Immune Response – Kundalini Yoga

Dr Shanti Shanti Kaur Immune Response – Kundalini Yoga

Let’s examine our attitude during this time of solitude and social distancing. Can we embrace our difficult emotions, go through them and still find the joy. Do things differently, find new ways and meaning instead of be moaning what we cannot do? Sri Lanka is in curfew, that means we cannot even go for a walk outside our gate or go to the supermarket. Personally I feel blessed, being well and having my beautiful family to share this time of exclusion with, it has been great to join online Kundalini yoga classes, sing karaoke by myself, dance to music I love, do handstands in the garden and generally catch up with rest and reading a favourite book. Let’s turn this time into something positive as we learn pulse, pause and play this week.

During Shaunagh’s relaxing zoom class on Sunday, she mentioned these 3 key activities we need to incorporate into our life that Dr Shanti Shanti Kaur gave us during a Webinar last week on the immune response.

She made a distinction between the immune system and immune response. We now know the body has an innate intelligence where different systems of the body, digestive, lymphatic, endocrine (hormonal), nervous and immune systems join together to produce a coordinated response to pathogens, for example COVID 19.

She explained prevention depends on the level of oxygen in the blood stream and the ability of the body to detoxify and remove waste toxic materials out of the body. Prevention also depended on the programming of immune cells in the thymus gland.

She describe the pathogen (bacterial or viral) entering the body, it then infiltrates healthy cells and multiples

So if your body has a high level of oxygenated blood, greater coordination between systems such as the endocrine, nervous, etc then it can respond more accurately to any threat. This is where the scientific concept of Vagal Tone or strength comes in. The Vagal nerve which is the 10th cranial nerve, connects the brain, heart, gut and visceral organs. The Vagal nerve needs in good condition to give a targeted accurate response to all threats to our body. It can do this if our rest/digest parasympathetic and fight/flight/freeze sympathetic autonomic nervous system can move smoothly and freely between these two states. This ability to shift gears is curial to make us stress resistant. We need stress but we need to be able to move into the pause state autonomically as well as the vigour state.

Kundalini Yoga being a yoga which uses rhythmic movement combined with breath/pranayama and targeted angular movements, uses the body to circulate the lymph so it does not become congested and can eliminate toxins. The kriyas also stimulate the digestive system, through movement, breath retention and pulse. Studies have shown that digestion and elimination are key components of the immune response and keeping the Apana (elimination) and Samana (digestion) strong (see blog on Vayus) is the key.

Pulse – is the ability to create rhymic living. Everything in the Universe is rhymic, down to the pulse of the smallest particle in existence. When we honour our life by moving with the rhythms of nature, sleeping 7-8 hours per night, eating at regular times, moving/ exercising, keeping routine for our fitness and wellness, we tap into the innate intelligence of our DNA. Kundalini yoga advocates rhythmic movement during the warm ups and kriyas, that are lead by your breath, which not only gives the body back this rhythmic pulse but also oxygenates the blood.

Pause – this is something we are being forced to do at the moment and modern living is really not use to it. Pause is as essential, as it is healing. We need to learn how to stop and relax deeply at will. In my grandfather’s day everyone regularly napped after lunch. This healthy tradition has been over taken by being more productive and multi-tasking. Napping is seen as laziness. Please honour your body and learn how to pause, even if it is just taking 3 deep breaths before you move on to the next task. If you have a yoga practice do not skip your relaxation, shorten your practice if necessary so you can always include deep relaxation. In Kundalini yoga relaxation is where the blood chemistry changes. What does that mean? It means that it is where all the information of change that you have created through the targeted kriya, mantra, mudra and pranayama gets assimilated by the various systems in the body. It is where your body becomes more sensitive and aware of what it needs to do to protect you against pathogens and disease. It is making your cells more intelligent.

Play – spend time in innocent, fun activities. I do hands stands on the grass, look a the birds, play with my pets, laugh, dance or sing. Make sure you fit this in daily because the lightness of life is essential to your health and wellbeing.

