Executive Brain & Kundalini Yoga – 19 August 6.15pm Kundalini Class Prana Lounge

brain yogaSat nam, feeling very happy to be back teaching in Sri Lanka and looking forward to our Level 2 and Level 1 Teacher Training coming up.

Increasingly I have been reading about how as a society we wish to increase our executive brain function.  But first of all, what is executive brain function and how can Kundalini yoga help us increase this cognitive feature in our brain?

Executive function is an umbrella term for cognitive processes that regulate, control, and manage brain processes, such as planning, working memory, attention, problem solving, verbal reasoning, inhibition, mental flexibility, task switching, initiation, monitoring etc.

Executive brain function is seen as important because it helps us gets things done, quickly effectively, efficiently, multi task and juggle different types of thinking. I.e. the more we can focus, plan and practice the better our brain works for us.

The area of the brain that controls executive function is the frontal lobe.  With age the area of grey matter which includes the front lobe decreases. With regular practice of Kundalini yoga and meditation we can not only increase the grey matter of the brain but also work on being able to go past the mind saying, I can’t and the body saying I do not want to. Giving yourself the ultimate freedom to make decisions not based on a reactive mind.  Try it out for yourself as we do a set of meditations this week and conduct your own study of your brain.

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Mon 19 August 6.15 -7.45pm Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Pl, Col 7

Tues 20 August 9.30-10.45am Kundalini Yoga @9 Greenlands Lane , Col 5

Tues 20 August 6.00-7.15pm  Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane , Col 5

Wed 21 August 5-7.30am        Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 21 August 6.45-8pm        Kundalini Yoga@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 22 August 6.30-7.45pm Kundalini Yoga@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (Shaunagh)

 

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Change is as good as a rest- classes begin on Tues 23 July

Dear Lovely Kundalini Community students and teachers,

I am very happy to be back in Sri Lanka after 5 weeks amazing travels in Europe.  I am feeling so blessed and revitalised.  I can remember learning in my Vitatlity and Stress Level 2 course that “change is as good as a rest”.  I can definately say this is true for the way I am feeling now.  I hope you have a chance to take a break from your day to day routine and location and go to a new place, even if it just for a weekend away in your own country.

Fiona is away for a few more weeks, so Kalhari and I will be covering a few of her classes at Fiona’s home as follows:-

Sat nam Shaunagh x

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Tues 23 July 8.30-9.30am    Kundalini Yoga with Shaunagh @9 Greenlands Lane , Col 5

Tues 23 July 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga with Shaunagh@145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

Wed 24 July 5-7.30am     Morning Sadhana@ 145/5 Fife Road, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 24 July 6.45-8pm    Kundalini Yoga with Kalhari @9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 25 July 6.30-7.45pm-   Kundalini Yoga with Shaunagh@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

 

Living in Faith not Fear – Kundalini Yoga

Last week we learnt to live in our intuition in the month of June.  To do this we need to be in a state of faith.  In yoga we understand that faith does not have an object, ie I have faith in GOD, guru, my husband, my employees, my family, etc.  Faith is a state of mind either we are in that state of consciousness or we are not.

This is what Guru Singh has to say about faith:

“The heart brain listens to the tones of all voices through the sensitivity of the inner ear. These tones either induce faith, or doubt, in the psyche as time unfolds into moments. Faith can also be induced by the will, as a means of birthing power into a moment. The strength of the will actually arrives from within the muscles of the heart . . . at the core of the heart brain. The fascia of these heart muscles extends — both physically and energetically — up through the throat (doorway to the inner ear) and on up into the tongue. This fascia, is involved — moment to moment — in the shaping of the tongue and produces those tones; overtones, and undertones around the voice. This allows you — through the power of your faith — to imagine the unimaginable; achieve the unexplainable — for it’s all right there, if you allow it to appear. Another trigger for the sensation of faith is that of gratitude, and an interesting fact about such attitudes is that gratitude and concern — faith and fear — will power and the unattainable, cannot occupy the same space at the same time.

