Summer Solstice – Kundalini Yoga Gong Bath 6.30-8pm Prana Lounge, Thurs 21 June

Summer Solstice is not just the longest day of the year and the entry into Summer but also an energetic time of year to do a little re evaluation of life, our habits and reconnect with how we are at the mid point of 2018.  Am I working towards my dreams or just keeping my head above water?

Tomorrow morning join me at 5am, as we rise before the sun and do some sun salutations in our Sadhana, to bow our heads to the suns fiery energy, before we start our kriya and Aquarian Sadhana meditations.  Early morning Sadhana 5.-7.30am @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Colombo 5.

Then as the sun lowers it head, join me again for a special Summer Solstice Gong Bath 6.30-8pm at Prana Lounge, Col 7, to end this special day and change your energy patterns for the next half of the year.

Sat nam Fi x

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Think, See, Embrace – Kundalini Yoga 6.15pm Prana Lounge Mon 18 June.

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Sat nam, having been blessed with an amazing time with family and friends, two birthdays, a trip to Marrakesh, going to and teaching at the Great British Kundalini Yoga Festival. What have I learnt on my early summer break this year?

When we hit those days where the whole world annoys us. The days when we secretly judge our friends and loved ones. Where the inner struggle gets so bad that we feel exhausted. Anyone relate to these feelings?

Well guess what we all have these feeling. Whether we are on an amazing holiday wondering why we do not feel happier or more grateful. To spending hours on a plane to meet family only to feel let down and frustrated.

This is just the polarity of life, our shadow raising her ugly head, it is important to acknowledge the thoughts and feelings ie they are there, I see you, but not buy into the premise that I am bad, evil, not grateful, inauthentic because I have had these thoughts and feelings. If we fall into this trap then our subconscious thought patterns become our subconscious projection. So no matter how much we smile on the outside the pain of judging ourselves harshly shows like the leer of the Joker behind the mask.

I watched an experiment that children did at school in the UK.   They took 2 plants.   One plant just got loving words and compliments. The other plant was feed on insults… The first plant thrived; the second wilted and looked like it was dying.

What we do not realise is the constant criticism for our less than perfect selves, dominants our subconscious words and conscious speech if we do not make peace with our imperfections, shadows, down days, anger, guilt, fear. This has a detrimental effect on our mental health and wellbeing.

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Practical Solutions

So what did I learn on this holiday? Embrace yourself no matter how you wake up in the morning, or how you feeling during your day.   Do not buy into your mind or shadow self, this is only a small part of you, it does not define you. But be conscious of what your mind is saying, frustration, annoyance maybe an indication that you need to take some time out for yourself, even if you just have time for a few deep breathes. I think it is really important to listen to your mind, not to believe all the sh*t but to see what it is highlighting, this is where real healing lies, this is the path of peace.

Sat nam x raymond.fiona@gmail.com   0778011984 www.sanasuma.co.uk www.3ho.org

Mon 18 June 6.15-7.30pm       Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, Col 7

Tues19 June 3.30-4.30pm   Special Needs Kids Class@ Reach Beyond, Tickell Rd, Col 8

Tues 19 June 6-7.15pm     Kundalini Yoga Class with Shaunagh@ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5

Wed 20 June 5.00- 7.30am     Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Thurs 21 June 6.45-8pm         Kundalini Yoga@ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 21 June 11 – 1pm           Special Needs Kids and Teachers Class@ Reach Beyond

Thurs 21 June 5.30-7pm        Soltice Gong Bath@ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

 

“Keep up and will be kept Up” Shaunagh’s yoga classes week 11th-14th June 2018

​Dear Fellow Yogies,
This week I thought I would highlight the saying above which Yogi Bhajan often talked about and is mentioned often in Kundalini classes, what does it really mean?

Keep Up

Yogi Bhajan has instructed us in the science of keeping up. The three principals, that, when combined comprise “keeping up” are:

  • Never let down yourself
  • Never let down anybody else
  • Never participate, join, or connive in the let down of anything.

Keeping up is not about self, it is about keeping up in spite of your ‘self.’ Keep up for yourself (in spite of yourself), keep up for others, keep up for every situation, and keep up even when you cannot keep up. It is the definition of commitment and it works in every aspect of life to establish the vibration of trust, honor, courage and compassion.

This week I will be practicing asanas and meditation to help us to “Keep Up”.

