Retreat, Yogic Lifestyle – 11-13 Oct 2019 Pidurangala Kundalini Yoga Retreat

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I encourage all yogis to start working on the Yamas Niyamas we looked at last week please see the form below.  Those who started please pick a different Yama and Niyama this week to work on.

So why as yogis do we learn about yogic life style, ie Yamas, Niyamas? Is it to make everyone the same. like a cult?  The answer is NO.  We do not want yogis to live in such a restricted way that we cannot express our creative individuality but we do want you to start developing self-discipline and change your life style to promote a healthy mind and body because without the support of our lifestyle, life becomes uphill battle.   

I was asked the question this week why is it when I eat unhealthily, do little yogic or exercise do I feel dull, lifeless, tired and down on myself.  Answer: It is because you are increasing the Tamas Guna in your body (look back at the blog on the Gunas) which creates the slowing down, heavy, dull feeling in the mind and body.

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This is why we encourage you all to come on a Retreat.  We love teaching them also.  But for a few days or weeks we live a Sattvic lifestyle.  What does that mean? Well we eat healthy locally grown foods, freshly cooked to balance and compliment the Kundalini Yoga program during the day.  We spend plenty of time in nature, silence to soak in the pranic energy as well as soaking in peace.  We do kundalini yoga, walking and breathing practice to get you back in touch with your body, to feel the lightness of being.  We use early morning meditation, star gazing and gong to lighten your vibration so you leave the Retreat feeling radiant and more able to cope with the stresses and strains of life. 

 

Typical Retreat Day

5 -7.30am Early morning star gazing, Sadhana – Archaeological Site

7.30-9am Healthy plant-based breakfast

9-11am Workshop

11-12.30pm Rest, relax

12.30-2pm Veggie Lunch

2-.30pm    Sleep, Read, Journal

3.30-5pm Nature Walk, silence, journal

5-6pm     Sunset yoga and meditation

6.30-7.30pm Light veggie soup

8-8.30pm     Evening Gong Bath for Deep Sleep

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Kundalini 3days/2 night Retreat Pidurangala 11-13 Oct 2019 Triple full board 20,000Rs.

Sat nam see you this week. Love Fi x www.sanasuma.co.uk  0778011094 raymond.fiona@gmail.com

Tues  1 October  9.30-10.45am Kundalini Yoga @9 Greenlands Lane , Col 5

Tues 1 October  6.15-7.30pm  Kundalini Yoga(Shaunagh) @ 145/5 Fife Rd , Col 5

Wed 2 October 5-7.30am        Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 2 October 6.45-8pm        Kundalini Yoga@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 3 October 6.30-7.45pm  Kundalini Yoga@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

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

 

 

Grief, emotional blocks? What are you avoiding?- Kundalini Yoga Full Moon Gong Bath 20 January 2019, 6pm Sri Yoga Shala

After having an amazing, delightful start to 2019, I can truly say that last week has been very testing. This week’s blog is really personal because I am trying to teach myself and all of you how to deal with the shadow side of our heart, the area where grief, sadness and deep pain lives. I wrote about how we should start dealing with happiness and sadness as equal in 2019. But it is so easy to write but so difficult to practice that is why we need to keep up, so we can learn to deal with all emotions and not let our emotional body end up ruling us. The tendency is to numb ourselves to avoid pain, but by closing the door to pain, sadness and grief you also close yourself off to real joy.

One of my kittens was run over last week and I have been dealing with his death and my grief. Grief stricken I turned to my practice, I sat on the mat and went through all my emotions, all my mental images and thoughts, I cried and grieved but eventually I smiled. Then I starting reading about techniques and philosophy which could help me through this difficult time.

When pain, grief, sorrow, etc arise and we block them, they cease to be energy in motion and instead become stuck in our bodies, in our psyches, in our mind.

