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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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Kundalini Yoga Beginner Basics – Free Video Series – Tuning In/Closing

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I have worked at several studios and come across something universally at each; people afraid to start a yoga practice. Our own mental blocks create so much resistance…we are our own toughest critics and worst enemies.

Start by just jumping in the puddle – not the ocean.

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. Heck, even just going to a Kundalini Yoga class and not being able to do much other then breathing and the layout is going to benefit you!

We have a series of Kundalini Yoga Basics, free short video classes on all the aspects of beginning a practice we are working on to answer these question and give people the information they need to know upon starting a yoga practice. We will cover sitting postures, tuning in and closing, mantra, mudra, relaxation, chakras and more.

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Tastiest 5 Minute Raw Chocolate Sugarless Desert

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First time I have made these yummies. I modified a recipe to suit my needs and tastes, substituting ghee for butter, and using coconut sugar. You can also use stevia. I would use stevia drops and suit to your own taste. I also avoided completely bringing to a rolling boil as the original recipe called for.

Ingredients
1/2 Cups Ghee
2 Cup Coconut Sugar (You can also nix the sugar and use stevia. I would use drops and suit to taste.)
1/2 Cup Milk (I used Raw Milk, I can see almond milk or soy working just as well.)
4 Tablespoons Raw Cocoa Powder
1/2 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
BIG Pinch of Sea Salt
1/4 Cup Peanut Butter
1/4 Cup Almond Butter
1 Tablespoons Vanilla Extract
3 Cups Rolled Toasted Oats (I used toasted oats but any rolled oats will do)

Preparation:

Add the ghee, stevia/sugar, cinnamon, milk and cocoa powder to a 4-quart saucepan. Heat until ingredients are completely melted together, let cook for another 2-3 minutes while stirring mixture to avoid over boiling. Remove from heat.

Stir in the peanut, almond butter and vanilla until smooth. Add sea salt, then stir in the oats. Drop heaping tablespoonfuls onto wax paper and let cool until set. I popped mine in the fridge so the wait was shorter.

The Real Reason We Give People The Middle Finger

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We’ve all done it. We’ve been on the receiving, and giving end of this popular show of aggravation. What most comes to mind is it’s use in fits of road rage.

I remember driving with my father when I was a young girl. I was always terrified to see him get red faced with anger at other drivers when they were not doing what he wanted, when he wanted, or as fast as he would have liked.

In yoga class last week the teacher framed this common circumstance, in relation to yogic knowledge. We were doing a meditation using the Saturn finger, which is the middle finger and represents patience and tolerance. The teacher so aptly put it, this is what people do, when they have no patience or tolerance left, and how amazing it is that all of humanity seems to unconsciously know what this finger represents!

I do my best to shrug it off when on the receiving end. The driver is frazzled, late for an appointment, stressed from a long day at work. They ‘run out’ of patience. Time holds no abundance for them in that moment. Here we are, not driving fast enough, taking a turn to slow, when other drivers think they have the right of way, and so it goes up, the middle finger.

I have given this myself, though it has been quite a long time. Thanks to Kundalini Yoga, I saw a monumental shift in my driving attitude. It was one of the first results I noticed from my practice. Upon reflection. every time I have presented this behavior it has been unnecessary. Frustrated, impatient, or reacting to the other persons behavior I have ‘lost’ my patience.

When you’re in this situation, and feeling the inspiration to vent your spleen, instead of raising that finger up in a pissed off rage, try Shuni Mudra, the “seal of patience.” formed by the thumb and the middle Saturn finger. Shuni Mudra, encourages patiences and supports thoughts of a noble nature, it turns our negative emotions into positive ones. Breath deep, and let the light guide your way on.

Sat Nam

A Radical Cure For A Broken Heart

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I fell in love once, so deeply in ‘love’. Every part of my body surged with energy. My hands shook. My heart trembled. My body burst into a million stars that lighted up my sky. I dreamed of a future, one I never knew I even wanted. My mind, almost all day, every day was sick with love and dreams. Fragmented, I flowed with these overwhelming feelings in an ocean that embraced me in its watery swells. I had met a man. I fell fast, and I fell HARD.

We walked along the canal in Venice, little twinkles of light bounced of the tiny waves of water lapping against the cement sides of the canal, little angels blessing us. The sound of the waves of the Pacific mingled with laughter and chatter making beautiful music.

It was a dream…that soon became a nightmare, because I drowned. I had actually been drowning the entire time, I just could not see it. I drowned in the darkness that inevitably followed my sweet dream, that sucked the light and life out of my stars, into a black void, my horizon was again pitch.

It has happened to us all hasn’t it? Heartbreak. Still to this day I have an old kind of ache in my heart when I think about it. How it affected my body, my heart was ripped out of my chest when it ended (all three or five times, we couldn’t manage to establish good boundaries, but that is another blog post).

