Balancing the Gunas -Kundalini Yoga Poya Class 19 Feb 9.45am Om Shambala

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Balancing the Gunas

The yogis call the time prior to the big Bang the Unmanifested consciousness and after the Big Bang when matter and polarity is created, the separation between the Unmanifested and Manifest Shiva (creator) and Shakti (the destroyer).

Matter (Prakirti) is composed of 3 aspects or in Sanskrit Gunas. Gunas cannot be destroyed but the dominance of Gunas can be changed to change our perception of life.

I am going to relate the 3 gunas to the flavours of food. The flavor of a fresh raw apple, in its pure essence we could relate to the sattva guna.

When we add some spices and sugar to the apple it changes its true state to something different, something warming, expanding our taste buds, we have created something new and exciting out of the original pure taste of apple, a flavor of rajas guna.

If we get that same apple and ferment it, a process of deterioration into its sugary and finally alcoholic parts to make cider. When we drink cider it makes us slow, our limbs feel heavy, we feel attached to our opinions, too much may make us feel angry or confused, this is the tamas guna.

So why it this important? Well our thoughts, feeling and actions come from how we perceive life and the how we see life comes from the predominant guna influencing us at that moment

For example if you are feeling depressed, your mind and body are being dominated by tamas. If you are feeling angry again this is the tamas domination of your gunas. At present both these states of being are seen as the status quo in our society. More and more people are suffering from mood disorders, which are only made worse by taking drugs or alcohol which only increase the tamas quality of the mind. Directing your anger on twitter or social media without thought of how the communication will impact on another person, comes from the tamas guna. Yogi Ji reminds us that tamas gunas dominance is not the norm for a human being, in fact we are sattvic by nature or angelic. But this is going to depend on your lifestyle and how well your mind is disciplined

He gave us the gutka shabad to stop the mind when it gets insane. He said to chant a minimum of 5 times

“Ek Ong Kaar, Sat Gurprasaad. Sat Gurprasaad, Ek Ong Kaar.

It will stop the negativity of the mind and put it in reverse, it is a mantra that will reverse the downward spiral of the thoughts. Chant it with reverence as it is really powerful and then make sure your words and thoughts are positive. We will also be practicing the Tershula kriya this week which balances the gunas.3ded86ad97f79f8ccf06366f4b977ba0.png

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Mon 18 Feb 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga @Prana Lounge,60 Horton Place,Col 7

Tues 19 Feb 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga @Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 19 Feb 4.00-5.30pm  Poya Gong Bath Shaunagh@ Prana Lounge.

Wed 20 Feb 3.30- 4.15pm Radiant Kids (3-5yrs)@Om Space, Col 5

Wed 20 Feb 6.45-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga Class@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thur 21 Feb 5- 7.30am       Sadhana @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Thurs 21 Feb 11-1pm          Special Needs Kids@ Reach Beyond, Tickle Rd, Col8

Sat   23 Feb 6-7.30pm     Gong Bath @ Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe.

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Love, attraction & Kundalini Yoga

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Attraction – Kundalini Yoga and relationships

If we think that a romantic relationship will complete us, make up for our lack of self esteem or make us happy we are wrong. Dr Hair Simian says.

It is in the nature of an intimate relationship to reveal some of our deepest attachments and neuroses. Without a consistent way to dissolve the patterns of the subconscious, the patterns of the subconscious will dissolve the relationship. Our fear, limitations, and attachments define the limits of our tolerance. Tolerance is the foundation of a relationship. If you are looking for a perfect and ideal person to relate to, there isn’t one. If you’re going to reject your partner due to his or her faults or misguided concepts, you might as well leave now and save time. If you live for each other and encourage your partner to grow, develop, and expand in tolerance, you will be happy in that relationship. Growing and changing together develops the depth of a relationship. Share your growth.

If you ask your partner to complete you, you will be completely unhappy. We are by nature whole, complete, happy humans with a spiritual identity. If our identity relies on our relationship, the fluctuations of that relationship will bring you with it. If instead you rely on developing your relationship with yourself and your soul then you will remain steady.

