Heart Coherence and Kundalini Yoga

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

raymond.fiona@gmail.com   0778011984 www.sanasuma.co.uk www.3ho.org

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.

Polyvagal Theory – Dr Steven Porges Kundalini Yoga

Polyvagal Theory – Map of How to Live – Dr Steven Porges

Last week we looked at the autonomic nerves system and the effect it has on our blood chemistry.

After travelling to Indian, Professor Dr Steven Porges, a distinguished University Researcher now at the Kinsley Institute, has studied neural feedback and the effect it has on our emotions and behaviour for over 25years.

He says our lives are not failing, we are not getting sick on because we lack the discipline or character to change ourselves. From a Polyvagal perspective when we are in a state of constant unconscious/subconscious defence, fight/ flight and freeze we cannot use the higher functions of the mind in the prefrontal cortex, to act not react.

What does this mean?

It means that on a subconscious level we are constantly reacting to life, facial cues from other people, the sound of their voice, threats perceived real or unreal.

Our behaviour is not intentional. I am not intentionally rude, angry or cruel. I am just reacting to my blood chemistry.

Whether that is bad eating habits, self sabotage, feelings of resentment, anger which leads to arguments. So we try and calm down through learned behaviour of trying to change our blood chemistry. Eating, moving our mouth, chewing, sucking sweets, inhaling smoke, cigarettes, glass of wine or carbohydrates all change the chemistry in our body making us feel more relaxed. Wired and then tired.

In the state of Defence you may see someone’s neutral expression as someone scowling at you. Someone telling you something negative or complaining may invoke uncomfortable feelings, you become defensive and do not have the space to listen to them. That person then feels no one listens to me or takes me seriously. I am isolated. Even a critical email, Facebook comment, demand on line can be seen as marginalisation or disapproval. All this bio feedback happens at the most subtle and unconscious level. But effects your emotions, behaviour and health.

Solutions – We can Help Ourselves

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We need to find a way to access the higher function in our mind, i.e. frontal lobe, executive function. When we are in this area of consciousness we can understand that a negative can be a change to grow. An obstacle in life can become a challenge we can face. It is only out of hardship, sometimes pain and fear that the noblest qualities arise in us.

Instead of self soothing ourselves through unhealthy eating habits we can suck our tongue for a few minutes which stimulates our vagus nerve and calms it.

Instead of smoking we can do deep breathing, which uses our conscious ability to control a usually involuntary system in our body. Extending the exhalation and pushing on the diaphragm relaxes the vagus nerve.

 

Instead of shouting we can sing, chant, play an instrument, listen to Gong or come to a Gong Bath. This is called acoustic vagal nerve stimulation.

Instead of doing risky behaviour or adrenaline activities, we can dance with our friends, play a team sport or join a group yoga class.

When you notice you are in state of anxiety, defence, take a pause. Sit still close your eyes and visual a beautiful natural scene, stroking your pet, looking into the eyes of someone you love and feel safe with.

We will be practicing some of these techniques this week. Sat nam x raymond.fiona@gmail.com   0778011984 www.sanasuma.co.uk www.3ho.org

This week’s classes:

Mon   15 June   5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom NEW

Tues 16 June   9.30-10.45am Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom NEW

Tues 16 June   5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @zoom

Wed 17 June   5.00- 7.30am Sadhana (FREE) @ zoom

Wed 17 June   5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom

Thurs 18 June   5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom

Fri     19 June    5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @zoom

Summer Soltice 3ho online from New Mexico https://www.esolsticeregistration.com/register/

Sun 21 June   5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @zoom

Sun 21 June      5.30-7pm  Live Gong Bath with Fiona@ Prana Lounge(please pre book as places are limited

 

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.