When this happens, we always interrogate ourselves with a mountain of questions – If only things had gone a different way, then I would be satisfied. If only I had done this, or said that, then he/she would not have left. Rubbish, and we know where rubbish goes; in the recycling. That is the egos trick isn’t it? Looking for satisfaction, looking for love, as if it can only be gotten from outside ourselves.

Truth be told it took years to recover from that relationship. In fact I only just recovered, and at the expense of another relationship. Which its failing, I have blamed myself for, and my inability to let go of the past, even though I wanted to and made it a priority to do so. I know both notions are not rooted in truth, or a perspective that will yield nurturing results.

Even though this person has been in my life, a good friend, there was this weight and sadness that lived among the perfect tranquility of an innocent friendship, but it only lived within me, and had nothing to do with our past. But I did something, as I do with all my relationships. I used it to love myself more, to expand my experience of myself, and my strength, and to learn. To heal the separation from the communication and love of my soul. When someone pushes me away, there is one place I will go. To myself. I sit, pray, meditate, and chant. I do whatever I need to use that experience to:

  • Learn strength and compassion. To grow stronger with each disappointment. To face it with love for myself and the other person.
  • Burn baby burn. My karma.
  • To be thankful I even got to feel that way once, twice. Whatever it was, however it was, whomever it was. To remember how beautiful our emotions are. That we must take them all, accept them all, and use them.

Write a song, a book, paint a painting, take a photograph. Take your sorrow and throw it to the wind, let the sun soak it up and turn it into a flower. It’s energy. Be a magician.

Stifling and burying emotion under layers of resentment is a symbolic death of the heart. It blackens and burns it until it eats away at itself, it cries in its cage and weeps to be let free. The heart begs for love, for recognition, and for warm tenderness. Sometimes it is hard to even know how to shower love on ourselves. How can we create that energy if we are so low. Luckily, I have yoga and meditation.

It is possible to give yourself this love and tenderness, any time you are in need of it. And a beautiful thing is, you’re not going anywhere. You will always be your own best friend, and your greatest lover.

 

Our class of the month, all about using that ache of love, to connect with ourselves, and all that is, because all that is, is divine.

Some science…

The heart is a wielder of cosmic energy. The electrical component of our heart’s electromagnetic field is 60 times greater in amplitude then the brain and it permeates every cell of our body. The magnetic component of the heart’s electromagnetic field is approximately 5000 times stronger than our brain and the magnetic field can be detected several feet away from our body. A neural communication network links our heart to our brain and body and it is this network from which the heart communicates information to the brain and throughout the body via the electromagnetic field interactions. It is the heart that generates our body’s most powerful and most extensive rhythmic electromagnetic field.

Our emotional state is communicated throughout the body through the heart’s electromagnetic field. As we experience different emotions the rhythmic beating patterns of the heart change. Positive emotions of love, gratitude, and appreciation create smooth waves, ordered in coherent beating patterns. ‘Changes in the heart’s beating patterns create corresponding changes in the structure of the electromagnetic field radiated by the heart’. The rhythmic field of the heart has a powerful influence on processes throughout the body. ‘Brain rhythms naturally synchronize to the heart’s rhythmic activity, and during sustained feelings of love or appreciation, the blood pressure and respiratory rhythms, among other oscillatory systems, entrain to the heart’s rhythm.’ It is the heart that generates the pace and pulse of the rhythm of life.

Fulfill Your Longing For Love

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Aquarian Yogi celebrates February, a month known for love and intimate relationship, with a free class with Dr. Sham Rang Singh Khalsa.

With the debut of Aquarian Yogi, those of us involved in building this project have seen many changes and transformations in our lives, and within this space we are birthing for Kundalini Yoga. As things often end in our ever-changing lives, these endings, though often difficult, herald the birth of the new. Kundalini Yoga gives us the strength to keep up, to connect with ourselves, and to navigate these storms with a strong sail.

We all at times feel a longing for love in our lives. The love of a departed lover, a wanted child, or simply a friend that is near and dear to our hearts. If this longing we feel is a schism in our connection with our self, can we use this longing to deepen our love and connection to the infinite grace?

To be human is to feel weakness, fear, and a myriad of emotions and thoughts we sometimes see as sordid reflections of our human condition. Recognize these emotions and thoughts, love them…then use them to fuel your own radiance.

We sail through waters of emotions, swaying with the gales of heavy storms, and the soft breezes of our sunny days. The road can feel like a never ending tempest, but realize that may only be the purging of what no longer serves you, so that you can realize and know all that you really are. Close your eyes and meditate on the trees, listen for the sound of God in the wind. Sit, breath and bring your hands in prayer at your heart and chant Ong Sohung to call on the creative consciousness that you are.

As I have edited each video in the Radiant Self Healing series each class has held significant coincidence in its message for me. This class, where Sham Rang examines the energy of the Kapha Dosha, is a message of divine love – using the longing for love in our lives, where we ache for connection, into divine love and radiance. We can bless ourselves, and fill the chalice of our own heart.

Thank you for being a part and supporter of spreading the sacred teachings of Kundalini Yoga. May we be blessed and serve with joyous devotion.

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