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With so much...
by Liz McCollum Lord
The last few months I’ve been feeling a lot of challenging emotions. I’ve done enough yoga and meditation to know that the best course of action is to honestly acknowledge my feelings and process them so that they don’t become “stuck” in my body somehow. Instead I chose to bottle it all up and force myself to keep trudging forward.
Of course this didn’t change anything about how I felt, and my feelings of frustration and anger began to bubble to the surface more and more. My yoga practice diminished more and more during this time as well. One evening, in a fit of anger, I took apart my meditation altar, threw everything in a cabinet, and shut the door. I stopped doing my personal sadhana, which I’d been practicing for over 2 years. I was basically throwing up my hands to the Universe and saying “What’s the point of all this??”
As is often the case, the Universe will give us...
Naturally, during the winter months we tend to want to sleep more and eat heartier foods. If we follow cues from the natural world, we see that winter is actually the time for doing less. If we are aware of the earth’s rhythms, we can tap into this yin energy and turn inward for self reflection. Yet, for many people, this kind of change can leave them feeling unproductive, without purpose, and depressed.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression usually experienced during the fall through winter months. The lack of sunlight and the cold temperatures can affect a person’s moods and overall motivation. Kundalini Yoga has many great kriyas to counter the “Winter Blues” and help a person maintain a steady level of mood and motivation throughout the winter season and beyond.
Kriya for SAD and Depression
This meditation is from the manual The Art, Science & Application of Kundalini Yoga.
Yoga for Children? Yes!
By Shakta Khalsa, Founder and Director of Radiant Child Yoga
Reprinted with permission
Why yoga for children? Twenty years ago, that question was most likely asked about martial arts. Now there are classes for children at martial arts studios around every corner. And, like martial arts, yoga develops many wonderful qualities in children. Beside the obvious benefits of exercising the physical body, yoga sharpens the child’s ability to calm down and focus. It cultivates confidence and self-discipline. Many find that yoga, when practiced regularly, helps children become more aware of their thoughts and feelings. From this awareness, changes and growth in new and positive directions can blossom.
More and more professionals who work with Sensory Integration dysfunction, such as autism, learning disabilities, and ADD/ADHD are being trained in children’s yoga with great results. There is a natural affinity...
In her incredible online course, Understand and Heal Pain, Anne Novak teaches that to experience true healing, you must understand the vital role that pain serves in your personal evolution. You cannot free yourself from pain without seeing the direct connection between your thoughts, emotions, and physical body. Through this process of deep self-discovery, you can permanently change your experience of pain.
Part of the process is finding balance. In the course, she shares this incredible kriya for balancing your your prana and apana. In yogic terms prana is the incoming life force and apana is the outgoing or eliminating energies. It’s important to balance what you bring into your life with what you are eliminating from your life.
Nabhi Kriya For Prana Apana Balance
Source: KRI Level 1 Instructor Yoga Manual, pg 346
Nabhi refers to the nerve plexus around the Navel Point. This kriya balances prana and apana by focusing on the 3rd Chakra at the Navel...
by Shakta Khalsa
Knowing how much good yoga does for you, you can imagine what wonderful gifts it has in store for your children! When I teach people how to share children’s yoga, it might not always look exactly like adult yoga, but the benefits are the same.
Here are just a few of the great benefits of using yoga with children:
1. Emotional Heath:
Your child becomes more aware of how they feel. Through the yoga, breath, and relaxation, they discover how they can work through feelings into a more positive space.
2. Physical health and wellbeing:
Your child gets up off the couch, away from the desk and moves his or her body instead of moving fingers over a keyboard or phone!
3. Brain Tune-up:
Kundalini yoga has so many brain-balancing exercises that activate meridian points to wake up the brain for a more whole brain effect. This translates into clarity, ability to learn and understand academics, good physical and mental coordination.
And the biggest benefit of...
January is the perfect time for detoxifying the body, mind, and spirit! With winter upon us, our bodies are naturally slowing down, and perhaps we indulged a bit too much over the holidays! We can start to cleanse and rebuild with Kundalini Yoga kriyas & meditations.
For detoxifying, we love this kriya, and recommend practicing this one for at least 40 days!
Kundalini Yoga: Kriya for Detoxification
We detoxify continuously throughout life. We process food, thoughts, and all forms of energy. When that flow is continuous and clear, we are steady and flexible. The trouble is that we accumulate more than we process. We become weighted down under the ash of metabolism and the remnants of old emotions. This set systematically moves the energy of the body and mind to keep you light and vitalized. ~ Gurucharan Singh Khalsa
1. Lie down on your back with your legs straight. Your heels are together and your toes point upward. Keeping your heels together, spread your...
by Jenni Sells
Our ability to connect from our hearts with compassion and to empathize with what others are going through is part of what makes us human. Difficult times are much more manageable when we have loved ones around that have compassion for what we are experiencing.
As busy as life can be, and as infuriating as some circumstances are these days, it is easy to get cynical. Sometimes it feels impossible to keep our hearts open under the weight of the world’s problems. It’s easier to shut down, to turn off the part of us that feels so deeply all the pain and anguish.
Rather than approaching people who are struggling from a place of compassion, we might start to believe that people are going through a hard time because they brought it on themselves, or because of their karma, or because of bad decisions that they made. We might also start to believe that there is nothing we can do to help. But tolerance for other people’s differences, that compassion for...
by Dr. Ramdesh
It’s so easy to lose trust. Maybe your significant other cheated on you recently or your co-worker stole your ideas. Maybe your issues of trust go further back, to your childhood, and your parents betrayed you in unloving ways. Maybe you prayed and it felt like you got no answer.
Little by little, your heart hardened. Step by step, the trusting, open, real YOU was replaced by someone who is just waiting for the bottom to drop out. Maybe you lost trust in other people, the world, and God. Maybe the only thing you can trust is yourself, or maybe you distrust yourself most of all.
Here’s the problem with lack of trust: the only person you hurt is you. In order to remain distrustful, you have to close your heart off to the good that exists in the world. It’s a protective, defensive measure, but it creates a closed heart and a block to energy flow within you....
by Liz McCollum Lord
Pranayama is an integral part of the yoga practice, but one that I don’t often think about. Most kriyas and meditations incorporate some type of breathing because of its numerous benefits. Somehow though, I had allowed myself to forget the powerful benefits that just a few minutes of focused pranayama can provide. Thankfully at Sat Nam Fest, I attended two classes that brought pranayama back to the forefront of my mind! Akasha closed out his class by teaching Breath of Ten, which is a wonderfully healing breath. And in the Ayurvedic class with Jai Dev Singh, we experienced several intense breathing practices that really shifted my energy drastically.
With that in mind, I came back home with pranayama on my mind. Unbeknownst to me at the time, this past month would end up being one of the most stressful months I’ve had in a long time. Many times I asked myself what more could possibly go wrong, only to be...