How to Deal with the Pressure Cooker of Life – Kundalini Yoga 6.15-7.30pm Mon 16 Oct @ Prana Lounge

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Just as Yogi Bhajan predicted, now more than ever people need to know how to quickly and efficiently deal with the pressures of the times.

Since 2002 when I discovered Kundalini Yoga I have watched the pressures of our technological ages consume more and more of our fading attention span and vitality. The demands we are facing as human beings has exponentially increased with the development in technology. In this pressure cooker inflicting pressure, tension and friction on us something profound is also happening. Mainly a viral need for physical, emotional understanding and wellness on a deeper and deeper level.

Last week I was honoured to take part in a Hatha Yoga Teacher Training(YTT), to introduce the technology of Kundalini yoga, Chakras, Tattvas and the Gong. I was so impressed with the young ladies who are doing the training. For taking the chance to go deep, connect with themselves and their soul.   I joke that everyone now a days is a yoga teacher, but it makes me feel supremely happy as this is another sign of the change of the times. When I trained 15 years ago, my family thought I was nuts to turn in a good job as a lawyer to pursue teaching yoga, now it is common place.

From my experience what I have found is that Kundalini yoga kriyas and meditations are a quick and efficient way to release the stress and pressure of these times, more efficient than a cocktail or a movie. The pressure is not a bad thing. The pressure has made many look deep inside of themselves and ask the hard questions. Just like the girls on the YTT.

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I feel personally this technology has given me a different perspective on life. A way that does not require me to follow a religion or rely on my teacher to initiate me. You can right here, right now in a very short time be connected to a deeper pulse of your life force which manifests in instant, peace, harmony, mental clarity, neutrality and wellness.

This is not some form of denial and fakism that pretends that there are no up and downs in life, gains and losses. But it does mean that I am training myself to use the now as a guide for joy, wisdom and learning to gain a greater understanding and experience of myself. This I was born to do. Join me all week as we practice kriyas and meditations to help you cope with the pressure and thrive.

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 This week’s classes:

Mon 16 Oct 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 17 Oct 9.30-10.30am Kundalini Yoga @ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 17 Oct 3.30-4.30pm Special Needs Kids Class@ Reach Beyond, Tickell Rd, Col 8

Tues 17 Oct 5.30-6.30pm Kundalini Yoga @ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Wed 18 Oct 5.00- 7.30am Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 18 Oct 3-3.45pm         Radiant Kids Yoga@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Wed 18 Oct 7.15-8.15pm    Kundalini Yoga@The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Thurs 19 Oct 3-4pm             Kudanlini Yoga@ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

 

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Isaac Newton 3rd Universal Law – Kundalini Yoga 6.15-7.15pm Nov 21st

When I first discovered Kundalini Yoga in Quito, Ecuador around April 2002, I fell in love! Not consciously but unconsciously. Something felt familiar and wonderful about this bizarre practice which was nothing like any other type of yoga I had practiced before. But it also made me start feeling, all feelings not just good ones. Suddenly I became aware of the underlying anxiety I felt, this anxious feeling I still get that I am not good enough, do not work hard enough are inherently lazy… etc. I had left a highly pressured, stressful dream job as a human rights lawyer working under the most talented, fearless female lawyer Louise Christian to suddenly become a housewife in a strange country where I could not even speak the language, it was perfect. I had stepped out a comfort zone into a completely new world just to realise that all my anxiety was not created by my work but by my untrained brain.

During my 2 wonderful years in Ecuador my heart opened, soul soared like a Condor, but sometimes I felt I was making no progress at all, 3 steps forward, 2 steps back. I was still me, I still got angry, sad, worried etc. I thought yoga would make all that go away and I would live in a blissful bubble a bit like the fantasy books I read. But once this expectation for a perfect life and perfect new Fiona faded the real beauty of life with all its up and down started to be experienced.

