Mechanics of being a Human

seven-silhouettes-girl-yoga-poses-illustration-colorful-slim-33368134Last week I had a week where I felt my mind and my emotions were out of control. I felt angry, frustrated, up against a corner as my physical body felt out of balance. In desperation I asked for guidance and ended up with an almost broken toe as I tripped on a drain, just after having another angry thought. This new twist in my life surprisingly put everything into perspective and gave me a new sense of relaxation, trust and presence.

We are the painter of our own picture. So if we want to change the picture of our life we need to start working on changing the painter i.e. us. This is where the mechanics of life and the science of being human must be practiced.

Lesson 1 -Your Reality

My subconscious is programing the mixture I am inhaling between inspiration and desperation with each breath I take.

When I inhale I am either physically, emotionally open and present or my memory will explain what is happening to me, based on my past experiences.

With every breath I have a choice where I come from but that choice is not created in that moment by my will, but by how I tune and clear my subconscious memory over time.

A daily yoga and meditation practice which allows me to watch my thoughts and emotions and let them go without becoming identified to them will help with clearing and tuning the subconscious mind.

If I do not regularly clear my subconscious mind, it will become stagnated and the traumas I have experienced which I have not let go of will become dramas. These dramas will cloud my memory and mind. Instead of living in spirit or inspiration I start to live in desperation. Instead of feeling that every breath, every moment offers brand new opportunities and solutions. Your mind and emotions get filled like mine did last week, with feelings of frustration, why is this happening to me, victim consciousness, anger, worry, tension etc. The older we get the more our moments are filled with desperation which can lead to a midlife crisis.

The key is to use our breath on a moment by moment basis to gauge how are we doing. How much do we feel inspired compared to desperate? If it is 15% inspiration and 85% desperation you have to decide you are going to increase that to 25% to 75% this is achievable. You do not want to give yourself unrealistic goals so you can just get more frustrated because you cannot achieve them and end up 10% inspired and 90% desperate.

colorful-yoga-pose-2Lesson 2 Turn off Fear/Turn on Faith

When you are feeling really fearful, you want to change your expression. The corners of your mouth going up in a smile have a direct correlation to the fascia running up to your kidneys, which relate to fear. The smile lifts the kidneys up turning off fear and turning on faith.

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The dominance of which nostril you breath from will determine whether you can cool an angry or frustrated situation down so you can see the solution or make it worse. So if you want to cool things down inhale through your left nostril exhale through your right.

If you are feeling lazy, uninspired, lacking in creative motivation, heat things up with inhaling through your right and exhaling through your left. Practice, practice, practice and let’s make an experiment of our life so we can help ourselves and inspire others. Sat nam Fi x

This week’s classes:

Mon 25 Jan 6-7.30pm     Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Pl, Col 7

Tues 26 Jan 6-7pm          Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 27 Jan 4.45- 7am    Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 27 Jan 3-3.45pm     Kids Yoga @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 27 Jan 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga@The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

 

 

 

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What is your Value?

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We need to fill ourselves with value everyday, this can be done by chanting or singing from our heart feeling the joy and fullness there or by breathing the fragrance of love in to our hearts. If you do not do this on a regular basis you will feel a deep sense of emptiness which you will fill up with unconscious habits and patterns which make your external world more valuable than your inneral one. 

Self– esteem is the fragrance that emanates from the Self just as kindness, self-respect, self-love all originate from this place too.

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5 Ways To Gain Self Value

  1. Command the Mind

The mind tells us constantly what we are worth. Whenever you attempt to move forward in your life, it is the mind that sends the deluge of critical, judgmental and self-hating thoughts. You are not your thoughts.  Daily meditation is non-negotiable now in order to develop a relationship with your mind.  Commanding the mind is a full time job.  It is becoming a witness to your thoughts and refusing to react or act until you are clear.

  1. Trust Yourself

We all have an inner compass that guides us through time and space. However, we have been taught and trained not to trust it. When my teacher Shiv Charan told me about my inner compass, I simple could not believe it. I was always someone who did not trust myself and looked to others, teachers etc. to know better than myself. When you give other people power over yourself you are doubting your own value.   Only you can really know what is  best for yourself.   This does not mean you dismiss everyone elses opinions. You can listen neutrally to the opinion and see if it resonates with your heart. Truth is a frequency of energy that will resound with your Self or not. Your Mind is not your inner compass. Test this out when you listen to people. Do you feel YES and it feels right or NO which feels a bit off or wrong –like you suddenly are lopsided?

