April, Kundalini Yoga and The Heart

April New Year and the Neutral Space

Shiv Charan & Fiona

Sat nam, after an amazing end to our Kundalini Yoga Level 1 Teacher training Cycle 4, we start April the month of Sri Lankan summer blooms, heat, our new year with a renewed commitment to Dharmic living. This means living in line with your soul’s purpose.  April is a good time to take a reality check.   This is the 4 month of the year where we need to pause, take a breath, connect with our true nature, Sat nam or spirit to make sure we are headed in right direction.  In this month we need to remind ourselves of self-love, be in good uplifting company or Sangat spiritual community, prayer and relaxing into our hearts to trust where there is doubt.

In order to go within we need to find moments in our life were we can foster inner silence so we can hear the quiet voice of the neutral mind. On a practical level this can be when we are standing in a queue, showering, waiting for our computer or app to turn on, just before bed, etc…. Try not to fill every waking moment with listening to a podcast, reading the news or chatting.  Instead listen to birdsong, listen, see your thoughts (mindfulness), be still, silent even with friends and family and enjoy a comfortable silence, silent mindful meals and allow your imagination blossom.  Are we surprised that if we do not allow for inner and outer silence during our day, that our minds gets activated just before bed since we have kept it so occupied with soaking up information all day that it has not had a chance to process and calibrate this information.

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This week we will practice really slowing everything down so we can let go of confusion and control to fall into silence, strength of trust.

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

Mon 1 April     6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga@Prana Lounge,60 Horton Place,Col 7

Tues 2 April    9.45-10.45am  Kundalini Yoga @Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 2 April   3.30-4.30pm  Special Needs Kids @ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col8

Wed 3 April     5-7.30am Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 3 April   6.45-8.00pm  Kundalini Yoga Class@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 4 April 11-1.00pm Special Kids & Teachers@ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col 8

 

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Optimism & Kundalini Yoga

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Optimism and Kundalini Yoga

As we enter the third month of 2019, a number 3 year, we look towards being positive and optimistic about life as we use the energy of the number 3 to expand our positive outlook on life. The Director Guillermo Del Toro says, “Optimism is Radical. It is the hard choice and the brave choice …in the face of despair”.

This month let’s make the choice between love and fear. Belief over despair. Optimism is our instinct to inhale when we are out of breath, not to give up when things get difficult. You need to make this choice time after time, to keep inhaling and not let the news, or fake news, everything crumbling around you, your relationships dissolving whatever is going on in your life, take you down.   Make the choice to face it, take a deep breath and choose to inhale to face another moment with hope, breath after breath.

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

Mon 4 Mar    6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga( Uta) @Prana Lounge,60 Horton Place,Col 7

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

Tues 5 Mar   3.30-4.30pm Special Needs Kids @ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col8

Wed 6 Mar   5-7.30am Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 6 Mar    3.30- 4.15pm Radiant Kids (3-5yrs)@Om Space, Col 5

Wed 6 Mar   6.45-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga Class@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Sun 10 March 6-7.30pm     Gong Bath @ Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe.

 

Why do we Procrastinate? Kundalini Yoga 6.15pm 10 Dec @ Prana Lounge,Col 7

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Why do we procrastinate?

Sat nam having just emerged from week 2 KYTT Level 1, I can relate to the topic of procrastination.

When we begin to procrastinate, our washing gets done, we declutter our cupboards, we even iron but other than having a super clean house and clothes, procrastination is a thief of our time and energy.

Our modern hectic, multi tasking life style has provided the perfect environment for the distractions of procrastination. Our lives look busy and productive but mostly we are killing time, not really dealing with the important jobs that just seem too hard to start.

There can be many different types of reasons we procrastinate. Some of us are perfectionist and the perfect excuse (mind my pun) is to procrastinate because things are not just so, not perfect. I want to do it properly or not at all.

Others are the Crisis Junkies who love to leave important things to the last minute so the stress can kick start them into action and then they can have a dramatic story to tell their friends.

There are the Rebel procrastinators, who feel the resistance of starting the important tasks, because there negative mind tells them they do not feel like it and they believe there mind and feelings.

Dreamers can be procrastinators, reading books , day dreaming or getting lost in movies to avoid the important tasks. If they do not think about it maybe it will go away?

