breath

“When the breath of life becomes short, you become short tempered. When the breath of life becomes long and deep, you understand who you are."

The slogan of Age of Aquarius. “I know, let me help take you there.”
Yogi Bhajan

venerdì, marzo 31, 2006

Mul Mantra - The Ballad of Enlightenment


Ek ong kar, sat naam, karta purakh, nirbho, nirvair, akal moort ajoonee, saibhung, gur prasad. Jap! Aad sach, jugad sach, Haibhee sach, Nanak hosee bhee sach.

THE MUL MANTRA WAS GIVEN BY GURU NANAK- a great yogi, healer, and founder of the Sikh lifestyle. This mantra captures a complete philosophy and psychology of human potential in one compact phrase. That philosophy is the essence of Kundalini Yoga and Humanology. It states that in the dimension of awareness, there is an existing perfection, and in the dimension of consciousness, a possible evolution.
One morning while doing his sadhana in a river, Guru Nanak disappeared for three days in an ecstatic awakening. When he reappeared all observers said he seemed to have a glowing light all around him- an aura so strong that most people could see what was normally invisible to them. In this mystic state of realization he sat with his students and uttered this mantra. It was the first thing he said to capture the fullness of his vision of the human being and the Cosmos.
The entire mantra is a compass that points towards God. The chant describes the human-in-God consciousness. It doesn’t describe God-which is Indescribable. It orients you like a compass in the direction to walk and to go.
This complete mantra has everything in it. It is a technology and a description and a technique. It forms the basis of the consciousness that we wish to develop and that exists in our very soul. Technically the Mul Mantra goes up to Jap. Aad sach, Jugaad sach, Haibhee sach, Naanak hosee bhee sach is a Mangala Charan - a mantra that connects the speaker and the Infinite, the Infinite and the speaker. Yogi Bhajan has often referred to the Mangala Charan part of the Mul Mantra as a kundalini mantra.
The entire Mul Mantra is the highest of all mantras, and it contains in it the root of sound that is the basis for all effective mantras. To repeat it, to use it in meditation, to go into the depth of it, is to be entranced by the depth of the soul. It is the technique called sahej sukh dhyan-sukh means comfort, sahej means easy, and dhyan is the depth of meditation – that comfortable and happy way to meditate that is slow, with little exertion and perfect balance. In the philososphy of Guru Nanak and with the understanding of a yogi, we can look at life’s goal: to remain in perfect flow and contact with our sense of Godhood, to live in the known and unknown will of God. Guru Nanak has said that we only sin when we forget our Identity; when we forget in our essence, in our being and our vibration the reality of God and Guru in our soul.
When we recognize the exalted state of awakening described in the Mul Mantra, we act in alignment with the pattern of Universal Truth. We live with the kundalini risen, with awareness as the guide, and we act not from ego but from the deep currents of the soul and life. We are awakened in intuition, intelligence, and instinct.

Ek ong kaar
The universe is one without division. One creator is in every action and thing. We are connected with all things. We are a creative consciousness.

Sat naam
Truth is our identity. We are vibrating our existence.

Karta purakh
We are creative beings. We exist to do everything God sdictates. This is a direct order coming from the essence of our very nature. There is simplicity to the beauty of actions done within the will of our highest consciousness.

Nirbho, nirvair
Living in our True Identity, we are fearless and revengeless.

Akal moort, ajoonee, saibhung:
We are to live as God has made us. We are the very image, the personification of God. We are infinite and we exist in the sovereignity of our own unique identity because we have come here already pre-destined. Akal Moort is our pattern which exists beyond death. Ajoonee implies that this is so by grace, that we are not caught purely in the cycle of birth and death. We have been sent, and we come freely. Saibhung: we are sovereign and autonomous, yet we act with the integrity of totality.

Gur prasad:
How can we experience this understanding? Gur Prasad is the blessing, the grace, the transforming touch of the Guru, the teachings embodied. Grace alone completes our full merger with the Infinite. This experience is a gift from the Guru.

When your merger is complete with gurprasad, what is the natural desire of your soul? To meditate…

Jap!
To repeat and vibrate consciously. Chant out loud. Penerate. Focus. What do we meditate on? The kundalini mantra, a Mangala Charan, the connection in the elevation unto God.