For more information please email raymond.fiona@gmail.com 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 24 March 9.15-10.30am Kundalini Yoga @ zoom or Whatsapp

Tues 24 March 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga (Shaunagh)@ zoom or Whatsapp

Wed 25 March 5-7.30am Kundalini Yoga Sadhana @ zoom or Whatsapp

Wed 25 March 6.30-7.45pm Kundalini Yoga @ zoom or Whatsapp

Thurs 26 March 7.45-9.00am   Kundalini Yoga(Shaunagh) @ zoom or Whatsapp

Thurs 26 March 6.30-7.45pm Kundalini Yoga @ zoom or Whatsapp

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Be Contained Inspite of Scandle, Disease – Sri Lankan Kundalini Fest 2020

Be Contained – Sri Lankan Kundalini Yoga Fest 2020

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 During times of fear and worry whether it is generated by a World pandemic or by scandal it is important to keep your calm, neutral perspective and ability not to get consumed by the drama.

The drama plays into your reactive mind, the Negative Mind which wants to protect. Once you become saturated with Bad news your Positive Mind or opportunistic mind finds ways for you to escape the Bad news either by creating a counter narrative, rationalisation or putting our heads in the sand in the hope it will all blow over. Neither of these 2 approaches really help us. We need to know what is really happening, but with this knowledge we need to keep a strong sense and connection to soul/self. Tonie Nooyens (Lead Kundalini Teacher Trainer Asia) teaches us to sense and connect with the soul self, plug the holes in our aura which allows the drama to attach itself to and then be in the storm but keep our sense of peace around us like a shield. So water, wind and the storm merely runs off this shield allowing us to maintain a peaceful state even in times of great fear. We will be practicing a powerful kriya to clear our aura of these blocks and then a meditation to remind us of our soul/self this week.

On the weekend we have the blessing to come together as a community of Kundalini Yoga Teachers, Trainers and students and be in Sangat (Spiritual Community). To celebrate the Sri Lankan Kundalini Yoga Festival 7-9 March 2020 at Sri Yoga Shala. Remembering that we can only obtain Universal consciousness through Group consciousness.

The first day’s theme LOVE on 7 March 2020 will begin with a FREE class at 5-7am. Tonie Nooyens will then conduct an intro to the Festival 9-11am. He teaches a Healing Workshop on 8 March 1.15-2.30pm and on Poya he teaches a workshop on Forgiveness & Healing 11.30-12.45pm. We have Gong Relaxations and Gong Workshops daily. We look forward to seeing you all at our Festival. Show your %5 discount flyer for this Offer. For more information please email raymond.fiona@gmail.com 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 3 March 9.15-10.30am Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Tues 3 March 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga (Shaunagh)@ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

Wed 4 March 5-7.30am Kundalini Yoga Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5(FREE CLASS)

Wed 4 March 6.30-7.45pm Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

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

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

Sat 7 March 5am -8pm Theme Love – Sri Lankan Kundalini Yoga Fest @sriyogashala

Sun 8 March 5am -8pm Theme Seva – Sri Lankan Kundalini Yoga Fest @sriyogashala

Mon Poya 9 March 5am -8pm Theme Excel –Sri Lankan Kundalini Yoga @sriyogashala

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Self Regulation- Kundalini Yoga 2 November 2019

Self-Regulation and Kundalini Yoga

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Good morning yogis, I want to talk about a few interesting facts I gleaned from the Webinar with Dr Sat Bir Singh last week. He is an assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School Director of Yoga Research, Yoga Alliance and Director of Research, Kundalini Research Institute, to include but a few of his titles.

He explained that yoga had grown exponentially, especially after the dawn of the age of Aquarius going from 20million practioners in 2012 to 36.7million in 2016. (Yoga Alliance).

He went on to discuss the mainstream health benefits yoga could have, but in order for it to be used in the workplace, healthcare system and in schools we needed to have research which could show yoga was safe and effective. I want to therefore summarise the important highlights of the research on the Psychophysiology of yoga. Essentially the mind/psyche effects on the body. In 1957 Bagchi and Wenger started doing research on how yoga can affect the mind/bodies ability to self-regulate. Experiments were done with yogis who could change the temperature of each hand just by using their mind to change the blood flow to the capillaries in their circulatory system (Beyond Biofeedback, Green E, Green A, Knoll Publishing Co. Inc., 1977).