Then there is the worrier, who over thinks the task making a mountain out of a molehill before even starting.

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Yogi Bhajan tells us to be mindful when we start down the alley of procrastination. Usually we have been hijacked by our negative or positive mind. In one of the Sutra’s of the Age of Aquarius he reminds us, “When the pressure is on, start and the pressure will be off”. He is reminding us to break down our tasks into smaller ones, focusing and doing them one at a time. Making a plan to breakdown and map out the big task into more manageable stages with a timeframe. Write it down and work through it step by step. . This is a good use of your mind, instead of letting your mind sideline you into worry, perfectionism, feeling pressured, dreaming etc.

Tonier Nooyens reminded us on our Level 1 KYTT course, that we can use the energy of Sattva (perfection) or soul to be our touchstone when our mind turns to procrastination. We can discern what thoughts and actions are going to be in line with our soul’s path or not. We can use this to regulate our behaviour, our thoughts and effect our emotions.   The Buddhi mind discerns what is real (in relation to the soul) and what is not real for the soul. So by strengthening the buddi mind & neutral mind we can see when we start procrastinating and correct ourselves. That is why we need a practice to keep us on track. Join me as we work on the mind and strengthen the neutral mind to work and act with us and not resist us.

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

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

Tues 11 Dec 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga@ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues11 Dec 3.30-4.30pm Special Needs Kids@ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col8

Wed 12 Dec  5- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 12 Dec 6.45-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga Class@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 13 Dec 11-1pm Special Needs Kids@ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col8

Sunday 16 Dec 6-7.30pm Gong Bath@ Sri Yoga Shala, Galle

 

 

 

Controlling Stress – Kundalini Yoga 19 Nov 2018 @ Prana Lounge, Col 7

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Sat nam yogic family this week we explore why we become insensitive and shut down our feelings, to deal with stress by seeking out unhealthy food, picking arguments or focusing on the unimportant things anything to avoid feeling empty or in pain. The kriya we will practice uses auditory vibrations of the body, through the inner ear and the vagus nerve (or spiritual nerve) to re sensitise you and re vitalize you.

Tonie Nooyens our Lead Trainer for Asia is here prior to teacher training Level 1 and will be taking some classes and leading a few special practices all welcome to join and engage with a yogic master.

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

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

Tues 20 Nov 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga@ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues20 Nov 3.30-4.30pm Special Needs Kids@ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col8

Wed 21 Nov  5- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 21 Nov 3.30-4.15pm Kids Yoga Classes@ Om Space, Colombo 5.

Wed 21 Nov 6.45-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga Class@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 Tonie Nooyens

Thurs 22 Nov 5-7.30am Tonie Nooyens leading a 2.5 hrs subconscious clearing Chant – 9 Greenlands Lane, Colombo 5 (by Donation)

Thurs 22 Nov 4.30-6pm Full Moon Gong Bath @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Friday 23rd Nov – 6.00-8.30pm Workshop on Mul Mantra. Om Shambhala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5 Tonie Nooyens

Saturday 24th Nov – 3-5.30pm workshop on “Pratyahara”@ Om Shambhala,143 Fife Rd, Col 5 Tonie Nooyens

 

 

Longing to Belong & Elementary Stress – Kundalini Yoga 6.15pm Mon 15 Oct 2018

spiritInspired by my trip to Kuala Lumpur and the Radiant Kundalini Yoga Festival I attended last week, I wanted to link two topics together. Elementary stress which is created by not being in touch with your soul and Longing to Belong, which is the emptiness we sometimes feel like loneliness that cannot be filled.

Yogi Bhajan informs us that the only real and deep stressor in life, is that you feel a hole in yourself and your life. You try to fill the gap by having relationships, being busy, buying things, filling our stomachs etc but you still do not feel fulfilled you still feel an emptiness inside. This is because there is an elementary stress within all of us. This elementary stress Yogi Bhajan tells us is because we feel a longing and that longing is to be at one with our infinite selves, with our soul. This is not outside ourselves but deep within. When we honour this relationship with soul or spirit on a daily basis this longing diminishes to a degree, as we are connecting with that which we long for on a regular basis. This then gives us the ability to drop our addictions, not fill our lives up with things, being busy, over eating. This is where our true will power comes from and as we reduce this fundamental stressor in our life, our elementary stress, this connection allows us to not take life so seriously and concentrate on the things we really want instead of the expectations of others and society.

