Sahaja Yoga is the state of self-realisation produced by kundalini awakening and is accompanied by the experience of thoughtless awareness or mental silence. Now Sahaja Yoga Mats, a local Gold Coast business, is donating a solar light to a family in Mozambique for every one of its eco-friendly non-toxic rubber mats that it sells. The business was born from its owner Judes Yang coming through extremely dark emotional times, and wanting to give light, literally in this case, to others. She bravely talked about those dark times to Pip Andreas.
“Before finding Sahaja, I was in a dark place,” explains Judes.
“I was diagnosed in 2014 with PTSD that came from emotional and mental abuse. I unfortunately trusted in someone and gave away my power. The last few years I have battled with suicidal depression and learning to live with PTSD.
“This isn’t an easy aspect of my life to share, as I am putting myself out there but I hope that sharing my experience that others can know that they aren’t alone. That experiencing mental health issues, is actually ok. There is nothing to be ashamed about and unfortunately, to this day there is a large stigma around mental health when there shouldn’t be, its an aspect of health, like physical health.
“I think its a gift to be able to take care of one’s mind. The thing with abuse is that you don’t know that is happening. I didn’t understand the cycle I was in, until I ‘woke up’ and was out of the situation. I believe the more we share our stories, the more we can support one another and inform the public on mental health and hopefully live in a future without the stigma.”
Judes felt lucky, even through the darkest times.
“So many people rallied around me, supported me and loved me back to the light,” she says.
“If it wasn’t for my mum, dad, friends and community, I wouldn’t be here today. I overcame those battles I was fighting and on some days I still have to work through, but I am here. I also appreciate and love the Gold Coast Yoga community so much, as when I moved back I had to start my life again. I had to connect with people who didn’t know me and they opened up their studios to me and embraced me.
“Even though my experience is not one I would wish on anyone, I have seen the blessings and I have come out more humble and empathetic than before. I owe so much to all the people who lifted me up, they brought light back into my life. I am in a good place now and I would like to pay all that love forward and light up other people’s lives as my life was.”
And this is how the business Sahaja came to life. Judes’ hope for the movement is not only to bring light to those in need but to inspire others to listen to their bodies, set their own rhythm, live their lives and follow their paths.
“Now, spreading the word of living freely and organically is part of my life’s work, and I am so glad to look into the crowd and see people believe in this little idea of enabling people to feel from the inside out, instead of the outside in,” she says.
Sahaja Yoga Mats will be ‘rolling out’ March 5th 4.30pm to 6.30pm at Freedom Float Centre, Burleigh Heads.