Cultivate Happiness – Kundalini Yoga 6.15pm Mon 9 July Prana Lounge

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Cultivate Happiness

Yogi Bhanjan tells us that our birthright is to be healthy, happy and holy. But what would it take to make you happy? If you had all the money in the world, would just material wealth make you truly happy? Most probably not, because happiness is not a thing it is state of being. To make your life happier it takes conscious effort and cultivation of new habits and patterns.

A Yale psychologist Laurie Santos created a course (that nearly 25% of all Yale undergraduates signed up for in 2018) which concluded that if we could spend month learning the technology of happiness we would be happier. It is a bit like learning to play the violin or a new language, you need to commit and practice.

Santos calls it rewirement, something we talk about a lot in Kundalini the ability to create neuroplasticity in the brain to retrain our thinking, i.e. qualify our thoughts so they serve you not the neurotic monkey mind. The teachings also tell us that happiness is not just an emotional state, but has a physical and spiritual component.

On a physical level we can bring greater happiness into our lives if we start connecting to our navel point or Nabhi. This point is 2-3 inches below our belly button, but lies greatly unused by the modern human being. It is the point where our nerve endings and meridian points come together to connect us to the world. By creating a strong and centred nabhi we can control our health and energy.   Yogi Bhajan says:

“Whatever you hear, whatever you see, and whatever you say is controlled by this navel point. If the navel point pulse is felt a little above the navel point, it means diarrhea. If it is a little below, constipation. If it is on the left side, gas. If it is on the right, burp. And all it has to be off is one millimeter. If the navel point is one millimeter off, your entire digestive system, your feelings–you are not you.” When you do not feel you, you do not feel happy.

Spiritually to feel happy we need connection. Connection to nature, loved ones and our spiritual family. My experience last week of spending 6 days with my spiritual community on retreat left me feeling uplifted inspired and deeply connected which in turn made me very happy and content. Serving, helping, giving and general acts of kindness make us feel happy. This is because we are serving the spirit in the other which we recognise has the same needs as ourselves.

Practical Solutions

In the 2012 New Zealand study researchers found that the following behaviour enhanced enjoyment: This list is just a start.

  1. Talking to another person about feeling good and lucky
  2. Laughing and telling yourself how proud you are of yourself
  3. Focusing in on the moment
  4. Physical – more sleep, exercise and deep relaxation
  5. Emotional: Making a list of all the things you feel grateful for as well as savouring special moments of your day. A cup of tea, the breeze on your skin, your first breath in the morning.
  6. Radom acts of kindness.
  7. Take a one month free course on happiness https://www.coursera.org/learn/the-science-of-well-being

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

Mon 9 July 6.15-7.30pm       Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, Col 7

Tues 10 July 9.45-10.45am     Kundalini Yoga@ Om Shambala, Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 10 July 3.30-4.30pm       Special Needs Kids Class@ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col 8

Tues 10 July 6-7.15pm            Kundalini Yoga Class Shaunagh @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Wed 11 July 5.00- 7.30am     Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 11 July 6.45-8pm           Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 12 July 11-1pm   Special Needs Kids and Teachers @ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col 8

Thurs 12 July 6-7.30pm         New Moon Gong Bath@ Prana Lounge, Col 7

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2018 Conscious Communication Level 2 – The Retreat

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Back of Beyond Kahandamodara is a beautiful remote destination on the south coast of Sri Lanka, with deserted beaches and an African savannah feel of wild open spaces. From the yoga shala, carefully constructed using lots of recycled materials, you can hear the roar of the ocean and bird song.

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The 28 of us stayed in spacious comfortable rooms, with Ayurvedic treatments which relaxed us at night. Back of Beyond allows you to feel a million miles away from the stresses and strains of the world and #Retreat into an inner healing space.

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About the Retreat

The Retreat was about conscious communication not only with others but most importantly with ourselves. The tone of the Retreat was to make every minute meaningful and conscious, right from what we said to the deep listening and inner silence that is found in nature’s symphony. So we could hear the whisper of our soul.

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Our teacher Shiv Charan Singh, was an amazing channel for the teachings, He transmitted the wisdom of the course with seamless ease. We learnt, we laughed, we felt and we left lighter, with a determination to keep being conscious especially in our communication to create a more harmonious tomorrow.

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About the Food

The food at Kahandamodara was a highlight, with fresh fruit salads, amazing local buffalo curd and traditional Sri Lankan breakfasts. Every morning we got a new fresh juice like sour sop and king coconut water. Lunch was traditional rice and curry with  locally grown veggies. Herbal teas were served at break with a local sweet like coconut jaggary pancakes.  All meals were glutton free, sugar free and veggie. Instead kitual honey and millet flour or rice flour were used.

Join us on our next adventure 22nd September 2018 for Level 1 Teacher Training.