You have to make a choice between gratitude and concern; between faith and fear; between will and disbelief, in order to occupy the space of any moment. Combine gratitude, faith and will and you’ve combined some of the most powerful tools to open your higher awareness. With this higher awareness comes the insights that confirm faith; affirm gratitude and set your will into super-action. This produces the frequencies to cure the dangers that might have been reasons for the concern and fear in moments. Setting your will into super-action moves both the physical and psychic energies through your body, from the groin — area of your survival — up into the heart center and your arrival into further faith. The circle and the cycle continues unbroken as the solutions — that are always there . . . are always right on time.”

So we can work on these things through the spiritual, psycho/emotional and physical levels.  This is exactly what happens in a Kundalini yoga kriya.

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Tues 11 June 9.30-10.45am    Kundalini Yoga @9 Greenlands Lane , Col 5

Wed 12 June 5-7.30am           Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 12 June 3.15-4.30pm      Radiant Kids Yoga @ Om Space, Havelock Rd, Col 5.

Wed 12 June 6.45-8pm           Kundalini Yoga@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 13 June 6.30-7.45pm-   Kundalini Yoga@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Fri 14 June  6.39-8.00pm        Kundalini Dance and Gong @ Prana Lounge, Col 7

Find clarity and your Intuition – Kundalini Yoga

As we enter the month of June, we let go of fear and replace it with common sense that emanates from our awareness created by a clear arcline and developed intuition. Your intuition is there to keep you ahead of the wave and ahead of the times. It does this by allowing the arcline to tune in to, the unfolding of the next moment in time and space.  It replaces fear of the future with trust that what is next is the right step.  For something to be different than it is, you must first accept it as it is. It also helps you feel protected and have a sense of presence which fills the space with your projection. So there is a projected and receptive intuition. How do I develop this you may say?  Meditate focusing on the third eye to develop your neutral mind or intuitive mind.

Here are ways to know what is intuition or a strong positive mind from http://www.3ho.org:

  1. Ego is Logical – Intuition is Creative

Often the ego’s voice will sound logical and rational. The advice is based on a past that no longer exists.

It may sound like, “Of course do this because it worked for you in the past or this method worked for other people.” Intuition rarely sounds logical or rational. It is the creative voice, the solution that seems to come out of left field.

  1. Ego is Fear Based – Intuition is based on Love

Messages from the ego will often be cloaked in fear.

“You need to take that boring evening class to keep your competitive edge or other people will pass you by.” “Keep that job that exhausts you, it gives you a regular pay check. Otherwise you will have no home; how will you survive?” The intuitive voice is rooted in love and reminds you that you have the support of the Universe every step of the way. Often with intuition you do not receive the whole picture all at once; it is one step at a time.

  1. Ego Sounds Harsh – Intuition is Neutral

The ego’s voice is judgmental to the point of being abusive, telling you things about yourself to make you believe that you are a bad person and not to be trusted. This will make you treat yourself in disrespectful and unloving ways. Intuition is neutral in energy and these messages make you treat yourself in loving and respectful ways.

  1. Ego Jumps Around – Intuition is Consistent

Often the ego’s advice will jump around from one message to the next, sometimes contradicting itself. It is like a thief that tries every way possible to get into your house. The messages you receive from your intuition are steady and consistent; you will often hear the same words or phrases over and over again.

Other suggestions by teacher Shiv Charan:

  • Take many moments to be with your breath, this will slow your mind waves down so you can act from an Alpha or Theta brain wave with more awareness.
  • Breathe in your fear and let it go, remember the word Nirbhau in the mul mantra, which means Fearless one of GODs many names. So remind yourself you also part of that fearless one.
  • Keep the phrase “there’s no justice, all just is”. Think about this one.

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Mon 3 June  6.15-7.30pm       Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, Col 7

Mon 3 June 6.30-8pm             New Moon Gong Bath@ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 4 June 9.30-10.45am      Kundalini Yoga @9 Greenlands Lane , Col 5

Tues 4 June 6.15-7.30pm        Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

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

Wed 5 June 3.15-4.30pm       Radiant Kids Yoga @ Om Space, Havelock Rd, Col 5.

