Bullet Proof Your Nervous System – Kundalini Yoga 28 Jan 2020

Bullet Proof Your Nervous System

The inspiration for my blog comes from a student I have been teaching since 2008 Sam and also a fellow teacher Sara.

Sam is a business man and he informed me that he has been keeping his stress levels under control by practicing Pranayama the science of deep breathing on a daily basis. Deep breathing if practiced regularly helps to strengthen our parasympathetic nervous response (please see vagus nerve below). So we do not react to life but instead can act consciously when a challenge in our life arises. For this I would really recommend practicing at least 10-20 deep breaths in and out through the nose, as soon as you wake up and last thing before sleeping. Literally this practice will bullet proof your life.

Sara a fellow Kundalini teacher in Negombo and owner of Vegan Zen Café and Sat Sangat Yoga Shala, has been talking about finding simple kundalini hacks to use in times of crisis. Here is one I used the other night when I woke up and could not get back to sleep again. Simply inhale through your nose as you point your feet and exhale through your nose as you dorsiflex the feet towards you. Do this for approximately 3mins. As I was doing this I started to yawn and it really relaxed me. It acts like a full body acupuncture session.

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The other hack I wanted to talk about was the vagus nerve. This 10th cranial nerve operates far below the level of our conscious minds and is vital for keeping our bodies healthy. It is an essential part of the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for calming organs after the stressed ‘fight-or-flight’ adrenaline response to danger. Not all vagus nerves are the same, however: some people have stronger vagus activity, which means their bodies can relax faster after a stress.

The strength of your vagus response is known as your vagal tone and it can be determined by using an electrocardiogram to measure heart rate. Every time you breathe in, your heart beats faster in order to speed the flow of oxygenated blood around your body. Breathe out and your heart rate slows. This variability is one of many things regulated by the vagus nerve, which is active when you breathe out but suppressed when you breathe in, so the bigger your difference in heart rate when breathing in and out, the higher your vagal tone.

Research shows that a high vagal tone makes your body better at regulating blood glucose levels, reducing the likelihood of diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular disease. Low vagal tone, however, has been associated with chronic inflammation. As part of the immune system, inflammation has a useful role helping the body to heal after an injury, for example, but it can damage organs and blood vessels if it persists when it is not needed. One of the vagus nerve’s jobs is to reset the immune system and switch off production of proteins that fuel inflammation. Low vagal tone means this regulation is less effective and inflammation can become excessive, such as in rheumatoid arthritis or in toxic shock syndrome.

The vagus nerve works as a two-way messenger, passing electrochemical signals between the organs and the brain. In chronic inflammatory disease, messages from the brain telling the spleen to switch off production of a particular inflammatory protein, tumour necrosis factor (TNF), weren’t being sent.

The final hack is to spend more time exhaling than inhaling, try this pranayama. All through the nose inhale for 4 counts, exhale for 8 counts. Do this for 3 mins.

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Tues 28 Jan 9.15-10.30am Kundalini Yoga @9 Greenlands Lane , Col 5

Tues 28 Jan 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga(Shaunagh) @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

Wed 29 Jan 5-7.30am Kundalini Yoga Sadhana @145/6, Col 5(FREE CLASS)

Wed 29 Jan 6.30-8pm Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 30 Jan 7.45-9.00am   Kundalini Yoga(Shaunagh) @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

Thurs 30 Jan 6.30-7.45pm Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Kundalini Yoga Retreat in Guava House will be on between 2-4 Feb therefore there is no classes on Tuesday 4 Feb 2020.

 

 

Crystallised Your Self – 21 Stages of Meditation 25-30 June 2020

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Mind and Crystallised Self

Last week I talked about trust and trusting yourself. We feel trust when we connect to the ancient wisdom/soul inside of us. We get to feel this ancient wisdom/soul when we start to crystallise ourselves. We start to sense the Self, separate from all the commotions, emotions and sensory impulses; we begin to focus and recognise a still point, a nucleus within us, which is the soul. It is this crystallised sense of Self that is needed in order for consciousness to work.

This week we will work on the mind to start recognising what it feels like to connect with this crystallized self and learn techniques to take back control of our minds, hit the pause bottom so we can reassess and start walking in the direction we really want to be going on this year.

We will be exploring this area in detail during our 21 Stages of Meditation Retreat 25-30 June 2020 with Master Yogi Shiv Charan Singh. Anyone can attend and Early Bird price $1350 is still available if you book and pay before 1 February 2020.

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Tues 21 Jan 9.15-10.30am Kundalini Yoga @9 Greenlands Lane , Col 5

Tues 21 Jan 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga(Shaunagh) @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

Wed 22 Jan 5-7.30am Kundalini Yoga Sadhana @9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5(FREE CLASS)

Wed 22 Jan 6.30-8pm Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 23 Jan 7.45-9.00am   Kundalini Yoga(Shaunagh) @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

Thurs 23 Jan 6.30-7.45pm Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

 

 

 

Trust Your Inner Guru

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Trusting Your Inner Guru

Trusting your inner guru or your higher self is why in Kundalini Yoga we chant the Adi Mantra Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo. It connects us to spirit to our inner teacher who can then take us to places which we normally cannot get to without this feeling of connection. And this feeling of connection with soul is essential this year if we are to learn to let go and TRUST.

In life our eternal soul is sitting in the background pumping out security. Always telling us if we listen, “all is ok, you are eternal, life is a gift, relax and enjoy the ride”.   But if we do not connect to the eternal part within us, our busy minds are in the foreground feeling we cannot trust because we have been let down by past relationships, family, friends, etc.

