Kundalini Yoga Class
Come and stretch out your body and calm the mind form the endless chatter!
Thursday 29th August
3 Jawatta Avenue, Col 5
7.30 – 8.45pm
We shared these fudgey healthy brownies after our healing meditation on Monday at The OM SPACE on Yogi Bhajan Birthday. They are heavenly and do not use sugar or wheat flour. My wonderful mother Sita created this recipe using kitual juggary and one day whilst baking I ran out of wheat flour so I substituted millet or kurakkan flour which made them even denser and great for those who do not want to eat processed wheat flour. Fox tail millet or kurakkan is a wonderful healthy alternative to wheat flour.
FOR 12 BROWNIES YOU NEED
100g of 70% Dark Chocolate
60z of dark cooking chocolate
1 pack of unsalted butter
3 free range eggs
7oz of kitual juggary grated
2oz of kurakkan flour (millet flour)
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
Pre heat the oven to 160 degrees. Now put the chocolate and butter into a metal bowl and melt all the ingredients over a double boiler. Do not let the metal bowl touch the boiling water ,the steam should melt the butter and chocolate until it becomes smooth and silky. Do this process gently.
Now whisk your eggs until they are pale and really fluffy, add the vanilla. Add the juggary a little at a time until it is glossy and well combined. Once the chocolate mixture is cooled enough for you to touch add this to the egg mix and stir until smooth. Finally sieve in the kurakkan flour and baking powder.
Pour the mixture into a square 9 inch tin lined with baking paper. Bang a few times to bring the bubble to the surface and now bake for 15-20 until a crust forms but the mixture is still gooey inside and cool for 1 hr before eating to allow all the juggary to settle and become gooey.
Yum yum enjoy.
“Mantras are not small things, mantras have power. They are the mind vibration in relationship to the Cosmos. The science of mantra is based on the knowledge that sound is a form of energy having structure, power, and a definite predictable effect on the chakras and the human psyche.” ~ Yogi Bhajan
There is a vibratory frequency that corresponds to everything in the Universe. Happiness or sorrow, joy or regret are vibratory frequencies in the mind. When we chant a mantra we are choosing to invoke the positive power contained in those particular syllables. Whether it’s for prosperity, peace of mind, increasing intuition, or any other possible benefits inherent in mantras, simply by chanting them we are setting vibrations into motion that shall have an effect. It doesn’t actually matter if we understand the meaning of the sounds or not.
Chanting mantra produces specific vibratory frequency within the body. The vibratory frequency of a mantra draws to you whatever you are vibrating. You are like a magnet attracting vibrations to you by what you send out. As a vibration, a mood, a state of being that results from chanting, mantra is compatible with all belief systems.
Chanting is an amazing and powerful part of the practice of Kundalini Yoga. When we sing or repeat mantras, we call the heavens down to the Earth. The heavens begin to manifest in our own hearts. That is why chanting makes people feel so good, even if they do not understand the meaning of the words.
What is so truly amazing about sound, mantra, and chanting is that each one of us holds this power of transformation within us. We don’t have to go to a place or to another person to access this power. Our very own body is the instrument of transformation.
When you chant listen to the sound your voice makes and how it sounds in your body.
-Yogi Bhajan, 2/13/01, Espanola, NM
The first technique is a listening practice that Yogi Bhajan taught me in 1989 and remains a foundation of my personal daily sadhana to this day. This practice develops intuition, stills the monkey mind, and enhances the flow of communication. It is also a fabulous foundation for developing your capacity to chant more deeply. Here it is:
Posture: Sitting quietly, eyes closed and focused gently at the brow point.
Focus: Listen deeply. Isolate and identify each sound that you hear.
If, for example, a car passes outside, mentally identify the sound by stating “a car is passing outside”… “I can hear the hissing of water underneath the tires”. Then move on to the next sound…a fly buzzing, the sound of your breath through your nostrils as you inhale and exhale, the sound of someone clearing their throat. If you feel that you have identified every sound possible, continue isolating every sound that strikes your ears, even if you have already identified it once. Break it down into its subtle parts. Listen to the sounds within the sounds, the sounds within you, the sounds near to you, and the sounds very far away.
