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.

Sat nam Fi x sanasumainsrilanka.wordpress.com read our weekly blogs and brain candy updatesraymond.fiona@gmail.comwww.sanasuma.co.uk0778011984.

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

 

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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

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

 

Stress Antidote Parasympathetic Nervous System – Kundalini Yoga 17 Sept, 6.15pm @ Prana Lounge.

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Parasympathetic nervous system a stress antidote.

The parasympathetic nervous system is the calming half of the autonomic (i.e. automatic) nervous system. It is the ability to calmly see with awareness and find the solution even when you feel really challenged. It is the break peddle of the vehicle of your body. If allows you to deeply relax, rejuvenate and regenerate. The parasympathetic nervous system is ruled by sound, therefore that is why Gong or mantra is so powerful to stimulate it.

The sympathetic nervous system is your alarm, it is the alertness of being on edge It is governed by sight as opposed to sound. It is your gas pedal in the vehicle of your body. We overly use our sympathetic nervous system; we have not found the off button. In today’s stressful lives more than ever it produces chronic stress which affects our health. The over production of adrenaline and cortisol leads to auto immune dysfunctions such as:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis. …
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus). …
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). …
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS). …
  • Type 1 diabetes mellitus. …
  • Psoriasis.

Just to list a few. The wonderful thing is we have yogic tools and technologies that allow us to reduce the sympathetic nervous system response by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system. A study reported by International Journal of Basic and Applied Medical Sciences ISSN: 2277-2103 (Online) An Online International Journal Available at http://www.cibtech.org/jms.htm 2011 Vol. 1 (1) September-December, pp.144-148/Kiran et al.concluded that , meditative lifestyle is specifically associated with better mental health scores. The autonomic nervous system (ANS) activity is affected by meditation. While comparing ANS activity of mediators and non mediators of each group separately, they concluded that there is an increase in parasympathetic activity, but the sympathetic activity was less in mediators.

Let’s practice sound healing and meditation on a daily basis to bring our autonomic nervous system back into balance. Sat nam Fi x sanasumainsrilanka.wordpress.com read our weekly blogs and brain candy updatesraymond.fiona@gmail.comwww.sanasuma.co.uk0778011984.

Mon 17 Sept 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 18 Sept 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga@ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 18 Sept 3.30-4.30pm Special Needs Kids@ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col8

Wed 19 Sept   5- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 19 Sept 6.45-8pm     KundaliniYoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Mon 24 Sept 6.15-8pm     Full Moon Gong Bath@ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Fri   28 Sept 9pm-8am     All night Gong Puja@ Prana Lounge, Col 7 (Early Bird 4500Rs)

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LA233 810512 activate the parasympathetic nervous system

General Position:

Sit in easy pose with a straight spine.

Arms and Hands:

With the elbow straight raise the right arm up in front of the body until it is parallel to the ground and the hand is in front of the shoulder. Bend the wrist back sharply so that the palm faces forward. Curl the ring and little fingers down into the palm and lock the thumb over them. Extend the index and middle fingers and spread them apart as much as possible. Bend the left elbow and bring the arm up in front of the body, grasping the right arm just above the elbow where the hand fits naturally. The thumb is hooked under the upper arm. The left forearm is parallel to the ground, perpendicular to right

Breath: arm. Breathe as necessary to whisper the mantra. At the end of the meditation inhale deeply and hold 30 seconds; exhale, immediately inhale again, hold 30 seconds; exhale and relax.

Eyes

Look at the tip of the nose.

Practice this mantra which will never give you any trouble. It Mantra:

Powerfully whisper the following mantra:

ARDAAS BHAEE AMAR DAAS GUROO

AMAR DAAS GUROO ARDAAS BHAEE

RAAM DAAS GUROO RAAM DAAS GUROO RAAM DAAS GUROO SACHEE SAHEE.

Length of time:

Practice this meditation for 11 minutes.

Comments: This meditation will activate the parasympathetic nervous system and the central vagus nerve. will save you from all darkness: mental, physical, spiritual past, present, and future.

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

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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

What Kundalini Yoga Awakens?- Monday 27 August 6.15pm Prana Lounge, Colombo 7

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What Kundalini Awakens?

I get a lot of students asking me so What is Kundalini Yoga and what does it awaken? My experience is that many people misunderstand what Kundalini is, they think it is just a sexual energy, maybe something that will give them powers?. It is a vast concept! Yogi Bhajans reply when asked if Kundalini was dangerous, his answer was, Yes, Kundalini is dangerous. If someone has awakened Kundalini energy you cannot lie to that person, you cannot cheat that person, you cannot dominate that person. It is the energy, supreme energy of the human being, the problem is not Kundalini awakening but a person spending their life with it unawakened. The job of the human being is to awaken to what you really are.

