I often say to students that you cannot stay the same when you practice Kundalini yoga. The very nature of what we do is to awaken the energy of consciousness, to practice in a way that sheds light on our self-imposed limitations, and invites us to think out of the box and develop our intuitive mind. Being able to live from our intuitive mind is one of the main goals of a Kundalini practitioner...
Sat Nam everyone! This Gratitude Monday I offer these words of Guru Arjan that I sang this morning:
"Wandering and wandering oh God; I have come. I have entered your sanctuary. This is Nanak's prayer oh God, Please attach me to your service."
I am here in Hawaii for my recording session with a great musician, and composer named Peter Kater. He has done a lot of incredible work. It is really fun to work with him. I find that it is like tapping the surface of a pond....with the littlest amount of effort this incredible music just ripples out full of heart and depth of experience...
"I have also included a video of Moon Kriya. This is actually a mediation that balances the moon energy within you. The moon governs the emotions and this specific meditation will help you rid yourself of fatigue and bring you lots of vitality and energy." Click here to go to the second installment of this meditation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dGYpmdz9r4
Yoga refers to a set of physical and mental exercises that tends to unite the body,mind and the soul. The five thousand years old science of yoga has lived through generations because of the immense benefits that mankind has derived from it. Any yoga forms, be it Kundalini Yoga, Hatha yoga or Ashthanga Yoga, it helps a person in re-inventing oneself, making the person healthy, happy and holy. Yoga derives from the Sanskrit word, “Yuj” meaning “to unite” or “unity”. The unity here is the union of the body and the mind. Meditation, one of the important aspects of yoga, is a discipline through which a person becomes more aware of his inner self. Music has a profund effect on the psyche f the human being. Since time immemorial, music and yoga are intrinsically related to each other. Music has many therapeutic qualities aside from general relaxation and stress relief. And in the realms of yoga, music is known to create a quiet and inspiring atmosphere. Spirit Voyage, an online music company, has an extensive collection of yoga and meditation music CDs and DVDs in store...
By Dr.Santokh Singh: I can say with complete certainty that whether you are releasing old karmas (yoga), or releasing nerve interference (chiropractic), this is the same process viewed from two different vantage points.
In 1974 I was introduced to both Kundalini Yoga and chiropractic and have been blessed with the opportunity to serve as a teacher and a chiropractor for over 30 years. What I want to share in this blog is the similarity of these two sciences and how they complement each other....
Yogi Bhajan had a clear understanding of what would happen as we entered the Aquarian Age and he warned us that solar storm activity would increase significantly and affect the magnetic field of the Earth.
The Aquarian Age is dawning. The final cusp ends on November 11, 2011. There are many dimensions to the radical shift of this Age. People everywhere are talking about it, making predictions or debunking it. Some sense the shift as a cataclysm or end of the world, others as a new beginning, and still others as a time of uncertainty and unpredictability.1
We have always experienced change, but rarely with this intensity and speed and never with this scope and vastness. This change is radical, not incremental. It is a simultaneous change in both outer and inner worlds. The mind is changing its sensitivity, its basic frequency and functioning. Our lifestyle is changing its sense of time, space, relatedness, and relevancy.1
Five Sutras for the Aquarian Age by Yogi Bhajan 1. Recognize that the other person is you. 2. There is a way through every block. 3. When the time is on you, start, and the pressure will be off. 4. Understand through compassion or you will misunderstand the times. 5. Vibrate the Cosmos. The Cosmos shall clear the path.
Sit in an Easy Pose, with a light jalandhar bandh.
Mudra: Raise the hands up in front of the face with the palms facing forward. Curl the fingers so that the fingertips press onto the mounds at the base of the fingers. Extend the thumbs out from the hands and press the thumb tips together. The thumbs form a little arc at the level of the lips. The elbows are relaxed, down by the sides of the chest. The hands are held 6 to 8 inches (15-20 cm) in front of the face.
Eyes: The focus is on the tips of the thumbs.
Breath: Begin to inhale completely in 8 equal strokes. Then exhale in 8 equal strokes. One entire breath cycle(16 strokes) takes about 10 seconds. The only mantra for this meditation is the sound of the breath itself.
