Kundalini the energy of Awareness

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Kundalini is the life force of awareness. When we elevate the Kundalini we encounter a force in our nervous system and mind that strips away all that is not needed.  Awareness can be defined by the quality of your conscious in combination with the rely of the sensory information that is sent to you to at any given moment.

Kundalini energy is often referred to as a sudden fiery, mind blowing energy travelling up the spine to elevate your consciousness; so called Kundalini rising.   This dramatic experience may well happen to some people, but the technology of Kundalini Yoga that has been given to us by Yogi Bhajan creates a subtle experience. My experience is of this gentle subtle energy and subtle changes in my life. I have had an awakening but it is very much a work in progress, captured in my experience of feeling greater and greater awareness during certain moments in my day when I have the presence to move my attention from my busy mind with its worries and doubts, into my body and breath. These moments of being aware of the finite in my inhale and the infinite in the exhale allow me to open up to life. I more easily catch my mind as it becomes frustrated with the reality of a situation and move beyond its limited interpretation of life to one where all solutions and possibilities are a reality. Catching the blame and forgiving it, before it turns inwards and destroys the self-love that I have carefully nurtured.

Our expectations of a situations set ourselves up to catch that moment. Like the calculations you make to catch a ball in your hands. I find that the development of my awareness, allows me to calculate and prepare less so instead of living through my expectations I can be more flexible in my acceptance of the IS. Instead of setting up the moment with my old expectations, life can now open up and allow a new future to arrive. As we continually grow our awareness we get better and better at catching ourselves when we slip back into old patterns of blaming, non-acceptance, rage, frustration etc.

Practical

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Have supreme patience with yourself, start your day with pre forgiveness for the times you will slip up during the day and forgive yourself each time you do. Take time to bless yourself and count your blessing. Explore life with innocent wonder. Realise your potential as an infinite being in a finite body. Realise that each moment is part of the infinite, even if it is not what you desire. Allow yourself and others around you to flourish without dulling their spirits.

Kriya to connect with your infinite source of energy

1. Sit in easy pose. Stretch your left arm out to the side with the fingers in gyan mudra and the palm up. The right elbow is bent, the palm faces forward, and the hand is about the level of the ear. The right thumb and sun finger (ring finger) connect to form surya mudra while the other fingers point upward. Inhale and exhale. Hold the breath out and pull the navel, mentally chanting “Har” with each pull of the navel. Begin by chanting “Har” eight times with the breath held out. When you are comfortable with that, increase the number of times you pull the navel and mentally chant “Har” until you can chant “Har” twenty times before you inhale. 11 Minutes.
To finish: Rapidly pump the navel 108 times either with the breath held in or with the breath held out. (Your choice)

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Mon 10 October 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

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

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

Wed 12 October 3-3.45pm    Radiant Kids Class@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

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

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Yogi Body Image – Kundalini Yoga 6.15-7.30pm Mon 22 Aug

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How we relate to our Body Image

How should we relate to our bodies and how does this relationship affect our sense of self, self esteem and health? What experiences, beliefs and habits about our bodies do we acquire through our life cycles? When we can answer these questions we can also see how our body image affects our emotions, behaviour and how we relate to our partners, friends and family.

During adolescence into adulthood suddenly we are confronted by the physical changes in our body, our new found sexuality and how the world perceives our body image. We all form a body image during this period. This is formed not only by the physical sensations of our body and how it looks, but it is heavily influenced by perceptions, the media and our emotions.

Our body image is not static, it is a perception of the size, shape, boundaries and emotions evoked by that perception. For example on a good day we may like the way our legs look but on a day we are feeling down we can fixate on how fat the same legs look. This is all a mental perception, your leg shape would not have altered in one day.

In yoga we focus on a healthy, reality-based body concept. We emphasis a postive body image and constructive habits to promote feelings of physical happiness and wellness. We try to understand where any negtive perceptions of the body have come from. Because if our bodies sense of self is distorted, negative and unreal there are many unwanted consequences.

Our body image perception comes from:

  • Our inner experiene of our physical body, health, sensations, movements.
  • Our outer experiene of the body comes from the third person point of view, ie what our friends, family, culture and the media say about our body image.

 

For young women, the image is largely dependant on their mothers and fathers, they will take on the one which is most negative about body image. This may distort their sense of self, they may over eat to numb or protect themselves from life.

Young men can be affected by overly protective mothers or overly aggressive fathers. This may distort their body image greatly, so they feel they need to put on extra muscle to protect themselves from life.

When we feel negative feelings about our body we tend to try and get rid of these feelings. At this point we can either create good coping strategies:

  • Like better eating habits,
  • Self acceptance (if you want something to be difference than it is, you must first accept it as it is)
  • Increased physical activity.

 

Or negative demoting habits like:

  • Emotional eating /over eating
  • Dieting and rapidly exercising to loose weigth
  • Obsessesive thoughts about body image or weight

 

  • Body surgery

For women especially negative feelings about their body image are supported by western culture, mass and social media. A young women’s subconscious is deeply imprinted by unrealistic images of what a desireable women’s body should look like. We are told that if we do not look like a model in Cosmopolitan then we will not be attractive to men. The imprint on our adolescent mind at this stage of our development cannot should not be undersestimated. It is at this time when we most want to be socially accepted, which affects our biology, motivation and emotions.

During yoga we reset the body image, by renewing a positive relationship with the self. We do asanas to feel the strength, flexibility and sensations in our body. This mindful movement, experience of feeling our internal energy, being part of a group or community and accepted as you are, grounds a positive self and helps align our body image with our current reality.

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Practical Application

Notice when you eat your next meal, do you chat with people, read, look at your phone or watch T.V? This demoting habit is about distraction and reward. If you do this you will tend to eat your food unconsciously, eat too fast and then not notice when you are full so over eat. Try instead to spend a few seconds looking at your food before you eat it. When you start eating concentrate on every bite, chew, enjoy the sensations and flavours. Notice when your body feels full. Your mind will never be full, it will always want more because your mind does not have a body.

Notice when you exercise, are you unconscious? Watching T.V to distract you from the physical sensations of your body? If you do this you may tend to strain your muscles, over or under exercise, not feel physically, mentally satisfied after exercising. Once again just like in a yoga practice, try to stay present and focussed as you exercise and see the difference. Get rid of your expectations of what this exercise will make you look like and enjoy the benefits of regularly physical movement and the sensation of wellness it brings to your being.

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This week’s classes:

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

Tues 23 August 6-7pm             Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 24 August 4.45- 7am        Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 24 August 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Fri   26 August 6.30-9pm   Community Class & Celebrate Yogi Bhajan’s Birthday, Gong and Kundalini           Meditation @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road (by Donation) bring some food to share for the pot luck party afterwards.

Sat 27 August 10-11am             Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Sat 27 August 5.30-7.00pm         Healing Gong Bath @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7