Rewire your Brain with Kundalini Yoga – 1 June 2020

Rewired – Kundalini Yoga

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We have learnt over the last few weeks that we are not hardwired genetically to be doomed by our genes. We have been using techniques that rewire the brain especially the subconscious to get the most out of our lives. Instead of a limited version set by a pre-determined (subconscious) pattern/habit we are learning to use our conscious brain (pre frontal cortex) to communicate with the limbic brain or our emotional/chemical centre to communicate to our mind/body.

This week we will focus more on the tools you can use to rewire or rewrite some of the limited programs you have inherited or experienced in your life so far. Dr Joe Dispenza neuro scientist says, “This is not a time in history to just know what we need to do this is a time in the Universe where we need to know how”. So this is where your Kundalini Yoga, mindfulness, self-discovery and meditation comes in. When we use our conscious mind to get into a state of deep concentration where we are not stuck in our usual brain patterns, limited beliefs, bad habits, for at least 1 hour our synaptic connections start to use our 5 senses to plug into our mind/body connection and create a jungle of neurons which start to instruct the limbic brain to produce chemicals to mirror in your body what you are concentrating on. You are teaching your body chemically what you are thinking. Your innermost wants and dreams are being communicated to your body and it is responding. If you constantly, consistently continue this it becomes a habit, a pattern and finally a subconscious pattern. You have now replaced an old self-limiting belief with a new belief which makes you well, flourish and grow.

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This is how we need to change the subconscious patterning. With patience, focus and regular constant practice over years. If you commit to yourself, your life will be different. This is my personal experience from my 18 years of steady practice.

Sat nam x raymond.fiona@gmail.com   0778011984 www.sanasuma.co.uk www.3ho.org

This week’s classes:

Mon   1 June   5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom NEW

Tues 2 June   9.30-10.45am Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom NEW

Tues 2 June   5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @zoom

Wed 3 June   5.00- 7.30am Sadhana (FREE) @ zoom

Wed 3 June 5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom

Thurs 4 June   5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom

Fri Poya 5 June 5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @zoom

Sun 7 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.

Healing, Celestial Communication – Kundalini Yoga 18 May

Healing through Celestial Communication – Kundalini Yoga 18 May

We combine the prana and mantra themes we have been using over the last two weeks, to heal ourselves through what Yogi Bhajan named celestial communication.

We all know the amount of stress; physical and emotional this period of time has generated.  Whether you are worried about your finances, family or personal health. Literally 2020 (2+0+2+0) is a 4 year and the negative polarity is loneliness & disconnection. Our teacher was a visionary and could see that this stressful and alienating time would need something special that was accessible by everyone, all ages, all physical conditions and backgrounds so he shared the technology of Celestial Communication—meditative body language and music.

“I want to show you how much pranic energy you can feel in the heart center. I know this works. You have to use the body and the being as the instrument of the music. And sing with your tongue. Then you can create a vibratory effect.

Try to understand the basic meaning of what you do with Celestial Communication. The word is ‘kirtan.’ ‘Kir’ means ‘the hand’; ‘tan’ means ‘the body.’ When the hands and body meet, then internal music is created.

Let your body become the instrument. And pavan, the prana, becomes your projection and feelings. Celestial Communication is extremely effective in every part of your being.”When you master Celestial Communication, all the feelings of stress and trauma are filtered through a somatic story (i.e. your physical body) and transform into new and meaningful insights and understanding.

The power and possibility of this process is in our bones—ancient tribes gathered and told stories with body language, music, sacred sound and ceremonial movements. Expressing, awakening, healing and connecting with a sangat—a community—is an ancient and time-tested prescription for wholeness.

It relaxes the tense parts of the brain through the nerve connections in the tips of the fingers, tongue and upper palate, which are the main active parts, and the meridians.

The tension in the neural patterns is relieved into a relaxed pattern of its own originality. It is a very fantastic release. Physical relaxation is not as important as the systematic relaxation of nerves and self are. That’s why the Celestial Communication system will work wonders with all people, from all religions and places. It is a methodology which gives you a tremendous amount of relief in your inner being.”
During our everyday emotions and flashes of memory steal away our mental and emotional energy, our prana, from the present reality. In this practice, as you give your mind and your body to the conscious music through simple arm movements and breath, the music gives you back to your Self—simple, joyous and creative.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3waoi2hKpm8 Try this one at home.

