Value Your Breath – Breathe Consciously Kundalini Yoga Mon 9 Oct, 6.15-7.30pm @ Prana Lounge

Last week we were appreciating everything in our lives even our misery. But the simplest thing in the world can help us through the darkest situation and that is our very undervalued breath. Just because we breath automatically we take our breath for granted. However you would not last 5 minutes without this precious resource, literally the world hangs on your every breath.

Just because we are born with this automatic breathing response that keeps us alive, I personally do not just want to survive, I want to thrive!

That is why in Kundalini yoga one of our first principles is to Value our breath and breathe consciously. Think of each conscious inhalation you receive as a reaffirmation of that divinity in you.   Science and psychology has established the mind body connection. In Kundalini yoga we understand that the rate and rhythm of your breath is intimately connected to our mental and emotional states. By slowing the breath down, or just becoming mindful of our breath we can relax our nervous system, change our blood chemistry and gain control of our mind and emotions. The average rate of breathing for most people is 15 cycles (i.e. cycle means in and out) per minute.

Practical Tips

Breath of Fire: expands your lungs, detoxifies your blood, massages your organs.Long Deep Breathing: When you want to control your mind and emotions. If you can reduce your breath cycle to less than 8 per minute this stimulates the pituitary gland the gateway to your intuition, your inner guide to make the correct decision.Left nostril breathing: to calm the nervous system down. Try just 26 cycles when feeling stressed.Right nostril breathing: to give you some energy and stop those sweet, carb, cravings at 3pm.  Catch yourself breathing notice it and gives thanks for your breath.  Sat nam Fi x sanasumainsrilanka.wordpress.com read our weekly blogs and brain candy updates

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This week’s classes:

Mon 9 Oct 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 10 Oct 9.30-10.30am Kundalini Yoga @ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

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

Tues 10 Oct 5.30-6.30pm Kundalini Yoga @ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

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

Wed 11 Oct 3-3.45pm         Radiant Kids Yoga@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Wed 11 Oct 7.15-8.15pm    Kundalini Yoga@The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Thurs 12 Oct 3-4pm             Kudanlini Yoga@ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

 

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Breath is the Foundation to Health – 6-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga Mon 16 May @ Prana Lounge, Col7

Breath is the Foundation of our physical, emotional and mental health.

Breathe correctly and we think more clearly, breathe correctly and we feel healthy and vital. Around 1/3 of all adults breathe incorrectly.

The most common error is to inhale into the chest while lifting up our diaphragm. Physiologically this is called paradoxical breathing because we try to expand our lungs as we reduce the chest cavity space by our diaphragm pushing up like an umbrella into our chest cavity. The result of this breathing is:

  1. Fatigue
  2. When exercising you can become dizzy
  3. Out of breath and gasping for air from the mouth
  4. Lack of vitality

Paradoxical breathing is like trying to run a race on crutches, it gets tiring. All this incorrect breath sends the wrong codes to our brain therefore our nervous system, ability to cope with stress and hormonal system, emotional coping, get out of synchronisation.

Our breathing reflects and effects what we have learnt and our emotional experience. It is therefore vital to regularly take our breathing off automatic pilot and take conscious charge of it.

When we breathe unconsciously or on autonomic functions, our breathing is controlled by the subconscious mind — a portion of the mental body system you have very little access to. Autonomic functions also generate every emotion, feeling-signals that are sent to the brain to produce thoughts describing the nature of each moment and prescribing a response. This is why you often have no control of your emotions arising from the subconscious. The subconscious occupies seventy-five percent of the total mental body because there’s a tremendous amount going on in the physical and the resulting emotional worlds . . . most of which you are never aware of. But remember the one physical function you control is your breathing. Breath can become a gateway, a pathway into your subconscious mind . . . the area with so much control of your life. Throughout history it has been known to every master that working with the breathing and subconscious mind is a way of mastering life — control how you feel, and you can control how you react/respond to everything. Co-manage the breath and you co-manage the direction of the subconscious mind, the feelings, the emotions and resulting thoughts, the reactions, the expectations . . . the very road and direction of your life.

Practical

Let’s try a small experiment using our conscious control of breath.

  • Close your eyes and now take a deep slow breath in through your nose. Now exhale through the nose rapidly. Do this 5 times, how do you feel? More energised?

Now reverse this, take a short, quick breath through your nose and then a long exhale through your nose. Once again do this 5 times. Do you feel more relaxed?

  • Your homework is to sit and observe your breathing as often as you can; share the impulse ‘to breathe’ and watch how it releases the control of how you feel, think and act. Become the one who is co-managing your world and do this often — at least for some minutes every day . . . it will change your life for good.

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This week’s classes:

Mon 16 May 6-7.30pm        Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 17 May 6-7pm            Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 18 May 4.45- 7am        Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 18 May 3-3.45pm        Radiant Childs Class@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 18 May 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Sat 21 May 6 -7.30pm       Healing Gong Bath @ Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe, Galle

 

There is a way through every block – Dissolve them

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Dissolve the Blocks in your life

We do not realise it but we actually block ourselves. We get entangled in our emotional wants and needs which fail to serve our real heart’s desire for connection with our infinite self.

