Detox Diet – Kundalini Yoga 16 November 2020

Detox Diet – Kundalini Yoga

Last week we looked at how we could take back control, so we could deal with uncertainty.  The other way we can take back control is to go on a detox.

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 mono diet 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. Or you just may want to have a good clear out and increase health and vitality.  Here are other signs to look for:

  • Feeling tired all the time, fatigue
  • Dark circles under your eyes
  • Cysts, fibrosis, kidney stones or clots
  • Eczema, acne, headaches, joint pain
  • Bad breath, foul smelling stools and perspiration
  • Constipation (the definition of this is for women if we do not pass a stool within 18 hours of eating and men 24 hrs)
  • Yellow skin, purple lips, coated tongue
  • Yellow or brown in the whites of the eyes
  • Having taken strong medication like anti biotics

How can a cleansing diet, 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

A detox is a powerful tool for healing, strengthening the body and restoring vitality as we grow older. However, before doing a detox you need to check with your doctor or naturopath, especially if you are on meditation.  Sticking to detox 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.

My detox day

My program was as follows:

  1. Wake up mindfully becoming conscious of the moment and my mood.
  2. Cold shower and dry body brushing, tongue scraping and cleaning the monkey glands.
  3. Started with chanting Japji, kriya and mindfulness practice
  4. Sipping 500ml of warm alkaline water (ie over ph7)  before breakfast.
  5. I am taking Ayurvedic herbs to support the detox program.
  6. Breakfast on the mung beans, rice and veggies, until my stomach is ¾ full.  Please see attached file for cooking details.
  7. At 10 am I have another 500ml of warm water 1/2hour before having cut fruits, melon, papaya, orange and strawberries.
  8. Prior to lunch another 500ml of warm water 30mins before eating the mung,rice veggie combo, a bit boring so I add a karapincha/coriander leaf sambal to it. Yum!
  9. At 4pm I drink another 500ml of warm water before having a veg/fruit smoothie, of cucumber, avocado, lettuce, papaya, ginger and orange.
  10. Before dinner it is again 500ml of warm water and the same mung, rice combo.
  11. If I am hungry in between I eat almonds.
  12. Before bed another 500ml of warm water is drunk.
  13. Stretching and breathing before bed. An early night to get enough rest which is essential.

Pranayama – Breath of Fire purifies and detoxes your blood & increases your vital energy. 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 bowels 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.  

Our classes have changed time for those of you who have daylight saving. See you all this week. Sat nam Fi xx.  www.sanasuma.co.uk

This week’s classes: CHANGE OF TIME

Mon 16 Nov 5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Fiona @ zoom.

Tues 17 Nov 10am – 11.15am Kundalini Yoga Fiona @ zoom

Tues 17 Nov 5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @zoom only.

Wed 18 Nov 5- 7.30am Sadhana (FREE) Shaunagh @ zoom only.

Wed 18 Nov 5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Fiona@ zoom only.

Thurs 19 Nov 5.30-6.45 pm  Kundalini Fiona @zoom only.

Fri  20  Nov  5.30-6.45 pm  Kundalini Shaunagh@zoom only.

Sun 22 Nov  5.30-6.45 pm  Kundalini Shaunagh@zoom only.

UK Times are 12pm 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.

Ulpotha Retreat is back on 27-30 Nov 2020. 4 days/3 nights Investment 40,000Rs per person. 

Focus – Kundalini Yoga 31 August 2020

Focus – 21 Stages of Meditation

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We continue our journey through the stages of meditation and our mind. This week we visit Pantanjali’s Dharana or Focus.

When we:

  • Recognise
  • Accept
  • & Agree

We can let our upset, boredom, irritation, frustration pass and what is left of the fire branded into wood, a point of focus, concentration.  We can use the practice of focussing in on our breath, mantra, mudra, a candle, etc to bring ourselves through the fog of distraction and confusion.  We clean the lens of our mind to achieve clarity and focus.

The times we are living in also call for less foggy, automatic thoughts and behaviour and more clarity.  Therefore the things we learn on the mat during our practice can also be used in our daily life.

Focus gives us a bigger perspective, we sit in our focussed state, we let the attachment /or the fight go.  In this state of clarity and surrender everything that needs to come to us, arrives.  We adjust the lens, as our attention increases so does our energy.

The questions we want to ask ourselves is what are we giving up to stayed focussed.  Usually the habit of our mind is to wonder, day dreams, worry.  The mind learns by doing.   The more we allow ourselves to be distracted, multi-tasking, flitting through social media, checking our phone after each ping.  We are training our brain to feel rewarded for being distracted.  Instead train your brain to stay focussed by catching yourself when you get into a distracted habit or pattern.

