Appreciate Yourself – Kundalini Yoga 6.15-7.30pm Mon 2 Oct 2017@Prana Lounge, Colombo 7

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We often feel unappreciated. We do all these things for other people, but it feels like a thankless waste as no one’s acknowledges us. We expect something from the things we do, achieve, etc. But nobody acknowledges us? Well guess what the most important thing is to feel self appreciation for all you do. In my kids class when a child says, “Aunty, aunty look at me!”, I reply, “That is great but how do you feel? You do not need me to like what you are doing, you need to feel good about what you are doing.”

This is what Yogi Bhajan says about appreciation, “If you appreciate your life, if you appreciate your job, if you appreciate yourself, if you appreciate your surroundings—poor or rich, whatever they are—you are divine. The principle is that you are divine when you appreciate whatever you are. You must appreciate your job, no matter how dirty it is. You must appreciate your misery, no matter how painful it is. The moment you start appreciating misery it will run away. You don’t have to do anything. That’s why you all suffer. Misery doesn’t need appreciation. Misery needs to give you pain. The purpose of misery is to put you through pain. As soon as you start appreciating misery, its purpose is lost. How is misery going to be there?” The Universal consciousness is around and within us, if we can feel appreciation.

Last week I understood this concept. When I was going through a feeling of being really stuck, annoyed, off centre, frustrated, just for a moment I was able to break through and ask myself ok, there must be a lesson in this? Guru Singh’s punch line is, there so much fresh shit around, if I dig deep enough I will find the pony.

How are you going to tap into appreciation when your day falls apart when you are at your worst?

Practical Tips

Move away from the object of frustration, take a deep breath, go and have a shower or drink a cold class of water, or if you have time go for a swim, change the electromagnetic field of negativity around you. Refresh and reboot yourself. Say to yourself even though this is not going well, I appreciate myself and the situation. I will learn the lesson that comes out of this situation, even if I do not understand why this is happening. Do not try to engage your brain, it will only say that life is no fare, there is no justice and why it is happening to me? Drop your expectations of the situation and appreciate what is at the present moment.

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This week’s classes:

Mon 2 Oct 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 3 Oct 9.30-10.30am Kundalini Yoga @ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 3 Oct 3.30-4.30pm   Special Needs Kids Class@ Reach Beyond, Tickell Rd, Col 8

Tues 3 Oct 5.30-6.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Wed 4 Oct 5.00- 7.30am Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 4 Oct 3-3.45pm         Radiant Kids Yoga@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Wed 4 Oct 7.15-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga@The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Sunday 8 Oct 6-7.30pm Gong Bath@ Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe, Galle

SELF-LOVE-Sat-nam-Rasayan

 

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Emotions – Your Biochemical Gland Laboratory – Kundalini Yoga

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mon 27 Feb 6.15-7.30pm    Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 28 Feb  6-7pm Kundalini Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 1 Mar   5- 7.30am     Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 1 Mar   3-3.45pm      Radiant Kids Class@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 1 Mar  7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road Col 5

Sat 4 Mar  5- 7.30am Sadhana @ The Om Space, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Supewomen Syndrome?

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For me Superwomen Syndrome seems to come out in the run up to Christmas when I host my family, it is the busiest time work wise and added to that this year we had a Level 2 Retreat for 6 days, with students flying in from Asia and me having to teach.

When I read an article on uber females, hardworking, health obsessed, they want to have it all and do it all, relentless in their drive to be over achievers and prove their worth. I realised that Kundalini Yoga is a balm for this new psychological monster.

Have you ever felt that your check list was taking over your life? One girl described her life as setting the clock forward so she gained an extra 11 mins on everyone. She would wake up at 6.11am, do 30 mins of exercise, make a two course breakfast, fruit salad and chia porridge, read the paper and listen to radio 4 whilst eating, checking off health, fitness and current affaires on her list. Work hard but also make a point to be kind to people look after her nephews once a week, ticking of responsible and supportive boxes. I am not critising this girl but asking us to question ourselves why we do not feel enough as we are?

 PRACTICAL QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF?

  • Are you living this life or existing within a self-inflicted regime?
  • Whose approval are you seeking?
  • If you stopped your check lists for one day, what do you think would happen?
  • When did you start to feel you needed to achieve in order to feel worthy?
  • Do I feel uneasy when not doing something worthy? But for every good decision there is always a better one, this bombardment of choice puts us under great pressure.
  • When can I give myself time out from my regime?
  • Is my regime a container which holds my life together?
  • Do I depend on my external world for myself of worth?
  • What practice can I start, positive affirmation etc. to find internal security.

 

 We need to move away from putting our security into activities and achievements and move them into our internal self. When doing all your good activities do them mindfully, not just to fill time or automatically by route. Spend time everyday feeling how good it feels to be you inside your body. This can only come through physical awareness. Do not seek out approval from the outside world, i.e. posting all your achievements or things you are doing on social media. Keep a few things private achievements just for you, feel good about them even if not one else knows. Practice this kriya for self-love. I think why everyone loved the book/film Bridget Jone’s Diary is because the hero Darcy loves her just the way she is. When you start really accepting yourself as you are from an internal sense of wellbeing you realise you are better than you ever imaged you could be.