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

Thurs 6 June 6.30-7.45pm-     Kundalini Yoga@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

 

Change your energy state- Kundalini Yoga Retreats 18-20 May Amba Estate

Last week we worked on the Pranic cavity under the 8 vertebrae which is one of the store houses for our pranic energy.  We needed to get our energy back after the disturbing, unbalancing effect of collective grief, outrage, fear and pain we suffered as community in Sri Lanka.  This week we learn how to alter this pranic energy to create the effect we need at any given time.

This is what Yogi Bhajan has to say: “You have to learn to alter your energy. If at one frequency you are freaking out, change or alter your energy. You will not freak out.  You cannot change the time, but you can change the place. You cannot get out of your body but you can change its energy.  If the right nostril is sending fire (Agni) energy and you are thinking something very neurotic, start breathing from the left nostril. It will send the cooling sitalee energy.  If you are irritated, very depressed, in a most weird mental state, start breathing from the right nostril. Within 3 minutes after you shift the nostril, you will be in a different mental state.  The ability to change nostrils in breathing should be taught to your children within the first 3 years.”

We will practice the meditation to show you how to alter your energy state at your command.

Just letting you know we still have a few places left on our Retreat so if you are interested please let me know by email raymond.fiona@gmail.com 0778011984  www.sanasuma.co.uk  www.3ho.org

Mon 13 May  6.15-7.30pm      Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, Col 7

Tues 14 May  9.45-10.45am    Kundalini Yoga@ Om Shambala,143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 14 May   6-7.15pm            Kundalini Yoga Class  Shaunagh @ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5

Wed 15 May  5.00- 7.30am     Sadhana @ , Col 5 (FREE)143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Wed 15 May  6.45-8pm             Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thur 16 May  6.30-7.45pm       Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Sat – Mon 18 – 20 May             Vesak Retreat@ Amba Estate, Bandarawela

Feeling Secure in Dangerous Times – Kundalini Yoga 6 May 2019

Feeling Secure in Dangerous Times – Kundalini Yoga

We are still reeling from the shock of these attacks, but we cannot let them close us down.  This week let’s try and understand insecurity  and work out how to effectively deal with our mind in these insecure times.  Yogi Bhajan states, “The only purpose of life is not to be scared of insecurity. Insecurity does nothing but scare a person, It’s a scarecrow.”

Feelings of insecurity arise when we do not trust ourselves, others or situations. When we feel like this we subconsciously send out the message that we are not worthy, good enough to love, be happy, prosperous, enjoy life, etc.  This closing ourselves down and being stuck in our negative mind and reactive personality can leave us feeling very vulnerable.  Learning to feel comfortable in our own skin in any situation is key.  Allow yourself to feel sad, fear, upset, angry but do not let your decisions or actions be guided by these emotions.  Process them on the mat, in your meditation or by being conscious of your emotions.  Now is the time to practice being the watcher, watch yourself, be aware and let go. So we can help the collective consciousness let go of these tragic events. Guru Singh says make everywhere your home so you feel dominion not the insecurity to dominate people or places.  Energetically our insecurity is related to our third chakra which reflects our personal power and sense of self.  It is also directly related to our stomachs, situated to the left of the sternum.  When this energy centre is not strong and balanced, we lack the trust in our power, we settle for bad relationships, jobs, family situations because we are too afraid to take a risk and change things.   We  use our stomachs to numb ourselves, avoid feelings by overeating and feelings physically too full.

Practical Solutions

Focus on your strengths – Research shows that when you concentrate on using your signature strength in different ways everyday it makes you happy and you are not focusing on your weaknesses which make us feel insecure.   In fact If you are using any 4 of your top 7 strengths you feel your life is in flow.  For example my top signature strength is Fairness, so if I include someone who is marginalised, this makes me feel really good.  What do you think our character strength is?

