Polyvagal Theory – Dr Steven Porges Kundalini Yoga

Polyvagal Theory – Map of How to Live – Dr Steven Porges

Last week we looked at the autonomic nerves system and the effect it has on our blood chemistry.

After travelling to Indian, Professor Dr Steven Porges, a distinguished University Researcher now at the Kinsley Institute, has studied neural feedback and the effect it has on our emotions and behaviour for over 25years.

He says our lives are not failing, we are not getting sick on because we lack the discipline or character to change ourselves. From a Polyvagal perspective when we are in a state of constant unconscious/subconscious defence, fight/ flight and freeze we cannot use the higher functions of the mind in the prefrontal cortex, to act not react.

What does this mean?

It means that on a subconscious level we are constantly reacting to life, facial cues from other people, the sound of their voice, threats perceived real or unreal.

Our behaviour is not intentional. I am not intentionally rude, angry or cruel. I am just reacting to my blood chemistry.

Whether that is bad eating habits, self sabotage, feelings of resentment, anger which leads to arguments. So we try and calm down through learned behaviour of trying to change our blood chemistry. Eating, moving our mouth, chewing, sucking sweets, inhaling smoke, cigarettes, glass of wine or carbohydrates all change the chemistry in our body making us feel more relaxed. Wired and then tired.

In the state of Defence you may see someone’s neutral expression as someone scowling at you. Someone telling you something negative or complaining may invoke uncomfortable feelings, you become defensive and do not have the space to listen to them. That person then feels no one listens to me or takes me seriously. I am isolated. Even a critical email, Facebook comment, demand on line can be seen as marginalisation or disapproval. All this bio feedback happens at the most subtle and unconscious level. But effects your emotions, behaviour and health.

Solutions – We can Help Ourselves

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We need to find a way to access the higher function in our mind, i.e. frontal lobe, executive function. When we are in this area of consciousness we can understand that a negative can be a change to grow. An obstacle in life can become a challenge we can face. It is only out of hardship, sometimes pain and fear that the noblest qualities arise in us.

Instead of self soothing ourselves through unhealthy eating habits we can suck our tongue for a few minutes which stimulates our vagus nerve and calms it.

Instead of smoking we can do deep breathing, which uses our conscious ability to control a usually involuntary system in our body. Extending the exhalation and pushing on the diaphragm relaxes the vagus nerve.

 

Instead of shouting we can sing, chant, play an instrument, listen to Gong or come to a Gong Bath. This is called acoustic vagal nerve stimulation.

Instead of doing risky behaviour or adrenaline activities, we can dance with our friends, play a team sport or join a group yoga class.

When you notice you are in state of anxiety, defence, take a pause. Sit still close your eyes and visual a beautiful natural scene, stroking your pet, looking into the eyes of someone you love and feel safe with.

We will be practicing some of these techniques this week. Sat nam x raymond.fiona@gmail.com   0778011984 www.sanasuma.co.uk www.3ho.org

This week’s classes:

Mon   15 June   5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom NEW

Tues 16 June   9.30-10.45am Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom NEW

Tues 16 June   5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @zoom

Wed 17 June   5.00- 7.30am Sadhana (FREE) @ zoom

Wed 17 June   5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom

Thurs 18 June   5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom

Fri     19 June    5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @zoom

Summer Soltice 3ho online from New Mexico https://www.esolsticeregistration.com/register/

Sun 21 June   5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @zoom

Sun 21 June      5.30-7pm  Live Gong Bath with Fiona@ Prana Lounge(please pre book as places are limited

 

UK Times are 1pm for afternoon classes. There is a new Password for zoom classes please email for details

First online class FREE, thereafter 600Rs per class or 4000Rs 4 weeks Sri Lankan residents.

UK £5 per class or £20 for 4 weeks.

