Community Yoga Class – Pay by Donation 6.30-7.30pm Fri 5 Feb @ Om Space

imagesFJ4B2UWHAt The OM Space Yoga Studio, we believe that practicing yoga should be something that everyone has the opportunity to explore regardless of age, financial situation, or social class background. That is why we have added our new Friday evening 6.30-7.30pm Community Yoga Class to our schedule of classes. This will allow us to reach out to communities who may not be in a situation where they would normally attend a yoga class.

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Yoga can be seen by some sectors in society as expensive, added to the fear factor that I am not flexible/thin/fit/calm or just enough…to practice yoga.

There are multiple other reasons why people may not feel they are able to join a regular public yoga class. It may be especially hard if you are someone who is in a vulnerable position in society. Practicing yoga is likely to be far down the list of priorities for people who are living in poverty, have chronic ill health or who are in recovery from addictions, by putting on our community yoga class we want to make it as easy as possible for anyone to join our yoga community, feel supported whilst only having to pay by donation or by giving as much or as little as they feel like giving.

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When I finished my teacher training course in Ecuador, South America in 2003, I found a community of elderly people in a small village who really need some community yoga. I travelled to their community where I taught them yoga stretches and pranayama before we handed out a free lunch. I could only manage it once a month and there was around 50 elders from 60 years upwards all eager to rhymically stretch their bodies and feel the breath of life calming their minds. Every time I taught I felt it was my privilege and blessing to reach out to this precious community.

I feel the same about our Community classes at Om Space. I believe it will have a positive effect on our Sri Lankan community as well as giving our teachers the honour of teaching all the benefits that a regular yoga practice can bring to elevate peoples lives, relationships, bodies, mind and soul.

Please let your friends and relatives know about our Community Yoga Class.

Sat nam Fiona x

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Trust, How to Develop it? 6-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga 1 Feb @ Prana Lounge

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Who’s got your Back

Last week I watched a DVD which was very inspiring, it was called, “The Intern.” It featured a wise old man in his seventies with life experience who becomes an intern to a young self-made woman. At the beginning of the film she sees her intern as an irritation, she feels she knows better in her ego driven, self-absorbed world of dramas and traumas. The old sage (i.e. Intern) who says almost nothing, just observes, stays in the background and quietly supports her. She finally realises instead of feeling threatened by him, she sees the value of his kind support. In life our eternal old soul is sitting in the background pumping out security. Always telling us if we listen, “all is ok, you are eternal, life is a gift, relax and enjoy the ride”.   But if we do not connect to the eternal part within us, we are always in the foreground feeling we cannot trust because we have been let down by past relationships, family, friends, etc.

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It is easy to trust when things are going well but very difficult when life dissolves into chaos. It can feel like everyone else is getting what they want,but why is that no happening to me? This means you really need to change your inner reality to create the change you want to see. 

How do you trust? Trust is knowing you will be fine no matter what. But how do you get that feeling? Trust comes from connection to that quiet, inner sage who always loves you and it looking out for you. This love and commitment to yourself develops a deep inner knowing. Despite the external circumstances nothing can shake you. In those moments of foreground insecurity you have to find your key to connect to your eternal background security, which will allow you to travel from desperation to inspiration where everything becomes possible. Breath in Trust. Consciously breathing deeply through your nose can make you feel really secure and good. Conscious breathing tells our subconscious mind that all is well, I am alive. This gives us a feeling of trust and security. Also try this mantra meditation, it helps release fears and replace them with trust and commitment.

Sat nam Fi x

P.S For those of you who have not tried yoga why not come to our new Community Yoga Class 6.30-7.30pm every Friday @ The Om Space. Payment by Donation.

Meditation for Trust: Chant the Wahe Guru Mantra

Sit in Easy Pose with the hands in Gyan Mudra. Chant Wahe Guru (wah-hay goo-roo) for 11 minutes.

Chant along with the version of the Wahe Guru Mantra below.