I have also become conscious over the years that misery can also be comforting. We do not realise that when we are sick or worried and we tell our loved ones, we get sympathy. We are addicted to this sympathy because it makes us feel understood, valued, loved as oppose to being strong and always great, then we are looked up to for guidance, we must be the light and this scares us. We are more scared of our greatness than our weakness. Close your eyes an image you without any of your imaged disabilities, may they be physical back pain or emotional pain. What would that all powerful you look like, how would you deal with problems, if you feel you can always find the solutions?

Isaac Newton’s third Universal law states, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Remember this in your needy, anxiety, feeling low or down moment. We can start to know intellectually and feel consciously that if I am sick in this moment there also exists the opposite which is healing. I just have to redirect my energy and thoughts from the concentration on sickness to habits and thoughts about healing. Now is not the time for why has this happened to me? I had an important day and needed to finish my list. Now is a time for surrender and redirection, super consciousness.

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Einstein said “Imagination today is reality tomorrow”. So let’s not get caught up in the general malaise of Brexit, Trumps victory, the state of the Environment, or why is the world going to hell? Let’s focus those strong emotions of angry, rage and redirect them into being more determined to do a physical practice every day, start learning something new, start to meditate or increase our meditation practice, kick the inner lazy voice and wake up 10 mins early to feel grateful for the day, grateful for our breath and do something to increase our immune system (3mins breath of fire – obviously not on your moon cycle) as well as being kinder to all around us.

Once you feel the path going backwards, do not continue to let despondency occupy your mental space with its repetitive story either in your head or as you repeat it to get sympathy from you friends. For this will occupy the space needed to find the solution the healing in any situation. Become the change you want to see and by your actions not your words others including family members will start following your lead. Because at this time we do not need someone to tell us what to do, we need to be shown by example what the lightness of being looks like. Then the third law of equal and opposites will take over and tip the balance away from tragedies to levity.

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

Tues 22 November 6-7pm             Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 23 November 4.45- 7am        Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 23 November 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

I am GREAT, no matter what I feel – 6.15-7.30pm Mon 7 Nov Prana Lounge

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There are days when I wake up for my early morning practice and classes feeling terrible. It could have been a bad night’s sleep, my physical body feeling off, mental complaints about the oil pulling and cold shower I need to take before I start the practice, a weird dream or all the above. When I experience life through my feelings, (tamas guna) and my minds genetic or intellectual memory, even other people thoughts (rajastic guna) the sensory information and loud mental chatter can be overwhelming. Is goes like this I feel…… I think, I feel like…..etc.

Just because your feelings and mind are the loudest sound in your awareness, does not mean this is the only way to process information coming into your consciousness. Once again the negative mind has been alerted to danger and it is, trying to protect you, with doubt, worry, fear and concern. This processing will keep me physically safe but also narrow my experience and prevent me from experiencing joy and the glory of existence.

We were born into this physical experience to experience our glory. The other way of processing information is to open your system to the Universal mind (Chita) opening your intuition, to gain access to the map of your destiny.   We get confused between intuition and our feelings. Most of us think we are accessing our intuition but really we are just accessing our feelings which we then support with argumentative thought. The reality is we do not want to be outstanding because this makes us stand out and we feel we will be the subject of ridicule or attack. You need to do something with yourself to stand out so you do not compete, compare and compute. If you are competing, comparing or computing you are trying to fit in with the outside world. We are always seeing ourselves through the eyes of others.

I still worry to a smaller and smaller extent what others think of me but I know this is not the only way to perceive reality. I guarantee to myself I am not going to be contained by the mirror of someone else’s external view of me. Let’s try on not play to the audience, a lot of our mental energy goes into determining how you look to others. You are catching lots of subtle signals about how accepted you are by the way other people act and speak to you.

What if there was no other to get an opinion about yourself from, no mirror? How would that look and feel for you? If would be completely freeing. Allow yourself to be YOU do not let anyone or anything shut that down.

Yogi Bhajan said he has never seen birds in a tree singing the dawn chorus and then turning around to each other to ask, “how did I do?” They are also social animals like us.

