Heart, Brain Coherence – Kundalini Yoga
Are we sick of the word vagus nerve yet? What is happening to Kundalini yoga is that we are developing evidence and research based confirmation of what yogic scriptures have said thousands of years ago.
I learnt this week that our vagus nerve is like the central string of an instrument and when it is in tune all other parts of us come into harmony. We can use this information to heal ourselves.
What does this mean?
One of the main functions of the vagus nerve (10th cranial nerve that wonders throughout the body and into organs) is to connect the sinoatrial node in our heart which acts like a spark plug to signal the autonomic nervous system and the old brain/subconscious brain to monitor our state of emotional, mental and physical wellbeing. This is called cardiac vagal tone.
In fact cardiac vagal tone is so important that medical science has developed a cardiac vagal tone pace maker. It is attached to the sinoatrial node which artificially controls the Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and is inplanted to help reduce epilepsy and cases of severe depression.
Solutions – We can Help Ourselves
Our heart and our HRV has a big part to play in our physical, mental and emotional health, as it sends information about how we are to our autonomic nervous system. Yogi Bhajan tells us, “ Every beat of your heart is the rhythm of your soul and the voice of your soul is your breath”.
This does not just mean a physically healthy heart or HRV, because as we have been learning our organs are also effected very deeply by how we feel and think.
It means we need to be more heart centred, do things with all our heart, use the 40,000 neurons (brain cells) in our heart, as our heart brain. Just image when you do something with all your heart, your energy become like a laser beam, it creates coherence and therefore it is more focussed, stronger, has greater effect and reach. When we do something half heartedly, we are in two minds. Our energy becomes disbursed like a light bulb giving a little light to a small area, little coherence, focus or effect.
This does not mean that you let people walk all over you and be a bleeding heart, spiritual bypass difficult situations, etc. As this is not serving your heart or anyone else, it is serving your ego.
I first encountered this feeling of coherence when I did 21 Stages of Meditation in 2013 in Thailand. For the first time during and after meditation I really noticed my heart beat, I had no thoughts, just a feeling of connection and ease. This created such emotions of well being that when I met German and travelled around Thailand on a short holiday my patterns of behaviour, relating to him and our relationship were changed for the better.
So this week we will be practicing a range of techniques that yogis have known for thousands of years to put ourselves in a heart centred space of healing, wellness and coherence. Sat nam x
You can monitor your own coherence, HRV with this app called In balance by Heart Math. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyC1o85ccJ0
This week’s classes:
Sun 21 June 5.30-7pm Live Gong Bath (Fiona) @ Prana Lounge, Col 7
Mon 22 June 5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom NEW
Tues 23 June 9.30-10.45am Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom NEW
Tues 23 June 5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @zoom
Wed 24 June 5.00- 7.30am Sadhana (FREE) @ zoom
Wed 25 June 5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom
Thurs 26 June 5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom
Fri NO CLASS
Sun 28 June 5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @zoom
UK Times are 1pm 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.