Kundalini Alignment

When Kundalini yoga was first systemised during the Upanishads around 800BC, they found the body mind axis.  The body was the bridge between earth and heaven.  We needed to be able to use the body with great force but also apply great relaxation in equal measure.  This week we go deeply into our body to understand the asanas we do during the kriya in our Kundalini Yoga practice. 

Part of the physical posture is feeling the limitations of our body as they present themselves on particular day or time.  Yet to use the internal structure of the body, to hold the correct alignment in our navel point, bandha and rooting down, even if the shape of the pose is perfect.  By just holding the internal structure correctly even if the shape is not the same, allows the areas of the body which are meant to be relaxed, to relax and the areas that are meant to hold tension, hold tension.   Appreciation of the destination (correct asana) but enjoy the journey, where your body is at present. 

Gravity always affects each posture.  As you hold the navel point and bandha one part of your body surrenders to gravity while the other parts of your body pushes against gravity.  Directing the resultant energy through the navel point.  Newtonian science, “ For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. “

The navel point is the centre and connection point for all postures.  We will learn to grow our posture from our inside using:

1.   NAVEL POINT

2.   BANDHA

3.   ROOTING (with what ever part is touching the ground)

We never try to strain and conquer a pose.  If we do this the body just gets tighter as we are fighting gravity.  A war we will never win.  We work out the geometric balance that allows us to interact with gravity in the posture. 

When this happens it does not matter what the shape of the pose is.  Your internal connection leads to the psoas muscles releasing, diaphragm relaxing, the rib and chest lifting and feeling balanced over the pelvis. 

Please join me this week to work on our alignment.

Sat nam Fi xx.  www.sanasuma.co.uk

This week’s classes:

Mon  28 Sept 6-7.15pm Kundalini Yoga Fiona @ Live & zoom.

Tues  29 Sept  9.30-10.45am Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom  & Live Class 9 Greenlands, Lane

Tues  29 Sept  6-7.15pm   Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom & Live Class 9 Greenlands Lane.

Tues 29 Sept 6-7.15pm Barefoot Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh Live @704 Galle Rd

Wed  30 Sept 5- 7.30am  Sadhana (FREE) @ zoom & 9 Greenlands Lane.  

Wed 30 Sept 6-7.15pm Kundalini Yoga Fiona@zoom & Live 9 Greenland

Thurs 1 Oct 6-7.15 pm  Kundalini Shaunagh@zoom Live & 145/5 Fife Rd.

Thurs 1 Oct 5.30-7pm  Poya Gong Bath Fiona@ Prana Lounge, Col7

Fri     NO CLASS BECAUSE OF KUNDALINI TEACHER TRAINING ADD ON A DAY

Sun   NO CLASS BECAUSE OF KUNDALINI TEACHER TRAINING ADD ON A DAY

UK Times are 1.30pm for afternoon classes.  There is a new Password for zoom classes  please email for details

First online class FREE, thereafter 600Rs per class or 4000Rs 4 weeks Sri Lankan residents.

UK £5 per class or £20 for 4 weeks.

Join us for 1 more Ulpotha Retreat in 2020, 10-14 October.  Theme Authentic Relating.  4 days Investment 40,000Rs.

The Three Diaphragms – Kundalini Yoga

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As we continue on our journey where we go back to the basics of yoga and Kundalini yoga specifically, I want to highlight the 3 Diaphragms.

Yes we have THREE.  The first one you know which is under the rib cage, the second, is the pelvic floor and the third is the thoracic outlet diaphragm which is below your throat.  These are the 3 large muscles which effect your core stability and structure in your body.  Not your six pack or belly muscles.  Because these are the muscles that are connected to your breath.  You breathe on average 12-15 times per minute, which is around 17,000 times per day.  This requires a lot of movement in the body. 

As you breathe in you create a downward pressure and as you breathe out the pressure is decreased in the body.  This is very important as this pressure effects the joints, muscles and discs of your spine and body.  For example chest breathing up in the thoracic outlet diaphragm increased intradiscal pressure, which is one of the sources of the populations back, neck, shoulder and even knee problems.  You also loose the positive downward pressure on the pelvic floor as you breathe.  As the pelvic floor looses its tone and flexibility it has an a chain effect to your legs.  The pelvic floor attaches to your thigh bones the femur.  Instead of your pelvis, hip, knee and feet being in neutral position, they start to rotate inwards and the arch of the foot collapses creating knee, hip, problems including plantar fascia, to shin splints.   We can counter this by breathing properly and grounding through our big toe which reverses this rotation throughout our leg and thigh.  