Stress Fatigue & Habitual Patterns Dr Shanti Shanti – Kundalini Yoga

Stress Fatigue and Habitual Patterns – Dr Shanti Shanti Kaur

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We have been working on healing through our blood chemistry and then rewiring our brain but this week we look at what is creating the DIS-EASE or unbalance in our Mindbody. Our teacher in the 1970’s predicted an epidemic, not COVID19 but something he called Cold Depression or medical science calls Stress Fatigue Syndrome. I remember first hearing about this as a yuppy disease in the 1980’s especially linked to bankers and stock brokers working so hard and partying in equal measure which ended up in burn out. Stress Fatigue, is similar it is a nervous system disorder.

What is it? What are the symptoms?

  • Feeling flat numb
  • Wired or tired
  • We over adrenalise to feel something, by taking stimulants coffee, alcohol, sugar, drugs, etc.
  • Needing to be busy all the time. If we are washing the dishes we are listening to a pod cast while baking a cake.
  • Difficultly sleeping/ staying asleep and winding down. Over 1/3 of the population in the UK suffer from chronic sleep problems and 2/3 suffer from some sleep problems. https://www.nhs.uk/news/lifestyle-and-exercise/sleep-problems-in-the-uk-highlighted/.
  • Risky behaviour, adrenaline junkies that move from one high to another e.g. shop lifting, gambling, self sabotage, feeling safe does not feel good.
  • Relationships always in crisis or drama.

What is the cause of this Pandemic?

  1. Information overload is giving us brain fatigue. The feelings that we are always on the back foot, we cannot adapt to change fast enough.   The demand and command system in our body (autonomic nervous system) does not have the ability to ascertain and respond to change fast enough. Dr Shanti Shanti Kaur’s says our nervous systems and hormonal systems have been overwhelmed, which in turn shuts down our sensitivity making us feel flat, numb or swing between wired and tired. In order to cope with stress fatigue we turn to and perpetuate self sabotaging behaviour. In order to feel something we over stimulate ourselves with sugar and caffeine, risky behaviour, staying up too late, eating too late. creating dramas in our lives, arguments, worries, etc.
  2. The pressure is constant there is no pause or time to play. The demands of life are unrelenting, I feel if I do not take action all the time I will not survive.
  3. Change of the Age. An acceleration in the energetic field of the earth makes us feel the pressure, tension and friction. Which is also a vehicle for changing our lives and habits.

Solutions

  • We use breath, posture (asana) and sound to relax our autonomic nervous system to give us increased oxygen, prana to the 3rd ventricle or hippocampus, limbic system in the brain our chemical control centre.
  • We use all these method to remove waste or toxic stress from the brain stem (old subconscious brain) through the movement of the cerebral spinal fluid through rhythmic movement (spinal flex)
  • Create a sense of vitality and calm by strengthening the vagus nerve.
  • Reconnection to ourselves through experiencing our spirit and heart makes us feel safe in our body.
  • Lifestyle changes and behaviour to create more prana, better blood chemistry and promote feeling of peace, ease and fun, instead of fulfilling our temporary energy cravings through stimulants.

We will be practicing some of these techniques this week. Sat nam x raymond.fiona@gmail.com   0778011984 www.sanasuma.co.uk www.3ho.org

This week’s classes:

Mon   8 June   5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom NEW

Tues 9 June   9.30-10.45am Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom NEW

Tues 9 June   5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @zoom

Wed 10 June   5.00- 7.30am Sadhana (FREE) @ zoom

Wed 10 June   5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom

Thurs 11 June   5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom

Fri     12 June 5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @zoom

Sun 14 June   5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @zoom

UK Times are 1pm for afternoon classes. There is a new Password for zoom classes please email for details

First online class FREE, thereafter 600Rs per class or 4000Rs 4 weeks Sri Lankan residents.

UK £5 per class or £20 for 4 weeks.