Add sach, jugad sach, Haibhee sach, Nanak hosee bhee sach
Meditate on that which was true in the primal beginning, is true through every activity and age, is true at this instant now, and Nanak says will be true forever.

Meditation

What is Meditation? Meditation is house cleaning for your mind. Everything that you think or do is recorded by your mind. If you don't clean your "house" it will become a mess. When you meditate, the garbage of the subconscious releases. Meditation is a process to clean out the mental distortions, memories, fears, stress, confusion, emotional scars and neuroses that keep us from being who we really want to be. The benefits of meditation are vast but one has to experience it and practice to realize them.Many people are discouraged from meditating because of a misconception that one can simply sit down and instantly quiet the mind for meditation. The mind generates one thousand thoughts per wink of the eye and when we sit to meditate, we become acutely aware of these thoughts. That is why some meditations utilize mantras and specific breathing patterns to focus the mind. You might daydream or get distracted. Just keep going back to the mantra, the breath and the meditation. You may feel a bit uncomfortable during meditation but you will feel much better after. If "issues" come up, it means that the process is working. Don't expect to sit in bliss every time! When thoughts come up, don't reflect or act on them. Just allow them, giving them space to release... You may even become negative or emotional.
The three languages of consciousness are:
· human - things, the world; normal or loud voice
· lovers - longing to belong; strong whisper
· divine - infinity; mentally or silently
Hypothalamus and Meridian Points
The whole tongue stimulates the meridian points. The naad meridian points are connected with the hypothalamus above them, and with both sides of the brain. The meridian points, which come in pairs along the teeth and the inner upper palate, relate to one side or the other of the hypothalamus.
The rotation of the tongue on the points stimulates certain parts of the hypothalamus, which in turn stimulates the pituitary and pineal glands. The secretion of the pituitary gland and the subsequent radiation of the pineal gland causes a change in the chemical composition of the brain, resulting in a more balance state of mind. Pineal and pituitary glands, the hypothalamus has several other important functions, including the following:
Body temperature regulation, Regulation of body fluid,
Blood sugar metabolism, Fat metabolism and storage,
Gastrointestinal control, Emotional expression.
Meditation: times and effects
3 minutes, you can affect your circulation and blood stability
11 min. the pituitary and nerves start to learn and change
22 min. your three minds start to work together so your mental integration changes
31 min. affects your whole mind, your aura and your body’s internal elements
62 min. your subconscious and your positive projection are integrated.
There are also specific periods of time to break old habits and develop new ones. Often a student of Kundalini Yoga chooses a specific kriya/meditation to affect a desired change and then practices the kriya/meditation for a specific number of days.

40 Days To change/break a habit.
90 Days To confirm the habit.
120 Days The new habit is who you are.
1000 Days You have mastered the new habit.

giovedì, marzo 30, 2006

Kundalini Yoga classes mantras


Adi Mantra:
Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo

“ONG creative energy, NAMO to call on or to bow, GURU wisdom or teacher, DEV subtle or etheric“ (I call upon Divine Wisdom).
The Adi Mantra connects us to the "Golden Link" of teachers who have passed on these teachings throughout time.
Take a deep breath in and chant Ong Namo, then take a half breath in from the mouth and chant Guru Dev Namo. "O" of Ong is held short, "ng" is held long, while vibrating the sound in the nasal and sinus area. The word "Dev" is chanted a minor third interval higher than the other sounds. The entire mantra is chanted three times.

Mangalacharan Mantra:
Aad Guray Namay
Jugaad Guray Namay
Sat Guray Namay

Siri Guru Devay Namay

"NAMAY I call on, GURAY the wisdom, AAD that was in the beginning, JUGAAD that exists through all the age, SAT the true, SIRI the great, DEVAY divine" (is chanted for protection.)


Long Time Sun:
May the long time sun shine upon you,
all love surround you,
and the pure light within you,
guide your way on.

