Yogic Food Wisdom – Kundalini Yoga 6.15-7.30pm Mon 29 Aug @ Prana Lounge

When I was young I would eat like a horse. I was very proud of how much I could eat and I did not care if it was a Sara Lee double chocolate cake or a McDonald’s burger. I did notice however at a certain stage in my life I started to put on weight. I was a bit outraged at the idea that as you get older you cannot eat the junk you ate as a teenager, until I discovered why during my Kundalini Yoga course in Humanology.

Now I understand that my body, mind and emotions go through regular cycles. During these cycles if I want to optimise feeling good, physically, mentally and emotionally I need to adjust my diet and activities to correspondent with these natural changes. Diet in fact should be appropriate to what we are doing and in what phase of life we are in.   The first 1-30 years roughly, are spent building the body. Our body tends to be moist and heavy we are prone to respiratory problems and phlegm. During this time, we should eat drying astringent foods like pomegranate, green apples, green grapes and drink green tea. We can also consume more fats and carbohydrates. We have the energy to burn up calories at their fastest pace during this phase in our lives.

During our middle years around 30-60 we tend towards excess heat in the body and inflammatory disorders. If you are suffering with arthritis you need to eat less yoghurt, cheese, tomatoes and vinegar. Increase cooling foods and drinks like coconut, sweet fruits, water melon, rice, milk, cabbage, squash, sweet potatoes. During this phase you need to eat one third less than you ate during the first third of your life, otherwise as your metabolism slows down you will slowly gain weight.

In our elder years we tend to become colder and drier. Elders suffer from constipation as digestive juices are secreted less. Well-cooked easy to digest foods are needed. Also anti-aging rejuvenative foods like green vegetables, beetroot, etc. Drink warm drinks, include spices like cinnamon, garlic and cloves. Apples, prunes, beetroot, broccoli, oatmeal and chickpeas are good foods for this age. Also aim to eat two-thirds less than during the first third of your life, as the muscle mass decreases in the body and the metabolism slows down further.

Practical Application

Fungus – if you are suffering from a fungal infection like candida that will not go away, you need to be conscious of your emotional state. Are you supressing feelings of sorrow, feeling a victim or are you passive aggressive? Could you reframe your thoughts and emotions and feel like you have volunteered for everything that has happened to you in life and the bigger picture of your existence.

Viruses – if you are always getting viral infections you may feel frustrated about unfulfilled expectations or life lessons. Can you reframe your life to create more compassion, tolerance and peace within by coming from your heart centre?

Bacteria – feeds on feelings of deep emotional pain and fear. Can you reframe your mind to feel you are equal to all of your challenges and face the fear and do it anyway?

Parasites – Anger fuels internal parasites. Can you start moving that heat of anger up to the heart centre where you can feel forgiveness? Do cooling pranayamas like Sitali to take the heat out of any anger issues?

Onions are anti-allergy foods. Onions contain bioflavonoids quercetin, this inhibits an enzyme, lipoxygenase which generates an inflammatory chemical. This will help reduce the inflammatory cells in the respiratory tract of asthmatics. Also good for coughs. You need to make equal amounts of onion juice and honey. Take 3 to 4 teaspoons daily.

Garlic reduces cholesterol and blood pressure as well as aiding stomach ulcers. A recent study in the Netherlands confirmed that garlic kills bacterium associated with stomach ulcers, Helicobacter pylori. Make a rice pudding using garlic and as little rice as possible and milk, cook it until it is soft and take it for 5 days.

Ginger is seen as the Universal medicine. It increases circulation, good for colds, arthritis, increases digestion and reduces phlegm. Ginger is also high in calcium and iron content. Great also for nausea, and reduces bloating. You can take up to 3grams per day in capsules or 1 tsp chopped fresh in tea 3 times a day.

Celery widely considered one of the most cooling foods which is rich in organic sodium (not sodium chloride or salt). If you suffer from insomnia you need to take a juice or steamed celery stalks before bed. 8-16flu oz. with a little prune juice will help soothe your nervous system and send you off to sleep.

Beetroot juice. King detoxifier of the liver. You must mix beetroot juice with other veggie juices so that all the toxins don’t get blasted out into our blood stream all at once. Also a great cure for haemorrhoids.

Green veggies are another great detoxifier and antioxidant. Drink 32 flu oz. per day or 4 measuring cups.