In my personal experience this is why this method works so well with kids including with special needs. Sat nam x raymond.fiona@gmail.com   0778011984 www.sanasuma.co.uk www.3ho.org

This week’s classes:

Mon   18 May  5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom NEW

Tues 19 May   8.30-9.45am Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom NEW

Tues 19 May   5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @zoom

Wed 20 May   5.00- 7.30am Sadhana (FREE) @ zoom

Wed 20 May   5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom

Thurs 21 May 5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom

Fri   22 May  5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @zoom

Sun 24 May 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.

Using Prana to Heal – Kundalini Yoga 11 May 2020

Pranic Healing – Kundalini Yoga

We continue our healing theme this week by using our breath and prana to powerfully bring healing to our bodies, mind and spirit.

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The first and last thing we shall do in life is take a breath. Breath is the vehicle for oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide but also Prana.

Prana is the vital energy and the energetic building blocks of the Universe. Prana is a form of Vayu’s translated as winds in the body. With each pranic intake we bring in the cosmos or infinite into our being. Prana is the single most important energy for the human body. By learning to breath consciously we can increase the flow of this vital, life force energy as it flows through our hands, eyes and even our voice. It nourishes the physical body; it effects the mind and connection to spirit. If we want to flourish in life, be disease free, have more vitality and energy we need to increase the flow of Prana in the body.

This week we will work deeply on increasing Prana consciously in the body to heal ourselves and make our presence healing. Please join me for these sacred, very powerful tool and practices.

Sat nam x raymond.fiona@gmail.com   0778011984 www.sanasuma.co.uk www.3ho.org

This week’s classes:

Mon   11 May   5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom NEW

Tues 12 May 8.30-9.45am Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom NEW

Tues 12 May   5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @zoom

Wed 13 May  5.00- 7.30am Sadhana (FREE) @ zoom

Wed 13 May  5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom

Thurs 14 May     5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom

Fri   15 May  5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @zoom

Sun 17 May 5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @zoom

 

UK Times are 1pm for afternoon classes.

First online class FREE, thereafter 600Rs per class or 4000Rs 4 weeks Sri Lankan residents.

UK £5 per class or £20 for 4 weeks.

Be Contained Inspite of Scandle, Disease – Sri Lankan Kundalini Fest 2020

Be Contained – Sri Lankan Kundalini Yoga Fest 2020

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 During times of fear and worry whether it is generated by a World pandemic or by scandal it is important to keep your calm, neutral perspective and ability not to get consumed by the drama.

The drama plays into your reactive mind, the Negative Mind which wants to protect. Once you become saturated with Bad news your Positive Mind or opportunistic mind finds ways for you to escape the Bad news either by creating a counter narrative, rationalisation or putting our heads in the sand in the hope it will all blow over. Neither of these 2 approaches really help us. We need to know what is really happening, but with this knowledge we need to keep a strong sense and connection to soul/self. Tonie Nooyens (Lead Kundalini Teacher Trainer Asia) teaches us to sense and connect with the soul self, plug the holes in our aura which allows the drama to attach itself to and then be in the storm but keep our sense of peace around us like a shield. So water, wind and the storm merely runs off this shield allowing us to maintain a peaceful state even in times of great fear. We will be practicing a powerful kriya to clear our aura of these blocks and then a meditation to remind us of our soul/self this week.

On the weekend we have the blessing to come together as a community of Kundalini Yoga Teachers, Trainers and students and be in Sangat (Spiritual Community). To celebrate the Sri Lankan Kundalini Yoga Festival 7-9 March 2020 at Sri Yoga Shala. Remembering that we can only obtain Universal consciousness through Group consciousness.

