The Buddhi Mind & why we meditate? – Kundalini Yoga Mon 2 April 6.15pm@Prana Lounge, Colombo 7

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The Buddhi Mind and why we Meditate?

We have worked a lot on the mind and in these final weeks before Sri Lankan New Year I wanted to clear up some concepts around meditation, concentration and relaxation. This is what we know so far:

  1. The mind is automatic and there is a lot being thought, processed in the sub, unconscious and conscious mind. But the key thing is that you recognise that YOU are not the one thinking; your MIND is the one thinking. You are the one observing a small portion of the thoughts the mind is having.
  2. The Mind loves contrast so it can create a blueprint for the mind. It likes polarities because they are helpful for classification, good/ bad, right/wrong. Pre established judgements of the world allow the brain to do less work, use less energy and be on a low power mode.
  3. You can affect your mind because it is actually very subtle matter. It can be affected by things like food, breathing, lifestyle, sound and energy.
  4. The point of meditation isn’t to shut it off the mind, it is always working. We meditate to both delete obsolete content that has been stored in the mind and pause in our identification with it.
  5. The only way to gain control of the mind to start serving you, is to use a technique that removes the self reference point, the I.   When we take our attention to the breath, body, mantra, an object etc, this concentration on something beyond the mind is like working a muscle. After the muscle is worked it relaxes more easily. This is the same as your mind, at one point during or after the focused meditation you will start to feel more relaxed and with regular practice start developing the Buddhi mind, which is intuitive, discerning and discriminates what is false and real.

The word meditation has become super trendy, people talk about beer meditation, cooking meditation, all sorts of times when they feel they are in a meditative state.   Feeling relaxed is one of the effects of meditation but it is not the only one. I discussed this with one of the wonderful teachers from the UK who were visiting us, Hari Karam.   Relaxation is essential in life, doing things you love and feeling relaxed but do not confuse it with meditation which is essentially concentration to unload the mind, relax it, make it intuitive and in higher states feel a merger with the Infinite.   This is very different to feeling relaxed after a glass of wine or TV show. The former puts you above thought, while the later puts you below thought.

So in summary we meditate to transcend the waves of the mind and become conscious of our sensory system. It allows us to see what is in our mind, why we are behaving as we do, so we know what is real and not. In higher forms it allows you to know the unknown (intuition) and see the unseen. So you can steer yourself through life, without reaction with GRACE.

Practical Solutions –The easiest way to meditate is through simple, seated breath, or mantra meditation. Just sit comfortably in a quiet place, straighten the spine, relax the body and slow your breath. Focus on your breath or on repeating a mantra. Keep your body still. Your mind will dump out a lot of thoughts from the subconscious, your may experience pain the in body. Watch them, they are not YOU. Just continue to sit still and continue to bring yourself back to your focus. Eventually the thoughts will become still and you will feel surrounded by comfort. Yogi Bhajan on Prayer vs. Meditation: “Prayer is when the mind is one-pointed and man talks to Infinity. Meditation is when the mind becomes totally clean and receptive, and Infinity talks to the man.”Sat nam x raymond.fiona@gmail.com   0778011984 www.sanasuma.co.uk www.3ho.org

This week’s classes:

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

Tues 3 April 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga @ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

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

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

Wed 4 April 6.45-8pm         Kundalini Yoga@ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 5 April 11 – 1pm          Special Needs Kids and Teachers Class@ Reach Beyond

Thurs 5 April 3-4pm               Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7-

Fri     6 April 10-11.30             YTT Chakra Workshop and Gong Bath, Prana Lounge.

Sat   7 April 6-7.30pm         Healing Gong Bath@Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe, Galle

 

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Let Go to Gain Everything – Kundalini Yoga Mon 6.15pm 19 March 2018

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Letting Go to Gain Everything

Loosening your grip does not mean you lose, it eventually makes you win because you are invested without attachment to the outcome.   You do the work, take the risk but without expectation. Holding on leaves little room for new creation to blossom as we create energetic boundaries that say, “No I expect this, I want that, No thank you!” The hard part is to act without expectation of gain, to do with intention, pure intention without the need to try and manipulate ensure your expectation is met. This is the real yoga. Because eventually we have to complete all our life lessons and then let go of everything the illusion of our five senses has created, this is called Death. But life without conscious living is no life at all, it is all sweat, toll, and worry without the feelings of limitless liberation in this lifetime.   As the bounds of attachment keep us glued to external validation.