 

Qualities to think about in a relationship:

  • Am I attracted to that person’s consciousness and spirit?
  • Do we share common ground on our, vibratory compatibility, similar vision regarding children, etc?
  • As conscious humans we are tolerant and grow in tolerance towards our partners.
  • If you want a relationship so you can get sometime out of your partner you will not be content. If your focus is on giving to the Universe, the Universe will serve you. When giving is your intention, you will be deeply satisfied in your relationship.
  • We all want a warm and cozy home. When the home has a cozy, warm, and graceful environment, the relationship has a warm nest to grow in. When the home is chaotic and disruptive, then division and isolation can happen between the partners. When there is freshly cooked food and the house smells good, it is difficult to argue. Happiness can be attained at home.
  • We must nurture our relationships by making time for each other. Withholding love and an attitude of scarcity will constrict and restrict the love between two people. If you don’t have time to hold your beloved, then it is time to adjust your schedule.

Sex starts at the third eye or 6th chakra with intention and perception. The balance of your nervous system and glandular system is important.

Dr Hari Simran says: The parasympathetic nervous system controls the rest and relaxing functions of the body and is necessary to access for arousal. If there is any fear or stress in the relationship or individual insecurity, then sexual arousal is blocked. In Kundalini Yoga therapy we recommend long deep breathing through the left nostril, Kirtan Kriya, and gong meditation to help access the ability to relax. To achieve a full orgasm requires accessing the sympathetic nervous system. This requires a degree of sexual tension, attraction, and passion. If couples “take each other for granted,” the passion begins to be elusive. In Kundalini Yoga therapy, we suggest that couples chant together, participate in White Tantric Yoga®, and do yoga that stimulates the sympathetic flow.

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Mon 11 Feb 6.15-7.30pm (Uta)Kundalini Yoga @Prana Lounge,60 Horton Place,Col 7

Tues 12 Feb 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga @Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 12 Feb 3.30-4.30pm Special Kids Yoga @Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col 8

Wed 13 Feb 5- 7.30am       Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 13 Feb 3.30- 4.15pm Radiant Kids (3-5yrs)@Om Space, Col 5

Wed 13 Feb 6.45-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga Class@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 14 Feb 11-1pm          Special Needs Kids@ Reach Beyond, Tickle Rd, Col8

Self Care February – Kundalini Yoga 6.15pm 4 Feb @ Prana Lounge

February and Self care

Shiv Charan tells us that February is the self care month. He says it is a good time to do some spring cleaning. Clear out the old to invite in the new. We could do a house clearing but he said also to concentrate on the body, to get in touch with ourselves and work out our real needs.

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The 2nd month is related to the second body the negative mind, which is a very cellular and subconscious experience. It contains memories of unfinished stories and unpleasant experiences of the past. If you let this naïve wisdom based on confused interpretations colour your experience of the moment you may wish that February did not exist. So be very mindful this month. Let’s work this week on clearing the subconscious so we can feel the pull of this month’s longing that leads us back to the truth of self care and self love.

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Mon 4 Feb 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga @Prana Lounge,60 Horton Place,Col 7

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

Tues 5 Feb 3.30-4.30pm Special Kids Yoga @Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col 8

Wed 6 Feb 5- 7.30am       Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 6 Feb 3.30- 4.15pm Radiant Kids (3-5yrs)@Om Space, Col 5

Wed 6 Feb 6.45-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga Class@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 7 Feb 11-1pm Special Needs Kids@ Reach Beyond, Tickle Rd, Col8

Sun 10 Feb 8-9.30pm            Gong Bath Salt House@ Hiriketiya

Mon 11 Feb 5.30-7pm            Gong Bath YTT @ Thalpe, Galle

 

The battles of the Sexes – Kundalini Yoga 28 Jan 6.15pm Prana Lounge

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The Sexes & Kundalini Yoga

Are men from Mars and Women from Venus? Or in fact are we more similar than we think? From a yogic perspective each soul chooses their very specific birth environment to learn particular lessons to fulfill their destiny. Yogis see the body, brain and in fact the subconscious of male and female as perfect opposites or polarities. However all of us are a different blend of feminine and masculine energy in different proportions within the same body . By understanding the differences in the male and female energies we can better relate to ourselves and also support and understand each other in relationships. Yogi Bhajan teaches us when we do not recognize and understand and appreciate these different needs, strengths and weakness miscommunication, misunderstanding and eventually difficulties occur.

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Have a look at these characteristics and see what you identify with? Also note if you need to work more on one aspect to balance the male and female polarity within you? You will also note from the chart that we all need to develop emotional intelligence to move from trying to control others or blaming to taking responsibility and responding to the present moment. Move from looking for praise from others to self worth and from looking for security from our relationships, possessions, status to deep inner security.

