Having watched Yogi Bhajan’s teaching on YouTube LA889, I thought it would be fun and also useful to disseminate some of his practical yogic wisdom to you in his words. Try some or all of these tips for good health because this is what yoga is really about. Yogi Ji says, “Yoga is great because it can help us cure sickness, depression, it can help you with weight problems, it can help you in your daily life, it teaches you daily involvement with your body and mind. I especially like Kundalini Yoga because it is short and effective and it is for house holders. You do not have to remain celibate. It is a very human yoga”.
Food and how to eat?
“The best alternative medicine is good food and daily naps. Food is your insurance for health.
Eat little and drink little every 2.5 hours. We must chew our food. The main diseases start when food goes into your body, unchewed which is unsweetened by our saliva. We must train ourselves to chew.” Chew each mouthful at least 35 times. You will have less gas, your food will give you more nutrition and you will feel full and satisfied with much less food. If possible eat in peace and quiet, concentrating on chewing your food and tasting the flavour.
Waking up Routine
“Just like a cold car that needs to be warmed up before you put it into gear. The body is the same, it is at rest at night and needs to slowly be stimulated before it starts going. So do not just jump out of bed if you want to remain healthy. There are things to do in the morning every day. It is your body which is asking for mercy, kindness and compassion and care. All you need is a good vital and healthy body to give you enough strength to face the day. When you wake up to prevent back pain you need to do cat stretch 3 times on each side and then adjust your navel energy by doing stretch pose. Then move the feet up and down to adjust the meridian points in the whole body.” Now get out of bed and have a cold shower (see Ishnaan).
Ishnaan – hydrotherapy
“Technically it is called mercy. You do not have any mercy for yourself, you look after your car, or your house but you do not look after yourself. You need to go into the shower and massage yourself all over balancing your hydro level in the water, which is required. Stand one foot on top of the other and massage them, massage the inside of your forearm, underneath your armpits and your chest. Vigorously massage your whole body. Now dry your body by rubbing hard with a course towel until your skin is pink to increase blood circulation in your skin, so your skin will remain youthful.
You do not drink enough water in the day. You need to urinate properly. When you begin to urinate you need to stop and start, several times. This will exercise the muscles of your pelvic floor and keep them strong. This is like mulbhand.
Now brush your teeth in the morning, at the end you need to take your toothbrush to the back of the throat and clear your monkey glands. They hold all the bacteria you have taken in during the day and night. This mucus must not enter your stomach. Gad that mucus out.”
“If you want a deep sleep you need to splash your eyes and face with cold water before you sleep.”
Head and Hair
“Massage your scalp with your fingers, then roll a towel on the hair and tighten it around the head so all 26 bones come together daily. Just for a few minutes. Also deeply comb your scalp to change the electromagnetic field.”
Prevent Water Retention
“Get a wet towel wring it out and beat your back, it balances your sugar and salt intake. It prevents water retention, spank your back and the kidneys become stimulated and balanced.”
Knee and Ankle problem
Stand up on your toes and sit down a few times, this will stop you having problems with knees and ankles.
Practice this Week:
Sunia(n) Antar Meditation
*DRINK A GLASS OF WATER FIRST*
SIT. Easy Position (legs folded).
EYES. Closed, rolled to 3rd eye (brow) point.
MUDRA (HANDS). Place arms across the chest and lock hands under armpits, with palms open against the body. Raise the shoulders up tightly against the earlobes without cramping the neck. Pull chin into neck.
BREATH. Automatic, natural and slow (or count for five in, five out, until it slows).
TIME. 3 to 11 minutes.
YOGI BHAJAN COMMENTS. This meditation is called Sunia(n) Antar. It is very good for women. It is essential at times when one is worried or upset and doesn’t know what to do, or when one feels like screaming, yelling, and misbehaving. When out of focus or emotional, attention should be given to the body’s water balance and breath rate. Humans are approximately 70 percent water, and behavior depends upon the relation of water and earth, air and ether. Breath, representing air and ether, is the rhythm of life. Normally we breathe 15 times a minute, but when we are able to rhythmically slow down the breath to only 4 breaths per minute, we have indirect control over our minds. This control eliminates obnoxious behavior, promoting a calm mind regardless of the state of affairs. When there is a water imbalance in the system, and the kidneys are under pressure, it can cause worry and upset. Drinking water, pulling the shoulders up to the ears and tightly locking the entire upper area creates a solid brake that can be applied to the four sides of the brain. After 2 or 3 minutes, thoughts will still be there, but one does not feel them. This is a very effective method of balancing the functional brain.
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This week’s classes:
Mon 23 May 6-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7
Tues 24 May 6-7pm Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5
Wed 25 May 4.45- 7am Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)
Wed 25 May 3-3.45pm Radiant Childs Class@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5
Wed 25 May 7.15-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road
Sat 28 May 5.30-7pm Healing Gong Bath @ Prana Lounge, Colombo 7