 

The earth element is linked with our attachment. When we practice the one minute breath and master the one minute breath it can really give us a sense of liberation, effortless non attachment, having the experience for itself. I had this experience a few times practicing this breath and it was life altering for me. It left me with a touch stone to go back to when life becomes very heavy, when gravity outweighs gratitude.

Practical Solutions – I found his great practical exercise on www.3ho.org website. It can really help those obsessive thoughts especially related to emotions of anger, outrage and shame. Example: Release of suffering that originates with attachment from the activity of the intellectual mind and reactive emotions.

  1. Old habit: If someone insulted you, your intellectual mind understood it and your body responded to the stress. You used to allow your mind to repeat that incident over and over, stressing your body over and over. Although sometimes repeated with different outcomes, no matter how you ran or re-ran the event in your mind and body, neither were satisfied. Repeated self-induced stress equaled suffering.
  2. New habit: If someone insults you, you recall that the definition of a yogi/yogini is someone who is not attached or reactive to either praise or insult. You then recall the profound sensory experiences that you have created earlier through your practice. Recall your sensory experience of being transported into deep tranquility by meditating on the sacred mantra sounds. Recall your sensory experience of total relaxation. Recall your sensory experience of brilliant healing light radiating from your heart. As you drop your old habit of attachment, your suffering ends. Sat nam x raymond.fiona@gmail.com 0778011984 www.sanasuma.co.uk www.3ho.org

This week’s classes:

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

Tues20 Mar 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga @ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 20 Mar 3.30-4.30pm Special Needs Kids Class@ Reach Beyond, Tickell Rd, Col 8

Tues 20 Mar 8-9pm             Gong Sound Healing @ Jessyca’s

Tues 20 Mar 6-7.15pm      Kundalini Yoga Class with Shauangh@ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5

Wed 21 Mar 5.00- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 21 Mar 3.30-4.15am      Kids Yoga Class @ The Om Space, Colombo 5

Wed 21 Mar 6.45-8pm         Kundalini Yoga@ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 22 Mar 11 – 1pm          Special Needs Kids and Teachers Class@ Reach Beyond

Thurs 22Mar 3-4pm               Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Synchronize your Brain – Kundalini Yoga Mon 12 Mar 6.15pm @ Prana Lounge

AdobeStock_49489794-1000x675.jpgLast week we processed and unloaded the unconscious and subconscious mind. This week we become whole brain centric as we understand what the functions of the left and right hemispheres are and how we can make them work together to give us neuroplasticity or super brain thinking

When Albert Einstein’s brain was examined after death the only difference they found to a normal brain was the thickening of the tissue that interconnects the right and left brain hemispheres. Giving him a “Super Brain”.

The brain has right and left cerebral hemispheres which are divided by the longitudinal fissure. Both hemispheres have an outer grey matter and a cerebral cortex.  They have individual functions and can also function together. For example:

  • Linear reasoning functions of language such as grammar and word production are often controlled by the left hemisphere of the brain. In contrast, holistic functions of language such as intonation and emphasis are often controlled by the right hemisphere of the brain.
  • The right brain does not distinguish between past, present or future but the left brain cuts reality up to give us the past, present and future.
  • The left hemisphere is the elementary brain which releases memory of movement patterns.
  • The right brain controls your projection and has an independent identity from the left brain.

Practical Solutions

What this shows us is that we need the synchronization of both hemispheres at the same time to give us the ability to live and act with grace in these challenging times Balancing the hemispheres enables you to convert ideas into actions and to function as an integrated whole

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The kriya and meditations we will be practicing this week will help to develop neuroplasticity. The use of mantra with the postures stimulates the central neural cavity in the brain to allow you to hear the inner voice of your soul. This is accomplished through both chemical and electrical adjustments to the brain. The experienced effect is both mental and physical relaxation. Sat nam x raymond.fiona@gmail.com   0778011984 www.sanasuma.co.uk www.3ho.org

This week’s classes:

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

Tues 13 Mar 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga @ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 13 Mar 3.30-4.30pm Special Needs Kids Class@ Reach Beyond, Tickell Rd, Col 8

Tues 13 Mar 6-7.15pm           Kundalini Yoga Class with Shauangh@ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5

Wed 14 Mar 5.00- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 14 Mar 3.30-4.15am      Kids Yoga Class @ The Om Space, Colombo 5

Wed 14 Mar 6.45-8pm         Kundalini Yoga@ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 15 Mar 11 – 1pm          Special Needs Kids and Teachers Class@ Reach Beyond

Thurs 15Mar 3-4pm               Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Fri    16 Mar 5.30-7pm             Gong Bath Healing @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Mental Intrigues, the Positive Mind and Kundalini yoga

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The Positive MIND and its intrigues

This week we move on to the Positive mind, the second in the three functional minds. Why do we need to know our mind, explore it and understand it?   In my experience if we do not, it becomes a monster, especially if we become locked into our mental intrigues. Yogi Bhajan reminds us, “Your mind must not intrigue you …your mind must serve you.”

Let me define the Positive mind. The Positive mind is expansive and practical. It searches for pleasure & fulfilment. It is constructive, risk taking and active. It examines every thought and feeling to determine what resources are needed. It asks, “How is this useful to me, how can this help?”

When we attach to a mental intrigue, it can make us emotional and commotional. For example suppose you start to talk about somebody, gossip. The mind may encourage you, by bringing up all the bad things that person has ever done. The negative mind does not give a critical comparison, to the good things that person has done. The neutral mind does not tell you how this person confronting you, annoying you, etc. relates to your higher purpose of teaching tolerance & compassion. When we finish gossiping our mind says you were really bad, the words leave a bad taste in your mouth, it creates guilt. You followed your mind, got caught in an impulse and tangled in an intrigue. You start to feel bad you want to defeat yourself, so you pick up every bad habit that confirms you are a failure.  Sounds familiar?

Practical Solutions

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So how do we stop getting tangled by our intrigues, where the negative mind and positive mind lock and loop? We need to watch the mind and practice deep meditation to develop our neutral mind. Your mind must give you the positive and negative then show you your relationship to it all through the neutral mind.

Yogi Bhajan also invited us to develop our presence and an unlimited projection Saibhang, self illuminated, radiant identity of your spirit. Stretch your mind to infinity; abandon your cleverness for innocence, then everyone and everything will sense your presence.   Do not confront or fight the mind, always elevate its vibration. With consistent practice it will get easier.

Sat nam x raymond.fiona@gmail.com   0778011984 www.sanasuma.co.uk www.3ho.org

This week’s classes:

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

Tues 27 Feb 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga @ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 27 Feb 3.30-4.30pm Special Needs Kids Class@ Reach Beyond, Tickell Rd, Col 8

Tues 27 Feb 6-7.15pm           Kundalini Yoga Class with Shauangh@ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5

Wed 28 Feb 5.00- 7.30am   Sadhana @ @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 28 Feb 3.30-4.15am      Kids Yoga Class @ The Om Space, Colombo 5

Wed 28 Feb 6.45-8pm         Kundalini Yoga@ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 1 Mar 11 – 1pm          Special Needs Kids and Teachers Class@ Reach Beyond

Thurs 1 Mar 3-4pm              Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Sat   3 Mar  6-7.30pm         Gong Bath @ Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe, Galle.

 

The Science of Sound – Kundalini yoga heal and inspire – 29 January 6.15-7.30pm Prana Lounge

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I spent a very special weekend hearing different sounds at the Galle Literary Festival. The words and vibrations of inspirational speakers, who used their voices to inspire, excite and uplift. This week we continue with our investigation into the yogic science of sound to make our words powerful, uplifting and inspirational.

The Science-We are the most amazing instrument. We discussed the power of sound to raise our vibration last week, as we played the instrument of our body and its 72,000 surs, string or meridian points. Why is mantra a quantum technology? It is quantum because sound manipulates the smallest particles in our bodies to effectively change the combinations and patterns within us. These patterns then form the informational DNA of your spirit. A sacred rope of knots to lift you to the divine.