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This week’s classes:

Mon 29 August 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 30 August 6-7pm             Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 31 August 4.45- 7am        Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 31 August 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Fri   2 Sept 6.30-7.30pm       Community Class @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road (by Donation)

Sat 3 Sept 5-7.30am  Group Sadhana @The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road,Col 5 (FREE)

Sat   3 Sept 9.30-10.30am     Hatha General @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Sun 4 Sept 10-11am                 Hatha General @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

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Rating, Dating and Baiting – Cambridge Kundalini Yoga class- 6.15 – 7.15pm Wed 23rd Aug at Signal Box

Rating, Dating and Baiting

mh334TWJgnqbJuPE7R6TokwvH1xvlI5jYgT2Y_eQGA9ISE76P7xLNsQxGORE7VWO6d0DJQ=s118When we only rely on ourselves, rather than trust our infinite self, we begin to depend on our ego and look toward emotional satisfaction.  We rate ourselves and get caught up in our own self judgement, or jugdement of others when things don’t go our way! We attach ourselves to positive things, thinking we can secure and keep them.  In this judgment we limit ourselves, if we can find our true self, our infinite self, we can open up our hearts to allow the totality of reality, and hear and feel our soul sing.

 

imagesWe date everyone and everything, thinking we will get what we want if we just get enough or find the right person.  We constantly search for the right job, grasping for the right status.  However we often don’t feel satisfied or content.  Instead if we just recognised that we can live in the moment be happy in the process of life, realize that every day is a gift and a date with destiny.

 

 

MFON5K4Sd3CmG2JShR8-HMHfPx3h9hosinLS_idWrhubigaUYL8CPiv3V8kgBnfIoTO24g=s85Baiting is when we hook everyone and everything through emotional control rahter than seeing people for who they truly are, or situations for what they really are, not understanding that they are on their own path of destiny.  When we learn to act from our compassionate self we can feel a delight and spontanteity in every situation of our lives.

These three human traits and behaviours are instictual and require concsious practice and self elevation to re-direct.

Kundalini Yoga can help to break somes of these behaviors, by practicing yoga, breathing and meditations regularly.  Meditations are not designed to bring us a pleasant mood or shield us in a cloak of security from the fundamental transcience  and pain of life, rather that they can help us to fulfill our destiny, to be victorious, to deliver excellence and caliber, and to recognize life as a gift.

Please join Shaunagh this Wednesday 23rd August 6.15-7.15pm for a Kundalini Yoga Class

at The Signal Box Centre, The Emerald Building, Glenalmond Ave (off Clarendon Rd), Cambridge, CB2 8DS http://www.thesignalbox.org/findus.html

Yogi Body Image – Kundalini Yoga 6.15-7.30pm Mon 22 Aug

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How we relate to our Body Image

How should we relate to our bodies and how does this relationship affect our sense of self, self esteem and health? What experiences, beliefs and habits about our bodies do we acquire through our life cycles? When we can answer these questions we can also see how our body image affects our emotions, behaviour and how we relate to our partners, friends and family.

During adolescence into adulthood suddenly we are confronted by the physical changes in our body, our new found sexuality and how the world perceives our body image. We all form a body image during this period. This is formed not only by the physical sensations of our body and how it looks, but it is heavily influenced by perceptions, the media and our emotions.

Our body image is not static, it is a perception of the size, shape, boundaries and emotions evoked by that perception. For example on a good day we may like the way our legs look but on a day we are feeling down we can fixate on how fat the same legs look. This is all a mental perception, your leg shape would not have altered in one day.

In yoga we focus on a healthy, reality-based body concept. We emphasis a postive body image and constructive habits to promote feelings of physical happiness and wellness. We try to understand where any negtive perceptions of the body have come from. Because if our bodies sense of self is distorted, negative and unreal there are many unwanted consequences.

Our body image perception comes from:

  • Our inner experiene of our physical body, health, sensations, movements.
  • Our outer experiene of the body comes from the third person point of view, ie what our friends, family, culture and the media say about our body image.

 

For young women, the image is largely dependant on their mothers and fathers, they will take on the one which is most negative about body image. This may distort their sense of self, they may over eat to numb or protect themselves from life.

Young men can be affected by overly protective mothers or overly aggressive fathers. This may distort their body image greatly, so they feel they need to put on extra muscle to protect themselves from life.

When we feel negative feelings about our body we tend to try and get rid of these feelings. At this point we can either create good coping strategies:

  • Like better eating habits,
  • Self acceptance (if you want something to be difference than it is, you must first accept it as it is)
  • Increased physical activity.

