Elevate your Polarities to Live with Grace – Kundalini Yoga 6, Nov 6.15pm @ Prana Lounge

Wow, having just spent 10days together with amazing teachers Tonie Nooyens and Tien at Guava House participating at a Level 2 Authentic Relationship Retreat, I was amazed at facing the polarities and paradoxes of life immediately. I was left energised by dead tired at the same time.

This is a complicated topic so I am going to take 2 weeks in blogging about this one so stay with me!

Let’s look at definitions first. A polarity is an opposite that cannot exist without the other. We live in a world full of polarities like night and day, black and white, good and bad. In fact one of the reasons the world is in such conflict inside ourselves and out, is because we do not understand or handle our polarities.

We get narrow minded and feel that we can only have one view; we either have to Hate Trump or love him. We either have to eat, a clean, green, vegan diet to be a good person or eat junk food. There is no longer a middle ground we feel we can comfortable to occupy. These polarised views are damaging us.

The first mistake is to try and fight the polarity. If we destroy one side the other side will cease to exist. Every Wiseman is sometimes a fool. From the mouths of fools the greatest wisdom flows. In fact by focusing solely on one side of the picture, the balance shifts to give you more of what you do not want. For example when you are trying not to think of a scary thought, it increases your fear not decreases it. The second mistake is to take the average between the 2 polarities. For example look at a coalition government, most of the time they end up being totally ineffective as they end up compromising so much that neither do they get anything done or do they please the electorate or their respective parties.

We need to elevate the polarities and paradoxes in our personalities and outside ourselves on a diagonal path to become masters of ourselves. This is not another facade where we reduce the tensions between our conflicts and challenges by pretending everything is perfect, for example when a spiritualised person avoids inner conflict by saying, “What conflict, everything is ONE and heavenly”! This is a position that isolates, insulates, separates and denies reality. Where there is peace there is conflict, where there is heaven there is hell.

This week we will look at each polarity and see the lessons they can create for us in life and why they exist? Look at this quote and try and see the elevated or diagonal energy it gives to a polarity.

“When you deny something, actually you are accepting those things very deep in your subconscious mind, and sometimes when you accept something you are rejecting it in your subconscious mind so strongly even though you do not know it. So it is not by your acts alone that you approve or disapprove things. Your personality, which is a known personality can be known by acts, but your unknown personality is also there. Man is both unknown and known. Unknown is divine. Known is individual, however you are denying God. God is only denied because you say it is unknown. To know thyself is to know God. God is what? God is the totality, and when one knows the totality of one’s personality, one is GOD.” Teachings of Yogi Bhajan.

See you if you can understand why a polarity exists in your life. Next week we look more closely at paradox.

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This week’s classes:

Mon 6 Nov 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 7 Nov 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga @ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 7 Nov 3.30-4.30pm Special Needs Kids Class@ Reach Beyond, Tickell Rd, Col 8

Tues 7 Nov 5.30-6.30pm Kundalini Yoga @ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Wed 8 Nov 5.00- 7.30am Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 8 Nov 3-3.45pm         Radiant Kids Yoga@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

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

Thurs 9 Nov 11.30 – 1.15pm Special Needs Kids @ Reach Beyond,Tickell Rd, Col 8

Thurs 9 Nov 3-4pm               Kundalini Yoga, Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

 

 

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The Anatomy of Depression – Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Tues 11 April 6-7pm@ The Om Space, Col 5

mindfulnessHaving completed 5 days of a deep, detox and spending time rejuvenating myself from within. This week we will focus on opening up to life especially through the breath and understanding the anatomy of depression or negative feelings.

Yogi Bhanjan says that depression is a symptom of shallow breathing and locked pelvic area. He says that people are mistaken in thinking depression and negativity are a result of mood or circumstance. He encourages people to do a heavy breath from the navel point to move negativity or depression very fast.

Practical Tip

Try lots of deep breathing starting from the pelvic floor and breath of fire this week, to counter any negativity in your thoughts and emotions. Start with 3mins daily, but if possible extend this up to 31 mins.

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This week’s classes:

Tues 11 April 6-7pm             Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 12 April 4.45- 7am        Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 12 April 3-3.45pm         Radiant kids yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 12 April 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

 

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.