  Males/Men Female/Women
Male/ Female nature

·         Needs Challenge

·         Identity through Ego therefore looks for praise or acknowledgment.

·         One tracked mind

·         Easy to concentrate but difficult to interact with outer world, when in that zone.

·         Thinks in problems and solutions.

·        Action orientated

·         Needs connection

·         Needs security

·         Women have six tracks enabling her to multitask but also difficult to turn off her mind.

·         Nurturing nature leads to over extending herself, which impacts the nervous system

·         Many ideas and possibilities

·         Does not relate thought to problem solving.

Polarity 2 Aspects Man & Father

As a man -wants to have no responsibility.

As Father wants to build & enjoy a cosy life where he is loved and appreciated.

Needs to find a balance between these 2 aspects.

2 Aspects Women & Nurturer

As women – is direct, calculating, and alert to her own needs.

As a nurturer – selfless, forgiving, patient, giving and serving.

It is important to consciously use these 2 aspects to create a balance in her life.

Challenges A boy wants to show his power, to blame or be directed to do everything. A mature male does not want to control others or be controlled he can accept responsibility for his actions.

 

Find inner recognition

 

Balance the above 2 aspects.

 

To relax her multi tasking mind and balance the women and nurturer aspects.

Find inner security

Needs to take time through exercise, relaxation and nurturing activities for herself.

Ways to Fulfill Destiny Become one with the Universe Become one with the Universe.

Give birth to a saint, hero or giver.

Inspire her husband to Universal consciousness

Serve her spiritual teacher

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Mon 28 Jan 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga @Prana Lounge,60 Horton Place,Col 7

Tues 29 Jan 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga @Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 29 Jan 3.30-4.30pm Special Kids Yoga @Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col 8

Wed 30 Jan 5- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 30 Jan 3.30-4.15pm Radiant Kids (3-5yrs)@Om Space, Col 5

Wed 30 Jan 6.45-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga Class@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 31 Jan 11-1pm Special Needs Kids@ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col8

 

Grief, emotional blocks? What are you avoiding?- Kundalini Yoga Full Moon Gong Bath 20 January 2019, 6pm Sri Yoga Shala

After having an amazing, delightful start to 2019, I can truly say that last week has been very testing. This week’s blog is really personal because I am trying to teach myself and all of you how to deal with the shadow side of our heart, the area where grief, sadness and deep pain lives. I wrote about how we should start dealing with happiness and sadness as equal in 2019. But it is so easy to write but so difficult to practice that is why we need to keep up, so we can learn to deal with all emotions and not let our emotional body end up ruling us. The tendency is to numb ourselves to avoid pain, but by closing the door to pain, sadness and grief you also close yourself off to real joy.

One of my kittens was run over last week and I have been dealing with his death and my grief. Grief stricken I turned to my practice, I sat on the mat and went through all my emotions, all my mental images and thoughts, I cried and grieved but eventually I smiled. Then I starting reading about techniques and philosophy which could help me through this difficult time.

When pain, grief, sorrow, etc arise and we block them, they cease to be energy in motion and instead become stuck in our bodies, in our psyches, in our mind.

Three things happen as a result of this one we strengthen the pattern in our body/mind that blocks, avoids, or denies emotions, thereby cutting ourselves off from the truth of our emotion. Two, those stuck emotions have to go somewhere, and they affect our body in some way. (Possibly illness in years to come.)

Finally, blocking, avoiding or denying emotion and allowing it to remain in our body affects how we interact with life down the line. We’ll seek to avoid situations that create painful emotions. We begin to avoid life. For example my why have any pets since we will have to go through the pain of their death.

Our physical, mental and meditative practice allows us to start processing these thoughts, emotions and even blocks. Yogi Ji says that if we keep our navel point strong and centered (please read my earlier writing about the nabhi or navel point) we develop a stoic attitude to life. He specifically recommended bow pose and camel pose.

Having done a strong practice for the last week and a kriya which includes these postures, plus a meditation with the seed mantra SA, TA NA MA, I have been able to see my way through grief, to know it is but another experience, that I can take pain without it overwhelming me and swallowing me whole. If you can sit with it, it will pass and there is joy at the end of the tunnel. I promise.