Take a real break- while much of our lives revolve around absorbing information, from 24 hour news, podcasts, emails, social media.  Taking in information without real assimilation as fast as possible does not make us better at our jobs, relationship or life.  In fact the opposite.  This constant state of doing will increase our stress levels.

To strengthen your focus, find a place free of information type distractions, whether it is a WIFI free zone, retreat space and give yourself a chance to connect outside your brain to your senses.  Pick one of your senses and start to concentrate on it for 5mins.  You will still be distracted but keep brining yourself back to focus.  It is the patience to keep bringing ourselves back to the reality of now which will eventually train your brain to focus.  A focussed life, based in reality is so much sweeter than a life of constant distraction.

Sat nam Fi xx.  www.sanasuma.co.uk

This week’s classes:

Mon  31 August 6-7.15pm Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom only

Tues  1 Sept  9.30-10.45am Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom  & Live Class 9 Greenlands Ln

Tues  1 Sept  6-7.15pm   Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @zoom & Live Class 145/5 Fife Rd

Tues  1 Sept  5.30-7pm   Poya Gong Bath @ Live Class Prana Lounge, Horton Place.

Wed  2 Sept 5- 7.30am     Sadhana (FREE) @ zoom & 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5.

Wed  2 Sept 6-7.15pm      Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom & Live 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 3 Sept  6-7.15 pm   Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh@ zoom & Live 145/5 Fife Rd, Col5

Fri     4 Sept 6-7.15pm       Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @zoom

Sun  6 Sept  6-7.15pm       Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @zoom

UK Times are 1.30pm 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.

Join us for 1 more Ulpotha Retreat in 2020, 10-16 October.  Theme Authentic Relating.  7 days Investment 80,000Rs.

 

21 Stages of Meditation – Up Set 6 July 2020

21 Stages of Meditation – UPSET

Last week I attended my first online Level 3 Retreat, 21 Stages of Meditation with Shiv Charan. There were over 100 of us online, but Sara, Shaunagh and I gathered at Guava House to experience the experience of this online program together.

About the Venue

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We stayed at one of our favourite yoga Retreat venues called Guava House in Hematagama. It is a beautifully created Villa on top of a hill surrounded by large trees with views of Bible Rock. You really feel you are away from everything with the added luxury of an infinity pool, beautiful soft furnishings, craved wood decorations, wooden floors, with a beautiful mezzanine for yoga.

About the Retreat

The Retreat was about understanding the emotional patterns within our mind during the meditation process. However these same emotions dominate our everyday reality.   When you first begin to meditate, instead of your mind being calm and thoughtless we are confronted by lots of thoughts and emotions which makes us feel uncomfortable, challenged and upset. This is because you have changed the status quo, suddenly you are aware and watching your mind instead of just running on automatic pilot directed by the subconscious mind. The automatic pattern of a busy positive mind expanding the currents of subconscious thoughts or stories in the negative mind is being monitored. You do not like what you see in your mind, this upsets or disturbs you.

Solutions – We can Help Ourselves

We need the discipline to sit with our upset. Not blame anyone or create a story around our upset. Feel, recognise, acknowledge, the upset, then breathe, clear and dissolve the upset again and again. Usually our pain body feeds on the upset adding to the drama and reaffirming it.

  • Write a list of things that upset you on a regular basis. Be specific we are talking about upset (disturbance) not irritation, anger, etc.
  • Do not have a fix it attitude. For example that person upsets me if I do not associate with them they cannot upset me.
  • Or spiritual by pass upset. This means using spiritual ideas to sidestep or avoid facing unresolved emotional issues. For example, I no longer feel upset, I am above such base feelings, it is other people who get upset and project that on to me.
  • Just be courageous enough to OWN your upset, feel it in the body and dissolve it with breath and mantra. It like all emotions will pass if you do not attach to it.
  • Keep this awareness process until the upset starts to shift.
  • Be neutral, have an honest perception of yourself, do not judge yourself, reduce the projection of your story, shame/blame.

About the Food

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The food was a highlight, with fresh fruit salads, smoothie bowls and homemade muesli for breakfast. Cool avocado salads, hearty veggie soups, home made hoppers and delicious veggie curries for lunch and dinner. We included a few treats like chocolate, chia pudding with a mango compote and mango/rhubarb crumble.