Your point is not even to influence the majority, your point is to be you, there is no one in this moment who will ever be like you, ever again in infinity.

In order to stop people shutting you down or you shutting down because of other people’s opinions, you have to wake up every day and practice positive mental reinforcements and decide to be confident in you. You stretch into your body glove to feel you, you feel your breath, your sound and tell yourself you are gorgeous. Remember beauty is in the eye of the beholder so if you want to see beauty, your judgement needs to be that everything is beautiful. See everything as beautiful because it is just an opinion. Why do we not see beauty in everything, because our negative mind is looking for danger to protect us. We got this idea from millions of years ago, because if we saw everything as beautiful we would feel too uplifted and not see the danger. We no longer need to be that worried. So, say to yourself, “I am Great, MY body may be tired, MY mind may be fearful, feeling lonely, but I am always great. If you change your internal conversation enough to see beauty in everything and say to yourself I am great. Very soon you will be. When you can uplift yourself never mind the mood, you will be able to uplift all around you and then you start feeling really great as well as being great. There will be days where you cannot bring yourself to uplift yourself or anyone else, forgive yourself and move on. Guilt is a form of protection which blunts the lessons we are being given, if you let guilt rule, you will not move forward.

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

Tues 8 November 6-7pm             Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

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

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

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

Fri   11 November 6.30-7.30pm   Community Class (BY Donation) @The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Rd

Sat   12 November 6 -7.30pm     Gong Bath @ Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe, Galle.

Mon 14 November 6.15-7.30pm Poya Gong Bath@ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Negative Thoughts our and others how do we cope with them? Kundalini yoga and meditation 6.15-7.30pm Mon 17 Oct @ Prana Lounge

images8icqvpv9When I was younger I felt a little superior as I thought I was such a happy and positive person and got upset when someone said anything negative or critical.

I have now come to understand what the negative mind is and how it works. We all have 3 functional minds the negative mind being the first one and the strongest. It is the strongest because it is the protective mind, your alarm system. Its value is that it warns you of danger or if you will be at a disadvantage. If the negative mind had not been strong in ancient times your genetic line would not have survived to produce YOU.  But when we let our negative mind get too strong it can make our life a living hell. We see danger everywhere instead of opportunity or choice.

The second functional mind is the positive mind. It is expansive and sees the gain or advantage in any situation. The third mind, the neutral mind is not scared by the negative mind or fooled by the wishful thinking of the positive mind. It is conscious and wise giving you the solution that you can trust, that has your best interests at heart.

So we should be aware of what the negative mind says, but use the other 2 minds to assess it, in order to decide if the treat is real or perceived.

Last week I was at Borderlands in Kitual Gala and went river cannoning, which entails climbing, sliding and jumping down a river. Many times my negative mind became so strong, I could feel my heartbeat, fear made everything around me come into intense focus. I could see light glinting off the beautiful butterfly, the sound of the river pounding the rocks, the intense green of the trees around me. But I let my other minds tell me that the risk of injury was very small, that jumping from 15ft into a beautiful pool was fun and the risk was not real only perceived.

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Now we have understood our own negative thought process, lets deal with external negativity. It is easy to feel that other people are ruining your mood because of their thoughts, words and actions. Other people can put your plans down, tell you, you can never achieve your dreams, or just moan or complain. This can dissolve your good mood.

1.Always Ask Why do I react to this?

But is it our reaction to that person or situation that really kills the good mood. It is much easier to go off and live on your own in a cave and practice a yogic lifestyle and philosophy, but if you want to live in this practical world and be a yogi you have to deal with all the normal challenges and work on yourself internally to transform reactions to other people’s negativity. Ask yourself the questions, “What is it in me that reacts to someone else’s negative words, actions?” Is it a reflection of some subconscious fears, negativity, etc. that you have not acknowledged and dealt with yet? Instead of blaming the other it is much more productive to look within.

2.Non judgmental

As yogis we do not learn yoga to feel superior to others, above all of these human emotions, instead we allow it to makes us REAL, approachable, fearless to discover all our shadows and shine our conscious awareness on them.   This all sounds easy to do but it takes patience, time and practice.

