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.

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The Science of Chakra’s – Kundalini Yoga 29 May 6.15pm@ Prana Lounge

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When the yogis discovered the sound, workings, co relationship of the Chakra system, they developed it into a whole science. This total science gave birth to Kundalini yoga. What for me was the OMG moment when rediscovering the Chakra system was that by knowing the workings of each chakra you can better understand where and why you are off balance.

We discussed last week how the human body was like a musical instrument constructed of strings or surs, which vibrate with the flow of pranic energy. Out of these 72,000 strings there are 3 major surs that control the rest. Pranic energy flows like a waterfall from the crown downwards collecting in seven energy pools at the chakras.

The upper chakras vibrate with each thought of the mind. They carry this vibration down to the lower chakras which create the shape of the physical, emotional and mental bodies.

First Chakra, Muladara, is located at the base of the spine, perineum and rectum. It deals with security, grounding and the instinct to survive. It also works on eliminating anything you no longer need, food waste, unneeded emotions, thoughts, etc. From complex to basic or common elements. It is linked to your sense of smell because if you hold on to everything you end up reeking or eliminating well allows you to have a sweet smell. Habit is a big part of this chakra you develop conscious habits which finally can be done unconsciously. Trust is the key to balancing this chakra, trust in the earth, yourself and the unseen. This is a key problem in the modern world. When in doubt in your first chakra, secure yourself and hold to the old patterns.

Second Chakra, Svadhisthana is located in the sacrum, kidneys, ovaries and testis. It deals with creativity, reproduction and relationships. It also embodies duality and polarity as 1 becomes 2. It is the first taste of merger. The element water is associated with it and like water, feelings flow or get damned up. Research shows that our memories are categorised as much by feeling as anything else. When this chakra is unbalanced you may develop shallow relationships, shame of the body and sexuality, inadequacy or wild child behaviour. We use Sat Kriya, and frog pose not to stimulate and increase the energy of this chakra but to balance it. When balanced you can have fulfilling intimate relationships, a passion for life, generosity and willingness to share. The sense is touch and the colour orange. When in doubt in your second chakra find your feelings and follow your passion.

Third Chakra, Manipura is located at the navel, solar plexus, and upper digestive system. This is the area of our strength, will power, sense of control and coordination. It is ruled by the element fire and coordinates sight and vision. Fire can also make you an angry fiery person if not directed correctly into determination. It is at the navel that energy is gathered and distributed, this is why the first thing during the wake-up routine is stretch pose with breath of fire. When in doubt in your third chakra, act. This is the realm of the spiritual warrior, you know where you want to get to and can gather the energy needed to get there, fearlessly. When you feel insufficiency energy you may compensate with reaching for energy in from of carbohydrate or sweet foods, drugs and stimulants.

Fourth Chakra, Anahata is located at the sternum, thymus gland and heart. This is your centre of compassion, empathy, joy, grief, bitterness, attachment, loneliness, passive aggressive. It gives us the sense of touch, that is why we say when someone speaks from the heart, it touches us. Air is the element associated with this Chakra. Expression of the air element when unbalanced, will manifest as giving to those who do not want or need it. The heart is stimulated by Prana, any blocks of the diaphragm deeply effect the heart chakra. So, it is recommended to do Pranayama daily to increase the flow at this heart centre.

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Fifth Chakra, Vishuddha is located at the throat, thyroid and parathyroid glands. The centre of communication and sound. If this chakra is unbalanced you can feel frustrated, not be able to express yourself, feelings of shyness, withdrawal into the mind.   Balanced you are an inspirational communicator and you will be listened to as an authority. You can create through your words and hear the subtle of what has not been said.

Sixth Chakra, Anja is located in the third eye area, pituitary gland, above the root of the nose. I perceive and I see. It is all about your intuitive mind, when out of balance you suffer from nightmares, eye problems, confusion discerning what is real, being unfocussed and psychic disturbances. When balanced, you are clear, you can connect to and rely on your intuition and are comfortable with what is, reality.