 

Living Lightly with Non attachment – Kundalini Yoga and Meditation

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Living lightly has not come naturally to me. I have had to be super mindful, learn and make an effort to be less attached, light hearted and forgive myself and others easily. Like everything even these qualities can be learnt. I have a very strong mind so it is easy to attach to my thoughts and feelings. I was born with a deep sense of guilt so judgement has been one of my main life lessons. But with my practice of Kundalini Yoga and meditation, I realise my life is a mirror. Shinning my consciousness on my weaknesses enables me to view my everyday challenges with loving reflection. When I get upset, I am mindful of my automatic response of blame. I am also mindful when I get a compliment, of wanting to claim it as MY victory. Through commitment to a loving practice of health, happiness and a wholesome approach to life, I am shifting away from my minds needs to a healthier energy where I can be patient and attract into my life what is needed.

My experience has shown me that letting go doesn’t mean you lose everything, it actually means you gain everything. At a very physical level, letting go can be quite an emotional experience; however, when you start practicing it you will find a freedom and a positive momentum that helps you attract everything into your life. At first the very thought of letting go can tap into our fear programming that says, when we let go, we have nothing. There is very little truth in that fear, as when we let go of holding on to people, places and situations, we release the chords of attachment and merge more into a space of neutrality and non-attachment where we have the potential to make available “everything” to come to and through our experience. Notice letting go and being nonattached is not the same thing as Detachment. Detachment is opting out of life, being nonattached and letting go is the opposite. It is inviting in life, in a spontaneous way to surprise us and provide for us, while we are as present and conscious as we can be in every moment.

Practical

Forgiving is also letting go, giving this moment forward into the next one. When you don’t forgive, you hold the moment you don’t move forward. A part of you is stuck in the sounds, tones and images of a moment that’s becoming the past. This attaches in your psyche where it will control you from the past. Releasing and no longer attaching, is like an exhale making room for the next inhale. You literally breathe life out and in with each full breath. Next time you feel yourself attaching, blaming, resenting, holding on to a moment, visualise yourself exhaling all the feelings, thoughts out of your body with the stale air. Allow the first chakra and 4th to eliminate what is no longer needed and with the inhale pre forgive yourself for that moment and all the others that will be coming along. Now try this meditation for letting go.

Gunpati Meditation helps to reroute the mental pathways and renew the mind to heal the discordant energy and make way for everything that you could ever ask for in your life.

To Begin: Sit in an Easy Pose with the eyes  1/10th open while concentrating at the Third Eye Point. Place the wrists over the knees, with your hands in Gyan Mudra.

Mantra

SAA-TAA-NAA-MAA RAA-MAA-DAA-SAA SAA-SAY-SO-HUNG

Part I Chant the mantra on a single breath, as you press the fingertips sequentially with each syllable to the thumb. Use a monotone voice similar to when you do Kirtan Kriya.

Time: Continue for 11-62 minutes.

Part II Inhale deeply and hold the breath. Move the body in a slow twist and stretch motion. Move each muscle of the body. Move the head, torso, arms, back, belly and hands. Then exhale powerfully. Repeat this 3-5 times.

Part III Immediately sit straight. Look at the tip of the nose and become totally calm and still. Meditate for 2-3 minutes.

To End: Inhale and hold the breath for 30 seconds as you physically move and rotate your body as if it is going through spasms. Move and squeeze every muscle. Repeat this 3 more times. Then inhale, sit calmly and concentrate on the tip of your nose for 20 seconds. Exhale, and relax.

This kriya allows you to let go of the attachments to the mind and to the impact of past actions so you can create and live a fulfilled life and a perfect future.

Learn to let go of EVERYTHING you are holding on to so dearly and just wait and see what the Universe will provide for you. You just never know; it might be even better than what you didn’t’ want to let go.

Let it Go. Let Life flow to you and give you everything your big heart desires.