Anatomy of Psycho Emotional Self – Kundalini yoga 6-7pm Tues 21 March 2017

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While recently dealing with a right knee issue, I decided to go back and look at my blog on 15 August 2015 which looked at our anatomy as the psycho-emotional expression of our life.

What does this mean? It means that your body, pains, problems etc., mirror what is going on in your mind and emotions and vice versa. The body like the Universe was created in balance. Your body is always trying to get back to that natural state. When we do not deal with our emotional issues, i.e. process them correctly they create small blocks in the body, which change our movement. The physical constraint coupled with a movement that compensates for this block, ends up in chronic health problems. As I discovered with my right knee. When we start to spend time every day balancing our bodies we start to change the physical imbalance which can help process the psycho-emotional imbalance. I have created a table to help you understand how the major joints relate to your emotions and how to balance each one.

 

Body Part Emotion Imbalance Key to Balance Chakra
Ankles lower legs Standards, those you set for yourself verses the standards set by society, family etc. It you do not balance doing what you want to what society wants for you, you will have ankle and lower leg problems Massage the heal to 4inches along the Achilles tendon – with your thumbs 3mins.

Balancing on one foot, tree pose, eagle.

1st chakra
Knee right Motivation You make plans but do not have the energy, will, to see them through. Kriya for knees. Balancing on a block. Strengthening your willpower at the navel point to make you determined. Channel anger into determination to complete a project 1st chakra
Knee left Intention, creativity, ideas When motivation is greater than intention you get bored easily. Kriya for knees. Balancing on a block.

Be more creative, patient and master things.

 

1st chakra
Hips Your Purpose – conception Hips problems prevalent in old age when you are running out of time to complete your purpose Kriyas to balance the pelvis, butterfly pose. 2nd chakra
Arms Sharing and caring beyond just your self interest or

Closed heart, isolated, introvert

Open your heart, selfless service. Balancing the heart centre. 4th chakra
Shoulders Carrying the weight of your thoughts and worries on your shoulders Try to resolve worries and negative thought patterns Shoulder shrugs, kriya for shoulders and neck. Use mantra to change negative thoughts to positive ones. 5th chakra
Neck Thoughts travel from left inner ear to right inner ear via your throat When you have thought loops, unexpressed worries, this build up creates neck problems. Neck rolls, thinking and worrying less.

Use mantra to change negative thoughts to positive ones.

5th chakra

Bring your body to balance, allow this balance to work on your mind and emotions and finally affect the world around you. This is the root nature and cause of manifestation. Your purpose (pelvis) in life is to manifest your intentions (left knee) through motivation (right knee) while keeping up your principles and standards (lower leg/ ankles).

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Mon 20 Mar 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini yoga@ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Pl, Col 7

Tues 21 Mar 6-7pm Kundalini Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 22 Mar   5- 7.30am     Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 22 Mar   3-3.45pm      Radiant Kids Class@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock

Wed 22 Mar  7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock

Sat 17 Mar 5am – 7pm Retreat Negambo@ Sat Sang Yoga Shala & Villa Araylia

Sun 19 Mar 5am – 4pm Retreat Negambo@ Sat Sang Yoga Shala & Villa Araylia

 

Joy- Give yourself to Permission – Kundalini, Gong and Meditation Classes

Melissa

My intention this week had been to write about the emotion of shame, but events of the last few days completely changed my focus.

Last week at the end of a very intensive weekend of Kundalini Level 1 Teacher Training, I was asked by my dear friend and colleague Annoushka to give myself a break and come away with her to attend a yoga retreat for 2 days at Ulpotha. Not only is Ulpotha one of my favourite places in the world but also one of my favourite teachers Melissa Smith was teaching.

I learnt so much, by giving myself time out, permission to dive into the depth of myself and feel joy. I first had to first process guilt and worry about cancelling a class, but all these emotions melted away as I smelt and heard the rain hitting the dry red earth, listened to the birds at dusk, heard the rustle of the wind in the trees as it picks up tempo before a storm. The sounds of the frogs and insects in our tropical paradise of Sri lanka. The feeling of water on my skin, weirdly hot and cold in the lake in Ulpotha. To the sound of my heart and breath during asana, meditation and relaxation.