If you are breathing consciously and correctly ie inhaling into your Diaphragm as it descends down, then automatically the pressure will increase on the pelvic floor toning it.

If you breathe from your chest the pressure increases around your neck and shoulders.  This stress on the thoracic outlet diaphragm increases pressure on the neck discs and muscles which is not healthy.

When we breathe correctly using our diaphragm these are some of the benefits:

We will be practicing techniques as usual with lots of good healthy breath work this week.

Sat nam Fi xx.  www.sanasuma.co.uk

This week’s classes:

Mon  21 Sept 6-7.15pm Kundalini Yoga Fiona @ Live & zoom.

Tues  22 Sept  9.30-10.45am Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom  & Live Class 9 Greenlands, Lane

Tues  22 Sept  6-7.15pm   Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom & Live Class 145/5 Fife Rd

Wed  23 Sept 5- 7.30am  Sadhana (FREE) @ zoom & 145/5 Fife Rd.  

Wed 23 Sept 6-7.15pm Kundalini Yoga Fiona@zoom & Live 9 Greenland

Thurs 24 Sept 6-7.15 pm  Kundalini Shaunagh@zoom Live & 145/5 Fife Rd.

Fri     25 Sept 6-7.15pm Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh@ zoom only

Sun   27 Sept 6-7.15pm Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh@ zoom only

UK Times are 1.30pm for afternoon classes.  There is a new Password for zoom classes  please email for details

First online class FREE, thereafter 600Rs per class or 4000Rs 4 weeks Sri Lankan residents.

UK £5 per class or £20 for 4 weeks.

Join us for 1 more Ulpotha Retreat in 2020, 10-16 October.  Theme Authentic Relating.  7 days Investment 80,000Rs.

Adi Mantra – Kundalini Yoga 14 September 2020

Good morning, having completed our first all Asia Online Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training weekend I wanted to give you all a taste of looking in more detail at some very basic things we do in a Kundalini Yoga class that creates the power of our practice.

Why do we always chant at the beginning of a Kundalini yoga class and why do we chant Ong not OM.  When we realise that we exist in a sea of energy.  Everything in the Universe is pulsing and flowing just as our cells pulse and flow.  When that flow gets blocked by our worries, fears, upsets, etc.we become unbalanced. 

By simply vibrating our cells using our conscious breath and voice can start bringing back a balance to our body.  Not any words will do either.

For example chanting OM, which is the vibratory sound of the infinite makes us disappear into that infinity.  We no longer are co-creators of our lives with the Infinity that resides  outside and inside ourselves. 

When we chant ONG, it is also an aspect of the Infinite.  But it is active creation.  This means we harness the Infinite inside us to harmonise with the Infinite in everything else in the Universe.  We stimulate the 6th chakra, pituitary gland which activates our intuition, nervous and hormonal system to actively bring ourselves to a frequency of balance.  We are still here.  We acknowledge our identity as both human and infinite.  With this power we connect deeply to those highest human qualities in us to start our practice or day with the words.

I bow to the Infinite CREATIVE Energy

I bow to the divine teacher within.

This week when you wake up, start your day with chanting the Adi Mantra three times.  Really vibrate it and see how this can alter your day, your perception and vibration.  Here’s to good vibes.

Sat nam Fi xx.  www.sanasuma.co.uk

This week’s classes:

Mon  14 Sept 6-7.15pm Kundalini Yoga Fiona @ Live & zoom.

Tues  15 Sept  9.30-10.45am Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom  & Live Class 9 Greenlands, Lane

Tues  15 Sept  6-7.15pm   Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @zoom & Live Class 145/5 Fife Rd

Wed  16 Sept 5- 7.30am  Sadhana (FREE) @ zoom & 9 Greenlands Ln.  

Wed 16 Sept 6-7.15pm Kundalini Yoga Fiona@zoom & Live 9 Greenland

Thurs 17 Sept 6-7.15 pm  Kundalini Yoga Fiona & Live 9 Greenlands Ln

Fri     18 Sept 6-7.15pm Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh@ zoom only

Sat    19 Sept 2-4pm Workshop Biology of Beliefs@ Prana Lounge

Sun   20 Sept 6-7.15pm Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh@ zoom only

UK Times are 1.30pm for afternoon classes.  There is a new Password for zoom classes  please email for details

First online class FREE, thereafter 600Rs per class or 4000Rs 4 weeks Sri Lankan residents.