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Mon 3 October 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 4 October 6-7pm             Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

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

Wed 5 October 3-3.45pm       Radiant Kids Class@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 5 October 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road Col 5

 

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The Yogic Science of Meditation – Kundalini Yoga 6.15-7.30pm Mon 19 September 2016

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During the major turning points in our lifecycles we learnt that fear can be a real block to dealing with change. A good life practice to start incorporating, during times of transition, periods of chronic stress, illness and emotional pain is to develop the meditative or neutral mind.

Incorporating meditation into your life and making it part of your lifestyle is more relaxing than a massage or taking a nap. Both are pleasant but do not change your mental and emotional state, i.e. they can leave you still with a racing mind.

A regular meditation practice is just like taking a shower every morning but this is a mental shower, to dislodge old thought patterns from an overflowing unconscious and subconscious mind and reassemble them into thought patterns that better serve you.

Dr Herbert Benson from Harvard University published the first studies on the effects of meditation on the body mind. He said meditation created an integrated physiological response to stress. In essence he states that when we mediate we trigger a mechanism in our cells, (Nitric Oxide NO) which responds to stress by lowering the norepinephrine hormone and neurotransmitter released by the sympathetic nervous system. Simply it works by blunting our response to stress.

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When you begin meditating it is not always a dance but a struggle especially when you run into to old mind patterns that you have become attached to. Yogi Bhajan tells us “if when meditating, all your garbage does not come out to greet you – you are probably not meditating.”

Do not become concerned when this mental garbage comes up, meditation is not about getting anything RIGHT. It is about making it a regular practice. It is not about proving who you are it is about improving who you are. It is becoming aware of your thoughts and emotions the way you perceive life and getting in touch and understanding who you are? Expose the dark corners of your mind and emotions to the light of conscious awareness and it will ultimately liberate you from the burden of holding on to your mental burdens.

Practical

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All you need to do to mediate is to pick a quiet, relaxed setting, close your eyes, focus on your breath and a mantra (mind projection) and become passive to each passing thought. Just 20 mins twice a day can have a dramatic effect on your physical health, emotional and mental wellbeing.

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This week’s classes:

Mon 19 September 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 20 September 6-7pm          Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 21 September 4.45- 7am        Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 21 September 3-3.45pm       Radiant Kids Class@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 21 September 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Fri   23 Sept 6.30-7.30pm         Community Class @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road (by Donation)

Sat   24 Sept 6.30-8.00pm          Gong Healing and meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Busting our Fears and the Midlife Crisis – Kundalini Yoga

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The midlife crisis does not have to be a crisis, essentially it is a time for self-assessment or revaluation of your life so far. It can hit during the life cycles clusters of 33, 35, 36 or 42, 44 or 54, 55, 56. At this stage in your life you have finished the process of accumulations, which pre occupied you in the first third of your life, now is the chance to decide what worked or did not work? Are you really going in the direction you want to go in? How about your dreams and ambitions when you were younger, have they been fulfilled? When this shift hits it can bring great resolution, creativity, the applied intelligence and understanding of ourselves through consciousness or bring up deep subconscious, sometimes irrational fears, of past failures or the future, that make us feel lost, nostalgic and create a deep reluctance to embrace the future. This overwhelm can easily lead to depression.

During this time of evolutionary change our subconscious fears during these life cycle changes are coming up very strongly. Deep primal subconscious fear is coming up so it can be released. Emotions are very important at this time, in order to release these emotions we must allow ourselves to feel them. The emotional body is the closest to the physical body so it makes us feel physically really uncomfortable and it is difficult to ignore. Not only do we have to deal with these uncomfortable feelings but we also have to deal with how our mind reacts to this discomfort. The mind likes to avoid pain and seeks pleasure. So it generates thoughts to self-medicate or produce emotional satisfaction like shopping, drinking, smoking, drugs, gaming, fixation on other people and their problems, whatever your pattern of pain avoidance is will surface. Avoiding these painful feelings give a temporary relief to your mind but this feel good numbing will not last very long, therefore you will back to dealing with your original emotions.

