Mastering Polarity – Kundalini Yoga and Meditation

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What are polarities and how do we live with them let alone master them? Polarity describes opposite forces that actually represent complementary, interconnected systems; the physical and the mental, the finite and the infinite, yin and yang, up and down. They are opposites but still part of the whole. Polarities are a physical law of science. Without polarity life would be flat without depth. We can only know how beautiful a sunny day is because we have cloudy, grey and rainy days. The sweetness of clotted salty cream fudge is only made more delicious by the pinch of salt added to the fudge. Polarities really can be complimentary when used in the correct proportion in our lives.

We talked about the mind a lot last week when we dug deep into the theme of meditation. We also find that the mind loves polarities as it is helpful for our functional mind to classify life as good or bad, white or black, etc. We teach our children to know the world through polarity, even their simplest books look at contrast to describe life.   This is because our functional mind in divided into 3 minds, the negative, positive and neutral. The first mind is the negative mind, it sees the danger and pitfalls, it’s job is to protect you. The positive mind sees the potentials, it’s job is to be expansive and creative. The neutral mind assesses the input from both negative and positive and responds from a neutral place.  The neutral mind is also called the meditative mind. This is the mind where we learn to master the polarities.

The Diagonal Energy and Value

Through cultivation of a non-reactive and quieter, neutral mind we can find the truth and juxta position in any situation. Everything is not purely black or white, we can learn to dance on the knife edge of life, the very line that Yin_and_Yang_svg.png

separates the yin and yang   . As yogis we chose, this diagonal energy, the mutual coexistence. The possibility that both realities exist is not contradictory nor is it completely logical! This is not a comfortable place to sit in as the mind craves certainty. The Diagonal values are less about higher notions of perfection, but more about acceptance from a place of conscious reality.

Practical

ATTITUDE FIRST VALUE POLARITY DIAGONAL VIRTUE
Towards Suffering of Others Cannot relate, Cruel, Blame Pity, Bleeding heart, Sympathy Compassion
Towards Danger &Fear Caution, Self Protection Daring, Bravado Bold Courage
Towards Discipline Fanatic, doing everything as a ritual Autonomy, Independent

 

Obedience, Self love
Towards Desire Prudish, Flat, Bored Hedonistic Passionate, Inspired

 

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Mon 26 September 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 27 September 6-7pm          Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 28 September 4.45- 7am        Sadhana @ at Uta’s 21/21 Ananda Balika Mwt, off Pagoda Rd, Pitakotta

Wed 28 September 3-3.45pm       Radiant Kids Class@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 28 September 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Fri   30 Sept 6.30-7.30pm            Community Class @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road (by Donation)

Sat   1 Oct     5-7.30am                   Early morning Sadhana @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road (FREE)

Sat 1 Oct       9.30-10.30am             Hath General @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Sat 1 Oct       6.15-7.45pm              Gong Healing and meditation @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Sun 2 Oct     10-11am                       Hatha General @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

 

 

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Tension and Stress – kriyas to eleminate it

stressedmanFrustration, worrying and thinking

Not finding what you need at the moment you need it creates frustration.  In that frustration we become caught up with our emotions, neurotic impulses and endless worrying and thinking.  We become insensitive and numb and the numbness creates tiredness.  Not just the normal physical tiredness but “cold tiredness” which freezes the movement and flow of your life.  You become fatigued and exhausted by existence and you refuse try or strive. You become habitually insecure.

Today 6.15-7.15pm Wed 21st Sept at Shaunagh’s Kundalini Class

we will practise a couple of kriyas to eliminate your tension and stress, creating a resonance in the body so we can attract what we seek.

Venue: THE SIGNAL BOX CENTRE, Glenalmond Ave, CAMBRIDGE, CB2 8DB
For directions:
http://www.thesignalbox.org/findus.html

The Yogic Science of Meditation – Kundalini Yoga 6.15-7.30pm Mon 19 September 2016

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During the major turning points in our lifecycles we learnt that fear can be a real block to dealing with change. A good life practice to start incorporating, during times of transition, periods of chronic stress, illness and emotional pain is to develop the meditative or neutral mind.

Incorporating meditation into your life and making it part of your lifestyle is more relaxing than a massage or taking a nap. Both are pleasant but do not change your mental and emotional state, i.e. they can leave you still with a racing mind.

A regular meditation practice is just like taking a shower every morning but this is a mental shower, to dislodge old thought patterns from an overflowing unconscious and subconscious mind and reassemble them into thought patterns that better serve you.