UK £5 per class or £20 for 4 weeks.

Join us for 1 more Ulpotha Retreat in 2020, 10-16 October.  Theme Authentic Relating.  7 days Investment 80,000Rs.

Absorption – 21 Stages of -Meditation Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Level 1

Absorption – 21 Stages of Meditation

Just before we start our 6th round of Kundalini Level 1 Teacher Training in Sri Lanka on 11 September, we focus this week on Absorption.  There will be no class on Friday or Sunday so we will add on 2 days for those holding a monthly pass.

This stage is Patanjali Dhyana or absorption.  It is human nature to get absorbed, so lost in a book/film that you feel you living in that reality.  Lost in the internet, Facebook or Instagram. Lost in other people’s drama’s or our own TRAUMA TRAP.  It is a humans need to merge, become one with the infinite that makes us want to melt into the things we do.  It is also why we are so attached to things, people, relationships, emotions, thoughts etc. 

Absorption can bring us great joy.  This is why so many people say my running, cooking, painting, etc. is my meditation. 

The point of meditation is to get absorbed into your practice. Whether it is a pranayama(breath), asana(posture), mantra (chant) or meditation.  When we allow ourselves to be absorbed in our practice we feel really light, refreshed and joyful after it finishes. 

But like everything absorption is a balancing act.  When is absorption a healthy indulgence in your favourite harmless escapism and when is it the unhealthy introspection such as indulging in your sad story, telling people your hardships and falling into the trauma trap? 

When you feel yourself being absorbed in negative thoughts or escaping too much use your energy in a positive way to make your life happier by dancing, creating something, cooking, painting, or viewing your hardships as a way to grow and develop.

This week list the things that absorb you in a healthy and unhealthy way.  Then work on being absorbed in occupations that bring you joy.

Sat nam Fi xx.  www.sanasuma.co.uk

This week’s classes:

Mon  7 Sept 6-7.15pm Kundalini Yoga Fiona @ Live & zoom.

Tues  8 Sept  9.30-10.45am Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom  & Live Class 9 Greenlands, Lane

Tues  8 Sept  6-7.15pm   Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @zoom & Live Class 145/5 Fife Rd

Wed  9 Sept 5- 7.30am    Sadhana (FREE) @ zoom & 145/5 Fife Rd.  

Wed  9 Sept 6-7.15pm          Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom & Live 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 10 Sept  6-7.15 pm   Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh@ zoom & Live 145/5 Fife Rd, Col5

Fri     NO CLASS A DAY HAS BEEN ADDED TO YOUR MONTHLY PASS

Sun  NO CLASS A DAY HAS BEEN ADDED TO YOUR MONTHLY PASS

UK Times are 1.30pm for afternoon classes.  There is a new Password for zoom classes  please email for details

First online class FREE, thereafter 600Rs per class or 4000Rs 4 weeks Sri Lankan residents.

UK £5 per class or £20 for 4 weeks.

Join us for 1 more Ulpotha Retreat in 2020, 10-16 October.  Theme Authentic Relating.  7 days Investment 80,000Rs.

Facing Frustration the Agent of Change – Kundalini Yoga

Facing Frustration and Agent of Change – Kundalini Yoga

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We face the sister of irritation this week FRUSTRATION.  We can define frustration as being blocked from achieving a desired goal or outcome.  Frustration is experienced by everyone.  How about one of  those days where you feel that the whole world is against you.  Your phone/computer is playing up, your timing is off every move you make ends up in a dead-end?  This is a situation where you have the resources, focus and energy that irritation/anger has created but no proper direction to channel that energy.  You are left feeling frustrated.

Or there is a different type of frustration, it is where you want to do something but subconsciously you feel that you do not have the energy or resources to complete it so you may subconsciously sabotage yourself, give up or create feelings of low self esteem.  For example your body is sick or in pain, you desperately want to do all your usual chores but your body will not allow you to.

Using our Frustration : – Frustration like all of our emotions has a purpose.  Frustration is a great chance to change or revaluate a situation.