If human organism or vehicle you operate is dominated by the lower energy centres, the person will operate from a perspective of density.   What is real and most valuable for that persons will be the material realm. As we know from our weeks working on Happiness, our happiness is not influenced by our material wealth.   This focus will constrict the Kundalini energy in the lower triangle and will not be feeding the higher chakras.

When you start to have a kundlini experience you start to understand what you really are. What created you, that is the process of Kundalini Yoga . Beyond your gender, your race, your bank account, you learn to concentrate on what is in the nucleus of you, what you really are, spirit. In order to feel this subtle shift, you need to purify the blood stream, purify the density of the body and so that the pituitary gland can secrete into the blood stream to create a conducive environment to awaken your consciousness. That person has a different type of brightness coming out of their eyes. What they really are in coming out through the instrument of the body. That is what makes you a magnetic presence and that transmit to all that see you.  You are in love with life and it overflows into everything you do. You become you, genuine you, guided by your intuition. It is a potent and profound path and needs hard work, discipline and determination but you will see the results when you start to awaken.

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

Mon 27 Aug 6.15-7.30pm     Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, Col 7

Tues 28 Aug 7.45-8.45am      Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @Body Bar, 3 Jawatte Av, Col 5

Tues 28 Aug 9.45-10.45am   Kundalini Yoga@ Om Shambala,143 Fife Rd, Col 5.

Tues 28 Aug 6-7.15pm           Kundalini Yoga Class Shaunagh @ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5

Wed 29 Aug   5.00- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 29 Aug 6.45-8pm           Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Fri 31 Aug 6.00-7.30pm          Inner Sound Gong Bath @ Prana Lounge, Col 7

7 Steps to Happiness & Yogi Ji’s Birthday – Kundalini celebration Sun 26 August 5.30pm@ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

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Yogi Ji’s 7 Steps to Happiness

Last week we learnt that joy came from bringing more spirit into our life. We then begin to experience our lives as part of an endless giving cycle. We give to others and the Infinite within us, gives to us. We start to feel no lack, we do not react to fear, we embrace our shadow and our light. Happiness comes from being in the flow of life. Yogi Bhajan taught that there are 7 specific steps to happiness. Each step builds on the next. Happiness is the crowning result of developing our consciousness and increasing the percentage of spirit we feel in our life. When we enter the state of happiness, then we are capable of living for each other.

The 7 steps are: 1. Commitment
In every life you are meant to commit. Commitment needs discipline, decide you will commit to conscious awareness every day. Go to sleep with a dream and wake up with this purpose. That is why the word is commit-meant. Commitment gives you character.

  1. Character
    Character is when all your characteristics – all facets, flaws and facts – are under your control. Yin and yang meet there, totally balanced, you accept all of yourself, warts and all. Character gives you dignity.
  2. Dignity
    People start trusting you, liking you, respecting you. Dignity will give you divinity.
  3. Divinity
    Divinity is when people have no duality. You have mastered the up and downs of life and can meet each challenge with the knowledge you can win, because you can trust yourself. Then people trust you right away. They have no fear about you. Divinity gives you grace.be the change
  4. Grace
    Where there is grace, there is no interference, no gap between two people, no hidden agenda. Grace gives you the power to sacrifice.
  5. Sacrifice
    Allows you to serve from a place of divine, compassion where you are so full you are overflowing. You can stand in any pain for that person. That sacrifice gives you happiness.
  6. Happiness
    “You should make yourself so happy, that by looking at you, other people become happy. Join us this Sunday to celebrate Yogi Ji’s birthday, with a Kundalini Class and tea party. Please bring a dish. Sat nam x raymond.fiona@gmail.com 0778011984 www.sanasuma.co.uk www.3ho.org

Mon 20 Aug 6.15-7.30pm     Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, Col 7

Tues 21 Aug 9.45-10.45am  Kundalini Yoga@Om Shambala,143 Fife Rd,Col 5

Tues 21 Aug 6-7.15pm           Kundalini Yoga Class Shaunagh @ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5

Wed 22 Aug 5.00- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 22 Aug 6.45-8pm           Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Fri 24   Aug 2.45-4pm             Workshop on Tattvas @ Hideaway, Arugum Bay

Fri 24   Aug 6-7.30pm             Double Gong Bath @ Hideaway, Arugum Bay

Sat 25 Aug 2.45-4pm            Workshop on Emotional Intelligence@Hideaway, Arugum Bay

Sat 25 Aug 6-7.30pm             Poya Full Moon Gong Bath @ Hideaway, Arugum Bay

Sun 26 Aug 5.30-7pm             Celebrate Yogi Ji -Kunalini Yoga & Gong@ 9 Greenlands Lane, (All welcome bring something to eat)

Why Yoga makes us Happy? – Kundalini Yoga Mon 13 Aug 6.15pm @Prana Lounge

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Yoga and Happiness

Last week we discussed what limits our happiness but this week we look at what increases it. It is no surprise that the number of people practicing yoga has greatly increased over the past few years. Some put this down to an evolution in consciousness.