Bij (seed) Mantra:
Sat Nam
“Sat means the truth. Nam means name, identity” (Truth is my identity)

Meditation request

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Sat Nam,
You have now been blessed with your own 40 Day Personalized Sadhana, a spiritual practice all you own! This next 40 days will begin a very special time in your own personal growth. 40 Days has historically been known as a very sacred time period. It is a length of time often referred to in the Bible and other ancient scriptures for enacting change. Doing something for 40 days can make or break a habit in a person. If you are consistent in your personal practice, it can clear old subconscious patterns, set up new positive patterns, and change your life for the better.
The key word is ‘consistent’. You must do the sadhana you have been given consistently for 40 days in a row. If you miss even one day, you must start over again at day one and continue to 40.
Sometimes a personal sadhana, which means daily personal spiritual practice, can stir up a lot of feelings and emotions from the past. You may find forgotten memories surfacing and sometimes they may be painful. Relax and know this is part of the cleansing process. Just remember to breathe, smile and allow yourself to go through it. It will soon pass and be gone and you will be on to clearer days.
The teachings of Kundalini Yoga are so powerful; they can cleanse, soothe and purify the irritated parts of our mind, body and soul. However, we must first allow ourselves to experience our sadhana by doing it, consistently and persistently every day.
If you find you need someone to talk to, please see me after class, or contact me by email: siriatmas@yahoo.com
Know you are not alone in this. We are here to help you through it, and once you are finished we are here to rejoice with you. We are here to serve you in your journey of self discovery as you unfold and open to your higher self.
God bless you and remember: “KEEP UP.”
Siri Atma S.
Sat Nam

Sangat or Sadh Sangat


Company of the HolyThe Guru's taught that living in the company of the Holy is a way to be closer to God. Sangat is an idea of communityand spiritual support. Sadh Sangat is the company of Holy people who completely dedicated to God.SANGAT Punjabi form of the Sanskrit term sangti, means company, fellowship, association. In Sikh vocabulary, theword has a special connotation. It stands for the body of men and women who meet religiously, especially in thepresence of the Guru Granth Sahib. Two other expressions carrying the same connotation and in equally common useare sadh sangat (fellowship of the seekers of truth). The word sangat has been in use since the time of Guru Nanak(1469-1539). In his days and those of his nine successors, sangat referred to the Sikh brotherhood established in orbelonging to a particular locality.The term is used in this sense in the Janam Sakhis, i.e. traditional life-stories of Guru Nanak, and in the hukamnamas,i.e. edicts issued by the Gurus to their followers in different parts of the country. In the hukamnamas there arereferences, for instance, to Sarbatt Sangat Banaras Ki, i.e. the entire Sikh community of Banaras (Varanasi), Patna kiSangat, i.e. the Sikhs of Patna, Dhaul ki Sangat, the Sikhs of Dhaul. In common current usage, the word signifies anassembly of the devotees. Such a gathering may be in a gurdwara, in a private residence or in any other place, but inthe presence of the Guru Granth Sahib. The purpose is religious prayer, instruction or ceremony. The sangat maycollectively chant the sacred hymns, or, as it more often happens, there may be a group of musicians to perform kirtan.At sangat there may be recitals of the holy writ with or without exposition, lectures on religious or theological topics,or narration of events from Sikh history. Social and political matters of interest for the community may as well bediscussed.In Sikh faith highest merit is assigned to meeting of the followers in sangat. This is considered essential for thespiritual edification and progress of an individual. It is a means of religious and ethical training. Worship and prayer insangat count for more than isolated religious practice. The holy fellowship is morally elevating. Here the seeker learnsto make himself useful to others by engaging in acts of seva, or self-giving service, so highly prized in Sikhism. Theseva can take the form of looking after the assembly’s shoes for all must enter the presence of the Guru Granth Sahibbarefoot; preparing and serving food in Guru ka Langar; and relieving the rigour of a hot summer day by swingingover the heads of the devotees large hand-fans. It is in the company of pious men that true religious discipline ripens.Those intent on spiritual advantage must seek it.
Though sangat has freedom to discuss secular matters affecting the community, it is its spiritual core which imparts toit the status and authority it commands in the Sikh system. As Guru Nanak says, "satsangat is where the Divine Namealone is cherished" (GG, 72). This is where virtues are learnt. "Satsangat is the Guru’s own school where one practisesgodlike qualities" (GG, 1316). Attendance at sangat wins one nearness to God and release from the circuit of birth anddeath. "Sitting among sangat one should recite God’s praise and thereby swim across the impassable ocean ofexistence" (GG, 95). As satsangat is obtained through the Guru’s grace, the Name blossoms forth in the heart (GG,67-68). "Amid sangat abides the Lord God" (GG, 94). "God resides in the sangat. He who comprehends the Guru’sword realizes this truth (GG, 1314). "Deprived of sangat, one’s self remains begrimed" (GG, 96). "Without sangat egowill not be dispelled" (GG, 1098). Says Guru Arjan in Sukhmani, "Highest among all works is joining the sangat andthereby conquering the evil propensities of the mind" (GG, 266). Again, "As one lost in a thick jungle rediscoversone’s path, so will one be enlightened in the company of the holy" (GG, 282).Sangat, fellowship of the holy, is thus applauded as a means of moral and spiritual uplift; it is as well a social unitwhich inculcates values of brotherhood, equality and seva. Sangats sprang up in the wake of Guru Nanak’s extensivetravels. Group of disciples formed in different places and met together in sangat to recite his hymns.