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So this week, FEEL the longing of your soul to join back with the infinite. Sit with this feeling in meditation. Do not try to stop this feeling or make it better. This ability to sit with this ache in your heart, your heart burning because of this feeling of separation but not react to it, is our ultimate power. It has the ability to magnetise anything we need to us instead of spending our lives sweating, hassling in order to survive.   Amrit Singh also said that when we lie, even little white lies, it kills our trust in the Universe and it is this trust which helps us have the patience to sit with this longing to belong knowing that all we need will come to us.

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

Mon 15 Oct 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

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

Tues16 Oct 3.30-4.30pm Special Needs Kids@ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col8

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

Wed 17 Oct 3.30-4.15pm Kids Yoga Classes@ Om Space, Colombo 5.

Wed 17 Oct 6.45-8pm Kundalini Yoga Class@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 18 Oct 5.30-7pm Gong Bath@ YTT, Galle

No classes after Thursday as I am in UK until 8 November 2018

 

How Mantra helps us Destress! Kundalini Yoga 6.15, October 1st 6.15pm Prana Lounge.

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Last week was a challenging week where I had to bring all my Kundalini Yoga tools and technology to bare to stop my stress personality getting the better of me. Stress is a condition not an illness and you need a certain amount of stress in your life, as I have said many times.  Last week just before Kundalini yoga Level 1 Teacher Training I let stress build up until I ended up with mouth ulcers and feelings of overwhelm. Fortunately during the beautiful training, with its kriya’s, long Sadhana meditations and workshop, I came to the understanding that sometimes you need your emotions stirred up by someone or something so that they can surface to be released. Otherwise they hide unnoticed under your constant protective negative and positive minds not allowing yourself to feel. I noticed my stress triggers like, trying to please, other people’s opinions and the need to control things, wanting things to be perfect. I used a lot of self awareness watching my stress personality to master the stress and feel steady even when faced with criticism and negativity. To be real in these moments, watch the experience and use mantra to uplift, cut and overcome the worse parts. The physical exercises pressurized my glandular system to create neurochemical changes to deal with my stress, I could also feel after long boughts of chanting mantra how this effected my nervous system by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system to make me feel neutral and relaxed even when things did not go as planned.  As a result our training team was able to respond to the moment, being flexible with the plan we had made. I was inspired by our lead trainer Ronit Vardi, as she tweaked our timetable on a daily and hourly basis to flow with the needs of our students and the reality of time and place.

In fact that is the magic of mantra, the conflicting thoughts and emotions we feel stirred up by, our neutralized when we bring our frequency up to the pure frequency of the Infinite or Universe. Mantra puts our body, mind, etc into the same resonance as the Universe. Mantras calm the disturb thoughts instead to resonate with peace, joy and love.

The mantra chanting I felt really connected me to a different level of consciousness so I could deal with the grueling 14 hour work days, plus evening trainer meetings and prep before bed. Using mantras such as Sat nam or Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo allowed me to access the realm to be in the flow while teaching, to really connect to the teachings and deliver them to the students via knowledge and their electromagnetic fields. As a student of consciousness I challenge you to use your life as an experiment, work out what mantra works for you and practice them daily, in times of need call upon your higher consciousness to guide you.Sat nam Fi x sanasumainsrilanka.wordpress.com read our weekly blogs and brain candy updatesraymond.fiona@gmail.comwww.sanasuma.co.uk0778011984.

Mon 1 Oct 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 2 Oct 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga@ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 2 Oct 3.30-4.30pm Special Needs Kids@ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col8

Wed 3 Oct   5- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 3 Oct 3.45-4.15pm Radiant Kids Yoga@ Om Space, Havelock Rd, Col 5

Wed 3 Oct 6.45-8pm   KundaliniYoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

 

Kundalini Yoga to Overcome Stress – 6.15pm 3 September @Prana Lounge,Col 7

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The circumstances of our life our difficult to change but we Do get to choose our approach to the pressures of life. This is what we can learn to do for ourselves. Hans Selye, the Canadian physician, described stress as simply the body’s adaptation to change. It is how we respond whenever an internal or external event occurs.