Happiness-is-your-birthrightPractical Solutions

But on a practical front why does the practice of yoga makes us feel so good. I have students asking me after class, “What is the point of all this Kundalini Yoga?” As yogis we believe we are infinite spirits residing in a finite body mind. Your infinite possibilities meet with your limited body mind at the border of your awareness or consciousness. Your level of awareness gives you different choices , capacities and therefore possibilities. To break or widen your unconscious limit and horizon you need a technical knowhow. Yoga is this technology knowhow that enables the body mind to expand through, asana, pranayama, mudra, mantra, meditation,etc. to allow you to experience the infinite self.

Kundalini yoga is the owner’s manual for human consciousness. Expand your awareness or consciousness and you have a greater relation to your infinite self. This intern grants you more options in life, greater possibilities. This awareness only develops when you receive practical experience of it from your heart, it cannot just be read or philosophised about.

This wisdom needs to be experienced and practiced on a regular if not daily basis. Your teacher, Guru can show you the techniques but this will not make you feel good unless you have a personal experience of it through your body mind and 5 senses. That is why you need to practice yoga. Not talk about it but actually do it, breath it, feel it in your body so your limited concept of life and yourself dissolve to reveal what your true identity is, your unlimited spirit. That is why we say Sat Nam so much in Kundalini yoga as a constant reminder that I am not this limited body mind but an infinite, eternal, soul here on earth to experience the wave of life. So if you want to thrive not survive, improve your choices, increase your capacity and be happy, keep up a daily practice of yoga. It will raise the horizon between the limits on your life and life’s unlimited possibilities.

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

Mon 13 Aug 6.15-7.30pm     Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, Col 7

Mon 13 Aug 6-7pm                 Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 14 Aug 9.45-10.45am   Kundalini Yoga@ Om Shambala,143 Fife Rd, Col5

Tues 14 Aug 6-7.15pm           Kundalini Yoga Class Shaunagh @ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5

Wed 15 Aug 5.00- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 15 Aug 6.45-8pm           Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Stop Insecurity – Kundalini Yoga 6.15pm Mon 6 August Prana Lounge.

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Stop Insecurity

Last week we dived into the hidden self or reactive personality, which sabotages our happiness. How does our insecurity bring out the reactive personality and how can be stop being insecure. Yogi Bhajan states, “The only purpose of life is not to be scared of insecurity. Insecurity does nothing but scare a person, It’s a scarecrow.”

Feelings of insecurity arise when we do not trust ourselves or others. We subconsciously send out the message that we are not worthy, good enough to love, be happy, prosperous, etc. We may experience problems with relationships and resort to transactional relationships. Our value to others becomes based on what we do for them not our connection to them. When we allow insecurity to take over you are sure to see the reactive or hidden self over take our persona  Learning to feel comfortable in our own skin in any situation is key. Guru Singh says make everywhere your home so you feel dominion not the insecurity to dominate people or places. Energetically our insecurity is related to our third chakra which reflects our personal power and sense of self. It is also directly related to our stomachs, situated to the left of the sternum.

When this energy centre is not strong and balanced, we lack the trust in our power, we settle for bad relationships, jobs, family situations because we are too afraid to take a risk and change things. We use our stomachs to numb ourselves, avoid feelings by overeating and feelings physically too full.

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Practical Solutions

Focus on your strengths – I have been doing the happiness course with Yale University (see Coursea https://www.coursera.org/learn/the-science-of-well-being/home/welcome) and in week 1 we take a quiz to know our signature strengths( http://www.viacharacter.org/www.) Research shows that when you concentrate on using your signature strengthens in different ways everyday it makes you happy and you are not focusing on your weaknesses which make us feel insecure. In fact If you are using any 4 of your top 7 strengths you feel your life is in flow. For example my top signature strength is Fairness, so if I include someone who is marginalised, this makes me feel really good.

Ishnaan -Take a cold shower every morning. Well Ishnaan is a little more than just a cold shower please look up the technique. I really recommend it, it helps get rid of those negative thoughts, complaints about lack of sleep, sadness, etc that you experience sometimes after dreams or subconsciously. Yogi Bhajan says whenever you feel bad, take a cold shower and then towel yourself down vigorously until your skin feels flush and tingly. This uses our nervous system and capillaries to make the blood chemistry changes which will help with how we feel and our security.

Mantra – Yoga Ji, said using the firs puri of the Japji, Sochai, Soch n Hovee… as well asChattra Chakkra Vartee will support in getting rid of insecurity and bring victory to the soul.

