Innocent Fun – Kundalini Yoga 30 March 2020

“The entire greatness of the Universe lies in innocence. Innocence is living Truth.”
-Yogi Bhajan, Women’s Training Camp

Innocent Fun – Kundalini Yoga

As we all face more downtime, alone or with our families, I wanted us to focus on fun or play as Dr Shanti Shanti Kaur put it (see last week’s blog). What is fun? What is innocent fun and how can we create more of it in our lives?

The simplicity of child hood makes us remember what innocence looked like. Also ask your 5 year old self what fun is and you will remember that you could laugh at a silly joke for hours, laugh until you were literally falling down (anyone who can remember me from school will recall this). In adulthood it is deciding to take life more lightly, not attach to all the fear, doom, gloom which is the reality of life which we read about everyday in the News.

It is so important to limit how much Bad news you read per day. Maybe limit it to twice a day, morning and afternoon, not before you sleep. Acknowledge your feelings, watch them, feel them but do not be overtaken by them or feed them with insecurities and fears in your mind.

Take time out everyday to do a few of the following:

  • Watch some comedy of a funny movie.
  • Look at yourself in the mirror and make silly faces. A smile being the main one.
  • Get yourself upside down whether you do a handstand, shoulder stand or downward facing dog.
  • Look up some silly jokes and ring a friend to tell them. Even if they do not laugh you may.
  • Watch the birds, squirrels, butterflies even flies they are always doing something interesting and amusing.
  • Get in touch with your fun goofy side. We tend to be more reserved as we mature and more judgmental. Make a mental decision to be more open to letting fun entre your life.
  • Lie down, put the timer on for 1-3 mins, now put your hand on your belly and try and do belly laughs. We use this in class and you naturally end up having a big laugh after faking it.
  • If you are living with others go tickle them until you are all laughing.
  • We sometimes feel, I would have more fun if…the company was better, or I had company, the music was better, everything was less boring, etc. This is the need to stay in control it has nothing to do with having fun. Let go create less expectations and just set the intention to play and have FUN.
  • After allowing ourselves to release/process emotions of Fear, Anger, Worry, Anxiety it is easily to relax and let go, to feel the current of joy that exists all around us. Try the fun stuff after a Kundalini Yoga class this week.

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Mon 30 March 11-12.30pm   Teachers Class Maduri @ zoom or WhatsApp

Tues 31 March 9.15-10.30am Kundalini Yoga @ zoom or Whatsapp

Tues 31 March 6.15-7.30pm  Kundalini Yoga (Shaunagh)@ zoom or Whatsapp

Wed 1 April 5-7.30am             Kundalini Yoga Sadhana @ zoom or Whatsapp

Wed 1 April 6.30-7.45pm     Kundalini Yoga @ zoom or Whatsapp

Thurs 2 April 6.30-7.45pm     Kundalini Yoga(Shaunagh) @ zoom or Whatsapp

Friday 3 April 6.30-7.45pm     Kundalini Yoga @ zoom or Whatsapp

Sunday 5 April 5.30-6.45pm  Kundalini Relaxation Class@ zoom or WhatsApp

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Immune Response – Kundalini Yoga

Dr Shanti Shanti Kaur Immune Response – Kundalini Yoga

Let’s examine our attitude during this time of solitude and social distancing. Can we embrace our difficult emotions, go through them and still find the joy. Do things differently, find new ways and meaning instead of be moaning what we cannot do? Sri Lanka is in curfew, that means we cannot even go for a walk outside our gate or go to the supermarket. Personally I feel blessed, being well and having my beautiful family to share this time of exclusion with, it has been great to join online Kundalini yoga classes, sing karaoke by myself, dance to music I love, do handstands in the garden and generally catch up with rest and reading a favourite book. Let’s turn this time into something positive as we learn pulse, pause and play this week.

During Shaunagh’s relaxing zoom class on Sunday, she mentioned these 3 key activities we need to incorporate into our life that Dr Shanti Shanti Kaur gave us during a Webinar last week on the immune response.

She made a distinction between the immune system and immune response. We now know the body has an innate intelligence where different systems of the body, digestive, lymphatic, endocrine (hormonal), nervous and immune systems join together to produce a coordinated response to pathogens, for example COVID 19.

She explained prevention depends on the level of oxygen in the blood stream and the ability of the body to detoxify and remove waste toxic materials out of the body. Prevention also depended on the programming of immune cells in the thymus gland.

