The Beauty of Being YOU

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A dear friend asked me a great question this weekend while we were on a blissful Kundalini Retreat in Guava House. He started to talk about the backlash against navel gazing, positive thinking and self-help discussed by the Scandi psychologist Svend Brinkmann. In an increasing pressurised world where everything is being accelerated, people are feeling the pressure to change not only to be physically healthier but also mentally. Svend states we should be asserting we are happy as we are. So how do we understand ourselves and face the challenges of life from a Yogic perspective.

The answer as usual is not black and white. The Universe is a subtle system and what we look for is not what perspective is the right or wrong but to dance on the knife edge between these concepts to get to the truth.

We are born perfect; the most beautiful soul incarnates into a human existence and the soul does not change throughout our lifetime. However, the consciousness that we are a spirit living in a human body soon disappears, as our personality and ego are shaped by our experiences, culture and genetic imprints. These imprints dull the light of this perfect soul, forcing us to create great illusions about ourselves and the world around us, to cope with life.

The starting point is neither to deny change which is a natures process nor believe we are innately imperfect and only through striving to change can this be altered. The reality is that most of us are longing for something. We may fill that longing with food, sex, shopping or being overly entertained but that dissatisfaction keeps us searching and what we are really searching for is to reconnect with our perfect soul.

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  1. Firstly, we need to accept who we are and where we are. If we do not go within and do this, we are in denial. If you do not start from the correct starting point you can never get to where you want to go. If you refuse to accept you have an illness how can it ever get better? This is a subtle internal process of simple acknowledgement, it does not need to be fuelled by self-hate or judgment.
  2. Once you see your real self, all the great bits and the all the shadows, now is the time to start the work of processing all those hidden emotions you did not acknowledge, which have now been transferred into your body, subconscious and unconscious mind. This shadow self which exists in all of us needs to be brought into the light of our consciousness and only through conscious acceptance will the energies that created the shadow be released, to eventually leave the clarity and purity of the real you, (SAT NAM) which you were born to be.9745201a-84ce-4eb6-821a-84f802f68457-767x1032Then you can face life from the reality of YOU. There are no more moments wasted on wishing it to be different . . . it is what it is. Life will always appear slightly greater than you think in order for growth. Not only do you grow in ability — you grow in your outlook; you grow in your courage; you increase your willingness to meet the ever-increasing challenges and obstacles placed before you.

    As if engaged in a total immersion video game experience, life constantly re-ups the game-skill requirements as your skillset increases. This is the nature of life everything is alive everything must change everything must grow. When you view your circumstances through this lens, you access all the abilities to accomplish each moment; you welcome each moment as a measure of your ability.

    So, both perspectives are correct we need to accept where we are but also, we need to be ready to work with ourselves to reach our true potential, our birth right to be a healthy, happy and whole human being.

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    Mon 13 Feb 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

    Tues 14 Feb 6-7pm  Kundalini Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road,

    Wed 15 Feb   5- 7.30am    Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS) Shaungh Teaching

    Wed 15 Feb   3-3.45pm  Radiant Kids Class@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

    Wed 15 Feb 7.15-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga @the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road,Col5

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Mastering Polarity – Kundalini Yoga and Meditation

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What are polarities and how do we live with them let alone master them? Polarity describes opposite forces that actually represent complementary, interconnected systems; the physical and the mental, the finite and the infinite, yin and yang, up and down. They are opposites but still part of the whole. Polarities are a physical law of science. Without polarity life would be flat without depth. We can only know how beautiful a sunny day is because we have cloudy, grey and rainy days. The sweetness of clotted salty cream fudge is only made more delicious by the pinch of salt added to the fudge. Polarities really can be complimentary when used in the correct proportion in our lives.

We talked about the mind a lot last week when we dug deep into the theme of meditation. We also find that the mind loves polarities as it is helpful for our functional mind to classify life as good or bad, white or black, etc. We teach our children to know the world through polarity, even their simplest books look at contrast to describe life.   This is because our functional mind in divided into 3 minds, the negative, positive and neutral. The first mind is the negative mind, it sees the danger and pitfalls, it’s job is to protect you. The positive mind sees the potentials, it’s job is to be expansive and creative. The neutral mind assesses the input from both negative and positive and responds from a neutral place.  The neutral mind is also called the meditative mind. This is the mind where we learn to master the polarities.

