Friends

This is just a thank you to all my family, friends, healers, teachers and yogis who are supporting me on my journey of transformation. Through the good days and the bad, I am grateful for all you in my life. I get constant confirmation daily that I am on the right path and learning acceptance and surrender is an almost daily occurrence. Being grateful, even when I feel bad is not always easy to do, but it does raise my vibration. When my vibration is sufficiently raised, the pain subsides. Like most people, we do not choose our lot in life. We get the illusion that we do, however, isn’t the saying something like this..” if you want to make God laugh, just tell him your plans.” I know the universe is supporting me and all of you are such a blessing. I am so grateful to see what unfolds as the days and the weeks go by. Stream!n Love to you all.

Kundalini Yoga Reaches Military!

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How Cool is This?

Today was not only a mind blowing experience during teacher training here in beautiful Santa Monica, CA. with Tej et. all, but it was amazing to me in other ways too!  Did you know that members of the military are now able to experience the benefits of yoga? And Kundalini, the fastest path to raising your vibration!  All yoga raises the Kundalini energy but nothing like a focused Kundalini class, and that is exactly what happened today when Guru Jas, skipped our training and drove to Camp Pendleton to teach 75 Marines Kundalini Yoga!  How cool is that?!

When she came back in the evening we were all so excited to hear about the experience.  She said they LOVED it and thought much of it was very challenging.  Remember, these young men and women are in a different kind of shape.  Kundalini is intense breath work and holding postures that can be very taxing.  Mantras are also used in many of the Kriyas and meditations.  Guru Jas stated, “They had tremendous heart and did not give up when the going got tough.”  She urged them on saying something to the effect of “come on guys, if you can’t keep up, I am going to tell my yoga students in Santa Monica you couldn’t do it!”  Which only strengthened their resolve and will.  “Keep up and you’ll be kept up!” As Yogi Bhajan famously quoted.  And keep up they did!  All the way to the gong bath at the end where they all lied down on their mats and went out cold to the sounds of the universe! 

What an amazing way to help these troops deal with the level of stress they live with daily.  Meditation, mindfulness, strength, stability and flexibility will only help our soldiers cope better and hopefully connect to a higher vibration.  Wouldn’t this world be so different if all people would take a look at Buddhist principles an incorporate even some small part (just mindfulness for example) into their daily lives?

According to the AP, January 23, 2013 “The U.S. Marine Corps, known for turning out some of the military’s toughest warriors, is studying how to make its troops even tougher through meditative practices, yoga-type stretching and exercises based on mindfulness.

Marine Corps officials say they will build a curriculum that would integrate mindfulness-based techniques into their training if they see positive results from a pilot project. Mindfulness is a Buddhist-inspired concept that emphasizes active attention on the moment to keep the mind in the present.

Facing a record suicide rate and thousands of veterans seeking treatment for post-traumatic stress, the military has been searching for ways to reduce strains on service members burdened with more than a decade of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Marine Corps officials are testing a series of brain calming exercises called “Mindfulness-Based Mind Fitness Training” that they believe could enhance the performance of troops, who are under mounting pressures from long deployments and looming budget cuts expected to slim down forces.

“Some people might say these are Eastern-based religious practices but this goes way beyond that,” said Jeffery Bearor, the executive deputy of the Marine Corps training and education command at its headquarters in Quantico, Va.. “This is not tied to any religious practice. This is about mental preparation to better handle stress.”

The article goes on to state “”I didn’t want to do it,” the 21-year-old from Denver said.

But the exercises — also done while standing, stretching and lying down — had an effect, he said. He felt more relaxed and upbeat.

“Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Training” or “M-Fit” was designed by former U.S. Army Capt. Elizabeth Stanley, a professor at Georgetown University who found relief doing yoga and meditation for her PTSD.

Stanley, who is also involved in studies for the Army, said the techniques can help warfighters think more clearly under fire when they are often forced to make quick decisions that could mean life or death, and help them reset their nervous systems after being in combat.

Maj. Gen. Melvin Spiese said he was convinced after looking at the scientific research and then taking the course.

While teaching troops to shoot makes them a better warfighter, teaching mindfulness makes them a better person by helping them to decompress, which could have lasting effects, he said.

“As we see the data supports it, it makes perfect sense that this is what we should be doing,” said the 58-year-old outgoing general, sitting in his office adorned with pictures of war and a 1903 rifle. “It’s like doing pushups for the brain.”

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/u-s-marines-learn-meditate-stress-reduction-program-article-1.1245698#ixzz2w6Fzgpi8