As an institution, sangat had, with its concomitants dharamsal, where the devotees gathered in the name of Akal, theTimeless Lord, to pray and sing Guru Nanak’s hymns, and Guru ka Langar, community refectory, where all sattogether to partake of a common repast without distinction of caste or status—symbolized the new way of lifeemerging from Guru Nanak’s teachings. At the end of his udasis or travels, Guru Nanak settled at Kartarpur, ahabitation he had himself founded on the right bank of the River Ravi. There a community of disciples grew aroundhim. It was not a monastic order, but a fellowship of ordinary men engaged in ordinary occupation of life. A keyelement in this process of restructuring of religious and social life was the spirit of seva. Corporal works of charity andmutual help were undertaken voluntarily and zealously and considered a peculiarly pious duty. To quote Bhai Gurdas:"dharamsal kartarpur sadhsangati sach khandu vasaia", Varan, XXIV. 11, i.e. in establishing dharamsal at Kartapur,with its sangat or society of the holy, Guru Nanak brought the heaven on earth.These sangats played an important role in the evolution of the Sikh community. The social implications of theinstitutions were far-reaching. It united the Sikhs in a particular locality or region into a brotherhood or fraternity. Amember of the sangat, i.e. every Sikh was known as bhai, lit. brother, signifying one of holy living. The sangat broughttogether men not only in spiritual pursuit but also in worldly affairs, forging community of purpose as well as of actionbased on mutual equality and brotherhood. Though sangats were spread over widely separated localities, they formed asingle entity owning loyalty to the word of Guru Nanak. Sangats were thus the Sikh community in formation.In these sangats the disciples mixed together without considerations of birth, profession or worldly position.BhaiGurdas, his Var XI, mentions the names of the leading Sikhs of the time of Guru Nanak and his five spiritualsuccessors. In the first 12 stanzas are described the characteristics of a gursikh, or follower of the Guru. In thesucceeding stanzas occur the names of some of the prominent Sikhs, in many cases with caste, class or profession ofthe individual. In some instances, even places they came from are mentioned. In these stanzas, Bhai Gurdas thusprovides interesting clues to the composition, socially, of early Sikhism and its spread, geographically. Out of the 19disciples of Guru Nanak mentioned by Bhai Gurdas, two were Muslims—Mardana, a mirasi, or bard, from his ownvillage, and Daulat Khan Lodi, an Afghan noble. Bura, celebrated as Bhai Buddha, who was contemporary with thefirst six Gurus, was a Jatt of Randhava subcaste. So was Ajitta, of Pakkhoke Randhava, in present-day Gurdaspurdistrict. Phirna was a Khaihra Jatt; Malo and Manga were musicians; and Bhagirath, formerly a worshipper of thegoddess Kali, was the chaudhari, i.e. revenue official of Malsihan, in Lahore district Of the several Khatri disciples,Mula was of Kir subcaste, Pritha and Kheda were Soinis, Prithi Mall was a Sahigal, Bhagta was Ohri, Japu a Vansi,and Sihan and Gajjan cousins were Uppals. The Sikh sangat was thus the melting-pot for the high and the low, thetwice-born and the outcaste. It was a new fraternity emerging as the participants’ response of discipleship to the Guru.Sangats were knit into an organized system by Guru Amar Das who established manjis or preaching districts, eachcomprising a number of sangats. Guru Arjan appointed masands, community leaders, to look after sangats in differentregions. Sangat was the precursor to the Khalsa manifested by Guru Gobind Singh in 1699. That was the highest pointin the evolution of the casteless Sikh commonwealth originating in the institution of sangat.