These primal sounds we use in mantra are called Phonemes. The Shabd (sound) guru (teacher) uses these primal units of speech plus universal grammar under laying all language to change the psychoactive neurology of the brain. Repeating the pattern embedded in the Shabd guru ingrains that pattern of primal sound into the brain, this is the patterns of sound made at the beginning of time, the big bang so to speak. Enlightened Masters having experienced the sound current, have extracted these sounds from the Anahat (the unstruck or unmanifested sound current) and plucked these particular series of notes from behind the silence to give us a technology to heal the maladies of our time. You may ask why these particular notes and not all sounds. Because not all combinations of sounds create a pattern of wholeness and healing.

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Why does it work?

Shabd means sound, but when you break the word down you get Sha, meaning the expression of ego and bd, to cut. Ego is formed by the minds constant automatic processing that attaches us to identify with objects, people, feelings, thoughts, etc. The Ego is not bad, just very limited.   When all your actions, thoughts, etc are attached to ego your reality becomes very narrow, and you live in the duality of pain and pleasure. When you transcend, the ego see it but are not taken by it, then you intuitively connect to the larger Self the vastness of what is and understand the play of life from this perspective.

Each primal sound is a unit that is pronounced by a particular part of the mouth. When we form a word to speak it, the tongue moves and touches the palate, the top of the mouth, and the teeth in a well-defined area. The sound of the word directs the pressure of the air and vibrates the vocal chords to stimulate specific areas in the skull. The primal sounds use these areas of reflex, attached to meridians, to direct brain patterns. That is why it is easier to meditate to Mantra, because it cuts through the ego of negative and positive thoughts to the truth of you and your neutral mind.  Having practiced chanting for around 16 years I can attest to the power of mantra. Try it and lets your normal day words come from a clear mind and inspire all those who hear you.  Sat nam Fi x sanasumainsrilanka.wordpress.com read our weekly blogs, raymond.fiona@gmail.com   0778011984 www.sanasuma.co.uk http://www.3ho.org

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This week’s classes:

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

Tues 30 Jan 9.45-10.45am  Kundalini Yoga @ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 30 Jan 3.30-4.30pm Special Needs Kids Class@ Reach Beyond, Tickell Rd, Col 8

Wed 31 Jan 5.00- 7.30am    Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 31 Jan 3.30-4.15am      Kids Yoga Class @ The Om Space, Colombo 5

Wed 31 Jan 6.15-7.45pm      Blue Moon Gong@ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Thurs 1 Feb 11 – 1pm          Special Needs Kids and Teachers Class@ Reach Beyond

Fri     2 Feb 5.30-7pm        Gong Bath @ Rukgala, Digana, Kandy

Mantra – Control your mind’s Broadcasts! Kundalini yoga 8 May 6.15pm Prana Lounge, Col 7

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For Kundalini yogis, the impact of sound and vibration is the teacher or Guru. We are united with the Infinite through the vibration of the sound current or Naad. Kundalini yoga prepares your body and mind and enhances your hearing capacity so that you can recognise and hear the sound current.

I am asked many times when I play the Gong, how did I learn to play? It is a mixture of developing my intuition over the last 15 years, to play intuitively. But I feel that that would not have been enough. The real key was when I learnt and chanted mantra, particularly the Long Ek Ong Kars for 4 years. This enhanced my hearing capacity to allow me to hear the sound current.

Yogi Bhanjan reminds us, that our minds are not under our control and mantra is something that can bring the mind under our control.

Let’s look at the word Mantra. Man, mind and Tra projection. Whatever sets the projection of the mind is called Tra. Tra brings harmony, Tral means harmonious notes and Tra is the projected wave length of harmony.

If I say fire the arrow at a precise longitude and latitude, I am giving you the Tra or projection for that arrow. This is the same with the mind the Tra sets the projection of where the mind wants to get to.

Mantra is a cyclable, a key, a code, a sound which fixes the projection of the mind. It projects through the mind that secret code.

When we understand that on a quantum level everything in the Universe is in a constant state of vibration manifested in either, light, sound and energy, we understand how powerful chanting mantra can be for us. This is not a religious thing or even a mystical thing, it is a practical technology that works.

