear anonymous, people who use the word ‘somewhat’ (its meaningless) really need to look within a bit more, they lack education but don’t lack pomposity and dull earnestness. Check out your own ego love.

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  8. Siri Mera

    I think it helps to have celebrities share their yoga practice. People connect intuitively to those they are inspired by and will feel a calling to connect more to what may be helping those they are inspired by to be so inspirational. I know I felt that way as a teenager and gravitated to celebrities who were on a path that I was unsure about how to get on…through influences and research I found my way to yoga and various other health practices.

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  10. Nam Prakash Kaur

    Sat Nam Liz,

    Thank you for your post – I was in the middle of clipping my teenage sons’ hair (I cannot persuade them not to cut it) and I was delighted to be able to show them a photo of Russell Brand (whom they think is totally cool) with his long hair piled on top of his head and in a wonderful lotus pose. It stopped all talk about how weird I (and everyone else who practices KY) is – for a short while anyway!
    I am concerned though- did you ask his permission to use his practice as a platform? I would find it very distracting to have photos taken of me when meditating, though I guess he will be much more familiar with it than me!

  11. Amy

    I started Kundalini Yoga because of Dave Matthews. I knew of all of the benefits of yoga for years, but it’s because I love him and the joy and peace he and his music have given me, that I went to my first class, very intimidated. Two years later due to an amazing teacher and the fact that I think I was truly “ready” I am devoted to it. It has changed my life and given me comfort beyond anything I have ever known. The anger, frustration and hate that I had bottled up for years is…gone. So, I concur. Dave Matthews (or any other celebrity) may get us there, but I think it’s just the universe’s way of putting their fame to work to share little known practices with the masses. Truly using celebrity for a wonderful purpose. Sat Nam.

  12. Anonymous

    Sat nam liz, thanks for your response to my post, i feel that you made some very good clarifications that were needed, Peace to you.

  13. anon

    The more people that have the opportunity for these teachings– which have the power to liberate– to touch their lives, the better. For them, and for all of humanity. If they hear about it because of a celebrity or because they trip and fall through the door of a yoga studio the result has the same potential; liberation.

    Therefore, a dualistic argument about the merits of celebrity are irrelevant.

    It is the desire to relieve beings from suffering that is Aquarian.

    Sat Nam

  14. Chris

    OMG Russel Brand was at Sat Nam fest and I didn’t even know, craziness. No but seriously if someone is going to get into yoga because their favourite celebrity is then by all means. I started listening to Snatam Kaur before I even knew what kundalini yoga was. I would wonder why are all these people dressed in white and wearing turbans at her concerts. I then heard Guru Singh’s Game of Chants CD, went to one of his workshops, and now I’m going to Sadhana almost everyday. Thanks for writing this blog and responding to the comments above very well written. Keep up the good work!

  15. anonymous

    Sat Nam, as much as i really really love reading Ramdesh blogs and the things she writes i could not help but feel somewhat a bit disappointed after reading this blog and so i have to agree with Nam Nidhan Kaur’s statement about inspiring people to do kundalini yoga because celebs are doing it and because celebs are doing it now it’s right to do it. It’s nice to hear that it has such an impact but i believe that it has to be for the right reasons and not for ego purposes. I also personally believe that a person who is in tune with their true divine self would not really care who was there as that would be in such a state of neutrality.

  16. Nam Nidhan Kaur

    sat nam dear Ramdesh,
    Does you comment mean that Kundalini Yoga is more worthy to practice because artists are practicing it? Is this an aquarin way to inspire people, using the same marketing strategies that bussiness people? An artist has the same value that any other human being, and we should not use their image to sell any thing .Please use ONLY if it promotes their courage, their compassion or any human value that REALLY CAN INSPIRE PEOPLE. Trough this message you are confusing people, it is a wrong message, not aquarian at all.
    You are doing a great job connecting people, and you have a great opportunity to serve in this job you are serving, please keep guided by your intuition understanding the impact of all you can give.
    In gratefullness and respect,
    Nam Nidhan Kaur / Chile

  17. Me

    I saw Cody Linley there from Dancing with the Stars/Hannah Montana fame?

  18. Anonymous

    Russel wasn’t there for Gurumukh’s class, you might want to fact check this story there are several mistaken statements and many misleading ones. He was there for Harijiwan’s class. Also he wasn’t the ONLY celebrity there at Sat Nam Fest. Just thought you should know :)

    1. Ramdesh Kaur

      We’ll correct the blog above to clarify that this was Harijiwan’s class and not Gurmukh’s. If you’d like to share which other celebrities attended Sat Nam Fest, we’d be happy to know!

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