  1. Do not get frustrated with frustration.
  2. Ask yourself we are so tolerant with our own patterns why can we not tolerate flaws in others? Is it because we are attached to that person and their behaviour reflects on our ego.
  3. When you get frustrated acknowledge it, feelings of frustration.  Now breathe and notice where it is in your body.  Notice if it is the too little energy kind or too much energy with no proper direction?
  4. Write a list, what kind of limits have you created in your mind and life: i.e. motivation, vitality, resources (money), time, support, skills, clarity, purpose. Now see how if any of the above are involved in you feeling frustrated?
  5. Evaluate: Maybe the project you are putting your energy into is taking you in the wrong direction? Whatever project you are doing take 3 steps and revaluate.
  6. Surrender, sometimes we just need to let ourselves yawn, cry let everything come up and out to move out of frustration. Sometimes this allowing creates the space/pause for change and release from frustration.
  7. Start to understand yourself, notice the tension in your body when you become frustrated, allow yourself to hold this with patience. Ask the question when do I need to be patient, when do I need to move and act?
  • The homework this week is to notice what times of the day you become frustrated. Where do you hold this feeling in your body.  How do you react to feelings of frustration?   What are your stress levels?  Note them down in your journal.

See you all next week Sat nam x

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Just for your info our website address is http://www.sanasuma.co.uk/index.php
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raymond.fiona@gmail.com   0778011984  www.sanasuma.co.uk  www.3ho.org

This week’s classes:

Mon   10 August 6-7.15pm         Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom only

Tues  11 Aug 9.30-10.45am Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom and Live 9 Greenlands

Tues  11 Aug  6-7.15pm   Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @zoom & Live Class 145/5 Fife Rd

Wed  12 August   5.- 7.30am     Sadhana (FREE) @ zoom & 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5.

Wed  12 Aug  6-7.15pm  Kundalini Yoga Fiona@zoom & Live 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 13 Aug  6-7.15 pm  Kundalini Yoga Fiona @ zoom & Live 9 Greenlands Lane

Fri     14  August 6-7.15pm         Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @zoom

Sun  16  August  6-7.15pm        Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @zoom

UK Times are 1.30pm for afternoon classes.  There is a new Password for zoom classes  please email for details

First online class FREE, thereafter 600Rs per class or 4000Rs 4 weeks Sri Lankan residents.

UK £5 per class or £20 for 4 weeks.

 

Deep Listening and Anger – Kundalini Yoga 3 Aug 2020

Deep listening and Inner Anger

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Having enjoyed a wonderful 10 days in Ulpotha on Retreat, we are back this  week examining inner anger and the solution to this.  I will write a separate blog on the Retreat later.

When we harbour anger, resentment consciously or subconsciously it blocks our ability to listen.  Whether the anger is a quiet grinding or our teeth, passive aggressive or seething rage, the mind reacts with a hidden agenda which you may not be conscious of. It narrows our perspective, emotional focus and we miss the opportunity presented to us.  We have effectively decided not to listen. When we get angry we polarize the world, all is black and white, right and wrong, good and bad.  To reach this deep anger we need to clear the blocks in the body and mind to allow everything which is in the present moment and the other person’s world into our own.

DEEP LISTENING

Weakness in listening:

  1. The normal condition of our mind, environment and culture is not to fully listen.
  2. When someone is talking to you listen to 6% of the total conversation.
  3. You listen to the cues not the words.
  4. You take certain important cues that concern you emotionally or mentally and fill in the blanks.
  5. You only become alert at these times, you are not worried about the complete conversation.
  6. 50% of the time you pretend you are hearing and listening.
  7. You are only interested in the total conversation that you started out to project to the other person.
  8. If you cannot accept the above you are not listening.

Deep listening involves:

Listening with ears, mind and heart.

Remaining fully present, conscious and alert. 

Being deeply relaxed and centred. Understanding your own agenda before communicating.  THIS TAKES LOTS OF PRACTICE.

Benefits of Deep listening Sunni –  An act of applied consciousness

What does this mean? Each word creates our world, each word we hear informs and connects us to this world. Deep listening is like a bat’s sonar, it helps us to sense the shape and momentum of the present moment. Deep listening allows us to be one step ahead of the moment. It connects us to our buddhi mind and universal knowledge.  If we cultivate this tool of deep listening, we creates a deep respect in the other person which establishes a COMMON NOTION.

When you cannot hear yourself (your mental and outer voice) or listen to the other person there will not be mutual understanding and that is why relationships go wrong in life.