The first day’s theme LOVE on 7 March 2020 will begin with a FREE class at 5-7am. Tonie Nooyens will then conduct an intro to the Festival 9-11am. He teaches a Healing Workshop on 8 March 1.15-2.30pm and on Poya he teaches a workshop on Forgiveness & Healing 11.30-12.45pm. We have Gong Relaxations and Gong Workshops daily. We look forward to seeing you all at our Festival. Show your %5 discount flyer for this Offer. For more information please email raymond.fiona@gmail.com Sat nam Fi x sanasumainsrilanka.wordpress.com read our weekly blogs and brain candy updates raymond.fiona@gmail.com www.sanasuma.co.uk 0778011984

Tues 3 March 9.15-10.30am Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Tues 3 March 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga (Shaunagh)@ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

Wed 4 March 5-7.30am Kundalini Yoga Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5(FREE CLASS)

Wed 4 March 6.30-7.45pm Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 5 March 7.45-9.00am   Kundalini Yoga(Shaunagh) @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

Thurs 5 March 6.30-7.45pm Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Sat 7 March 5am -8pm Theme Love – Sri Lankan Kundalini Yoga Fest @sriyogashala

Sun 8 March 5am -8pm Theme Seva – Sri Lankan Kundalini Yoga Fest @sriyogashala

Mon Poya 9 March 5am -8pm Theme Excel –Sri Lankan Kundalini Yoga @sriyogashala

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Bullet Proof Your Nervous System – Kundalini Yoga 28 Jan 2020

Bullet Proof Your Nervous System

The inspiration for my blog comes from a student I have been teaching since 2008 Sam and also a fellow teacher Sara.

Sam is a business man and he informed me that he has been keeping his stress levels under control by practicing Pranayama the science of deep breathing on a daily basis. Deep breathing if practiced regularly helps to strengthen our parasympathetic nervous response (please see vagus nerve below). So we do not react to life but instead can act consciously when a challenge in our life arises. For this I would really recommend practicing at least 10-20 deep breaths in and out through the nose, as soon as you wake up and last thing before sleeping. Literally this practice will bullet proof your life.

Sara a fellow Kundalini teacher in Negombo and owner of Vegan Zen Café and Sat Sangat Yoga Shala, has been talking about finding simple kundalini hacks to use in times of crisis. Here is one I used the other night when I woke up and could not get back to sleep again. Simply inhale through your nose as you point your feet and exhale through your nose as you dorsiflex the feet towards you. Do this for approximately 3mins. As I was doing this I started to yawn and it really relaxed me. It acts like a full body acupuncture session.

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The other hack I wanted to talk about was the vagus nerve. This 10th cranial nerve operates far below the level of our conscious minds and is vital for keeping our bodies healthy. It is an essential part of the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for calming organs after the stressed ‘fight-or-flight’ adrenaline response to danger. Not all vagus nerves are the same, however: some people have stronger vagus activity, which means their bodies can relax faster after a stress.

The strength of your vagus response is known as your vagal tone and it can be determined by using an electrocardiogram to measure heart rate. Every time you breathe in, your heart beats faster in order to speed the flow of oxygenated blood around your body. Breathe out and your heart rate slows. This variability is one of many things regulated by the vagus nerve, which is active when you breathe out but suppressed when you breathe in, so the bigger your difference in heart rate when breathing in and out, the higher your vagal tone.

Research shows that a high vagal tone makes your body better at regulating blood glucose levels, reducing the likelihood of diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular disease. Low vagal tone, however, has been associated with chronic inflammation. As part of the immune system, inflammation has a useful role helping the body to heal after an injury, for example, but it can damage organs and blood vessels if it persists when it is not needed. One of the vagus nerve’s jobs is to reset the immune system and switch off production of proteins that fuel inflammation. Low vagal tone means this regulation is less effective and inflammation can become excessive, such as in rheumatoid arthritis or in toxic shock syndrome.