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Sun Poya 20 Jan 6-7.30pm Full Moon Gong Bath @Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe

Mon 21 Jan 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga @Prana Lounge,60 Horton Place,Col 7

Tues 22 Jan 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga @Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 22 Jan 3.30-4.30pm Special Kids Yoga @Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col 8

Wed 23 Jan 5- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 24 Jan 3.30-4.15pm Radiant Kids (3-5yrs)@Om Space, Col 5

Wed 24 Jan 6.45-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga Class@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 25 Jan 11-1pm Special Needs Kids@ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col8

 

Balance 10 Bodies – Kundalini Yoga 3 Dec, 6.15pm Prana Lounge

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Tantric Numerology 2017

I met a man this summer at Solstice in who told me the story of how Yogi Bhajan managed to get the technology of Tantric numerology. The story goes that he tracked down a yogi who had spent his life mastering the technology but refused to pass on the knowledge. He said he would take it to his grave. Then Yogi Bhajan said prepare to die, because it is no use having this knowledge if you do not want share it with humanity. Eventually he reluctantly gave it to him.

Throughout the ages the importance of dates, including our date of birth has been revered by many cultures. Tantric numerology is a technology that uses numbers and significant dates to establish and understanding our strengths and weaknesses. Once you understand these its gives you a plan and guidelines on how to improve the areas of weakness and utilise your strengths.

The system Yogi Bhajan uses reduces every number above 11 and relates it to one of our 10 bodies plus 11th the number called embodiment. The numbers relate to the journey of our soul from its essence as it moves from the grosser forms of existence the physical body, to the conscious forces of thought, through the more esoteric frequencies of electromagnetic field.

1 The number of the soul as it emerges from the infinite.

2 Once the soul emerges from the infinite, it gets surrounded by thought. Which comprises of the 3 functional minds. The first being the negative mind.

3 The positive mind

4 The neutral mind

5 The soul and mind find expression in the physical body.

6 The soul, mind and physical body needs guidance which comes from the clarity of the arc line.

7 The aura is the flow of electromagnetic energy within and around the physical body. It interconnects with the 7thchakra and is the space through which we hold and release our past experiences.

8 The pranic body fills us with energy and which fuels our spiritual growth.

9 The subtle body is the vehicle which allows us to understand the subtle flow of energies in the world.

10 The Radiant body finds radiance in all the other bodies.

11 the Embodiment is the point from which the soul and radiant body unite. A union between heaven and earth.

Just as last week we used the addition of the numbers for this year 2017 to give us meaning and direction for our energies. You can do the same with your birth date, the day of the week, to give yourself a sense of direction and guidance. You can read more about this technology from the following website and the master of Numerology Shiv Charan Singh http://www.karamkriya.com.

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Controlling Stress – Kundalini Yoga 19 Nov 2018 @ Prana Lounge, Col 7

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Sat nam yogic family this week we explore why we become insensitive and shut down our feelings, to deal with stress by seeking out unhealthy food, picking arguments or focusing on the unimportant things anything to avoid feeling empty or in pain. The kriya we will practice uses auditory vibrations of the body, through the inner ear and the vagus nerve (or spiritual nerve) to re sensitise you and re vitalize you.

Tonie Nooyens our Lead Trainer for Asia is here prior to teacher training Level 1 and will be taking some classes and leading a few special practices all welcome to join and engage with a yogic master.

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Mon 19 November 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 20 Nov 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga@ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues20 Nov 3.30-4.30pm Special Needs Kids@ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col8

Wed 21 Nov  5- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 21 Nov 3.30-4.15pm Kids Yoga Classes@ Om Space, Colombo 5.

Wed 21 Nov 6.45-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga Class@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 Tonie Nooyens

Thurs 22 Nov 5-7.30am Tonie Nooyens leading a 2.5 hrs subconscious clearing Chant – 9 Greenlands Lane, Colombo 5 (by Donation)

Thurs 22 Nov 4.30-6pm Full Moon Gong Bath @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Friday 23rd Nov – 6.00-8.30pm Workshop on Mul Mantra. Om Shambhala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5 Tonie Nooyens

Saturday 24th Nov – 3-5.30pm workshop on “Pratyahara”@ Om Shambhala,143 Fife Rd, Col 5 Tonie Nooyens

 

 

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

Longing to Belong & Elementary Stress – Kundalini Yoga 6.15pm Mon 15 Oct 2018

spiritInspired by my trip to Kuala Lumpur and the Radiant Kundalini Yoga Festival I attended last week, I wanted to link two topics together. Elementary stress which is created by not being in touch with your soul and Longing to Belong, which is the emptiness we sometimes feel like loneliness that cannot be filled.

