Emotions – Your Biochemical Gland Laboratory – Kundalini Yoga

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Last week looked at the Nervous system, how we withstand the stresses and strains of life. The depth or strength of your nervous system determined whether you could experience the moment, process it and let it go.

We look at anatomy in Kundalini yoga because we want to understand why our brain produces certain thoughts and what feelings come from what glands and organs. We even investigate what foods, habits, yoga asanas and breathing techniques are recommended to regulate our hormones or endocrine system.

The endocrine glands manufacture certain chemical compounds called hormones which regulate all the functions of the body. The body and personality are dependent on the proper functioning of the endocrine glands for the maintenance of good health. For example, an over secretion of thyroxin, (produced by the thyroid gland) makes us irritable, tense, overexcited, speedy. Thoughts race around and the body metabolism speeds up. This is the opposite when the there is a under production of thyroxin.

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Yogi Bhajan used the half cobra for a lot of the sets because half cobra is very important in relating to the emotional body. It opens up the pelvis and the pelvis is the bowl that holds the glands and organs that produce the hormones and peptides that create a lot of our emotional sensation. To attain optimum health, every gland must work efficiently and in harmony with the other glands. Together they form an axis controlled by the master pituitary gland and brain.

Emotional Intelligence is understanding that all emotions are energy which can be used for our benefit. We have been told to be afraid of our anger so be bottle it up. The wise use of Angry energy is determination. The energy conversion in Confusion it decisiveness. Confusion is just decisiveness with no place to go.

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Our bodies are the most masterful, chemical, laboratories know to the Universe. Make a note this week, what makes you angry, anxious, upset, fearful etc. What are the triggers for these emotions? Be mindful when they are triggered to take action, but not be reactive. Is it food, people or certain scenarios? Start creating a map for yourself of your emotional body to really start mastering the self. Then use your body, breath and mind to start mastering your glands and organs, bringing them to balance so we can feel our emotions, know what to do with each one, experience the present moment without the mental commentary and process the what it.

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The Bitter Principle

Yogies, what is the Bitter Principle and why do we need to add it to our Detox?

The bitter principle works by stimulating the bitter receptors in our tongue, boosting digestive enzymes in our stomach, thereby improving and strengthening the digestive system.

Digestive weakness and decrease in stomach enzymes  both reduce the assimilation of nutrients by the body. Stress can disrupt digestion and this further decreases the body’s vital energy.

We all suffer from weak digestion at some point here are a few indicators to be conscious of:

  • anemia
  • excessive gas
  • painful digestion and intestinal cramps
  • poor fat digestion
  • poor protein digestion
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • loss of energy and vitality
  • excessive craving for sweets, fats, and carbohydrates
  • food allergies
  • digestive weakness due to mental overwork and lack of exercise

How to add this to your diet?

Twenty minutes before eating stimulate your taste buds with something bitter.  Bitter gourd is a great one, cut a slice of it and eat it raw or cut 2 inches of the bitter gourd blend it with a little water and drink a teaspoon like a shot.

If you have a neem or margosa tree in your garden, take a leaf wash it and chew on it.  It is not only a wonderful bitter but it also is a boost for your immune system.

After Dinner Calmative Foods.

After you have eaten your meal, to finish the digestive process why not chomp on our wonderful Sri Lankan cinnamon.  Do you know we grow the most valuable cinnamon in the world?  Buy yourself some cinnamon sticks, preferably organic and chew a 1/4 inch of a cinnamon stick after dinner.  It will make your mouth taste and smell fragrant.  It helps reduce candida a bad fungus in the body, reduces the rise in blood sugar after food and also increases the bodies ability to respond to insulin, thereby making it a  perfect way for diabetics to finish off their meal.  Finally cinnamon calms the digestive system allowing you to finish the digestive process you began with your bitters.

May the detox be with you!  Still a few spaces left on the Guava House Retreat for anyone interested please telephone 0778011984.

Love and light

Sanasuma