They found that the key ability to self-regulate, i.e. change the bodies physical systems through mind control could have great health benefits. For example they found that monks who practiced pranayama had more effective breathing and high levels of blood oxygenation compared to Sherpas living in the Himalayas. (Bernardi L, Passino C, Spadacini G, BonWchi M, Arcaini L, Malcovati L, Bandinelli G, Schneider A, Keyl C, Feil P, Greene RE, Bernasconi C, European Journal of Applied Physiology 99:511–518, 2007).

The benefits of respiratory exercises to slow respiration in the practice of yoga have long been reported, and mantras may have evolved as a simple device to slow respiration, improve concentration, and induce calm.

Physical asana practiced also had an effect on mood beyond the effect derived from normal exercises. For example backbends where the asanas which increased happiness the most (Mood Changes Associated with Iyengar Yoga Practices: A Pilot Study, Shapiro D, Cline K, International Journal of Yoga Therapy 14:35-44, 2004).

The most interesting thing I found was the finding of how our emotional response depended on how concentrated our mind could be. Everyone’s mind is constantly wondering regardless of what they are doing. However this wondering about past and future which gave us the ability to learn from our past mistakes and plan our next move during human evolution creates a stress response. It puts our sympathetic nervous system on alert of possible dangers therefore increasing our stress hormones in our body. It was found that people were less happy when their minds were wandering. In long term mediators who could concentrate for longer periods the cerebral blood flow to the prefrontal cortex, parietal cortex, thalamus, putamen, caudate, and midbrain was increased. The cerebral blood structures that underlie the attention network are also those that relate to emotion and autonomic function of the nervous system. This reduced autonomic nervous systems stress response makes them happier. (Mind wandering and attention during focused meditation: A fine-grained temporal analysis of fluctuating cognitive states, Hasenkamp W, Wilson-Mendenhall CD, Duncan E, Barsalou LW, Neuroimage, 59:750-60, 2012).

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In short start working on your attention to improve your mood and quality of your life. Next week I will continue about how mood effects the types of diseases you develop.

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Tues 3 Dec 9.15-10.30am Kundalini Yoga @9 Greenlands Lane , Col 5

Tues 3 Dec 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga(Shaunagh) @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

Wed 4 Dec 5-7.30am     Kundalini Yoga @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 4 Dec 6.45-8pm     Kundalini Yoga@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

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

Sun  8 Dec 6-7.30pm        Gong Bath @ Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe, Galle

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

 

Acceptance, Self Acceptance Kundalini Yoga 19 Nov 2019

Acceptance, Self-Acceptance – Kundalini Yoga 18 November 2019

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This week I want to focus on acceptance and what this really means? How we can embody it? Last week my mum’s health deteriorated and I got a severe muscle cramp in my upper right arm so much so that after our Week 2 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Level 1 Sri Lanka 2019, I could not even lift my arm. I remember saying to my mum when she was in pain, relax and just accept that you cannot move for a few days until your leg gets better. It is so easy to give advice but taking it is a lot harder, as I found out. I first felt upset that I had an arm injury, why and how did it happen to me? The mind keeps you occupied with these questions a good distraction and helps to start getting you emotional. Then I remembered my words to my mum and thought I just need to accept this situation, relax and stop trying to work out what went wrong. I relaxed and stop trying to do things and I had to rely on my husband to help me, brush my hair, dress me, even feed me as picking up a fork was painful. This morning I woke up 70% better. I believe if you can really just accept a situation as it is without trying to deny it, pretend it is not there or reject it, it will start to balance itself out. A Yogi Bhajan quote, “ Embrace to erase”.

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We are always trying to change life, improve ourselves and our situations, when we fail we feel defeated, judge ourselves harshly. We need to start with an attitude of acceptance, that reality at this moment even if we do not like it, has occurred and only from the acceptance of this moment can we make change possible. Self-acceptance is the same. Instead of self-improvement, move towards a sense of self-acceptance, self-love, even in times of pain.   Accept yourself for who you are and what you are before attempting to strive for self-improvement. It is a subtle yet powerful shift in attitude. Be aware notice your talents.