  • The homework this week is to notice what times of the day you become annoyed and do not listen to the other, instead listen to your mind? Where are you? What happened before you got angry. What are your stress levels?  Note them down in your journal.

See you all next week Sat nam x

bloghttps://sanasumainsrilanka.wordpress.com.
Just for your info our website address is http://www.sanasuma.co.uk/index.php
And our facebook name is https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sanasuma/203581616391361
(please become our friend and press the like button).

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

This week’s classes:

Mon   3 August 6-7.15pm         Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom only

Tues  4 August 9.30-10.45am Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom and Live 9 Greenlands Lane.

Tues  4 August  6-7.15pm       Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @zoom & Live Class 145/5 Fife Rd

Wed  5 August   5.- 7.30am    Sadhana (FREE) @ zoom & 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5.

Wed  5 August   6-7.15pm     Kundalini Yoga Fiona@zoom & Live 9 Greenlands Lane

Thurs 6 August  6-7.15 pm    Kundalini Yoga Fiona @ zoom & Live 9 Greenlands Lane

Fri     7 August 6-7.15pm         Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @zoom

Sun  9 August  6-7.15pm        Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @zoom

UK Times are 1.30pm for afternoon classes.  There is a new Password for zoom classes  please email for details.  First online class FREE, thereafter 600Rs per class or 4000Rs 4 weeks Sri Lankan residents.

UK £5 per class or £20 for 4 weeks.

Immunity Boost – Kundalini Yoga 16 March 2020

Immunity Booster – Kundalini Yoga

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I feel we were really lucky to be able to hold the Sri Lankan Kundalini Yoga Festival last weekend. Thanks for everyone who participated in it, teachers and students. We raised 83,000Rs for a women’s home in Kandy and the money will be spent in upgrading the living facility for girls aged 13-20 years. We will send you photographs of the work you all contributed to, give yourself a pat on the back.

In light of the COVID-19 and its global spread, we want to assure you that your health and wellness are of paramount importance to us. While we help you keep your spirit UP during these challenges’ days. We also want to minimise the spread of illness so we encourage the following practices when attending classes this week.

  • We encourage you to bring your own mat. Ours will still be available for you. If you use ours, we ask that you clean it with a disinfectant sanitiser after class. We’ll have some on hand for you to use.
  • We ask you to wash your hands when you arrive and after you leave or use the hand sanitiser provided.
  • If you feel unwell please stay home.  During this period we will be flexible regarding the monthly class pass and extend it if necessary.  We will also offer the possibly to WhatsApp class participation for those who wish to stay at home. Please text giving us a minimum of 3 hours prior notice to set this up.

YOGIC TOOLS TO STAY HEALTHY

Keeping up with your yoga practice – whether at home or the studio is essential in these times. This week we will be working on your immune system and boosting your sense of peace and wellbeing.

Aerobic Capacity and Efficiency

Sitting comfortably with hands on your shins. Inhale and lift the diaphragm, holding the breath in and the tongue pressed on the top pallet, flex the spine for as long as you can holding the breath in without hunching the shoulders. When you cannot hold the breath any longer exhale and inhale and start again. Do not let any air leak out when flexing the spine. To end. Inhale sit straight hold the breath and focus on the brow point and exhale relax.

Disease Resistance and Heart Helper

Sit in Easy Pose. Interlace the fingers of both hands. Press the thumb tips together. Put this hand lock with palms up in the lap. Apply Mulbandh by contracting and pulling up the rectum, pulling in the navel point and lifting up the sex organ(s). Chant “God and me, me and God are one.” With each cycle of the mantra, pull up the locks a little tighter. Continue for 3 minutes.

Sit in Easy Pose. Hands in Gyan Mudra resting on the knees. Inhale deeply, exhale slowly and completely without dropping the ribcage. Hold the breath out and pump the stomach in and out. When you cannot pump any more, take another breath and continue for 3 minutes.

Sit in Easy Pose. Bring the left arm in back of the torso. Bend at the elbow and stretch the left hand toward the right shoulder. The palm faces away from the body. Inhale deeply, exhale completely. Hold the breath out as long as you can. Apply Mulbandh. Then inhale and repeat the cycle. Continue 3-5 minutes.

Sit in any comfortable meditation posture. Meditate on the regular energetic flow of the breath. Feel your radiance and light.