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Helpful websites:

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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

 

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)

The Master Gland- Mon 28 May class at Prana Lounge

Pituitary-Gland

The pituitary gland is is named the “Master Gland” because it regulates the secretion of the thyriod, adrenal and reproduction glands. When it’s working well we will have strong sense of connection, if it is week we may have feelings of loneliness and disconnection from others.

Last week we practiced a kriya to strengthen Hypothalamus which connects and sends the messages to other parts of the body, regulating vital functions like hunger, thirst, body temperature and sleep.

This week we will practice a kriya the “Piturity Gland Series” which will help to strenghthen this important gland and feel more intuative, connected and happy.

Shaunagh will be teaching at Prana Lounge this evening, at home tomorrow evening and will host our regular Sadhana which is open to all and free.  I will finish my week by heading down south to Sri Yoga Shala, near Una Watuna, for a Gong Bath healing sound session.

Hope to see you on the mat soon!

  • Mon 28 May  6.15-7.30pm  Kundalini Yoga with Shaunagh @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

  • Tues 29 May  6.00 -7.15pm Kundalini Yoga Class with Shaunagh @ 145/5 Fife Road, Col 5

  • Wed 30 May  5.00am- 7.30am Sadhana @ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5   (FREE)

  • Sat 2 June 6.00–7:30pm Gong Bath – healing sound session by Shaunagh  @ Sri Yoga Shala, Durage Watta, Metaramba, Sri Lanka

How do you feel today?

Today I have taken up the reins on our weekly blog while Fiona is away on holiday.

I was pondering on what subject I should write on and while preparing for my classes this week, and practicing the wonderful ‘kriya for regeneration”, I thought I would share with you how a Kundalini yoga class or kriya can make you feel.

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I started my first Kundalini Yoga class in Sri Lanka with Fiona more than 10 years ago and was immedietely hooked! I had been doing various other yogas stylesnover the years, but after one class of Kundalini Yoga I felt so energisied and alive. What is this feeling?  It is a feeling of vitality!  After stimulating this feeling of vitality we begin to experience states of awareness and connectedness to the self and the universe.  This cannot be done through the mind alone.

For a healthy body and the elimination of tension and disease, we must exercise every part of the body, strenthening the immune and nervous systems. These asanas (exercises) will help you to feel grounded and centered.  We often spend a lot of time thinking and wanting to make changes in our lives and want to feel less stressed and overwhealmed. Unfortunately just thinking about it won’t really do the trick. Kundalini yoga is one way of taking us out of our mental chatter!  In a class we practice physical exercises which takes you out of your mind, so that your mental balance is one pointed, clear and peaceful. During or after a class things may become clear, you will know what your “soul priorities” in your life are, and you will begin to set clear and uncluttered goals, establish priorities and perimeters and eliminate unproductive activiity and reserve time and space for ONESELF.

Coming up soon Sara, Rachel and Shaunagh will be hosting a yoga retreat 18-20th May 2018 at Guava House where we will go into more depth about this topic “Learn To Be Happy Being You”

Blessings Shaunagh

Kundalini Classes that Shaunagh, Uta and Kei will be teaching this week are as follows:-

Mon 30 April  6.15-7.30pm  Kundalini Yoga with Shaunagh @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 1 May  6.00 -7.15pm Kundalini Yoga Class with Shaunagh@ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5

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Tues 1 May  6.30-8.00pm   Kundalini Yoga with Kei @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Wed 2 May  5.00am- 7.30am    Sadhana @ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5   (FREE)

Sat 5 May   10.30am-12.00pm Kundalini Yoga with Uta @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Coming up soon

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Join Shaunagh, Sara and Rachel for our 3 day Kundalini Yoga Retreat at Guava House, Kegalle, nestled in the middle of the jungle, surrounded by wildlife with fantastic views of the Hill country.
What’s included:

  • 2 nights stay at luxury Guava House, Nr Mawanella, Kegalle
  • 3 meals a day of delicious and nutritious vegetarian food
  • Daily smoothies and juices
  • 3 qualified Kundalini Yoga teachers
  • 2 daily yoga classes/workshops
  • Double Gong baths for relaxation
  • Massage workshop
  • Ambrosial hour chanting, yoga, and meditation
  • Relaxation time to enjoy the natural surroundings
  • Swim and chill around the swimming pool

.    Afternoon tea and treats

Not included:

Transport to and from the venue.

We will arrange vans to leave Colombo 5 at 6am on 18th May 2018 and depart at 2.30pm on Sun 20th May. The price will be around Rs1500 per person (each way)

Price: Sharing Double Room (per person) – Rs25,000 

          Shared Dorm Room (per person) – Rs18,000

 TO REGISTER please email Shaunagh at: shaunagha@gmail.com

For more details about Kundalini Yoga, Sanasuma, and our 3 teachers go to http://www.sanasuma.co.uk

The Theme for our retreat is: –

Learn To Be Happy Being You”

 Being ourselves and being happy with exactly who we are in every way can be one of our greatest challenges in life. During this retreat we will embark on the fabulous journey of self discovery and use the power of Kundalini Yoga to help you become more YOU!