Shanti Shanti Kaur says, “stress can be as simple as a shift in room temperature or as destabilizing as losing one’s job. Since change happens nearly every instant, we have a stress response nearly every instant. Stress is natural and necessary. Over time, we create our own individual stress response pattern through our thoughts and beliefs, our emotional responses, the way we breathe, and the way we hold and move our body. This pattern becomes set at a certain point, and although this response is intended to be helpful, more often than not our personal stress response pattern blocks the natural flow of ease in the body, and we become frequently sick, easily tired, often irritable, and generally “stressed out.” In each stress response, we draw on the capacity of the glandular and nervous systems, which in turn affects the sensitivity and vitality of the immune response. Where we hold tension and how quickly we release it forms our individual, personal stress response which determines what happens in our body, how much energy we have, how healthy we stay, and how we feel at the end of the day. One characteristic of a healthy stress response is to take action when action is needed and to pause, or rest internally, when it is not.

  1. What are the little everyday things that add to your stress levels? List them.
  2. What is a personal stress trigger that others might find inconsequential?

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Practical solutions -Yogic Breath

Your stress response is etched into your body. To start correcting it start with an exhalation. Continue to breathe consciously. Notice in your body where the breath comes easily, where it is restricted. Notice what part of your torso moves, and what does not. Notice where your breath stops and how deep it goes, both on the inhalation and on the exhalation. Throughout the day, notice your breathing pattern and where you hold tension in your body. Do you hold your breath when thinking? When listening? When performing certain tasks? Do you lift your shoulders or tighten your stomach? These are all part of your personal stress response pattern. Once you are aware of your patterns, you can interact with it, modify it, and make it work for you. Breath is our direct link to our subconscious, unconscious mind, mood, energy and spirit. On a physical level, it is the practice of the various yogic breathing techniques that strengthens the nervous system and balances the action of the glandular system. Since these two systems are key to the stress response, making them strong through proper breathing actually breaks previous patterns and forms a healthy stress response. By breathing from the navel point, we develop a deeper relationship with the core of the body, bringing greater confidence and calm. Sat nam x raymond.fiona@gmail.com   0778011984 www.sanasuma.co.uk  www.3ho.org

Mon 3 Sept 6.15-7.30pm     Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, Col 7

Mon 3 Sept 6-7pm      Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5 (FREE)

Tues 4 Sept 9.45-10.45am   Kundalini Yoga@ Om Shambala,143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 4 Sept 6-7.15pm           Kundalini Yoga Class Shaunagh @ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5

Wed 5 Sept   5.00- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5 (FREE)

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

Thurs 6 Sept 11-1pm        Special Needs Kids and teacher class @ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd

Sat  8 Sept 4-5.30pm           Gong Bath @ Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe, Galle

What Kundalini Yoga Awakens?- Monday 27 August 6.15pm Prana Lounge, Colombo 7

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What Kundalini Awakens?

I get a lot of students asking me so What is Kundalini Yoga and what does it awaken? My experience is that many people misunderstand what Kundalini is, they think it is just a sexual energy, maybe something that will give them powers?. It is a vast concept! Yogi Bhajans reply when asked if Kundalini was dangerous, his answer was, Yes, Kundalini is dangerous. If someone has awakened Kundalini energy you cannot lie to that person, you cannot cheat that person, you cannot dominate that person. It is the energy, supreme energy of the human being, the problem is not Kundalini awakening but a person spending their life with it unawakened. The job of the human being is to awaken to what you really are.

If human organism or vehicle you operate is dominated by the lower energy centres, the person will operate from a perspective of density.   What is real and most valuable for that persons will be the material realm. As we know from our weeks working on Happiness, our happiness is not influenced by our material wealth.   This focus will constrict the Kundalini energy in the lower triangle and will not be feeding the higher chakras.

When you start to have a kundlini experience you start to understand what you really are. What created you, that is the process of Kundalini Yoga . Beyond your gender, your race, your bank account, you learn to concentrate on what is in the nucleus of you, what you really are, spirit. In order to feel this subtle shift, you need to purify the blood stream, purify the density of the body and so that the pituitary gland can secrete into the blood stream to create a conducive environment to awaken your consciousness. That person has a different type of brightness coming out of their eyes. What they really are in coming out through the instrument of the body. That is what makes you a magnetic presence and that transmit to all that see you.  You are in love with life and it overflows into everything you do. You become you, genuine you, guided by your intuition. It is a potent and profound path and needs hard work, discipline and determination but you will see the results when you start to awaken.