Wahe is a statement of awe and ecstasy. Guru is that which brings us from darkness to light. Wahe Guru is an expression of complete ecstatic awe of the Divine. It expresses the indescribable experience of going from darkness to light (from ignorance to true understanding). It is the Infinite teacher of the soul. A trikutee mantra, it balances the energies of the generating, organizing, and transforming principles. It expresses ecstasy through knowledge and experience. It is the gurmantra, which triggers the destiny.

This week’s classes:

Mon 1 Feb 6-7.30pm     Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Pl, Col 7

Tues 2 Feb 6-7pm          Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 3 Feb 4.45- 7am    Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

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

Wed 3 Feb 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga@The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Fri   5 Feb 6.30-7.30pm NEW Community Class pay by DONATION @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Sat 6 Feb 5-7.30am         Sadhana @The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5(FREE)

There is a way through every block – Dissolve them

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Dissolve the Blocks in your life

We do not realise it but we actually block ourselves. We get entangled in our emotional wants and needs which fail to serve our real heart’s desire for connection with our infinite self.

Yogi Bhajan explains: “We have forgotten one thing. We have not come on this Earth to have a religion, not at all. We have not come here to do a business. These are all tools to achieve one thing-which is a basic human instinct—that this finite wants to merge in Infinity. We want to have not this, not that, but we want to have everything; we want to feel everything, we want to know everything, we want to merge in everything, and we want everything to merge in us. When you stop trying this, you destroy yourself. It destroys your mechanism because then you act against your own nature to seek Infinity.”

Sometimes we do not recognize that our finite experience in the human body is in part to create a polarity so we can experience the Infinite. The finite and the Infinite are like two hands which are there to both serve our heart. We feel the desire to expand and touch that infinite nature.

We may express this as a desire for:

  • Power
  • Status
  • Money
  • Looking physically good or fashionable

But when we settle for these finite goals, instead of understanding that these things are an expression of our infinite nature not our hearts desire, we get stuck. As Yogi Bhajan put it, we settle for a single peanut butter sandwich instead of the ongoing feast of plenty that will continue for all our lives.

In order to elevate ourselves as human beings and to stay on the path of our spirit, there are simple tools that can help us. They give us the clarity, courage and consciousness we need. This meditation is one of those tools.

The practice of this meditation, even briefly, locates you in your heart, opens your perception, and lets you immediately recognize the way forward. All the blocks that seemed absolute dissolve. When darkness and struggle seem to surround you, a ray of light finds its way in and it is even easier to see through the darkness. This is a state of ordinary miracles. This is a steady state of gratitude to see the constant flow of miracles that accompany you on your path. That is Dharma!

EVERY-BLOCK

2nd Sutra Meditation: Mandhavani Kriya

“When your work doesn’t proceed, you get blocked, if you chant this mantra, then not only it will start it will start like Infinity.” -Yogi Bhajan 4/11/77

Posture: Sit in a comfortable cross-legged position with a straight spine.

Mudra: Bring the hands in front of the throat, forearms parallel to the ground. The left hand is palm down; the palm is flat and the fingers point to the right. Extend the left thumb toward the throat. Bring the right thumb between the left thumb and index finger, placing it in the center of the left palm and allow the fingers of the right hand to rest on the back of the left hand. Lock the right thumb in place and apply firm pressure on the left palm. Hold the position at the level of the throat about six inches in front of the body.

Eyes: Closed

Mantra: ad Asch, Jugaad Sach, Hai Bhay Sach, Naanak Hosee Bhay Sach

Breath: Inhale deeply and completely exhale as the mantra is chanted in a monotone.  Inhale and continue. This mantra is from the 17th Ashtapadi of Sukhmani Sahib

Time: 31 minutes.

Comments:

Be sure to keep the arms parallel to the ground. The key to this meditation is locking the right thumb and keeping firm pressure on the center of the left hand. Your thumb may become sore after a while but be strong and don’t give an inch.

© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan

Comments by Gurucharan Singh: Let each sound resonate through your whole being like a pebble across the calmest of ponds. And in that complex matrix of ripples you are still personally present and feel your vastness in equal proportion to your specific finiteness. You are in this body—at this time—timelessly and fully engaged. When you listen from the doorway between the finite and Infinite, the mantra you recite becomes the shabad—a sound that dissolves the ego as it invites the Infinite through the heart that you embody. As Yogi Bhajan instructed us:

“This is a Shabad. If you can perfect that Shabad—perfect means when you can recite it correctly at any time without any hindrance while reciting, this is the perfection of the Shabad. While reciting you can hear it accurately. You hear it within yourself, not anybody else. That means it is perfected. Then whenever you will perform it the master miracle will happen.”

Classes This Week

Gong and Breath Class Sat 17 Oct 6-7pm at Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Colombo 7. Investment 1000Rs.

Mindfulness, Tues 14 July 6-7pm Om SPACE

Modern living can mean you can spend the entire day on the computer not being present or have a meaningful conversation or interaction face to face with another being. This situation can lead to neurons, brain cells literally dying, loss of memory, alzheimers, feeling mentally and emotionally exhausted.

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Mindfulness another word for meditation is the antidote says a growing number of scientific studies as well as health practitioner.

The tendency to over-think is “an occupational hazard of being human,” says Kabat-Zinn.  “We’ll be projecting in the future or reminiscing about the past, or what went wrong, and who did what to whom, or who’s to blame….We’re creating narratives constantly.” It’s the constant narrative in our heads (i.e., the “monkey mind”) that leads to the sensation that we’re not really present in a moment-to-moment way. “The mind has a life of its own,” says Kabat-Zinn. “It goes here and there.”

meditation 2 So, in mindfulness, the real practice is bringing the mind back to a particular point of focus. The mind  may take a lot of redirection, since the mind’s nature is to wander. The mind can be likened to the ocean – most of the time, you’re getting bounced around by the waves at the surface. But meditation, when practiced enough, lets you dip below the waves and not be at the mercy of the choppy surface agitations. When you’re below the surface, in meditation, you’re still moved by the currents, but you’re not being slapped around by the waves.” In other words, meditation lets us get some reprieve from the constant rovings of our minds.

There are dozens of studies showing the functional and structural changes meditation can bring about in the brain.  That’s why global brands such as Google, Instagram and Facebook have all jumped on board. They practice mindfulness prior to meetings and have free classes in mindfulness for their lucky employees.

Googles guru Chade-Meng Tan, is charged with hefty responsibilities, as his official job description is to “Enlighten minds, open hearts and create world peace.” Not only does adding meditation to the work day make people happier and more present, but it also makes people more productive. The trick, says Tan, is to “get into that frame of mind on demand,” and meditation teaches people to do exactly this.

Meditation is really a form of cognitive training. This is just the next generation of exercise. We’ve got the physical exercise components down, now it is about working out how we can actually train our minds.

Attend one of my meditation classes every Tuesday at The Om Space, Colombo 5; 6-7pm. Investment 800-900Rs.

Love and light Fiona

Last few places left on our September Retreat at Sri Villas 19th to 21st Sept 2013

Sri Villas Retreat 19th-21st Sept 2013

Sri Villas Retreat 19th-21st Sept 2013

STILL TIME TO JOIN US FOR OUR SEPT RETREAT

On this retreat will give you the opportunity to give yourself the time to know your shadow and understand negative emotions.   We are not taught how to manage our emotions.  We subconsciously wish to deny, hide or ignore them or unconsciously respond in a knee jerk reaction.  Through Kundalini Yoga and meditation, we can learn techniques to recognise, accept, forgive and release these negative feelings and thoughts, instead of being driven unconsciously by them.

Turn overwhelming feelings and being over sensitive into being able to read a situation and know how to act.

Our program consists of sunset and sunrise daily Kundalini Yoga and meditation classes taught by three different teachers, Annoushka, Fiona and Shaunagh. A Combined with conscious eating and relaxation.