Meditation – When we go within and see our thoughts and emotions when we meditate we realise that these thoughts and emotions are not us, in fact we become consciously aware and this helps us separate the insecure feelings from our true self and connection to our infinity or soul Sat nam x raymond.fiona@gmail.com   0778011984 www.sanasuma.co.uk  www.3ho.org

Mon 6 Aug 6.15-7.30pm     Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, Col 7

Tues 7 Aug 9.45-10.45am  Kundalini Yoga @Om Shambala, 143Fife Rd, Colombo5

Tues 7 Aug 6-7.15pm           Kundalini Yoga Class Shaunagh @ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5

Wed 8 Aug 5.00- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

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

Sat 11 Aug 11.15-12.15pm     Radiant Kids Yoga @ British Council, Duplication Rd, Col 3

Sat 11 Aug 5.30-7pm          New Moon Gong Bath @ Prana Lounge, Col 7

Reactive or Hidden Self – Kundalini yoga 6.15pm Mon 30 July 2018

Reactive Personality ie Hidden Self

Over the last few weeks we have been looking at how we can be truly happy, to feel good about ourselves, be able to cope with difficult feelings and circumstances. But the biggest obstacle to all of this is what Yogi Bhajan named as the Reactive personality or Hidden self.

Firstly we need to understand that we originate from the soul which does not include any polarity, just oneness, which reflects true self. We incarnate into a Universe of polarities, where our persona and shadow self exist. Persona is the part of our personality which we project into the world, how we would like to be seen. The Shadow is the part of the personality which we keep hidden. For example if you are a very kind, generous person there is within you a selfish and mean side. In order not to be at odds with your Shadow you need to acknowledge both sides of the persona but choose to be kind and generous to yourself and others. Understanding that sometimes you need to put yourself first and look after your financial needs. Then there is no conflict between the persona and the shadow.

Within the Shadow lies the Hidden or reactive self. This part of us is created through experiences we had usually in the first 7 years of our life. Just like the little angle baby becomes a monster during the terrible twos, this reactive self does not die with childhood. It stays in the subconscious realm as we get older, holding on to its hidden agenda, undermining our ability to appreciate life, be happy and fulfilled. The reactive self is activated when we do not get what we want. In these circumstances we become angry but it is not just feelings of anger but the reactive mind gets involved, saying, why am I angry, I feel bad about being angry, etc. Adding layer upon layer to this initial feeling from the hidden self.

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How to recognise the Reactive or Hidden Self ?

  1. Feelings of regret about the past, past mistakes, etc.
  2. When you begin defending yourself because feelings of shame, loss and fear arise. It prevents us from acknowledging our accountability for what happens to us in life. If it is happening to you, it is happening through you.
  3. We may be busy, our lives filled with many people, tasks and adventures but inside we are not content.
  4. The interconnection between the left and right hemisphere is weakened. The effect is often a change in voice and tone. We are angry, childlike, talkative, full of stories, sneaky and insecure.
  5. Feeling sorry for ourselves, life is unfair, living in our stories.
  6. . Because we are not neutral about ourselves we dismiss the hidden self and its agendas and do not believe the outside world is affected by our private thoughts and feelings. The ego and subconscious mind align with the hidden self. This now reactive personality based on unprocessed childhood trauma, creates thousands of thoughts, feelings and narratives to serve our hidden agenda. We react in the same way to all situations, which may not make sense in the current moment. The gap between us and reality increases.   If our habit is to simple react, or to react and deny we reacted we divide and fight ourselves. It is just like trying to see ourselves in a shattered mirror.

These are just some of the signs of the Reactive personality. When they occur the hidden personality is dominating our normal personality

So how do we deal with it?

Shiv Charan our teacher is very clear about this, he says when you observe the Hidden self, you have got to be very very firm.

  1. There is nothing to heal.
  2. Do not mentally react to it or start to analysis it or discuss it.
  3. Hit it with a Mantra. Mantra is like a tread, a diver’s life line, keep chanting, keep the rhythm and you will get through the waves of it until you come out on the other side.
  4. Have a tool box you can use when the Reactive Self arises, Inhale 4 exhale 1.
  5. For most people we will never be able to get rid of the hidden self reactive personality, only put it to sleep.

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Mon 30 July 6.15-7.30pm       Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, Col 7

Tues 31 July 9.45-10.45am  Kundalini Yoga@ Om Shambala, Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 31 July 3.30-4.30pm       Special Needs Kids Class@ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col 8

Tues 31 July 6-7.15pm           Kundalini Yoga Class Shaunagh @ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5

Wed 1 Aug 5.00- 7.30am     Sadhana @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Colombo 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 1 Aug 6.45-8pm      Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 2 Aug 11-1pm     Special Needs Kids and Teachers @ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col 8

Fri    3 Aug 5.45-7pm       Youvolution Gong Bath – Jungle Beach Ahungalla