Three things happen as a result of this one we strengthen the pattern in our body/mind that blocks, avoids, or denies emotions, thereby cutting ourselves off from the truth of our emotion. Two, those stuck emotions have to go somewhere, and they affect our body in some way. (Possibly illness in years to come.)

Finally, blocking, avoiding or denying emotion and allowing it to remain in our body affects how we interact with life down the line. We’ll seek to avoid situations that create painful emotions. We begin to avoid life. For example my why have any pets since we will have to go through the pain of their death.

Our physical, mental and meditative practice allows us to start processing these thoughts, emotions and even blocks. Yogi Ji says that if we keep our navel point strong and centered (please read my earlier writing about the nabhi or navel point) we develop a stoic attitude to life. He specifically recommended bow pose and camel pose.

Having done a strong practice for the last week and a kriya which includes these postures, plus a meditation with the seed mantra SA, TA NA MA, I have been able to see my way through grief, to know it is but another experience, that I can take pain without it overwhelming me and swallowing me whole. If you can sit with it, it will pass and there is joy at the end of the tunnel. I promise.

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Sun Poya 20 Jan 6-7.30pm Full Moon Gong Bath @Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe

Mon 21 Jan 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga @Prana Lounge,60 Horton Place,Col 7

Tues 22 Jan 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga @Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 22 Jan 3.30-4.30pm Special Kids Yoga @Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col 8

Wed 23 Jan 5- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 24 Jan 3.30-4.15pm Radiant Kids (3-5yrs)@Om Space, Col 5

Wed 24 Jan 6.45-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga Class@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 25 Jan 11-1pm Special Needs Kids@ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col8

 

Make Friends with Your Mind – Kundalini Yoga 5 Mar 6.15pm@Prana Lounge

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You do not want to stop your heart, lungs, kidneys so why do not want to stop your mind. The common illusion is that meditation stops the mind. What meditation really does is purify the subconscious and unconscious part of the mind so that the conscious mind has greater clarity, focus and can be directed.

Yogi Bhajan describes human being as antennas, constantly broadcasting signals to each other, consciously and unconsciously.   He says, “If a million stations send signals to you, you shall receive them without knowing. That is the unconscious state which the mind has. And then what happens? You get bloated. Overloaded is called bloated. And then your own life starts to fall apart …whatever comes from the mind needs to be worked out.”

What he is telling us is that we need to process the thoughts, emotions and subconscious impressions we are constantly receiving from our mind. If we do not have the habit to do this on a regular basis we become full of mental garbage which dulls our mind. We feel we have no will power, no control over our destiny or destination.

If we do not regularly process what is in the mind Yogi Bhajan reminds us that the subconscious starts to overflow into the conscious. You may have noticed times you just want to talk about everything; this is the subconscious mind flowing into the conscious.

Practical Solutions – How do we Process these signals or thoughts?

My simple understanding of processing a thought or thought sequence is to view it, acknowledge it but let it go. You do not have to analyse it, believe it or be it. Just see what is there, notice and let it flow to the next thought. The kriya we are going to work on this week is really going do some deep cleansing of the subconscious and unconscious mind. This is what you need to do on a regular basis that is why we sit and meditate. We sit and allow the garbage or excess thoughts of the mind to come up and out, we try not to get entangled in them during the meditation but even if this happens it is ok, as when we notice we go back to processing thoughts. It is all find in theory, but practice is essential. For 1 min right now stop what you are doing, close your eyes, breathe and see what is in your mind? Sat nam x raymond.fiona@gmail.com   0778011984 www.sanasuma.co.uk www.3ho.org

This week’s classes:

Mon 5 Mar 6.15-7.30pm    Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 6 Mar 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga @ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 6 Mar 3.30-4.30pm Special Needs Kids Class@ Reach Beyond, Tickell Rd, Col 8

Tues 6 Mar 6-7.15pm        Kundalini Yoga Class with Shauangh@ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5

Wed 7 Mar 5.00- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 7Mar 3.30-4.15am      Kids Yoga Class @ The Om Space, Colombo 5

