Develop Real Self Esteem – Kundalini Yoga 6.45pm Wed 18 July @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5.

harmonyGrow your Real Self Esteem

Last week we discussed how happiness can be a learnt behaviour but how about the habits we need to unlearn, like low self esteem. I think most people can complain of having some sort of low self esteem, either about their weight, how they look, if they are too white or too dark, not witty or clever the list is endless. Whenever you use your will power to try and counter these perceived faults you end up in an endless loop from false confidence to self-loathing and then back again.

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The real way to grow our self esteem is to connect ourselves to our inner or true self. The mind is at the root of most of our problems, especially low self-esteem. Whenever you attempt to move forward in your life, it is the mind that sends the deluge of critical, judgmental and self-hating thoughts. You are not your mind. Therefore daily meditation is now an essential tool to develop a real relationship with your mind.   Meditation gives you a chance to witness your mind and realise it just pulls you in all directions. Your job in your daily life is to become a witness to those thoughts and be aware not to react to the thoughts until you are clear of what is real. To do this you need a reality check, you put the information you are receiving through your 3 minds. Then neutrally take the thought, advice, etc and put it through your own receiver.   Truth is a frequency of energy that will resound with your Self or not. Your Mind is not your inner authority. Test this out when you listen to people. Do you feel YES and lit up or NO that feels a bit off—as if you are lopsided? Sometimes feelings of low self esteem are trying to tell us something. We are not truly aligned with ourselves today, maybe not recognising our self care needs?

We have a self concept which is created by our mind. Most people want to be or look like someone they are not. If we just could accept the truth of who we are which includes all our shadows we would not have an issue with self esteem. But that means work. Work to work out what it really feels like to be you. Find out what makes your heart sing, what uplifts your spirit, what your real values are separate from your families, society, etc.   If this was your last week, what would you be doing now?

Yogi Bhajan says that self esteem also has a physical and spiritual aspect. “In other words, if the balance between the tattvas and the chakras is established, then there shall be no earthquake because the personality will be harmonious. It shall have ample reserve through the squares of the being because energy will flow through the body along the proper channels. Also extra energy may be stored in the energy squares of the body for use in times of stress; to write off the pain of childhood; to overcome negative influences, negative thoughts, and negative company; to cope successfully with the pain of adulthood, the fear of old age, and the pressures of family; and to withstand the projective animosity of social, economic, and personal environments”.

So let’s work on balancing our tattva’s and chakras and check on our thoughts to start connecting with our real sense of self which will lead ultimately to real self esteem.  The tattvas are where we can transform our 5 passions to serve our infinite self not our finite needs.

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Mon 16 July 6.15-7.30pm       Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, Col 7

Tues 17 July 9.45-10.45am  Kundalini Yoga@Om Shambala, Fife Rd, Col5

Tues 17 July 3.30-4.30pm       Special Needs Kids Class@ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col 8

Tues 17 July 6-7.15pm           Kundalini Yoga Class Shaunagh @ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5

Wed 18 July 5.00- 7.30am     Sadhana @ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 18 July 6.45-8pm           Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 19 July 11-1pm             Special Needs Kids and Teachers @ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col 8

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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

 

Soul Mate – The yogic science of relationships, 11 Sept 2017, 6.15-7.30pm @Prana Lounge

untitledOver the last few weeks we have talked about the mind, the frequency and going beyond the small I, to really connect with ourselves on a level which gives us the bigger picture of life. Let’s apply this to our relationships.

We all are lonely and also have a longing. A longing to form loving, intimate relationships with passionate, deep, connections, at every level in our life.  To understand this we need to examine, where does this longing or need come from? What is the reality or the Maya of these feelings?

The impulse to form relationships comes from our soul or spirit.  The spirit is longing to know itself.  We are not just longing for a relationship with someone else. We know, we can be in a crowded room full of people but still feel alone.  We are longing for a deep connection with ourselves, our soul. The soul is considered a thing, with a weight just less than 1 once. It is the barometer in us that gives us our purpose in life and makes us feel in harmony with existence.    This is why when you practice Kundalini Yoga and meditation you start to get this cosy and fulfilling feeling.  You do not even realise what it is, but you feel it. Just this feeling of deep connection with your heart beat, body and breath makes you feel really good.