She describe the pathogen (bacterial or viral) entering the body, it then infiltrates healthy cells and multiples

So if your body has a high level of oxygenated blood, greater coordination between systems such as the endocrine, nervous, etc then it can respond more accurately to any threat. This is where the scientific concept of Vagal Tone or strength comes in. The Vagal nerve which is the 10th cranial nerve, connects the brain, heart, gut and visceral organs. The Vagal nerve needs in good condition to give a targeted accurate response to all threats to our body. It can do this if our rest/digest parasympathetic and fight/flight/freeze sympathetic autonomic nervous system can move smoothly and freely between these two states. This ability to shift gears is curial to make us stress resistant. We need stress but we need to be able to move into the pause state autonomically as well as the vigour state.

Kundalini Yoga being a yoga which uses rhythmic movement combined with breath/pranayama and targeted angular movements, uses the body to circulate the lymph so it does not become congested and can eliminate toxins. The kriyas also stimulate the digestive system, through movement, breath retention and pulse. Studies have shown that digestion and elimination are key components of the immune response and keeping the Apana (elimination) and Samana (digestion) strong (see blog on Vayus) is the key.

Pulse – is the ability to create rhymic living. Everything in the Universe is rhymic, down to the pulse of the smallest particle in existence. When we honour our life by moving with the rhythms of nature, sleeping 7-8 hours per night, eating at regular times, moving/ exercising, keeping routine for our fitness and wellness, we tap into the innate intelligence of our DNA. Kundalini yoga advocates rhythmic movement during the warm ups and kriyas, that are lead by your breath, which not only gives the body back this rhythmic pulse but also oxygenates the blood.

Pause – this is something we are being forced to do at the moment and modern living is really not use to it. Pause is as essential, as it is healing. We need to learn how to stop and relax deeply at will. In my grandfather’s day everyone regularly napped after lunch. This healthy tradition has been over taken by being more productive and multi-tasking. Napping is seen as laziness. Please honour your body and learn how to pause, even if it is just taking 3 deep breaths before you move on to the next task. If you have a yoga practice do not skip your relaxation, shorten your practice if necessary so you can always include deep relaxation. In Kundalini yoga relaxation is where the blood chemistry changes. What does that mean? It means that it is where all the information of change that you have created through the targeted kriya, mantra, mudra and pranayama gets assimilated by the various systems in the body. It is where your body becomes more sensitive and aware of what it needs to do to protect you against pathogens and disease. It is making your cells more intelligent.

Play – spend time in innocent, fun activities. I do hands stands on the grass, look a the birds, play with my pets, laugh, dance or sing. Make sure you fit this in daily because the lightness of life is essential to your health and wellbeing.

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Tues 24 March 9.15-10.30am Kundalini Yoga @ zoom or Whatsapp

Tues 24 March 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga (Shaunagh)@ zoom or Whatsapp

Wed 25 March 5-7.30am Kundalini Yoga Sadhana @ zoom or Whatsapp

Wed 25 March 6.30-7.45pm Kundalini Yoga @ zoom or Whatsapp

Thurs 26 March 7.45-9.00am   Kundalini Yoga(Shaunagh) @ zoom or Whatsapp

Thurs 26 March 6.30-7.45pm Kundalini Yoga @ zoom or Whatsapp

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Immunity Boost – Kundalini Yoga 16 March 2020

Immunity Booster – Kundalini Yoga

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I feel we were really lucky to be able to hold the Sri Lankan Kundalini Yoga Festival last weekend. Thanks for everyone who participated in it, teachers and students. We raised 83,000Rs for a women’s home in Kandy and the money will be spent in upgrading the living facility for girls aged 13-20 years. We will send you photographs of the work you all contributed to, give yourself a pat on the back.

In light of the COVID-19 and its global spread, we want to assure you that your health and wellness are of paramount importance to us. While we help you keep your spirit UP during these challenges’ days. We also want to minimise the spread of illness so we encourage the following practices when attending classes this week.

  • We encourage you to bring your own mat. Ours will still be available for you. If you use ours, we ask that you clean it with a disinfectant sanitiser after class. We’ll have some on hand for you to use.
  • We ask you to wash your hands when you arrive and after you leave or use the hand sanitiser provided.
  • If you feel unwell please stay home.  During this period we will be flexible regarding the monthly class pass and extend it if necessary.  We will also offer the possibly to WhatsApp class participation for those who wish to stay at home. Please text giving us a minimum of 3 hours prior notice to set this up.

YOGIC TOOLS TO STAY HEALTHY

Keeping up with your yoga practice – whether at home or the studio is essential in these times. This week we will be working on your immune system and boosting your sense of peace and wellbeing.