mercoledì, marzo 29, 2006

Moon Salutation

Sat Nam Ji
The Moon Salutation was created by a group of senior female teachers at the Kripalu Center in the late 1980s. Their goal was to honor women's bodies and women's rhythms while also complementing the Sun Salutation. For some women during menstruation and menopause, the more familiar Sun Salutation is too stimulating for the nervous system, and should be practiced gently or not at all. During pregnancy, several of its postures are contraindicated, as they could injure either fetus or mother. In contrast, the Moon Salutation cools and calms the nervous system, and includes several of the most beneficial postures for menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause.
Men also love practicing the Moon Salutation because it is such a powerful psychological and spiritual counterbalance to the Sun Salutation. While the Sun Salutation enacts the hero's journey-stepping forward to face life's challenges--the Moon Salutation enacts the journey of descent--sinking into the depths to discover one's creativity, the process of literal or metaphoric birth.
Just as the moon goes through dark phases and returns to its full brilliance, so the Moon Salutation drops into the depths of lunging and squatting, returning to triangle, star, and half moon poses with radiant joy and openness. Further, because it is oriented to the side it is perfectly suited to practicing in a circle or facing a partner, opening us to relationship and community in our Yoga practice. Its earthy squats help us to feel grounded and open to emotions.It is helpful to learn the Moon Salutation under the guidance of a teacher so that you can learn to adapt it to any special needs your body might have, such as tight hips or a vulnerable knee. Alternately, Laura's book on the Moon Salutation provides directions for practice and variations that are appropriate for a variety of skill levels.
Once you are familiar with its movements, you can experiment with practicing it at different times of the day, such as during a morning stretch break (instead of a coffee break!), before bedtime as a way to quiet and center yourself, or even as a way of celebrating the full moon. You can teach the Moon Salutation to a friend or family member, and practice it while mirroring each other, enjoying its balance and completeness. The Moon Salutation has both ancient and modern roots. The recovery of the Moon Salutation is part of the recovery of the divine feminine at this time in history.

Sun Salutation Variation

Sat Nam Ji

Surya Namaskar, the Sun Salutation, is a series of 12 postures performed in a single, graceful flow. Each movement is coordinated with the breath. Inhale as you extend or stretch, and exhale as you fold or contract. The Sun Salutation builds strength and increases flexibility. Different styles of yoga perform the Sun Saluation with their own variations. However, the flow presented below covers core steps used in most styles.
For the series below, a single round consists of two complete sequences: one for the right side of the body and the other for the left.
On days when you think you have no time for yoga, try and do at least one or two rounds of the Sun Salutation. You'll feel the difference

martedì, marzo 28, 2006

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Karma Yoga

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The Science of Body Locks (Bhandas)


There are certain combinations of muscle contractions that are called Bhandas or Locks. Each lock has a function of changing blood circulation, nerve pressure and the flow of cerebral spinal fluid. They also direct the flow of psychic energy and prana into the main energy channels that relate to raising Kundalini energy. The Bhandas concentrate the body’s energy expanding the
awareness and producing self-healing.

Jalandhara Bhanda

Jalandhara Bhanda, or Neck Lock, is the most common of the Bhandas. Normally used in all meditative, easy pose Asanas. The Neck Lock is produced by pulling the neck and throat back so that the chin rests in or near the notch between the collar bones, making sure that at the same time the head stays level without tilting forward. It is important that the spine and the neck
straighten to allow the increased flow of pranic energy to travel freely up to the upper glandular centers of the brain, opening up the pranic Nadis (nerve channels) that may be blocked.

Mul Bhanda

Mul Bhanda, the Root Lock, is frequently used in Kundalini Yoga. It involves pulling in the rectum, sex organs and navel point all at the same time, generating the psychic heat that can release the Kundalini energy. This lock can be applied on the inhale or exhale, as specified in the exercises. This lock unites the two major energy flows of the body: Prana and Apana. (Prana is the generative energy of the upper Chakras, the 4th and 5th; and Apana is the eliminating energy of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Chakras. The first part of the Mul Bhanda is to contract the rectum and draw it in and up as if trying to hold back abowel movement. Then draw up on the sex organs as if trying to hold back from urinating. Lastly, pull in the navel point by drawing back the lower abdomen towards the spine so the rectum and sex organs are drawn up toward the navel point.

