Retreat? Why do we Go on Them? Kundalini Yoga 6.15pm Mon 25 June@ Prana Lounge, Col 7

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What is a Retreat? And Why do we go on Them?

As the Kundalini yoga community gets ready to go on Retreat this week,( sorry in advance to students who are not coming and will have a lack of teachers), I thought I would blog about what going on Retreat is and why I look forward to this practice as many times as I can manage it in a year.

The definition of Retreat, is to withdraw. But in the spiritual sense we go on Retreat to withdraw from our everyday life and routine towards our spiritual touch stone. To leave our technological filled world behind and spend some me time, learning, connecting with new and old friends, teachers and most of all our spirit.

For me personally going on Retreat is a time for me to tap into my own deep wisdom, to listen to the quite voice within and have insights into my life, routines, relationships, mind, habits, etc.   At the same time you Retreat to be alone and have an inner experience, even though you are in a group or community. You have personal insights and OMG moments but also feel the shared experience of the group that makes you feel cosy, relaxed and supported. After a Retreat I usually feel as if I have hit the refresh button, I have more energy, my body feels great and my mind feels clear.

Practical Solutions

So how about all of you who are not going on Retreat? You can still have the experience of a Retreat. One day a week or half day I retreat, I try not to use technology, I switch off, withdraw from the outside world and have retreat time. Whether it is attending a yoga class by myself, reading a book, magazine, taking a nap, swimming or watching my favourite movie. Learning to love your own company and spend alone time is very important to counter balance the pressures of life. So this week let’s make each class a special time for you to retreat and connect deeply with that inner you, reflect on your year so far, feel gratitude for what you have and have done.

Sat nam x raymond.fiona@gmail.com   0778011984 www.sanasuma.co.uk www.3ho.org

Mon 25 June 6.15-7.30pm       Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, Col 7

Tues 26 June 9.45-10.45am     Kundalini Yoga@ Om Shambala, Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 26 June 3.30-4.30pm       Special Needs Kids Class@ Reach Beyond, Tickell Rd, Col 8

Tues 26 June 6-7.15pm           Kundalini Yoga Class with Shaunagh@ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5

Wed 27 June 5.00- 7.30am     Sadhana @ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5 (FREE)

On Retreat until 4 July 2018

Next week classes

Wed 4th July 5-7.30am           Sadhana @ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5

Thurs 5th July 11-1pm               Special Needs Kids Class@ Reach Beyond, Tickell Rd, Col 8

 

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Summer Solstice – Kundalini Yoga Gong Bath 6.30-8pm Prana Lounge, Thurs 21 June

Summer Solstice is not just the longest day of the year and the entry into Summer but also an energetic time of year to do a little re evaluation of life, our habits and reconnect with how we are at the mid point of 2018.  Am I working towards my dreams or just keeping my head above water?

Tomorrow morning join me at 5am, as we rise before the sun and do some sun salutations in our Sadhana, to bow our heads to the suns fiery energy, before we start our kriya and Aquarian Sadhana meditations.  Early morning Sadhana 5.-7.30am @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Colombo 5.

Then as the sun lowers it head, join me again for a special Summer Solstice Gong Bath 6.30-8pm at Prana Lounge, Col 7, to end this special day and change your energy patterns for the next half of the year.

Sat nam Fi x

Think, See, Embrace – Kundalini Yoga 6.15pm Prana Lounge Mon 18 June.

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Sat nam, having been blessed with an amazing time with family and friends, two birthdays, a trip to Marrakesh, going to and teaching at the Great British Kundalini Yoga Festival. What have I learnt on my early summer break this year?

When we hit those days where the whole world annoys us. The days when we secretly judge our friends and loved ones. Where the inner struggle gets so bad that we feel exhausted. Anyone relate to these feelings?

Well guess what we all have these feeling. Whether we are on an amazing holiday wondering why we do not feel happier or more grateful. To spending hours on a plane to meet family only to feel let down and frustrated.

This is just the polarity of life, our shadow raising her ugly head, it is important to acknowledge the thoughts and feelings ie they are there, I see you, but not buy into the premise that I am bad, evil, not grateful, inauthentic because I have had these thoughts and feelings. If we fall into this trap then our subconscious thought patterns become our subconscious projection. So no matter how much we smile on the outside the pain of judging ourselves harshly shows like the leer of the Joker behind the mask.

I watched an experiment that children did at school in the UK.   They took 2 plants.   One plant just got loving words and compliments. The other plant was feed on insults… The first plant thrived; the second wilted and looked like it was dying.

What we do not realise is the constant criticism for our less than perfect selves, dominants our subconscious words and conscious speech if we do not make peace with our imperfections, shadows, down days, anger, guilt, fear. This has a detrimental effect on our mental health and wellbeing.

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Practical Solutions

So what did I learn on this holiday? Embrace yourself no matter how you wake up in the morning, or how you feeling during your day.   Do not buy into your mind or shadow self, this is only a small part of you, it does not define you. But be conscious of what your mind is saying, frustration, annoyance maybe an indication that you need to take some time out for yourself, even if you just have time for a few deep breathes. I think it is really important to listen to your mind, not to believe all the sh*t but to see what it is highlighting, this is where real healing lies, this is the path of peace.

Sat nam x raymond.fiona@gmail.com   0778011984 www.sanasuma.co.uk www.3ho.org

Mon 18 June 6.15-7.30pm       Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, Col 7

Tues19 June 3.30-4.30pm   Special Needs Kids Class@ Reach Beyond, Tickell Rd, Col 8

Tues 19 June 6-7.15pm     Kundalini Yoga Class with Shaunagh@ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5

Wed 20 June 5.00- 7.30am     Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Thurs 21 June 6.45-8pm         Kundalini Yoga@ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 21 June 11 – 1pm           Special Needs Kids and Teachers Class@ Reach Beyond

Thurs 21 June 5.30-7pm        Soltice Gong Bath@ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

 

“Keep up and will be kept Up” Shaunagh’s yoga classes week 11th-14th June 2018

​Dear Fellow Yogies,
This week I thought I would highlight the saying above which Yogi Bhajan often talked about and is mentioned often in Kundalini classes, what does it really mean?

Keep Up

Yogi Bhajan has instructed us in the science of keeping up. The three principals, that, when combined comprise “keeping up” are:

  • Never let down yourself
  • Never let down anybody else
  • Never participate, join, or connive in the let down of anything.

Keeping up is not about self, it is about keeping up in spite of your ‘self.’ Keep up for yourself (in spite of yourself), keep up for others, keep up for every situation, and keep up even when you cannot keep up. It is the definition of commitment and it works in every aspect of life to establish the vibration of trust, honor, courage and compassion.

This week I will be practicing asanas and meditation to help us to “Keep Up”.

Join me today

Mon 11th June  6.15-7.30pm  Kundalini Yoga with Shaunagh @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

and for the rest of the week

Tues 12th June 6.00 -7.15pm Kundalini Yoga Class with Shaunagh @ 145/5 Fife Road, Col 5

Wed 13th June  5.00am- 7.30am Sadhana @ @ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5   (FREE)