Aerobic Capacity and Efficiency

Sitting comfortably with hands on your shins. Inhale and lift the diaphragm, holding the breath in and the tongue pressed on the top pallet, flex the spine for as long as you can holding the breath in without hunching the shoulders. When you cannot hold the breath any longer exhale and inhale and start again. Do not let any air leak out when flexing the spine. To end. Inhale sit straight hold the breath and focus on the brow point and exhale relax.

Disease Resistance and Heart Helper

Sit in Easy Pose. Interlace the fingers of both hands. Press the thumb tips together. Put this hand lock with palms up in the lap. Apply Mulbandh by contracting and pulling up the rectum, pulling in the navel point and lifting up the sex organ(s). Chant “God and me, me and God are one.” With each cycle of the mantra, pull up the locks a little tighter. Continue for 3 minutes.

Sit in Easy Pose. Hands in Gyan Mudra resting on the knees. Inhale deeply, exhale slowly and completely without dropping the ribcage. Hold the breath out and pump the stomach in and out. When you cannot pump any more, take another breath and continue for 3 minutes.

Sit in Easy Pose. Bring the left arm in back of the torso. Bend at the elbow and stretch the left hand toward the right shoulder. The palm faces away from the body. Inhale deeply, exhale completely. Hold the breath out as long as you can. Apply Mulbandh. Then inhale and repeat the cycle. Continue 3-5 minutes.

Sit in any comfortable meditation posture. Meditate on the regular energetic flow of the breath. Feel your radiance and light.

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Tues 17 March 9.15-10.30am Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Tues 17 March 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga (Shaunagh)@ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

Wed 18 March 5-7.30am Kundalini Yoga Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5(FREE CLASS)

Wed 18 March 6.30-7.45pm Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 19 March 7.45-9.00am   Kundalini Yoga(Shaunagh) @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

Thurs 19 March 6.30-7.45pm Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Sat    21 March 6pm -7.30pm Spring Equinox Gong Bath – Sri Yoga Shala

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Be Contained Inspite of Scandle, Disease – Sri Lankan Kundalini Fest 2020

Be Contained – Sri Lankan Kundalini Yoga Fest 2020

Festival timetable 7-9 Mar 2020 - jpeg version

 During times of fear and worry whether it is generated by a World pandemic or by scandal it is important to keep your calm, neutral perspective and ability not to get consumed by the drama.

The drama plays into your reactive mind, the Negative Mind which wants to protect. Once you become saturated with Bad news your Positive Mind or opportunistic mind finds ways for you to escape the Bad news either by creating a counter narrative, rationalisation or putting our heads in the sand in the hope it will all blow over. Neither of these 2 approaches really help us. We need to know what is really happening, but with this knowledge we need to keep a strong sense and connection to soul/self. Tonie Nooyens (Lead Kundalini Teacher Trainer Asia) teaches us to sense and connect with the soul self, plug the holes in our aura which allows the drama to attach itself to and then be in the storm but keep our sense of peace around us like a shield. So water, wind and the storm merely runs off this shield allowing us to maintain a peaceful state even in times of great fear. We will be practicing a powerful kriya to clear our aura of these blocks and then a meditation to remind us of our soul/self this week.

On the weekend we have the blessing to come together as a community of Kundalini Yoga Teachers, Trainers and students and be in Sangat (Spiritual Community). To celebrate the Sri Lankan Kundalini Yoga Festival 7-9 March 2020 at Sri Yoga Shala. Remembering that we can only obtain Universal consciousness through Group consciousness.

The first day’s theme LOVE on 7 March 2020 will begin with a FREE class at 5-7am. Tonie Nooyens will then conduct an intro to the Festival 9-11am. He teaches a Healing Workshop on 8 March 1.15-2.30pm and on Poya he teaches a workshop on Forgiveness & Healing 11.30-12.45pm. We have Gong Relaxations and Gong Workshops daily. We look forward to seeing you all at our Festival. Show your %5 discount flyer for this Offer. For more information please email raymond.fiona@gmail.com Sat nam Fi x sanasumainsrilanka.wordpress.com read our weekly blogs and brain candy updates raymond.fiona@gmail.com www.sanasuma.co.uk 0778011984

Tues 3 March 9.15-10.30am Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Tues 3 March 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga (Shaunagh)@ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

Wed 4 March 5-7.30am Kundalini Yoga Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5(FREE CLASS)

Wed 4 March 6.30-7.45pm Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

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

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

Sat 7 March 5am -8pm Theme Love – Sri Lankan Kundalini Yoga Fest @sriyogashala

Sun 8 March 5am -8pm Theme Seva – Sri Lankan Kundalini Yoga Fest @sriyogashala

Mon Poya 9 March 5am -8pm Theme Excel –Sri Lankan Kundalini Yoga @sriyogashala

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