If emotionally you are really shut down, it will manifest in disease, that is why so many people are suffering from diseases at the present time.

The most primal fear we have to deal with is fear of the material world. Fear of our own survival. This is in our genes, and genetics does not care if you have a comfortable life or money or not, it just cares about keeping the species alive.

Yoga works on the physical plain, emotional and mental level. You have 2 ways in which you can deal with these feelings you can deal with them on the energetic level internally, through awareness, working with your mind, body and feelings or you manifest your deepest fears in this 3-dimensional earth plain i.e. time and space become your teachers. Both methods work but time and space is more brutal.

Yogic science helps us transcend our fears. We are born to be free, manifest our dreams and love that is our purpose here on earth. Deep meditations can rewire our brain to help us deal with our deep subconscious fears, allowing us to internally confront the fear, embrace it to erase it, so you do not have to manifest it.

Once you have dealt with this period of time you will feel emotionally more stable than before. During these times we need to intensify our self-care. Maybe change pace a little, slow down, spend more time feeling great in our skin, meditating into a place of stillness so life can come to us. We need to face the mental fear of the future and conquer it.

Practical Application – Self-care breath

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Self-care breath increases inner energy and strength

boosts the immune system, and cleanses the body.

  1. Sit comfortably in a meditation posture.
  2. Open the mouth and form a circle that is tight and

precise—a boar’s mouth.

  1. Place the hands crossed over the Heart Centre, right over left.
  2. Close your eyes and sense the area under your palms.
  3. Breathe a steady, powerful Cannon Breath through the mouth. Let your mind focus on the mouth ring and shape the breath into a ring. Continue 5 minutes.
  4. To end: Inhale and hold the breath. Relax the mouth.

Mentally repeat: “I am beautiful, I am innocent, I am innocent, I am beautiful.” Exhale through the nose. Do this a total of five times. Then relax.

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This week’s classes:

Mon 12 September 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 13 September 6-7pm      Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 14 September 4.45- 7am        Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 14 September 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Fri   16 Sept 6.30-7.30pm     Community Class @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road (by Donation)

Sat   17 Sept 6-7.30pm                    Gong Healing @ Sri Yoga Shala, Galle

Yogic Food Wisdom – Kundalini Yoga 6.15-7.30pm Mon 29 Aug @ Prana Lounge

When I was young I would eat like a horse. I was very proud of how much I could eat and I did not care if it was a Sara Lee double chocolate cake or a McDonald’s burger. I did notice however at a certain stage in my life I started to put on weight. I was a bit outraged at the idea that as you get older you cannot eat the junk you ate as a teenager, until I discovered why during my Kundalini Yoga course in Humanology.

Now I understand that my body, mind and emotions go through regular cycles. During these cycles if I want to optimise feeling good, physically, mentally and emotionally I need to adjust my diet and activities to correspondent with these natural changes. Diet in fact should be appropriate to what we are doing and in what phase of life we are in.   The first 1-30 years roughly, are spent building the body. Our body tends to be moist and heavy we are prone to respiratory problems and phlegm. During this time, we should eat drying astringent foods like pomegranate, green apples, green grapes and drink green tea. We can also consume more fats and carbohydrates. We have the energy to burn up calories at their fastest pace during this phase in our lives.

During our middle years around 30-60 we tend towards excess heat in the body and inflammatory disorders. If you are suffering with arthritis you need to eat less yoghurt, cheese, tomatoes and vinegar. Increase cooling foods and drinks like coconut, sweet fruits, water melon, rice, milk, cabbage, squash, sweet potatoes. During this phase you need to eat one third less than you ate during the first third of your life, otherwise as your metabolism slows down you will slowly gain weight.

