Q&A with Aaron Teich, Spiritual Healer and Counselor
From his practices on the Upper West Side and the Hamptons, Aaron Teich is an expert healer. He helps clients work through physical, emotional, and spiritual conditions through counseling and energy balancing techniques, including acupuncture (watch our video), and Sat Nam Rasayan - the healing practice of Kundalini Yoga. Aaron also teaches Kundalini Yoga at studios around the city, and has a devoted following. So, why exactly is energy flow so important? Aaron tells us what’s really going on in our bodies.
Most of our readers have taken a yoga class, so let’s start easy before we dig into the healing arts. What is Kundalini Yoga?
Kundalini Yoga is known as the ‘Yoga of awareness.’ By awareness, we simply mean everything you are experiencing at any given moment. The goal of Kundalini Yoga is to elevate and expand your state of awareness so that you can perceive more of what’s happening inside yourself and the world around you, in addition to living with greater joy, health, and connection. The practice of Kundalini Yoga integrates physical movements, breathing techniques, sound, and meditation in order to elevate your consciousness.
Are the postures and movements practiced in Kundalini Yoga similar to those in a typical yoga class?
Yes and no. There certainly is some overlap, including poses like upward or downward facing dog, though in Kundalini Yoga we tend to hold these postures longer and combine them with breathing techniques, such as breath of fire. Kundalini Yoga is characterized by dynamic, repetitive movements, which stimulate your nerves and glands so that energy moves through your body. For instance, a basic exercise is the spinal flex, which involves sitting cross-legged, grasping the shins, and repeatedly moving the spine forward and backward, like riding a horse. This simple movement stimulates the nerves that are located along the spine and moves prana - or subtle energy - from the base of the spine to the higher energetic centers in the brain. The result? A very calm, meditative state of mind.
What is the connection between movement, subtle energy, and awareness?
As we discussed earlier, the primary goal of Kundalini Yoga is to elevate and expand your awareness. Your state of awareness is determined by a number of factors, including the function of your nerves, the chemical and hormonal balance of your blood and brain, and the patterning and distribution of your subtle energy. The movements of Kundalini Yoga - in addition to its breathing and sound techniques - are designed to affect all of these factors. For instance, if you hold your arms at a sixty degree angle, you stimulate prana, or energy, to flow from your surrounding environment, down through your arms, and into your heart and lungs, making you feel energized.
How does Kundalini Yoga relate to what you do as a healer in your office?
In essence, they are different approaches to the same goal. I practice Sat Nam Rasayan - the healing technique of Kundalini Yoga - which uses meditative awareness in order to heal. In a session, I go into a meditative state from which I can relate to and sense what’s happening inside my client. I literally experience him or her within my own awareness. I then make adjustments in my awareness - my thoughts, sensations, emotions, etc. - which in turn releases blocks and rebalances the energy of my client. It is the same principle as Kundalini Yoga: moving and rebalancing energy in order to bring about an expanded state of awareness. However, instead of the client having to do the yoga exercises themselves, I directly adjust their energy using my own meditative awareness.
I integrate Sat Nam Rasayan with acupuncture, which is another technique for moving and balancing energy. Acupuncture involves inserting very thin, painless needles at key points on energy pathways, called meridians. Stimulating an acupuncture point moves energy along these meridians, which in turn affects the functions of the body, mind, and awareness. By combining Sat Nam Rasayan and acupuncture, I offer my clients a double dose of energy shifting that can lead to major transformation in their lives.
It sounds like your clients need to have a lot of trust in you to let you work with them in this way - is that true?
Absolutely. The entire healing relationship is built on trust. An essential aspect of my practice is listening deeply and fully to clients so that I can really understand what’s happening in their lives - their hopes and dreams, their relationships and activities, what’s working and what’s not. While the energy rebalancing techniques work at the root of thought, emotional, and behavioral patterns, it is also essential that clients consciously understand the work we’re doing and proactively make changes in their lives. Through counseling, I help clients have better self-awareness and I offer them concrete actions to help achieve their goals.
Can you learn this type of healing, or is it a gift that you either have or don’t?
Healing in this way is definitely learnable. It just takes proper training and practice. I’ve been practicing Sat Nam Rasayan for more than a decade, and for me that requires at least two hours of personal yoga and meditation practice per day in order to develop my meditative awareness. Like the piano, anyone with two hands can learn how to play. However, to play at Carnegie Hall, you need to practice, practice, practice.
Aaron Teich is an advanced practitioner of Sat Nam Rasayan (SNR) – the healing practice of Kundalini Yoga – as well as a licensed acupuncturist and certified Kundalini Yoga teacher. He has a private healing practice with locations in Manhattan and the Hamptons, in addition to working with clients all over the world through distance healing. After graduating from Harvard University with a degree in Comparative Religion, Aaron discovered Kundalini Yoga, training with Yogi Bhajan and studying extensively with Guru Dev Singh, the Master of SNR. To deepen his training as a healer, he went on to get his degree in Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco. Today, as the only certified SNR teacher in the New York area, Aaron offers classes and workshops in SNR, Kundalini Yoga, and meditation, in addition to maintaining his private healing practice.