Warm greetings to you!
So what am I offering to you this week?
Well this week we are focussing on stress release, and organ balance and how kundalini yoga helps you to detox, become free and vibrant again.
We consciously unload the heavy stuff. And yes, you are that powerful!!
I have included a kriya, and Yogi Bhajan’s contemplations/inspirations, and info about Adrenal fatigue (tiredness and lack of overall health), our India retreat coming up in December, and in relation to that more new information about Rishikesh and Amritsar also…
Do you find yourself feeling like all these promises of kundalini yoga self alignment/self-empowerment, can do so much (everything) for you, and that this suggestion this is just too much, and it can’t be possible?
Well everything is possible in the infinite moment of now, we need the awareness, openness and caring for the vessel to embrace that .. looking after ALL that you are: the body, the mind, and the spiritual dimension … that is powerful!! A bit like comparing running on 5 Watts, vs. 50 vs. 100 Watts … to hold that frequency, the physical aspect of your self needs to be prepared/healthy and cared for more and more…
What we call MIRACLES is basically what happens when your kundalini is flowing in a healthy way!
It is the ultimate life force, running on consciousness, prana and totally linked with your breath and awareness …
So the highest practise is to love yourself enough and DEEPLY, so as to take care of yourself by reflecting, intention-setting, while keeping in the flow of your heart and the bigger picture, and taking care of physical health through intuitive healthy eating and of course body alignment of the muscles, spine while harnessing the breath.
(all of which happens in a kundalini yoga class the way I hold it)
If you do honour yourself on all levels, you will be a powerhouse of incredibleness, find calmness, inner wisdom and be your own guru!!Guaranteed! And according to your graceful readiness of course!
We have our workshop on Adrenal health this Saturday
How does the adrenal axis affect you?
Here is a little taster:
Adrenal Fatigue leads to lower levels of a number of hormones and neurotransmitters, which in turn affects every single part of your body. Every individual with Adrenal Fatigue tends to have a slightly different set of symptoms, although there are common complaints.
The most common symptoms are those that are experienced by most (if not all) Adrenal Fatigue sufferers. These include symptoms like fatigue and food cravings.
Then there are the less common symptoms, which are only experienced by a smaller set of patients. These include low blood pressure and frequent urination. Typically, an individual with Adrenal Fatigue will have most or all of the main symptoms listed below, along with a handful of the less common symptoms. Do any of the below apply to you?
Here are the most common Adrenal Fatigue symptoms:
- Difficulty getting up in the morning
- Inability to handle stress
- Regular and unexplained fatigue
- Cravings for salty foods
- Mild depression
- Overuse of stimulants like caffeine
- A weak immune system
Difficulty getting up each morning, even after a long sleep?
When suffering from Adrenal Fatigue many people wake up extremely tired and ‘foggy’, even after getting a long sleep.
This can be caused by one of two factors.
Adrenal Fatigue sufferers in the early stages of their condition tend to be under significant stress, and therefore their adrenaline and cortisol levels are high.
This interrupts the natural cortisol cycle, leading to a state of alertness in the evening that prevents restful sleep.
Those Adrenal Fatigue sufferers who are at a later stage of the condition will have consistently lower levels of cortisol.
However, their blood sugar will tend to be much lower during the early morning (cortisol regulates blood sugar too). Your body realizes it’s hungry and forces you to wake up. Many Adrenal Fatigue sufferers are chronic late-night snackers for exactly this reason. You can get a better night’s sleep by improving your sleep hygiene.
High levels of fatigue each day
Do you feel that your energy levels are just at a permanently lower level than they used to be? Ageing is often a factor in this, but chronic stress can be a major contributor too. If you’re one of those people who finds themselves drinking more and more stimulating tea/coffee to compensate and just to get through the day, it might be time to look at the underlying cause behind your tiredness.
In the later stages of Adrenal Fatigue, your adrenals become depleted and unable to produce enough of the hormones that you need. This means that your levels of cortisol, along with neurotransmitters like adrenaline and norepinephrine, are generally lower than they should be.
The relative lack of these crucial hormones explains how patients suffering from Adrenal Fatigue find it difficult to ‘lift’ themselves or maintain any kind of reasonable energy level throughout the day. There is one exception though (see below) – Adrenal Fatigue sufferers sometimes experience a bounce in energy in the late evening.
If you want to get your energy levels back to where they were, there are a few things that you need to do.
- Improving your diet will give your adrenals and HPA axis the raw materials they need to recover.
- Removing sources of stress from your life will eliminate one of the causes of your Adrenal Fatigue.
- Changing your lifestyle will have a measurable impact on your ability to handle stress.
We will discuss and share this with kundalini yoga as your potent support! Very empowering, cleansing and aligning!
We have further workshops and feel free to suggest topics!
Our retreat to the Himalayas is getting fully into swing now, booking of flights at great prices and preparing for the amazing journey is happening!!
The aromatherapy workshop was incredible!!!!! And more coming up, to be announced!!
Blessings and oceans of love!!!!
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Kriya for Self-Reliance
Radiance is blocked by fears. Fear comes with dependence. The only dependence that is acceptable is complete dependence on Guru and wisdom, for that will lead to self-reliance, and that will vanish all the fears. If your self-reliance is strong, you are protected and those that are with you are protected.
This series provokes self-reliance and energizes several physical areas of the body. Exercise 1 sets the balance in the aura between north and south. It also puts a pressure on the liver to clean the body and increase courage. Exercises 2 and 3 open the Heart Center’s energy of compassion and surrender to infinite wisdom.