Wed 7 Mar 6.45-8pm         Kundalini Yoga@ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 8 Mar 11 – 1pm          Special Needs Kids and Teachers Class@ Reach Beyond

Thurs 8Mar 3-4pm               Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

 

Elevate your Polarities to Live with Grace – Kundalini Yoga 6, Nov 6.15pm @ Prana Lounge

Wow, having just spent 10days together with amazing teachers Tonie Nooyens and Tien at Guava House participating at a Level 2 Authentic Relationship Retreat, I was amazed at facing the polarities and paradoxes of life immediately. I was left energised by dead tired at the same time.

This is a complicated topic so I am going to take 2 weeks in blogging about this one so stay with me!

Let’s look at definitions first. A polarity is an opposite that cannot exist without the other. We live in a world full of polarities like night and day, black and white, good and bad. In fact one of the reasons the world is in such conflict inside ourselves and out, is because we do not understand or handle our polarities.

We get narrow minded and feel that we can only have one view; we either have to Hate Trump or love him. We either have to eat, a clean, green, vegan diet to be a good person or eat junk food. There is no longer a middle ground we feel we can comfortable to occupy. These polarised views are damaging us.

The first mistake is to try and fight the polarity. If we destroy one side the other side will cease to exist. Every Wiseman is sometimes a fool. From the mouths of fools the greatest wisdom flows. In fact by focusing solely on one side of the picture, the balance shifts to give you more of what you do not want. For example when you are trying not to think of a scary thought, it increases your fear not decreases it. The second mistake is to take the average between the 2 polarities. For example look at a coalition government, most of the time they end up being totally ineffective as they end up compromising so much that neither do they get anything done or do they please the electorate or their respective parties.

We need to elevate the polarities and paradoxes in our personalities and outside ourselves on a diagonal path to become masters of ourselves. This is not another facade where we reduce the tensions between our conflicts and challenges by pretending everything is perfect, for example when a spiritualised person avoids inner conflict by saying, “What conflict, everything is ONE and heavenly”! This is a position that isolates, insulates, separates and denies reality. Where there is peace there is conflict, where there is heaven there is hell.

This week we will look at each polarity and see the lessons they can create for us in life and why they exist? Look at this quote and try and see the elevated or diagonal energy it gives to a polarity.

“When you deny something, actually you are accepting those things very deep in your subconscious mind, and sometimes when you accept something you are rejecting it in your subconscious mind so strongly even though you do not know it. So it is not by your acts alone that you approve or disapprove things. Your personality, which is a known personality can be known by acts, but your unknown personality is also there. Man is both unknown and known. Unknown is divine. Known is individual, however you are denying God. God is only denied because you say it is unknown. To know thyself is to know God. God is what? God is the totality, and when one knows the totality of one’s personality, one is GOD.” Teachings of Yogi Bhajan.

See you if you can understand why a polarity exists in your life. Next week we look more closely at paradox.

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This week’s classes:

Mon 6 Nov 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 7 Nov 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga @ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 7 Nov 3.30-4.30pm Special Needs Kids Class@ Reach Beyond, Tickell Rd, Col 8

Tues 7 Nov 5.30-6.30pm Kundalini Yoga @ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

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

Wed 8 Nov 3-3.45pm         Radiant Kids Yoga@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Wed 8 Nov 7.15-8.15pm    Kundalini Yoga@The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Thurs 9 Nov 11.30 – 1.15pm Special Needs Kids @ Reach Beyond,Tickell Rd, Col 8

Thurs 9 Nov 3-4pm               Kundalini Yoga, Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

 

 

Make all your Relationships Authentic – 18 Sept 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, Colombo 7

We now know that our real soul mate is when we connect deeply with our spirit. Once we can feel our spirit, we can then start to bring that clear, real relationship we have with our self into relating with others.