Posture: Sit in Easy Pose with a straight spine and hold your right palm six to nine inches above the top centre of your head. The right palm faces down, blessing you. This self-blessing corrects the aura. The left elbow is bent with the upper arm near the rib cage. The forearm and hand point upward. The left palm faces forward and blesses the world.

Eyes: The eyes are closed and focus at the lunar centre in the middle of the chin.

Breath: Breathe long, slow, and deep with a feeling of self-affection. Try to bring the breath to one breath per minute: Inhale for 20 seconds, hold for 20 seconds, exhale for 20 seconds.[1]

Time: Continue for 11 minutes. Then inhale deeply and move slowly and directly into position for Exercise 2.

This exercise will benefit everything between the neck and navel. It will give strength to the heart and will open up the heart centre.

Posture: Extend your arms straight out in front, parallel to the ground, palms facing down. Stretch out to your maximum.

Eyes: The eyes are closed and focused at the lunar center in the center of the chin.

Breath: The breath is long, slow, and deep.

Time: Continue for 3 minutes. Then inhale deeply and move slowly and directly into position for Exercise 3.

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Posture: Stretch your arms straight up with the palms facing forward. There is no bend in the elbows.

Eyes: The eyes are closed and focused at the lunar center.

Breath: The breath continues to be long, slow, and deep.

Time: Continue for 3minutes.To finish: Inhale, hold your breath for 10 seconds while you stretch your arms upward (try to stretch so much that your buttocks are lifted) and tighten all the muscles of your body. Exhale. Repeat this sequence two more times. This set can be found in Self-Knowledge

This week’s classes:

Mon 11 Jan 6-7.30pm    Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Pl, Col 7

Tues 12 Jan 6-7pm         Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 13 Jan 4.45- 7am    Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 13 Jan 7.15-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga@The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

 

 

Take the Pressure off – Kundalini Yoga

12096555_395166917356978_4905646554773778319_nThe 3rd Sutra is simple and clear—when you have a deadline and feel the pressure of getting a project done, the way to release the pressure is to simply begin. If you know what your first step is, just do it!

This expansion of consciousness is pressurizing you to change, grow, and evolve on your soul’s journey. It is foolish to hold back this process with procrastination. In truth, we all know within our deepest selves what changes need to be made.

But often we dread and/or procrastinate starting (or completing) tasks and projects. We experience this in a variety of situations—mundane, like cleaning your house; practical, like organizing a project at work; or personal, like starting a sadhana or doing that new hobby you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t.

The first thing to ask is, “What is keeping me from starting?” Each person needs to look within to find their unique issue that is preventing forward momentum.

What is causing the pressure we feel?

  • Worry and stress about ‘what if’ scenarios will only lead to more suffering and paralysis. This is the mind’s play and you’ll end up like a dog chasing its tail.
  • Do we have expectations of ourselves and the situation outcome?
  • Do we think we should do, be, think something that we aren’t?
  • Are we multitasking too much in life and feeling overwhelmed?

There are so many answers, and the question requires you to get to a neutral mind so you can hear the wisdom of your own soul telling you how to heal the blocks, and how to move forward.

When we can experience our true self and maintain a strong relationship with our soul, we live beyond the constraints of time and space. We know our true direction, and can let go of fear.

“You are only free when you are above time and space. When you are afraid, ‘What will happen tomorrow?’ you are not living, you are just dragging. Spirit is above time and space.” -Yogi Bhajan, 7/29/78

Once we are in alignment with our truth, we can begin to initiate change. Using the technology of Kundalini Yoga, we can begin to manifest and sustain new endeavours, no matter how large or small.

“This technology is fundamental to the physiology and consciousness of human beings everywhere. Understanding and practicing the technology of spirituality on a daily basis results in alignment, balance, focus, harmony and the ability to function successfully under the pressures of time and space. It is now time that we must learn the way to be happy and to thrive under these new elevated levels of pressure.” -Excerpt from a paper read at a lecture by Yogi Bhajan on 7/27/99

This mantra brings stability to the hemispheres of the brain and works on the Heart Centre to develop compassion, patience and tolerance, uniting one with the Infinite. It is noted for the capacity to break through deep-seated blocks.

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Meditation with the Guru Gaitri Mantra

Posture: Sit in Easy Pose with a straight spine.

Focus: Eyes are closed.

Mantra: Gobinday, Mukanday, Udaaray, Apaaray, Hariang, Kariang, Nirnaamay, Akaamay

Chant and focus on the sound.

Time: Continue for 11 minutes.

Translation: Sustainer, Liberator, Enlightener, Infinite, Destroyer, Creator, Nameless, Desireless

The brain has the capacity to automatically pick it up. These words existed before any language existed. Rhythm mantras are meant to pick you up into the ether. This is one mantra in the world which balances the ether and the Earth.

You can sing it anyway. You can sing it driving, sitting, eating, sleeping; it doesn’t matter. Whenever you utter it, all facets of God will be right in you. Now, when you will do this, after a while you will start seeing lots of things. You will say something and it will happen; don’t worry. Just keep on doing it.

Life is a living experience between the finite and Infinity.

This week’s classes:

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

Tues 17 Nov Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

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

Wed 18 Nov 3-3.45pm Kids Yoga @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 18 Nov 7.15-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga@The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Thur 19 Nov 7.15-8.15pm Yoga to Destress, The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Rd, Col 5

 Saturday 21 Nov 6-7pm Gong Bath @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Pl, Col 7