Kundalini Yoga to Overcome Stress – 6.15pm 3 September @Prana Lounge,Col 7

tmb-yoga-teacher-fiona-raymond-1495605355Overcoming Stress?

The circumstances of our life our difficult to change but we Do get to choose our approach to the pressures of life. This is what we can learn to do for ourselves. Hans Selye, the Canadian physician, described stress as simply the body’s adaptation to change. It is how we respond whenever an internal or external event occurs.

Shanti Shanti Kaur says, “stress can be as simple as a shift in room temperature or as destabilizing as losing one’s job. Since change happens nearly every instant, we have a stress response nearly every instant. Stress is natural and necessary. Over time, we create our own individual stress response pattern through our thoughts and beliefs, our emotional responses, the way we breathe, and the way we hold and move our body. This pattern becomes set at a certain point, and although this response is intended to be helpful, more often than not our personal stress response pattern blocks the natural flow of ease in the body, and we become frequently sick, easily tired, often irritable, and generally “stressed out.” In each stress response, we draw on the capacity of the glandular and nervous systems, which in turn affects the sensitivity and vitality of the immune response. Where we hold tension and how quickly we release it forms our individual, personal stress response which determines what happens in our body, how much energy we have, how healthy we stay, and how we feel at the end of the day. One characteristic of a healthy stress response is to take action when action is needed and to pause, or rest internally, when it is not.

  1. What are the little everyday things that add to your stress levels? List them.
  2. What is a personal stress trigger that others might find inconsequential?

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Practical solutions -Yogic Breath

Your stress response is etched into your body. To start correcting it start with an exhalation. Continue to breathe consciously. Notice in your body where the breath comes easily, where it is restricted. Notice what part of your torso moves, and what does not. Notice where your breath stops and how deep it goes, both on the inhalation and on the exhalation. Throughout the day, notice your breathing pattern and where you hold tension in your body. Do you hold your breath when thinking? When listening? When performing certain tasks? Do you lift your shoulders or tighten your stomach? These are all part of your personal stress response pattern. Once you are aware of your patterns, you can interact with it, modify it, and make it work for you. Breath is our direct link to our subconscious, unconscious mind, mood, energy and spirit. On a physical level, it is the practice of the various yogic breathing techniques that strengthens the nervous system and balances the action of the glandular system. Since these two systems are key to the stress response, making them strong through proper breathing actually breaks previous patterns and forms a healthy stress response. By breathing from the navel point, we develop a deeper relationship with the core of the body, bringing greater confidence and calm. Sat nam x raymond.fiona@gmail.com   0778011984 www.sanasuma.co.uk  www.3ho.org

Mon 3 Sept 6.15-7.30pm     Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, Col 7

Mon 3 Sept 6-7pm      Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5 (FREE)

Tues 4 Sept 9.45-10.45am   Kundalini Yoga@ Om Shambala,143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 4 Sept 6-7.15pm           Kundalini Yoga Class Shaunagh @ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5

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

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

Thurs 6 Sept 11-1pm        Special Needs Kids and teacher class @ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd

Sat  8 Sept 4-5.30pm           Gong Bath @ Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe, Galle

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Living Lightly with Non attachment – Kundalini Yoga and Meditation

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Living lightly has not come naturally to me. I have had to be super mindful, learn and make an effort to be less attached, light hearted and forgive myself and others easily. Like everything even these qualities can be learnt. I have a very strong mind so it is easy to attach to my thoughts and feelings. I was born with a deep sense of guilt so judgement has been one of my main life lessons. But with my practice of Kundalini Yoga and meditation, I realise my life is a mirror. Shinning my consciousness on my weaknesses enables me to view my everyday challenges with loving reflection. When I get upset, I am mindful of my automatic response of blame. I am also mindful when I get a compliment, of wanting to claim it as MY victory. Through commitment to a loving practice of health, happiness and a wholesome approach to life, I am shifting away from my minds needs to a healthier energy where I can be patient and attract into my life what is needed.

My experience has shown me that letting go doesn’t mean you lose everything, it actually means you gain everything. At a very physical level, letting go can be quite an emotional experience; however, when you start practicing it you will find a freedom and a positive momentum that helps you attract everything into your life. At first the very thought of letting go can tap into our fear programming that says, when we let go, we have nothing. There is very little truth in that fear, as when we let go of holding on to people, places and situations, we release the chords of attachment and merge more into a space of neutrality and non-attachment where we have the potential to make available “everything” to come to and through our experience. Notice letting go and being nonattached is not the same thing as Detachment. Detachment is opting out of life, being nonattached and letting go is the opposite. It is inviting in life, in a spontaneous way to surprise us and provide for us, while we are as present and conscious as we can be in every moment.

Practical

Forgiving is also letting go, giving this moment forward into the next one. When you don’t forgive, you hold the moment you don’t move forward. A part of you is stuck in the sounds, tones and images of a moment that’s becoming the past. This attaches in your psyche where it will control you from the past. Releasing and no longer attaching, is like an exhale making room for the next inhale. You literally breathe life out and in with each full breath. Next time you feel yourself attaching, blaming, resenting, holding on to a moment, visualise yourself exhaling all the feelings, thoughts out of your body with the stale air. Allow the first chakra and 4th to eliminate what is no longer needed and with the inhale pre forgive yourself for that moment and all the others that will be coming along. Now try this meditation for letting go.