In our elder years we tend to become colder and drier. Elders suffer from constipation as digestive juices are secreted less. Well-cooked easy to digest foods are needed. Also anti-aging rejuvenative foods like green vegetables, beetroot, etc. Drink warm drinks, include spices like cinnamon, garlic and cloves. Apples, prunes, beetroot, broccoli, oatmeal and chickpeas are good foods for this age. Also aim to eat two-thirds less than during the first third of your life, as the muscle mass decreases in the body and the metabolism slows down further.

Practical Application

Fungus – if you are suffering from a fungal infection like candida that will not go away, you need to be conscious of your emotional state. Are you supressing feelings of sorrow, feeling a victim or are you passive aggressive? Could you reframe your thoughts and emotions and feel like you have volunteered for everything that has happened to you in life and the bigger picture of your existence.

Viruses – if you are always getting viral infections you may feel frustrated about unfulfilled expectations or life lessons. Can you reframe your life to create more compassion, tolerance and peace within by coming from your heart centre?

Bacteria – feeds on feelings of deep emotional pain and fear. Can you reframe your mind to feel you are equal to all of your challenges and face the fear and do it anyway?

Parasites – Anger fuels internal parasites. Can you start moving that heat of anger up to the heart centre where you can feel forgiveness? Do cooling pranayamas like Sitali to take the heat out of any anger issues?

Onions are anti-allergy foods. Onions contain bioflavonoids quercetin, this inhibits an enzyme, lipoxygenase which generates an inflammatory chemical. This will help reduce the inflammatory cells in the respiratory tract of asthmatics. Also good for coughs. You need to make equal amounts of onion juice and honey. Take 3 to 4 teaspoons daily.

Garlic reduces cholesterol and blood pressure as well as aiding stomach ulcers. A recent study in the Netherlands confirmed that garlic kills bacterium associated with stomach ulcers, Helicobacter pylori. Make a rice pudding using garlic and as little rice as possible and milk, cook it until it is soft and take it for 5 days.

Ginger is seen as the Universal medicine. It increases circulation, good for colds, arthritis, increases digestion and reduces phlegm. Ginger is also high in calcium and iron content. Great also for nausea, and reduces bloating. You can take up to 3grams per day in capsules or 1 tsp chopped fresh in tea 3 times a day.

Celery widely considered one of the most cooling foods which is rich in organic sodium (not sodium chloride or salt). If you suffer from insomnia you need to take a juice or steamed celery stalks before bed. 8-16flu oz. with a little prune juice will help soothe your nervous system and send you off to sleep.

Beetroot juice. King detoxifier of the liver. You must mix beetroot juice with other veggie juices so that all the toxins don’t get blasted out into our blood stream all at once. Also a great cure for haemorrhoids.

Green veggies are another great detoxifier and antioxidant. Drink 32 flu oz. per day or 4 measuring cups.

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raymond.fiona@gmail.com www.sanasuma.co.uk 0778011984

This week’s classes:

Mon 29 August 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 30 August 6-7pm             Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 31 August 4.45- 7am        Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 31 August 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Fri   2 Sept 6.30-7.30pm       Community Class @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road (by Donation)

Sat 3 Sept 5-7.30am  Group Sadhana @The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road,Col 5 (FREE)

Sat   3 Sept 9.30-10.30am     Hatha General @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Sun 4 Sept 10-11am                 Hatha General @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

The Biorhythms of Life – 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga Mon 1 August @ Prana Lounge

biorhythmIs your life an automatic existence? Are you in survival mode? Or do you live in the ebb and flow of the Universal life force. Our individual lives are either acted out in concert like a harmonious note or discordant and in conflict with these basic micro and macro cycles and rhythms of life, Yogi Bhajan called the Biorhythm of life.

The habits we cultivate, our self discipline and conscious awareness effect our capacity to make key choices that enhance the harmony of the flow or strike a discordant note.

Life’s purpose for the individual is to give us the chance to experience our own infinite nature in the finite realm. Encounter our destiny and build caliber and character through our actions and interactions with others.