All these things reminded me that I was not here on earth just to survive. I was also divinity, a co-creator of my reality. Survival was the old way, governed by our worries and intellect, linked with our fear of existence. With it comes judgment, blame, shame and guilt. When we separate from our innate nature of love and joy, our psyche splits into the polarity of good/bad, right/wrong, a two-dimensional world where life is a burden, a struggle. When we give ourselves permission to work with our heart brain, at a higher mental and physical frequency and do everything in the name of joy, even the boring or difficult things become effortless, effort. We act/do or work towards what we want, use the pause between the effort and surrender to be fully present to the reality of what IS. Then you can surrender yourself to the flow of life and receive the outcome with ease. Fulfillment, contentment and joy reside in the heart brain. Give up your worry of survival, do something inspiring that puts joy in your heart every day, even if it is just a beautiful affirmation, poem, deep breath, kiss, singing, chanting, the feel of the air on your skin, anything that connects you with the joy that always resides in your heart. This will allow you to access the deep well that resides in all of us, that will allow you to relax, trust and know all your dreams will be fulfilled.

With thanks to everyone in my life, to all the lessons I learn daily and the opportunity to experience existence.

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Tues 14 Mar  6-7pm Kundalini Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

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

Wed 15 Mar   3-3.45pm    Radiant Kids Class@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 15 Mar  7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road Col 5

Fri     16 Mar  3- 5pm Teachers Class and Meeting@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock

Sat 17 Mar 9.30-10.30am Hatha General @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock, Col 5

Sun 18 Mar 10-11am Hatha General@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock, Col 5

Sun 19 Mar 5.30-7pm Healing Gong Bath@ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Pl, Col 7

The Beauty of Being YOU

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sadhana – Invest in your Wellbeing

kundalini-yoga-sadhana-flickr-sharing-218170There is no gain without effort, therefore creating the habit of Sadhana (spiritual disciplined practice) in your life is a worthy investment in your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

Sadhana can be defined as, whatever you do consistently to awaken your consciousness so that you can relate your higher self. To cover all aspects, it will include some form of yoga or exercise and meditation. You can do it on your own or in the group. The best time to practice is in the Amrit Vela which is 2 hours before sunrise or sunset 4-7am or 4-7pm daily.

When I thought about writing about Sadhana, I wanted to give you an idea of what my motivation is to do a daily spiritual practice as well as group Sadhana.

On many fronts, I would say that before I began practicing Kundalini Yoga and doing a daily practice, I found it very hard to motivate myself, especially when it came to physical exercise and meditation. I am one of those soft people, who loves comfort, cosiness and really lazing around. I had not really nurtured discipline in my life, especially the physical or emotional sort. I was very self-absorbed and believed my internal mental dialog. I had quite a shock when I realised that I was indeed not my mind or emotions and that the clarity of the real me, was buried deep down under a ton of pre-conceived ideas most of which were not even my own.

Sadhana began as a chore for me. I got bored by my practice, used it to daydream about other things but keep on just doing it. Very slowly it started to work, very subtly without even my conscious knowledge.

When you start a consistent Sadhana practice be prepared for many subconscious blocks to challenge you and prevent you from keeping up a daily practice. Whether it be, not being able to sleep the night before, feeling sick, running late, family problems or just your alarm not going off. But as you build up your will power to overcome your mental and physical excuses it becomes easier to become more committed to yourself. Your mind becomes clearer as subconscious fears and unhealthy patterns that normally hold you in their grip are released. Doubt is released and your mind becomes sure. You become clear and start feeling more joy, being able to deal neutrally with fears and anxieties as they arise, as you have started the day by tuning your body, mind instrument to start reflecting that inner radiance in you.

This is my motivation for doing a daily and group Sadhana, I feel the benefits of having greater mental clarity to see what is real and what is just an illusion created by my mind. I am able to see my emotional patterns especially the unhealthy ones. This manifests in my new-found ability not to automatically speak my mind, which may create drama or karma, instead watch my mind and not react to its internal dialog.

