The Magic Balm of Breath – Kundalini Yoga 5 Feb 2020 Sri Lanka

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The Magic Balm of Your Breath

Last week we tried out some yogic hacks to try and bullet proof our nervous system. This week we go more deeply into the breath. Understanding more about the emotional, physical and psychological effects that daily pranayama gives.

The quality, quantity and circulation of your physical breath creates the foundation of your health and vitality. In fact most of us breathe very shallowly, using our upper chest and creating tension, tightness and armouring in the chest muscles that lead to weak nerves and a greater susceptibility to stress and illness. Tonie Nooyens our lead trainer in Asia says by regularly practicing pranayama,(the expansion of our breath and vital life force energy) we can heal about 50% of our illnesses and stress. Relaxed, conscious breathing is the key. We also need to reduce the rate of how many cycles of inhale and exhale we take per minute.

This week we will practice these deep pranic healing techniques to leave you feeling vital and refreshed. We have a guest teacher here from London Preetam Kaur, she is doing a conscious rebirthing class on Friday 6-8pm 1500Rs, one not to be missed.

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

Tues 4 February – HOLIDAY NO CLASS

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

Wed 5 February 6.30-8pm Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 6 February 7.45-9.00am   Kundalini Yoga(Shaunagh) @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

Thurs 6 February 6.30-7.45pm Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Friday 7 Feb 6-8pm Conscious Rebirthing@ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 Preetam Kaur (UK) 1500Rs

Saturday 8 Feb 5.30-7pm Poya Gong Bath @ Prana Lounge, Col 7 (Shaunagh)

Sunday 9 Feb 6-7.30pm Poya Gong Bath@ Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe. Galle

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Prana & Beyond Duality – 24 Nov 2019

Pranic Body and Duality – 24 Nov 2019

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This week’s inspiration for my classes comes from taking Shaunagh’s class last week on the Pranic Body and reading Nivair Singh’s book on the 8th Body the Pranic Body.

He discusses the integration of charateristics we dislike into our personality. Not an easy or comfortable exercise but something really deep and that will help us to feel whole.

So this week we will go through our family, especially those that are closes to us and make a list of characteristics that you wish to own and disown from each person. This will give you a really good indication of what aspects or characteristics you have integrated and which you have not.

For example let’s say you always care for others, your friends, partner, children and suddenly you do not do something for one of them, they may become angry at you. Underneath the anger is the fear that if they do not get nurtured from you now, they will never get nurtured in the future. This sets up a duality. How to integrate that would be to ask them to nurture themselves. You can still do things for them sometimes but if you do not always nurture them they can rely on themselves so will not get angry.

Try and see what other characteristic you do not like in your close relatives and see if you can integrate them in a way that makes for integration instead of duality?

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

Sun 24 Nov 6-7.30pm Gong Bath @ Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe, Galle

Mon 25 Nov 5-8pm   All teachers & Webinar @ 9 Greenlands Lane , Col 5

Tues 26 Nov 9.15-10.30am Kundalini Yoga @9 Greenlands Lane , Col 5

Tues 26 Nov 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga(Shaunagh) @ 145/5 Fife Rd , Col 5

Wed 27 Nov 5-7.30am     Kundalini Yoga @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 27 Nov 6.45-8pm       Kundalini Yoga@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 28 Nov 6.30-7.45pm Kundalini Yoga@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Mon 25 Nov 5-8pm All Kundalini Yoga Teachers Meet, including Master Class on Biomedical science and Kundalini Yoga by Dr Sat Bir Singh Khalsa – Free but pot luck food for dinner.

Remember you can buy your 4000Rs class pass for 12 classes over 4 weeks.

 

Yoga Bhajan Birthday – 6.15pm Mon 26 August Prana Lounge by Donation

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This week we come together as a Yoga community and spiritual family to celebrate Yogi Bhajan’s birthday, 26 August 1929, the legacy and technology of Kundalini yoga that he has left us.

He was not the inventor of Kundalini yoga, but for me he systemised it into a formula that you and I can understand and more importantly use in our daily lives, to be healthier, happier and feel connected to our spirit. The love I feel for our teachers comes from this.

We will join in celebration with the many communities all over the world that will come together this Monday, 26 August to honour Yogi Bhajan and celebrate his tireless teaching, coaching, comforting and elevating his students through his life and through the teachings.

This year the venue is Prana Lounge where we will start with a Kundalini yoga kriya, deep gong relaxation, ending with a Healing circle meditation and sharing of food and laughter. Please bring some food to share and pay a donation to Prana Lounge.