  1. Know yourself and value yourself

Can you really say you know yourself?  Chances are there are parts of you that you need to embrace. The only reason you don’t accept yourself is that you have written a self-concept of you that is not the truth. Most people want to be someone they’re not. Look at the magazine racks. They sell you how not to be you, to aspire to be someone else. You lower your self-value when you compare yourself to someone else.

Instead of comparing yourself, get to know yourself. Spend time alone and out of the conditioning field of other people so that you can really feel what it is to be YOU.

To start to know YOU, ask yourself questions and answer them in truth:

What uplifts your Spirit?

What opens your Heart?

  1. Embrace your Perfection

Your mind is always telling you are lacking in some way and you need to prove yourself.  The mind will tell you that you are not smart enough, attractive enough, successful enough–basically you are not good enough and you have no value. This can be happening at the unconscious level and perhaps this wound has been handed down through your ancestral lineage. This energy will drive you to make choices that are not correct for you in order to prove yourself.

Before any action, take time to question your motivation. Ask yourself, “Why do I want to do this? Am I trying to prove myself to someone? Prove that I am a good friend, partner, worker, loyal? Am I feeling worthless right now and trying to escape from these painful feelings?” The Truth is that you are Perfect and Whole. Focus on feeling full in your heart and this will allow you to embrace your imperfections as perfections.

  1. Let Go of the Past

People can recount all the horrible things that have happened to them in their past and all the people who are responsible for their low self-esteem. The ego’s version of letting go of the past is seeking some kind of vengeance or payback before moving on. Or diminishing the pain, “It wasn’t that bad, my friend had it worse.”  To truly let go of the past, you have to go into the dark recesses of the subconscious mind and at the cellular level. This means rolling up your sleeves and feeling all the pain that is associated with these memories and let go of these feelings.

Cross left under right arm on your shoulders, bow your head to your heart, take the value from external things to your heart and chant , “Gobinda, Gobinda Hari Hari chant for 11 mins. Translates to sustainer and supporter of all.

This week’s classes:

Mon 18 Jan 6-7.30pm     Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Pl, Col 7

Tues 19 Jan 6-7pm          Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 20 Jan 4.45- 7am    Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 20 Jan 3-3.45pm     Kids Yoga @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 20 Jan 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga@The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Sat   23 Jan 10.30-4.30pm Yoga and Art Workshop with Serena and me, The Om Space

Sun 24 5.30-6.30pm          Gong Healing @ Prana Lounge

Supewomen Syndrome?

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For me Superwomen Syndrome seems to come out in the run up to Christmas when I host my family, it is the busiest time work wise and added to that this year we had a Level 2 Retreat for 6 days, with students flying in from Asia and me having to teach.

When I read an article on uber females, hardworking, health obsessed, they want to have it all and do it all, relentless in their drive to be over achievers and prove their worth. I realised that Kundalini Yoga is a balm for this new psychological monster.

Have you ever felt that your check list was taking over your life? One girl described her life as setting the clock forward so she gained an extra 11 mins on everyone. She would wake up at 6.11am, do 30 mins of exercise, make a two course breakfast, fruit salad and chia porridge, read the paper and listen to radio 4 whilst eating, checking off health, fitness and current affaires on her list. Work hard but also make a point to be kind to people look after her nephews once a week, ticking of responsible and supportive boxes. I am not critising this girl but asking us to question ourselves why we do not feel enough as we are?

 PRACTICAL QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF?

  • Are you living this life or existing within a self-inflicted regime?
  • Whose approval are you seeking?
  • If you stopped your check lists for one day, what do you think would happen?
  • When did you start to feel you needed to achieve in order to feel worthy?
  • Do I feel uneasy when not doing something worthy? But for every good decision there is always a better one, this bombardment of choice puts us under great pressure.
  • When can I give myself time out from my regime?
  • Is my regime a container which holds my life together?
  • Do I depend on my external world for myself of worth?
  • What practice can I start, positive affirmation etc. to find internal security.