 “You must dive deep into the core of your I-AM-NESS. Your life must be a challenge and that challenge must come from the very heart of you. You must know who you are and you must submit to your essence”.

“Make yourself so happy so that when others look at you they become happy too” ― Yogi Bhajan

Guava House is a peaceful retreat, 3 ½ to 4 hours driving time from Colombo, 1 hour from Kandy, and 45 minutes from Kegalle town. It is situated on top of a hill, amongst 3 acres of it’s own private land and with 360 degree views of the valley below and Bible Rock. It is located on a rubber tree estate. Thatched roofs and open plan living areas create a sense of space, simplicity and freedom. We have 9 places available on this yoga retreat.  Accommodation is either dormitory sleeping or shared double with ensuite bathroom. To see more pictures of Guava House go to https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/2434339.

 

Learn to be Uniquely You! – Kundalini yoga 6.15pm @ Prana Lounge, Col 7

imagesH0PGQZNNLearn how to be Uniquely You?

Guru Singh tells us “When you walk into any room, make it your home. Then help everyone in the room to feel at home. Remember, you are uniquely you and you have every right to be exactly that. Do not try to fit in, you fit perfectly in you.”This is you making everyone else in the room feel at home. It is the very reason why sacred disciplines are essential. Yoga and meditation to reconstruct our random inclinations to follow the crowd instead of having the courage to move towards our dream and goals. Not just your parents and societies.

Practical Solutions

Essentially I think the key to understanding your uniqueness is to take a beautiful journey to learn who you really are. What your dreams are, your talents, your weaknesses, your gifts and your challenges. We are so obsessed about learning about others, the latest movie star, our partners, discovering everything new about our children or new friendships, but how often do we really decide to deeply learn about ourselves? Not in a narcissist way, but in a profound, curious and amazed way?

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What is the difference between your external reality (i.e. personality) and the inner you, the spirit within? Because each of us has more than just a personality. Each of us has an energy signature like a thumb print which makes us Unique, one in finity in this incarnation. I just feel special even thinking about it. But we must remember that this applies to all people not just ourselves. So I invite you in the next few weeks, to take time out each day, whether it is through kundalini or yoga meditation practice, reiki, healing, being around the light energy of children, communing with nature in the waves or mountains to become a curious and courageous traveler of your inner journey. To find out more and more about yourself, experience and sense your unique essence or spirit.

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

Mon 23 April 6.15-7.30pm               Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, Col 7

Life as it is Not as we Are! – Kundalini yoga Wed 18 April 6.45pm @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

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Seeing the world as it is not as we Are?

I read an interesting quote this week, “we see the world not as it is but as we are. A saint sees the world as a saint, a killer sees only murders or victims” by Neil Gaiman. I think we are all guilty of living in our mind. We talked about how the brain favours its blue print of the world, so we can live in low power mode. Therefore it does not have to experience reality as it is, new, fresh, for the first time. It quickly categorises experiences so we can place them in the correct pigeon hole and therefore not really experience the reality of what is. On the surface this seems like a simple solution so your brain can work on more pressing issues like your problems, worries, regrets etc. But in reality it stops you experiencing the wonder of life.   Every taste is stale not fresh and vibrant. Every birdsong goes unnoticed instead of being music to your ears.

The gap between seeing the world as we are, as oppose to, how it is, is suffering. In short, we just keep on getting the same old problems wrapped up in a different package but keep on desiring a different outcome. Nothing seems to change.

When our overly, assertive, positive mind says, “Oh it was just not meant to be”. Know this is just a defense mechanism to make you feel better but ultimately keep you from living your dreams. We need to change our affirmation from frustration which makes us feel important. To spending time every day to reduce the noise in our minds after meditation and dream our dreams and affirm, “I will succeed. I have forever”.   When we put a time limit on our dreams we are setting ourselves up for the expected failure, or “I knew it would not work”, because once again being right is more important than being happy and complaints gain sympathy, again a short-term pleasure but not getting you to a place of joy.

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Practical Solutions

This week let’s take the challenge of learning to develop patience, notice how your body is feeling at any point in the day and relax it. Feel joy in your heart, while being super alert to noticing all the sensory information coming in. If you want life to be different you need to change your thinking. Use the affirmation, I will succeed, I have forever. Sat nam x raymond.fiona@gmail.com   0778011984 www.sanasuma.co.uk www.3ho.org

This week’s classes:

Wed 18 April 5.00- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 18 April 6.45-8pm         Kundalini Yoga@ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 19 April 3-4pm               Kundalini Yoga@ Prana Lounge, Col 7.

Sat 21 April 5.30-7pm               Healing Gong Bath@ Prana Lounge, Col 7