Join me today

Mon 11th June  6.15-7.30pm  Kundalini Yoga with Shaunagh @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

and for the rest of the week

Tues 12th June 6.00 -7.15pm Kundalini Yoga Class with Shaunagh @ 145/5 Fife Road, Col 5

Wed 13th June  5.00am- 7.30am Sadhana @ @ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5   (FREE)

The Master Gland- Mon 28 May class at Prana Lounge

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The pituitary gland is is named the “Master Gland” because it regulates the secretion of the thyriod, adrenal and reproduction glands. When it’s working well we will have strong sense of connection, if it is week we may have feelings of loneliness and disconnection from others.

Last week we practiced a kriya to strengthen Hypothalamus which connects and sends the messages to other parts of the body, regulating vital functions like hunger, thirst, body temperature and sleep.

This week we will practice a kriya the “Piturity Gland Series” which will help to strenghthen this important gland and feel more intuative, connected and happy.

Shaunagh will be teaching at Prana Lounge this evening, at home tomorrow evening and will host our regular Sadhana which is open to all and free.  I will finish my week by heading down south to Sri Yoga Shala, near Una Watuna, for a Gong Bath healing sound session.

Hope to see you on the mat soon!

  • Mon 28 May  6.15-7.30pm  Kundalini Yoga with Shaunagh @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

  • Tues 29 May  6.00 -7.15pm Kundalini Yoga Class with Shaunagh @ 145/5 Fife Road, Col 5

  • Wed 30 May  5.00am- 7.30am Sadhana @ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5   (FREE)

  • Sat 2 June 6.00–7:30pm Gong Bath – healing sound session by Shaunagh  @ Sri Yoga Shala, Durage Watta, Metaramba, Sri Lanka

How do you feel today?

Today I have taken up the reins on our weekly blog while Fiona is away on holiday.

I was pondering on what subject I should write on and while preparing for my classes this week, and practicing the wonderful ‘kriya for regeneration”, I thought I would share with you how a Kundalini yoga class or kriya can make you feel.

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I started my first Kundalini Yoga class in Sri Lanka with Fiona more than 10 years ago and was immedietely hooked! I had been doing various other yogas stylesnover the years, but after one class of Kundalini Yoga I felt so energisied and alive. What is this feeling?  It is a feeling of vitality!  After stimulating this feeling of vitality we begin to experience states of awareness and connectedness to the self and the universe.  This cannot be done through the mind alone.

For a healthy body and the elimination of tension and disease, we must exercise every part of the body, strenthening the immune and nervous systems. These asanas (exercises) will help you to feel grounded and centered.  We often spend a lot of time thinking and wanting to make changes in our lives and want to feel less stressed and overwhealmed. Unfortunately just thinking about it won’t really do the trick. Kundalini yoga is one way of taking us out of our mental chatter!  In a class we practice physical exercises which takes you out of your mind, so that your mental balance is one pointed, clear and peaceful. During or after a class things may become clear, you will know what your “soul priorities” in your life are, and you will begin to set clear and uncluttered goals, establish priorities and perimeters and eliminate unproductive activiity and reserve time and space for ONESELF.

Coming up soon Sara, Rachel and Shaunagh will be hosting a yoga retreat 18-20th May 2018 at Guava House where we will go into more depth about this topic “Learn To Be Happy Being You”

Blessings Shaunagh

Kundalini Classes that Shaunagh, Uta and Kei will be teaching this week are as follows:-

Mon 30 April  6.15-7.30pm  Kundalini Yoga with Shaunagh @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 1 May  6.00 -7.15pm Kundalini Yoga Class with Shaunagh@ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5

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Tues 1 May  6.30-8.00pm   Kundalini Yoga with Kei @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Wed 2 May  5.00am- 7.30am    Sadhana @ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5   (FREE)

Sat 5 May   10.30am-12.00pm Kundalini Yoga with Uta @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Coming up soon

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Join Shaunagh, Sara and Rachel for our 3 day Kundalini Yoga Retreat at Guava House, Kegalle, nestled in the middle of the jungle, surrounded by wildlife with fantastic views of the Hill country.
What’s included:

  • 2 nights stay at luxury Guava House, Nr Mawanella, Kegalle
  • 3 meals a day of delicious and nutritious vegetarian food
  • Daily smoothies and juices
  • 3 qualified Kundalini Yoga teachers
  • 2 daily yoga classes/workshops
  • Double Gong baths for relaxation
  • Massage workshop
  • Ambrosial hour chanting, yoga, and meditation
  • Relaxation time to enjoy the natural surroundings
  • Swim and chill around the swimming pool

.    Afternoon tea and treats

Not included:

Transport to and from the venue.