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Sat nam x raymond.fiona@gmail.com   0778011984 www.sanasuma.co.uk  www.3ho.org

Mon 27 Aug 6.15-7.30pm     Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, Col 7

Tues 28 Aug 7.45-8.45am      Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @Body Bar, 3 Jawatte Av, Col 5

Tues 28 Aug 9.45-10.45am   Kundalini Yoga@ Om Shambala,143 Fife Rd, Col 5.

Tues 28 Aug 6-7.15pm           Kundalini Yoga Class Shaunagh @ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5

Wed 29 Aug   5.00- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 29 Aug 6.45-8pm           Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Fri 31 Aug 6.00-7.30pm          Inner Sound Gong Bath @ Prana Lounge, Col 7

Stop Insecurity – Kundalini Yoga 6.15pm Mon 6 August Prana Lounge.

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Stop Insecurity

Last week we dived into the hidden self or reactive personality, which sabotages our happiness. How does our insecurity bring out the reactive personality and how can be stop being insecure. Yogi Bhajan states, “The only purpose of life is not to be scared of insecurity. Insecurity does nothing but scare a person, It’s a scarecrow.”

Feelings of insecurity arise when we do not trust ourselves or others. We subconsciously send out the message that we are not worthy, good enough to love, be happy, prosperous, etc. We may experience problems with relationships and resort to transactional relationships. Our value to others becomes based on what we do for them not our connection to them. When we allow insecurity to take over you are sure to see the reactive or hidden self over take our persona  Learning to feel comfortable in our own skin in any situation is key. Guru Singh says make everywhere your home so you feel dominion not the insecurity to dominate people or places. Energetically our insecurity is related to our third chakra which reflects our personal power and sense of self. It is also directly related to our stomachs, situated to the left of the sternum.

When this energy centre is not strong and balanced, we lack the trust in our power, we settle for bad relationships, jobs, family situations because we are too afraid to take a risk and change things. We use our stomachs to numb ourselves, avoid feelings by overeating and feelings physically too full.

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Practical Solutions

Focus on your strengths – I have been doing the happiness course with Yale University (see Coursea https://www.coursera.org/learn/the-science-of-well-being/home/welcome) and in week 1 we take a quiz to know our signature strengths( http://www.viacharacter.org/www.) Research shows that when you concentrate on using your signature strengthens in different ways everyday it makes you happy and you are not focusing on your weaknesses which make us feel insecure. In fact If you are using any 4 of your top 7 strengths you feel your life is in flow. For example my top signature strength is Fairness, so if I include someone who is marginalised, this makes me feel really good.

Ishnaan -Take a cold shower every morning. Well Ishnaan is a little more than just a cold shower please look up the technique. I really recommend it, it helps get rid of those negative thoughts, complaints about lack of sleep, sadness, etc that you experience sometimes after dreams or subconsciously. Yogi Bhajan says whenever you feel bad, take a cold shower and then towel yourself down vigorously until your skin feels flush and tingly. This uses our nervous system and capillaries to make the blood chemistry changes which will help with how we feel and our security.

Mantra – Yoga Ji, said using the firs puri of the Japji, Sochai, Soch n Hovee… as well asChattra Chakkra Vartee will support in getting rid of insecurity and bring victory to the soul.

Meditation – When we go within and see our thoughts and emotions when we meditate we realise that these thoughts and emotions are not us, in fact we become consciously aware and this helps us separate the insecure feelings from our true self and connection to our infinity or soul Sat nam x raymond.fiona@gmail.com   0778011984 www.sanasuma.co.uk  www.3ho.org

Mon 6 Aug 6.15-7.30pm     Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, Col 7

Tues 7 Aug 9.45-10.45am  Kundalini Yoga @Om Shambala, 143Fife Rd, Colombo5

Tues 7 Aug 6-7.15pm           Kundalini Yoga Class Shaunagh @ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5

Wed 8 Aug 5.00- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

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

Sat 11 Aug 11.15-12.15pm     Radiant Kids Yoga @ British Council, Duplication Rd, Col 3

Sat 11 Aug 5.30-7pm          New Moon Gong Bath @ Prana Lounge, Col 7

Reactive or Hidden Self – Kundalini yoga 6.15pm Mon 30 July 2018

Reactive Personality ie Hidden Self

Over the last few weeks we have been looking at how we can be truly happy, to feel good about ourselves, be able to cope with difficult feelings and circumstances. But the biggest obstacle to all of this is what Yogi Bhajan named as the Reactive personality or Hidden self.