Seven Chakra, Sahasrara is located at the crown of the head and pineal gland. I know, I accept. The element related to this chakra is thought and the divine. When this chakra is unbalanced you can be close minded, doubtful, feel despairing, suffer from symptoms without cause and be self-conscious.  Balanced you can feel bliss, experience oneness (samadhi), joy, peace and wholeness as all the other chakras become integrated and connected to the seventh.

Eight Chakra, the Aura is located as the radiance of the electromagnetic field around you. The aura combines the effects of all the other chakra’s, giving you protection and projection. If the aura is balanced it appears as an oval light, symmetrical. When you are ill, it has various dimples and pockets where your radiance is dimmed. The Aura connects your inner and outer realities. It connects you to the entire Universe. When your Aura is weak you catch illness and absorb negativity energy. When strong it aligns all your chakras and your presence alone seems to work to fulfil your desire and needs.

Understand yourself through the chakra system, work out what is weak on a daily basis and take action to balance this area in your life and uplift yourself.

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This week’s classes:

Mon 29 May 6.15-7.30   Kundalini Yoga@ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Pl, Colombo 7

Tues 30 May 6-7pm   Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 31 May 5- 7.30am Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE) To include a Yogi Ji video

Wed 31 May 3-3.45pm  Radiant kids yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 31 May 7.15-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Sat 3 June 5-7.30am Sadhana @ The Om Space, Col 5 (All welcome FREE)

Sun 4-9 June 5am-6pm Sadhana and TT training @9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (please let me know if you wish to attend half day or full day)

Shabd Guru – A Quantum Technology 22 May 6.15pm Kundalini Yoga @Prana Lounge

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We are the most amazing instrument. We discussed the power of sound to raise our vibration last week, as we played the instrument of our body and its 72,000 surs, string or meridian points. This week we go into the scicence of this quantum technology.

This may sound, forgive my pun, complicated but sound is the perfect neuro-stimulator that activates and connects different areas of our brain and it does its job so subtly that you only need to follow the instructions and feel the effect.   In fact, my small black cat understands this ancient technology instantly. He is normally very afraid of people and situations, but when it comes to Wednesday Sadhana, our early morning gathering of Kundalini yoga and chanting the Shabd Guru he is in complete alignment, he normally walks in midway and then just lies down to immerse himself in the sound current, whether it is the gong, or the sound of us chanting. He then even allows students to stroke him. This is the power of this technology that it can manipulate our very cells to bring us into the highest vibrational frequency that we can all share and relate to, even the puddy cat.

Why is it a quantum technology. It is quantum because it manipulates the smallest particles of sound and energy into effective combinations and patterns. These patterns then form the informational DNA of your spirit. A sacred rope of knots to lift you to the divine.

These primal sounds are called Phonemes and the Shabd guru uses these primal units of speech plus universal grammar under lying all language to change the psychoactive neurology of the brain. Repeating the pattern embedded in the Shabd guru ingrains that pattern of primal sound into the brain, this is the patterns of sound made at the beginning of time, the big bang so to speak. Enlightened Masters having experienced the sound current, have extracted these sounds from the Anahat (the unstruck or unmanifested sound current) and plucked these particular series of notes from behind the silence to give us a technology to heal the maladies of our time. You may ask why these particular notes and not all sounds. Because not all combinations of sounds create a pattern of wholeness and healing. The Shabds heritage is from the Sikh Guru’s but you do not have to be any religious denomination to access this technology, it is for everyone.

Why does it work.

Shabd means sound, but when you break the word down you get Sha, meaning the expression of ego and bd, to cut. Ego is formed by the minds constant automatic processing that attaches us to identify with objects, people, feelings, thoughts, etc. The Ego is not bad, just very limited.   When all your actions, thoughts, etc are attached to ego your reality becomes very narrow, and you live in the duality of pain and pleasure. When you transcend, the ego see it but are not taken by it, then you intuitively connect to the larger Self the vastness of what is and understand the play of life from this perspective.

Each primal sound is a unit that is pronounced by a particular part of the mouth. When we form a word to speak it, the tongue moves and touches the palate, the top of the mouth, and the teeth in a well-defined area. The sound of the word directs the pressure of the air and vibrates the vocal chords to stimulate specific areas in the skull. The primal sounds use these areas of reflex, attached to meridians, to direct brain patterns.