See you all next week Sat nam x

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This week’s classes:

Mon   6 July 6-7.15pm         Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom NEW

Tues 7 July 9.30-10.45am Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom & Live Class 9 Greenlands, Lane

Tues 7 July 6-7.15pm      Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @zoom & Live Class 145/5 Fife Road

Wed 8 July   5.- 7.30am    Sadhana (FREE) @ zoom

Wed 8 July   6-7.15pm       Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom & Live 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 9 July 6-7.15pm        Kundalini Yoga Fiona @ zoom & Live 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Fri     10 July 6-7.15pm        Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @zoom

Sun 12      6-7.15pm          Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @zoom

 

UK Times are 1.30pm 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.

 

We also have a Health & Healing Retreat at Ulpotha 24 July – 2 August2020 please email me if you wish to join it.

Kundalini Yoga Day with Tonie Nooyens on Sunday 10 Nov

Timetable for the day

Sadhana | 5-7.30am
Yoga, Chanting & Meditation A group sadhana practice amplifies the impact of the meditation. Group meditation not only adds to individual effort, but multiplies it. Join us to raise your frequency and feel lifted for the day and week.

Followed by a potluck breakfast. Bring something yum to share.
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Workshop on Pranic Healing with Tonie Nooyens
Purifying the Subtle Energies Flows
9am-12.30pm

During this workshop we will focus on the subtle energy “Prana” that flows through us: through our body, our mind and our thoughts. The focus will be sound and mantra to project our thoughts outward and inward, to remove blockages, to purify inner and outer energy, and heal imbalances, taking us into a state of physical and mental balance and well-being, taking away the roots of stress and depression.

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How to Play Gong Workshop with Tonie Nooyens
2-4.30pm

A yoga and meditation workshop focusing on the use of sound as part of our yoga and meditation practice. During this workshop we will practice breathing and silent meditation, and we will use mantra as a tool to transform disturbing thought patterns. We will go through a gentle sequence of breathing, yoga and meditation exercises to prepare ourselves for deep healing through the vibration of the gong.

This workshop includes brief explanations on the working of sound, the practice of mantra and on playing the gong.
Silent meditation is effective to get to know yourself, but mantra meditation can break through deep rooted thought patterns…

The sound of the gong creates deep relaxation, releasing us from the torrent of thoughts, removing blocks, reducing tension, and re-arranging our emotional energy and feelings…

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About Tonie Nooyens:

is an experienced practitioner in different traditions of meditation, meditational yoga and healing. He is a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher and one of the lead trainers on the KRI Asia Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Program. He travels widely, facilitating teacher training and teaching workshops and retreats throughout Asia including: China, Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Japan, Singapore, Myanmar and Taiwan.

Originally from The Netherlands, Tonie has lived and worked in Asia and Africa for more than 30 years, working in the field of development management and human resource development. Since 1990 he has lived in Southeast Asia. As from January 2007, he has been based in Cambodia, conducting a Yoga and Meditation training programme for Cambodians, and setting up stress and trauma relief activities, as well as communication and personal capacity training for vulnerable groups.

3,500Rs for both workshops / whole day
2,000Rs / individual workshop

Change is as good as a rest- classes begin on Tues 23 July

Dear Lovely Kundalini Community students and teachers,

I am very happy to be back in Sri Lanka after 5 weeks amazing travels in Europe.  I am feeling so blessed and revitalised.  I can remember learning in my Vitatlity and Stress Level 2 course that “change is as good as a rest”.  I can definately say this is true for the way I am feeling now.  I hope you have a chance to take a break from your day to day routine and location and go to a new place, even if it just for a weekend away in your own country.

Fiona is away for a few more weeks, so Kalhari and I will be covering a few of her classes at Fiona’s home as follows:-

Sat nam Shaunagh x

sanasumainsrilanka.wordpress.com read our weekly blogs and brain candy updates. www.sanasuma.co.uk

Tues 23 July 8.30-9.30am    Kundalini Yoga with Shaunagh @9 Greenlands Lane , Col 5

Tues 23 July 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga with Shaunagh@145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

Wed 24 July 5-7.30am     Morning Sadhana@ 145/5 Fife Road, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 24 July 6.45-8pm    Kundalini Yoga with Kalhari @9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 25 July 6.30-7.45pm-   Kundalini Yoga with Shaunagh@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

 

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.

    Sat nam Fi x sanasumainsrilanka.wordpress.com read our weekly blogs and brain candy updates raymond.fiona@gmail.com www.sanasuma.co.uk 0778011984.

    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

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

 

Sat nam Fi x sanasumainsrilanka.wordpress.com read our weekly blogs and brain candy updates raymond.fiona@gmail.com www.sanasuma.co.uk 0778011984

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.

Sat nam Fi x sanasumainsrilanka.wordpress.com read our weekly blogs and brain candy updates

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

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

breathe

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)