The Reproductive Chapter and the Subtle Body

the reproductive

system

As human beings we yearn to leave a legacy and expand beyond time and space. This desire is a central motivating force behind an optimally functioning reproductive system. The complex relationships between sex organs, energy centers, and hormones mimic the cycles of creation. Producing children is only one way the consciousness of reproduction manifests itself. Every creative or expansive act in life, whether it is starting a foundation, inventing something new, crafting a beautiful piece of art, or having a child is born out of the foundation of the physical and subtle aspects of the reproductive system……..

 

The Reproductive System and the Subtle Body

The Subtle Body is the Light Body connected to the reproductive system

because of its capacity to exist beyond space and time, and to leave a legacy.

The Subtle Body carries the soul to the heavens at the time of death. While

alive, it allows for the experience of mastery and calmness when nurtured

with a steady spiritual discipline. The Subtle Body shows its power in silence

and the ability to communicate without speaking. When a married couple

have been together for many years, sometimes just a look or a nod can be all the communication

that’s needed to tell the other person what is happening.

 

WHEN THE SUBTLE BODY

IS STRONG, YOU DON’T

HAVE TO SAY A LOT

BECAUSE YOUR PRESENCE

CONVEYS ALL.

 

 

Japa’s Subtle Body Story

My father is a cardiovascular surgeon who rides a Harley for fun and is not a great believer in the esoteric realms. He was out riding one day when a large deer jumped in front of his bike.  It caused him to swerve sharply and begin to skid badly. What he described next is one example of the subtle body radiating out beyond time and space.  He says that he felt his mother who had passed away years before, protecting him during the accident.  He believes that was why he came out of the accident relatively unharmed.  My grandmothers prayers echoed forward in time, through her subtle body and protected my father.

 

Excerpted from Enlightened Bodies© 2015, reprinted with permission

Our vision for the 10 Light Bodies Mandala is to help yoga teachers and teacher trainers "see" the connection of the Light Bodies as a teaching tool. The way that the consciousness transforms through yoga and how the jewels of meditation come to you over time. The pearl in the center represents the "Soul Body" and the outer edge of Gold is the "Radiant Body". The other Bodies are left open to interpretation through the mudras and movement cycling through the mandala. Enjoy!

Our vision for the 10 Light Bodies Mandala is to help yoga teachers and teacher trainers "see" the connection of the Light Bodies as a teaching tool. The way that the consciousness transforms through yoga and how the jewels of meditation come to you over time. The pearl in the center represents the "Soul Body" and the outer edge of Gold is the "Radiant Body". The other Bodies are left open to interpretation through the mudras and movement cycling through the mandala. Enjoy!

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We look forward to hearing back from you as you read and sharing even more tools and techniques for studying this amazing human body!  Stay tuned!

Hydrotherapy

“You have to have a cold shower whether you like it or you hate it, doesn't matter. There is no medical human system that can open up your capillaries other than a cold shower.”

© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan, September 16, 1993

Ishnaan

A traditional part of yogic lifestyle, Ishnaan, or cold showers, helps to flush and move the blood. This clears toxins by rapidly moving the blood through the body. It also sends fresh oxygen and biochemical information to every cell.

How to Do Ishnaan

1) Massage the body with almond oil.

2) Turn the cold water on in the shower.

3) Put an arm in. Put a leg in. Put the whole body in.

4) Go in and out a few times.

While moving in and out of the water, massage the body and chant a mantra to help keep up with the cleansing process. If you wish, tap the thyroid and thymus and for women, tap at the location of the ovaries. Pay special attention to massaging the armpits and breast areas. It is recommended to leave shorts on. The thighbone is the largest and most dense bone and mineral reservoir in the body. It deserves to be buffered from the shock of direct cold water. Do not put the cold water stream directly on the third-eye point, and do not wash the hair in cold water. No cold showers for women on the heavy part of the moon cycle or who are pregnant. This is not a shower for bathing; it is a hydrotherapy experience (Yogiji, 2006).

How Do Cold Showers Work?

Normally blood is found at all levels of the body from the skin to the depth of the organs. Jumping into cold water sends the body into a protective response. To keep the vital organs warm all of the blood rushes into the internal organs. Once out of the water the blood rushes back to the skin level. That’s why you feel such a rush of being tingly and alive after a cold shower.

Cold water is the best way to open up and invigorate the capillary system. The subtle stress on the body during a cold shower is strengthening for all of the internal organs and increases circulation.

© Enlightened Bodies 2015. Nirmal Lumpkin and Japa Khalsa. Reprinted with permission.

References

Yogiji, Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa. (2006). The science of hydrotherapy. In Yogi Bhajan, Kundalini Yoga for youth and joy (pp. 8–9). Santa Cruz, NM: Kundalini Research Institute. Available at http://www.sikhdharma.org/pages/ishnaan-science-hydrotherapy

Khalsa, Y. (2011) The Ancient Art of Self Healing, Second Edition. Available as an eBook at:kundaliniresearchinstitute.directfrompublisher.com

 


How to Use a Neti Pot

Have you heard about Neti pots?  Have you seen those funny shaped teapots in the self-care section of your local co-op?  Here's a great video that shows you how to use the Neti pot, a classic yogic tool for maintaining and nourishing the nasal passages.  Give it a try!

Interesting Read: Neurobiology of Grace Under Pressure

Check out this interesting article from Psychology Today. The vagus nerve is hugely responsible for our experience in our bodies and our capacity to feel altruistic, compassionate and calm.  This article suggests several techniques to improve the functioning of your vagus nerve....many of which are regular parts of the practice of Kundalini Yoga and Medation, as taught by Yogi Bhajan.  

Click here for the article

Hail the Allmighty Turmeric

Turmeric is an all over anti inflammation miracle worker masquerading as a mustardy flavored kitchen spice. Known in India as the "internal doctor" it is added to yoghurt, soups, stews and curries. It can help to support recovery from athletic injuries and keep inflammation down overall.

Tumeric Paste

¼ cup turmeric powder

1 cup water

Prepare turmeric paste by combining the ingredients in a saucepan and cook on a low simmer for five minutes until a thick paste is formed. Keep adding water if it gets too thick. After the paste is made, store in an airtight container and refrigerate. It can be stored for up to forty days. Optional: add some honey, cinnamon or cardamom to taste.

Use Turmeric Paste in these Recipes:

Golden Milk

1 cup milk, rice milk, or soymilk

1 tsp turmeric paste

1 tsp almond oil, ghee, coconut or sesame oil

Combine paste and milk in saucepan, on low heat, bring

milk to just short of boiling point while stirring

Add oil at the end

Add honey to taste.

The mixture may be blended to make a foamy drink.

Turmeric Shots

Save for special occasions when inflammation is out of control; joint sprain, sore throat or a bad breakout. Take a tablespoon of Turmeric paste several times a day with a glass of water.

Watch Japa prepare Tumeric paste in her Yogic Kitchen