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Why I Don’t Shave My Armpits. A Kundalini Yogi’s Perspective.

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I don’t shave my armpits. About once a year you might find me embracing the tradition of shaving some body hair for an acting gig or I just have a hankering to wear a summer dress. Otherwise, like many other Kundalini Yogi’s I don’t shave.

I’m a minimalist. I don’t wear makeup, I shampoo my hair every once in awhile, I use oils and rarely use store bought soap. Most of what I use for my beauty care comes out of a jar of coconut oil that I buy for $6 at Trader Joes. Don’t get me wrong I think makeup is great, nail polish is awesome, and I’m a girl at heart but… there is something extremely powerful about a woman who feels beautiful in her own skin.

I remember the first time I noticed French women who didn’t shave their armpits. I was six years old at Disney World in the line for Pirates of the Caribbean ride. I looked at these women as if they were exotic animals in the zoo. Why didn’t French women shave their armpits? Why did American women shave, but not French? These women had the air of the exotic about them, I admired them but I was also puzzled. I have always remembered that moment, perhaps because one day I too would be a proponent of the hairy pit.

Why I Don’t Shave My Armpits.

Truth be told part of the reason I don’t shave is because I am lazy but it’s also for health and spiritual reasons. There is hair there and for good reason; it protects the area underneath your armpits that provide detoxification and is a central point for the nervous system. Why would I shave or put nasty chemicals in that area where they would just seep into my body? I’m not too opinionated to judge anyone else whether they shave or not, or beat up on myself if I decide I want to shave midsummer but I suggest everyone take a moment to think about why these practices could be detrimental to your health.

A few weeks ago while at a nightclub in Hannover Germany I noticed three girls who couldn’t have even been 20 years old staring at me. The looks on their faces were a mixture of puzzlement and disgust. They were in their cutsie Halloween outfits with makeup on and their hair done up. Here I am no makeup, hair down haphazardly put back in an elastic with my arms flailing around showing everyone my armpit hair. I was smiling and having the best time in contrast to these three young girls with sour faces staring at me as if I was ruining their evening.

Now what is a shame is these poor 20 year old girls have been seduced and manipulated to believe that they need to shave their armpits to be a beautiful woman and they feel disgust towards another woman who doesn’t.

Shaving armpits is an invention of the beauty industry that started in 1915 when advertisements started to appear warning women of the unseemliness of the escaped armpit hair. It is none other than a way to sell razors. Like I said I am NOT against shaving I think it’s great sometimes. I feel liberated when I shave the hair off my legs in the middle of the summer. Hair can hold energy and memory and it feels at times like a fresh start but I am not going to subscribe to what corporations have told me that I need to do to be accepted in society. Hell no.

I feel compassion for these young girls who don’t yet have a strong enough love and opinion of themselves to see the truth. They have been fed a belief and are eating it up. While they continue to have sour puss faces and judge people I am going to keep dancing, keep throwing my arms in the air and showing everyone the glory that is my armpit hair.

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Free 15 Minute Breath Meditation with Sacred Singing Bowls with Hari Kaur

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Hari, owner of  The Treehouse yoga studio in NYC and a world renowned teacher of Kundalini Yoga guides us into a blissful realm of stillness where one gets transported into another realm of existence in this simple, yet powerful gong breath meditation. The otherworldly sound of a gong, singing bowls and bells is accompanied with chanting voices by Yeva Don and Michael Stern.

Much of our day is occupied by our thinking, which defines and governs us. In this guided meditation we step beyond all that as we bring our awareness to our breath and glide into deep comfort and listen…

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Create A Joyful Daily Sadhana with Dr. Sham-Rang: Free Webinar Recording

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Our first live webinar with Sham-Rang is now available for streaming on youtube, or HD downloading if you have a free member account. Sign up is free for our basic membership with many free classes for beginners, powerful meditations for emotional balance, and inspirational teachings.

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The Most Important Thing I Learned at 3HO Summer Solstice – How To Get Through Every Block.

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I kept hearing the answer to the sutra ‘There is a way through every block” even before Summer Solstice. Love. Over and over again. Love.

My first Solstice I had to dig real deep to get there and to get through it but I felt at home, everything familiar. When I told people it was my first Summer Solstice after 15 years of Kundalini Yoga everyone always seemed surprised. I know many people in the community around the world, this blessing made the experience so very full and also very challenging. I felt my weakness, frailty, and pain were on display.

Each day I was confronted with blocks, with circumstances highlighting deep seated fears and painful places. My need to fix things, obsession with perfection – in everything, fear of chaos and the unknown, doubt, not doing enough, making mistakes, and hurting others unintentionally because of my own feelings.

