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.
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