About Yogi Ma

Dear Reader,

Yogi Ma is a spiritual name that reminds me to live as a mother to the world. 

Formerly I went by the name Surjot Kaur, but a shift happened in my life that felt like a death and rebirth.  So the name changed from Surjot Kaur to the more appropriate Yogi Ma.

In the early days of my kundalini yoga practice, I was told that Surjot Kaur means, “the lioness who continually renews herself and others with God’s light.”  Later, another teacher told me this name means “the princess of the frequency that holds the entire creation together.”  Finally, a beautiful guide told me that sur-jot is a name of the one who has command of the word.  I do love words enough to be less interested in commanding them as I am in befriending them.  

At birth, my parents gave me the name Rebecca Jane Johnson.  I cherish and adore the name my parents gave me, and many dear ones continue to call me Rebecca.  As far as religion goes, I was raised Lutheran in the suburbs of Chicago.  But I have enjoyed encounters with many paths and ways since:  Catholicism, Judaism, Sufiism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism, etc.   I married a man from China.  When I learned Chinese, he gave me the name Zhang Bei Qi (which means Precious Queer). Living that name is an entirely different story.  Though he practices Law and I practice Yoga, we remain married.  If I had to claim any religion, I’d simply say my religion is Love, and the purpose of my life is to master yoga and to love words as I love my family.

I love the name Rebecca.  I love the name Surjot (pronounced sur jote). 

As a yoga teacher, and in the yoga community, my spiritual name gives me a clear focus.  A spiritual name gives a yogi a destiny path.  One benefit of committing to a daily practice of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation is that a yogi quickly appreciates the difference between living according to the whims of fate and living according to one’s own destiny.  The challenge is in realizing how I am responsible for knowing the difference, and I am responsible for embracing the practice, contemplation, and honest reflection necessary to remain committed to my destiny path.

Since beginning to practice Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan in 2012, my life has become a prayer.  May I joyfully embrace my responsibility to grow in consciousness.  May I continue to practice–with every breath, thought, word, and action–to renew myself and others with God’s light.  May the benefits of my practice be received by all beings everywhere.

This website is intended as a playground for my personal expression.  I would hope it might offer insight, inspiration, and support to anyone exploring yoga and meditation.  Mostly, this website shares one yogi’s personal journey of what it means to renew oneself and others with God’s light.  This website explores, expresses, reveals, and wonders at the awesome facets of human consciousness.  This is my humble attempt to reach out, to connect, to encourage, to inform, and to dialogue with you the reader and your universe in hopes to discover more deeply how we may collaborate to heal, to uplift, and to serve all.

In my daily experience, I am a yoga teacher, a mother, a wife, an English teacher, a writer, and a musician.  I speak fluent Mandarin.  I have written for Spirit Voyage, Sat Nam Fest and 3HO Yogic Living.  I completed my Level 1 Yoga teacher training with Krishna Kaur in Los Angeles and have completed four Level 2 modules with Krishna Kaur, Nirvair Singh, Guru Singh, GuruMeher, and GuruTej in LA and San Diego.  I have volunteered as a tutor for READ/San Diego, an adult literacy program.  I currently teach weekly yoga classes open to all levels at the Adams Avenue Rec Center and Cosmic Flow Yoga.  I have journeyed to China and the Himalayas and spent many hours sitting with sages who walk their paths as they are conscious of many truths and not so conscious of many truths.

That’s a bit about me.  I am here to learn how I can best serve.  I’m reaching out, communicating, in the spirit of longing to hear from any and all who read this blog and find it useful.  I invite anyone out there to let me know how I may renew you with God’s light.

May all Love surround you now and always!  Sat Nam!

Your friend,

Yogi Ma