 

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

Sat 24 August 5.30-7.00pm  Gong Bath @ Prana Lounge, Colombo 7

Mon 26 August 6.15 – 8.30pm Yogi Bhajan Birthday Kundi class, Gong and Healing Circle meditation, dinner @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Pl, Col 7 – Donation

Tues 27 August 9.30-10.45am Kundalini Yoga @9 Greenlands Lane , Col 5

Tues 27 August 6.00-7.15pm  Kundalini Yoga @ 145/5 Fife Rd , Col 5 (Shaunagh)

Wed 28 August 5-7.30am       Sadhana Kundalini Yoga @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

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

Thurs 29 August 6.30-7.45pm  Kundalini Yoga@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

 

All Night Gong Bath – 16 Mar 2019

Gong Puja or All night Gong Bath    Sat 16 March 2019

Price including a healthy breakfast 5000Rs

9pm to 8am

Originated by Gong master Don Conreaux, the all night gong immersion (aka Gong Puja) experience lasts about 7 ½ hours. It’s a journey that’s timeless, and as we journey with the vibration of the gong, we cleanse, unblock and experience the real self. Don Conreaux says this is the most healing experience you can give yourself. An all night gong bath allows the brain to sink into a delta wave frequency, where deep healing can take place. This process promotes a sense of peace and well-being, strengths the nervous system, balances the chakras and increases energy and vitality.

The evening starts at 9pm with a short Kundalini yoga class followed by a meditation. Next we will set up our sleeping areas and relax into a meditative space created by the gongs. After a restful night, we will experience a yogic morning: Sadhana, Kundalini yoga, meditation and light breakfast. The whole experience will end at 8am. Powerful, profound, joyful and deeply moving, it can be a life changing event.

WHAT TO BRING: A WATER BOTTLE, EYE PILLOW, PILLOW, COTTON BLANKET AND BEDDING FOR A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP, AS YOU DRIFT OFF TO THE SOUNDS OF THE GONG. BE MINDFUL THAT THE AREA YOU WILL BE USING AS YOUR SLEEPING SPACE WILL BE THE DIMENSIONS OF A YOGA MAT. LOOSE COMFORTABLE CLOTHES ARE RECOMMENDED.

Stop Defending and deal with the Negative Mind – Kundalini Yoga

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It takes a lot of courage to face reality. When our negative, protective mind is strong it would rather make up stories, create imaged enemies than actually allow us to listen to something which feels like an attack on the self. We are not neutral about ourselves we dimiss our subconscious, we do not believe the outside world is effected by our private thoughts and feelings. The ego and subconscious mind align. This now reactive personality based on unprocessed childhood trauma, creates thousands of thoughts, feelings and narratives to serve the defensive self. How do we know when we are defensive, or blaming someone else for negativity coming from ourselves. Well here are a few points to be conscious of:

  • When you begin defending because feelings of shame, loss and fear arise. It prevents us from acknowledging our accountability for what happens to us in life. If it is happening to you, it is happening through you.
  • We react in the same way to all situations, which may not make sense in the current moment. The gap between us and reality increases.
  • We may be busy, our lives filled with many people, tasks and adventures but inside we are not happy.

The interconnection between the left and right hemisphere is weakened. The effect is often a change in voice and tone. We are angry, childlike, talkative, full of stories, sneaky and insecure.neg

It takes a lot of courage to face reality. When our negative, protective mind is strong it would rather make up stories, create imaged enemies than actually allow us to listen to something which feels like an attack on the self. We are not neutral about ourselves we dismiss our subconscious, we do not believe the outside world is effected by our private thoughts and feelings. The ego and subconscious mind align. This now reactive personality based on unprocessed childhood trauma, creates thousands of thoughts, feelings and narratives to serve the defensive self. How do we know when we are defensive, or blaming someone else for negativity coming from ourselves. Well here are a few points to be conscious of:

  • When you begin defending because feelings of shame, loss and fear arise. It prevents us from acknowledging our accountability for what happens to us in life. If it is happening to you, it is happening through you.
  • We react in the same way to all situations, which may not make sense in the current moment. The gap between us and reality increases.
  • We may be busy, our lives filled with many people, tasks and adventures but inside we are not happy.

The interconnection between the left and right hemisphere is weakened. The effect is often a change in voice and tone. We are angry, childlike, talkative, full of stories, sneaky and insecure.

Practical Solutions

Whenever I get critised, I have to try and stay very present, breathe deeply, feel the pain or hurt but not let my mind dismiss or defend against what I am hearing. I then later on recheck my reaction to see how defensive or reactive I was in that situation.

Obviously like last week working on a deep meditation practice to strengthen the neutral mind really helps. But we need to be very conscious when we are with people who trigger us. Being conscious does not mean we accept other people’s criticism as fact; we just need to be aware of our reactions to criticism, our body language, feelings, breath, etc. This will allow us to see the full picture without just dismissing what someone says because it hurts our ego. We need to use the neutral mind to access what is fact and fiction and from this point move forward to either learn from past mistakes or dismiss the criticism. Because if we react to it there must be energy there we need to examine. Try always to elevate your vibration, for me it is mantra chanting, to you it may be breathing, moving, singing, etc. Elevate yourself to be less in the animal alert state of the negative mind to view the situation from the heart centred neutral mind. Sat nam x raymond.fiona@gmail.com   0778011984 www.sanasuma.co.uk www.3ho.org

This week’s classes:

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

Tues 20 Feb 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga @ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sat   24 Feb 6-7.30pm         Gong Bath @ Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe, Galle.

