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.

 

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

 

Kundalini Yoga Fest 16 & 17 Mar 2019

Kundalini Yoga Festival 2019

The second year of the Kundalini Yoga Fest is this weekend 16 & 17 March 2019 at Prana Lounge, but why bother going to this intense, transformative experience?

Because our minds are like our telephones, we are always transmitting a signal. But what are we transmitting? We do not know because each thought is clouded by our likes, dislikes, opinions, worries, future projections etc. This signal we are beaming out dictates the life we end up with, the more we fixate on our opinions the more difficult it is to clear our subconscious mind and beam out the type of future we wish and dream about.

That is where Kundalini yoga comes into its forte. Kundalini yoga uses:

  • Leverage, to elevate our mind and change our subconscious patterns through kriya and deep meditation.
  • Legacy, the map given to us by yogis over thousands of years and codified by Yogi Bhajan in a pure form which is beyond any individual, we Kundalini teachers deliver it to you just as we received it pure and potent.
  • Lineage, a pure golden chain of the teachings which has the frequency of the Infinite.

 

So I invite and challenge you to dive in this weekend, experience the intense but transformative effect of the 2.5hrs of Long Ek Ong Kars by our master yogi Tonie Nooyens, clear your patterns during the all night Gong Healing and learn the basics of Bandhas and kriya with Sunderta Kaur (USA).

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

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

Tues 12 Mar    9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga @Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 12 Mar   3.30-4.30pm Special Needs Kids @ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col8

Wed 13 Mar   3.30- 4.15pm Radiant Kids (3-5yrs)@Om Space, Col 5

Wed 13 Mar   6.45-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga Class@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 14 Mar  5-7.30am Sadhana @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Sat 16 Mar – Sun 17 Mar Kundalini Yoga Festival 2019 – Prana Lounge, to include, Sadhana, classes, How to Play Gong Workshop, All night Gong Healing.

Sun 24 Mar 10.15-12.30 Special Workshop on Mind and Meditation – Tonie Nooyens @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5