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.

 

Kundalini East Sunday – Gong Bath SriYoga Shala 6-7.30pm

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This Easter let us practice resurrecting ourselves and lets do this constantly again and again picking ourselves up each time we fall.  Let us use the collective consciousness of many souls celebrating Easter to elevate our electromagnetic field to be so bright and shiny that we bust out of our blues or downward spirals to feel so elevated & great that we want to be in our own company and others feel great to be around us.

Yogi Ji said,

“Learn from Jesus resurrect, go above it. That Jew did it, they all reacted to him. Roman reacted to him, he didn’t react, he resurrected. They got him after day and a half cured him he lived in Kashmir” (KWTC – Lecture, July 30, 1992, Espanola, NM)

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Let us also use the energy of the Full Moon in Libra to close the door on old habits and patterns  and open up new doors of opportunity, with a Green Energy Set and deep meditation.

Sat nam Fi x sanasumainsrilanka.wordpress.com read our weekly blogs and brain

candy updates raymond.fiona@gmail.comwww.sanasuma.co.uk0778011984.

Sunday 21 April 6-7.30pm      Easter Gong Bath @ Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe, Galle

Mon 22 April     6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga@Prana Lounge,60 Horton Place,Col 7

Tues 23 April    9.45-10.45am  Kundalini Yoga @Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col

Tues 23 April    6.15-7.30pm  Kundalini Yoga Shauangh@145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

Wed 24 April    5-7.30am       Sadhana @145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 24 April    6.45-8.00pm  Kundalini Yoga Class@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thur 25 April    6.30-7.45pm Join Kundalini Class Fi and Shaunagh@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

 

Life as it is Not as we Are! – Kundalini yoga Wed 18 April 6.45pm @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

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Seeing the world as it is not as we Are?

I read an interesting quote this week, “we see the world not as it is but as we are. A saint sees the world as a saint, a killer sees only murders or victims” by Neil Gaiman. I think we are all guilty of living in our mind. We talked about how the brain favours its blue print of the world, so we can live in low power mode. Therefore it does not have to experience reality as it is, new, fresh, for the first time. It quickly categorises experiences so we can place them in the correct pigeon hole and therefore not really experience the reality of what is. On the surface this seems like a simple solution so your brain can work on more pressing issues like your problems, worries, regrets etc. But in reality it stops you experiencing the wonder of life.   Every taste is stale not fresh and vibrant. Every birdsong goes unnoticed instead of being music to your ears.

The gap between seeing the world as we are, as oppose to, how it is, is suffering. In short, we just keep on getting the same old problems wrapped up in a different package but keep on desiring a different outcome. Nothing seems to change.

When our overly, assertive, positive mind says, “Oh it was just not meant to be”. Know this is just a defense mechanism to make you feel better but ultimately keep you from living your dreams. We need to change our affirmation from frustration which makes us feel important. To spending time every day to reduce the noise in our minds after meditation and dream our dreams and affirm, “I will succeed. I have forever”.   When we put a time limit on our dreams we are setting ourselves up for the expected failure, or “I knew it would not work”, because once again being right is more important than being happy and complaints gain sympathy, again a short-term pleasure but not getting you to a place of joy.

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Practical Solutions

This week let’s take the challenge of learning to develop patience, notice how your body is feeling at any point in the day and relax it. Feel joy in your heart, while being super alert to noticing all the sensory information coming in. If you want life to be different you need to change your thinking. Use the affirmation, I will succeed, I have forever. Sat nam x raymond.fiona@gmail.com   0778011984 www.sanasuma.co.uk www.3ho.org

This week’s classes:

Wed 18 April 5.00- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 18 April 6.45-8pm         Kundalini Yoga@ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 19 April 3-4pm               Kundalini Yoga@ Prana Lounge, Col 7.

Sat 21 April 5.30-7pm               Healing Gong Bath@ Prana Lounge, Col 7