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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

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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

April, Kundalini Yoga and The Heart

April New Year and the Neutral Space

Shiv Charan & Fiona

Sat nam, after an amazing end to our Kundalini Yoga Level 1 Teacher training Cycle 4, we start April the month of Sri Lankan summer blooms, heat, our new year with a renewed commitment to Dharmic living. This means living in line with your soul’s purpose.  April is a good time to take a reality check.   This is the 4 month of the year where we need to pause, take a breath, connect with our true nature, Sat nam or spirit to make sure we are headed in right direction.  In this month we need to remind ourselves of self-love, be in good uplifting company or Sangat spiritual community, prayer and relaxing into our hearts to trust where there is doubt.

In order to go within we need to find moments in our life were we can foster inner silence so we can hear the quiet voice of the neutral mind. On a practical level this can be when we are standing in a queue, showering, waiting for our computer or app to turn on, just before bed, etc…. Try not to fill every waking moment with listening to a podcast, reading the news or chatting.  Instead listen to birdsong, listen, see your thoughts (mindfulness), be still, silent even with friends and family and enjoy a comfortable silence, silent mindful meals and allow your imagination blossom.  Are we surprised that if we do not allow for inner and outer silence during our day, that our minds gets activated just before bed since we have kept it so occupied with soaking up information all day that it has not had a chance to process and calibrate this information.

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This week we will practice really slowing everything down so we can let go of confusion and control to fall into silence, strength of trust.

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Mon 1 April     6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga@Prana Lounge,60 Horton Place,Col 7

Tues 2 April    9.45-10.45am  Kundalini Yoga @Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 2 April   3.30-4.30pm  Special Needs Kids @ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col8

Wed 3 April     5-7.30am Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 3 April   6.45-8.00pm  Kundalini Yoga Class@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 4 April 11-1.00pm Special Kids & Teachers@ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col 8

 

All Night Gong Bath – 16 Mar 2019

Gong Puja or All night Gong Bath    Sat 16 March 2019

Price including a healthy breakfast 5000Rs

9pm to 8am

Originated by Gong master Don Conreaux, the all night gong immersion (aka Gong Puja) experience lasts about 7 ½ hours. It’s a journey that’s timeless, and as we journey with the vibration of the gong, we cleanse, unblock and experience the real self. Don Conreaux says this is the most healing experience you can give yourself. An all night gong bath allows the brain to sink into a delta wave frequency, where deep healing can take place. This process promotes a sense of peace and well-being, strengths the nervous system, balances the chakras and increases energy and vitality.

The evening starts at 9pm with a short Kundalini yoga class followed by a meditation. Next we will set up our sleeping areas and relax into a meditative space created by the gongs. After a restful night, we will experience a yogic morning: Sadhana, Kundalini yoga, meditation and light breakfast. The whole experience will end at 8am. Powerful, profound, joyful and deeply moving, it can be a life changing event.

WHAT TO BRING: A WATER BOTTLE, EYE PILLOW, PILLOW, COTTON BLANKET AND BEDDING FOR A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP, AS YOU DRIFT OFF TO THE SOUNDS OF THE GONG. BE MINDFUL THAT THE AREA YOU WILL BE USING AS YOUR SLEEPING SPACE WILL BE THE DIMENSIONS OF A YOGA MAT. LOOSE COMFORTABLE CLOTHES ARE RECOMMENDED.

Kundalini Yoga Fest 16 & 17 Mar 2019

Kundalini Yoga Festival 2019

The second year of the Kundalini Yoga Fest is this weekend 16 & 17 March 2019 at Prana Lounge, but why bother going to this intense, transformative experience?

Because our minds are like our telephones, we are always transmitting a signal. But what are we transmitting? We do not know because each thought is clouded by our likes, dislikes, opinions, worries, future projections etc. This signal we are beaming out dictates the life we end up with, the more we fixate on our opinions the more difficult it is to clear our subconscious mind and beam out the type of future we wish and dream about.

That is where Kundalini yoga comes into its forte. Kundalini yoga uses:

  • Leverage, to elevate our mind and change our subconscious patterns through kriya and deep meditation.
  • Legacy, the map given to us by yogis over thousands of years and codified by Yogi Bhajan in a pure form which is beyond any individual, we Kundalini teachers deliver it to you just as we received it pure and potent.
  • Lineage, a pure golden chain of the teachings which has the frequency of the Infinite.

