MORE ABOUT THE 18TH AUGUST WORKSHOP

The human brain is an intricate organ. At approximately 3 pounds, it contains about 100 billion neurons and 100 trillion connectors. Your brain is command central of all you think, feel, and do.

Your brain is divided into two halves, or hemispheres. Within each half, particular regions control certain functions.

The two sides of your brain look very much alike, but there’s a huge difference in how they process information. Despite their contrasting styles, the two halves of your brain don’t work independently of each other.

Different parts of your brain are connected by nerve fibers. If a brain injury severed the connection between sides, you could still function. But the lack of integration would cause some impairment.

The human brain is constantly reorganizing itself. It’s adaptable to change, whether it’s physical or through life experience. It’s tailor-made for learning.

According to Sperry’s dated research, the left brain is also connected to:

  • logic
  • sequencing
  • linear thinking
  • mathematics
  • facts
  • thinking in words

The right brain is more visual and intuitive. It’s sometimes referred to as the analog brain. It has a more creative and less organized way of thinking.

Sperry’s dated research suggests the right brain is also connected to:

  • imagination
  • holistic thinking
  • intuition
  • arts
  • rhythm
  • nonverbal cues
  • feelings visualization
  • daydreaming

Kundalini Yoga optimists the use of the left an right brain in tandem so you can use our different sides of the brain in a more amalgamated and wholesome way.

 

In this workshop we will focus on working with the science go angles using hand movements, mudras and mantras. 

We will also enjoy an energetic vinyasa flow with a lot of lower chakra asanas to detoxify the body of stagnant and stale energy and open up the MOOLADHARA and SWATHISTANA chakras. 

So get ready to sweat, detoxify and empower your brian and chakras in a single Kundalini class. These 2 chakras are the main channels for Kundalini Energy and most often they are blocked and either depleted or congested or underachieve or overactive. To MANIFEST wealth, power, relationships, identity on the physical plane, these chakras hold the key to manifesting. So by doing these asanas  we detoxify stale and stagnant and karmic energy stuck in the chakras and nadis and in our past programming in our brain. 

 

some terms in yoga decoded

KUNDALINI KRIYA AND METABOLISM

How Kundalini Kriya can reset your metabolism

"We must be able to change the gears of our mood, mind, and metabolism in a split second. Through the science of yoga, it was realized thousands of years ago that when someone was off-base, their glandular system did not secrete properly, therefore their blood stream did not contain the full mixture of glandular secretions to service the organs."--Yogi Bhajan

As far as I"m concerned, Glands 101 should be a pre-requisite, just like Sex Ed in high school. The endocrine system remains one of the most mysterious parts of the human body, even in the high-level endocrinology science of 2014. The glands are strangers in the night in more ways than you"d expect in modern medicine. Yogis for thousands of years have been pointing to and developing ways to activate and balance the hormonal secretions of the glandular system.  

“Why is this so important?” you ask. Well, for anyone who has come face to face with a diagnosed thyroid or other endocrine system dysfunction – not to mention those who haven’t been diagnosed, but are still suffering from imbalances – they will tell you! You don"t pay much attention to these little pea- to butterfly-sized contraptions of the human body until you are struck with pesky and stubborn weight gain that can"t be explained, dryness, irritability, heavy emotional negativity, major fatigue, depression, and the like.  

When wading through the ever-growing conversation around metabolism, it"s obvious that the thyroid and adrenal issues in America have reached epidemic proportions. Almost every American has some form of adrenal fatigue, from mild to complete exhaustion, and 20 Million Americans have some kind of thyroid dysfunction. In ancient yogic science, there are many remedies to an increasingly pressurized terrain of mental, physical, and emotional demands on the systems of the human body.

As the seasons change, it"s an opportune time to focus on the internal balancing of the endocrine system to naturally shift your metabolism, blood chemistry, and ultimately the steadiness of your moods and even the thought patterns that are created thereof. One of my favorite parts of the Kundalini Yoga Technology is that we have SO many kriyas, pranayams, and meditations that work specifically with the glands to help to change the internal landscape of endocrine secretions.”

Excerpt from a teaching....

-Yogi Bhajan, November 21, 1984

VINYASA

Vinyasa means “movement linked with breath.” Postures are strung together in a short or longer flow.

This style of yoga is often quite dynamic, which requires the mind to stay focused in the present to be able to keep up. Focusing keeps you from drifting off into un needed thoughts and worries. It keeps you grounded in the present and in your body rather than stuck in your head.

Origins and History

Vinyasa, like all yoga styles, originated from Hatha Yoga. The term vinyāsa refers to the alignment of movement and breath, which turns static asanas (poses) into a dynamic flow. Modern Vinyasa flow yoga (also known as power yoga and flow) is best described as freestyle Ashtanga as it doesn’t adhere to the rigid structure of Ashtanga set out by K. Pattabhi Jois. 

Ashtanga can be traced back to 200BC.

Philosophy & Principles

Vinyasa is all about continuous movement and breath in various combinations.

Specific Movements:

The term vinyasa refers to a specific series of movements that are frequently done between each asana in a series. These movements vary and depend on the style of yoga and the teacher.

Breath:

The length of one inhale or one exhale dictates the length of time spent transitioning between asanas. Attention is placed on the breath and the movement/journey between the asanas rather than solely on achieving perfect body alignment in a pose, as in Hatha Yoga. The breathing style used is a relaxed diaphragmatic style of breathing, like an ocean sound which resonates in the throat (ujjayi).

Muscle Contractions:

Another major principle of Vinyasa Yoga is the bandha, or muscle locking/contraction, which assists you in retaining a pose and moving safely in and out of poses. 

There are 3 Bandhas.