Dr Herbert Benson from Harvard University published the first studies on the effects of meditation on the body mind. He said meditation created an integrated physiological response to stress. In essence he states that when we mediate we trigger a mechanism in our cells, (Nitric Oxide NO) which responds to stress by lowering the norepinephrine hormone and neurotransmitter released by the sympathetic nervous system. Simply it works by blunting our response to stress.

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When you begin meditating it is not always a dance but a struggle especially when you run into to old mind patterns that you have become attached to. Yogi Bhajan tells us “if when meditating, all your garbage does not come out to greet you – you are probably not meditating.”

Do not become concerned when this mental garbage comes up, meditation is not about getting anything RIGHT. It is about making it a regular practice. It is not about proving who you are it is about improving who you are. It is becoming aware of your thoughts and emotions the way you perceive life and getting in touch and understanding who you are? Expose the dark corners of your mind and emotions to the light of conscious awareness and it will ultimately liberate you from the burden of holding on to your mental burdens.

Practical

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All you need to do to mediate is to pick a quiet, relaxed setting, close your eyes, focus on your breath and a mantra (mind projection) and become passive to each passing thought. Just 20 mins twice a day can have a dramatic effect on your physical health, emotional and mental wellbeing.

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This week’s classes:

Mon 19 September 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 20 September 6-7pm          Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 21 September 4.45- 7am        Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 21 September 3-3.45pm       Radiant Kids Class@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 21 September 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Fri   23 Sept 6.30-7.30pm         Community Class @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road (by Donation)

Sat   24 Sept 6.30-8.00pm          Gong Healing and meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Busting our Fears and the Midlife Crisis – Kundalini Yoga

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The midlife crisis does not have to be a crisis, essentially it is a time for self-assessment or revaluation of your life so far. It can hit during the life cycles clusters of 33, 35, 36 or 42, 44 or 54, 55, 56. At this stage in your life you have finished the process of accumulations, which pre occupied you in the first third of your life, now is the chance to decide what worked or did not work? Are you really going in the direction you want to go in? How about your dreams and ambitions when you were younger, have they been fulfilled? When this shift hits it can bring great resolution, creativity, the applied intelligence and understanding of ourselves through consciousness or bring up deep subconscious, sometimes irrational fears, of past failures or the future, that make us feel lost, nostalgic and create a deep reluctance to embrace the future. This overwhelm can easily lead to depression.

During this time of evolutionary change our subconscious fears during these life cycle changes are coming up very strongly. Deep primal subconscious fear is coming up so it can be released. Emotions are very important at this time, in order to release these emotions we must allow ourselves to feel them. The emotional body is the closest to the physical body so it makes us feel physically really uncomfortable and it is difficult to ignore. Not only do we have to deal with these uncomfortable feelings but we also have to deal with how our mind reacts to this discomfort. The mind likes to avoid pain and seeks pleasure. So it generates thoughts to self-medicate or produce emotional satisfaction like shopping, drinking, smoking, drugs, gaming, fixation on other people and their problems, whatever your pattern of pain avoidance is will surface. Avoiding these painful feelings give a temporary relief to your mind but this feel good numbing will not last very long, therefore you will back to dealing with your original emotions.

If emotionally you are really shut down, it will manifest in disease, that is why so many people are suffering from diseases at the present time.

The most primal fear we have to deal with is fear of the material world. Fear of our own survival. This is in our genes, and genetics does not care if you have a comfortable life or money or not, it just cares about keeping the species alive.

Yoga works on the physical plain, emotional and mental level. You have 2 ways in which you can deal with these feelings you can deal with them on the energetic level internally, through awareness, working with your mind, body and feelings or you manifest your deepest fears in this 3-dimensional earth plain i.e. time and space become your teachers. Both methods work but time and space is more brutal.

Yogic science helps us transcend our fears. We are born to be free, manifest our dreams and love that is our purpose here on earth. Deep meditations can rewire our brain to help us deal with our deep subconscious fears, allowing us to internally confront the fear, embrace it to erase it, so you do not have to manifest it.

Once you have dealt with this period of time you will feel emotionally more stable than before. During these times we need to intensify our self-care. Maybe change pace a little, slow down, spend more time feeling great in our skin, meditating into a place of stillness so life can come to us. We need to face the mental fear of the future and conquer it.

Practical Application – Self-care breath

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Self-care breath increases inner energy and strength

boosts the immune system, and cleanses the body.

  1. Sit comfortably in a meditation posture.
  2. Open the mouth and form a circle that is tight and

precise—a boar’s mouth.

  1. Place the hands crossed over the Heart Centre, right over left.
  2. Close your eyes and sense the area under your palms.
  3. Breathe a steady, powerful Cannon Breath through the mouth. Let your mind focus on the mouth ring and shape the breath into a ring. Continue 5 minutes.
  4. To end: Inhale and hold the breath. Relax the mouth.