 

So I invite and challenge you to dive in this weekend, experience the intense but transformative effect of the 2.5hrs of Long Ek Ong Kars by our master yogi Tonie Nooyens, clear your patterns during the all night Gong Healing and learn the basics of Bandhas and kriya with Sunderta Kaur (USA).

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Mon 11 Mar     6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga@Prana Lounge,60 Horton Place,Col 7

Tues 12 Mar    9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga @Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 12 Mar   3.30-4.30pm Special Needs Kids @ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col8

Wed 13 Mar   3.30- 4.15pm Radiant Kids (3-5yrs)@Om Space, Col 5

Wed 13 Mar   6.45-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga Class@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 14 Mar  5-7.30am Sadhana @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Sat 16 Mar – Sun 17 Mar Kundalini Yoga Festival 2019 – Prana Lounge, to include, Sadhana, classes, How to Play Gong Workshop, All night Gong Healing.

Sun 24 Mar 10.15-12.30 Special Workshop on Mind and Meditation – Tonie Nooyens @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Optimism & Kundalini Yoga

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Optimism and Kundalini Yoga

As we enter the third month of 2019, a number 3 year, we look towards being positive and optimistic about life as we use the energy of the number 3 to expand our positive outlook on life. The Director Guillermo Del Toro says, “Optimism is Radical. It is the hard choice and the brave choice …in the face of despair”.

This month let’s make the choice between love and fear. Belief over despair. Optimism is our instinct to inhale when we are out of breath, not to give up when things get difficult. You need to make this choice time after time, to keep inhaling and not let the news, or fake news, everything crumbling around you, your relationships dissolving whatever is going on in your life, take you down.   Make the choice to face it, take a deep breath and choose to inhale to face another moment with hope, breath after breath.

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Mon 4 Mar    6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga( Uta) @Prana Lounge,60 Horton Place,Col 7

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

Tues 5 Mar   3.30-4.30pm Special Needs Kids @ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col8

Wed 6 Mar   5-7.30am Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 6 Mar    3.30- 4.15pm Radiant Kids (3-5yrs)@Om Space, Col 5

Wed 6 Mar   6.45-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga Class@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Sun 10 March 6-7.30pm     Gong Bath @ Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe.

 

Balancing the Gunas -Kundalini Yoga Poya Class 19 Feb 9.45am Om Shambala

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Balancing the Gunas

The yogis call the time prior to the big Bang the Unmanifested consciousness and after the Big Bang when matter and polarity is created, the separation between the Unmanifested and Manifest Shiva (creator) and Shakti (the destroyer).

Matter (Prakirti) is composed of 3 aspects or in Sanskrit Gunas. Gunas cannot be destroyed but the dominance of Gunas can be changed to change our perception of life.

I am going to relate the 3 gunas to the flavours of food. The flavor of a fresh raw apple, in its pure essence we could relate to the sattva guna.

When we add some spices and sugar to the apple it changes its true state to something different, something warming, expanding our taste buds, we have created something new and exciting out of the original pure taste of apple, a flavor of rajas guna.

If we get that same apple and ferment it, a process of deterioration into its sugary and finally alcoholic parts to make cider. When we drink cider it makes us slow, our limbs feel heavy, we feel attached to our opinions, too much may make us feel angry or confused, this is the tamas guna.

So why it this important? Well our thoughts, feeling and actions come from how we perceive life and the how we see life comes from the predominant guna influencing us at that moment

For example if you are feeling depressed, your mind and body are being dominated by tamas. If you are feeling angry again this is the tamas domination of your gunas. At present both these states of being are seen as the status quo in our society. More and more people are suffering from mood disorders, which are only made worse by taking drugs or alcohol which only increase the tamas quality of the mind. Directing your anger on twitter or social media without thought of how the communication will impact on another person, comes from the tamas guna. Yogi Ji reminds us that tamas gunas dominance is not the norm for a human being, in fact we are sattvic by nature or angelic. But this is going to depend on your lifestyle and how well your mind is disciplined

He gave us the gutka shabad to stop the mind when it gets insane. He said to chant a minimum of 5 times

“Ek Ong Kaar, Sat Gurprasaad. Sat Gurprasaad, Ek Ong Kaar.

