Meditation for Healing Addictions

This powerful meditation is challenging, but will give you an experience of releasing yourself from the limits of your mind.  It works directly on the central brain creating a rhythm that activates the area under the pineal gland, allowing it to activate and start secreting the hormones needed to help you break your mental patterns.  This has a secondary effect on the pituitary gland, which then regulates the rest of the hormones in the body, improving your overall vitality (incidentally, this is exactly how mental rigidity works to age us prematurely).

The pineal gland is a gateway to opening new mental pathways, and if it is not functioning correctly or congested you might experience mental rigidity, a difficulty in breaking patterns or experiencing life in new ways. Imbalance in the pineal and pituitary glands can create powerful addictions, entrapments, obessive behaviours.  If you experiencing difficult to break habits or patterns, or distressing mental loops this is an excellent meditation to try
(OCD sufferers please try this and report back your findings). 

40 days is a recommended daily practice to experience the full effect, but depending on how deeply ingrained these behaviours are, or if they are multi-generational, you may want to spend a longer time with this meditation.  It may seem like a long time, but your commitment to break these patterns must be the right level of force to meet the intensity of the pattern you are trying to break.  Show your commitment, stay strong, and push forward past your mental limits!

Full Instructions from 3HO:

Posture: Sit in an Easy Pose, with a light jalandhar bandh. Straighten the spine and make sure the 1st six lower vertebrae are locked forward.

Mudra: Make fists of both hands and extend the thumbs straight. Place the thumbs on the temples and find the niche where the thumbs just fit. This is the lower anterior portion of the frontal bone above the temporal-sphenoidal suture.

Lock the back molars together and keep the lips closed. Keeping the teeth pressed together throughout, alternately squeeze the molars tightly and then release the pressure. A muscle will move in rhythm under the thumbs. Feel it massage the thumbs and apply a firm pressure with the hands.

Eyes: Keep the eyes closed and focus at the Brow Point.

Mantra: Silently vibrate the five primal sounds—the Panj Shabd: Sa Ta Na Ma—at the brow.

Time: Continue for 5 – 31 minutes.

Happy International Women’s Day!

Yogi Bhajan said to us women…

“You are the nucleus of this Universe. You are the source of beginning. You are the master of the space. You are the hub, you are the pivot, you are the force, you are the mother. If you walk tall, that’s all you have to do. Resurrect yourself, exalt yourself, excel. You are born to rule, that’s the rule of the creation. “

We are multi dimensional creators of our reality. Through meditation and opening our awareness to the ways we have held ourselves back mentally and emotionally, we have the power to change our mental structures and dramatically change our environment. As women we create all the time – whether we create havoc or create magic is totally up to our discipline and our capacity to build our calibre.

Let us vow to uplift ourselves, support ourselves, and love ourselves with more than just flowers and chocolates this women’s day. Let’s get out of our own way and lead. The future generations need us! We are the creators of the new world of the Aquarian Age already conceived in thought and longing to come into being on earth.

Sat Nam

photo by Jenn Brookes

Staying Grounded

There’s a rumour going around that too much Kundalini Yoga will cause you to come ungrounded. And judging by my practice this year I think there might be some truth to the rumours. More likely what it is doing is exposing that you are already ungrounded.

What kundalini yoga does it elevate you above your problems and give you lots of energy. However if you are working out your karma without wisdom or through projection you can create incredible chaos In your life by not thinking things through and acting on impulse. many emotions come up during the practice and the mind has the tendency to latch onto them and make judgements. you can manifest in your mind negative situations that aren’t real to resolve certain karma, and then suddenly believe that they are real and that you need to do something about it, causing a lot of destruction.

the life force in humanity that we refer to as kundalini is not just creative force it is also a destructive force. you can learn your lessons the hard way and just because you practice kundalini yoga doesn’t mean you learn them the easy way. if you are the sort of person that reflects how you’re feeling on to others it could be an extremely scary experience.