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The problem is that our relationships with our friends, partners, colleagues, students, etc. are always in a state of change. They are very complex. We need to keep a clear relationship with ourselves so we can extend that out through our electromagnetic field when we deal with others.  This is called having an authentic relationship.  Relationships even ones filled with conflict we deal with through integrity, kindness, intuitive intelligence  and neutrally.  You always express love, your authenticity  and your soul,  as opposed to your projected fears and defences that are provoked during challenging circumstances.

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Now think of a time in your life when you felt the most authentic and your core self? What do you look, sound and feel like? With whom do you feel you can be yourself without feeling judged? How do you recognise an authentic relationship verses an inauthentic one where you have something to gain from displaying particular behaviour.

Yogi bhajan says, “ Relationship is nothing but a totally extended experience of self”.

For me being authentic is saying what I mean and following through with my words.  I have had to start being more careful with how I relate to people through my speech. Not just saying empty words to fill the time , or making empty promises to please people. I strive to hold the relationship with myself  consciously, not to let myself down or anyone else down. To face relationships evening challenging ones with  love first over projected fears and defences that are provoked by circumstances and act neutrally, from my soul.

The Practice

One Minute Breath: Tune in with Ong Namo, Guru Dev Namo 3-5x. Sit with a straight spine. Inhale deeply for 20 seconds, hold for 20 seconds, exhale for 20 seconds. You may start with 10 seconds and build up.  Even if you do this for 3 mins it can really get you back in touch with the true, authentic self.

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This week’s classes:

Mon 18 Sept 6.15-7.30pm     Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 19  Sept 9.30-10.30am Kundalini Yoga @ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 19 Sept 3.30-4.30pm   Special Needs Kids Class@ Reach Beyond, Tickell Rd, Col 8

Tues 19 Sept 6-7pm           Kundalini Meditation@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Wed 20 Sept 5.00- 7.30am  Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 20 Sept 3-3.45pm         Radiant Kids Yoga@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Wed 20  Sept 7.15-8.15pm    Kundalini Yoga@The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Thurs 21 Sept 3.00-4.00pm Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Sunday 24 Sept 5-7.30am    Sadhana @ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5 (FREE)

Sunday 24 Sept 10-11am      Kundalini Yoga@ Sat Sangat Shala, Negambo

Sunday 24 Sept 6-7.30pm  Gong Bath@ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

 

 

Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Level 1 Café Ceylon, Sri Lanka

About the Venue? 

Café Ceylon and Jasmin cottage are our beautiful beach cottage and wild sea food restaurant by Kabalana Beach. Jasmin cottage is homely, cosy and colourful. Beds are covered with Indian kanta work, brightly coloured bedspreads and lots of art adorn the walls. Café Ceylon has a huge, tropical garden full of ancient coconut palms, organic papaya, passion, bananas and flowers. We slept between the 2 cottages, had our classes looking out on to the luscious garden and ate special veggie food cooked by my master chef husband German Dimaano. After an intense day of classes, we went off to Kabalana beach and got thrown about in the dramatic waves. Some of us went body boarding but it was an intense experience for all as we faced our fears and did it anyway. The star lit night was filled with the sweet sound of singing and playing of spiritual mantras, before an early night for a 5am start.

About the Retreat? 

We began the final week of Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Level 1 with our joyful teacher Ronit Vardi who flew to us from Israel just for this course. It was a 7 day intensive. With 5am starts for morning Sadhana, then full 13-14 hour days, filled with teachings that included, the science of Chakras, humanology, the relationship and differences between male and females, Yogic diet, ethics, spiritual path and development, western anatomy, etc. All the student teachers got to a chance to teach in front of their peers, handling the Kriya’s, presentations and teaching asana, pranayama and meditation. The final day ended with a beautiful ceremony where we shared our thoughts for the future and how transformational the course had been for everyone including the teachers.

About the Food? 