Set by the ocean, Sri Villas is a boutique hotel with luxurious en-suite rooms, an open air pool and beautiful spaces to relax in please see http://www.srivillas.com.  Included in the price is all your healthy vegetarian food and drink which will combine with our program to support your emotional release.
Price for retreat Rs19,000 for 2 nights, 3 days, full board, teachings and en-suite accommodation 2 sharing.
*transportation not included

Sri Villas is only one and half hours away from Colombo and we will start on Thursday 19 September which is a Poya day and end on Saturday 21st September afternoon around 4pm.
If you have any further questions please contact Fiona on 0778011984 or email info@sanasuma.co.uk

Sri Villas Retreat Thurs 19th, Fri 20th, & Sat 21st September 2013

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Give yourself the time to know your shadow and understand negative emotions.   We are not taught how to manage our emotions.  We subconsciously wish to deny, hide or ignore them or unconsciously respond in a knee jerk reaction.  Through Kundalini Yoga and meditation, we can learn techniques to recognise, accept, forgive and release these negative feelings and thoughts, instead of being driven unconsciously by them. 

Turn overwhelming feelings and being over sensitive into being able to read a situation and know how to act.

Our program consists of sunset and sunrise daily Kundalini Yoga and meditation classes.  Combined with conscious eating and relaxation. 

Set by the ocean, Sri Villas is a boutique hotel with luxurious en-suite rooms, an open air pool and beautiful spaces to relax in please see http://www.srivillas.com.  Included in the price is all your healthy vegetarian food and drink which will combine with our program to support your emotional release.

Price for retreat Rs19,000 for 2 nights, 3 days, full board, teachings and en-suite accommodation 2 sharing.

*transportation not included

Sri Villas is only one and half hours away from Colombo and we will start on Thursday 19 September which is a Poya day and end on Saturday 21st September afternoon around 4pm.

If you have any further questions please contact Fiona on 0778011984.

Love and light the Sanasuma Team.

Fiona’s new Kundalini Yoga classes start today at Om Space-15th July 2013

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NEW YOGA CLASSES WITH FIONA AT THE NEW OM SPACE STARTS TODAY, MONDAY 15TH JULY

OM SPACE
185/10 HAVELOCK ROAD, COLOMBO 5

MONDAY 4.30 – 5.30pm Kids Yoga Class

MONDAY 6-7 pm Kundalini Meditation Class

THURSDAY 6.30-7.30 am Kundalini Yoga Class

Kundalini Yoga Retreat in Galle Fort 22 & 23rd June 2013

Kundalini Yoga Retreat in Galle Fort 22nd & 23rd June 2013

Kundalini Yoga Retreat in Galle Fort 22nd & 23rd June 2013

Sanasuma Kundalini Yoga Retreat in Galle Fort

Date: 22nd & 23rd (Poya Day) June

Venue: Bodi Spa, Galle Fort

Time: 8am till 4.30pm (including Breakfast, lunch and tea time snack)

Join the Sanasuma Kundalini Yoga team for a two day workshop on self awareness at the newly opened Bodi Spa in Galle Fort.  In May we detoxified our bodies and became more aware of the effect of the food we put into our bodies, during this retreat we will continue the journey of becoming more conscious of the self with a combination of physical asanas, breathwork and meditation.

Shaunagh and Fiona will be teaching 6 yoga classes over the two days.  You are welcome to join for one day or the full two days.

Natalie and Lucy will be there to offer you massages at the end of the day or during your lunch break at Bodi Spa, http://bodispalk.com/
Swedish Massage Rs5000 (60 mins)
Deep Tissue & Shiatsu Massage Rs6000 (60 mins)
Meals will be healthy vegetarian food served at Fortaleza Restaurant, a few doors down from Bodi Spa, http://www.fortaleza.lk

CONTACT SHAUNAGH 0773022142 or info@sanasuma.co.uk

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THE DETOX PLAN

THE DETOX PLAN

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Early morning yoga class with Fiona at Entertrainers, SLTA, 7 -8.10am

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Want TO STRETCH OUT YOUR MIND AND BODY first thing on MONDAY MORNING?

Come to Fiona’s Asana Fit – learn the basics of yogic mind body connection through asana flow and breath work.
7.00-8.10am
at
Entertrainers Studio: 2nd floor Lifestyle. SLTA
45 Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha. Colombo 7
Tel. 0778011984