The Diagonal Energy and Value

Through cultivation of a non-reactive and quieter, neutral mind we can find the truth and juxta position in any situation. Everything is not purely black or white, we can learn to dance on the knife edge of life, the very line that Yin_and_Yang_svg.png

separates the yin and yang   . As yogis we chose, this diagonal energy, the mutual coexistence. The possibility that both realities exist is not contradictory nor is it completely logical! This is not a comfortable place to sit in as the mind craves certainty. The Diagonal values are less about higher notions of perfection, but more about acceptance from a place of conscious reality.

Practical

ATTITUDE FIRST VALUE POLARITY DIAGONAL VIRTUE
Towards Suffering of Others Cannot relate, Cruel, Blame Pity, Bleeding heart, Sympathy Compassion
Towards Danger &Fear Caution, Self Protection Daring, Bravado Bold Courage
Towards Discipline Fanatic, doing everything as a ritual Autonomy, Independent

 

Obedience, Self love
Towards Desire Prudish, Flat, Bored Hedonistic Passionate, Inspired

 

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Mon 26 September 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 27 September 6-7pm          Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 28 September 4.45- 7am        Sadhana @ at Uta’s 21/21 Ananda Balika Mwt, off Pagoda Rd, Pitakotta

Wed 28 September 3-3.45pm       Radiant Kids Class@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 28 September 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Fri   30 Sept 6.30-7.30pm            Community Class @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road (by Donation)

Sat   1 Oct     5-7.30am                   Early morning Sadhana @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road (FREE)

Sat 1 Oct       9.30-10.30am             Hath General @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Sat 1 Oct       6.15-7.45pm              Gong Healing and meditation @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Sun 2 Oct     10-11am                       Hatha General @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

 

 

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

The yogic science of Detox and Fasting – 6.15-7.30pm Mon 5 Sept Kundalini Yoga

We detoxify continuously throughout life. We process food, thoughts, and all forms of energy. The trouble is that we accumulate more than we process. On a physical form if our body is not eliminating all our metabolic waste we become highly acidic, which compromises our health. We can also become weighed down under the remnants of old emotions and thought patterns. When we want to cleanse and clean ourselves out on a deep level, we go on a fast and do detoxification kriyas and pranayamas.

So how do you know if you need to detox? If you live in a city, eat processed food and do not regularly exercise and meditate the chances are you need to detox at least once a year. Here are other signs to look for:

  • Feeling tired all the time, fatigue
  • Bags under your eyes
  • Cysts, fibrosis, kidney stones or clots
  • Eczema, acne, headaches, joint pain
  • Bad breath, foul smelling stools and perspiration
  • Constipation
  • Yellow skin, purple lips, coated tongue
  • Yellow or brown in the whites of the eyes
  • Gout

 

detox yogaHow can Fasting and detox Kriyas and Pranayama help?

When the body does not get the level of calories it is use to per day, it goes into detoxifying mode. The aerobic detox kriyas and breath of fire increases circulation and your metabolic rate thereby stimulating the exit of toxins. Ayurveda and Kundalini yoga does not advocate water fasts, as the drastic lack of food makes the body think it is starving and the body attempts to preserve resources which is the opposite of the detoxification and elimination process.

Practical

Fasting is a powerful tool for healing, strengthening the body and restoring vitality as we grow older. However, before going on a fast you need to check with your doctor or naturopath, especially if you are on meditation. The mono diet fast given below is generally safe for anyone, but please check first.

Preparation for fasting:

The week before fasting, start eliminating junk or fast food. Eat lighter meals, composed of mainly veggies and fruits. Eliminate alcohol, meats, fish, eggs, sugar, refined carbohydrates like bread, biscuits, cakes etc. and caffeine. Then try replacing one meal per day with say Melon. When your body feels comfortable on a lighter diet then you can try a 1 day fast on watermelon, plenty of fresh water and king coconut water.

Sticking to the mono food fast is only half the challenge. Physical detoxification is accompanied by emotional and mental cleansing. Anger and negative thought patterns can be released especially if you use food to numb yourself. Use your meditative mind and meditation practice to help you watch your mind and emotions.

