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Pushed Out of the Nest

The surprising challenge when your spiritual home closes

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Illustration Credit: White Moths by Amy Alice Thompson

I stared in disbelief at the email. Golden Bridge was closing? I would need to use up my classes before the end of the month? Whoa. I felt like I’d been kicked in the stomach.Golden Bridge Yoga Center had been a beacon in our Hollywood neighborhood, anchored by the legendary Kundalini teacher Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa. It was my church, my temple, my spiritual navel. When I went to a sadhana (daily practice), I always left feeling joyful and calm. The building itself was glorious, too, with high ceilings, exposed brick, and Moroccan lamps. But the rent was high, and Gurmukh is on the road teaching 300 days a year. So this beloved studio was shuttered, and in the days and months that followed, I felt surprisingly bereft. Judging from the conversations I’ve had, my fellow yogis were just as stunned and saddened. It turns out that the loss of a spiritual center can be a very similar experience to the death of a loved one.“There can be an enormous sense of loss,” says Dr. Christine Pohl, professor of Christian ethics at Asbury Theological Seminary and author of the book Living into Community: Cultivating Practice …

Kathryn Drury Wagner

Spirituality & Health’s Wellbeing Editor, Kathryn Drury Wagner, is based in Savannah. She’s been a contributor to the magazine for many years, and she loves sharing ways to build a healthy, mindful, and sustainable lifestyle. 


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