Start changing what your mind is broadcasting, by chanting instead of thinking in mind loops. Start listening to your mind, emotions and also what you say. Does your projection really reflect you? Or is it , the negative self, the victim self, the judgemental self, the worrier self? And is this what you want to be broadcasting and resonating? If it is not, be the change you want to see.

The purpose of chanting is to have a direct connection with the soul or infinite self that resides beyond your mind. You chant and your mind hears the sound of infinity through your voice, there is no higher meditation you can do. Start chanting Sat nam to yourself. Even this simple phrase of truth or true self will start making a change to your mind and its projection.

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

This week’s classes:

Mon 8 May 6.15-7.30   Kundalini Yoga@ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Pl, Colombo 7

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

Thurs 11 May 6-7.30pm Gong Bath@ Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe, Galle.

Fri   12 May 6.30-7.30pm  Acro Jam@ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Rd, Col 5 (FREE)

Sat    13 May 5-7.30am       Sadhana@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Sun 14 May 5-7.30 am     Sadhana @9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Balance your Elements or Tattvas – Kundalini yoga 6-7pm 18 April @ the Om Space, Col 5

Happy Sinhala and Tamil yogies. Lets start this new year off with understanding some yogic anatomy and how this can bring us into balance. Western philosophy only recognises matter which can be anaylitical studied and believes that the only way to effect reality is through the laws of physics. Eastern philosophy acknowledges the material realm but also understands that we are much more than matter. Yogies experience to perceive reality beyond what is known through the 5 senses and understands that when you change something in the subtle realm it can create great change with minimal effort in the material realm. Therefore by working with the energy of your elements or tattvas and bringing them into balance you can shape your experience of the Universe.

There are 31 tattvas in yogic anatomy and a bit like a drop of ink in water, they move from the most concentrated form of infinity, in varying degrees to the atom. We will concerntrate on the last 5 most gross tattvas which make up the human, ether, air, fire, water and earth. Each of us has a dominant element which expresses itself most strongly in our constitution and personality. The behaviour or qualities of these tattvas are a result of the combination of gunas that predominate them, sattvic (graceful, peaceful, disciplined, intuitive, connected to soul), rajas (positive, active, emotional, demanding) and tamas (inertia, solid, persistent, lazy).

Earth Tattva – Pritvi – wellbeing of all v greed

The Earth tattva is dense, dry, cold, and smelly. When this stabilizing tattva is healthy, it brings plumpness, heaviness, compactness, and steadiness to your body, your emotions, and to your life. But an unbalanced earth element can lead to insecurity and greed.

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To Balance – We can balance this element by stabilising your lifestyle i.e. your diet, exercise, etc. Earth foods are warming and heavy. Your earthy diet should focus on meals that are nourishing, easy to digest, filling, substantial, moistening, and strengthening. You might do better with small frequent regular meals, and you definitely will want to include mild warming spices. Bear in mind that staying calm and concentrating while you consume and digest your meal will help to stabilize your grounding tattva.

Sweet fruits, cooked vegetables, cooked grains, nuts, natural sweeteners, mild warming spices, and warm milk products in moderation, make up the pillars of the yogic diet to develop a strong Earth tattva. On the flip side, dry fruits, dry grains (think rice cakes), and raw vegetables bring more air tattva into your body. The cabbage family, including broccoli, also abounds in air, and contradicts your efforts to get grounded. Beans can also be a problem, like any other food that creates gas, which is pure air tattva. Barley and oats are nutritious, grounding grains. For the ‘spaced out after sadhana’ yogi, a piping hot breakfast of these foods, with some warming cinnamon or cumin, sets the tone for a grounded, solid day.

Try daily connecting with mother earth and nature. Walk barefoot on the grass, do a handstand in the garden (one of my favourites) or just lie on the grass and look up at the sky feeling grounded and secure.

Apas Tattva -Water -Lust for breath and consciousness v exploitation

This tattva is linked to your conscious and subconscious emotions. Like water emotions flow through us, but when we get stuck on one, i.e., “ I should not feel jealous, angry, upset”, etc. this is when the flow stops and the balance goes.

To Balance- The key is not to stop the emotion but to make the energy of the emotion serve you. Channel it, jealously can be inspiration, anger can be channelled into determination. When you are overly emotional try drinking more water to bring yourself back to balance. Also try this meditation when you feel over whelmed or stuck with a particular emotion that you cannot shift. Turn that commotion into devotion.