The vagus nerve works as a two-way messenger, passing electrochemical signals between the organs and the brain. In chronic inflammatory disease, messages from the brain telling the spleen to switch off production of a particular inflammatory protein, tumour necrosis factor (TNF), weren’t being sent.

The final hack is to spend more time exhaling than inhaling, try this pranayama. All through the nose inhale for 4 counts, exhale for 8 counts. Do this for 3 mins.

Sat nam Fi x sanasumainsrilanka.wordpress.com read our weekly blogs and brain candy updates raymond.fiona@gmail.com www.sanasuma.co.uk 0778011984

Tues 28 Jan 9.15-10.30am Kundalini Yoga @9 Greenlands Lane , Col 5

Tues 28 Jan 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga(Shaunagh) @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

Wed 29 Jan 5-7.30am Kundalini Yoga Sadhana @145/6, Col 5(FREE CLASS)

Wed 29 Jan 6.30-8pm Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 30 Jan 7.45-9.00am   Kundalini Yoga(Shaunagh) @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

Thurs 30 Jan 6.30-7.45pm Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Kundalini Yoga Retreat in Guava House will be on between 2-4 Feb therefore there is no classes on Tuesday 4 Feb 2020.

 

 

Use Pressure as your Guide – Kundalini Yoga 24 Dec 2019

Use Pressure as a Guide – Kundalini Yoga

On a regular basis I feel stress, pressure and tension. The tendency is to let these strong emotions and feelings overwhelm us. If we can stand back and view them from a different prospective we can see they are giving us an interesting message. The message is, we are out of balance, we need to take stock, become conscious and then take action.

Next time you start to feel irritated, hot under the collar and worried, why not just stop, take a moment and a breath. Feel and experience your feelings, even if they are uncomfortable Then use a quick mantra or affirmation to get yourself back into your centre.

Don’t let your strong emotions sweep you away into reaction, use them as a guide to guide you back to your centre, your self and true nature of spirit and light.

Happy Christmas and New Year. See you all in 2020.

Sat nam Fi x sanasumainsrilanka.wordpress.com read our weekly blogs and brain candy updates raymond.fiona@gmail.com www.sanasuma.co.uk 0778011984

CLASSES THIS WEEK

Tues 24 Dec 9.15-10.30am Kundalini Yoga @9 Greenlands Lane , Col 5

Tues   24 Dec 6-7.30pm     Christmas Eve Gong Bath@ Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe

Our first Retreat falls on Independence Day 2-4 Feb 2020 at Guava House do not miss it.

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Lower Legs & Your Purpose – Kundalini Yoga

Lower Legs and Your Purpose – Kundalini Yoga

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Before the onset of the Christmas rush, let’s work with our bodies to be aware of what messages they are giving us to help us through this beautiful yet sometimes stressful period.

Guru Singh reminds us our how our physical anatomy connects to our emotions. The feet are the direction that your life is moving in. You should always check your feet and notice if they are turning in or out. If they are turning in or out then you are fighting your own direction. Your ankles are the angles of your momentum into that direction and must always be limber and active as you walk. If you allow them to become passive you will lose your power of moving forward in your life. Your lower legs are the principles on which you stand. There are two bones therefore you are born with two standards, your own values and the ones applied to you by society. The tibia bone is the larger one and contains your personal standards and principles. The fibula is smaller and slightly positioned to the back, containing the standards and expectations from society. Honour your personal standards first, but do not ignore societies standard other wise you will face disruptive opposition in your life.

So this week in our classes we will work on aligning our feet, ankles, legs and knees and be aware of the signals that they are giving us and whether we are in touch with our own principles or if we are just living by others standards and see if we can make our lower body fit and healthy.