German is a brilliant chef, he was artistically creative with our food as well as it being delicious. We started the day with homemade muesli, fresh seasonal fruits and buffalo yoghurt or curd.   Lunch was roast veggie quinoa salad with hummus, roast pumpkin risotto with shavings of parmesan, etc. Dinner was a light, healthy veggie soup and coconut roti.

Find out more about all Sanasuma’s events and classes taking place in Colombo and outside. Watch out of our International teachers coming to Sri Lanka. Join our blog and facebook following as we grow our Kundalini Community in Sri Lanka.

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Balance your Elements or Tattvas – Kundalini yoga 6-7pm 18 April @ the Om Space, Col 5

Happy Sinhala and Tamil yogies. Lets start this new year off with understanding some yogic anatomy and how this can bring us into balance. Western philosophy only recognises matter which can be anaylitical studied and believes that the only way to effect reality is through the laws of physics. Eastern philosophy acknowledges the material realm but also understands that we are much more than matter. Yogies experience to perceive reality beyond what is known through the 5 senses and understands that when you change something in the subtle realm it can create great change with minimal effort in the material realm. Therefore by working with the energy of your elements or tattvas and bringing them into balance you can shape your experience of the Universe.

There are 31 tattvas in yogic anatomy and a bit like a drop of ink in water, they move from the most concentrated form of infinity, in varying degrees to the atom. We will concerntrate on the last 5 most gross tattvas which make up the human, ether, air, fire, water and earth. Each of us has a dominant element which expresses itself most strongly in our constitution and personality. The behaviour or qualities of these tattvas are a result of the combination of gunas that predominate them, sattvic (graceful, peaceful, disciplined, intuitive, connected to soul), rajas (positive, active, emotional, demanding) and tamas (inertia, solid, persistent, lazy).

Earth Tattva – Pritvi – wellbeing of all v greed

The Earth tattva is dense, dry, cold, and smelly. When this stabilizing tattva is healthy, it brings plumpness, heaviness, compactness, and steadiness to your body, your emotions, and to your life. But an unbalanced earth element can lead to insecurity and greed.

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To Balance – We can balance this element by stabilising your lifestyle i.e. your diet, exercise, etc. Earth foods are warming and heavy. Your earthy diet should focus on meals that are nourishing, easy to digest, filling, substantial, moistening, and strengthening. You might do better with small frequent regular meals, and you definitely will want to include mild warming spices. Bear in mind that staying calm and concentrating while you consume and digest your meal will help to stabilize your grounding tattva.

Sweet fruits, cooked vegetables, cooked grains, nuts, natural sweeteners, mild warming spices, and warm milk products in moderation, make up the pillars of the yogic diet to develop a strong Earth tattva. On the flip side, dry fruits, dry grains (think rice cakes), and raw vegetables bring more air tattva into your body. The cabbage family, including broccoli, also abounds in air, and contradicts your efforts to get grounded. Beans can also be a problem, like any other food that creates gas, which is pure air tattva. Barley and oats are nutritious, grounding grains. For the ‘spaced out after sadhana’ yogi, a piping hot breakfast of these foods, with some warming cinnamon or cumin, sets the tone for a grounded, solid day.

Try daily connecting with mother earth and nature. Walk barefoot on the grass, do a handstand in the garden (one of my favourites) or just lie on the grass and look up at the sky feeling grounded and secure.

Apas Tattva -Water -Lust for breath and consciousness v exploitation

This tattva is linked to your conscious and subconscious emotions. Like water emotions flow through us, but when we get stuck on one, i.e., “ I should not feel jealous, angry, upset”, etc. this is when the flow stops and the balance goes.

To Balance- The key is not to stop the emotion but to make the energy of the emotion serve you. Channel it, jealously can be inspiration, anger can be channelled into determination. When you are overly emotional try drinking more water to bring yourself back to balance. Also try this meditation when you feel over whelmed or stuck with a particular emotion that you cannot shift. Turn that commotion into devotion.