We may not like reality but by blaming and shouting about the unfairness of life does not change anything, save your energy. First accept and from this attitude take action to improve your situation.

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Tues 19 Nov 9.15-10.30am Kundalini Yoga @9 Greenlands Lane , Col 5

Tues 19 Nov 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga(Shaunagh) @ 145/5 Fife Rd , Col 5

Wed 20 Nov 5-7.30am     Kundalini Yoga @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 20 Nov 6.45-8pm        Kundalini Yoga@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 21 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.

 

 

Perception and Kundalini Yoga

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Sat nam yogis not everything in life goes as planned, but feelings of disappointment or upset are all attached to our perception.

We have certain deep seated perceptions about ourselves, our limits, who we are, etc. These are countered by our desires, our dreams.  We have an inkling but no real knowing of what we are projecting through our mind. In the mist of our jumble of thoughts and emotions we co-create our Universe, “the what is” and then it happens to us.  But instead of feeling like we are co creators we feel like life is against us.

The gap between the reality of what we project through our mind, the what is and our desire, dreams expectations etc,  is the frustration, anxiety, unhappiness, etc. we feel.  In short, we just keep on getting what we normally get and keep on desiring a different outcome. Nothing seems to change.

When our overly, assertive, positive mind says, “Oh it was just not meant to be”. Know this is just a defence mechanism to make you feel better but ultimately keep you from living your dreams. We need to change our affirmation from frustration which makes us feel important. To spending time every day to reduce the noise in our minds after meditation and dream our dreams and affirm, “I will succeed. I have forever”.   When we put a time limit on our dreams we are setting ourselves up for the expected failure, or “I knew it would not work”, because once again being right is more important than being happy and complaints gain sympathy, again a short-term pleasure but not getting you to a place of joy.

Let’s this week take the challenge of learning to develop patience, notice how your body is feeling at any point in the day and relax it. Feel joy in your heart for just being and keep an empty mind except for projection of our desires and dreams.  If you want life to be different you need to change your thinking. Use the affirmation, I will succeed, I have forever. Watch or read the book by Ted Chiang, Arrival it will really make you feel a change in perception.

Sat nam see you this week. Love Fi x www.sanasuma.co.uk  0778011094 raymond.fiona@gmail.com

Tues  8 October  9.30-10.45am Kundalini Yoga @9 Greenlands Lane , Col 5

Tues 8 October  6.15-7.30pm  Kundalini Yoga(Shaunagh) @ 145/5 Fife Rd , Col 5

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

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

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

Sat 12 October 5.30-7pm        Poya Full Moon Gong Bath, Prana Lounge, Colombo 7.

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

 

Executive Brain & Kundalini Yoga – 19 August 6.15pm Kundalini Class Prana Lounge

brain yogaSat nam, feeling very happy to be back teaching in Sri Lanka and looking forward to our Level 2 and Level 1 Teacher Training coming up.

Increasingly I have been reading about how as a society we wish to increase our executive brain function.  But first of all, what is executive brain function and how can Kundalini yoga help us increase this cognitive feature in our brain?

Executive function is an umbrella term for cognitive processes that regulate, control, and manage brain processes, such as planning, working memory, attention, problem solving, verbal reasoning, inhibition, mental flexibility, task switching, initiation, monitoring etc.

Executive brain function is seen as important because it helps us gets things done, quickly effectively, efficiently, multi task and juggle different types of thinking. I.e. the more we can focus, plan and practice the better our brain works for us.

The area of the brain that controls executive function is the frontal lobe.  With age the area of grey matter which includes the front lobe decreases. With regular practice of Kundalini yoga and meditation we can not only increase the grey matter of the brain but also work on being able to go past the mind saying, I can’t and the body saying I do not want to. Giving yourself the ultimate freedom to make decisions not based on a reactive mind.  Try it out for yourself as we do a set of meditations this week and conduct your own study of your brain.

