Sleep, Stretching and Intuition
When we stretch and do physical yoga, the bio-mechanical receptors in our muscles and tissue send messages to the instinctual/reptilian brain (the subconscious/autonomic brain) the medulla. The medulla is physically at the back of brain near the brain stem. This is the area in the brain where the subconscious reacts to sensory information from the nervous system.
By practicing yogic poses/asanas, our stretch receptors activate new pathways which give us access to our pre frontal cortex, conscious mind, which also holds our intuitive mind.
When we are stuck in our survival instinctual flight/fight or freeze mode, we cannot access the higher function of our brain . We do not have access to the intuition which will give us a connection to the makeup of each moment. By accessing consciousness and intuition you also access untried solutions, designed for that exact moment or situation. Instead of prescriptions from previous moments, past habits and patterns.
That is why we use the body in yoga, it is not just a pleasant form of exercise.
Now let’s link this with our sleep. When we experience sleep disturbance whether it is difficulty getting to sleep, staying asleep or waking up at odd hours, it is because one of our brain hemisphere’s is more awake than the other. This generally happens when you do not settle your day before going to sleep. Your instinctual brain (medulla) keeps you in a semi alert state. When you do not sleep with both brain hemispheres, when you awake you are not using both hemispheres equally, therefore this makes it much harder to reach those higher states of consciousness, intuition, etc so you can deal with life.
Solutions – We can Help Ourselves
Sleep is a medicine, we need to do a few things before we sleep to get a good full night’s healing rest.
- We need to wind down our mind and release our worries, this can be done by writing a journal acknowledging our emotions good or back. Our losses and gains for the day. Include in this 3 things you feel grateful for.
- Write a to do list for tomorrow.
- Stretching the body using the breath to move from alert instinctual brain to relaxed I have got this brain.
- Wash our feet with cold water, towel them dry. Apply a relaxing cream or essential oil mix and massage the souls of your feet. This will ground you back into your connection to earth.
- Listen or chant some mantra’s, pray or meditate before bed.
This week’s classes:
Mon 29 June 6.30-8pm Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom NEW TIME (2pm UK time)
Tues 30 June 5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @ pre-recorded class
Wed 1 July 5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom
Thurs 2 July 5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom
Fri 3 July 5.30-6.45pm Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @zoom
Sat 4 July 5.30-7pm Live Full Moon Gong Bath @ Prana Lounge (pls pre book)
Sun 5 July 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.