Sun 25 Feb 5am onwards   Kundalini Yoga Fest – All day festival

 

 

2018 The Year of Sound: Kundalini yoga Mon 22 Jan 6.15-7.30pm@ Prana Lounge

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Having just been to the movies to watch Pitch Perfect I was inspired by how amazing music, singing and sound can lift you up and start really transforming you. In fact Mick Rock legendary 70’s rock and roll photographer and yogi said, “ You paid whatever you could afford for your mantra…I ‘ve used this mantra ever since. Very easy to use very powerful.” In later life he discovered Kundalini yoga. When asked why Kundalini? He said, “It totally works. It is not bullshit crap. It’s not theoretical. You don’t have to start as a believer or be a follower of Yogi Bhajan to get the benefits. All I really know is the Kundalini kriyas, postures, meditation, chanting and breathing techniques enable me to easily access an altered state in a non chemical way. I just go into the Kundalini space. My brain, my being transforms.”

Practical Guide: So how does Sound & Mantra work

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Thoughts and sounds are energetic waves we cannot see but exist. If you project a specific form of energy through the mind, it can have a predictable effect on the physiology of the body and psyche of the brain. This we call mantra. Mantra essentially is a sound wave that you pulse across the brain to create a specific effect within you. It is a bit like a mathematical formula. Each mantra creates a measurable end. It alters the chemistry and pattern of the neurons with both physical and esoteric effects. This has been measured in Harvard and UCLA when they researched how Kritan Kriya (SA,TA,NA,MA) affected DNA and regrowth of telomeres in patients with Alzheimer’s.

Every element of the universe is in a constant state of vibration manifested to us as light, sound and energy. The human sense perceives only a fraction of the infinite range of vibration, so it is difficult to comprehen that the Word mentioned in the bible is actually the totality of vibration which underlies and sustains all creation. A person can tune his or her own consciousness into the awareness of that totality with the use of a mantra. By vibrating in rhythm with the breath to a particular sound that is proportional to the creative sound, or sound current, one can expand one’s sensitivity to the entire spectrum of vibration. It is similar to striking a note on a stringed instrument. In other words, as you vibrate, the universe vibrates with you.” ~Yogi Bhajan

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Chanting a mantra either silently or out loud is a method of directing the mind. All of our emotions (sorrow, joy, bitterness, elation) are vibratory frequencies. You can call them beliefs, attitudes, whatever you want, but fundamentally they are vibratory patterns that determine the program played by our mind. So much of what we interact with as “reality” is the program our mind is playing. Our vibratory pattern determines how we feel.

We chant constantly, even if we aren’t aware of it. Chanting can look like “I’m failure, I’m failure, I always fail so why bother trying”. If every other word out of our mouth is “I don’t have enough money for (fill in the blank)” then that, too, is the vibratory pattern we are sending across our minds. When we consciously chant a mantra we are invoking its specific vibratory resonance and placing it into our mind’s field. So if the mantra is for prosperity, peace, happiness, intuition or any multitude of other marvelous things that is the vibratory pattern we are establishing. It doesn’t actually matter if we know the meaning of the mantra; it will still have an effect. The sounds themselves are encoded with meaning and vibratory range. It’s not all about belief. Nor is it placebo. It’s a matter of the universe itself using certain frequencies to manifest things. Mantras were developed by those who could hear and understand the language of the universe. They then blossomed forth these combination of sounds to harness specific vibratory patterns and allow us to mirror them back to the universe in its own language of sound, light and energy.

When chanting it is important to listen to the sound of your own voice, no matter what the pitch or tone. It is not about harmonising. But try to make sure your voice does not dominate either. As the thoughts or emotions arise in meditation, chant strongly and consciously to match the frequency of the thought or emotion. The mantra can then dissolve or replace this pattern with a positive one.

Mantra is also great for people who find meditation difficult. Chanting mantra is a way of staying focused and positively cutting through negative mind loops and patterns. Great to use with Autistic children. Find a mantra that you feel the effect of and use it this year to be the truest, highest version of 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

This week’s classes:

Mon 22 Jan 6.15-7.30pm    Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 23 Jan 9.45-10.45am  Kundalini Yoga @ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 23 Jan 3.30-4.30pm  Special Needs Kids Class@ Reach Beyond, Tickell Rd, Col 8

Wed 24Jan 5.00- 7.30am    Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 24 Jan 3.30-4.15am      Kids Yoga Class @ The Om Space, Colombo 5

Wed 24 Jan 6.45-8pm New Kundalini Yoga@ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 25 Jan 11 – 1pm            Special Needs Kids and Teachers Class@ Reach Beyond

Thurs 25 Jan 3-4pm              Kundalini Yoga, Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Sat     27 Jan 6.00-7.30pm   Gong Bath @ Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe, Galle

 

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

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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.

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

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

Gong Bath – Sat 28 Nov 6.30-7.30pm @ The Om Space

Candle light Gong Healing Sat 28 Nov @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Rd, Col 5. 6.30-7.30pm. Bring a shawl to cover up with.
Investment 1000Rs. Please sms to confirm a place as they are limited 07780119884.
The Gong suspends the minds magnetic thought patterns, reduces stress, promotes physical and mental healing by stimulating the glandular system and facilitating the break up of emotional blockages.

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