The experience brought an immersion into peace, a commitment to honoring my bodies needs, to say no, to create boundaries, to keep up, to give and love even through pain and doubt. I recognized my deep need to give, and be loyal, and to fully appreciate the grace and beauty of my own radiant smile that touches peoples hearts deeply.

Almost every day I hitched up or down the mountain, some days both. There is no other time or place I would consider doing it, but it was part of the experience and plan to connect with more people, to gain sparkling nuggets of divine wisdom.

Leading up to Tantric I was told how important it is for us to heal the generational karma so that we can break the chains of karmic bondage and fulfill our destiny. The final day of Tantric we chanted Akal, the air thickened with the energies of the souls connected to us. What laid out before me was the importance of generational healing that transcends any obligation in the physical. The work we do as yogis is profound, the soul clearing, the karmic purifying is the reason I incarnated into a family I have never quite understood, felt so much turmoil from, could always palpably see the entanglement of illusion, meanwhile resisting it every minute.
White Tantric Yoga, Summer Solstice Sadhana, Ram Das Puri, New Mexico, June 24, 2014.

Photographs © Andy Richter. Andy is currently immersed in a photographic exploration of yoga that will take form as a book in the coming years. The journey continues to lead him into the presence of great masters, to ascetics meditating in caves, to massive gatherings of humanity and always to a deeper knowledge and experience of yoga.To see more of his work, please visit www.andyrichterphoto.com.

I saw the light of love and partnership, the possibility for me in the smiling face of a beautiful child. The last day of the festival I hitched up with Sat Siri of Ra Ma Da Sa Institute. Sitting in the backseat with her beautiful daughter, her eyes on my face, and holding my hand against her heart brought home what I discovered in day two of Tantric.

When I am asked if I want children I always, very particularly say no. My attitude against something tied to my perspective and experience of relationships, and family was a massive block to finding peace and happiness in those realms. That fear, taken on from generations of karma and my own parents experiences passed onto me was wedge in my destiny. What I felt, in a wave of release and love was the possibility, and heart felt desire to have children, and the faith and hope of the possibility of that fulfillment.

While Solstice was extremely painful, while I was confronted very obviously with challenge, I will be back next year (and not just because I anticipate my debut album to be released). There is no other stronger, more sacred experience I have been through that has given me the opportunity of healing, of forgiveness, and growth. And meanwhile I am still crying over its loss, pain, and beauty…I am basking in its joy, and infinite love, its breaking open of my heart. While I am still feeling pangs of hurt, having moments of serious wailing and weeping, it is the way through, and part of the process for me. Healing generational karma can be a tough job, but it is a great soul service, one made with love and devotion.

 

My Favorite ‘Secret’ Smoothie For Yogis

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I am not usually resistant to try anything that could benefit my health and wellbeing, clearly since breathing funny and making strange sounds and yawns while waving my arms around in the air (Kundalini Yoga) is a normal way for me to elevate myself. I had heard of a special smoothie, sounding something of a miraculous concoction, fountain of calm and serenity, with the shining ingredient that made all this possible easily obtained at the grocery store. A few of my friends made reference to it, and they spoke with such praise, but still, doubt prevailed.

This divine drink was made for me after Sadhana (our early morning yoga practice) one frigid winter morning. My brow still raised in skepticism, melted with the sweet taste of apple, banana, honey and nutmeg delightfully springing around on my tongue.

It is quite a simple drink, it’s base being an apple, banana and milk. I use raw milk or fresh almond and nut milk.

Blend the banana, apple, and the milk. Pour the blend in a sauce pan. I try to avoid boiling the mixture, but just warm the drink. You can add spices – cinnamon, cardamon, and a little honey. The crowning jewel that makes this secret drink reach it’s perfection – freshly grated nutmeg.

Nutmeg is a beneficial herb for the nervous system, digestion, aids in bringing on a relaxed state, and helps in sleeping. It must be freshly grated and of good quality! *Be warned, when it is taken in excess it can cause nausea, vomiting, hallucinations, and low blood pressure!

After having this smoothie for the first time I was only regretful I had not tried it sooner. I try and make it part of my routine, sometimes a little snack before bed so I wake up the next morning feeling calm, or at the start of the day for breakfast. It has been especially helpful for my overactive thyroid, when I feel like a runaway freight train. I have many yogic techniques I can use to reset myself, this being one of the most tasty.

I encourage you to try this drink and to share this recipe with friends. If you have any anxiety, jitteriness, and lack of focus, this drink is especially helpful.

Again, It can cause drowsiness if you have too much – start small and build up to the amount that works best for you. It is important to note nutmeg works in conjunction with the banana, and it is vital you keep the banana in the recipe. Nutmeg, when used with banana, is a tonic.