Exercise 4 works on the liver and Exercise 5 on the sexual energy. The last exercise is a meditation that can be extended to 31 minutes. When turning to the right, you are representing yourself as a unit identity of Truth. When turning to the left, your reliance is focused on the Infinite Wisdom. Reliance on Whaa-hay Guroo brings self-reliance as a unit in Sat Naam.
1. Sit with spine erect and legs extended straight out in front. The arms are straight forward, parallel to the ground. Inhale and lean back into a 60-degree angle; suspend the breath and lift both legs up as high as possible. Hold the breath as long as possible and then exhale, letting the legs down and bend forward, grasping the toes. Pull firmly on the toes and hold this position with normal breathing. After 11 minutes, take several deep breaths, then inhale and lean back 60-degrees and repeat the first part of the exercise three or four times.
2. Spine Flex in Rock Pose. Sit on the heels and place the palms on the thighs. Using the mantra Sat Naam, whisper powerfully the sound Sat while flexing the spine forward, and Naam while flexing backward. The sound will be like a snake. Continue the spine flex at a medium pace for 8 minutes. Then inhale and exhale 4 times. Relax.
3. Sit straight with palms together and thumbs crossed. Press the hands firmly together, putting pressure at the center of the chest. Bring the entire weight of the upper body into the hands and concentrate all the mental energy at the root of the nose. Meditate in this pose for 10 minutes.
4. Sit straight and move the waist from side to side in a regular rhythm. Continue for 3 minutes.
5. Spine Flex in Easy Pose. Begin a rapid spine flex holding the ankles. Concentrate on the forward motion a little more than the backward motion so that each flex puts a slight pressure on the sex organs. Continue for 3 minutes. Relax the body completely.
6. Sit erect with hands in Giaan Mudra. Concentrate at the root of the nose and turn the head over the right shoulder and chant Sat Naam. Turn the head over the left shoulder and chant Whaa-hay Guroo. Continue in a steady rhythm for 11 minutes.
©The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan
This kriya can be found in the manual, KRIYA, available through KRI.
Holy City of Amritsar
Pilgrims bathing in the Amrit Sarovar
The Golden Temple is the main attraction in the city, and the most important religious place to the Sikhs. It’s a stunning complex, and always full of thousands of pilgrims from all over India, excited to be at a place that they usually only see on television. The excitement to be here is infectious, and many people will be more than happy to tell you all about their religion and customs, and show you around the temple itself. Cover your head, remove your shoes and wander around one of the most amazing places in India. The complex is open almost 24 hours (06:00-02:00 the next day) and is worth visiting twice: once during the day, once at night, when it’s beautifully lit up.
As you arrive near the complex, you will more likely than not be accosted by hawkers trying to sell you bandanna’s to cover your head. It’s not a bad souvenir for INR10, but there’s also a big barrel of free ones to choose from at the entrance itself. Deposit your shoes at the subterranean building to the left of the entrance, wash your feet at the entrance and head in.
- Ghanta Ghar. This is the main entrance, sporting a distinctly Victorian clock-tower. Wash your feet in the water at the entrance in order to keep the temple clean.
- Amrit Sarovar. The giant pool of water that surrounds and reflects the Golden Temple. Sections (marked off by ropes) are set aside for male pilgrims wishing to bathe. For female pilgrims there is a separate bath-house enclosing a small part of the pool.
- Harmandir Sahib. This is the Golden Temple itself, floating above the Amrit Sarovar, housing the sacred Adi Granth scripture which is recited out loud during the day. This is the most crowded point, accessible by a bridge from the edge of the pool, and entry here is regulated by traditionally dressed Sikh guards. It’s a 2-storey structure where Sikh saints are seated on each floor.
- Akal Takht, directly opposite the Harmandir Sahib. Meaning “The Timeless”, this is where the highest council of Sikhs sits and deliberates. At night, the Guru Granth Sahib is taken to the Akal Takht.
- Central Sikh Museum, 2nd floor (entrance on the right side of the main side of the main entrance). Devoted to large gallery of paintings, mostly showing the gruesome ways countless Sikhs have been martyred, and various knick-knacks from the gurus. Free.
“Our purpose in this life is to live in higher consciousness and to teach others to live in higher consciousness. But the best test to that consciousness is humility, selflessness, and sweetness. When you teach, teach with honesty, truthfulness, and straightforwardness. As a teacher, never compromise. As a man, always compromise. The teacher who compromises is an idiot; a person who does not compromise is an idiot. Because the teacher does not teach for himself, but for the higher consciousness. And higher consciousness will never compromise with lower consciousness. This is a straight law and that has to be considered as a law; that has to be observed as a law.”
“The whole planet Earth shines with exactly the same radiance, and I am a part of it, and it is a part of me. And I know it is all temporary. Earth has given me a vehicle for staying on it, and I am beyond the vehicle. The day I have to leave, that vehicle has to be left back on this earth, deposited in its bosom safely and securely.”
― Yogi Bhajan, The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan: The Power of the Spoken Word
“There are a lot of things we need: One of these needs is that for the mind to work for you for the whole day, it must be fresh and clear; it must be made livable. That is why it is a requirement to rise early in the morning when nobody can disturb you, when you can be yourself. ”
“Whenever your mind is in duality, you are in trouble. There’s no way you can function. “Should I go North? Should I go South?” If you can’t decide which way you are going to go, you are going to sit right there. You’ll go neither North nor South-that’s called duality. Life is a gift of God and duality is a waste of that life. ”