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Mon 19 August 6.15 -7.45pm Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Pl, Col 7

Tues 20 August 9.30-10.45am Kundalini Yoga @9 Greenlands Lane , Col 5

Tues 20 August 6.00-7.15pm  Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane , Col 5

Wed 21 August 5-7.30am        Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

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

Thurs 22 August 6.30-7.45pm Kundalini Yoga@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (Shaunagh)

 

Change is as good as a rest- classes begin on Tues 23 July

Dear Lovely Kundalini Community students and teachers,

I am very happy to be back in Sri Lanka after 5 weeks amazing travels in Europe.  I am feeling so blessed and revitalised.  I can remember learning in my Vitatlity and Stress Level 2 course that “change is as good as a rest”.  I can definately say this is true for the way I am feeling now.  I hope you have a chance to take a break from your day to day routine and location and go to a new place, even if it just for a weekend away in your own country.

Fiona is away for a few more weeks, so Kalhari and I will be covering a few of her classes at Fiona’s home as follows:-

Sat nam Shaunagh x

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Tues 23 July 8.30-9.30am    Kundalini Yoga with Shaunagh @9 Greenlands Lane , Col 5

Tues 23 July 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga with Shaunagh@145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

Wed 24 July 5-7.30am     Morning Sadhana@ 145/5 Fife Road, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 24 July 6.45-8pm    Kundalini Yoga with Kalhari @9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 25 July 6.30-7.45pm-   Kundalini Yoga with Shaunagh@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

 

Living in Faith not Fear – Kundalini Yoga

Last week we learnt to live in our intuition in the month of June.  To do this we need to be in a state of faith.  In yoga we understand that faith does not have an object, ie I have faith in GOD, guru, my husband, my employees, my family, etc.  Faith is a state of mind either we are in that state of consciousness or we are not.

This is what Guru Singh has to say about faith:

“The heart brain listens to the tones of all voices through the sensitivity of the inner ear. These tones either induce faith, or doubt, in the psyche as time unfolds into moments. Faith can also be induced by the will, as a means of birthing power into a moment. The strength of the will actually arrives from within the muscles of the heart . . . at the core of the heart brain. The fascia of these heart muscles extends — both physically and energetically — up through the throat (doorway to the inner ear) and on up into the tongue. This fascia, is involved — moment to moment — in the shaping of the tongue and produces those tones; overtones, and undertones around the voice. This allows you — through the power of your faith — to imagine the unimaginable; achieve the unexplainable — for it’s all right there, if you allow it to appear. Another trigger for the sensation of faith is that of gratitude, and an interesting fact about such attitudes is that gratitude and concern — faith and fear — will power and the unattainable, cannot occupy the same space at the same time.

You have to make a choice between gratitude and concern; between faith and fear; between will and disbelief, in order to occupy the space of any moment. Combine gratitude, faith and will and you’ve combined some of the most powerful tools to open your higher awareness. With this higher awareness comes the insights that confirm faith; affirm gratitude and set your will into super-action. This produces the frequencies to cure the dangers that might have been reasons for the concern and fear in moments. Setting your will into super-action moves both the physical and psychic energies through your body, from the groin — area of your survival — up into the heart center and your arrival into further faith. The circle and the cycle continues unbroken as the solutions — that are always there . . . are always right on time.”

So we can work on these things through the spiritual, psycho/emotional and physical levels.  This is exactly what happens in a Kundalini yoga kriya.

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Tues 11 June 9.30-10.45am    Kundalini Yoga @9 Greenlands Lane , Col 5

Wed 12 June 5-7.30am           Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 12 June 3.15-4.30pm      Radiant Kids Yoga @ Om Space, Havelock Rd, Col 5.

Wed 12 June 6.45-8pm           Kundalini Yoga@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 13 June 6.30-7.45pm-   Kundalini Yoga@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Fri 14 June  6.39-8.00pm        Kundalini Dance and Gong @ Prana Lounge, Col 7

Change your energy state- Kundalini Yoga Retreats 18-20 May Amba Estate

Last week we worked on the Pranic cavity under the 8 vertebrae which is one of the store houses for our pranic energy.  We needed to get our energy back after the disturbing, unbalancing effect of collective grief, outrage, fear and pain we suffered as community in Sri Lanka.  This week we learn how to alter this pranic energy to create the effect we need at any given time.