The feelings you get when you connect to another person is similar, you are also trying to connect with that person’s soul.  That is why when you have a deep, fulfilling relationship, a merger with another person, you feel so good because once again it is allowing you to experience the infinite in them. It is when you go back to being your personality and they become their personality that there are conflicts again. If you can see yourself and them as soul, you can move beyond your need to fight and be right.

The Practice

This week sit with yourself and start to develop a real and beautiful relationship with yourself, not because of the things you have or the personality you are, just because you can feel your breath moving in and out of your nostrils, your heart beat, the feeling of air touching your skin, etc. Then connect to this subtle life force energy in nature, your partner, friends, family and colleagues.  See through their personalities, outside projections to the heart and soul which resides inside you and them.

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This week’s classes:

Mon 11 Sept 6.15-7.30pm     Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 12  Sept 9.30-10.30am Kundalini Yoga @ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 12 Sept 3.30-4.30pm   Special Needs Kids Class@ Reach Beyond, Tickell Rd, Col 8

Tues 12 Sept 6-7pm               Kundalini Meditation@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Rd

Wed 13 Sept 5.00- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 13 Sept 3-3.45pm         Radiant Kids Yoga@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Wed 6 Sept 7.15-8.15pm      Kundalini Yoga@The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Thurs 7 Sept 3.00-4.00pm Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

 

Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Level 1 Café Ceylon, Sri Lanka

About the Venue? 

Café Ceylon and Jasmin cottage are our beautiful beach cottage and wild sea food restaurant by Kabalana Beach. Jasmin cottage is homely, cosy and colourful. Beds are covered with Indian kanta work, brightly coloured bedspreads and lots of art adorn the walls. Café Ceylon has a huge, tropical garden full of ancient coconut palms, organic papaya, passion, bananas and flowers. We slept between the 2 cottages, had our classes looking out on to the luscious garden and ate special veggie food cooked by my master chef husband German Dimaano. After an intense day of classes, we went off to Kabalana beach and got thrown about in the dramatic waves. Some of us went body boarding but it was an intense experience for all as we faced our fears and did it anyway. The star lit night was filled with the sweet sound of singing and playing of spiritual mantras, before an early night for a 5am start.

About the Retreat? 

We began the final week of Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Level 1 with our joyful teacher Ronit Vardi who flew to us from Israel just for this course. It was a 7 day intensive. With 5am starts for morning Sadhana, then full 13-14 hour days, filled with teachings that included, the science of Chakras, humanology, the relationship and differences between male and females, Yogic diet, ethics, spiritual path and development, western anatomy, etc. All the student teachers got to a chance to teach in front of their peers, handling the Kriya’s, presentations and teaching asana, pranayama and meditation. The final day ended with a beautiful ceremony where we shared our thoughts for the future and how transformational the course had been for everyone including the teachers.

About the Food? 

German is a brilliant chef, he was artistically creative with our food as well as it being delicious. We started the day with homemade muesli, fresh seasonal fruits and buffalo yoghurt or curd.   Lunch was roast veggie quinoa salad with hummus, roast pumpkin risotto with shavings of parmesan, etc. Dinner was a light, healthy veggie soup and coconut roti.

Find out more about all Sanasuma’s events and classes taking place in Colombo and outside. Watch out of our International teachers coming to Sri Lanka. Join our blog and facebook following as we grow our Kundalini Community in Sri Lanka.

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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,

Anatomy of Psycho Emotional Self – Kundalini yoga 6-7pm Tues 21 March 2017

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While recently dealing with a right knee issue, I decided to go back and look at my blog on 15 August 2015 which looked at our anatomy as the psycho-emotional expression of our life.

What does this mean? It means that your body, pains, problems etc., mirror what is going on in your mind and emotions and vice versa. The body like the Universe was created in balance. Your body is always trying to get back to that natural state. When we do not deal with our emotional issues, i.e. process them correctly they create small blocks in the body, which change our movement. The physical constraint coupled with a movement that compensates for this block, ends up in chronic health problems. As I discovered with my right knee. When we start to spend time every day balancing our bodies we start to change the physical imbalance which can help process the psycho-emotional imbalance. I have created a table to help you understand how the major joints relate to your emotions and how to balance each one.

 

Body Part Emotion Imbalance Key to Balance Chakra
Ankles lower legs Standards, those you set for yourself verses the standards set by society, family etc. It you do not balance doing what you want to what society wants for you, you will have ankle and lower leg problems Massage the heal to 4inches along the Achilles tendon – with your thumbs 3mins.