It is easy to feel trust when things are going well but very difficult when life dissolves into chaos. It can feel like everyone else is getting what they want but why is that no happening to me?   This means you really need to change your inner reality to create the change you want to see.

 How do you trust?

Trust is knowing you will be fine no matter what. But how do you get that feeling? Trust comes from connection to that quiet, inner sage who always loves you and it looking after you. This love and commitment to yourself develops a deep inner knowing. Despite the external circumstances nothing can shake you. In those moments of foreground insecurity you have to find your key to connect to your eternal background security, which will allow you to travel from desperation to inspiration where everything becomes possible.

Once again we can use our breath. Consciously breathing deeply through your nose can make you feel really secure and good. Conscious breathing tells our subconscious mind that all is well, I am alive. This gives us a feeling of security. Also try this mantra meditation, it helps release fears and replace them with trust and commitment.

I am not telling you to trust all the people around you, I am asking you to trust yourself and your inner guru to face life and win.

Meditation for Trust: Chant the Wahe Guru Mantra

Sit in Easy Pose with the hands in Gyan Mudra. Chant Wahe Guru (wah-hay goo-roo) for 11 minutes.

Chant along with the version of the Wahe Guru Mantra below.

Wahe is a statement of awe and ecstasy. Guru is that which brings us from darkness to light. Wahe Guru is an expression of complete ecstatic awe of the Divine. It expresses the indescribable experience of going from darkness to light (from ignorance to true understanding). It is the Infinite teacher of the soul. A trikutee mantra, it balances the energies of the generating, organizing, and transforming principles. It expresses ecstasy through knowledge and experience. It is the gurmantra, which triggers the destiny.

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Tues 14 Jan 9.15-10.30am Kundalini Yoga @9 Greenlands Lane , Col 5

Tues 14 Jan 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga(Shaunagh) @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

Wed 15 Jan 5-7.30am Kundalini Yoga Sadhana @145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5(FREE CLASS)

Wed 15 Jan 6.30-8pm Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 16 Jan 7.45-9.00am Kundalini Yoga(Shaunagh) @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

Thurs 16 Jan 6.30-7.45pm Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

 

 

 

2020 – Kundalini Yoga

2020 – The Year of the Heart, Love, Compassion, Community and Service

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Sat nam yogis and Happy 2020. Wow this year has already started with a bang on the door of our hearts, calling on us to be more tolerant, more compassionate and serviceful to all. Remembering one of the Aquarian sutras, understand through compassion or misunderstand the times.

January is the month to deeply come back to our connection with soul or the deeper truth under the seeming reality of life. Soul does not mean something so far away you cannot connect with it. You can feel it when you are still, in the beat of your heart, feeling the breath in your nose or when you relate to community,friends and loved ones. This is when we go beyond our doubt filled heads and into our heart and soul.

So let’s look forward to 2020. What does Shiv Charan say. His full numerology can be found on his Facebook page, but here is my summary of it.

The year of 4 bring more possibilities, opportunities but also the breakdown of the old false patterns which can leave you feeling insecure and indecisive. See change this year as a release from the old that did not serve you. If the opening in our minds is down towards our lower animal self-there is a danger of falling into the subconscious domain of the negative mind. So it is important to keep moving away from habits that do not serve us.

This is also the year that the neutral mind needs to be in charge. Neutral does not mean that there is no differentiation, it means embracing the now, being aware of the difference but not giving preference or undue attachment to our likes and dislikes. Instead making conscious decisions and whole heartedly committing to that choice.

This year community is going to be vital. Community is seeing the oneness of spirit in all. Make time to focus your intention to get together, sing together, meditate together, eat together, be together.

Finally let’s look at the 2 and 0 in the 2020. The negative mind 2 alone is designed to identify problems and obstacles. But when problems are looked at through the innocence of a child’s eye they represent a challenge in a moment full of opportunity.

We need to direct the flow of emotion (energy in motion) out from the subconscious, instinctive, domain of the negative mind, and move it to the intuitively conscious domain of devotion through the heart.

Negative mind and can be a great moving power. The longing to belong, connects us with our spirit and moves emotion to devotion. Otherwise, it becomes a desperate and needy state through which we descend and drown into the black hole of despair, powerlessness and depression. The double 2 can result in doubling of the duality, a deeper split in the growing polarisation that is increasing in the world and brings a bottomless pit of cold depression, a sense of lack that knows no satisfaction. If these thoughts creep into your mind the best thing is to doubt the doubt. Don’t merely bear the unbearable – transform it through meditation Don’t just accept the unacceptable – transform it through action of service to others.

Say no to the ‘anti’ approach – become for something. Let all your moments be as conscious as possible this year. Have a blessed year.

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Tues 7 Jan 9.15-10.30am Kundalini Yoga @9 Greenlands Lane , Col 5

Tues 7 Jan 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga(Shaunagh) @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

Wed 8 Jan 5-7.30am   Kundalini Yoga Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane (FREE CLASS)

Wed 8 Jan 6.30-8pm    Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 7.45-9.00am         Kundalini Yoga(Shaunagh) @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

Thurs 9 Jan 6.30-7.45pm Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Friday 10 Jan 5.30-7pm Full Moon Gong Bath @ Prana Lounge, Col 7

Sun 12 Jan 6-7.30pm     New Year’s Gong Bath@ Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe