Sound & Sri Lanka Kundi Yoga Fest 2020

Sound the music of the heart and our Second Language

This blog is inspired by Jo Barry and her amazing daughter Jessie Fuller who gave me the book a Well Balanced Child by Sally Goddard Blythe.  She states, if movement is a childs first language then music/sound is a childs second language. It is the rhythm, tone and vibration which deeply communicates with the human brain in such a profound way.

This is one of the reasons that Kundalini Yoga has such a draw in a world of aloneness, social exclusion and disconnection. Coming to a Kundalini yoga class, chanting and singing leaves you feeling so good. It literally increases the production of a pheromone called oxytocin. Also known as the hormone of love. This pheromone increases when women get pregnant, not only to help in labour but it also increases nurturing feelings. This same pheromone increases when we chant and sing during a kundalini yoga class, making you feel cosy, accepted and bonded with your fellow students and teacher.

We will be having a few Mantra chanting sessions at the Sri Lankan Kundalini Yoga Festival 7-9 March 2020. The first day’s theme LOVE on 7 March 2020 will begin by chanting to our soul’s early morning during Sadhana. We will have chanting in most of the classes. But look out for the special mantra classes which really are a tonic for this age of aloneness. On 9 March 2020 Full moon/poya we will have a special mantra class 1.15-2.30pm with Uta and a very special workshop on a mantra which is only chanted on a Full moon with Savitri (Bali) 4-5.30pm. We look forward to seeing you all at our Festival. 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 18 February 9.15-10.30am Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Tues 18 February 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga (Shaunagh)@ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

Wed 19 Feb 5-7.30am Kundalini Yoga Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5(FREE CLASS)

Wed 19 February 6.30-7.45pm Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 20 February 7.45-9.00am   Kundalini Yoga(Shaunagh) @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

Thurs 20 February 6.30-7.45pm Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Sun 23 February 6-7.30pm     Gong Bath (Shaunagh)@ Prana Lounge, Col 7

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Yogic Hacks & GH Retreat – 11 Feb 2020

More yogic hacks & Guava House Retreat

Last weekend we enjoyed a beautiful retreat at Guava House with some amazing students and all learned a lot from each other.  Here is some of what we learnt:

About the Venue

Shaunagh and Ranjan’s amazing Guava House always serves as an inspiration for our Retreats, surrounded by nature, birds, trees and mountains, we immediately started feeling energised by the pranic energy of the natural world.

About the Retreat

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The Retreat went through many topics, including what is yoga and why we need to practice Kundalini yoga in the Age of Aquarius. We learnt to understand your breath signature and how this effects your vitality. We sang mantras, studied our life cycles, went into death and rebirth. Including a fun interactive workshop on yogic anatomy. We learnt that if we changed the dominance of our nostril we can control our emotions. Try it when you next feel commotional.

The second morning we climbed Bible Rock in silence chanting SA, TA, NA, MA and mediated to balance the 3 minds as sun rose. Wow!

About the Food

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On this retreat not only did we have the amazing Jayanthi cooking up a veggie rice and curry storm but the teachers pitched in to make it the most delicious vegan fare I have eaten. From the Persian nut roast with vegan gravy to the chia chocolate vegan wattalapan. It was all amazing, scrumptious and filling.

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Tues 11 February 9.15-10.30am Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Wed 12 Feb 5-7.30am Kundalini Yoga Sadhana @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5(FREE CLASS)

Wed 12 February 6.30-7.45pm Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 13 February 7.45-9.00am   Kundalini Yoga(Shaunagh) @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

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

#gong #gongbath #consciousrebirthing #rebirthing #kundaliniyoga #kundalinicolombo #kundlainifestivalsrilanka #srilanka #yoga #yogasrilanka #sriyogashala #prana #pranayama #pranichealing #kundaliniyogafestivalsrilanka #yogafest

 

 

The Magic Balm of Breath – Kundalini Yoga 5 Feb 2020 Sri Lanka

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The Magic Balm of Your Breath

Last week we tried out some yogic hacks to try and bullet proof our nervous system. This week we go more deeply into the breath. Understanding more about the emotional, physical and psychological effects that daily pranayama gives.

The quality, quantity and circulation of your physical breath creates the foundation of your health and vitality. In fact most of us breathe very shallowly, using our upper chest and creating tension, tightness and armouring in the chest muscles that lead to weak nerves and a greater susceptibility to stress and illness. Tonie Nooyens our lead trainer in Asia says by regularly practicing pranayama,(the expansion of our breath and vital life force energy) we can heal about 50% of our illnesses and stress. Relaxed, conscious breathing is the key. We also need to reduce the rate of how many cycles of inhale and exhale we take per minute.

This week we will practice these deep pranic healing techniques to leave you feeling vital and refreshed. We have a guest teacher here from London Preetam Kaur, she is doing a conscious rebirthing class on Friday 6-8pm 1500Rs, one not to be missed.

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Tues 4 February – HOLIDAY NO CLASS

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

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

Thurs 6 February 7.45-9.00am   Kundalini Yoga(Shaunagh) @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

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

Friday 7 Feb 6-8pm Conscious Rebirthing@ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 Preetam Kaur (UK) 1500Rs

Saturday 8 Feb 5.30-7pm Poya Gong Bath @ Prana Lounge, Col 7 (Shaunagh)

Sunday 9 Feb 6-7.30pm Poya Gong Bath@ Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe. Galle

#gong #gongbath #consciousrebirthing #rebirthing #kundaliniyoga #kundalinicolombo #kundlainifestivalsrilanka #srilanka #yoga #yogasrilanka #sriyogashala #prana #pranayama #pranichealing

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Use Pressure as your Guide – Kundalini Yoga 24 Dec 2019

Use Pressure as a Guide – Kundalini Yoga

On a regular basis I feel stress, pressure and tension. The tendency is to let these strong emotions and feelings overwhelm us. If we can stand back and view them from a different prospective we can see they are giving us an interesting message. The message is, we are out of balance, we need to take stock, become conscious and then take action.