Time: Continue for 11-31 minutes.
To End: Inhale deeply, hold the breath as long as comfortable, then exhale. Inhale again and stretch the hands upward. Pull up on the spine as you open and close the fists. Exhale. Repeat the last breath again. Relax.
Comments: The tips of the thumbs touch to form the arched look of the swan’s neck. This represents inner grace and the dominance of the neutral mind and the sattva guna. You observe all that happens with no anger or enmity. The absence of these reactions makes all the energy of prana available to the direction of the mind. The mind has joined with its prana. Concentrate on the rhythm of the breath. The 8:8 rhythm will work on the connection between the Heart Chakra and the immune system. The hand position will give you strength. This is not a beginner’s meditation. It should be practiced with respect, and the time should be increased slowly, as your nerves adjust to the psychosomatic changes the meditation initiates.
Happy New Year! Around Asia, people are celebrating the end of the Year of the Rabbit, and the beginning of the Year of the Dragon. And not just any dragon. We are now entering the Year of the Water Dragon. Only celebrated once every 60 years, the Water Dragon will bring auspicious change to us in 2012.
In the Chinese Zodiac, the dragon is the most powerful of the 12 signs. Dragons represent change, high energy, prosperity, and mobility. This year, the elemental energy of Water will temper some of the more intense qualities of the Dragon. For 2012 the Water Dragon will bring innovation, the ability to flow smoothly around obstacles, and successful expansion and growth. The peaceful, clear-thinking energy of the Water Dragon can help us see the needs of others, and work for the benefit of the people and wider world around us. The Water Dragon is a wise and powerful leader, and we can look to this powerful figure from the Asian Zodiac to inspire our yoga practice this year...
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is an effective natural bacteria-fighting agent that contains many vital minerals and trace elements such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, chlorine, sodium, sulfur, copper, iron, silicon and fluorine that are vital for a healthy body.
Many parents have experience teaching downward dog, cat/cow, and tree poses to young children. Adding Kundalini yoga movements can make your practice together more vigorous and playful while adding balance and better health to family life.
I began to practice Kundalini yoga when I was pregnant and felt the joyfulness eased my difficult pregnancy. After baby, I found the moves for non-pregnant people were even more fun. My toddler began to join me just before she could walk and, at nineteen months, could do an entire workout with me. I wanted to share this great way to get some more vigorous exercise while also entertaining your children...
The Crown Chakra is the 7th Chakra in the system. It is otherwise known as the “Tenth Gate” and by it’s Sanskirt name, Sahasrara, which means thousand petalled lotus. The Sahasrara is located at the top of the head and is associated with the pineal gland, which is said to be the seat of the soul.
The lower six chakras are yours to function on earth, but the Sahasrara Chakra is the connection to the source. It is our link to the universal & infinite consciousness, or God. God never separated from us. With our connection to The Source comes our belief systems, belief in a higher power, self knowledge, transcendence and universal understanding. When the Sahasrara is balanced we seek out deep questions, integrate spiritual teachings, have an open mind and transcend the ego...
Today’s easy recipe turned out to be so delicious and comforting that I can see it becoming a regular meal at my house. Like my last R.E. recipe, it uses refried beans (though I assure you that not all my ridiculous recipes do!) I know that some people turn their noses up at canned refried beans, and though I agree that freshly made taste better, the canned version is such a great convenience. In this soup, they contribute a wonderful creamy mouth-feel that will make you think the soup is richer than it is.
Ninety-two basic postures pictured and explained. Hand ( Mudra) and eye ( Dhrist) positions pictured and explained. Body Locks (Bhandas) explained. Breath (Praniyam) overview and eleven breathing techniques taught. Thirteen beginning exercise kriyas pictured and explained. Seven intermediate exercise kriyas pictured and explained. Meditation overview and thirteen meditations and kriyas pictured and explained. Healing techniques explained.Waking and preparing for sleep information and kriyas. Foot massage ( Relexology) chart and explanation. Ten light bodies kriyas and Tantric Numerology explained. Staying Healthy with Yogic food and recipes included. Deep Guided Relaxations explained.
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