 

 We need to move away from putting our security into activities and achievements and move them into our internal self. When doing all your good activities do them mindfully, not just to fill time or automatically by route. Spend time everyday feeling how good it feels to be you inside your body. This can only come through physical awareness. Do not seek out approval from the outside world, i.e. posting all your achievements or things you are doing on social media. Keep a few things private achievements just for you, feel good about them even if not one else knows. Practice this kriya for self-love. I think why everyone loved the book/film Bridget Jone’s Diary is because the hero Darcy loves her just the way she is. When you start really accepting yourself as you are from an internal sense of wellbeing you realise you are better than you ever imaged you could be.

Posture: Sit in Easy Pose with a straight spine and hold your right palm six to nine inches above the top centre of your head. The right palm faces down, blessing you. This self-blessing corrects the aura. The left elbow is bent with the upper arm near the rib cage. The forearm and hand point upward. The left palm faces forward and blesses the world.

Eyes: The eyes are closed and focus at the lunar centre in the middle of the chin.

Breath: Breathe long, slow, and deep with a feeling of self-affection. Try to bring the breath to one breath per minute: Inhale for 20 seconds, hold for 20 seconds, exhale for 20 seconds.[1]

Time: Continue for 11 minutes. Then inhale deeply and move slowly and directly into position for Exercise 2.

This exercise will benefit everything between the neck and navel. It will give strength to the heart and will open up the heart centre.

Posture: Extend your arms straight out in front, parallel to the ground, palms facing down. Stretch out to your maximum.

Eyes: The eyes are closed and focused at the lunar center in the center of the chin.

Breath: The breath is long, slow, and deep.

Time: Continue for 3 minutes. Then inhale deeply and move slowly and directly into position for Exercise 3.

Part 3

Posture: Stretch your arms straight up with the palms facing forward. There is no bend in the elbows.

Eyes: The eyes are closed and focused at the lunar center.

Breath: The breath continues to be long, slow, and deep.

Time: Continue for 3minutes.To finish: Inhale, hold your breath for 10 seconds while you stretch your arms upward (try to stretch so much that your buttocks are lifted) and tighten all the muscles of your body. Exhale. Repeat this sequence two more times. This set can be found in Self-Knowledge

This week’s classes:

Mon 11 Jan 6-7.30pm    Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Pl, Col 7

Tues 12 Jan 6-7pm         Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 13 Jan 4.45- 7am    Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 13 Jan 7.15-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga@The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

 

 

Aquarian Teacher Training – Starting 5 Feb 2016

DSCN3117Happy New Year and welcome to the start of The Aquarian Teacher Training program for 2016.

All classes will be held in Colombo, this makes it easy for those of you with jobs to attend.
Also this means the course is cheaper $1808, which is $272 cheaper than advertised last year.
The fee  will include all materials, teachings, simple veggie food during the course, international certification and teaching venue.  When you past the course you will get an international certificate from the very prestigious US based Kundalini Yoga Research Institute.
The dates are as follows:
Week 1        5-11 Feburary 2016 Lead Trainer Tonie Nooyens (NL)
Week 2        23-29 April      2016 Professional Trainer Ronit Vardi (Israel)
Week 3        29Jul – 4 Aug  2016 Lead Trainer Tonie Nooyens (NL)
If you cannot make one of the modules it is possible to complete it in another country.
If you wish to make an application please email me raymond.fiona@gmail.com or call +94778011984  Payment and registration needs to be completed by 21 January 2016.

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Brain Candy – Kundalini Yoga Wed 6 Jan 7.15pm @ The OM Space

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Lets learn how to use the neuroscience of the mind to select when we need to have critical thinking, ie be in a Beta wave or if being in this brain wave is just making us the critic? Or if we need to have creative ideas we relax our mind into an Alpha wave. Or do we need to solve a problem which we have been struggling with all our lives, then we need to access our subconscious mind by slowing our brain down into a Theta wave and allowing our deep wisdom to give us the answers.  Finally do you want to enter into deep healing then we need to access the Delta wave.  The technology of being to move between brain wave function can be accessed by the deep yogic science of Kundalini Yoga and meditation.

 

 

 

 

 

Be your Solution!

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If you have a problem in the material world, then there is a solution to it. Just as every actions has a reaction equal and opposite the same goes for problems. The Problem is forgive my pun, when we come up against a challenge big or small our magnetic mind focusses in on the problem, and the more worried we become the more narrow our thoughts patterns become and we can only see one way or no way out of our problem. The solution resides in the opposite direction.