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

Tues 17 March 9.15-10.30am Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Tues 17 March 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga (Shaunagh)@ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

Wed 18 March 5-7.30am Kundalini Yoga Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5(FREE CLASS)

Wed 18 March 6.30-7.45pm Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 19 March 7.45-9.00am   Kundalini Yoga(Shaunagh) @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

Thurs 19 March 6.30-7.45pm Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Sat    21 March 6pm -7.30pm Spring Equinox Gong Bath – Sri Yoga Shala

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Yogic Hacks & GH Retreat – 11 Feb 2020

More yogic hacks & Guava House Retreat

Last weekend we enjoyed a beautiful retreat at Guava House with some amazing students and all learned a lot from each other.  Here is some of what we learnt:

About the Venue

Shaunagh and Ranjan’s amazing Guava House always serves as an inspiration for our Retreats, surrounded by nature, birds, trees and mountains, we immediately started feeling energised by the pranic energy of the natural world.

About the Retreat

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The Retreat went through many topics, including what is yoga and why we need to practice Kundalini yoga in the Age of Aquarius. We learnt to understand your breath signature and how this effects your vitality. We sang mantras, studied our life cycles, went into death and rebirth. Including a fun interactive workshop on yogic anatomy. We learnt that if we changed the dominance of our nostril we can control our emotions. Try it when you next feel commotional.

The second morning we climbed Bible Rock in silence chanting SA, TA, NA, MA and mediated to balance the 3 minds as sun rose. Wow!

About the Food

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On this retreat not only did we have the amazing Jayanthi cooking up a veggie rice and curry storm but the teachers pitched in to make it the most delicious vegan fare I have eaten. From the Persian nut roast with vegan gravy to the chia chocolate vegan wattalapan. It was all amazing, scrumptious and filling.

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

Tues 11 February 9.15-10.30am Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Wed 12 Feb 5-7.30am Kundalini Yoga Sadhana @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5(FREE CLASS)

Wed 12 February 6.30-7.45pm Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 13 February 7.45-9.00am   Kundalini Yoga(Shaunagh) @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

Thurs 13 February 6.30-7.45pm Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

#gong #gongbath #consciousrebirthing #rebirthing #kundaliniyoga #kundalinicolombo #kundlainifestivalsrilanka #srilanka #yoga #yogasrilanka #sriyogashala #prana #pranayama #pranichealing #kundaliniyogafestivalsrilanka #yogafest

 

 

Bullet Proof Your Nervous System – Kundalini Yoga 28 Jan 2020

Bullet Proof Your Nervous System

The inspiration for my blog comes from a student I have been teaching since 2008 Sam and also a fellow teacher Sara.

Sam is a business man and he informed me that he has been keeping his stress levels under control by practicing Pranayama the science of deep breathing on a daily basis. Deep breathing if practiced regularly helps to strengthen our parasympathetic nervous response (please see vagus nerve below). So we do not react to life but instead can act consciously when a challenge in our life arises. For this I would really recommend practicing at least 10-20 deep breaths in and out through the nose, as soon as you wake up and last thing before sleeping. Literally this practice will bullet proof your life.

Sara a fellow Kundalini teacher in Negombo and owner of Vegan Zen Café and Sat Sangat Yoga Shala, has been talking about finding simple kundalini hacks to use in times of crisis. Here is one I used the other night when I woke up and could not get back to sleep again. Simply inhale through your nose as you point your feet and exhale through your nose as you dorsiflex the feet towards you. Do this for approximately 3mins. As I was doing this I started to yawn and it really relaxed me. It acts like a full body acupuncture session.

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The other hack I wanted to talk about was the vagus nerve. This 10th cranial nerve operates far below the level of our conscious minds and is vital for keeping our bodies healthy. It is an essential part of the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for calming organs after the stressed ‘fight-or-flight’ adrenaline response to danger. Not all vagus nerves are the same, however: some people have stronger vagus activity, which means their bodies can relax faster after a stress.

The strength of your vagus response is known as your vagal tone and it can be determined by using an electrocardiogram to measure heart rate. Every time you breathe in, your heart beats faster in order to speed the flow of oxygenated blood around your body. Breathe out and your heart rate slows. This variability is one of many things regulated by the vagus nerve, which is active when you breathe out but suppressed when you breathe in, so the bigger your difference in heart rate when breathing in and out, the higher your vagal tone.