Firstly we need to understand that we originate from the soul which does not include any polarity, just oneness, which reflects true self. We incarnate into a Universe of polarities, where our persona and shadow self exist. Persona is the part of our personality which we project into the world, how we would like to be seen. The Shadow is the part of the personality which we keep hidden. For example if you are a very kind, generous person there is within you a selfish and mean side. In order not to be at odds with your Shadow you need to acknowledge both sides of the persona but choose to be kind and generous to yourself and others. Understanding that sometimes you need to put yourself first and look after your financial needs. Then there is no conflict between the persona and the shadow.

Within the Shadow lies the Hidden or reactive self. This part of us is created through experiences we had usually in the first 7 years of our life. Just like the little angle baby becomes a monster during the terrible twos, this reactive self does not die with childhood. It stays in the subconscious realm as we get older, holding on to its hidden agenda, undermining our ability to appreciate life, be happy and fulfilled. The reactive self is activated when we do not get what we want. In these circumstances we become angry but it is not just feelings of anger but the reactive mind gets involved, saying, why am I angry, I feel bad about being angry, etc. Adding layer upon layer to this initial feeling from the hidden self.

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How to recognise the Reactive or Hidden Self ?

  1. Feelings of regret about the past, past mistakes, etc.
  2. When you begin defending yourself because feelings of shame, loss and fear arise. It prevents us from acknowledging our accountability for what happens to us in life. If it is happening to you, it is happening through you.
  3. We may be busy, our lives filled with many people, tasks and adventures but inside we are not content.
  4. The interconnection between the left and right hemisphere is weakened. The effect is often a change in voice and tone. We are angry, childlike, talkative, full of stories, sneaky and insecure.
  5. Feeling sorry for ourselves, life is unfair, living in our stories.
  6. . Because we are not neutral about ourselves we dismiss the hidden self and its agendas and do not believe the outside world is affected by our private thoughts and feelings. The ego and subconscious mind align with the hidden self. This now reactive personality based on unprocessed childhood trauma, creates thousands of thoughts, feelings and narratives to serve our hidden agenda. We react in the same way to all situations, which may not make sense in the current moment. The gap between us and reality increases.   If our habit is to simple react, or to react and deny we reacted we divide and fight ourselves. It is just like trying to see ourselves in a shattered mirror.

These are just some of the signs of the Reactive personality. When they occur the hidden personality is dominating our normal personality

So how do we deal with it?

Shiv Charan our teacher is very clear about this, he says when you observe the Hidden self, you have got to be very very firm.

  1. There is nothing to heal.
  2. Do not mentally react to it or start to analysis it or discuss it.
  3. Hit it with a Mantra. Mantra is like a tread, a diver’s life line, keep chanting, keep the rhythm and you will get through the waves of it until you come out on the other side.
  4. Have a tool box you can use when the Reactive Self arises, Inhale 4 exhale 1.
  5. For most people we will never be able to get rid of the hidden self reactive personality, only put it to sleep.

Sat nam x raymond.fiona@gmail.com   0778011984 www.sanasuma.co.uk  www.3ho.org

Mon 30 July 6.15-7.30pm       Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, Col 7

Tues 31 July 9.45-10.45am  Kundalini Yoga@ Om Shambala, Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 31 July 3.30-4.30pm       Special Needs Kids Class@ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col 8

Tues 31 July 6-7.15pm           Kundalini Yoga Class Shaunagh @ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5

Wed 1 Aug 5.00- 7.30am     Sadhana @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Colombo 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 1 Aug 6.45-8pm      Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 2 Aug 11-1pm     Special Needs Kids and Teachers @ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col 8

Fri    3 Aug 5.45-7pm       Youvolution Gong Bath – Jungle Beach Ahungalla