This is difficult topic to blog about because it is so experiential. The test is in the doing. Feel free to put on a Shabd Japji in the morning or Jap Sahib and listen, chant if you like but allow the process to start transforming how you see life. That is why it is easier to meditate to Mantra, because it cuts through the ego of negative and positive thoughts to the truth of you and your neutral mind.

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This week’s classes:

Mon 22 May 6.15-7.30   Kundalini Yoga@ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Pl, Colombo 7

Tues 23 May 6-7pm   Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 24 May 5- 7.30am Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE) To include a Yogi Ji video

Wed 24 May 3-3.45pm  Radiant kids yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 24 May 7.15-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Sun 28 May 5.30-7pm   Gong Bath@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Rd, Col 5

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Mantra – Control your mind’s Broadcasts! Kundalini yoga 8 May 6.15pm Prana Lounge, Col 7

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For Kundalini yogis, the impact of sound and vibration is the teacher or Guru. We are united with the Infinite through the vibration of the sound current or Naad. Kundalini yoga prepares your body and mind and enhances your hearing capacity so that you can recognise and hear the sound current.

I am asked many times when I play the Gong, how did I learn to play? It is a mixture of developing my intuition over the last 15 years, to play intuitively. But I feel that that would not have been enough. The real key was when I learnt and chanted mantra, particularly the Long Ek Ong Kars for 4 years. This enhanced my hearing capacity to allow me to hear the sound current.

Yogi Bhanjan reminds us, that our minds are not under our control and mantra is something that can bring the mind under our control.

Let’s look at the word Mantra. Man, mind and Tra projection. Whatever sets the projection of the mind is called Tra. Tra brings harmony, Tral means harmonious notes and Tra is the projected wave length of harmony.

If I say fire the arrow at a precise longitude and latitude, I am giving you the Tra or projection for that arrow. This is the same with the mind the Tra sets the projection of where the mind wants to get to.

Mantra is a cyclable, a key, a code, a sound which fixes the projection of the mind. It projects through the mind that secret code.

When we understand that on a quantum level everything in the Universe is in a constant state of vibration manifested in either, light, sound and energy, we understand how powerful chanting mantra can be for us. This is not a religious thing or even a mystical thing, it is a practical technology that works.

Start changing what your mind is broadcasting, by chanting instead of thinking in mind loops. Start listening to your mind, emotions and also what you say. Does your projection really reflect you? Or is it , the negative self, the victim self, the judgemental self, the worrier self? And is this what you want to be broadcasting and resonating? If it is not, be the change you want to see.

The purpose of chanting is to have a direct connection with the soul or infinite self that resides beyond your mind. You chant and your mind hears the sound of infinity through your voice, there is no higher meditation you can do. Start chanting Sat nam to yourself. Even this simple phrase of truth or true self will start making a change to your mind and its projection.

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This week’s classes:

Mon 8 May 6.15-7.30   Kundalini Yoga@ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Pl, Colombo 7

Tues 9 May 6-7pm       Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Rd, Col 5

Thurs 11 May 6-7.30pm Gong Bath@ Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe, Galle.

Fri   12 May 6.30-7.30pm  Acro Jam@ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Rd, Col 5 (FREE)

Sat    13 May 5-7.30am       Sadhana@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Sun 14 May 5-7.30 am     Sadhana @9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Spiritual Discipline – A commitment to Self – 1 May 6.15-7.30pm 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

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Last week we relaxed into trust and found peace when we reached deep inside to connect with our true self, our soul. This week we work on how you keep up this new found trust and peace, off the mat in our ever hectic lives. This is where the commitment to self and self-discipline comes in.

I generally disliked discipline, being a naturally lazy sort of person, I thought. But over the years I have realised that it is not the laziness that stopped me being disciplined but it is that I am not truly committed to MYSELF and my personal, physically, mentally and spiritually growth.