Smoothie (or banana ice cream) 4+ servings:

1-2 cup of milk
3 bananas
1 apple
honey
Nutmeg! – grind fresh two whole nutmegs
Cinnamon (for ice cream) Freeze mixture and eat for ice cream*

For a single smoothie I use:

1 banana
1 apple
1/2 cup of milk’
1/4-1/2 tsp of freshly grated nutmeg
honey
garnish with cinnamon and cardamon

*AMENDMENT and TESTIMONIALS*

“This recipe is strong. Start at a 1/8 tsp. for real Ayurvedic benefits, according to Dr. Vasant Lad, and see what your system gives you as feedback. Sat Nam”
“A 200 lb man with high blood pressure anywhere from 1-3 nutmegs will lower it for a couple days. 1 tsp or less can be daily or so for a short time while you eliminate the dietary causes of hbp. Check out the book Stop Inflamation Now, if you want to change your health.”
“People with low blood pressure can die from nutmeg. Too much can also stupify the brain, which can be good for those who are up tight. A 120 lb woman can relax with 1/2 nutmeg or less.”

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Healing Meditation Techniques: 4 Methods To Enhance Your Practice

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Meditation can be optimized and greatly enhanced with the practice of the Body Locks, muscle contractions intentionally held at the end and sometimes during meditation. An important part of Kundalini Yoga, the locks consolidate the effects of our practice, optimizing our experience to promote powerful healing and strength.

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Dr. Sham Rang discusses how to and when to apply the body locks in this latest video part of our Beginner Basics Series.

 

Drink Your Sorrows Away – Detox Smoothie

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When I first read the recipe for this smoothie I thought it would taste repulsive. Maybe thats the deeply engrained – if it is that good for me it can’t taste good – mentality. Partly the ingredients I think too. Raw garlic is great, but paired with orange I did not have confidence I would enjoy it.

The liver is one of the most important organs that detoxifies the body. Toxins of all kinds pass through this organ, chemical and emotional. Toxic residues from the food we eat, the environments we live in, and emotional upset can keep this organ working hard, sometimes too hard.

It is important everyone support the ‘pathways of elimination’, as my Naturopath says. The body needs support to keep itself at it best. We must serve it, so it can serve us.

I have a sensitive liver. I experience sometimes Lumbago, when I get stressed my liver produces to much bile, I feel heavy and my skin turns yellow. At my yearly physical recently when my liver was pushed on I could feel tenderness. I am a sensory being, so sensitive I feel every little twinge of my body acutely. I have a theory my Fibromyalgia is just my super sensory system on overload, a little trouble digesting everything that is coming my way.

Back to the drink. I’v been having this smoothie in the morning a few times a week for a few weeks. It actually does taste really good and I will continue to have it to help alleviate the toxic burden.

I have this right after I am done practicing yoga. It is enough to make me feel full for a couple hours easily.

Recipe from the 3ho site.

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  • 1 whole orange or grapefruit (remove the peel and chop into pieces)
  • 1 whole lemon (remove the peel and chop into pieces)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of cold-pressed olive oil (start with less and add more as you can tolerate it)
  • 1 slice of fresh ginger root (peeled)
  • 1-2 cloves of fresh garlic (if your work situation makes this impossible, use 2-4 capsules of encapsulated garlic and swallow them with the Polarity Drink)
  • 1-2 teaspoons of ground flax seeds
  • 1 pinch of cayenne pepper

Place all ingredients in a blender and liquefy. Drink very slowly, thoroughly mixing the drink with your saliva before swallowing.

Drink on an empty stomach in the morning and allow at leasat couple of hours after your drink it before eating normally. Continue daily for two to three weeks at a time.

Innocence Is Not Lost – My Story of Sexual Abuse and Yoga

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Imagine you’re sitting at a holiday dinner table with your mother, daughter, niece, an aunt and a cousin. Look around the table at the faces of the women in your life that you love and admire. One of the women sitting at this table has been sexually abused. The statistic is about one in five women. Could this be considered of epidemic proportion?

What about men? This isn’t just about women being the victims. The men deserve equal attention. Why on the whole is it men as the victimizer? Why do they do it, and how do we change it?

The sexualization of girls in children’s shows and in Halloween costumes, the sexual exploitation of women AND men in the sale of items such as cologne, cars, and the mundane and typically wholesome cup of soup, says so much about our skewed and sexualized society. Often the scales are tipped to one end of the spectrum or another – out of balance and misunderstood. Either we are repressing our sexuality, misunderstanding it and saying it’s wrong or outright exploiting it.

We are born sexual beings but many of us are taught that it is wrong to feel this energy; sexual energy, kundalini, the core of the creative force. Even Mary had Jesus through immaculate conception and was blessed enough to to forgo the sin of sex. Sex is psychologically shamed in cultures and religions around the world. Yogi Bhajan talked about the misunderstanding and denial of sexual energy.