Wrapping the head wearing all white and adopting an entirely vegan yoga lifestyle is amazing if you have strong foundations and are ready to take your practice to the next level. If you have heavy karma or mental illness in your biology it’s very likely that this will be a bridge too far.

I am so grateful for my practice because it has shown me how easily I get wrapped up in ideas. I can see more clearly how ego has been wreaking havoc in my life. Of course I will continue to practice. But I’m completely changing my focus so that my ego identity does not get absorbed in the practice. It is important for me to retain balance and continue to be a householder and have life love relationships and hobbies outside of the “spiritual sphere.” In that respect it has shown me who I am.

Kundalini yoga is not a replacement for a life. If you know who you are, you’re already done.

photography by Jenn Brookes

Guarding Against the Defensive Ego

The mind doesn’t know the difference between an imagined threat and a real one. When you are imagining a situation of stress or challenge, your body produces all of the adrenaline you need to fight or run. It doesn’t matter if it’s a dream – if it’s in the past or a worry about the future – if the effect on you is real RIGHT NOW. If a part of you is trapped in a past experience, your mind is replaying that experience at various times of the day and a different moments in your life, bringing you back to that physical real stress with every reminder. Your mind is trying to tell you what you have left behind. Can you instead create something healing instead with the imagination present in the mind?

After some years of my kundalini yoga practice I have reached a turning Point. Enough of the noise and sadness has cleared away and I see very clearly what is underneath; a lifetime of unmanaged, stuffed down anger is pouring up to the surface through my heart, all over my face, out of my mouth. I cannot articulate what I am angry about because like anything mixed together and left to rot it becomes an unrecognisable poisonous sludge. All of the years that I have strived to be responsible and have criticised others for failing to take responsibility, I realise I have been raging against the failure of the adults around me to do the same when I was a child. These emotions are painful and difficult for me to manage because I never learnt that skill. But I am grateful to be learning that skill today because I cannot continue my life living with this anger buried within me. I imagine the women in my life, lovingly pulling the black cord of angry despair from my back, gently untangling it from my throat and heart. Because the mind doesn’t know if it’s real or not.

We’ll be doing the kriya to relieve inner anger at class tomorrow. I hope you can join us, come slam the floor, and liberate yourself from whatever you still carry.

New Kundalini Yoga Class in Manchester

Tuesdays at 7pm. Come join me this evening at Friends Meeting House in Manchester, 6 Mount Street, room G4.

I’m kicking off the class with a special event: after our normal 90 mins class we’ll be having a special half hour of tantric meditation! ✨✨✨✨✨✨ £8 drop in. Or, DM me for details on how to save by buying a six pack of classes for £30 (£5 each)

What a beautiful way to kick off this retrograde season! Turn delay and reconsideration into introspection and reflection. Undo the barriers you have built within you to your progress!

Sat Nam lovelies, I can’t wait to see you 😘

Healing on the Yogic Journey

Sometimes, healing is brutal. Surgery that leaves swelling and pain. A fountain of tears that seems never to dry. Your comforting illusions dissolving leaving the cold reality of your life story thus far.

But it passes.

The yoga kriya is an incredible metaphor for human endurance. Mental stamina to maintain the present course and see future outcomes. The ability to master emotion by letting it flow through you and releasing that water which has become poisoned or pressured. The ability to have a subtle awareness of your own energy and direct it creatively.

Whatever your practice is for doing this work, keep at it. Don’t be ashamed to cry on the therapist’s couch. Let the tears stain the pages of your journal. Let yourself shake with rage or pleasure in your yoga practice. It’s ok that you’re still processing this old stuff. We humans have a lot to carry. Just keep going.

It passes. 

Ahimsa: Non-harming

Part of ahimsa in the age of Aquarius is not hoarding resources. Not hiding your yoga practice, your love, your knowledge, your gifts, your contribution to society behind a paywall. Once your survival needs are taken care of, sharing. And, as much as possible, leaving the earth’s gifts for everyone to enjoy.