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What does it mean to have a spiritual discipline and why do we need it? Well the ancient yogis found out that by relating to symbols and sacred geometry we make a friend out of our mind instead of the ever contradictory flow of our word and thoughts. That is why, kriya, asana, pranayama, mudra (hand positions) and mantra work. In this practice, we start to relate to ourselves on an ever deeper level, beyond logic and the meaning of words. As we relate to these symbols we create with our bodies, finger and mouth (mantra) we move beyond the mind to the stillness we find in mind, body, soul connection i.e. yoga, the sweet point where relaxation is deep and rejuvenative.

We start to change the neurochemistry of our mind, which has been set in stone from our 8.4 million incarnations which influences our cosmology and genealogy which is present in our DNA which spans 7 generations of our ancestors. If we do not want to be tugged by the winds of fate based on these two factors we need to set the intention to change this and that is where your spiritual discipline, sadhana, daily practice, however you want to name it comes in. Because change needs a little effort. That does not mean you need to dedicate an hour every day, this for most people other than yoga teacher is difficult. But how about 3 mins. Can you give yourself 3 mins every day to sit, stretch, be, breathe, exist, chant, sing etc.?   If you cannot you need to ask yourself why? If you can start small and aim a little higher every few months, but keep up, so you will be kept up.

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

This week’s classes:

Mon 1 May 6.15-7.30   Kundalini Yoga@ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (Holiday class as Prana is closed)

Tues 2 May 6-7pm       Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

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

Wed 3 May 3-3.45pm    Radiant kids yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 3 May 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Fri     5 May 6.30-7.30pm   Acro Jam@ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5(FREE

Sat  6 May 5-7.30am       Sadhana@ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5 (FREE)

Sat 6 May 9.30-10.30am     Hatha General @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Sun 7 May 10-11am          Hatha General @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Sun 7 May 5.30-7.00pm     Gong Bath@ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Pl, Colombo 7

 

Balance your Elements or Tattvas – Kundalini yoga 6-7pm 18 April @ the Om Space, Col 5

Happy Sinhala and Tamil yogies. Lets start this new year off with understanding some yogic anatomy and how this can bring us into balance. Western philosophy only recognises matter which can be anaylitical studied and believes that the only way to effect reality is through the laws of physics. Eastern philosophy acknowledges the material realm but also understands that we are much more than matter. Yogies experience to perceive reality beyond what is known through the 5 senses and understands that when you change something in the subtle realm it can create great change with minimal effort in the material realm. Therefore by working with the energy of your elements or tattvas and bringing them into balance you can shape your experience of the Universe.

There are 31 tattvas in yogic anatomy and a bit like a drop of ink in water, they move from the most concentrated form of infinity, in varying degrees to the atom. We will concerntrate on the last 5 most gross tattvas which make up the human, ether, air, fire, water and earth. Each of us has a dominant element which expresses itself most strongly in our constitution and personality. The behaviour or qualities of these tattvas are a result of the combination of gunas that predominate them, sattvic (graceful, peaceful, disciplined, intuitive, connected to soul), rajas (positive, active, emotional, demanding) and tamas (inertia, solid, persistent, lazy).

Earth Tattva – Pritvi – wellbeing of all v greed

The Earth tattva is dense, dry, cold, and smelly. When this stabilizing tattva is healthy, it brings plumpness, heaviness, compactness, and steadiness to your body, your emotions, and to your life. But an unbalanced earth element can lead to insecurity and greed.

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To Balance – We can balance this element by stabilising your lifestyle i.e. your diet, exercise, etc. Earth foods are warming and heavy. Your earthy diet should focus on meals that are nourishing, easy to digest, filling, substantial, moistening, and strengthening. You might do better with small frequent regular meals, and you definitely will want to include mild warming spices. Bear in mind that staying calm and concentrating while you consume and digest your meal will help to stabilize your grounding tattva.

Sweet fruits, cooked vegetables, cooked grains, nuts, natural sweeteners, mild warming spices, and warm milk products in moderation, make up the pillars of the yogic diet to develop a strong Earth tattva. On the flip side, dry fruits, dry grains (think rice cakes), and raw vegetables bring more air tattva into your body. The cabbage family, including broccoli, also abounds in air, and contradicts your efforts to get grounded. Beans can also be a problem, like any other food that creates gas, which is pure air tattva. Barley and oats are nutritious, grounding grains. For the ‘spaced out after sadhana’ yogi, a piping hot breakfast of these foods, with some warming cinnamon or cumin, sets the tone for a grounded, solid day.