It will stop the negativity of the mind and put it in reverse, it is a mantra that will reverse the downward spiral of the thoughts. Chant it with reverence as it is really powerful and then make sure your words and thoughts are positive. We will also be practicing the Tershula kriya this week which balances the gunas.3ded86ad97f79f8ccf06366f4b977ba0.png

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Mon 18 Feb 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga @Prana Lounge,60 Horton Place,Col 7

Tues 19 Feb 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga @Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 19 Feb 4.00-5.30pm  Poya Gong Bath Shaunagh@ Prana Lounge.

Wed 20 Feb 3.30- 4.15pm Radiant Kids (3-5yrs)@Om Space, Col 5

Wed 20 Feb 6.45-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga Class@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thur 21 Feb 5- 7.30am       Sadhana @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Thurs 21 Feb 11-1pm          Special Needs Kids@ Reach Beyond, Tickle Rd, Col8

Sat   23 Feb 6-7.30pm     Gong Bath @ Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe.

Love, attraction & Kundalini Yoga

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Attraction – Kundalini Yoga and relationships

If we think that a romantic relationship will complete us, make up for our lack of self esteem or make us happy we are wrong. Dr Hair Simian says.

It is in the nature of an intimate relationship to reveal some of our deepest attachments and neuroses. Without a consistent way to dissolve the patterns of the subconscious, the patterns of the subconscious will dissolve the relationship. Our fear, limitations, and attachments define the limits of our tolerance. Tolerance is the foundation of a relationship. If you are looking for a perfect and ideal person to relate to, there isn’t one. If you’re going to reject your partner due to his or her faults or misguided concepts, you might as well leave now and save time. If you live for each other and encourage your partner to grow, develop, and expand in tolerance, you will be happy in that relationship. Growing and changing together develops the depth of a relationship. Share your growth.

If you ask your partner to complete you, you will be completely unhappy. We are by nature whole, complete, happy humans with a spiritual identity. If our identity relies on our relationship, the fluctuations of that relationship will bring you with it. If instead you rely on developing your relationship with yourself and your soul then you will remain steady.

 

Qualities to think about in a relationship:

  • Am I attracted to that person’s consciousness and spirit?
  • Do we share common ground on our, vibratory compatibility, similar vision regarding children, etc?
  • As conscious humans we are tolerant and grow in tolerance towards our partners.
  • If you want a relationship so you can get sometime out of your partner you will not be content. If your focus is on giving to the Universe, the Universe will serve you. When giving is your intention, you will be deeply satisfied in your relationship.
  • We all want a warm and cozy home. When the home has a cozy, warm, and graceful environment, the relationship has a warm nest to grow in. When the home is chaotic and disruptive, then division and isolation can happen between the partners. When there is freshly cooked food and the house smells good, it is difficult to argue. Happiness can be attained at home.
  • We must nurture our relationships by making time for each other. Withholding love and an attitude of scarcity will constrict and restrict the love between two people. If you don’t have time to hold your beloved, then it is time to adjust your schedule.

Sex starts at the third eye or 6th chakra with intention and perception. The balance of your nervous system and glandular system is important.

Dr Hari Simran says: The parasympathetic nervous system controls the rest and relaxing functions of the body and is necessary to access for arousal. If there is any fear or stress in the relationship or individual insecurity, then sexual arousal is blocked. In Kundalini Yoga therapy we recommend long deep breathing through the left nostril, Kirtan Kriya, and gong meditation to help access the ability to relax. To achieve a full orgasm requires accessing the sympathetic nervous system. This requires a degree of sexual tension, attraction, and passion. If couples “take each other for granted,” the passion begins to be elusive. In Kundalini Yoga therapy, we suggest that couples chant together, participate in White Tantric Yoga®, and do yoga that stimulates the sympathetic flow.

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Mon 11 Feb 6.15-7.30pm (Uta)Kundalini Yoga @Prana Lounge,60 Horton Place,Col 7

Tues 12 Feb 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga @Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 12 Feb 3.30-4.30pm Special Kids Yoga @Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col 8

Wed 13 Feb 5- 7.30am       Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 13 Feb 3.30- 4.15pm Radiant Kids (3-5yrs)@Om Space, Col 5

Wed 13 Feb 6.45-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga Class@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 14 Feb 11-1pm          Special Needs Kids@ Reach Beyond, Tickle Rd, Col8

Self Care February – Kundalini Yoga 6.15pm 4 Feb @ Prana Lounge

February and Self care

Shiv Charan tells us that February is the self care month. He says it is a good time to do some spring cleaning. Clear out the old to invite in the new. We could do a house clearing but he said also to concentrate on the body, to get in touch with ourselves and work out our real needs.