Balancing on one foot, tree pose, eagle.

1st chakra
Knee right Motivation You make plans but do not have the energy, will, to see them through. Kriya for knees. Balancing on a block. Strengthening your willpower at the navel point to make you determined. Channel anger into determination to complete a project 1st chakra
Knee left Intention, creativity, ideas When motivation is greater than intention you get bored easily. Kriya for knees. Balancing on a block.

Be more creative, patient and master things.

 

1st chakra
Hips Your Purpose – conception Hips problems prevalent in old age when you are running out of time to complete your purpose Kriyas to balance the pelvis, butterfly pose. 2nd chakra
Arms Sharing and caring beyond just your self interest or

Closed heart, isolated, introvert

Open your heart, selfless service. Balancing the heart centre. 4th chakra
Shoulders Carrying the weight of your thoughts and worries on your shoulders Try to resolve worries and negative thought patterns Shoulder shrugs, kriya for shoulders and neck. Use mantra to change negative thoughts to positive ones. 5th chakra
Neck Thoughts travel from left inner ear to right inner ear via your throat When you have thought loops, unexpressed worries, this build up creates neck problems. Neck rolls, thinking and worrying less.

Use mantra to change negative thoughts to positive ones.

5th chakra

Bring your body to balance, allow this balance to work on your mind and emotions and finally affect the world around you. This is the root nature and cause of manifestation. Your purpose (pelvis) in life is to manifest your intentions (left knee) through motivation (right knee) while keeping up your principles and standards (lower leg/ ankles).

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Mon 20 Mar 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini yoga@ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Pl, Col 7

Tues 21 Mar 6-7pm Kundalini Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 22 Mar   5- 7.30am     Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 22 Mar   3-3.45pm      Radiant Kids Class@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock

Wed 22 Mar  7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock

Sat 17 Mar 5am – 7pm Retreat Negambo@ Sat Sang Yoga Shala & Villa Araylia

Sun 19 Mar 5am – 4pm Retreat Negambo@ Sat Sang Yoga Shala & Villa Araylia

 

Emotions – Your Biochemical Gland Laboratory – Kundalini Yoga

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Last week looked at the Nervous system, how we withstand the stresses and strains of life. The depth or strength of your nervous system determined whether you could experience the moment, process it and let it go.

We look at anatomy in Kundalini yoga because we want to understand why our brain produces certain thoughts and what feelings come from what glands and organs. We even investigate what foods, habits, yoga asanas and breathing techniques are recommended to regulate our hormones or endocrine system.

The endocrine glands manufacture certain chemical compounds called hormones which regulate all the functions of the body. The body and personality are dependent on the proper functioning of the endocrine glands for the maintenance of good health. For example, an over secretion of thyroxin, (produced by the thyroid gland) makes us irritable, tense, overexcited, speedy. Thoughts race around and the body metabolism speeds up. This is the opposite when the there is a under production of thyroxin.

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Yogi Bhajan used the half cobra for a lot of the sets because half cobra is very important in relating to the emotional body. It opens up the pelvis and the pelvis is the bowl that holds the glands and organs that produce the hormones and peptides that create a lot of our emotional sensation. To attain optimum health, every gland must work efficiently and in harmony with the other glands. Together they form an axis controlled by the master pituitary gland and brain.

Emotional Intelligence is understanding that all emotions are energy which can be used for our benefit. We have been told to be afraid of our anger so be bottle it up. The wise use of Angry energy is determination. The energy conversion in Confusion it decisiveness. Confusion is just decisiveness with no place to go.

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Our bodies are the most masterful, chemical, laboratories know to the Universe. Make a note this week, what makes you angry, anxious, upset, fearful etc. What are the triggers for these emotions? Be mindful when they are triggered to take action, but not be reactive. Is it food, people or certain scenarios? Start creating a map for yourself of your emotional body to really start mastering the self. Then use your body, breath and mind to start mastering your glands and organs, bringing them to balance so we can feel our emotions, know what to do with each one, experience the present moment without the mental commentary and process the what it.

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Mon 27 Feb 6.15-7.30pm    Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 28 Feb  6-7pm Kundalini Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 1 Mar   5- 7.30am     Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 1 Mar   3-3.45pm      Radiant Kids Class@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 1 Mar  7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road Col 5

Sat 4 Mar  5- 7.30am Sadhana @ The Om Space, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Healing the Nervous System

imageszur59m7kLiving our daily lives especially in the age of Aquarius, juggling, work, family, friends and finances can be difficult at the best of times, but when challenges or crisis hits we can feel overwhelmed by pressure which can literally derail us and end up as a physical or emotional illness.