 

Or negative demoting habits like:

  • Emotional eating /over eating
  • Dieting and rapidly exercising to loose weigth
  • Obsessesive thoughts about body image or weight

 

  • Body surgery

For women especially negative feelings about their body image are supported by western culture, mass and social media. A young women’s subconscious is deeply imprinted by unrealistic images of what a desireable women’s body should look like. We are told that if we do not look like a model in Cosmopolitan then we will not be attractive to men. The imprint on our adolescent mind at this stage of our development cannot should not be undersestimated. It is at this time when we most want to be socially accepted, which affects our biology, motivation and emotions.

During yoga we reset the body image, by renewing a positive relationship with the self. We do asanas to feel the strength, flexibility and sensations in our body. This mindful movement, experience of feeling our internal energy, being part of a group or community and accepted as you are, grounds a positive self and helps align our body image with our current reality.

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Practical Application

Notice when you eat your next meal, do you chat with people, read, look at your phone or watch T.V? This demoting habit is about distraction and reward. If you do this you will tend to eat your food unconsciously, eat too fast and then not notice when you are full so over eat. Try instead to spend a few seconds looking at your food before you eat it. When you start eating concentrate on every bite, chew, enjoy the sensations and flavours. Notice when your body feels full. Your mind will never be full, it will always want more because your mind does not have a body.

Notice when you exercise, are you unconscious? Watching T.V to distract you from the physical sensations of your body? If you do this you may tend to strain your muscles, over or under exercise, not feel physically, mentally satisfied after exercising. Once again just like in a yoga practice, try to stay present and focussed as you exercise and see the difference. Get rid of your expectations of what this exercise will make you look like and enjoy the benefits of regularly physical movement and the sensation of wellness it brings to your being.

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This week’s classes:

Mon 22 August 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 23 August 6-7pm             Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 24 August 4.45- 7am        Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 24 August 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Fri   26 August 6.30-9pm   Community Class & Celebrate Yogi Bhajan’s Birthday, Gong and Kundalini           Meditation @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road (by Donation) bring some food to share for the pot luck party afterwards.

Sat 27 August 10-11am             Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Sat 27 August 5.30-7.00pm         Healing Gong Bath @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Life Recurring Themes – Kundalini Yoga Mon 15 Aug 6.15-7.30pm

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Life’s Major Transitions – Kundalini Yoga 6-7.30pm Mon 8 August@ Prana Lounge

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We learnt last week that life lived unconsciously is existing instead of living. A quick recap – We learnt about the 18year cycle of our physical body. 11 year cycle of our mental body and the 7 year cycle of our emotional and spiritual bodies.

The important yogic science of understanding the biorhythms of your life and the clusters they form, equip you to see the map of your life’s influences. Normally we are so absorbed in what is going on in our mind or our problems that we have little time to look at the map of our life, evaluate the lessons learned and prepare for the future. Using the knowledge of our life cycles can give us the pre-sense to change our habits, physical, mental and emotional to slide through these times of great change with less resistance.

An example of a cluster is when the 18 year cycle of your physical body, occurs near the 21 year (3×7) cycle of your emotional body, occurring right next to the 22 years (2×11) cycle of the mental body. Please see the attached Life Cycles Char. This is a transition to adulthood usually celebrated in all cultures. But it can also be a time of great upheaval, for example the end of carefree life student life to transition into the world of work. If at this stage you have not worked on your inner resources through the 7 year and 11 year cycles, you may feel very lost.

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The Key transitions to understand and master for yourself and your family are:

  • 7-11yrs –      Connection to your spirit and inner self-reliance. Core sense of self.
  • 11-14yrs-      Adolescence and Identity – Character, Values, Risks & Commitments.
  • 18-21-22yrs  Transition to Adulthood – Taking on responsibility, Identity crisis.
  • 33-35-36yrs  Starting to revaluate the self, what you want and what you do not want
  • 42-44/54-55-56yrs       The Midlife Crisis
  • 66-70-72/ 88-90-91     Maturity and Aging, Golden Year. What can you give back, what is your legacy?
  • Death

 

Practical Application

This week after practicing yoga or meditation or around sunset or sunrise spend some time thinking about the major junctions. Write down the key events that happened during these periods. Can you identify any patterns? What were your dreams as a child? What was your motivation as a child for example; did you see helping others as your only way to self-worth? Or did you need to do something better than your classmate to be acknowledged and loved? Etc.

If you cannot find any patterns make a decision to be especially mindful this week and look for any emotional, mental and physical patterns in your life and see if they relate to your childhood?

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0778011984

This week’s classes:

Mon 8 August 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

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

Wed 10 August 4.45- 7am        Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 10 August 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Fri   11 August 6.30-7.30pm   Community Class @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road (by Donation)