At each point in our life we continue to develop, learn and change. The yogis noticed that our life was cyclical. It revolved in 3 main cycles:

  • Every 7 years the cycle of our consciousness and identity. (What are our priorities, values and meaning of life. How connected our we to people and the Infinite)
  • Every 11 years the cycle of applied intelligence. (What are our strategies, how do we manifest our thoughts into actions and how do we perceive cause and effect in relation to our choices)
  • Every 18 years the cycle of physical, health and vitality. (Level of activity, quality of life, lifestyle and wellbeing habits)

If we choose to recognise that our life has a map we can learn to adapt at each stage of our life. We can develop tools and have an emergency back pack to deal with the changing terrain and challenges as we enter each stage.rhythm bio

  • Child 0-11yrs,
  • Adolescent 11-21yrs,
  • Young adult 22-40yrs,
  • Maturity 40-66yrs
  • Elder 66yrs onwards.

 

The Practice

Spend 5 mins making a list of your habits. Now underline the ones that you feel you have learnt unconsciously. For example, I tend eat very fast and not chew my food properly.

Go through each of your unconscious habits and note if you were going to try and change your unconscious habits would it take effort, insight or redirection?

Look at your habits and see if any of them support your mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing. How do they support you when you face challenges in your life? (For example, if I consciously chew my food and become conscious when I eat, I digest my food better, feel physically well and therefore sleep better and am a nicer person.)

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0778011984

This week’s classes:

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

Tues 2 August 6-7pm             Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 3 August 4.45- 7am        Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 3 August 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Fri   5 August 6.30-7.30pm   Community Class @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road (by Donation)

Sat   6 August 9.30-10.30am Hatha General Class @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Sun 7 August 10-11am           Hatha General Class @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

 

They key to Knowing All your Intuition – Mon 6 June 6-7.30pm Kundalini yoga @ Prana Lounge

opening-the-third-eye-awarenessThe Pituitary Gland is known as the ‘Master Gland’ as it controls the entire glandular system which includes the thyroid, parathyroid, adrenals, pancreas and reproductive glands. It is located underneath the Hypothalamus in the center of the brain and is about the size of a bean. The Pituitary is associated with the Ajna Chakra (the Sixth Chakra) and the Third Eye.

When our eyes view parallel we use the converging optical nerve and where the optical nerve crosses is the pituitary gland and third eye. As a part of its function, the pituitary gland when turned on by the optical nerves, opens up our entire emotional and psychological awareness. That total openness drops us into the centre of the moment, and in the centre of the moment there is no time; we therefore receive all information at once. That is a highly intuitive state and that is the third eye.

The pituitary gland also aids our ability to bond with others. It isn’t a bonding that happens over words and shared ideals, but it is in a deeper sense. Have you ever been drawn to certain people that you end up having an instant connection with? This is the Pituitary Gland. When the Pituitary is weak, it can make a person feel lonely and disconnected from the world.

The Pituitary Gland also has to do with our growth physically, spiritually and intellectually. When the Pituitary isn’t mature, one can pretend to be someone that they are not. Their inner being isn’t aligned with the part they show the world, which is due to a lack of trust in their intuition. When a person doesn’t trust their intuition and doesn’t project their true self, it makes it hard connect with others.

Let me address the question of physical discomfort around the eyes when focusing at the third eye. Whenever you are in a particular mudra with the eyes focusing at the third eye point or focusing at the tip of the nose, it uses muscles that you probably have not used very often. If the pain is really severe begin with focusing mentally on the third eye or tip of the nose, not actually physically focusing on the third eye, practice this until it becomes easier, then start to focus for 30seconds or so on the 3rd eye or tip of nose point, slowly build this up until the muscles get use to this new stretch.

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The Practice

  • Focusing during meditation on the third eye or tip of the nose.
  • Stand up, start breath of fire as you alternate between standing on tiptoes and then back down to your heals. Continue 1-3mins. To end inhale and sit down quickly in easy pose giving the spine a slight jolt. Do not do this if you have back problems.