Sexual energies are not shameful, they are the force of life and when purified fill us with beauty and radiance. We are born with this energy and we feel it. We grow up asking questions, experimenting in our blindness of overwhelming feelings of misunderstood temptation. This sets us up for tough learning lessons later on.

I have read several articles by yoga teachers having helped students recover from sexual abuse, but not anyone’s personal story and how a yoga and meditation practice helped. So I’ll tell you mine.

My stepfather recorded me taking showers and undressing in the bathroom through a hole in the ceiling where a bathroom fan used to be. I was 15 when I finally discovered it. He would come into my bedroom, which was more his office then my bedroom, and at 4 and 5 am pay bills, write letters, etc meanwhile slamming drawers and doors to purposely make noise to wake me. I was a twelve year old who had to wake up for school the next day. Stacks of adult magazines greeted me the first time I went into the basement, shelves and an office filing cabinet full of magazines with naked women on the cover. I would find him at night, after we had all gone to bed watching adult movies. There was more… but I have painted the picture.

He may have been kind in the eyes of some, but in mine my stepfather was a tyrant. He was mean, manipulative, authoritative and afraid. He was not a kind man to me, but I have compassion because I do understand sometimes people have to fight against who they are, against the hand that they inherited and it is not easy. Society and family genetics can deal us a harsh reality to overcome and find peace in. Some peoples brains just don’t work right from birth. For my own peace of mind I have great compassion for the victimizer and the victim. I think truly no one wants to be a tortured soul. My stepfather is gone now and though I know people who see him in a different light, and I am happy his life had some grace in it, this is my truth. I would wish he, and all have the same opportunity of healing as I do. I don’t think he did, but that grace has fallen to me. I’m grateful every day for it.

Sexual abuse is not just physical. It can be quiet, manipulative, lurking in hidden places shrouded in shadows, feeding on our fear and weaknesses. It poisons families. Growing up I do not remember hearing anything addressed in school, or see much about sexual abuse or the relationship between men and women. Even when the entire fifth grade saw me in a bra accidentally and then greeted me with 50 whistling and hooting kids did any adult come to me and speak to me, or tell them to stop.

Over the years my Kundalini Yoga practice has taken my anger and turned it into radiance. Each breath of life in each meditation, and movement of each kriya has taken a piece of pain and turned it into a light to shine on truth. Kundalini Yoga brings me to a place of neutrality, and acceptance. It has changed me. It has given me courage, healing and hope. It has allowed me to be the forgiving, and kind person I want to be! The only way to know it is to experience. To take the risk, put yourself into the hands of something greater, give yourself totally to it. Trust that you can.

Our April Monthly Free Class is a meditation to Conquer Self Animosity that I have been practicing this past month. I have also been working with the meditation to Burn Inner Anger and the kriya to Relieve Inner Anger with the intention to connect with repressed anger = inflammation in my body, and 11 recitations of Sopurkh. Onward to fully digest all that anger, and emotion!

The yoga and meditation to relieve anger has been powerful and a little painful…but it is worth it. When I have built up my practice of the kriya and meditation for several days in a row I have had intense stomach sensitivity and tiredness, but I feel lighter.

We chant Sopurk to pray for the men in our lives, but also to pray for ourselves. Sopurkh is said to be for soul mates and lovers, but what it does, in my experience is balance our relationship to the masculine energy, clearing and transforming all that may have weighted us down. It has renewed my perspective and released unseen unforgiveness I had towards the father figures in my life, and the men of my past relationships. Find out more about Sopurkh here.

Iv been seeing more clearly how the relationships of my youth has shaped my adult life. They effected my self esteem, ability to make decisions, and made creating a solid foundation for my life challenging. However, I’m very blessed that I have learned through these experiences and people, the person that I do not want to be, and that the divine has provided me with the tools to be who I really want to. A kind, loving, and strong woman.
 

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Kundalini Yoga Beginner Basics – Free Video Series – Relaxation Postures

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The next video in our free Kundalini Yoga Beginner Basics series all about relaxin! Something most of us could use a little more of in our lives. The Beginner Basics series will help you if your new to yoga learn more about attending a class and structure your independant practice at home.

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Kundalini Yoga Beginner Basics – Free Video Series – Sitting Postures

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The next video in our free Kundalini Yoga Beginner Basics series is now up.  The Beginner Basics series highlights information helpful to know when starting a Kundalini Yoga practice. This one is all about sitting, because we do A LOT of that in Kundalini Yoga.

You see a lot of sitting in the practice because this helps draw energy up our spine into our higher centers where we are trying to get it to go. Where we can live from our heart and our intuition.

The thing I really love about Kundalini Yoga is that it is truly for everyBODY. You can modify practically any pose so that you can do it to your best ability.

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