Happy Holidays everyone as we gear up for Sinhala and Tamil New Year. I will around after 16 April to continue with classes. Just look out for my schedule below including a Poya Gong Bath.
This week I will focus on the vagus nerve as we focus on the healthy part of 3ho. I was inspired by an article I read in the KRI newsletter by Raj Kaur Khalsa (Naila Omar Khayyam Alieva), Ph.D.and Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, Ph.D. In summary they looked at various studies done on how inflammation in the body (defined as an immune system response to acute injury, chronic illness, etc which inflames tissues, blood vessels, organs, etc) is effected by regular yoga, breathe, meditation practice.
The significant studies are mainly conducted in India. Firstly those patients doing a regular combined yoga, breath & meditation practice showed reduced expression of gene activity involved in the inflammatory response that are created by stress. Second, yoga breathing exercises and meditation have been demonstrated to reduce pro-inflammatory cytokines, such as IL-1 beta, IL-6 and TNF-alfa and have a positive impact on depression, anxiety, cognition, and pain. Lastly, yoga and other practices are well known to directly stimulate the vagus nerve. It was found that an increase in vagal tone is correlated with the capacity to regulate the stress response and likely contribute to resilience and the mitigation of mood and anxiety symptoms, which ultimately might reduce inflammation symptoms.
The conclusion is that we need to make a proactive decision to engage with lifestyle changes which can help us a lead lives which are healthier and reduce long term inflammation response but this takes discipline and effort which we need to develop and invest in ourselves.
For the full article please go to https://kundaliniresearchinstitute.org/?page_id=1019#nine we will discuss what is the Vagus nerve and how it can assist us next week.
Mon 8 April 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga@Prana Lounge,60 Horton Place,Col 7
Tues 9 April 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga @Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5
Tues 9 April 3.30-4.30pm Special Needs Kids @ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col8
Wed 10 April 5-7.30am Sadhana @145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)
Wed 10 April 6.45-8.00pm Kundalini Yoga Class@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5
Tues 16 April 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga @Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5
Wed 17 April 5-7.30am Sadhana @9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)
Wed 17 April 6.45-8.00pm Kundalini Yoga Class@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5
Friday 19 April 5.30-6.15pm Full Moon Gong Bath @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5
Sunday 21 April 6-7.30pm Easter Gong Bath @ Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe, Galle.