Uddiyana Bhanda

Uddiyana Bhanda, the Diaphragm Lock, is considered to be a powerful lock as it allows the pranic force to transform through the central nerve channel of the spine up into the neck region. It is normally applied on the exhalation. The spine should be straight, lift the diaphragm up high into the thorax and pull the upper abdominal muscles back toward the spine. This creates a cavity, which gently massages the heart muscles. This Bhanda gives a sense of compassion and youthfulness to the entire body.
Maha Bhanda

Maha Bhanda is the application of all three locks (Jalandhara, Uddiyana and Mul Bhanda) all at the same time. When you apply this lock, the nerves and glands are rejuvenated. This Bhanda relieves sexual tension, regulates blood pressure, reduces menstrual cramps and increases flow of circulation to the lower glands, i.e., the testes and ovaries.

The Science of Breathing


Pranayama


The yogic technology of breath is called Pranayama. Kundalini Yoga uses the breath to change energy flow and achieve a specific state of mind. In Kundalini Yoga, a wide variety of breathing techniques are used, ranging from fast (Breath of Fire) to long, slow and deep breathing. There is nothing more powerful than meditating on your breath. The slower your rate of breathing,
the more control you have over your mind. And remember that the mind follows the breath, and the body follows the mind. The following are the most commonly used breathing techniques in Kundalini Yoga:


Long Deep Breathing

In our society, we normally breathe shallow, using only a small portion of our lung capacity. This may lead to many different dysfunctions in the body. Average lungs can enlarge to a volume of almost 6,000 cubic centimeters. Normally we use only 600 – 700 cubic centimeters of that capacity. If you do not expand the lungs to their full capacity, the small air sacks in the lungs
cannot fully clean their mucous lining properly. By breathing long and deeply you can expand the lungs by about eight times, building up your endurance and patience, and maintaining you in your center, even under pressure.
So it is important to cultivate the habit of breathing long, deep and slow breaths. If you can slow your breath to eight times per minute (we normally breath on average fifteen breaths per minute), the functions of the pituitary and pineal glands are greatly affected. Breathing one time a minute or less puts you into a deep meditation.
Instructions: First relax the abdomen as you inhale through the nose, then begin pushing the navel point outward, expanding the belly and allowing the lungs to fill with air to their capacity. Then drop the shoulders relaxing them continuing to take in the last bit of air. Hold the breath in for a comfortable length of time. As you exhale let the chest deflate first as the ribs knit together and then pull the navel in toward the spine until all the air is expelled from the lungs. The diaphragm drops down to expand the lungs on the inhalation and contracts to expel the air on the exhalation.
Benefits: This breath relaxes and calms you even under the most intense conditions; adjusts the aura; increases lung capacity; builds up your endurance and patience, maintaining you in your center.

Breath of Fire

Breath of Fire is a balanced breath with equal emphasis on the inhalation and the exhalation. The restricted flow of air through the nostrils prevents hyperventilation. Master this breath slowly and methodically. It causes an immediate detoxification reaction in the body. So if you start feeling dizzy or light-headed, drink lots of water, at least 6 to 8 glasses per day.
Instructions: This breath is done through the nose with a closed mouth throughout the inhalation and the exhalation. Breathe fairly rapidly (2 to 3 breaths per second), continuously and powerfully with no pause between inhalation and exhalation. This breath focuses the energy at the navel point. To inhale, the abdomen relaxes, the diaphragm extends down, and the breath
comes in a natural rhythm. To exhale, push the air out by pulling the navel point in towards the spine. During Breath of Fire you are pumping your stomach in on the exhalation and relaxing it on the inhalation. The chest stays moderately relaxed. You should feel the pull of the muscles in the navel area.
Breath of Fire can be confusing at first and will take some practice to master this breath. If you start to feel dizzy or light-headed, try to focus at the brow point, as your body adjusts to thenew breath and to the stimulation of your nerves. However, in other cases, it may be that you are releasing toxins. Note: if you are a beginner, you may be breathing backward, pulling the navel point inward during inhalation instead of outward, and exhaling filling the stomach with air instead of emptying it of air. This makes the space for the breath less rather than more.
Remember: Inhale = tummy out, Exhale = tummy in.