3. Work on your Aura

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3 mins of breath of fire per day will help increase the strength and power of your electromagnetic field or aura. Your aura protects you from negativity, internally within yourself and externally. The stronger the aura the less you feel the effect of outside lower energy frequencies, whether it be people or places. There are many other practices to increase your aura, the cold shower ishnaan, wearing white or a light colour made of natural material, yoga especially for the electromagnetic field.

4. Lead by Example

People who practice yoga know the magic it creates in our lives. If yoga has allowed you to have a more positive outlook on life, share that with the negative people in your life. Do not preach, but bring in inspirational stories into your conversation. When someone wants to gossip, say plainly that I do not feel comfortable talking about that person. Explain to them how you’ve been able to see the good in things and how this has made all things in life more enjoyable. By giving them tools to change rather than isolating or attacking them, you are helping them to change on their own.

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

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

Wed 19 October 4.45- 7am      Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 19 October 3-3.45pm       Radiant Kids Class@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 19 October 7.15-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road Col 5

Kundalini the energy of Awareness

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Kundalini is the life force of awareness. When we elevate the Kundalini we encounter a force in our nervous system and mind that strips away all that is not needed.  Awareness can be defined by the quality of your conscious in combination with the rely of the sensory information that is sent to you to at any given moment.

Kundalini energy is often referred to as a sudden fiery, mind blowing energy travelling up the spine to elevate your consciousness; so called Kundalini rising.   This dramatic experience may well happen to some people, but the technology of Kundalini Yoga that has been given to us by Yogi Bhajan creates a subtle experience. My experience is of this gentle subtle energy and subtle changes in my life. I have had an awakening but it is very much a work in progress, captured in my experience of feeling greater and greater awareness during certain moments in my day when I have the presence to move my attention from my busy mind with its worries and doubts, into my body and breath. These moments of being aware of the finite in my inhale and the infinite in the exhale allow me to open up to life. I more easily catch my mind as it becomes frustrated with the reality of a situation and move beyond its limited interpretation of life to one where all solutions and possibilities are a reality. Catching the blame and forgiving it, before it turns inwards and destroys the self-love that I have carefully nurtured.

Our expectations of a situations set ourselves up to catch that moment. Like the calculations you make to catch a ball in your hands. I find that the development of my awareness, allows me to calculate and prepare less so instead of living through my expectations I can be more flexible in my acceptance of the IS. Instead of setting up the moment with my old expectations, life can now open up and allow a new future to arrive. As we continually grow our awareness we get better and better at catching ourselves when we slip back into old patterns of blaming, non-acceptance, rage, frustration etc.

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Have supreme patience with yourself, start your day with pre forgiveness for the times you will slip up during the day and forgive yourself each time you do. Take time to bless yourself and count your blessing. Explore life with innocent wonder. Realise your potential as an infinite being in a finite body. Realise that each moment is part of the infinite, even if it is not what you desire. Allow yourself and others around you to flourish without dulling their spirits.

Kriya to connect with your infinite source of energy

1. Sit in easy pose. Stretch your left arm out to the side with the fingers in gyan mudra and the palm up. The right elbow is bent, the palm faces forward, and the hand is about the level of the ear. The right thumb and sun finger (ring finger) connect to form surya mudra while the other fingers point upward. Inhale and exhale. Hold the breath out and pull the navel, mentally chanting “Har” with each pull of the navel. Begin by chanting “Har” eight times with the breath held out. When you are comfortable with that, increase the number of times you pull the navel and mentally chant “Har” until you can chant “Har” twenty times before you inhale. 11 Minutes.
To finish: Rapidly pump the navel 108 times either with the breath held in or with the breath held out. (Your choice)

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Mon 10 October 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 11 October 6-7pm          Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 12 October 4.45- 7am    Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 12 October 3-3.45pm    Radiant Kids Class@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 12 October 7.15-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road Col 5

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.

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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.

