The RA MA Institute announced that Guru Jagat, Kundalini yoga studio founder, passed away in La after unexpectedly suffering a pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in her own lung) related to complications from ankle surgery.
Guru Jagat, whose name in Sanskrit means “bringer of light to the universe,” would be a driving force in bringing the concept of Kundalini yoga around the world. She opened the very first location from the RA MA Institute for Applied Yogic Science in Venice Beach, California, and became a mentor to students and celebrities (like Kate Hudson and Alicia Keys) alike. The traditional yoga practice, which was first introduced by Yogi Bhajan in the 70s, focuses on breathwork, movement, chanting, meditations, and asana (postures) to create energy through your seven chakras.
In accessory for expanding her studio to New York and Spain, she wrote Invincible Living: The Power of Yoga, the Energy of Breath, and Other Tools for a Radiant Life, and ventured into fashion using the Guru Jagat Collection – a sustainable clothing line that's handmade by women in California. There are also over 150 episodes of her podcast, Reality Riffing with Guru Jagat, where she featured scientists, mystics, women's health experts, activists, and more for thoughtful conversations.
To honor the departed and help guide to her soul, the RA MA institute is encouraging followers to participate the chanting Akal (sometimes spelled Akaal), a beautiful tradition that's done for 17 days following the person's death. If you are looking for consolation in the lack of their mentor and guide, you can find solace in Guru Jagat's last words she posted on her behalf Instagram before her passing: “Hold one another tight, be massively kind, practice presence and humor as this every day life is precious and oh so delicate.”