If you are doing Breath of Fire incorrectly, you may also start feeling queasy and lightheaded,
so in this case, stop doing it immediately and concentrate on your navel point by placing your hands on your stomach and practice feeling the difference when expanding the stomach with air as you inhale, and pulling the navel point in as you exhale. Once this is set, then start Breath of Fire slowly keeping the same patterns of breathing.
Benefits: This breath cleanses the blood and releases toxins from the lungs, mucous lining, blood vessels and cells. Strengthens the nervous system. Expands the lungs quickly. Reduces addictive impulses for drugs, smoking and bad foods. Adjusts the aura. Boosts the immune system. Repairs the balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nerve systems. Creates a focused, intelligent and neutral state of mind. Note: while pregnant or menstruating, substitute Long Deep Breathing for Breath of Fire.

An Introduction to Kundalini Yoga

What is Kundalini Yoga?

Kundalini Yoga is one of the most comprehensive, effective, safe, and healthiest forms of yoga. Kundalini Yoga can produce immediate results as you travel on your path to consciousness. It balances the glandular system, strengthens the nervous system, expands the lung capacity, and purifies the bloodstream. It brings balance to the body, mind and soul. It trains your mind to think positively and be in control of your thoughts and attitudes. It builds your inner strength
and self- awareness to its maximum, assisting you in reaching your highest potential.
Kundalini Yoga has existed for thousands of years. In India its teaching was restrictive and was maintained as a secret oral tradition for thousands of years which protected the techniques from being abused, but also created an unnecessary image of mystery.
When Yogi Bhajan came to the United States in 1969 he began to teach this Yoga openly and explained its technology in detail. Since then, he has been teaching Kundalini Yoga to students throughout the world. He hassaid, “Kundalini Yoga harnesses the mental, physical, and nervous energies of the body and puts them under the domain of the Will, which is the instrument of the Soul.”
Yoga literally means “union.” In this sense, it serves as a vehicle to unite your soul and your Creator. With Kundalini Yoga, you uncoil yourself; you reveal your true identity. Kundalini is the creative potential of human beings. As explained by Yogi Bhajan, “Kundalini Yoga is the science to unite the finite with Infinity and it’s the art to experience Infinity in the finite. It is straight. It is simple. It creates no complications.”
Kundalini Yoga is said to be the most powerful of the twenty-two schools of yoga. What separates Kundalini Yoga from all other types of yoga is its diverse capacity to include all elements of the ancient teachings of yoga: by combining the use of sound currents (Mantras), breathing techniques (Pranayama), Body Postures (Asanas), Hand Positions (Mudras) and Meditation.
Kundalini Yoga is ideal for today’s society since it is designed for the active, everyday person with normal responsibilities of work, family and school. Kundalini Yoga can be practiced by anyone if it is done gradually and according to the instructions. When you tune in to the opening Mantra, Adi Mantra, you connect with your inner Teacher and the Golden Chain of all Kundalini Yoga teachers and you will be protected. As our society becomes increasingly more dependent on technology, our world becomes more intimately connected and influenced by its numerous cultures. The pace of change is on the rise and the stress on our body’s nervous system is increasing. The science of Kundalini Yoga allows us to tap into a system, that is an ancient
technology, to help us cope with this escalating demand. The inner science of the mind is the tool that will enable us to cope with the pressure of these changes. It is the mind that interprets our outer and inner worlds and it is the mind that we must train to guide us through the flow of change.

Kundalini Yoga is called the Yoga of Awareness. Awareness is a finite relationship with infinity. We all have dormant energy sleeping within us, waiting to be awoken. Kundalini Yoga gives you the experience of being truly you. Unfortunately, amid today’s hectic schedule, many of us have forgotten who we are and why we are here. There is only so much wisdom you can get out of a book, but wisdom cannot sustain you. Wisdom only becomes knowledge once you have experienced it. Kundalini Yoga will give you the experience that we are “spiritual beings having a human experience not humans beings trying to have a spiritual experience”; and then you can experience
the infinite joy, health, and happiness, which is our birthright. If you are a beginning student you should go at a pace that suits your flexibility and endurance. As you feel more comfortable with the exercises, begin to practice as often as you can. If you can practice at the same time each day, you will find that you will improve rapidly. There is no pressure in Kundalini Yoga to push the body too far; there should be no pain or discomfort. To begin with, you should stick to the
minimum time limits, and gradually build up to the maximum. Remember: do what you can; that will be perfect.