We will arrange vans to leave Colombo 5 at 6am on 18th May 2018 and depart at 2.30pm on Sun 20th May. The price will be around Rs1500 per person (each way)

Price: Sharing Double Room (per person) – Rs25,000 

          Shared Dorm Room (per person) – Rs18,000

 TO REGISTER please email Shaunagh at: shaunagha@gmail.com

For more details about Kundalini Yoga, Sanasuma, and our 3 teachers go to http://www.sanasuma.co.uk

The Theme for our retreat is: –

Learn To Be Happy Being You”

 Being ourselves and being happy with exactly who we are in every way can be one of our greatest challenges in life. During this retreat we will embark on the fabulous journey of self discovery and use the power of Kundalini Yoga to help you become more YOU!

 “You must dive deep into the core of your I-AM-NESS. Your life must be a challenge and that challenge must come from the very heart of you. You must know who you are and you must submit to your essence”.

“Make yourself so happy so that when others look at you they become happy too” ― Yogi Bhajan

Guava House is a peaceful retreat, 3 ½ to 4 hours driving time from Colombo, 1 hour from Kandy, and 45 minutes from Kegalle town. It is situated on top of a hill, amongst 3 acres of it’s own private land and with 360 degree views of the valley below and Bible Rock. It is located on a rubber tree estate. Thatched roofs and open plan living areas create a sense of space, simplicity and freedom. We have 9 places available on this yoga retreat.  Accommodation is either dormitory sleeping or shared double with ensuite bathroom. To see more pictures of Guava House go to https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/2434339.

 

Learn to be Uniquely You! – Kundalini yoga 6.15pm @ Prana Lounge, Col 7

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Guru Singh tells us “When you walk into any room, make it your home. Then help everyone in the room to feel at home. Remember, you are uniquely you and you have every right to be exactly that. Do not try to fit in, you fit perfectly in you.”This is you making everyone else in the room feel at home. It is the very reason why sacred disciplines are essential. Yoga and meditation to reconstruct our random inclinations to follow the crowd instead of having the courage to move towards our dream and goals. Not just your parents and societies.

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Essentially I think the key to understanding your uniqueness is to take a beautiful journey to learn who you really are. What your dreams are, your talents, your weaknesses, your gifts and your challenges. We are so obsessed about learning about others, the latest movie star, our partners, discovering everything new about our children or new friendships, but how often do we really decide to deeply learn about ourselves? Not in a narcissist way, but in a profound, curious and amazed way?

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What is the difference between your external reality (i.e. personality) and the inner you, the spirit within? Because each of us has more than just a personality. Each of us has an energy signature like a thumb print which makes us Unique, one in finity in this incarnation. I just feel special even thinking about it. But we must remember that this applies to all people not just ourselves. So I invite you in the next few weeks, to take time out each day, whether it is through kundalini or yoga meditation practice, reiki, healing, being around the light energy of children, communing with nature in the waves or mountains to become a curious and courageous traveler of your inner journey. To find out more and more about yourself, experience and sense your unique essence or spirit.

Sat nam x raymond.fiona@gmail.com   0778011984 www.sanasuma.co.uk www.3ho.org

Mon 23 April 6.15-7.30pm               Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, Col 7

Life as it is Not as we Are! – Kundalini yoga Wed 18 April 6.45pm @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

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Seeing the world as it is not as we Are?

I read an interesting quote this week, “we see the world not as it is but as we are. A saint sees the world as a saint, a killer sees only murders or victims” by Neil Gaiman. I think we are all guilty of living in our mind. We talked about how the brain favours its blue print of the world, so we can live in low power mode. Therefore it does not have to experience reality as it is, new, fresh, for the first time. It quickly categorises experiences so we can place them in the correct pigeon hole and therefore not really experience the reality of what is. On the surface this seems like a simple solution so your brain can work on more pressing issues like your problems, worries, regrets etc. But in reality it stops you experiencing the wonder of life.   Every taste is stale not fresh and vibrant. Every birdsong goes unnoticed instead of being music to your ears.

The gap between seeing the world as we are, as oppose to, how it is, is suffering. In short, we just keep on getting the same old problems wrapped up in a different package but keep on desiring a different outcome. Nothing seems to change.

When our overly, assertive, positive mind says, “Oh it was just not meant to be”. Know this is just a defense mechanism to make you feel better but ultimately keep you from living your dreams. We need to change our affirmation from frustration which makes us feel important. To spending time every day to reduce the noise in our minds after meditation and dream our dreams and affirm, “I will succeed. I have forever”.   When we put a time limit on our dreams we are setting ourselves up for the expected failure, or “I knew it would not work”, because once again being right is more important than being happy and complaints gain sympathy, again a short-term pleasure but not getting you to a place of joy.