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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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Mastering Polarity – Kundalini Yoga and Meditation

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What are polarities and how do we live with them let alone master them? Polarity describes opposite forces that actually represent complementary, interconnected systems; the physical and the mental, the finite and the infinite, yin and yang, up and down. They are opposites but still part of the whole. Polarities are a physical law of science. Without polarity life would be flat without depth. We can only know how beautiful a sunny day is because we have cloudy, grey and rainy days. The sweetness of clotted salty cream fudge is only made more delicious by the pinch of salt added to the fudge. Polarities really can be complimentary when used in the correct proportion in our lives.

We talked about the mind a lot last week when we dug deep into the theme of meditation. We also find that the mind loves polarities as it is helpful for our functional mind to classify life as good or bad, white or black, etc. We teach our children to know the world through polarity, even their simplest books look at contrast to describe life.   This is because our functional mind in divided into 3 minds, the negative, positive and neutral. The first mind is the negative mind, it sees the danger and pitfalls, it’s job is to protect you. The positive mind sees the potentials, it’s job is to be expansive and creative. The neutral mind assesses the input from both negative and positive and responds from a neutral place.  The neutral mind is also called the meditative mind. This is the mind where we learn to master the polarities.

The Diagonal Energy and Value

Through cultivation of a non-reactive and quieter, neutral mind we can find the truth and juxta position in any situation. Everything is not purely black or white, we can learn to dance on the knife edge of life, the very line that Yin_and_Yang_svg.png

separates the yin and yang   . As yogis we chose, this diagonal energy, the mutual coexistence. The possibility that both realities exist is not contradictory nor is it completely logical! This is not a comfortable place to sit in as the mind craves certainty. The Diagonal values are less about higher notions of perfection, but more about acceptance from a place of conscious reality.

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ATTITUDE FIRST VALUE POLARITY DIAGONAL VIRTUE
Towards Suffering of Others Cannot relate, Cruel, Blame Pity, Bleeding heart, Sympathy Compassion
Towards Danger &Fear Caution, Self Protection Daring, Bravado Bold Courage
Towards Discipline Fanatic, doing everything as a ritual Autonomy, Independent

 

Obedience, Self love
Towards Desire Prudish, Flat, Bored Hedonistic Passionate, Inspired

 

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Mon 26 September 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 27 September 6-7pm          Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 28 September 4.45- 7am        Sadhana @ at Uta’s 21/21 Ananda Balika Mwt, off Pagoda Rd, Pitakotta

Wed 28 September 3-3.45pm       Radiant Kids Class@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 28 September 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Fri   30 Sept 6.30-7.30pm            Community Class @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road (by Donation)

Sat   1 Oct     5-7.30am                   Early morning Sadhana @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road (FREE)

Sat 1 Oct       9.30-10.30am             Hath General @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Sat 1 Oct       6.15-7.45pm              Gong Healing and meditation @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Sun 2 Oct     10-11am                       Hatha General @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

 

 

Yogic Food Wisdom – Kundalini Yoga 6.15-7.30pm Mon 29 Aug @ Prana Lounge

When I was young I would eat like a horse. I was very proud of how much I could eat and I did not care if it was a Sara Lee double chocolate cake or a McDonald’s burger. I did notice however at a certain stage in my life I started to put on weight. I was a bit outraged at the idea that as you get older you cannot eat the junk you ate as a teenager, until I discovered why during my Kundalini Yoga course in Humanology.

Now I understand that my body, mind and emotions go through regular cycles. During these cycles if I want to optimise feeling good, physically, mentally and emotionally I need to adjust my diet and activities to correspondent with these natural changes. Diet in fact should be appropriate to what we are doing and in what phase of life we are in.   The first 1-30 years roughly, are spent building the body. Our body tends to be moist and heavy we are prone to respiratory problems and phlegm. During this time, we should eat drying astringent foods like pomegranate, green apples, green grapes and drink green tea. We can also consume more fats and carbohydrates. We have the energy to burn up calories at their fastest pace during this phase in our lives.