This is what Yogi Bhajan has to say: “You have to learn to alter your energy. If at one frequency you are freaking out, change or alter your energy. You will not freak out.  You cannot change the time, but you can change the place. You cannot get out of your body but you can change its energy.  If the right nostril is sending fire (Agni) energy and you are thinking something very neurotic, start breathing from the left nostril. It will send the cooling sitalee energy.  If you are irritated, very depressed, in a most weird mental state, start breathing from the right nostril. Within 3 minutes after you shift the nostril, you will be in a different mental state.  The ability to change nostrils in breathing should be taught to your children within the first 3 years.”

We will practice the meditation to show you how to alter your energy state at your command.

Just letting you know we still have a few places left on our Retreat so if you are interested please let me know by email raymond.fiona@gmail.com 0778011984  www.sanasuma.co.uk  www.3ho.org

Mon 13 May  6.15-7.30pm      Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, Col 7

Tues 14 May  9.45-10.45am    Kundalini Yoga@ Om Shambala,143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 14 May   6-7.15pm            Kundalini Yoga Class  Shaunagh @ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5

Wed 15 May  5.00- 7.30am     Sadhana @ , Col 5 (FREE)143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Wed 15 May  6.45-8pm             Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thur 16 May  6.30-7.45pm       Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Sat – Mon 18 – 20 May             Vesak Retreat@ Amba Estate, Bandarawela

Reduce Inflammation with Kundalini Yoga – Mon 8 April 6.15pm

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Happy Holidays everyone as we gear up for Sinhala and Tamil New Year. I will around after 16 April to continue with classes. Just look out for my schedule below including a Poya Gong Bath.

This week I will focus on the vagus nerve as we focus on the healthy part of 3ho. I was inspired by an article I read in the KRI newsletter by Raj Kaur Khalsa (Naila Omar Khayyam Alieva), Ph.D.and Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, Ph.D. In summary they looked at various studies done on how inflammation in the body (defined as an immune system response to acute injury, chronic illness, etc which inflames tissues, blood vessels, organs, etc) is effected by regular yoga, breathe, meditation practice.

The significant studies are mainly conducted in India. Firstly those patients doing a regular combined yoga, breath & meditation practice showed reduced expression of gene activity involved in the inflammatory response that are created by stress. Second, yoga breathing exercises and meditation have been demonstrated to reduce pro-inflammatory cytokines, such as IL-1 beta, IL-6 and TNF-alfa and have a positive impact on depression, anxiety, cognition, and pain. Lastly, yoga and other practices are well known to directly stimulate the vagus nerve. It was found that an increase in vagal tone is correlated with the capacity to regulate the stress response and likely contribute to resilience and the mitigation of mood and anxiety symptoms, which ultimately might reduce inflammation symptoms.

The conclusion is that we need to make a proactive decision to engage with lifestyle changes which can help us a lead lives which are healthier and reduce long term  inflammation response but this takes discipline and effort which we need to develop and invest in ourselves.

For the full article please go to https://kundaliniresearchinstitute.org/?page_id=1019#nine we will discuss what is the Vagus nerve and how it can assist us next week.

Sat nam Fi x sanasumainsrilanka.wordpress.com read our weekly blogs and brain candy updates raymond.fiona@gmail.comwww.sanasuma.co.uk0778011984.

Mon 8 April     6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga@Prana Lounge,60 Horton Place,Col 7

Tues 9 April    9.45-10.45am  Kundalini Yoga @Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 9 April     3.30-4.30pm  Special Needs Kids @ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col8

Wed 10 April   5-7.30am       Sadhana @145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 10 April   6.45-8.00pm  Kundalini Yoga Class@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Holiday Classes

Tues 16 April  9.45-10.45am  Kundalini Yoga @Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Wed 17 April   5-7.30am         Sadhana @9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 17 April   6.45-8.00pm  Kundalini Yoga Class@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Friday 19 April 5.30-6.15pm Full Moon Gong Bath @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Sunday 21 April 6-7.30pm     Easter Gong Bath @ Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe, Galle.