1 Mūla Bandha, performed by tightening the muscles around the pelvic and perineum area. 

2 Uḍḍīyāna Bandha, by bringing the navel in towards the spine and slightly up. contracting the muscles of the lower abdominal area.

3 Jālaṅdhara Bandha, is achieved by lowering the chin slightly while raising the sternum bringing the gaze to the tip of the nose.

Benefits of a regular practice

  • Calming - The steady cycle of inhales and exhales provides you with a calming, mental focal point.
  • Purification of body -The continual movements, from one pose to another, gives you an added cardiovascular benefit creating internal heat. The increased circulation and sweat leads to purification of the body.
  • Increase muscle strength & flexibility - the routines, weather they are slow paced or fast paced are a great workout for your body.
  • Brings you to the present - Yoga opens you up to this moment, which is all there is and which is the doorway to experience truth and real happiness.

 

LYMPHATIC SYSTEM

The lymphatic system is part of the cardio vascular system and an important part of the Immune system, comprising a network of lymphatic vessels that carry a clear fluid called lymph directionally towards the heart. 

Unlike the circulatory system, the lymphatic system is not a closed system. The human circulatory system processes an average of 20 liters of blood per day through capillary filtration, which removes plasma while leaving the blood cells. Roughly 17 litres of the filtered plasma are reabsorbed directly into the blood vessels, while the remaining three litres remain in the intestinal fluid. One of the main functions of the lymph system is to provide an accessory return route to the blood for the surplus three litres.

The other main function is that of defense in the immune system. Lymph is very similar to blood plasma: it contains lymphocytes. It also contains waste products and cellular debris together with bacteria and proteins. Associated organs composed of lymphoid tissue are the sites of lymphocyte production. Lymphocytes are concentrated in the lymph nodes. The spleen and the thymus are also lymphoid organs of the immune system. Thetonsils are lymphoid organs that are also associated with the digestive system. Lymphoid tissues contain lymphocytes, and also contain other types of cells for support. The system also includes all the structures dedicated to the circulation and production of lymphocytes (the primary cellular component of lymph), which also includes the bone marrow, and the lymphoid tissue associated with the digestive system.

 

ENDOCRINE SYSTEM

The endocrine system is a chemical messenger system consisting of hormones, the group of glands of an organism that carry those hormones directly into the circulatory system to be carried towards distant target organs, and the feedback loops of homeostatis that the hormones drive. In humans, the major endocrine glands are the “thyroid gland” and the “adrenal glands”. In vertebrates, the “Hypothalamus” is the neural control center for all endocrine systems. The field of study dealing with the endocrine system and its disorders is endocrinology.

Special features of endocrine glands are, in general, their ductless nature, their vascularity, and commonly the presence of intracellular vacuoles or granules that store their hormones. In contrast, exocrine glands, such as salivary and sweat glands, and glands within the gastrointestinal tract, tend to be much less vascular and have ducts or a hollow lumen. A number of glands that signal each other in sequence are usually referred to as an axis, for example, the hypothalamic - pituitary - adrenal axis. We also have the Pineal gland and the Thymus glands. All these glands produce hormones which regulate our body chemistry, moods, energy, balance, state of mind and the list goes on and on.

 

STRESS RELEASE

In Kundalini Yoga we use Kriyas, Breath, Mudras and Primordial sounds as well as the science of angles to alleviate stress and lessen it to a great degree. We work with the boys systems that are infinitely intelligent to align and healer mental states.

 

WHAT IS A KRIYA?
In Kundalini yoga, a kriya is a set of postures, movements or breath patterns which, when all performed as a sequence, lead mind and body to a specific desired outcome (whether that’s stress-relief, physical health and wellbeing, etc.).

 

CHANTING AND ITS BENEFITS…

What is the real goat of the chanting we do in meditation?

The ultimate state of mind is called anahat—the Infinite Unstruck Sound or vibration. It brings intuition, inner strength, and the capacity to be completely open to do what you must do as a unique part of the totality of Being. In this state you are joyful, truthful, compassionate, and relaxed. Each time you perfect a mantra, you are like a master musician who can evoke these elevated states of being from the instrument of self.

Haw does chanting achieve this?

Chanting is a science called one-star spirituality which tunes and attunes you. Think of yourself as a Divine instrument with strings. When you chant, the vibration of the strings causes all fifty trillion cells of your body to resonate, to dance, forming the patterns that shape you physically, emotionally and men­ tally.

You are created with seventy-two surs or strings. They vary in dominance over a seventy-two hour period. The Crown Chakra, the thousand-petalled lotus, impacts each of these strings with a thousand-fold vibration. Hence you have 72,000 vibratory impacts that send energy throughout and create your system.

The central tuning string is the main “vagus nerve of the para­ sympathetic system” which is called the ik tara—one star. It acts as a tuning drone for all the other strings. When the central channel of the sushmuna in the spine is activated and the two support channels of ida and pingala move with it, the entire system begins to vibrate.

When you chant, at first it is conscious and out loud, then it becomes mental. If the rhythm is right and your concentration and surrender to its pulse is practiced, then your central nervous system vibrates it and you simply listen. Anahat is that state in which your nervous system vibrates the mantra without your conscious effort and the mantra is attuned to the Infinite. You vibrate in concert with a pattern beyond anything you could create from your finite self or ego.

What about silence? Isn't that the ultimate?

Silence is filled with anahat. The inner silence is the silence of the ego, when the mind vibrates silently in perfect unison with the unlimited self. When you chant, the nervous system becomes synchronized, and the flow of thoughts moves with the higher self. Then the ego relaxes, and the mantra is vibrated by every cell. You let go and are truly silent. In that silence you can feel, hear, and act on the call of the soul.