Balance your Element for Vitality – Kundalini Yoga, Sri Lanka

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The Elements and Stress

Yoga Bhajan tells us that the key to our own vitality and reduction of stress in our life is to be who we were born to be. This can sound incredible simple, yet very difficult to understand in real terms. Am I my personality, when it is good or in the shadow? Am I my father’s daughter, a sister, a wife a Kundalini yoga teacher? Who was I born to be?

His answer is simple, he says were born to experience our spirit we are born to bloom and experience our life in conscious awareness. The gap which is created by us trying to control our lives and the outcomes of our relationships due to anxiety and fear creates hundreds of thoughts to anticipate the best or worst scenarios in any situation. This drains us of vitality and leaves us under a burden of stress. A simple conversation with our elements (5 grosses tattvas earth, water, fire, air and ether) will restore our innocent connection with the flow of our spirit and life. He talked about reconnecting with the stability of mother earth, the open beauty of the vast sky, the penetrating depth of our own emotions flowing through us, the clarity of our internal fire to act and engage with life. When we make this connection we no longer have to judge life and then defend those same judgments, cover up the emptiness we feel because we cannot connect to the depth of our own spirit.

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This week we will work on a deep kriya which uses our own body language to communicate with ourselves to feel and balance the elements within us. This profound kriya brings a sense of deep balance and lightness to your body, mind and connection with your spirit. One last quote which I love,he talks of our basic disconnection with our spirit and how we want to solve this through religion and yoga , “ However, what yoga cannot do for you is what you have to do with yoga! – Yogi Bhajan” So use your yogic tools and techniques to achieve this sense of innocent connection.

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Sunday 11 November 2-2.30pm Be Well Fest All Day@ Prana Lounge, Col 7 (FREE)

Mon 12 November 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 13 Nov 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga@ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues13 Nov 3.30-4.30pm Special Needs Kids@ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col8

Wed 14 Nov  5- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 14 Nov 3.30-4.15pm Kids Yoga Classes@ Om Space, Colombo 5.

Wed 14 Nov 6.45-8pm Kundalini Yoga Class@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 15 Nov 11-1pm Special Needs Teacher and Kids@ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col 8

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How Mantra helps us Destress! Kundalini Yoga 6.15, October 1st 6.15pm Prana Lounge.

Sound, mantra and stress relief

Last week was a challenging week where I had to bring all my Kundalini Yoga tools and technology to bare to stop my stress personality getting the better of me. Stress is a condition not an illness and you need a certain amount of stress in your life, as I have said many times.  Last week just before Kundalini yoga Level 1 Teacher Training I let stress build up until I ended up with mouth ulcers and feelings of overwhelm. Fortunately during the beautiful training, with its kriya’s, long Sadhana meditations and workshop, I came to the understanding that sometimes you need your emotions stirred up by someone or something so that they can surface to be released. Otherwise they hide unnoticed under your constant protective negative and positive minds not allowing yourself to feel. I noticed my stress triggers like, trying to please, other people’s opinions and the need to control things, wanting things to be perfect. I used a lot of self awareness watching my stress personality to master the stress and feel steady even when faced with criticism and negativity. To be real in these moments, watch the experience and use mantra to uplift, cut and overcome the worse parts. The physical exercises pressurized my glandular system to create neurochemical changes to deal with my stress, I could also feel after long boughts of chanting mantra how this effected my nervous system by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system to make me feel neutral and relaxed even when things did not go as planned.  As a result our training team was able to respond to the moment, being flexible with the plan we had made. I was inspired by our lead trainer Ronit Vardi, as she tweaked our timetable on a daily and hourly basis to flow with the needs of our students and the reality of time and place.

In fact that is the magic of mantra, the conflicting thoughts and emotions we feel stirred up by, our neutralized when we bring our frequency up to the pure frequency of the Infinite or Universe. Mantra puts our body, mind, etc into the same resonance as the Universe. Mantras calm the disturb thoughts instead to resonate with peace, joy and love.

The mantra chanting I felt really connected me to a different level of consciousness so I could deal with the grueling 14 hour work days, plus evening trainer meetings and prep before bed. Using mantras such as Sat nam or Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo allowed me to access the realm to be in the flow while teaching, to really connect to the teachings and deliver them to the students via knowledge and their electromagnetic fields. As a student of consciousness I challenge you to use your life as an experiment, work out what mantra works for you and practice them daily, in times of need call upon your higher consciousness to guide you.Sat nam Fi x sanasumainsrilanka.wordpress.com read our weekly blogs and brain candy updatesraymond.fiona@gmail.comwww.sanasuma.co.uk0778011984.

Mon 1 Oct 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 2 Oct 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga@ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 2 Oct 3.30-4.30pm Special Needs Kids@ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col8

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

Wed 3 Oct 3.45-4.15pm Radiant Kids Yoga@ Om Space, Havelock Rd, Col 5

Wed 3 Oct 6.45-8pm   KundaliniYoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

 

A Strong Nervous System means less Stress – Kundalini yoga 6.15pm Mon Sept 10@ Prana Lounge, Col 7

553967d4b499b312071c3d62066f0719A Strong Nervous System helps us Deal with Stress

Living 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 STRESS.

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.

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 allowsyouto 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.

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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 decreases 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 updatesraymond.fiona@gmail.comwww.sanasuma.co.uk0778011984.

Mon 10 Sept 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 11 Sept 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga@ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 11 Sept 3.30-4.30pm Special Needs Kids@ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col8

Wed 12 Sept   5- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 12 Sept 6.45-8pm     KundaliniYoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 13 Sept 11.30-1pm Special Needs Kids@ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col8

Sun 16 Sept 10-11.30am Stress Management Workshop@ Sat Sangat, Negambo