Yogi Bhajan informs us that the only real and deep stressor in life, is that you feel a hole in yourself and your life. You try to fill the gap by having relationships, being busy, buying things, filling our stomachs etc but you still do not feel fulfilled you still feel an emptiness inside. This is because there is an elementary stress within all of us. This elementary stress Yogi Bhajan tells us is because we feel a longing and that longing is to be at one with our infinite selves, with our soul. This is not outside ourselves but deep within. When we honour this relationship with soul or spirit on a daily basis this longing diminishes to a degree, as we are connecting with that which we long for on a regular basis. This then gives us the ability to drop our addictions, not fill our lives up with things, being busy, over eating. This is where our true will power comes from and as we reduce this fundamental stressor in our life, our elementary stress, this connection allows us to not take life so seriously and concentrate on the things we really want instead of the expectations of others and society.

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So this week, FEEL the longing of your soul to join back with the infinite. Sit with this feeling in meditation. Do not try to stop this feeling or make it better. This ability to sit with this ache in your heart, your heart burning because of this feeling of separation but not react to it, is our ultimate power. It has the ability to magnetise anything we need to us instead of spending our lives sweating, hassling in order to survive.   Amrit Singh also said that when we lie, even little white lies, it kills our trust in the Universe and it is this trust which helps us have the patience to sit with this longing to belong knowing that all we need will come to us.

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Mon 15 Oct 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 16 Oct 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga@ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues16 Oct 3.30-4.30pm Special Needs Kids@ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col8

Wed 17 Oct   5- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 17 Oct 3.30-4.15pm Kids Yoga Classes@ Om Space, Colombo 5.

Wed 17 Oct 6.45-8pm Kundalini Yoga Class@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 18 Oct 5.30-7pm Gong Bath@ YTT, Galle

No classes after Thursday as I am in UK until 8 November 2018

 

Mental Noise and Stress – Kundalini Yoga

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Relieve mental noise and stress

Stress increases mental noise, it is a universal effect. As mental noise increases our mind fills with sensations and thoughts. The mind begins to repeat things, get caught up in the same thought again and again. Feelings and thoughts can also seem unrelated. As I described in class last week, think of your mind as a large pond. When we receive sensory overload whether coming from traffic, loud noises, trying to do too many things at once or from inside our heads the still pond of our mind becomes agitated, when those waves become too fast and strong it can even express itself as mental illness, schizophrenia, OCD, etc, narratives or voices that seem separate from ourselves. These disturbed waves lead to mental fogginess, making mistakes and finally insulation to try and deal with this overload. Our mind creates stories and distortions which we believe are real. We become lost in the detail or lose sight of the whole becoming more impulsive, acting out of fear, trapped in habits becoming a different person or our stress personality.

We try to escape the pain of our sensory overload, by escaping our reality. We watch TV when we should be studying for our exams. We clean out a cupboard when we need to complete our tax form. We seek one great cause of our misery, our relationship, our families, our jobs, etc. We seek one solution to end our pain, if we are just more religious, good, follow a guru, etc we will be saved. Our striving for this one great solution becomes a platform for judging others, we start blaming and isolating ourselves and/or we escape into fantasy, TV, films, etc.

Now we are only using our old reptilian brain, situated at the brain stem to function. The limbic system which gives us compassion and the ability to relate to others stops functioning. We are in survival mode, alive but not living.

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Ok that all sounds terrible now what can we do. It is important that we have a daily practice of reducing the internal and external noise vibrating in our mind. Watch those waves and then dive deep into the stillness that exists even if the nosiest of brains. You could use the tools of yoga, pranayama, meditation, kriya, gong, going for a swim, etc. However being mindful (ie watching your thoughts) is not enough. You need to go one step further to move your mind into a neutral meditative state, zero or shuniya, even if it lasts for just for a few seconds. You need this mental silence to help you recalibrate your mind. It is like the reset button on your phone when it is playing up. From this reset state our brain function can get back to normal and we be the healthy, happy humans we were born to be.  Sat nam Fi x sanasumainsrilanka.wordpress.com read our weekly blogs and brain candy updatesraymond.fiona@gmail.comwww.sanasuma.co.uk0778011984.

Mon 8 Oct 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 9 Oct 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga@ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues9 Oct 3.30-4.30pm Special Needs Kids@ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col8

Wed 10 Oct   5- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 9 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

No classes after Tuesday as I am in Malaysia Kundalini Yoga Festival until Next Week