Tuck your elbows into you’re rib cage, hands in gyan mudra, arms are at 60 degrees from the body. On one deep breath through the nose chant, Sat Narayan, hari Narayan, hari Narayan, hari, hari. After 11 mins put your hands in your lap and chant Wahe guru to balance the Rajas and Tamas gunas.

I also throw myself into the swimming pool, sea (preferable) or shower after an emotional time.

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Agni Tattva – Fire – Anger/Blame v Discipline/Will power over ourselves

Agni tattva is the fire of the Kundalini energy. It is increased with the practice of Kundalini Yoga. It aids in the digestion and absorption of food in order to provide the whole body with the vital energy needed for survival. Agni tattva burns our karmas, our blocks, and our fears. It gives us the strength of commitment, discipline, will-power, and the ability to carry out our intentions. It is the power to digest, absorb, and assimilate both physically and emotionally. Through the proper use of this element, we learn to fully digest the experiences that we get from life.

“You all want to get rid of your anger,” Yogi Bhajan would say. “Get rid of your anger and you won’t be able to digest your food.” The same capacity that causes us to get hot under the collar is what enables us to process food into energy. You can use this capacity to burn others, or to purify yourself. It can manifest as burnout, or as the radiance experienced in the purifying fire of Kundalini Yoga.

To Balance –Breath of Fire. Regularly monitoring yourself to make sure you are not supressing your anger thereby becoming passive aggressive. Use kriyas and exercise to sweat out the inner anger, use your determination for your Sadhana (daily personal practice).

 Vayu Tattva – Air – Attachment personal benefit v Wellbeing of All

The air element is seen as the teacher or Guru. It gives us life as we can only exist for a few minutes without it. It also gives us our purpose. It carries the sound current and you can still feel its light touch. How this element works in us determines how we engage with life. Was our first breath of ease or fear, that there would not be another. Monitor your breath, are you rushing to greedily grab a breath or can you exhale deeply to evenly breath in?

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Balance – 16 stroke breath in and out through the nose, with your hands in Venus lock with the thumbs on top next to each other at the heart area. Try and make it a continuous breath so there is no break between the inhale and exhale. End by holding the inhale, squeezing the locks for 15 sec x 3. Then just breath normally feeling the air in your spine and the spaciousness of this element.

Akasha Tattva – Ether/Spirit – Pride/Ego v Focus on Soul or Infinite

Ether is the subtlest of these 5 tattvas. It is the ability to see the subtle, beyond the obvious. It is understanding the drop of sea water contains the elements of the entire ocean. You can understand through wisdom without needing the details of how and why?

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Balance – We can meditate on the Trikutee mantra which understands that we are our own guru or teacher. Bringing ourselves from the darkness of unconsciousness to the light of consciousness. When we recite this with devotion to ourselves it builds trust, triggers our destiny and releases fear. Meditate on Wahe guru – 11mins.  Sat nam Fi x sanasumainsrilanka.wordpress.com read our weekly blogs and brain candy updatesraymond.fiona@gmail.com www.sanasuma.co.uk 0778011984

This week’s classes:

Tues 18 April 6-7pm             Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 19 April 5- 7.30am        Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 19 April 3-3.45pm         Radiant kids yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road,

Wed 19 April 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Co

Sat 22 April 5am-8pm          Sadhana then TT Level 1 @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Sun 23 April 5am-6pm         Sadhana then TT Level 1 @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Sadhana students can attend for free, if you want to stay for Teacher Training Level 1 – Half day is 3000Rs full day 5000Rs. Please let me know in advance. Full day includes 2 meals, half day 1 meal.

Joy- Give yourself to Permission – Kundalini, Gong and Meditation Classes

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My intention this week had been to write about the emotion of shame, but events of the last few days completely changed my focus.

