Spring is the season when upper respiratory imbalances such as allergies, asthma, and sinus congestion arrive on the scene and interfere with our free flowing breath. Yoga offers an amazing tool to combat these woes with the delicate breath balance of prana and apana.
Practices are many, each with its own indications and benefits with spring a great season form warming and invigorating practices.
This can be understood through Ayurveda’s law of opposites. In nature, opposites bring balance.
- Hot sun melts cold snow.
- Wet rain puts out dry fires.
Ayurveda explains that the body is a mere reflection of nature. The same law of opposites applies to each of us. A hot tea will warm a cold body. An unctuous oil will hydrate a dry body.
What does this mean for spring?
When the body is under the season’s influence of cold, wet and gloomy weather, it needs the qualities of warm, dry, and invigorating to bring balance. In Ayurvedic terms, this is the process of balancing the bodily elements of kapha dosha. Pranayama does wonders by warming and energizing the body and mind.
Thus through inhalation and retention, prana is directed down to the navel, while the apana, through exhalation and retention, is drawn upward from the root to the naval. The meeting and uniting of the two forces in the pranic cavity creates tremendous heat in the navel. The combined energies are often described as energising our source of power, charging greater consciousness.
The first law of such is that energy can neither be created nor destroyed, but rather it can be changed from one form to another. In order for this prana and apana energy to flow, certain blockages and impurities in the nerves have to be removed and the channels must be cleansed. This is most effectively done through the power of breath and mantra in conjunction with various postures and body locks.
Kundalini yoga teaches the raise and balance of subtle anatomy in energy through conscious application of breath pressure and locks within the body. It requires such pressure to raise the prana-apana and send them ascending to stimulate both the pineal and pituitary glands within the seat of the soul at the top of the head. Without the constant flow of energy you could not live. With large flow, the mind begins to flow and awaken to the joys and tasks of life. The experience of when the energy of the glandular system combines with the nervous system, creating sensitivity in the brain with clarity. Opening up the dormant potentials within the brain, with a new clarity to thought and intuition. A consciousness form of breath to breath and bringing a little more courage to life and opening up the talents and consciousness of each chakra within the body.
There are seven chakra centres within the body. They are all in the spine. Each having a projected centre of chakra. First is the rectum. Second is the sex organ. Third is the navel centre. When you pull the rectum and sex organ together the energy projects to the third centre of consciousness. Fourth is the centre between the two nipples the heart centre. Fifth is the neck. Sixth is between the two eyes at the top of the nose. And the seventh is the last at the top of the head, corresponding to the pineal gland.
These centres have some correlation with the human. A person whose consciousness dwells in the rectum will never have a normal, direct sexual relationship. One whose centre of consciousness is the second centre will define themselves in terms of sex, may even use pain or other forms of intense stimulation as an approach to pleasure in sex. At the third centre of consciousness a person cant overcome greediness. He may try his level best. Somehow he will like to get others things. They may be useful to him or not. The fourth centre of consciousness is the heart centre where the nipples and throat form a triangle. Here a person gets knowledge. The fith centre of consciousness is at the throat. He may talk without flowery english, yet his words will have that weight that goes right into the heart. At the sixth centre of consciousness, a person can know everything around him. He may use the knowledge or not. The pituitary gland gives him the greatest intuition. At the last centre of consciousness, which is the highest centre, a person becomes most humble. He has extreme humility. In the highest centre the ego becomes universal ego, so that person has no pain and no pleasure. What he says happens. That is the highest centre of consciousness. In a long deep meditation, you can know where your consciousness is. It can be seen and judged by assessing what your environments are and what are the most important needs in your life. You can know which chakras you are operating from.
Knowing does not make any difference. Knowing you can pull it up and change gears in such a way to come out of it does through practice, ritual and commitment to grace in motion.
Using the gift of Prana
It is what re-vibrates and reconstructs your cells. Life is not only the earth, Life is everywhere, but it is transparent. Transparent life does not need Prana. It has the sensitivity, mind, soul, projectivity, but it doesnt need the Prana. Why are we given Prana? To have sensitivity to feel and forgive others. Pranee is one who consumes the Prana and lives on, living with its grace.
The Power of Healing
Balancing Prana and your subtle anatomy opens and awakens the self healing potentials within your body and mind. Your Pranic Body has inherent healing activity that manifests;
Sushmuna healing is the most subtle. It represents the use of the neutral mind to enter into the healing space. Establishing links with those you want to meditate upon or send healing to. By example Guru Guru Whahay Guroo, guru Raam Das Guroo.
Pingala healing is the gathering of force or Shakti. It is the moving of this Prana from one spot to another. Guided Kriyas and the movement of Kundalini.
Ida healing uses your imagination, beliefs and abilities to project a feeling, visualisation or sound the represents the infinite or sacred. You create an imaginative scene, and that creates a space of healing. When you imagine with your whole mind and all your senses, the ida becomes active.
These three levels of healing, sushmuna, pingala and ida, are part of the process of healing with Kundalini Yoga. They are activated and applied automatically in the structure of a lesson. As a yoga teacher I do not diagnose, I encourage the natural healing process by the use of movement kriyas and meditations. Healing in this sense is an ongoing natural maintenance of the body/minds ability to heal itself. Kundalini yoga is a source to elevate awareness and maintain the flow of energy in the mind and body, which will enliven any healing approach, and help people care for themselves with a positive lifestyle.
By practicing kriyas in a group is to enter into a safe collective self healing space. A healing circle is where we meditate our muses together in specific ways to multiply the effects of our individual source through the power of the group projection.
All of my womens spaces are small in number, nurturing and groups hidden away in beautifully intimate rooms for a unique safe experience. An oasis for the mind in peaceful settings where you can establish a new healing routine of self nurture practice and self love method, allowing your inner calm to surface.
Subject to limited availability