How we respond consciously or unconsciously to our environment, people and situations all depends on the strength of our nervous system. The nervous system consists of three parts: Central Nervous System (sensation & motor control), Peripheral Nervous System (connects nerves to organs and limbs) and Autonomic Nervous System (emergency response: Sympathetic- “gas pedal” & Parasympathetic- “brake pedal”). Nerve impulses from these 3 different systems communicate with our glands, muscles and organs via electrical and chemical signals to sense and respond, or sense and react.

Some of the benefits to having a strong nervous system are that you can manage stress, respond less automatically and process sensations and emotions so they do not create patterns/habits in our sub and unconscious mind.

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Have you ever looked away during a scary movie or if you see something painful? It feels like you cannot bare to watch what is about to happen, anticipating something bad? This is what a weak nervous system is like. A person cannot contain the reality of an event and therefore avoids it altogether. It is as if your container, the nervous system, does not have the depth or inner resources to deal with the painful or difficult events and this governs the limit of the amount of stress or pain that can be withstood. Your nerves get frayed and the thalamus (an area at the back of your brain) filters sensations and decides which thoughts and sensations make it to the conscious mind or which go unnoticed and are pushed into the unconscious mind. These thoughts left unprocessed end up in nervous disorders.

When you develop a strong nervous system, it allows you to experience an event no matter how painful. You cannot control what is happening, but you can control whether you allow yourself to experience reality.

A strong nervous system is like a deep well, it gives you the ability to hold whatever situation comes into your life. A strong nervous system can allow you to experience and process painful events faster, as you can ALLOW the experience without avoiding it, process the feelings and not get attached. It can also reflect in your depth in meditation. With a strong nervous system you can meditate for hours without distracting pain. When the nervous system develops the capacity to hold pain, then your mind can bring awareness to it and then release it.

We have become a society that seeks pleasure and avoids pain at all costs. I am not saying that we should seek out pain, but the reality of life is that there are good times and bad times, this is just the polarity of existence. By consciously avoiding the tough times you are running away from reality. We all do it on some level, but the truth is that avoiding pain causes neurosis. It is important to have a strong nervous system to be graceful during tough times.

Practical tips – What does this all mean?

Practice soothing the nervous system, through yoga and meditation. Yoga increases the energy moving through particular nerve pathways. Breath of fire is great for this. This is why sometimes you feel light headed when practicing this breath, because it has moved a block, now energy can flow along that nerve pathway releasing toxins and giving you renewed vitality, which creates that sensation of dizziness.

Yoga also works on stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, your brake pedal in life, by increasing the parasympathetic response, so you do not get the feeling of being overwhelmed. You can ALLOW yourself to see the thought, or feel the emotion, bring conscious awareness to it and release it.

The neural pathways in people with chronic pain become hypersensitive so they feel pain much faster. Yoga decreased the pain sensation by increasing the amount of information travelling down a shared neural pathway, effectively diluting the pain information. This means you withstand more pain, once again bring conscious awareness to that area and heal it.

Meditation including mantra and eye focus actively stimulates the thalamus and changes how it deals with sensory information, once again allowing us to be in the moment without rejecting it.

Try meditation to “To Stabilize the State.” This meditation works with the armpits which Yogi Bhajan said, if the brain is the engine the armpits are the exhaust. By working the armpits, the connection to our central nervous system, we strengthen the whole nervous system.

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Mon 20 Feb 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 21 Feb 6-7pm     Kundalini Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 22 Feb   5- 7.30am    Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 22 Feb   3-3.45pm    Radiant Kids Class@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 22 Feb 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road Col 5

Sat 25 Feb 6-7.30pm         Gong Bath @ Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe, Galle

Master Yourself in 2017, the year of Radiance

I innately knew and my body was preparing in November for 2017 (2+0+1+7 = 10) a number 10 year, of Mastery or self-illumination.

The tradition of tantric numerology, the kundalini yogic science of numbers was transmitted to Yogi Bhajan by a yogi who had made a life study of this technology. Essentially it is the frequency of the soul as it travels through life’s journey in its various energetic frequencies. I will write a longer blog next week all about Tantric numerology.