Gunpati Meditation helps to reroute the mental pathways and renew the mind to heal the discordant energy and make way for everything that you could ever ask for in your life.

To Begin: Sit in an Easy Pose with the eyes  1/10th open while concentrating at the Third Eye Point. Place the wrists over the knees, with your hands in Gyan Mudra.

Mantra

SAA-TAA-NAA-MAA RAA-MAA-DAA-SAA SAA-SAY-SO-HUNG

Part I Chant the mantra on a single breath, as you press the fingertips sequentially with each syllable to the thumb. Use a monotone voice similar to when you do Kirtan Kriya.

Time: Continue for 11-62 minutes.

Part II Inhale deeply and hold the breath. Move the body in a slow twist and stretch motion. Move each muscle of the body. Move the head, torso, arms, back, belly and hands. Then exhale powerfully. Repeat this 3-5 times.

Part III Immediately sit straight. Look at the tip of the nose and become totally calm and still. Meditate for 2-3 minutes.

To End: Inhale and hold the breath for 30 seconds as you physically move and rotate your body as if it is going through spasms. Move and squeeze every muscle. Repeat this 3 more times. Then inhale, sit calmly and concentrate on the tip of your nose for 20 seconds. Exhale, and relax.

This kriya allows you to let go of the attachments to the mind and to the impact of past actions so you can create and live a fulfilled life and a perfect future.

Learn to let go of EVERYTHING you are holding on to so dearly and just wait and see what the Universe will provide for you. You just never know; it might be even better than what you didn’t’ want to let go.

Let it Go. Let Life flow to you and give you everything your big heart desires.

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

Mon 3 October 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 4 October 6-7pm             Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 5 October 4.45- 7am        Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 5 October 3-3.45pm       Radiant Kids Class@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 5 October 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road Col 5

 

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Shaunagh away on teacher training

YogaGuavaHouse_SP-1987 close upShaunagh is going abroad for yoga teacher training level 2.

NO classes between 5TH JUNE to 8TH JULY. 

Classes begin again on 13TH JULY and SAT 16TH JULY for Early Morning Sadhana at

THE SIGNAL BOX CENTRE,
Glenalmond Ave (off Clarendon Rd),
Cambridge CB2 8DS, UK
For directions: http://www.thesignalbox.org/findus.html

Inner Anger and the benefits of Deep Listening

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INNER ANGER

When we harbour anger, resentment consciously or subconsciously it blocks our ability to listen. Whether the anger is a quiet grinding or our teeth, passive aggressive or seething rage, the mind reacts with a hidden agenda which you may not be conscious of. It narrows our perspective, emotional focus and we miss the opportunity presented to us. We have effectively decided not to listen. When we get angry we polarize the world, all is black and white, right and wrong, good and bad. To reach this deep anger we need to clear the blocks in the body and mind to allow everything which is in the present moment and the other person’s world into our own.

DEEP LISTENING

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Weakness in listening:

The normal condition of our mind, environment and culture is not to fully listen. When someone is talking to you listen to 6% of the total conversation.

You listen to the cues not the words.

You take certain important cues that concern you emotionally or mentally and fill in the blanks.

You only become alert at these times, you are not worried about the complete conversation.

50% of the time you pretend you are hearing and listening.

You are only interested in the total conversation that you started out to project to the other person.

If you cannot accept the above you are not listening.

Deep listening involves:

Listening with ears, mind and heart.

Remaining fully present, conscious and alert.

Being deeply relaxed and centred. Understanding your own agenda before communicating. THIS TAKES LOTS OF PRACTICE.

The Benefits of Deep Listening Sunni – ai

What does this mean? Each word creates our world, each word we hear informs and connects us to this world. Deep listening is like a bats sonar, it helps us to sense the shape and momentum of the present moment. Deep listening allows us to be one step ahead of the moment. It gives us Tattva buddhi, the universal knowledge. If we cultivate this tool of deep listening, we creates a deep respect in the other person which establishes a COMMON NOTION. Step 3 of our conscious communication .

When you cannot hear yourself (your mental and outer voice) or listen to the other person there will not be mutual understanding and that is why relationships go wrong in life.

Questions to answer?

How does it feel when you are not heard? How did it colour your response?

Give an example when YOU did not listen? Did this lead to a misunderstanding? How did this lack of listening affect your relationship with the other person?

Try this week to listen to a person using all your senses. How much can you read about the other person just by listening and uses your senses?

Join my classes this week as we explore this topic, through kundalini kriya, meditation,becoming deeply present and conscious of mind. For the timetable look at sanasuma’s facebook page or website.

Early morning yoga class with Fiona at Entertrainers, SLTA, 7 -8.10am

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Want TO STRETCH OUT YOUR MIND AND BODY first thing on MONDAY MORNING?

Come to Fiona’s Asana Fit – learn the basics of yogic mind body connection through asana flow and breath work.
7.00-8.10am
at
Entertrainers Studio: 2nd floor Lifestyle. SLTA
45 Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha. Colombo 7
Tel. 0778011984