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This week’s classes:

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

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

Wed 8 June 4.45- 7am        Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 8 June 3-3.45pm        Radiant Childs Class@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 8 June 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Fri   10 June   6.30-7.30pm   Community Class @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road (by Donation)

Week beginning Mon 13 June most Kundalini Yoga teachers are on Retreat so please call the studios to check if classes are on.

 

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.

Making Your Dreams Come True – The Yoga of Prayer

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The Power of Real Prayer?

Very simply it is when you ask for a higher power or authority to intervene.   In the Piscean Age, Religion taught you to look outside yourself for miracles. Religion should have taught you to call on your higher self in prayer.

We tend to pray when we are desperate, insecure, lost.  But you can also live in gratitude and that is living in prayer.  Prayer is actually gratitude. You are the miracle you want to create, you are the divine, so learn to pray to your heart your soul.

Prayer comes from the heart not the head. Love comes from inside your heart just as prayers come from inside you. When you practice this you become bright, beautiful and trustworthy.   Anytime you pray from outside you, you are trying to pressurise the situation to create a result. You are trying to use force not love to create change.

The brain stem is the control centre for your total personality, projection and progression. Once you start vibrating from the brain stem like an expanding wave into infinity you unite the finite and infinite in you. This is prayer that works.

If you want more peace, feel more peaceful. If you want more prosperity, feel more abundant. If you want more joy, feel joy bubbling up from the depths of your being.

The first step is to learn to send vibrations out, become a beacon of vibratory power of your soul.  This vibration flowing out of you is prayer. It will meet all challenges unto infinity.  When you expand into your vastness, your greatness, your Great Spirit, your great soul.  You will really understand prayer and the power of it, the power of you.

Meditation to Teach You to Pray

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Mudra: Interlace the fingers so the left Mercury finger (pinkie) is on the outside. Extend the Jupiter fingers (index) up straight. Cross the thumbs, so right is over left. Place this mudra in front of the Heart Center so the thumbs are very close to the chest, and the Jupiter fingers are pointing straight up toward the ceiling. The elbows will be bent.

Eyes: Closed or 1/10th open.

Focus: Build an image of yourself. You are still and radiant. Your breath is slow, deep and meditative. Imagine you are sitting on the top of Mount Everest, so all the world is around you. Consider your spine is like a tube of light. There is light between the base of your neck and the base where you are sitting. Now it is sending out light rays. You can send waves to the entire globe with each thought.

Your prayer is like a stone, which is dropped in the middle of some water. It creates waves and ripples. Feel yourself as the waves and ripples go on and on unto Infinity. The power of your soul is the pure power. Let the power of your soul vibrate out. It has no limit or boundary. With each breath and with the ripples of your heartbeat, project, bless, and be blessed. Merge in Infinity and let Infinity find you too.

Time: 11 minutes, 31 minutes maximum.

To End: Do heavy Breath of Fire, holding the position to awaken yourself out of the meditation. Continue for 1 minute.

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Then stretch the arms out to the sides, forearms bent up at about a 45-degree angle, palms down. Begin circling just the hands, right hand counterclockwise and left hand clockwise, in 6-inch circles. Don’t just circle them. Stop every so often as the hands are up and out to the sides, and flutter your fingers a little, as if you are sending off energy to the environment and space around you.

This week’s classes:

Mon 21 Sept 6-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Pl, Col 7

Tues 22 Sept 8.30 -9.30am Kundalini Yoga@The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Rd,

Tues 22 Sept  6-7pm Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 23 Sept 4.45- 7am Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 23 Sept 3-3.45pm Kids Yoga @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 23 Sept 7.15-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga@The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Thurs 24 Sept 6-7pm Gong Bath and breath meditation, 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Investment 1000Rs

Saturday 26 Sept meet us at the Good Market for a FREE CLASS.