Sat Nam,

Tina, Har Inder Kaur

Chakra Basics

Image As promised here is more information on chakra’s and a not so pretty, but informative chart.  Within the physical body is our spiritual body that contains the Chakras.  Chakra means wheel in Sanskrit.  Chakra’s are energy centers that are the entry points to our aura and they receive, assimilate, express and transmit life-force energy when they are spinning and properly opened.  They are not seen physically like skin or organs, etc.  They are centers of energy we can feel, that loosely correspond to areas of the body.  They are usually associated with specific colors and sounds. If you are blocked in any one chakra, many ill effects or dis-ease can occur in your body.  If we can simply concentrate on balancing the chakras it will lead not only in balancing the chakras itself, but the physical, emotional, and spiritual imbalances caused by their malfunctioning. This can be an effective tool to fight viruses, debug and reprogram our lives.  Consciousness enters through the crown chakra and flows downward through the body, then upward from earth through the root chakra to ethereal consciousness. In order to be whole, you need a balance between the downward flow and the upward flow of energy. Blockages in any one of the chakras affect the flow of this energy. Meditation can help one focus on these areas of the body. One easy way is to visualize the color associated with the energy center, feel that energy center and see it spinning in a clockwise motion (you being the clock) and through sound mantra balance that center.  There are many other ways and methods to achieve chakra balancing such at Reiki, Energy Healing Positive Affirmations, Guided Visualization, Yoga, etc.  I find that sound vibration is very powerful for chakra balancing and energy.  This is probably why I love Kundalini yoga so much. Combining yoga with sound is particularly effective for healing. Usually only 7 chakra’s are referenced in various materials, however there are many more than 7 chakras.  The chart attached focuses on 8, however there are energy centers that go much higher and also in the palms of the hands, the feet, etc.  We are keeping it simple for now. Click below for chart which includes the balancing sound.

Namaste,

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1NtSH2JnBSsdktpUzlsRjlDLWM/edit?usp=sharing

What do you feel when you meditate?

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What do you feel when you meditate?  For me it is really morphing as I move deeper into my practice.  I used to feel a tingling in my shoulders and hands.  And I usually felt a sense of peace and relaxation once I got into the zone and out of the ceaseless “Monkey Mind” thoughts.  Sometimes I never got in the zone and then would think that I just totally wasted my time getting nowhere and thinking about stupid things or not being able to get a song stuck out of my head!  This is a common feeling and a mistake.  Sitting down to get quiet and centered is NEVER a waste of time.  I just had to learn that when the thoughts came, to say to myself, “ok, I’m having another thought, next…”, because there is always going to be another thought!  When this happens to you, don’t beat yourself up!  The first step is observing that you are having thoughts.  Ask yourself, who is observing these thoughts?  Is it my body? Is it my brain? A good question to ask yourself is “Who am I? Who am I, really?”  That is a great start.  You might say, I am a mother or a father or a brother or a mechanic or a business person, but those are just roles that you are playing. Who are you really? Are you your body? Are you your brain?  Think about this and then let it go and go into silence.

Later my meditation practices morphed again as I learned from Deepak Chopra and others at his center my Primordial Sound Meditation. I was able to get into repeating my mantra silently between those ceaseless thoughts and “Get into the Gap” as he calls it.  This gap is the space between thoughts that makes the meditation so satisfying and beautiful.  It has often been likened to listening to music.  If there were no space between the notes, it would just be noise.  It is the same as the noise in our heads we would like to quiet. Another great way to start a meditation practice, if sitting in silence is too difficult, is to listen to guided meditations like Deepak’s 21 day meditation challenge.  I believe they have been offered for free at various times on the web.  Check his and Oprah’s websites for the info.  Also just type in guided meditations on YouTube and you will find terrific ones like this:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIu2kb-QYYs

Now that I am studying and practicing with Tom Kelly at The Soul of Yoga, and going through Kundalini yoga teacher with Harijiwan and Tej, I really feel strong currents of energy moving up and down along my spine. I feel my heart expanding so big that it feels like my chest cavity is too small to contain it.  The Pranayama (breathing) of yoga practice is helping with this. So does Kundalini and other yoga practices and meditations.  The thoughts that come in are more like inspiration than annoyances so I sometimes need to pay attention to them.  It is nice to notice all the stages I have gone through over the past 25 years of meditation.  

I get lots of questions from first time meditators or people wanting to know more about how to start. So fire away!  Tell me what you feel.  And see the above photos in case you are wondering “what are these chakras people keep talking about?”  How do they pertain to meditation?  What to the colors represent? We will save that for a future post.  In the meantime,

Namaste, (The Diving in me, recognizes and honors the Divine in you)

 

Divine Feminine

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There is a wonderful event happening at the #SoulofYoga next Monday night March 10th at 6 pm.  It’s the Divine Goddess Spring Equinox celebration!  Explore your true nature as the powerful being that you truly are.

My good friend, Gloria Taylor, Singer songwriter and Intuitive Energy/Sound Healer, will
facilitate a sacred group healing.  If you have not experienced one of Gloria’s healings yet, this is a wonderful and rare opportunity for you.  I have been to many different types of healers.  Even my own mother is an amazing energy healer, but I have never experienced the shifts in my body and the letting go of stuck emotions, like when I have healing sessions with Gloria.  The sounds that come through her body and her music are truly from the Divine.  So take this opportunity to join us for deep clearings, alignments and activations as we harmonize and upgrade our systems using toning, crystal bowls, drums, chanting, live music and more. Weeeeeee

My Dharma is Joy

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Nobody else knows your reason for being. You do. Your bliss guides you to it. When you follow your bliss, when you follow your path to joy, your conversation is of joy, your feelings are of joy — you’re right on the path of that which you intended when you came forth into this physical body

—Abraham

Excerpted from the workshop: Houston, TX on January 05, 2002