Relxation,the Art of Happiness – Kundalini Yoga 6.15-7.30pm Mon 24 April @ Prana Lounge

“Just Relax”. It seems such an easy thing to say and do, but in reality, on a deeper level, relaxation is difficult for most people to achieve because of the subliminal level of emotional conflict or duality we exit in. We tend to live life through a mask or persona. This persona is created through the unconscious habits and patterns or maps in our mind which then triggers a secondary level of projected emotions. Even as we go about the normal day to day routine, there is an inner emotive dialogue that generates patterns of anxiety, anger, hopelessness or self-defeating emotions.

I first notice this when I left my high stress job, as a lawyer working on a high profile Public Inquiry into a disaster in London and moved to peaceful Quito, the capital of Ecuador. Suddenly there was no longer a logical reason to feel stressed but that underlying feeling starting to creep up from under my skin. I was happy, newly married, financially very well off and enjoying a new beginning in South America a long-term dream fulfilled, yet here I was feeling anxious! It was not until I started Kundalini Yoga and a deep meditation practice that I came to understand that this anxiety was not logical or as a result of circumstances, but a deep-seated feeling of duality we all experience at some level.

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In Kundalini yoga, what I described above as my life is called commotional living. It drains the reserve energy of your nervous system and creates defences and armoring against discomfort.

The key to release this is through deep relaxation. But this is not simply better or more sleep, a massage or time off. To truly, deeply relax we need to change the distribution of prana, the vital lifeforce energy and relax the nervous system to allow reorganisation of patterns of being and doing.

On a more subtle level we need to relax into our core self by letting go and trusting that we are not solely the doer. If you can relax about the unknown, the infinite or generator, organise or destroyer (GOD) 75% of your tension will go away. With this realisation, we can be relaxed under the most stressful situations, as we remember our identity or Real self, the soul in the most unreal situations.

As yogi Bhajan says, “Total harmonious relaxation cures the body. To achieve this there must be a coordination between the 3 facets of ourselves: body, mind and soul”.

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The Benefits of Deep Relaxation

  • Rejuvenating the parasympathetic nervous system.
  • Redistribution of prana.
  • Releasing rigid patterns in the muscles and promoting blood flow.
  • Learning how to let go of stress in the emotions and body
  • “Memorising” the relaxation response.

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This week’s classes:

Mon 24 April 6.15-7.30   Kundalini Yoga@ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 5

Tues 25 April 6-7pm       Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 26 April 5- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 26 April 3-3.45pm    Radiant kids yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road,

Wed 26 April 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road,

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!

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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.