Try daily connecting with mother earth and nature. Walk barefoot on the grass, do a handstand in the garden (one of my favourites) or just lie on the grass and look up at the sky feeling grounded and secure.

Apas Tattva -Water -Lust for breath and consciousness v exploitation

This tattva is linked to your conscious and subconscious emotions. Like water emotions flow through us, but when we get stuck on one, i.e., “ I should not feel jealous, angry, upset”, etc. this is when the flow stops and the balance goes.

To Balance- The key is not to stop the emotion but to make the energy of the emotion serve you. Channel it, jealously can be inspiration, anger can be channelled into determination. When you are overly emotional try drinking more water to bring yourself back to balance. Also try this meditation when you feel over whelmed or stuck with a particular emotion that you cannot shift. Turn that commotion into devotion.

Tuck your elbows into you’re rib cage, hands in gyan mudra, arms are at 60 degrees from the body. On one deep breath through the nose chant, Sat Narayan, hari Narayan, hari Narayan, hari, hari. After 11 mins put your hands in your lap and chant Wahe guru to balance the Rajas and Tamas gunas.

I also throw myself into the swimming pool, sea (preferable) or shower after an emotional time.

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Agni Tattva – Fire – Anger/Blame v Discipline/Will power over ourselves

Agni tattva is the fire of the Kundalini energy. It is increased with the practice of Kundalini Yoga. It aids in the digestion and absorption of food in order to provide the whole body with the vital energy needed for survival. Agni tattva burns our karmas, our blocks, and our fears. It gives us the strength of commitment, discipline, will-power, and the ability to carry out our intentions. It is the power to digest, absorb, and assimilate both physically and emotionally. Through the proper use of this element, we learn to fully digest the experiences that we get from life.

“You all want to get rid of your anger,” Yogi Bhajan would say. “Get rid of your anger and you won’t be able to digest your food.” The same capacity that causes us to get hot under the collar is what enables us to process food into energy. You can use this capacity to burn others, or to purify yourself. It can manifest as burnout, or as the radiance experienced in the purifying fire of Kundalini Yoga.

To Balance –Breath of Fire. Regularly monitoring yourself to make sure you are not supressing your anger thereby becoming passive aggressive. Use kriyas and exercise to sweat out the inner anger, use your determination for your Sadhana (daily personal practice).

 Vayu Tattva – Air – Attachment personal benefit v Wellbeing of All

The air element is seen as the teacher or Guru. It gives us life as we can only exist for a few minutes without it. It also gives us our purpose. It carries the sound current and you can still feel its light touch. How this element works in us determines how we engage with life. Was our first breath of ease or fear, that there would not be another. Monitor your breath, are you rushing to greedily grab a breath or can you exhale deeply to evenly breath in?

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Balance – 16 stroke breath in and out through the nose, with your hands in Venus lock with the thumbs on top next to each other at the heart area. Try and make it a continuous breath so there is no break between the inhale and exhale. End by holding the inhale, squeezing the locks for 15 sec x 3. Then just breath normally feeling the air in your spine and the spaciousness of this element.

Akasha Tattva – Ether/Spirit – Pride/Ego v Focus on Soul or Infinite

Ether is the subtlest of these 5 tattvas. It is the ability to see the subtle, beyond the obvious. It is understanding the drop of sea water contains the elements of the entire ocean. You can understand through wisdom without needing the details of how and why?

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Balance – We can meditate on the Trikutee mantra which understands that we are our own guru or teacher. Bringing ourselves from the darkness of unconsciousness to the light of consciousness. When we recite this with devotion to ourselves it builds trust, triggers our destiny and releases fear. Meditate on Wahe guru – 11mins.  Sat nam Fi x sanasumainsrilanka.wordpress.com read our weekly blogs and brain candy updatesraymond.fiona@gmail.com www.sanasuma.co.uk 0778011984

This week’s classes:

Tues 18 April 6-7pm             Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 19 April 5- 7.30am        Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 19 April 3-3.45pm         Radiant kids yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road,

Wed 19 April 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Co

Sat 22 April 5am-8pm          Sadhana then TT Level 1 @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Sun 23 April 5am-6pm         Sadhana then TT Level 1 @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Sadhana students can attend for free, if you want to stay for Teacher Training Level 1 – Half day is 3000Rs full day 5000Rs. Please let me know in advance. Full day includes 2 meals, half day 1 meal.