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Practical Solutions

This week let’s take the challenge of learning to develop patience, notice how your body is feeling at any point in the day and relax it. Feel joy in your heart, while being super alert to noticing all the sensory information coming in. If you want life to be different you need to change your thinking. Use the affirmation, I will succeed, I have forever. Sat nam x raymond.fiona@gmail.com   0778011984 www.sanasuma.co.uk www.3ho.org

This week’s classes:

Wed 18 April 5.00- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 18 April 6.45-8pm         Kundalini Yoga@ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 19 April 3-4pm               Kundalini Yoga@ Prana Lounge, Col 7.

Sat 21 April 5.30-7pm               Healing Gong Bath@ Prana Lounge, Col 7

The Science of Sound: The Psychoacoustics approach – Part 2

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Psychoacoustics has high lightened that the ears and the sound do much more for the nervous system, the body and the mind than what we thought they did. Indeed, the auditory neurons go to numerous places in the brain before reaching the primary auditory cortex. Thereafter,  sound is collected from the brain and disseminated throughout the body by bone conduction and via numerous nerves, including the vagus nerve, which is the functional regulation of most of our organs. This vagus nerve / acoustic interaction is pretty crucial because it means that sound vibrations are directly affecting the state of our vital organs!

Sound is not only perceived through the ears, it is also perceived through the dermatomes on the skin, which are also connected to all our major organs via the spinal cord and vagus nerve. Indeed, not only sound affects the auditory system and the nervous system, it actually affects the entire well-being of the brain, mind and body!

“Just as arteries and veins are vascular highways through which blood carries oxygen and information, the complex auditory system is a fiber-optic network for the dissemination of sound impulse and energy” (R. Doman, MD and CEO of the US National Association for Child Development).

One important thing to take into consideration: Proper sounds can charge our nervous system but harmful sounds can also deplete it. We all think about loud jarring sounds when we think of depleting sounds, but think further… The phenomenon of sympathetic vibration is contingent on pitch (not on volume), which means that even quiet office or home sounds may be having an effect, without even you noticing it, such as the hum of a computer, fluorescent lights, refrigerator, etc. We are bathed in a constant sea of sounds that is more than ever very depleting for our nervous system. On top of this we are also constantly being vibrated at a cellular level by electromagnetic fields of all kinds; microwaves, electricity, cell phones, Wi-Fi, etc.

Hence the importance, at least once a day and as much as possible, to quiet everything down, and take the time to listen to some music we particularly connect to, to listen or chant with recharging “good” frequencies (gong, vocal toning, binaural beats, etc.), or to just sit in pure silence.

rachel.chanmugam@gmail.com, www.sanasuma.co.uk, FB: @www.sanasuma.lk

Sound events in April:

  • Sat 7 Apr, 6-7.30pm, Gong Bath @ Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe, Galle, Rs.2,000/- (Fiona, raymond.fiona@gmail.com)
  •  Sat 21 Apr, 5.30-7pm, Gong Bath @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7,  Rs.2,000/- (Fiona, raymond.fiona@gmail.com)
  • Mon 30 Apr, 6.15-7.30 pm, Poya Sound Relaxation @ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col. 5, Rs.2,000/- (Rachel, rachel.chanmugam@gmail.com)

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Change the Factory Setting of your Mind – Kundalini yoga Mon 9 April 6.15pm Prana Lounge

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Thoughts are a very subtle energy and our mind is the antenna constantly receiving and broadcasting this subtle energy. But what are we broadcasting? When our lives and behaviour become automatic, instinctual without conscious awareness, we are broadcasting our factory setting, default mode, etc. The factory setting of our mind is largely determined by genes and the environment we grew up in. For example what did your carers say about money, security, success, relationships? Do any of these statements sound familiar?

  • Life is hard/ Life is a Burden/ Life is Suffering
  • Money does Not grow on trees
  • People eventually disappoint you.
  • You cannot trust anyone.
  • Better to expect the worse than hope for the best.
  • Money is easy to spend difficult to make.

The predisposition of our mind can show us our automatic programming. This programming is generated from the sub conscious mind, therefore we are not always aware of it. Once we can become aware of this programming we can develop mental flexibility or neuroplasticity, to change that programming through the process of meditation and consciousness. In a meditative state ( if you are confused read last week’s blog) the observer observes the mind and its thought patterns, the observer then elevates the mind to the vastness of the universal Shuniya (stillness).