Tuck your elbows into you’re rib cage, hands in gyan mudra, arms are at 60 degrees from the body. On one deep breath through the nose chant, Sat Narayan, hari Narayan, hari Narayan, hari, hari. After 11 mins put your hands in your lap and chant Wahe guru to balance the Rajas and Tamas gunas.

I also throw myself into the swimming pool, sea (preferable) or shower after an emotional time.

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Agni Tattva – Fire – Anger/Blame v Discipline/Will power over ourselves

Agni tattva is the fire of the Kundalini energy. It is increased with the practice of Kundalini Yoga. It aids in the digestion and absorption of food in order to provide the whole body with the vital energy needed for survival. Agni tattva burns our karmas, our blocks, and our fears. It gives us the strength of commitment, discipline, will-power, and the ability to carry out our intentions. It is the power to digest, absorb, and assimilate both physically and emotionally. Through the proper use of this element, we learn to fully digest the experiences that we get from life.

“You all want to get rid of your anger,” Yogi Bhajan would say. “Get rid of your anger and you won’t be able to digest your food.” The same capacity that causes us to get hot under the collar is what enables us to process food into energy. You can use this capacity to burn others, or to purify yourself. It can manifest as burnout, or as the radiance experienced in the purifying fire of Kundalini Yoga.

To Balance –Breath of Fire. Regularly monitoring yourself to make sure you are not supressing your anger thereby becoming passive aggressive. Use kriyas and exercise to sweat out the inner anger, use your determination for your Sadhana (daily personal practice).

 Vayu Tattva – Air – Attachment personal benefit v Wellbeing of All

The air element is seen as the teacher or Guru. It gives us life as we can only exist for a few minutes without it. It also gives us our purpose. It carries the sound current and you can still feel its light touch. How this element works in us determines how we engage with life. Was our first breath of ease or fear, that there would not be another. Monitor your breath, are you rushing to greedily grab a breath or can you exhale deeply to evenly breath in?

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Balance – 16 stroke breath in and out through the nose, with your hands in Venus lock with the thumbs on top next to each other at the heart area. Try and make it a continuous breath so there is no break between the inhale and exhale. End by holding the inhale, squeezing the locks for 15 sec x 3. Then just breath normally feeling the air in your spine and the spaciousness of this element.

Akasha Tattva – Ether/Spirit – Pride/Ego v Focus on Soul or Infinite

Ether is the subtlest of these 5 tattvas. It is the ability to see the subtle, beyond the obvious. It is understanding the drop of sea water contains the elements of the entire ocean. You can understand through wisdom without needing the details of how and why?

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Balance – We can meditate on the Trikutee mantra which understands that we are our own guru or teacher. Bringing ourselves from the darkness of unconsciousness to the light of consciousness. When we recite this with devotion to ourselves it builds trust, triggers our destiny and releases fear. Meditate on Wahe guru – 11mins.  Sat nam Fi x sanasumainsrilanka.wordpress.com read our weekly blogs and brain candy updatesraymond.fiona@gmail.com www.sanasuma.co.uk 0778011984

This week’s classes:

Tues 18 April 6-7pm             Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 19 April 5- 7.30am        Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 19 April 3-3.45pm         Radiant kids yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road,

Wed 19 April 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Co

Sat 22 April 5am-8pm          Sadhana then TT Level 1 @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Sun 23 April 5am-6pm         Sadhana then TT Level 1 @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Sadhana students can attend for free, if you want to stay for Teacher Training Level 1 – Half day is 3000Rs full day 5000Rs. Please let me know in advance. Full day includes 2 meals, half day 1 meal.

