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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.

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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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.

Golden Milk, A Healing Drink

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Golden Milk is my nightly ritual. The mixture of milk, turmeric, and honey, topped with home-made ghee, has been a wonderful nightly treat that my body finds healing and supportive. Golden Milk is one of the most powerful ‘supplements’ I have found, that smooths and relaxes my muscles, and joints. I feel a sense of relaxation, and general benefit when I consistently have it. it is also great before bed, it helps me sleep deeply.

Turmeric is a potent herb, appreciated by yogis and ayurvedic healers since ancient times. It is healing to the liver and stomach, and as in my experience, greatly helps with arthritis, stiffness, and with digestion. It aids in drawing out toxins from the body, and is a powerful anti-inflammatory. It is especially good for adult women. It helps us stay flexible, lubricates our inner body, and our joints.

Ingredients:

1/8 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 cup water
8 ounces milk – I use raw milk, and sometimes fresh almond milk, you can also use goat milk…
2 tablespoons raw almond oil (I often substitute with Ghee)
Honey to taste
1 cardamom pod (optional)

Cooking Instructions:

Simmer turmeric in water until it forms into a paste. Suggested cooking time is 8 minutes, though you can cook it for up to 30 minutes, adding more water as necessary. The general ratio of turmeric to water is 1 part turmeric to 4 parts water. Cardamom may be cooked with the turmeric for added flavor.

Meanwhile, bring milk to a boil with the almond oil. As soon the milk boils, remove from heat. Combine the milk and turmeric paste, use a blender if desired, and add honey to taste.

*You can prepare larger quantities of turmeric paste, keeping it refrigerated for up to 40 days.

Here is a very good video on how to make Golden Milk.

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Radiant Self Healing

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Check out Dr. Sham Rang talking a little bit about his ‘Radiant Self Healing’ classes we will be featuring! Filming with Dr. Sham Rang has been a wonderful experience, feeling the vibration of these classes during filming has been uplifting. Skyler, the resident Aquarian Yogi dog also likes them… if you listen carefully you can hear her faintly pitter patter in the background. Sat Nam!

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