Next time you start to feel irritated, hot under the collar and worried, why not just stop, take a moment and a breath. Feel and experience your feelings, even if they are uncomfortable Then use a quick mantra or affirmation to get yourself back into your centre.

Don’t let your strong emotions sweep you away into reaction, use them as a guide to guide you back to your centre, your self and true nature of spirit and light.

Happy Christmas and New Year. See you all in 2020.

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CLASSES THIS WEEK

Tues 24 Dec 9.15-10.30am Kundalini Yoga @9 Greenlands Lane , Col 5

Tues   24 Dec 6-7.30pm     Christmas Eve Gong Bath@ Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe

Our first Retreat falls on Independence Day 2-4 Feb 2020 at Guava House do not miss it.

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Lower Legs & Your Purpose – Kundalini Yoga

Lower Legs and Your Purpose – Kundalini Yoga

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Before the onset of the Christmas rush, let’s work with our bodies to be aware of what messages they are giving us to help us through this beautiful yet sometimes stressful period.

Guru Singh reminds us our how our physical anatomy connects to our emotions. The feet are the direction that your life is moving in. You should always check your feet and notice if they are turning in or out. If they are turning in or out then you are fighting your own direction. Your ankles are the angles of your momentum into that direction and must always be limber and active as you walk. If you allow them to become passive you will lose your power of moving forward in your life. Your lower legs are the principles on which you stand. There are two bones therefore you are born with two standards, your own values and the ones applied to you by society. The tibia bone is the larger one and contains your personal standards and principles. The fibula is smaller and slightly positioned to the back, containing the standards and expectations from society. Honour your personal standards first, but do not ignore societies standard other wise you will face disruptive opposition in your life.

So this week in our classes we will work on aligning our feet, ankles, legs and knees and be aware of the signals that they are giving us and whether we are in touch with our own principles or if we are just living by others standards and see if we can make our lower body fit and healthy.

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

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

Wed 18 Dec 5-7.30am   Kundalini Yoga Sadhana @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

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

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

Tues   24 Dec 6-7.30pm     Christmas Eve Gong Bath@ Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe

 

 

 

Non Communicable Diseases & Kundalini Yoga

Stress and Non Communicable Diseases

With the pressure, tension and friction we all face on a daily basis, as a practicing yogi I still find it hard to keep up the balance in my life and not get Stressed. I believe keeping stress at bay is an on going practice, which needs to be worked at. My experience is as soon as you rest on your laurels, life spins a new set of challenges which can either push your nervous system to its brink or you can bring your awareness and tools into play to bring you back into balance. So this week we look at how yoga, meditation and mindfulness can help in our struggle to stay balanced and reduce our overall chronic stress.

This brings me to more of the research by assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School Director of Yoga Research, Yoga Alliance and Director of Research, Kundalini Research Institute, to include but a few of his titles, Dr Sat Bir Singh Khalsa.

Our mood and how we handle stress have a major effect on the types of diseases we suffer. Dr Sat Bir informed us that this psychophysiology affects us on a biological level as well as effecting our genes (i.e. DNA). When we practice yoga, pranayama and meditation the relaxation response which is triggered via our autonomic nervous system and endocrine system, induces changes in our metabolism, insulin secretion and inflammatory pathways (Manoj K Bhasin..PLOS ONE| www.plosone.org May 2013| volume 8|issue 5|e62817)

Kirtan Kriya (a kundalini yoga meditation) effected the genes that created inflammation in the body and potentially counteracts the adverse effects of inflammation, anti-body responses to vaccinations and resistance to viral infections in the body. (Elsevier, SciVerse ScienceDirect David S Black, Steve W Cole, Michael R Irwin, Elizabeth Breen).

A meta-analysis concluded, when stress was reduced by doing regular yoga, mindfulness-based stress reduction and stress-related physiological measures the student had reduced evening cortisol and waking cortisol levels. Cortisol being a stress induced hormone. Systolic blood pressure was decreased. Resting heart rate, blood glucose levels, cholesterol, lipoprotein were all reduced. This was associated with the regulation of the sympathetic nervous system (our go go gas pedal).

Non Communicable Diseases (NCD) such as diabetics, have high blood pressure, heart disease and high cholesterol were responsible for 71% of deaths worldwide in 2016. Basically what all this means is that if you reduce your stress response by doing yoga as a therapeutic intervention it can help prevent getting these NC diseases in the first place.

This Autumn a total of 160 of newly matriculated students at Harvard Medical School will be learning mind body and resiliency skills (yoga & mindfulness) as part of their training.   As being in the front line of stressful professions. This will hopefully not only help manage their personal stress levels and help them stay healthy. But give them a real experience and therefore understanding on how doing a regular yoga practice will reduce chronic stress and help their patients and society.

This week we have 2 Gong Baths to choose from, this is one of the most relaxing things you can do for your nervous system please come and join us. 

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Tues 10 Dec 9.15-10.30am Kundalini Yoga @9 Greenlands Lane , Col 5

Tues 10 Dec 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga(Shaunagh) @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

Wed 11 Dec 5-7.30am     Kundalini Yoga @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 11 Dec 6-7.30pm    Special Poya Healing Double Gong @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

Thurs 12 Dec 7.45 -9am   Kundalini Yoga (Shaunagh) @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Colombo 5

Thurs 12 Dec 6.30-7.45pm Kundalini Yoga@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Sun   14 Dec 4-6pm       Art of Relaxation workshop @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Pl, Col7

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