Hope you enjoy this free series of easy exercises.
Hope you enjoy this free series of easy exercises.
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
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
As your tongue strikes your upper palate, a spark is ignited. This sweet spot is the place where as an embryo, the same tissue creating your soon-to-be-mouth and upper palate gently separated and formed the pituitary, the master gland, which directs all your hormonal activity. This symphony of hormonal flow influences your every emotion and desire. We are truly spiritual beings having hormonal experiences. So when you chant out loud or say sacred words like “namaste” or “namo,” you are part of what Yogi Bhajan called the “actionary revolution” of the glands.
The Asymmetrical Body
these organs are an example of a general observation about the structure of the body. our bodies are not symmetrical. the liver is on the right side, the spleen is toward the left, and the large intestine has a completely different flow on the left and the right side of the body. Sometimes we do things asymmetrically in the practice of Kundalini Yoga to create a particular effect within our asymmetrical design.
For example, in the Aquarian sadhana practice, we sit in Viraasana for 22 minutes. this posture is always done sitting on the left heel with the right knee up toward the chest. Sometimes people ask, “If we’re doing it for 22 minutes every day, wouldn’t you want to
do it on the other side sometimes?” the answer to that question is “no” because of the asymmetrical design of our bodies. Having the right knee up creates pressure on the liver and Liver meridian. the Liver plays a huge role in the digestive process, keeping the blood clean and the hormones balanced. the Liver also energetically stores anger. Always doing this posture with the right knee raised compresses this vital organ and creates a gentle and healthy way for people to clear out their anger.
From Page 179 of Enlightened Bodies
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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!
One of the pivotal moments of our working on this project was when we delineated the concepts of Physical and Subtle anatomy. We are taking the study of anatomy out of the context of "western" or "eastern" or "yogic" and simply working with the palpable and etheric elements of being a human being. Check out this except from Chapter 2 where we develop this concept even more.
Physical anatomy and subtle anatomy are merely different angles on the human body. They work together in intricate ways to create your experience of this human life. Existence is a complicated network of physical components, empty space, consciousness, and soul. The Physical Body without the animation of the soul is an empty shell. The subtle energies of a human being without the Physical Body are formless and lack impact. As humans we have an incredible capacity for divine states like pleasure and joy, and our bodies are ultimately the vehicle that brings us to liberation. It is not in spite of your humanness that you can experience divine truth it is because of it.
Your body, and your experience within it, is your guide. By understanding the human body’s physical and subtle structures from a cognitive and experiential perspective, we create a deep well of knowledge that allows us to heal and uplift ourselves. When we look to the body we find all types of metaphors, reminders, and reassurances that this human life has meaning. Choose to look carefully at the body; hear its messages for they will bring you closer to your spiritual path.
Japa sits down and talks with Kundalini musician and fellow Kundalini Yoga trainer Dev Suroop about anatomy, sound and the excitement of the upcoming book release!
You can listen live on Sunday 10/18 (and call in with questions!) or listen to the archived version at any time! Click here for the interview.
Check out this amazing video of a simulated yogi going through a practice under X-ray!
In the Kundalini Yoga tradition a daily COLD shower is recommended. This is an invigorating practice that wakes you up, supercharges the immune system and builds the aura and subtler aspects of your body.
For more information about how to take a cold shower click here, but today let’s examine a “short” detail about this practice. It’s recommended to wear shorts that cover the thigh area during the cold shower.
Cover the thigh bone and you protect your thigh bone, an immune system power house. The inner thighs have powerful meridians that flood the internal organs with energy and blood, specifically the Kidney, Liver and Spleen meridians.
How is the thigh bone connected to the immune system? The thigh bone or femur is the longest bone in the body and is a storehouse for bone marrow where immune system and blood cells are generated. As the longest bone in the body it acts as a mineral reservoir, working in sync with the kidneys, blood and other bones in the body to keep the Ph and minerals in the blood stable. The whole skeleton is like a living, breathing coral reef in the body, constantly interchanging materials to keep you active and strong and the thigh bone is the frontrunner in this exchange.
All weight bearing activity like yoga, where you bear your own body weight, stimulates osteoblastic activity in the bones, keeping them strong and preventing osteoporosis.
SO next time you jump in the shower in the morning for your refreshing cold shower, consider covering up your thigh for even more physical and subtle benefits.
Bhajan, Y. Gurudwara. Malaysia. January 21, 1984. For more info; http://www.libraryofteachings.com/lecture.xqy?q=thigh%20bone%20sort:relevance&id=be71373e-61b7-4575-cca8-ecbb43b01ab0&title=Gurdwara,-afternoon.-Mostly-in-English
Bhajan, Y. (2010). The Aquarian teacher textbook & yoga manual. Santa Cruz, NM: Kundalini Research Institute.
Lumpkin, N. & Khalsa, J (2015). Enlightened Bodies. Santa Cruz, NM: Kundalini Research Institute.
“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
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.
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
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!
Amazing white paper on effect of meditation and yoga on brain health! Telomere activity (an enzyme that benefits DNA health) is increased through meditation. Kirtan Kriya, an easy to do and time tested meditation is shown to improve quality of life and memory for Alzheimer's patients. Click here to read the full article.
Show fun/active anatomy videos when you teach to break up the day and keep everyone awake! Here's a great one by the students at Harvard Medical School....stay tuned till the end for some real answers!
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.