I know I have a long way to go but by keeping up almost an uninterrupted practice for the last 14 years, I really see the benefits in my life. So, my challenge to you is, try it, keep going for 1 year and if you see no benefits stop. If you do feel better continue. Keep your motivation in mind when you feel tired, or angry you have to do your practice last thing at night. Remember sadhana clears the subconscious shadows, the automatic patterns of behaviour that make you feel bad or guilty after reacting to a situation. Try coming to a group Sadhana, I lead one once a week every Wed 5-7.30am 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5, just sms to confirm you are coming or attend the first Saturday of the month at The Om Space.

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Mon 6 Feb 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

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

Wed 8 Feb   5- 7.30am    Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

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

Wed 8 Feb 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road Col 5

Fri   10 Feb 4pm    Kundalini Yoga Retreat@ Guava House, Mawanella

Sat   11 Feb 5.30am-8pm Kundalini Yoga Retreat@ Guava House, Mawanella

Sun 12 Feb   5.30am-4pm Kundalini Yoga Retreat@ Guava House, Mawanella

Mindful Monday – Kundalini Yoga

958e1e5d6844156b9df9e9ddc554b0a6Mindfulness off the Mat

Having spent the last week on teaching and practicing yoga during our 8-day Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training program, it made me realise how wonderful it felt being in the present moment during as many moments as possible in the day.

Mindfulness increases the brain’s connection to each present moment by causing the production of electrochemical charges. These connect the sensory system, to the nervous system, to the glands and organs, back to the nervous system and onto the brain producing sensations, thoughts, calculations, and then attitudes of calm.

Of course, it is wonderful when you are mindful in the moment during your yoga or meditation class, but this year we need something useful during your day and during times of stress or emotional upheaval. Mindfulness is a simple wonderful tool you can use to touch that place of presence and surrender many times during your day.

Tips & Tricks

  1. Find your Motivation. This is an important concept because in times of stress or need when you want to just go back to your mind pattern of unconscious behavior your initial motive for starting being mindful will help you. Your motivation may be to increase inner and outer peace, more joy, feeling healthy and happy, deepening your relationship with yourself or others, etc. Use your motivation as a touch stone to keep bringing you back to your practice.
  2. Notice your breath, either first thing as you wake up, last thing at night, while having a shower, before your first bite of food or drink. At least 5 times a day decide to practice a few conscious breaths. Make sure it is the same things everyday, as this creates positive mind patterns that support you.
  3. When you are practicing your conscious breath, eating, typing or reading, you will become distracted at some point. Do not let this put you off. The mind is a thought producing machine. Let the thought go. This is difficult because we tend to expand every thought with our positive, expansive mind (look at older blogs on the 3 minds). Our mind likes to turn thoughts over, become judgmental, engage us by endless questions which have no answer. Just kindly let the thought go, see if fly off, do not follow it.
  4. Recognise your thoughts and emotions are just that, you do not have to believe them or react to them. Remember, being mindfulness is being the observer. You shouldn’t be passing judgment, good or bad, on anything including disruptions to your concentration.
  5. Tune into your senses whenever you start being mindful. Feel the air on your skin, the taste in your mouth, the smell in your nostrils, the sounds around you,etc.
  6. Score timeout in your diary or daily routine to do nothing, just be. Do not fill up all your time, multitasking. Take pleasure in doing whatever you are doing by being present, even if it is something you dislike like chores.
  7. Notice where you tend to zone out (e.g., driving, emailing or texting, web surfing, feeding the dog, doing dishes, brushing teeth, etc.). Practise bringing more awareness to that activity.

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Mon 30 January 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 31 January 6-7pm   Kundalini Meditation @The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Rd, Col 5

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

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

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

Sat   4 February 5-7.30am     Sadhana @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Sat 4 February   9.30-10.30am Hatha General Class@The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Rd

Sun 5 February   10-11am Hatha General Class@The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Rd, Col 5

Master Yourself in 2017, the year of Radiance

I innately knew and my body was preparing in November for 2017 (2+0+1+7 = 10) a number 10 year, of Mastery or self-illumination.

The tradition of tantric numerology, the kundalini yogic science of numbers was transmitted to Yogi Bhajan by a yogi who had made a life study of this technology. Essentially it is the frequency of the soul as it travels through life’s journey in its various energetic frequencies. I will write a longer blog next week all about Tantric numerology.