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Practical Solutions

During your meditation notice what is the factory setting of your mind regarding the fundamental issues in your life. It could be, why I am not successful, why I am not prosperous, why I am not trusting, etc. Use acceptance of what is and gratitude to reprogram the default mode, i.e. feeling grateful for the 1 student who attended your class instead of being disappointed. This moves us away from broadcasting a constant message of need, fear and want, to feeling blessed, fulfilled and taken care of. My personal experience of this is that it can really start changing the reality of your life. It is not a miracle and may take time to work but with patience, trust and practice when you see a mental pattern that is not serving you and you want to break the cycle, a gratitude practice will work. Sat nam x raymond.fiona@gmail.com   0778011984 www.sanasuma.co.uk www.3ho.org

This week’s classes:

Mon 9 April 6.15-7.30pm    Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 10 April 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga @ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 10 April 3.30-4.30pm Special Needs Kids Class@ Reach Beyond, Tickell Rd, Col 8

Wed 11 April 5.00- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 11 April 6.45-8pm         Kundalini Yoga@ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Happy Sinhala and Tamil New YEAR!

The Buddhi Mind & why we meditate? – Kundalini Yoga Mon 2 April 6.15pm@Prana Lounge, Colombo 7

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The Buddhi Mind and why we Meditate?

We have worked a lot on the mind and in these final weeks before Sri Lankan New Year I wanted to clear up some concepts around meditation, concentration and relaxation. This is what we know so far:

  1. The mind is automatic and there is a lot being thought, processed in the sub, unconscious and conscious mind. But the key thing is that you recognise that YOU are not the one thinking; your MIND is the one thinking. You are the one observing a small portion of the thoughts the mind is having.
  2. The Mind loves contrast so it can create a blueprint for the mind. It likes polarities because they are helpful for classification, good/ bad, right/wrong. Pre established judgements of the world allow the brain to do less work, use less energy and be on a low power mode.
  3. You can affect your mind because it is actually very subtle matter. It can be affected by things like food, breathing, lifestyle, sound and energy.
  4. The point of meditation isn’t to shut it off the mind, it is always working. We meditate to both delete obsolete content that has been stored in the mind and pause in our identification with it.
  5. The only way to gain control of the mind to start serving you, is to use a technique that removes the self reference point, the I.   When we take our attention to the breath, body, mantra, an object etc, this concentration on something beyond the mind is like working a muscle. After the muscle is worked it relaxes more easily. This is the same as your mind, at one point during or after the focused meditation you will start to feel more relaxed and with regular practice start developing the Buddhi mind, which is intuitive, discerning and discriminates what is false and real.

The word meditation has become super trendy, people talk about beer meditation, cooking meditation, all sorts of times when they feel they are in a meditative state.   Feeling relaxed is one of the effects of meditation but it is not the only one. I discussed this with one of the wonderful teachers from the UK who were visiting us, Hari Karam.   Relaxation is essential in life, doing things you love and feeling relaxed but do not confuse it with meditation which is essentially concentration to unload the mind, relax it, make it intuitive and in higher states feel a merger with the Infinite.   This is very different to feeling relaxed after a glass of wine or TV show. The former puts you above thought, while the later puts you below thought.

So in summary we meditate to transcend the waves of the mind and become conscious of our sensory system. It allows us to see what is in our mind, why we are behaving as we do, so we know what is real and not. In higher forms it allows you to know the unknown (intuition) and see the unseen. So you can steer yourself through life, without reaction with GRACE.

Practical Solutions –The easiest way to meditate is through simple, seated breath, or mantra meditation. Just sit comfortably in a quiet place, straighten the spine, relax the body and slow your breath. Focus on your breath or on repeating a mantra. Keep your body still. Your mind will dump out a lot of thoughts from the subconscious, your may experience pain the in body. Watch them, they are not YOU. Just continue to sit still and continue to bring yourself back to your focus. Eventually the thoughts will become still and you will feel surrounded by comfort. Yogi Bhajan on Prayer vs. Meditation: “Prayer is when the mind is one-pointed and man talks to Infinity. Meditation is when the mind becomes totally clean and receptive, and Infinity talks to the man.”Sat nam x raymond.fiona@gmail.com   0778011984 www.sanasuma.co.uk www.3ho.org

This week’s classes:

Mon 2 April 6.15-7.30pm    Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 3 April 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga @ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 3 April 3.30-4.30pm Special Needs Kids Class@ Reach Beyond, Tickell Rd, Col 8

Wed 4 April 5.00- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 4 April 6.45-8pm         Kundalini Yoga@ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 5 April 11 – 1pm          Special Needs Kids and Teachers Class@ Reach Beyond

Thurs 5 April 3-4pm               Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7-

Fri     6 April 10-11.30             YTT Chakra Workshop and Gong Bath, Prana Lounge.

Sat   7 April 6-7.30pm         Healing Gong Bath@Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe, Galle