Sat nam Fi x sanasumainsrilanka.wordpress.com read our weekly blogs and brain candy updates raymond.fiona@gmail.com www.sanasuma.co.uk 0778011984

Tues 17 Dec 9.15-10.30am Kundalini Yoga @9 Greenlands Lane , Col 5

Tues 17 Dec 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga(Shaunagh) @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

Wed 18 Dec 5-7.30am   Kundalini Yoga Sadhana @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

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

Thurs 19 Dec 6.30-7.45pm Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Tues   24 Dec 6-7.30pm     Christmas Eve Gong Bath@ Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe

 

 

 

Non Communicable Diseases & Kundalini Yoga

Stress and Non Communicable Diseases

With the pressure, tension and friction we all face on a daily basis, as a practicing yogi I still find it hard to keep up the balance in my life and not get Stressed. I believe keeping stress at bay is an on going practice, which needs to be worked at. My experience is as soon as you rest on your laurels, life spins a new set of challenges which can either push your nervous system to its brink or you can bring your awareness and tools into play to bring you back into balance. So this week we look at how yoga, meditation and mindfulness can help in our struggle to stay balanced and reduce our overall chronic stress.

This brings me to more of the research by 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, Dr Sat Bir Singh Khalsa.

Our mood and how we handle stress have a major effect on the types of diseases we suffer. Dr Sat Bir informed us that this psychophysiology affects us on a biological level as well as effecting our genes (i.e. DNA). When we practice yoga, pranayama and meditation the relaxation response which is triggered via our autonomic nervous system and endocrine system, induces changes in our metabolism, insulin secretion and inflammatory pathways (Manoj K Bhasin..PLOS ONE| www.plosone.org May 2013| volume 8|issue 5|e62817)

Kirtan Kriya (a kundalini yoga meditation) effected the genes that created inflammation in the body and potentially counteracts the adverse effects of inflammation, anti-body responses to vaccinations and resistance to viral infections in the body. (Elsevier, SciVerse ScienceDirect David S Black, Steve W Cole, Michael R Irwin, Elizabeth Breen).

A meta-analysis concluded, when stress was reduced by doing regular yoga, mindfulness-based stress reduction and stress-related physiological measures the student had reduced evening cortisol and waking cortisol levels. Cortisol being a stress induced hormone. Systolic blood pressure was decreased. Resting heart rate, blood glucose levels, cholesterol, lipoprotein were all reduced. This was associated with the regulation of the sympathetic nervous system (our go go gas pedal).

Non Communicable Diseases (NCD) such as diabetics, have high blood pressure, heart disease and high cholesterol were responsible for 71% of deaths worldwide in 2016. Basically what all this means is that if you reduce your stress response by doing yoga as a therapeutic intervention it can help prevent getting these NC diseases in the first place.

This Autumn a total of 160 of newly matriculated students at Harvard Medical School will be learning mind body and resiliency skills (yoga & mindfulness) as part of their training.   As being in the front line of stressful professions. This will hopefully not only help manage their personal stress levels and help them stay healthy. But give them a real experience and therefore understanding on how doing a regular yoga practice will reduce chronic stress and help their patients and society.

This week we have 2 Gong Baths to choose from, this is one of the most relaxing things you can do for your nervous system please come and join us. 

Sat nam Fi x sanasumainsrilanka.wordpress.com read our weekly blogs and brain candy updates raymond.fiona@gmail.com www.sanasuma.co.uk 0778011984

Tues 10 Dec 9.15-10.30am Kundalini Yoga @9 Greenlands Lane , Col 5

Tues 10 Dec 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga(Shaunagh) @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

Wed 11 Dec 5-7.30am     Kundalini Yoga @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 11 Dec 6-7.30pm    Special Poya Healing Double Gong @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5

Thurs 12 Dec 7.45 -9am   Kundalini Yoga (Shaunagh) @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Colombo 5

Thurs 12 Dec 6.30-7.45pm Kundalini Yoga@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Sun   14 Dec 4-6pm       Art of Relaxation workshop @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Pl, Col7

Remember you can buy your 4000Rs class pass for 12 classes over 4 weeks.