Campagnano's Vulcanic Valley




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Mina Elisa Anselmi in Tenerife march 2006

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lunedì, marzo 27, 2006

Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogi Ji ( Yogi Bhajan)

"Is yoga a religion? It is and it is not. In religion you have to believe something and in yoga you have to experience what you want to believe".

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Preparing for the Aquarian Age

As Yogi Bhajan has shared with us, our intuition is our security. When we tune into our intuition, we know what to do. When we know what to do, we can trust ourselves and our universe. When we trust ourselves, we are in charge of our own lives. On the other hand, if we don't listen to ourselves, we have nothing to trust. The best we can do it operate from blind faith. But doubt ends up getting the upper hand. We turn to external authorities and become a victim of forces outside ourselves. As we move into the Aquarian Age, our goal is to empower ourselves from within (there is no other way) and to extricate ourselves from all forms of victimization.
The energy on the planet is becoming more and more intense. (I am sure you have noticed!) Many people feel out of control and they probably are. The only way to deal with the energy is match it, join it, go with it and use it! To do so, we must intuitively sense it and flow with it. The good news is that the intensity of the energy also speeds up our desire and our ability to tap our spiritual roots.
Our goal over time is to integrate the above silence practices into our daily lives. To do so, we have to train and monitor ourselves. You may find it useful to keep a journal of your experiences. I find it therapeutic and encouraging to watch my progress. Training ourselves to connect with the divine within and maintain this connection during every hour of the day is the purpose of all spiritual disciplines. And with the energy available, we could witness some quick results.

Silence Meditation

In the yogic tradition, meditations practiced for a certain number of days have a certain effect. Forty days is the minimum to break a habit and set the stage for an internal shift. One student asked me once-"Forty days in a row?!" The whole class laughed. Yes, forty days in a row! And if that seems like a long time, in the past many spiritual masters have taken 40 years to achieve enlightenment. I imagine that all of us on the KYList have done that path in other lifetimes. This lifetime, we are attempting to get quicker results, so that we can enjoy peace and happiness while still in the body.
Let's get started. Here is a simple mindful meditation to practice for the next 40 days. Actually silent, mindful meditation is our first, last and on-going lesson. We will use this meditation as a touchstone overtime to review our progress and assess our goal of achieving inner peace, contentment and a richer, fuller life.

EXERCISE ONE Everyday be silent and practice listening within. Morning before sunrise is the best time. Or at least morning before you start your workday. Simply sit quietly and observe your thoughts, be with your breath and feel the sensations in your body. Gently and silently be with yourself. Start with 3 to 5 minutes and work up to 11 minutes. If you have time, you may want to work up to 22 or 31 minutes.

EXERCISE TWO During the day, practice listening to yourself before you interact with others. Listen inside to what you want to say before saying it. Do your best to get your own answers before seeking advise. Process your own thoughts and feelings before sharing them with others. Share only those thoughts and feelings that inform and inspire others. Do not dump your emotions on others as a way to avoid processing them yourself. Keep your own personal issues and process to yourself. (Unless you are working with a counselor or therapy group.)

EXERCISE THREE Once a week practice silence with a partner or with a group of friends. Observing silence, go for a walk together, be together at home, eat a meal together or partake in another activity. Agree on the process beforehand, so you can relax and enjoy the experience. Have a notepad handy in case the need to communicate arises.
You might also want to check out silent Buddhist evening and day meditations or week retreats.
RESULTS The above practice makes us aware of how much we turn our attention outward and look for cues outside ourselves. We realize how much we say that is unnecessary and a waste of energy. We start to see how much we try to fill in "empty" spaces to feel comfortable or make the other person feel comfortable so we will feel comfortable.

After 10 years...

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Siriatma


Siriatma march 2006

Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga in the West
Before Yogi Bhajan came to the West in 1969, Kundalini yoga was a secret science taught only to a few selected students. The significance of the open sharing of this technology is monumental and revolutionary. For the first time in known history, the democratization of spirituality is possible. Everyone can wake up and stay awake. And we can get a yoga set and meditation to do so over the Internet!!