Ishnaan -Take a cold shower every morning.  Well Ishnaan is a little more than just a cold shower please look up the technique.  I really recommend it, it helps get rid of those negative thoughts, complaints about lack of sleep, sadness, etc that you experience sometimes after dreams or subconsciously.  Yogi Bhajan says whenever you feel bad, take a cold shower and then towel yourself down vigorously until your skin feels flush and tingly.  This uses our nervous system and capillaries to make the blood chemistry changes which will help with how we feel and our security.

Mantra – Yoga Ji, said using the firs puri of the Japji, Sochai, Soch n Hovee… as well asChattra Chakkra Vartee will support in getting rid of insecurity and bring victory to the soul.

Meditation – When we go within and see our thoughts and emotions when we meditate we realise that these thoughts and emotions are not us, in fact we become consciously aware and this helps us separate the insecure feelings from our true self and connection to our infinity or soul Sat nam x raymond.fiona@gmail.com   0778011984  www.sanasuma.co.uk  www.3ho.org

Mon 6 May  6.15-7.30pm      Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, Col 7

Tues 7 May  9.45-10.45am   Kundalini Yoga@ Om Shambala,143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 7 May   6-7.15pm            Kundalini Yoga Class  Shaunagh @ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5

Wed 8 May  5.00- 7.30am     Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 8 May  6.45-8pm           Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thur 9 May  6.30-7.45pm     Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Sat  11 May  5.30-7pm            Kundalini Dance & Gong – Prana Lounge, Col 7

MayRetreats- Kundalini Yoga 6.15pm Mon 29 April 2019@ Prana Lounge, Col 7

Vesak retreat - final

As we grieve and suffer on this small Island of Sri Lanka for the dead and injured  in last week’s attack, we still as yogis keep compassion and hope in our heart.

As we move into May this week after a long, slow April full of holidays and horrors. Shiv Charan encourages us to tune into the lessons being learnt through our 5 senses and 5 elements (earth, water, fire, air & ether) that gives our body the experience of life. The body becomes the divine temple.  Let’s connect deeply with the body in the physical experience of it, whilst still keeping connected to the inner experience of self. The mantra of this month can be KARTA PURKH which means creative being.  Create the harmony of daily life with spiritual existence. Between action and stillness.

Practical Tips

This you can do by having a strong practice this month, it is needed as well as deep meditations that take you to a still place.  Your words are also very important this month so think before you speak.  Use your words and voice as inspiration. Read poetry. Chant your words into your food as you cook and then invite your loved ones to share a meal with you.

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candy updates raymond.fiona@gmail.comwww.sanasuma.co.uk0778011984.

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

Tues 30 April    9.45-10.45am  Kundalini Yoga @Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col

Tues 30 April    6.15-7.30pm  Kundalini Yoga Shauangh@145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

Wed 1 May         5-7.30am   Healing  Sadhana @Prana Lounge, Col 7 please bring something to share for breakfast (FREE CLASS)

Wed 1 May       6.45-8.00pm  Kundalini Yoga Class@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thur 2 May      6.30-7.45pm NEW Kundalini Class @9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Remember you can buy your 4000Rs class pass for 12 classes over 4 weeks.

Kundalini East Sunday – Gong Bath SriYoga Shala 6-7.30pm

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This Easter let us practice resurrecting ourselves and lets do this constantly again and again picking ourselves up each time we fall.  Let us use the collective consciousness of many souls celebrating Easter to elevate our electromagnetic field to be so bright and shiny that we bust out of our blues or downward spirals to feel so elevated & great that we want to be in our own company and others feel great to be around us.

Yogi Ji said,

“Learn from Jesus resurrect, go above it. That Jew did it, they all reacted to him. Roman reacted to him, he didn’t react, he resurrected. They got him after day and a half cured him he lived in Kashmir” (KWTC – Lecture, July 30, 1992, Espanola, NM)

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Let us also use the energy of the Full Moon in Libra to close the door on old habits and patterns  and open up new doors of opportunity, with a Green Energy Set and deep meditation.

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candy updates raymond.fiona@gmail.comwww.sanasuma.co.uk0778011984.