During our middle years around 30-60 we tend towards excess heat in the body and inflammatory disorders. If you are suffering with arthritis you need to eat less yoghurt, cheese, tomatoes and vinegar. Increase cooling foods and drinks like coconut, sweet fruits, water melon, rice, milk, cabbage, squash, sweet potatoes. During this phase you need to eat one third less than you ate during the first third of your life, otherwise as your metabolism slows down you will slowly gain weight.

In our elder years we tend to become colder and drier. Elders suffer from constipation as digestive juices are secreted less. Well-cooked easy to digest foods are needed. Also anti-aging rejuvenative foods like green vegetables, beetroot, etc. Drink warm drinks, include spices like cinnamon, garlic and cloves. Apples, prunes, beetroot, broccoli, oatmeal and chickpeas are good foods for this age. Also aim to eat two-thirds less than during the first third of your life, as the muscle mass decreases in the body and the metabolism slows down further.

Practical Application

Fungus – if you are suffering from a fungal infection like candida that will not go away, you need to be conscious of your emotional state. Are you supressing feelings of sorrow, feeling a victim or are you passive aggressive? Could you reframe your thoughts and emotions and feel like you have volunteered for everything that has happened to you in life and the bigger picture of your existence.

Viruses – if you are always getting viral infections you may feel frustrated about unfulfilled expectations or life lessons. Can you reframe your life to create more compassion, tolerance and peace within by coming from your heart centre?

Bacteria – feeds on feelings of deep emotional pain and fear. Can you reframe your mind to feel you are equal to all of your challenges and face the fear and do it anyway?

Parasites – Anger fuels internal parasites. Can you start moving that heat of anger up to the heart centre where you can feel forgiveness? Do cooling pranayamas like Sitali to take the heat out of any anger issues?

Onions are anti-allergy foods. Onions contain bioflavonoids quercetin, this inhibits an enzyme, lipoxygenase which generates an inflammatory chemical. This will help reduce the inflammatory cells in the respiratory tract of asthmatics. Also good for coughs. You need to make equal amounts of onion juice and honey. Take 3 to 4 teaspoons daily.

Garlic reduces cholesterol and blood pressure as well as aiding stomach ulcers. A recent study in the Netherlands confirmed that garlic kills bacterium associated with stomach ulcers, Helicobacter pylori. Make a rice pudding using garlic and as little rice as possible and milk, cook it until it is soft and take it for 5 days.

Ginger is seen as the Universal medicine. It increases circulation, good for colds, arthritis, increases digestion and reduces phlegm. Ginger is also high in calcium and iron content. Great also for nausea, and reduces bloating. You can take up to 3grams per day in capsules or 1 tsp chopped fresh in tea 3 times a day.

Celery widely considered one of the most cooling foods which is rich in organic sodium (not sodium chloride or salt). If you suffer from insomnia you need to take a juice or steamed celery stalks before bed. 8-16flu oz. with a little prune juice will help soothe your nervous system and send you off to sleep.

Beetroot juice. King detoxifier of the liver. You must mix beetroot juice with other veggie juices so that all the toxins don’t get blasted out into our blood stream all at once. Also a great cure for haemorrhoids.

Green veggies are another great detoxifier and antioxidant. Drink 32 flu oz. per day or 4 measuring cups.

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This week’s classes:

Mon 29 August 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 30 August 6-7pm             Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 31 August 4.45- 7am        Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 31 August 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Fri   2 Sept 6.30-7.30pm       Community Class @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road (by Donation)

Sat 3 Sept 5-7.30am  Group Sadhana @The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road,Col 5 (FREE)

Sat   3 Sept 9.30-10.30am     Hatha General @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Sun 4 Sept 10-11am                 Hatha General @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Yogi Body Image – Kundalini Yoga 6.15-7.30pm Mon 22 Aug

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How we relate to our Body Image

How should we relate to our bodies and how does this relationship affect our sense of self, self esteem and health? What experiences, beliefs and habits about our bodies do we acquire through our life cycles? When we can answer these questions we can also see how our body image affects our emotions, behaviour and how we relate to our partners, friends and family.