Research shows that a high vagal tone makes your body better at regulating blood glucose levels, reducing the likelihood of diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular disease. Low vagal tone, however, has been associated with chronic inflammation. As part of the immune system, inflammation has a useful role helping the body to heal after an injury, for example, but it can damage organs and blood vessels if it persists when it is not needed. One of the vagus nerve’s jobs is to reset the immune system and switch off production of proteins that fuel inflammation. Low vagal tone means this regulation is less effective and inflammation can become excessive, such as in rheumatoid arthritis or in toxic shock syndrome.

The vagus nerve works as a two-way messenger, passing electrochemical signals between the organs and the brain. In chronic inflammatory disease, messages from the brain telling the spleen to switch off production of a particular inflammatory protein, tumour necrosis factor (TNF), weren’t being sent.

The final hack is to spend more time exhaling than inhaling, try this pranayama. All through the nose inhale for 4 counts, exhale for 8 counts. Do this for 3 mins.

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Tues 28 Jan 9.15-10.30am Kundalini Yoga @9 Greenlands Lane , Col 5

Tues 28 Jan 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga(Shaunagh) @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

Wed 29 Jan 5-7.30am Kundalini Yoga Sadhana @145/6, Col 5(FREE CLASS)

Wed 29 Jan 6.30-8pm Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 30 Jan 7.45-9.00am   Kundalini Yoga(Shaunagh) @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

Thurs 30 Jan 6.30-7.45pm Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Kundalini Yoga Retreat in Guava House will be on between 2-4 Feb therefore there is no classes on Tuesday 4 Feb 2020.

 

 

Trust Your Inner Guru

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Trusting Your Inner Guru

Trusting your inner guru or your higher self is why in Kundalini Yoga we chant the Adi Mantra Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo. It connects us to spirit to our inner teacher who can then take us to places which we normally cannot get to without this feeling of connection. And this feeling of connection with soul is essential this year if we are to learn to let go and TRUST.

In life our eternal soul is sitting in the background pumping out security. Always telling us if we listen, “all is ok, you are eternal, life is a gift, relax and enjoy the ride”.   But if we do not connect to the eternal part within us, our busy minds are in the foreground feeling we cannot trust because we have been let down by past relationships, family, friends, etc.

It is easy to feel trust when things are going well but very difficult when life dissolves into chaos. It can feel like everyone else is getting what they want but why is that no happening to me?   This means you really need to change your inner reality to create the change you want to see.

 How do you trust?

Trust is knowing you will be fine no matter what. But how do you get that feeling? Trust comes from connection to that quiet, inner sage who always loves you and it looking after you. This love and commitment to yourself develops a deep inner knowing. Despite the external circumstances nothing can shake you. In those moments of foreground insecurity you have to find your key to connect to your eternal background security, which will allow you to travel from desperation to inspiration where everything becomes possible.

Once again we can use our breath. Consciously breathing deeply through your nose can make you feel really secure and good. Conscious breathing tells our subconscious mind that all is well, I am alive. This gives us a feeling of security. Also try this mantra meditation, it helps release fears and replace them with trust and commitment.

I am not telling you to trust all the people around you, I am asking you to trust yourself and your inner guru to face life and win.

Meditation for Trust: Chant the Wahe Guru Mantra

Sit in Easy Pose with the hands in Gyan Mudra. Chant Wahe Guru (wah-hay goo-roo) for 11 minutes.

Chant along with the version of the Wahe Guru Mantra below.

Wahe is a statement of awe and ecstasy. Guru is that which brings us from darkness to light. Wahe Guru is an expression of complete ecstatic awe of the Divine. It expresses the indescribable experience of going from darkness to light (from ignorance to true understanding). It is the Infinite teacher of the soul. A trikutee mantra, it balances the energies of the generating, organizing, and transforming principles. It expresses ecstasy through knowledge and experience. It is the gurmantra, which triggers the destiny.

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Tues 14 Jan 9.15-10.30am Kundalini Yoga @9 Greenlands Lane , Col 5

Tues 14 Jan 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga(Shaunagh) @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

Wed 15 Jan 5-7.30am Kundalini Yoga Sadhana @145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5(FREE CLASS)

Wed 15 Jan 6.30-8pm Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 16 Jan 7.45-9.00am Kundalini Yoga(Shaunagh) @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

Thurs 16 Jan 6.30-7.45pm Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5