Allow every sound. Some sounds may seem unpleasant. Listen to them anyway. You may find that you tend to block certain sounds. Turn your awareness to those sounds, open up your listening ears and listen to them as well.
If you find that your mind starts to wander, simply return to deeply listening.
Time: Continue isolating and identifying every sound for 3 to 11 minutes.
Give yourself the time to know your shadow and understand negative emotions. We are not taught how to manage our emotions. We subconsciously wish to deny, hide or ignore them or unconsciously respond in a knee jerk reaction. Through Kundalini Yoga and meditation, we can learn techniques to recognise, accept, forgive and release these negative feelings and thoughts, instead of being driven unconsciously by them.
Turn overwhelming feelings and being over sensitive into being able to read a situation and know how to act.
Our program consists of sunset and sunrise daily Kundalini Yoga and meditation classes. Combined with conscious eating and relaxation.
Set by the ocean, Sri Villas is a boutique hotel with luxurious en-suite rooms, an open air pool and beautiful spaces to relax in please see http://www.srivillas.com. Included in the price is all your healthy vegetarian food and drink which will combine with our program to support your emotional release.
Price for retreat Rs19,000 for 2 nights, 3 days, full board, teachings and en-suite accommodation 2 sharing.
*transportation not included
Sri Villas is only one and half hours away from Colombo and we will start on Thursday 19 September which is a Poya day and end on Saturday 21st September afternoon around 4pm.
If you have any further questions please contact Fiona on 0778011984.
Love and light the Sanasuma Team.
Amba Estate is a beautiful organic farm and tea estate set in the hills of Bandarawela and Ella. From the cosy, Devon style cottage you get a panoramic view of Ella Rock. The rooms are comfortable, tastefully decorated with loving touches. The rest of the cottage is homely and intimate, perfect for the cool star-studded evenings, chatting over hot cups of home grown lemon grass tea, an Amba Estate speciality. In the day the weather was just perfect for sitting out on mats on the grass, reading, chatting or just being. The surrounding walks made everyone breathe the lovely forest air deeply. Rawana falls took everyone’s breath away by its energy and beauty and the lunchtime picnics, in scenic locations, lovingly wrapped in banana leaves were devoured with glee by all.
We began the Retreat with the ten bodies physical but stretching yoga kriya, which prepared our minds and bodies for the hike up Ella Rock. When we reached the summit we found a beautiful spot in the shaded woods for our picnic. Full and satisfied we lay down after lunch, under the cool, rustling leaves for a short nap. On our way down we dipped our sore feet into the cool river waters to refresh ourselves for the last 30 mins of our 4 hour hike. Exhausted but exhilarated we ended our day on the ridge with stretching our calves and hamstring before sitting down to watch the sun setting over the veils of mountains, as we breathed deeply and meditated on expanding our electromagnetic field. The next day was again an early start with dynamic asanas and an ONG meditation before we left for our 40 min hike to the Rawana Waterfalls. Here we swam in the invigorating waters of this mystical waterfall, snacked and rested. We ended the day with another session of deep breath work before we had another yummy meal and an early night. The final day was taken very easy, with another dynamic yoga and meditation class, a short hike up a near by hill to take in the views and eat our picnic lunch. Before we travelled back to Colombo we ended the afternoon with deep back stretches before we lay on our bellies for a 30 min yoga nidra or yogic sleep to rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit.
German is a brilliant chef, but I really felt he surpassed himself at this Retreat. The vegetarian, menu was just a treat. Two lunches outdoors, taking in stunning views made the food even tastier. He added a few new dishes to the old favorites, like vegetable tempura with a tangy dipping sauce, an Asian slaw made with kohl rabi and white radish. Fresh organic leaves picked from the garden, combined with herbs, fennel root, cherry tomatoes and avocado. For dinners he served warming roast pumpkin and sweet potato and leek soups, with patacones (a south American inspired dish, consisting of mashed green banana pan fried).
Our lunch parcels were treat; gottukola sambal with dried bitter gourd from the organic farm amongst wonderful fresh up-country vegetables curries all wrapped with organic red rice in a freshly picked banana leaf. We were treated for tea with sugarless passion fruit muffins and mushroom gyoza using kurukan skins.
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