The number 10 in this system depicts the subtle energy of the Radiant Body, the Body of Light. It is the light of the soul shining through the transparent ego. A protective radiance which will dissolve attacking projections, at the auric level of your being. The polarity of the Radiant Body is that this circle of protection can become suffocating, oppressive and can prevent you from stepping into your mastery and excellence. Instead of a Master you feel a Fraud. It is time to recognise you are the light and that you can be the change you want to see.

In 2017 we get to really see what we are made of, we either commit to the sacredness of our own divinity, individuality and courage, in celebration and mastery of the illuminated self where the finite No one’s power is magnified by the 0, or the one turns inwards and we fall into loneliness, feeling like an outsider, fearful and isolated.

Having read a lot about 2017, from it being the year of mastering the emotional self, to the new wave of nootropics, a buzz word for biohacking, which is getting the best out of your brain and body, by using drugs and self-stimulants. I feel by going deep and developing a better understanding of yourself, your needs physically and emotionally, through self-care, we will really become the master of ourselves.

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On a practical note, stretching into your body everyday no matter what method this is, some form of yoga, swimming, stretch class, etc. Bringing your conscious awareness to your breath, eating, waking, walking, typing, etc. Spending time chanting, singing, listening to your own words, internal and external, will help attune your senses to become more sensitive to YOU, and your needs. This in turn will allow you to understand what food serves and nourishes you. Not what someone else tells you in a magazine or the latest fashion but how do I feel when I eat this? Bloated, windy, heavy, light, fresh nourished? Spend time asking yourself these questions, about everything in your life.

Stop the judgement. This is year is about altitude, seeing the whole picture from above not narrow minded judgement. Decide to discern what suites you best and do not pass judgement on what suites someone else, even if they are your child, grandchild, parent or partner.

This year you need to see or recognise the problem, challenge or block in your life, stop condemning or blaming and know that the problem is there to guide you. Come to a point of stillness and clarity and become the solution to your problem.

If you want more peace, be more peaceful and kind to everyone around you. If you want more prosperity, be more generous without wanting anything in return, even good karma. Be the change you want to see in the world and then you will not need to spend endless time worrying, blaming or condemning all that is in existence at this time. Then, this year will bring you genuine joy and you will be the master of yourself and all you pervade.

Thanks to all my teachers, Sunder Singh, Shiv Charan Singh, Guru Singh and my family the greatest teachers of them all.

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

Mon 16 January 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 17 January 6-7pm             Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 18 January 4.45- 7am        Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 18 January 3-3.45pm       Radiant Kids Class@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 18 January 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road Col 5

Sat   21 January 5-7.30am     Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (by donation) Teacher Training all welcome price 3000Rs per half day from 21 -27 Jan 2017.

Trust and Relax – Kundalini Yoga 19 Dec, 6.15-7.30pm @ Prana Lounge

Relaxing and feeling all will be well has been an interesting challenge this week. It is easy to feel trust when things are going well but very difficult when life dissolves into chaos. What we all really need to work on is a change to our inner reality, to create the change we want to see. Keeping the body relaxed is important. We may think we are relaxing our body whilst watching a movie, chatting to friends, on the phone or internet, but are you really? Just notice your posture next time you are online, watching a movie or on the phone. This can be quite a challenge as we tend to become unconscious when we start doing these tasks. Try it out this week.

True relaxation of the body is surrendering. It is not as easy as it sounds, you do it every night to fall asleep. You may also do it during a massage, yoga class or meditation. It is as essential to the body as exercise. That is why the combination of body movement and conscious breathing which relaxes us in yoga is so beneficial to so many people. The more the body relaxes, the more the mind relaxes and then you can surrender yourself to the situation. This does not mean you have to accept everything that happens to you, but you must accept it at first, before you take action even in opposition of it. The act of acceptance and surrender, essentially trusting that everything is happening through you for your own best interest, will allow the action to be taken, the solution discovered and the dream to come true. This Christmas and New Year holiday make it a point to spend time every day in moderate exercise and deep relaxation. Enjoy the feeling and then start your day or work. Notice the difference. Also practice the mantra Humee Hum, Brahm Hum….what is to be already is. Sat nam love Fi x

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This week’s classes:

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

Tues 20 Dec 6-7pm          Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 21 Dec 7.15-8.15pm    Kundalini Yoga @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Fri   23 Dec 6-7.30pm       Gong Bath @ Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe, Galle