Detox & Cleanse before Avurdu – 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini yoga@ Prana Lounge, Col 7

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
  • Dark cycles under your eyes
  • Cysts, fibrosis, kidney stones or clots
  • Eczema, acne, headaches, joint pain
  • Bad breath, foul smelling stools and perspiration
  • Constipation (for women is defined 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
  • Gout

 

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, meditation and mindfulness practice 1 hour
  4. Sipping plenty of alkaline water (ie over ph7) throughout the day.
  5. Followed by a Tbsp. of virgin, organic coconut oil and acidophilus based mango, strawberry smoothie.
  6. I notice immediately how quick I felt angry today and allowed myself to feel the emotion and attempted not get taken away by it.
  7. Physical exercise, 20mins aerobic walking and running, plus stretching, yoga asana’s and rolling on a dowel to stretch the fascia.
  8. 2 full glasses of green smoothie, a mixture of king coconut water,organic kale, parsley, moringa powder, cucumber, green apple, green banana, ½ avocado, ½ an orange. I chewed my smoothie to get the most nutrients out of it.
  9. Getting on with my day and work, feeling super energetic.
  10. Tea time drink of freshly ground turmeric, lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of manuka honey.
  11. Pranayama
  12. Teaching Kundalini yoga followed by delicious organic, beet and pumpkin soup.
  13. 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 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 3 April 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

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

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

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

Sat   8 April 6-7.30pm       Gong Bath @ the Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe, Galle

No Mon class next week but all the other classes at Om Space until new year.

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)

Isaac Newton 3rd Universal Law – Kundalini Yoga 6.15-7.15pm Nov 21st

When I first discovered Kundalini Yoga in Quito, Ecuador around April 2002, I fell in love! Not consciously but unconsciously. Something felt familiar and wonderful about this bizarre practice which was nothing like any other type of yoga I had practiced before. But it also made me start feeling, all feelings not just good ones. Suddenly I became aware of the underlying anxiety I felt, this anxious feeling I still get that I am not good enough, do not work hard enough are inherently lazy… etc. I had left a highly pressured, stressful dream job as a human rights lawyer working under the most talented, fearless female lawyer Louise Christian to suddenly become a housewife in a strange country where I could not even speak the language, it was perfect. I had stepped out a comfort zone into a completely new world just to realise that all my anxiety was not created by my work but by my untrained brain.

During my 2 wonderful years in Ecuador my heart opened, soul soared like a Condor, but sometimes I felt I was making no progress at all, 3 steps forward, 2 steps back. I was still me, I still got angry, sad, worried etc. I thought yoga would make all that go away and I would live in a blissful bubble a bit like the fantasy books I read. But once this expectation for a perfect life and perfect new Fiona faded the real beauty of life with all its up and down started to be experienced.

I have also become conscious over the years that misery can also be comforting. We do not realise that when we are sick or worried and we tell our loved ones, we get sympathy. We are addicted to this sympathy because it makes us feel understood, valued, loved as oppose to being strong and always great, then we are looked up to for guidance, we must be the light and this scares us. We are more scared of our greatness than our weakness. Close your eyes an image you without any of your imaged disabilities, may they be physical back pain or emotional pain. What would that all powerful you look like, how would you deal with problems, if you feel you can always find the solutions?

Isaac Newton’s third Universal law states, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Remember this in your needy, anxiety, feeling low or down moment. We can start to know intellectually and feel consciously that if I am sick in this moment there also exists the opposite which is healing. I just have to redirect my energy and thoughts from the concentration on sickness to habits and thoughts about healing. Now is not the time for why has this happened to me? I had an important day and needed to finish my list. Now is a time for surrender and redirection, super consciousness.

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Einstein said “Imagination today is reality tomorrow”. So let’s not get caught up in the general malaise of Brexit, Trumps victory, the state of the Environment, or why is the world going to hell? Let’s focus those strong emotions of angry, rage and redirect them into being more determined to do a physical practice every day, start learning something new, start to meditate or increase our meditation practice, kick the inner lazy voice and wake up 10 mins early to feel grateful for the day, grateful for our breath and do something to increase our immune system (3mins breath of fire – obviously not on your moon cycle) as well as being kinder to all around us.

Once you feel the path going backwards, do not continue to let despondency occupy your mental space with its repetitive story either in your head or as you repeat it to get sympathy from you friends. For this will occupy the space needed to find the solution the healing in any situation. Become the change you want to see and by your actions not your words others including family members will start following your lead. Because at this time we do not need someone to tell us what to do, we need to be shown by example what the lightness of being looks like. Then the third law of equal and opposites will take over and tip the balance away from tragedies to levity.

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Mon 21 November 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

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

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

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