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The 2nd month is related to the second body the negative mind, which is a very cellular and subconscious experience. It contains memories of unfinished stories and unpleasant experiences of the past. If you let this naïve wisdom based on confused interpretations colour your experience of the moment you may wish that February did not exist. So be very mindful this month. Let’s work this week on clearing the subconscious so we can feel the pull of this month’s longing that leads us back to the truth of self care and self love.

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Mon 4 Feb 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga @Prana Lounge,60 Horton Place,Col 7

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

Tues 5 Feb 3.30-4.30pm Special Kids Yoga @Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col 8

Wed 6 Feb 5- 7.30am       Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 6 Feb 3.30- 4.15pm Radiant Kids (3-5yrs)@Om Space, Col 5

Wed 6 Feb 6.45-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga Class@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 7 Feb 11-1pm Special Needs Kids@ Reach Beyond, Tickle Rd, Col8

Sun 10 Feb 8-9.30pm            Gong Bath Salt House@ Hiriketiya

Mon 11 Feb 5.30-7pm            Gong Bath YTT @ Thalpe, Galle

 

The battles of the Sexes – Kundalini Yoga 28 Jan 6.15pm Prana Lounge

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The Sexes & Kundalini Yoga

Are men from Mars and Women from Venus? Or in fact are we more similar than we think? From a yogic perspective each soul chooses their very specific birth environment to learn particular lessons to fulfill their destiny. Yogis see the body, brain and in fact the subconscious of male and female as perfect opposites or polarities. However all of us are a different blend of feminine and masculine energy in different proportions within the same body . By understanding the differences in the male and female energies we can better relate to ourselves and also support and understand each other in relationships. Yogi Bhajan teaches us when we do not recognize and understand and appreciate these different needs, strengths and weakness miscommunication, misunderstanding and eventually difficulties occur.

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Have a look at these characteristics and see what you identify with? Also note if you need to work more on one aspect to balance the male and female polarity within you? You will also note from the chart that we all need to develop emotional intelligence to move from trying to control others or blaming to taking responsibility and responding to the present moment. Move from looking for praise from others to self worth and from looking for security from our relationships, possessions, status to deep inner security.

  Males/Men Female/Women
Male/ Female nature

·         Needs Challenge

·         Identity through Ego therefore looks for praise or acknowledgment.

·         One tracked mind

·         Easy to concentrate but difficult to interact with outer world, when in that zone.

·         Thinks in problems and solutions.

·        Action orientated

·         Needs connection

·         Needs security

·         Women have six tracks enabling her to multitask but also difficult to turn off her mind.

·         Nurturing nature leads to over extending herself, which impacts the nervous system

·         Many ideas and possibilities

·         Does not relate thought to problem solving.

Polarity 2 Aspects Man & Father

As a man -wants to have no responsibility.

As Father wants to build & enjoy a cosy life where he is loved and appreciated.

Needs to find a balance between these 2 aspects.

2 Aspects Women & Nurturer

As women – is direct, calculating, and alert to her own needs.

As a nurturer – selfless, forgiving, patient, giving and serving.

It is important to consciously use these 2 aspects to create a balance in her life.

Challenges A boy wants to show his power, to blame or be directed to do everything. A mature male does not want to control others or be controlled he can accept responsibility for his actions.

 

Find inner recognition

 

Balance the above 2 aspects.

 

To relax her multi tasking mind and balance the women and nurturer aspects.

Find inner security

Needs to take time through exercise, relaxation and nurturing activities for herself.

Ways to Fulfill Destiny Become one with the Universe Become one with the Universe.

Give birth to a saint, hero or giver.

Inspire her husband to Universal consciousness

Serve her spiritual teacher

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Mon 28 Jan 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga @Prana Lounge,60 Horton Place,Col 7

Tues 29 Jan 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga @Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 29 Jan 3.30-4.30pm Special Kids Yoga @Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col 8

Wed 30 Jan 5- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 30 Jan 3.30-4.15pm Radiant Kids (3-5yrs)@Om Space, Col 5

Wed 30 Jan 6.45-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga Class@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 31 Jan 11-1pm Special Needs Kids@ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col8