Back Pain & The Psycho Emotional Self – 27 Mar 6.15-7.30pm @ Prana Lounge, Col 7

 

One of the reasons we suffer from more chronic back pain (not caused by an injury), as we get older, is a result of limited range of movement. As we sit at our office desks or computer screens, our mind which can expand to infinity meets up with the world-wide web, an infinite source of information. We lose track that we even have a body. This lack of awareness ends up leaving us with overtight muscles in certain areas like the neck and shoulders and weak muscles around your stomach and lower spine which can cause chronic pain. Small children rarely suffer from aches and pains this is principally because they are always moving in a variety of ways, side stretches, up and down movements, they literally cannot sit down in one position for a moment, but this makes for a healthy body.

We should not forget the psycho emotional self which plays a big part in chronic pain especially in the back. The psycho emotional body can be seen as the intermediate point between the physical body and the spirit or soul. Therefore, emotional pain we have suffer or disconnection from spirit can lead to physical repercussions in the body.

Connecting the physical event and discomfort with a psychological meaning can open inner connections to your own emotional responses and further expand your awareness. The pain, in effect, gives you permission to realise yourself as the holistic creature you truly are.

Kundalini Yoga is great for the back. In Kundalini Yoga, we spend a lot of time working with the flexibility of the spine. We move the whole back in many different ways that you don’t normally do in adult life. We use static stretching, range of motion movements, and also move energy through the spine. In addition, we work on the energy fields and learn and practice meditation techniques that clear and clarify the mind and emotions. The net result is a healthy and pain free back as well as the means to keep it that way.

Have a look at this table below and find the area you are having an issue with. Try out some of the recommended meditations and affirmations to bring healing to your back and emotional body. Try my gong bath this week as we heal our psycho emotional self and our spines. Please book to secure your place, Om Space 011 2507515.

Part of Spine Emotion/Imbalance Meditation to Balance Affirmation to Balance Chakra
Neck C6 That is not logical! It’s control-freak type of persons. They may be over-burdened with responsibility, from trying to handle everything from a rational, logical approach. This is living in the mental body and trying to impose it on everything; like a Mr. Spock. Silent Clearing Meditation, Anti-anxiety Meditation, Mantra of Guru Ram Das My soul allows me to release all resistance. I lovingly care for myself. 5st chakra
Ribs & Chest T6 The trouble that develops indicates a fear of trouble from their environment. A person may say to themselves, “How will the world react to me?” It may reflect catastrophic expectations, stored guilt over past actions, reactions, and the unconscious feeling of stuck in the past but fearful of moving forward. Anxiety about coping skills. “Do I have what it takes to handle the demands of life?” Heart cantered issues also affect this region profoundly. Questions like, “How much should I give?, Can I give when I don’t feel like I can give? Do I know how to receive positive feedback and love?” Follow the path of self love and forgiveness, Meditations: Silent Clearing Meditation, Meditation into Being, Mantra of Guru Ram Das

 

My soul allows my life to unfold gracefully. I have faith and confidence in my future. I am secure, and my future is secure. I can advance toward knowing that what is right for me will come to me. 4st chakra
Lower back L1-L5 Emotional imbalance in our sense of security are located here. it may mean there is an unequal exchange of power and energy. This results in a feeling of injustice and or being overburdened and under supported. Strong sense of insufficient support and considerable resentment over that. Secret Kriya LA889, Silent Clearing Meditation, Sat Kriya, Mantra of Guru Ram Das