During adolescence into adulthood suddenly we are confronted by the physical changes in our body, our new found sexuality and how the world perceives our body image. We all form a body image during this period. This is formed not only by the physical sensations of our body and how it looks, but it is heavily influenced by perceptions, the media and our emotions.

Our body image is not static, it is a perception of the size, shape, boundaries and emotions evoked by that perception. For example on a good day we may like the way our legs look but on a day we are feeling down we can fixate on how fat the same legs look. This is all a mental perception, your leg shape would not have altered in one day.

In yoga we focus on a healthy, reality-based body concept. We emphasis a postive body image and constructive habits to promote feelings of physical happiness and wellness. We try to understand where any negtive perceptions of the body have come from. Because if our bodies sense of self is distorted, negative and unreal there are many unwanted consequences.

Our body image perception comes from:

  • Our inner experiene of our physical body, health, sensations, movements.
  • Our outer experiene of the body comes from the third person point of view, ie what our friends, family, culture and the media say about our body image.

 

For young women, the image is largely dependant on their mothers and fathers, they will take on the one which is most negative about body image. This may distort their sense of self, they may over eat to numb or protect themselves from life.

Young men can be affected by overly protective mothers or overly aggressive fathers. This may distort their body image greatly, so they feel they need to put on extra muscle to protect themselves from life.

When we feel negative feelings about our body we tend to try and get rid of these feelings. At this point we can either create good coping strategies:

  • Like better eating habits,
  • Self acceptance (if you want something to be difference than it is, you must first accept it as it is)
  • Increased physical activity.

 

Or negative demoting habits like:

  • Emotional eating /over eating
  • Dieting and rapidly exercising to loose weigth
  • Obsessesive thoughts about body image or weight

 

  • Body surgery

For women especially negative feelings about their body image are supported by western culture, mass and social media. A young women’s subconscious is deeply imprinted by unrealistic images of what a desireable women’s body should look like. We are told that if we do not look like a model in Cosmopolitan then we will not be attractive to men. The imprint on our adolescent mind at this stage of our development cannot should not be undersestimated. It is at this time when we most want to be socially accepted, which affects our biology, motivation and emotions.

During yoga we reset the body image, by renewing a positive relationship with the self. We do asanas to feel the strength, flexibility and sensations in our body. This mindful movement, experience of feeling our internal energy, being part of a group or community and accepted as you are, grounds a positive self and helps align our body image with our current reality.

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Practical Application

Notice when you eat your next meal, do you chat with people, read, look at your phone or watch T.V? This demoting habit is about distraction and reward. If you do this you will tend to eat your food unconsciously, eat too fast and then not notice when you are full so over eat. Try instead to spend a few seconds looking at your food before you eat it. When you start eating concentrate on every bite, chew, enjoy the sensations and flavours. Notice when your body feels full. Your mind will never be full, it will always want more because your mind does not have a body.

Notice when you exercise, are you unconscious? Watching T.V to distract you from the physical sensations of your body? If you do this you may tend to strain your muscles, over or under exercise, not feel physically, mentally satisfied after exercising. Once again just like in a yoga practice, try to stay present and focussed as you exercise and see the difference. Get rid of your expectations of what this exercise will make you look like and enjoy the benefits of regularly physical movement and the sensation of wellness it brings to your being.

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This week’s classes:

Mon 22 August 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 23 August 6-7pm             Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 24 August 4.45- 7am        Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 24 August 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Fri   26 August 6.30-9pm   Community Class & Celebrate Yogi Bhajan’s Birthday, Gong and Kundalini           Meditation @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road (by Donation) bring some food to share for the pot luck party afterwards.

Sat 27 August 10-11am             Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Sat 27 August 5.30-7.00pm         Healing Gong Bath @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Life Recurring Themes – Kundalini Yoga Mon 15 Aug 6.15-7.30pm

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