The number 10 in this system depicts the subtle energy of the Radiant Body, the Body of Light. It is the light of the soul shining through the transparent ego. A protective radiance which will dissolve attacking projections, at the auric level of your being. The polarity of the Radiant Body is that this circle of protection can become suffocating, oppressive and can prevent you from stepping into your mastery and excellence. Instead of a Master you feel a Fraud. It is time to recognise you are the light and that you can be the change you want to see.

In 2017 we get to really see what we are made of, we either commit to the sacredness of our own divinity, individuality and courage, in celebration and mastery of the illuminated self where the finite No one’s power is magnified by the 0, or the one turns inwards and we fall into loneliness, feeling like an outsider, fearful and isolated.

Having read a lot about 2017, from it being the year of mastering the emotional self, to the new wave of nootropics, a buzz word for biohacking, which is getting the best out of your brain and body, by using drugs and self-stimulants. I feel by going deep and developing a better understanding of yourself, your needs physically and emotionally, through self-care, we will really become the master of ourselves.

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On a practical note, stretching into your body everyday no matter what method this is, some form of yoga, swimming, stretch class, etc. Bringing your conscious awareness to your breath, eating, waking, walking, typing, etc. Spending time chanting, singing, listening to your own words, internal and external, will help attune your senses to become more sensitive to YOU, and your needs. This in turn will allow you to understand what food serves and nourishes you. Not what someone else tells you in a magazine or the latest fashion but how do I feel when I eat this? Bloated, windy, heavy, light, fresh nourished? Spend time asking yourself these questions, about everything in your life.

Stop the judgement. This is year is about altitude, seeing the whole picture from above not narrow minded judgement. Decide to discern what suites you best and do not pass judgement on what suites someone else, even if they are your child, grandchild, parent or partner.

This year you need to see or recognise the problem, challenge or block in your life, stop condemning or blaming and know that the problem is there to guide you. Come to a point of stillness and clarity and become the solution to your problem.

If you want more peace, be more peaceful and kind to everyone around you. If you want more prosperity, be more generous without wanting anything in return, even good karma. Be the change you want to see in the world and then you will not need to spend endless time worrying, blaming or condemning all that is in existence at this time. Then, this year will bring you genuine joy and you will be the master of yourself and all you pervade.

Thanks to all my teachers, Sunder Singh, Shiv Charan Singh, Guru Singh and my family the greatest teachers of them all.

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 16 January 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 17 January 6-7pm             Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

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

Wed 18 January 3-3.45pm       Radiant Kids Class@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 18 January 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road Col 5

Sat   21 January 5-7.30am     Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (by donation) Teacher Training all welcome price 3000Rs per half day from 21 -27 Jan 2017.

Trust and Relax – Kundalini Yoga 19 Dec, 6.15-7.30pm @ Prana Lounge

Relaxing and feeling all will be well has been an interesting challenge this week. It is easy to feel trust when things are going well but very difficult when life dissolves into chaos. What we all really need to work on is a change to our inner reality, to create the change we want to see. Keeping the body relaxed is important. We may think we are relaxing our body whilst watching a movie, chatting to friends, on the phone or internet, but are you really? Just notice your posture next time you are online, watching a movie or on the phone. This can be quite a challenge as we tend to become unconscious when we start doing these tasks. Try it out this week.

True relaxation of the body is surrendering. It is not as easy as it sounds, you do it every night to fall asleep. You may also do it during a massage, yoga class or meditation. It is as essential to the body as exercise. That is why the combination of body movement and conscious breathing which relaxes us in yoga is so beneficial to so many people. The more the body relaxes, the more the mind relaxes and then you can surrender yourself to the situation. This does not mean you have to accept everything that happens to you, but you must accept it at first, before you take action even in opposition of it. The act of acceptance and surrender, essentially trusting that everything is happening through you for your own best interest, will allow the action to be taken, the solution discovered and the dream to come true. This Christmas and New Year holiday make it a point to spend time every day in moderate exercise and deep relaxation. Enjoy the feeling and then start your day or work. Notice the difference. Also practice the mantra Humee Hum, Brahm Hum….what is to be already is. Sat nam love Fi x

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This week’s classes:

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

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

Wed 21 Dec 7.15-8.15pm    Kundalini Yoga @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Fri   23 Dec 6-7.30pm       Gong Bath @ Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe, Galle