Last week at the end of a very intensive weekend of Kundalini Level 1 Teacher Training, I was asked by my dear friend and colleague Annoushka to give myself a break and come away with her to attend a yoga retreat for 2 days at Ulpotha. Not only is Ulpotha one of my favourite places in the world but also one of my favourite teachers Melissa Smith was teaching.

I learnt so much, by giving myself time out, permission to dive into the depth of myself and feel joy. I first had to first process guilt and worry about cancelling a class, but all these emotions melted away as I smelt and heard the rain hitting the dry red earth, listened to the birds at dusk, heard the rustle of the wind in the trees as it picks up tempo before a storm. The sounds of the frogs and insects in our tropical paradise of Sri lanka. The feeling of water on my skin, weirdly hot and cold in the lake in Ulpotha. To the sound of my heart and breath during asana, meditation and relaxation.

All these things reminded me that I was not here on earth just to survive. I was also divinity, a co-creator of my reality. Survival was the old way, governed by our worries and intellect, linked with our fear of existence. With it comes judgment, blame, shame and guilt. When we separate from our innate nature of love and joy, our psyche splits into the polarity of good/bad, right/wrong, a two-dimensional world where life is a burden, a struggle. When we give ourselves permission to work with our heart brain, at a higher mental and physical frequency and do everything in the name of joy, even the boring or difficult things become effortless, effort. We act/do or work towards what we want, use the pause between the effort and surrender to be fully present to the reality of what IS. Then you can surrender yourself to the flow of life and receive the outcome with ease. Fulfillment, contentment and joy reside in the heart brain. Give up your worry of survival, do something inspiring that puts joy in your heart every day, even if it is just a beautiful affirmation, poem, deep breath, kiss, singing, chanting, the feel of the air on your skin, anything that connects you with the joy that always resides in your heart. This will allow you to access the deep well that resides in all of us, that will allow you to relax, trust and know all your dreams will be fulfilled.

With thanks to everyone in my life, to all the lessons I learn daily and the opportunity to experience existence.

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Tues 14 Mar  6-7pm Kundalini Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 15 Mar   5- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 15 Mar   3-3.45pm    Radiant Kids Class@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 15 Mar  7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road Col 5

Fri     16 Mar  3- 5pm Teachers Class and Meeting@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock

Sat 17 Mar 9.30-10.30am Hatha General @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock, Col 5

Sun 18 Mar 10-11am Hatha General@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock, Col 5

Sun 19 Mar 5.30-7pm Healing Gong Bath@ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Pl, Col 7

Emotions – Your Biochemical Gland Laboratory – Kundalini Yoga

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Last week looked at the Nervous system, how we withstand the stresses and strains of life. The depth or strength of your nervous system determined whether you could experience the moment, process it and let it go.

We look at anatomy in Kundalini yoga because we want to understand why our brain produces certain thoughts and what feelings come from what glands and organs. We even investigate what foods, habits, yoga asanas and breathing techniques are recommended to regulate our hormones or endocrine system.

The endocrine glands manufacture certain chemical compounds called hormones which regulate all the functions of the body. The body and personality are dependent on the proper functioning of the endocrine glands for the maintenance of good health. For example, an over secretion of thyroxin, (produced by the thyroid gland) makes us irritable, tense, overexcited, speedy. Thoughts race around and the body metabolism speeds up. This is the opposite when the there is a under production of thyroxin.

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Yogi Bhajan used the half cobra for a lot of the sets because half cobra is very important in relating to the emotional body. It opens up the pelvis and the pelvis is the bowl that holds the glands and organs that produce the hormones and peptides that create a lot of our emotional sensation. To attain optimum health, every gland must work efficiently and in harmony with the other glands. Together they form an axis controlled by the master pituitary gland and brain.

Emotional Intelligence is understanding that all emotions are energy which can be used for our benefit. We have been told to be afraid of our anger so be bottle it up. The wise use of Angry energy is determination. The energy conversion in Confusion it decisiveness. Confusion is just decisiveness with no place to go.