Breaking the fast

Fasting makes the body very sensitive. So break your fast slowly. If you do the 3-day melon fast and break it with a pizza you are going to feel very sick. The day after the fast, start by introducing veggies and other fruits. Next day add grains, pulses and the next day add diary. After a cleanse it is difficult to go back to junk food.

Watermelon Fast for detoxification of the kidneys and antioxidant

Eat only watermelon (organic if possible) for 1 to 3 days. Eat as much as desired. Drink plenty of water and king coconut water. Take it easy.

Pranayama – Breath of Fire purifies and detoxes your blood & increases your vital energy. Sit in any comfortable pose where you can breathe consciously. As you exhale pull in your navel as your diaphragm goes in an up. For the inhale, simply relax your stomach muscles and your lungs will naturally refill with air. Focus on the exhale but the inhale and exhale are of equal length. Make the breath rhythmic. It does not have to be fast as first. You may feel dizzy when you first start practicing this breath but it will get easier as your body starts to detox. Do it for 1-3 mins daily before, during and after your fast.

Detoxification Kriya – Vatskar Dhouti Kriya to master the digestive system: This is a very secret kundalini yoga kriya that has been used for centuries. It must be done on an empty stomach and it great to get the bowl moving in the mornings.

Sit in any comfortable posture. Make your lips round in an “O” shape. Start inhaling through your mouth as if you are sipping in air. Sip until your stomach is full and hold the breath. Now rotate and churn your belly with your breath held in until you need to exhale. Exhale through your nose in a steady stream. Only repeat this process a maximum of 3 times in total. It is prohibited to do this more times in a day. Do this for 40 days without missing a day to heal your digestive system.

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This week’s classes:

Mon 5 September 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

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

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

Wed 7 September 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

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

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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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

Life Recurring Themes – Kundalini Yoga Mon 15 Aug 6.15-7.30pm

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Life’s Major Transitions – Kundalini Yoga 6-7.30pm Mon 8 August@ Prana Lounge

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We learnt last week that life lived unconsciously is existing instead of living. A quick recap – We learnt about the 18year cycle of our physical body. 11 year cycle of our mental body and the 7 year cycle of our emotional and spiritual bodies.

The important yogic science of understanding the biorhythms of your life and the clusters they form, equip you to see the map of your life’s influences. Normally we are so absorbed in what is going on in our mind or our problems that we have little time to look at the map of our life, evaluate the lessons learned and prepare for the future. Using the knowledge of our life cycles can give us the pre-sense to change our habits, physical, mental and emotional to slide through these times of great change with less resistance.

An example of a cluster is when the 18 year cycle of your physical body, occurs near the 21 year (3×7) cycle of your emotional body, occurring right next to the 22 years (2×11) cycle of the mental body. Please see the attached Life Cycles Char. This is a transition to adulthood usually celebrated in all cultures. But it can also be a time of great upheaval, for example the end of carefree life student life to transition into the world of work. If at this stage you have not worked on your inner resources through the 7 year and 11 year cycles, you may feel very lost.

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The Key transitions to understand and master for yourself and your family are:

  • 7-11yrs –      Connection to your spirit and inner self-reliance. Core sense of self.
  • 11-14yrs-      Adolescence and Identity – Character, Values, Risks & Commitments.
  • 18-21-22yrs  Transition to Adulthood – Taking on responsibility, Identity crisis.
  • 33-35-36yrs  Starting to revaluate the self, what you want and what you do not want
  • 42-44/54-55-56yrs       The Midlife Crisis
  • 66-70-72/ 88-90-91     Maturity and Aging, Golden Year. What can you give back, what is your legacy?
  • Death

 

Practical Application

This week after practicing yoga or meditation or around sunset or sunrise spend some time thinking about the major junctions. Write down the key events that happened during these periods. Can you identify any patterns? What were your dreams as a child? What was your motivation as a child for example; did you see helping others as your only way to self-worth? Or did you need to do something better than your classmate to be acknowledged and loved? Etc.

If you cannot find any patterns make a decision to be especially mindful this week and look for any emotional, mental and physical patterns in your life and see if they relate to your childhood?

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This week’s classes:

Mon 8 August 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

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

Wed 10 August 4.45- 7am        Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 10 August 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Fri   11 August 6.30-7.30pm   Community Class @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road (by Donation)

 

 

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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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.