If you can get your mind into a Theta wave daily, we can ask the mind to solve our problems. This can be done via meditation or lucid dreaming used by some of the great inventor of our age, Thomas Edison being one. Once our brains waves start to slow down, it opens us up to the moment and in the present moment all solutions are available.

The other day my friend complimented me on my dress sense which I am not really known for, she of course is a designer. I said I did not have anything to wear for the festival we were attending so before my meditation I thought I need to find an outfit. During my meditation all the pieces of the outfit just came to me. I ended up wearing bits of clothing I had not worn in years. This is just a simple, superficial example but we can apply it to big problems, in how we relate, money issues, security, etc.

 PRACTICAL POINTS- How do we reach this state daily? Here is a table of how your mind works it may be of use.

 There are five distinct brain wave frequency ranges, beta, alpha, theta, delta and the lesser-known gamma. The higher the frequency, (which, confusingly, will equate to a lower number of cycles per second) the more subtle, or elevated.
Beta (14-40Hz): Beta brain waves are associated with a heightened state of alertness, logic and critical reasoning. As one goes about one’s daily activities, one is in beta. Although important for effectively functioning in everyday life, higher beta levels translate into stress and anxiety. The voice of beta is the voice of one’s inner critic, which becomes louder and more relentless the higher you go in the range. Internal chatter stops one from being in this moment, creating a filter through which one’s view of the world must pass. This causes a perception of ‘separateness’.
Alpha (7.5-14Hz): Alpha brain waves are present in deep relaxation with the eyes usually closed and while daydreaming. The relaxed, detached awareness achieved during the first three minutes of meditation is characteristic of alpha and is optimal for programming the mind for success. Alpha heightens the imagination, visualisation, memory, learning and concentration. It lies at the base of one’s conscious awareness and is the gateway to the subconscious mind. The voice of alpha is intuition, which becomes clearer and more profound the closer one gets to 7.5Hz.
Theta (4-7.5Hz): Theta brain waves are present during deep meditation and light sleep, including the REM dream state. Theta is the realm of the subconscious. It is also known as the twilight state as it is normally only briefly experienced as one drifts off to sleep (from alpha) and arise from deep sleep (from delta). A sense of deep spiritual connection and oneness with the Infinite can be experienced at theta. These theta states are also associated with insight as well as the mind’s most deep-seated programs and patterns are all at theta. The voice of Theta is silence. Delta (0.5-4Hz): The delta frequency is the slowest and is present in deep, dreamless sleep and in very deep, transcendental meditation where awareness is completely detached. Delta is the realm of your unconscious mind. It is the gateway to the Universal mind and the collective unconscious whereby information received is otherwise unavailable at the conscious level. Delta is associated with deep healing and regeneration, underlining the importance of deep sleep to the healing process. I believe it is possible that this is the state reached during group sadhana, in those moments of chanting that feel so sweet and unified.
The Alpha-Theta border, from 7 to 8Hz, is the optimal range for visualization, mind programming and using the creative power of one’s mind. It is the mental state at which one consciously creates one’s reality. At this frequency of mind control there is consciousness of one’s surroundings but the body is in deep relaxation. This is the state range most commonly experienced during Kundalini Yoga practice, when one’s has been elevated by tuning into the Golden Chain.
Gamma (above 40Hz): The most recently discovered range is gamma, which is the fastest in frequency at above 40Hz (some researchers do not distinguish beta from gamma waves). Although little is known about this state of mind, initial research shows gamma waves are associated with bursts of insight and high-level information processing.
alternative-nostril_smallDecide you are going to commit to yourself for 11mins per day to bring yourself to a state of deep relaxation and Theta. This does not mean looking at your iPad while meditating or sending a text it means I commit to myself for me to me. After the first 3 mins of meditation you should be nearing a Theta wave state but to really get those cycles of the mind down and get your solution you need to push on to 11mins which effects your nerves and glands to support this new mind set. Simply try 11 mins of left nostril breathing, i.e. tune in and breathe deeply in and out of your left nostril. Sat nam Fi x

This week’s classes:-Mon 4 Jan 6-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Pl, Col 7

Tues 5 Jan Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 6 Jan 4.45- 7am Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 6 Jan 7.15-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga@The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road