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Our bodies are the most masterful, chemical, laboratories know to the Universe. Make a note this week, what makes you angry, anxious, upset, fearful etc. What are the triggers for these emotions? Be mindful when they are triggered to take action, but not be reactive. Is it food, people or certain scenarios? Start creating a map for yourself of your emotional body to really start mastering the self. Then use your body, breath and mind to start mastering your glands and organs, bringing them to balance so we can feel our emotions, know what to do with each one, experience the present moment without the mental commentary and process the what it.

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 27 Feb 6.15-7.30pm    Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 28 Feb  6-7pm Kundalini Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 1 Mar   5- 7.30am     Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 1 Mar   3-3.45pm      Radiant Kids Class@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 1 Mar  7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road Col 5

Sat 4 Mar  5- 7.30am Sadhana @ The Om Space, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

The Beauty of Being YOU

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A dear friend asked me a great question this weekend while we were on a blissful Kundalini Retreat in Guava House. He started to talk about the backlash against navel gazing, positive thinking and self-help discussed by the Scandi psychologist Svend Brinkmann. In an increasing pressurised world where everything is being accelerated, people are feeling the pressure to change not only to be physically healthier but also mentally. Svend states we should be asserting we are happy as we are. So how do we understand ourselves and face the challenges of life from a Yogic perspective.

The answer as usual is not black and white. The Universe is a subtle system and what we look for is not what perspective is the right or wrong but to dance on the knife edge between these concepts to get to the truth.

We are born perfect; the most beautiful soul incarnates into a human existence and the soul does not change throughout our lifetime. However, the consciousness that we are a spirit living in a human body soon disappears, as our personality and ego are shaped by our experiences, culture and genetic imprints. These imprints dull the light of this perfect soul, forcing us to create great illusions about ourselves and the world around us, to cope with life.

The starting point is neither to deny change which is a natures process nor believe we are innately imperfect and only through striving to change can this be altered. The reality is that most of us are longing for something. We may fill that longing with food, sex, shopping or being overly entertained but that dissatisfaction keeps us searching and what we are really searching for is to reconnect with our perfect soul.

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  1. Firstly, we need to accept who we are and where we are. If we do not go within and do this, we are in denial. If you do not start from the correct starting point you can never get to where you want to go. If you refuse to accept you have an illness how can it ever get better? This is a subtle internal process of simple acknowledgement, it does not need to be fuelled by self-hate or judgment.
  2. Once you see your real self, all the great bits and the all the shadows, now is the time to start the work of processing all those hidden emotions you did not acknowledge, which have now been transferred into your body, subconscious and unconscious mind. This shadow self which exists in all of us needs to be brought into the light of our consciousness and only through conscious acceptance will the energies that created the shadow be released, to eventually leave the clarity and purity of the real you, (SAT NAM) which you were born to be.9745201a-84ce-4eb6-821a-84f802f68457-767x1032Then you can face life from the reality of YOU. There are no more moments wasted on wishing it to be different . . . it is what it is. Life will always appear slightly greater than you think in order for growth. Not only do you grow in ability — you grow in your outlook; you grow in your courage; you increase your willingness to meet the ever-increasing challenges and obstacles placed before you.

    As if engaged in a total immersion video game experience, life constantly re-ups the game-skill requirements as your skillset increases. This is the nature of life everything is alive everything must change everything must grow. When you view your circumstances through this lens, you access all the abilities to accomplish each moment; you welcome each moment as a measure of your ability.

    So, both perspectives are correct we need to accept where we are but also, we need to be ready to work with ourselves to reach our true potential, our birth right to be a healthy, happy and whole human being.

    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 13 Feb 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

    Tues 14 Feb 6-7pm  Kundalini Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road,

    Wed 15 Feb   5- 7.30am    Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS) Shaungh Teaching

    Wed 15 Feb   3-3.45pm  Radiant Kids Class@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

    Wed 15 Feb 7.15-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga @the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road,Col5