Mentally repeat: “I am beautiful, I am innocent, I am innocent, I am beautiful.” Exhale through the nose. Do this a total of five times. Then relax.

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This week’s classes:

Mon 12 September 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 13 September 6-7pm      Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 14 September 4.45- 7am        Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 14 September 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Fri   16 Sept 6.30-7.30pm     Community Class @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road (by Donation)

Sat   17 Sept 6-7.30pm                    Gong Healing @ Sri Yoga Shala, Galle

The yogic science of Detox and Fasting – 6.15-7.30pm Mon 5 Sept Kundalini Yoga

We detoxify continuously throughout life. We process food, thoughts, and all forms of energy. The trouble is that we accumulate more than we process. On a physical form if our body is not eliminating all our metabolic waste we become highly acidic, which compromises our health. We can also become weighed down under the remnants of old emotions and thought patterns. When we want to cleanse and clean ourselves out on a deep level, we go on a fast and do detoxification kriyas and pranayamas.

So how do you know if you need to detox? If you live in a city, eat processed food and do not regularly exercise and meditate the chances are you need to detox at least once a year. Here are other signs to look for:

  • Feeling tired all the time, fatigue
  • Bags under your eyes
  • Cysts, fibrosis, kidney stones or clots
  • Eczema, acne, headaches, joint pain
  • Bad breath, foul smelling stools and perspiration
  • Constipation
  • Yellow skin, purple lips, coated tongue
  • Yellow or brown in the whites of the eyes
  • Gout

 

detox yogaHow can Fasting and detox Kriyas and Pranayama help?

When the body does not get the level of calories it is use to per day, it goes into detoxifying mode. The aerobic detox kriyas and breath of fire increases circulation and your metabolic rate thereby stimulating the exit of toxins. Ayurveda and Kundalini yoga does not advocate water fasts, as the drastic lack of food makes the body think it is starving and the body attempts to preserve resources which is the opposite of the detoxification and elimination process.

Practical

Fasting is a powerful tool for healing, strengthening the body and restoring vitality as we grow older. However, before going on a fast you need to check with your doctor or naturopath, especially if you are on meditation. The mono diet fast given below is generally safe for anyone, but please check first.

Preparation for fasting:

The week before fasting, start eliminating junk or fast food. Eat lighter meals, composed of mainly veggies and fruits. Eliminate alcohol, meats, fish, eggs, sugar, refined carbohydrates like bread, biscuits, cakes etc. and caffeine. Then try replacing one meal per day with say Melon. When your body feels comfortable on a lighter diet then you can try a 1 day fast on watermelon, plenty of fresh water and king coconut water.

Sticking to the mono food fast is only half the challenge. Physical detoxification is accompanied by emotional and mental cleansing. Anger and negative thought patterns can be released especially if you use food to numb yourself. Use your meditative mind and meditation practice to help you watch your mind and emotions.

Breaking the fast

Fasting makes the body very sensitive. So break your fast slowly. If you do the 3-day melon fast and break it with a pizza you are going to feel very sick. The day after the fast, start by introducing veggies and other fruits. Next day add grains, pulses and the next day add diary. After a cleanse it is difficult to go back to junk food.

Watermelon Fast for detoxification of the kidneys and antioxidant

Eat only watermelon (organic if possible) for 1 to 3 days. Eat as much as desired. Drink plenty of water and king coconut water. Take it easy.

Pranayama – Breath of Fire purifies and detoxes your blood & increases your vital energy. Sit in any comfortable pose where you can breathe consciously. As you exhale pull in your navel as your diaphragm goes in an up. For the inhale, simply relax your stomach muscles and your lungs will naturally refill with air. Focus on the exhale but the inhale and exhale are of equal length. Make the breath rhythmic. It does not have to be fast as first. You may feel dizzy when you first start practicing this breath but it will get easier as your body starts to detox. Do it for 1-3 mins daily before, during and after your fast.

Detoxification Kriya – Vatskar Dhouti Kriya to master the digestive system: This is a very secret kundalini yoga kriya that has been used for centuries. It must be done on an empty stomach and it great to get the bowl moving in the mornings.

Sit in any comfortable posture. Make your lips round in an “O” shape. Start inhaling through your mouth as if you are sipping in air. Sip until your stomach is full and hold the breath. Now rotate and churn your belly with your breath held in until you need to exhale. Exhale through your nose in a steady stream. Only repeat this process a maximum of 3 times in total. It is prohibited to do this more times in a day. Do this for 40 days without missing a day to heal your digestive system.

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This week’s classes:

Mon 5 September 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

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

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

Wed 7 September 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

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