Nurture the self

My soul allows me to love who I am. I feel safe expressing my power. I’m worthy of being loved. I’m clean and good and I can go for the top. I love my healthy sexuality. 3st chakra
Sacrum Plate L6 Feel loss of power, long standing anger or rage over inappropriate early sexual training. Sexual guilt because of the early environments giving mixed signals about the meaning of healthy sexuality. Silent Clearing Meditation, Sat Kriya, Mantra of Guru Ram Das My soul and creativity are beautiful. I am strong, stable and secure, yesterday, today, and tomorrow. I deserve love, affection, and healthy sexual feelings. 2nd chakra
Coccyx Out of balance with themselves by holding on to self-blame for old pain. They tend to be compulsively conservative, hypercautious, anxious about survival, and have low selflove. They feel they don’t deserve safety and security. Silent Clearing Meditation, Sat Kriya, Mantra of Guru Ram Da My soul allows balance in my life. I release and forgive the past. The universe is safe and loving. I am a beloved part of God’s creation. 1th chakra
         
         

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Mon 27 Mar 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini yoga@ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Pl, Col 7

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

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

Wed 29 Mar   3-3.45pm      Radiant Kids Class@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock

Wed 29 Mar  7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock

Fri 31 Mar  6.30-7/30pm   Community Class Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9, Col 5

Sat 1 April 5am – 7.30am Sadhana @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock (FREE CLASS)

Sat 1 April 9.30-10.30 Hatha General@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock

Sun 2 April 10-11am Hatha General@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock

Sun 2 April 5.30pm – 7pm Gong & Sound Healing@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock

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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

 

Hormonal Balance Part 2 – Kundalini Yoga Mon 6 March 6.15-7.30pm Prana Lounge

Last week we looked at the Endocrine system and I was asked by several students to write a second blog with a more detailed description of each gland/organ, the emotions attached to them and the hormonal secretions that need to be balanced. I decided it would be best done in a simple practical table.

Hope this is enjoyable and informative.

The first Chakra, earth element is about grounding and feeling safe and secure. Doing any poses which uses your legs and feet strongly like Tree pose, warrior, or forward bends will help you feel balanced. This region is where the Kundalini energy resides, waiting to be awakened to travel up the spine to all balance the entire body, subtle body, mind and aura.

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Gland/Organ Hormone Emotion How to Balance Chakra Element Illness
Ovaries/testes Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone Over sensitivity, lack of passion Cobra, Pigeon, Sat kriya 2nd chakra Water Reproductive problems, Menstrual problems, Low Libido
Liver Breakdowns hormones Anger Twists 3rd chakra Fire Toxicity
Pancreas Insulin, glucagon Greed Twists 3rd chakra Fire Diabetics Hypoglycaemia
Adrenal & Kidneys Cortisol, Adrenalin Stress, Fight or Flight, Fear Cat/Cow

Lobster pose

3rd chakra Fire Asthma, eczema, Kidney stones, blood pressure problems
Thymus Gland T cell production/immune system Lack of self-love Tapping chest, Kriyas for heart 4th chakra Air Arthritis, heart problems, coughs
Thyroid thyroxin Anxious/ Depressed

Unmotivated

Shoulder stand, neck rolls, shoulder shrugs 5th chakra Ether Obesity, Heart failure, reproductive problems
Parathyroid Calcium phosphate balance   Shoulder stand, neck rolls, shoulder shrugs 5th chakra Ether Bone density, kidney problems
Pituitary Master Gland Tropic hormones – Oxytocin Bonding Connectedness

lack of trust, confusion, isolation

Third eye focus, Kirtan kriya, Mantra 6th chakra Ether Chronic Stress

Exposure to food that mimics hormones

Hypothalamus link between nervous and endocrine     Kirtan kriya, breath control pranayama, mantra 6th chakra Ether  
Pineal Melatonin Sleep, Body rhythms and cycles Focus on crown, Breath control. Mantra. 7th chakra Ether Sleep problems, Premature ageing

Have a look at this table and see where you think you have imbalances and then incorporate the appropriate exercises, breathing techniques etc. into your daily routine to achieve emotional and hormonal balance.

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Mon 6 Mar 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

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

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

Wed 8 Mar   3-3.45pm      Radiant Kids Class@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 8 Mar  7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road Col 5

Sat 11 Mar  6- 7.30pm   Sri Yoga Shala,  Full Moon Gong Bath@ Thalpe, Galle.

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.

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 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