Sunday 21 April 6-7.30pm      Easter Gong Bath @ Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe, Galle

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

Tues 23 April    9.45-10.45am  Kundalini Yoga @Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col

Tues 23 April    6.15-7.30pm  Kundalini Yoga Shauangh@145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

Wed 24 April    5-7.30am       Sadhana @145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 24 April    6.45-8.00pm  Kundalini Yoga Class@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thur 25 April    6.30-7.45pm Join Kundalini Class Fi and Shaunagh@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

 

Reduce Inflammation with Kundalini Yoga – Mon 8 April 6.15pm

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Happy Holidays everyone as we gear up for Sinhala and Tamil New Year. I will around after 16 April to continue with classes. Just look out for my schedule below including a Poya Gong Bath.

This week I will focus on the vagus nerve as we focus on the healthy part of 3ho. I was inspired by an article I read in the KRI newsletter by Raj Kaur Khalsa (Naila Omar Khayyam Alieva), Ph.D.and Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, Ph.D. In summary they looked at various studies done on how inflammation in the body (defined as an immune system response to acute injury, chronic illness, etc which inflames tissues, blood vessels, organs, etc) is effected by regular yoga, breathe, meditation practice.

The significant studies are mainly conducted in India. Firstly those patients doing a regular combined yoga, breath & meditation practice showed reduced expression of gene activity involved in the inflammatory response that are created by stress. Second, yoga breathing exercises and meditation have been demonstrated to reduce pro-inflammatory cytokines, such as IL-1 beta, IL-6 and TNF-alfa and have a positive impact on depression, anxiety, cognition, and pain. Lastly, yoga and other practices are well known to directly stimulate the vagus nerve. It was found that an increase in vagal tone is correlated with the capacity to regulate the stress response and likely contribute to resilience and the mitigation of mood and anxiety symptoms, which ultimately might reduce inflammation symptoms.

The conclusion is that we need to make a proactive decision to engage with lifestyle changes which can help us a lead lives which are healthier and reduce long term  inflammation response but this takes discipline and effort which we need to develop and invest in ourselves.

For the full article please go to https://kundaliniresearchinstitute.org/?page_id=1019#nine we will discuss what is the Vagus nerve and how it can assist us next week.

Sat nam Fi x sanasumainsrilanka.wordpress.com read our weekly blogs and brain candy updates raymond.fiona@gmail.comwww.sanasuma.co.uk0778011984.

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

Tues 9 April    9.45-10.45am  Kundalini Yoga @Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 9 April     3.30-4.30pm  Special Needs Kids @ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col8

Wed 10 April   5-7.30am       Sadhana @145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 10 April   6.45-8.00pm  Kundalini Yoga Class@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Holiday Classes

Tues 16 April  9.45-10.45am  Kundalini Yoga @Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Wed 17 April   5-7.30am         Sadhana @9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 17 April   6.45-8.00pm  Kundalini Yoga Class@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Friday 19 April 5.30-6.15pm Full Moon Gong Bath @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Sunday 21 April 6-7.30pm     Easter Gong Bath @ Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe, Galle.

 

 

 

 

Gong Bath Meditation Today 6 April 2019

GONG BATH AT HOME with Shaunagh TODAY SAT 6TH APRIL 6.00-7.30PM.

145/5 Fife Road, Colombo 5

Call Shaunagh – 0773 022142 for details

What Happens during a gong bath?

We begin by warming up the body with a few simple yoga stretches. This prepares your body and mind and makes listening and aborbing the sound of the gong an enriched experience. Then you will lie down on your back, relax completely and allow the sound of the gong to penetrate every cell in your body. You may fall asleep, many do (especially the first time) or you may just drift in and out of consciousness, and lose all track of time.

The sound of the gong allows us to move beyond the boundaries of the mind. Through our mind we have constructed our fears, unhealthy habits and blocks. A gong bath allows us to suspend our minds magnetic thought patterns, clear blocks and unwanted habits. 1 hour is equivalent to 4 hours deep sleep. I will bring you slowly back to consciousness after one hour of gong playing and you will feel lighter and much more relaxed.

Please bring mosquito repellent and a cotton cover and yoga mat.
Investment: Rs1000

Gong Bath 6 April 2019