Yogi Bhajan explains: “We have forgotten one thing. We have not come on this Earth to have a religion, not at all. We have not come here to do a business. These are all tools to achieve one thing-which is a basic human instinct—that this finite wants to merge in Infinity. We want to have not this, not that, but we want to have everything; we want to feel everything, we want to know everything, we want to merge in everything, and we want everything to merge in us. When you stop trying this, you destroy yourself. It destroys your mechanism because then you act against your own nature to seek Infinity.”

Sometimes we do not recognize that our finite experience in the human body is in part to create a polarity so we can experience the Infinite. The finite and the Infinite are like two hands which are there to both serve our heart. We feel the desire to expand and touch that infinite nature.

We may express this as a desire for:

  • Power
  • Status
  • Money
  • Looking physically good or fashionable

But when we settle for these finite goals, instead of understanding that these things are an expression of our infinite nature not our hearts desire, we get stuck. As Yogi Bhajan put it, we settle for a single peanut butter sandwich instead of the ongoing feast of plenty that will continue for all our lives.

In order to elevate ourselves as human beings and to stay on the path of our spirit, there are simple tools that can help us. They give us the clarity, courage and consciousness we need. This meditation is one of those tools.

The practice of this meditation, even briefly, locates you in your heart, opens your perception, and lets you immediately recognize the way forward. All the blocks that seemed absolute dissolve. When darkness and struggle seem to surround you, a ray of light finds its way in and it is even easier to see through the darkness. This is a state of ordinary miracles. This is a steady state of gratitude to see the constant flow of miracles that accompany you on your path. That is Dharma!

EVERY-BLOCK

2nd Sutra Meditation: Mandhavani Kriya

“When your work doesn’t proceed, you get blocked, if you chant this mantra, then not only it will start it will start like Infinity.” -Yogi Bhajan 4/11/77

Posture: Sit in a comfortable cross-legged position with a straight spine.

Mudra: Bring the hands in front of the throat, forearms parallel to the ground. The left hand is palm down; the palm is flat and the fingers point to the right. Extend the left thumb toward the throat. Bring the right thumb between the left thumb and index finger, placing it in the center of the left palm and allow the fingers of the right hand to rest on the back of the left hand. Lock the right thumb in place and apply firm pressure on the left palm. Hold the position at the level of the throat about six inches in front of the body.

Eyes: Closed

Mantra: ad Asch, Jugaad Sach, Hai Bhay Sach, Naanak Hosee Bhay Sach

Breath: Inhale deeply and completely exhale as the mantra is chanted in a monotone.  Inhale and continue. This mantra is from the 17th Ashtapadi of Sukhmani Sahib

Time: 31 minutes.

Comments:

Be sure to keep the arms parallel to the ground. The key to this meditation is locking the right thumb and keeping firm pressure on the center of the left hand. Your thumb may become sore after a while but be strong and don’t give an inch.

© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan

Comments by Gurucharan Singh: Let each sound resonate through your whole being like a pebble across the calmest of ponds. And in that complex matrix of ripples you are still personally present and feel your vastness in equal proportion to your specific finiteness. You are in this body—at this time—timelessly and fully engaged. When you listen from the doorway between the finite and Infinite, the mantra you recite becomes the shabad—a sound that dissolves the ego as it invites the Infinite through the heart that you embody. As Yogi Bhajan instructed us:

“This is a Shabad. If you can perfect that Shabad—perfect means when you can recite it correctly at any time without any hindrance while reciting, this is the perfection of the Shabad. While reciting you can hear it accurately. You hear it within yourself, not anybody else. That means it is perfected. Then whenever you will perform it the master miracle will happen.”

Classes This Week

Gong and Breath Class Sat 17 Oct 6-7pm at Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Colombo 7. Investment 1000Rs.

Kundalini Yoga Class today 22 April at St Pauls Church, Cambridge, UK

Yogic Breath

In todays class we are working on the breath, here are just a few of the benefits of Long Deep Breathing

Kundalini Yoga class with Shaunagh

7 – 8pm

at St Pauls Church, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 1LR

  • Relax and calm you
  • This relaxation is of an active rather than a passive kind.  It will re-tune and reset your brain so that correct decisions will flow automatically in a crisis situation.
  • Filling of the lungs to capacity will feed your electro-magnetic field.  Revitalizing and re-adjusting your magnetic field will make you less liable to fall victim to accidents, sickness and negativity.
  • Pump the spinal fluid to the brain, giving greater energy
  • Reduce and prevent toxic buildup caused by not clearing the mucous linings of the small air sacs (alveoli) of the the lungs
  • Stimulate the production of chemicals (endorphins) in the brain, which eliminate the tendency to depression.
  • Cleanse the blood
  • Energize, give greater alertness and awareness due to the life force (prana) in oxygen.
  • Give clarity, cool-headedness, and positivity
  • Aid in breaking subconscious undesirable habit patterns and addictions
  • Reduce insecurity and fear
  • Give capacity to control your negativity and emotions
  • As the lung capacity increases, the pitutitary gland will begin to secrete and the intuitional power of the mind will begin to develop.

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