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  • A Glimpse of Kundalini Experiences

    A Glimpse of Kundalini Experiences

    Journal Entry - 23 November, 2014

    It has been a disturbing night, so a Sunday nap on the sofa was certainly warranted.  I doze off, despite guests visiting my ailing father, and the excitement around the house as my wife and son preparing for a mother and son dance. Delicious sleep was moments away.

    Involuntarily, the internal buzzing of energy in the brain and body begins soon after.  I was quite familiar with it, the vibration of esoteric, sublime energy and the immense pleasure associated with it.  I welcome it and indulge.

    As the buzzing intensified, it starts to overwhelm one's consciousness.  I know how far I can let it go, because at the extreme it leads to physical paralysis.  This loss of control I am not game for.  But to break it, one simply needs to move and the energy stops.  As one dozes off once again, I know it will restart.  How close can I come to jumping to the other side?

    The ecstasy is great.  But this encounter weaves it's way to more unusual and unique experiences.

    In my mind's eye I see a leaf of a tree and I am so close to it, there is just the leaf and it is delightful beyond description.  I move further from the leaf and take delight in the tree that hosts it.  There is great laughter within as pure joy erupts.  As the energy and joy continue, I am lost in it. I realize too late that I am too deep, I can't move.  I have gone too far.  I try to move, it is impossible.  The paralysis has taken place.  The only way out is to open my eyes.  With great struggle, I do.  Every bit of willpower is needed.  The energy breaks.  Shortly, as I doze off again. The energy is back.

    The intensity of the energy is very great this time.  And it goes on and on.  I keep a finger moving, trying to outsmart the paralysis.  The vibration is in my brain. This time it brings with it different sensations than ever before.  It carries great heat with it.  I am just the witness I tell myself.  I take on a distant view.  

    The heat and vibration intensify further.  My whole brain is on fire.  A channel of heat rushes down to the center of the chest.  There the same heat and vibration, take on a circular shape and continue in the middle of my chest. I think I wake myself up, moving my arm ever so slowly from my heart.

    But I wake myself up only within a vivid dream.  In my dream now I have woken up.  There the mix of dream and energy continue.  The pleasure and energy continue.  Suddenly though, the experience turns dark, as I encounter a foreboding void, I decide that is enough.  I force myself to wake up for good.  

    Kundalini, what to make of all this?  It is what it is.  It does what it does.

    Normal is good, don't seek anything special.  The ordinary is good.  The only thing that makes one not realize the magic of the ordinary, that makes one bored of one's ordinary life, is the desire for the other. The desire for something extra-ordinary.  Normal is great.  Be with what is.  Weather you are experiencing Kundalini or just the normal waking state, be present to it, observe. 

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  • How to Engage with the Mystery of Life

    How to Engage with the Mystery of Life

    Welcome to a new article by our regular contributor, Dr. Bina Nangia. Dr. Nangia is a long-time spiritual seeker who works with children.

     

      

    When I was a kid, I loved reading mystery stories. It was the unknown which excited me completely. The characters in the story became me and I went along with their search, excitement, frustration and adventure.

    Every move, every turn in the story took me closer to the mystery.

    I read till I completed the book as it became difficult to put it down. Such was the power of the unknown, and its excitement to reach it.

    The search and excitement continued for the truths of life. The unknown mystery called life. The questions and the mystery surrounding the questions themselves.

    I learnt to love the questions and the way they presented themselves shrouded in deep mystery.

    It was a seeking for the unknown, which seemed mysterious, yet simple.

    Can the mystery remain simple?

    If we allow it to be so, the answers to the mystery are in the mystery itself.

    Patience is the key to the mystery.

    Like books written in foreign languages, unknown, mysterious life unfolds in every moment.

    Being receptive, aware to this unfolding allows the mystery to reveal itself.

    Life presents it various shades, like a painting with many colours, mixed and matched, yet presenting a beautiful expression.

    The secret is to take every shade as mysterious as it seems to be a part of the big picture.

    The depth to which this acceptance takes place with total receptivity and awareness, will allow the mystery to unfold.

    It is in the allowing that life happens as it is meant to be.

    With our limited understanding and vision we resist the mystery to unfold and keep wondering at what life presents.

    If we could be a part of the unfolding, then we get to realise that we are life and the mystery itself.

    There is no separation which can then translate into every relationship, event, situation, objects and beings.

    Life is then a wonder, an excitement an adventure and we become life.

    So is it so simple to just be with the mystery, in the mystery to understand it?

    The merger brings the unknown into understanding and then the relief of the mystery unfolding.

    The flow of life takes on another meaning and there is peace, harmony within and without.

    So understand the mystery and be it. 

     About Dr. Bina Nangia

     

    Dr. Nangia currently works with special kids. This is her calling and she has been working in this field for 20 years.

    A grandmother of two boys, Dr. Nangia has been practising yoga since her younger days. Her keen interest in spirituality over many years has got her in touch with many masters. They have contributed to her growth tremendously. She shares her thoughts in magazines and newspaper articles.

    Dr. Nangia is the author of Dyslexia Decoded, a handbook for special educators, which was recently published by Penguin and Hayhouse.

    She shares her experiences about special education on various social networking sites, and is a trained therapist and family networker.

    Dr. Nangia lives in Delhi, India. 

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  • Test If Your Thoughts, Words & Actions Are Spiritual

    Test If Your Thoughts, Words & Actions Are Spiritual

    Our popular contributor Kara-Leah writes about all kinds of things, from home practice and parenting to the etiquettes of yoga class and the ethics of yoga. In this article written in 2012, just after the John Friend scandal broke, she muses on how we determine what 'right action' is.

    by Kara-Leah Grant 

     

    Trying to take the right action in your life?

    Forget the Ten Commandments.

    Forget even the yamas or the niyamas.

    Here instead is the Golden Litmus Test of Right Action.

    Apply it to all your behaviour.

    Everything you do.

    Everything you say.

    And everything you think. (If you really want to up your game...)

    Can you publicly own this action, word or thought?

    Can you publish it in the newspaper? Talk about it on Tv? Answer to it on radio?

    Yes?

    Sweet... do it, say it, think it.

    No?

    Don't do it, say it, think it...

    At least, not without further inquiry into the action, word or thought.

    Perhaps, with further inquiry, you will be able to publicly own it.

    Until then, park it.

    This is my reflection after reading this interview with John Friend, following the recent accusations about his behaviour.

    It's my reflection as a teacher, writer and yogi, making her way in the world.

    It's not advice for anybody else, necessarily.

    It's advice for me.

    There's just no way I can wiggle out of anything, if I ask myself that question - can I publicly own this action, word or though?

    Because to do so is to own the action, word or thought as part of who I am.

    It's to be authentic. Not perfect, but authentic.

    In the past, I've owned my drug-taking. My partying. My mental health issues. I'm looking at owning my sexual history. Owning the past has been a path to empowerment for me, because it's meant I've fully accepted me for Me, in all my inglorious glory.

    And applying this Golden Litmus Test now means that I take time to truly be present with whatever action, word or thought I'm considering.... so I do, say and think less that will need to be 'owned' in the future.

    Taking time to be present now means I can't bullshit myself.

    'Cos I know, just as you know, when I'm doing things that will hurt myself and others.

    I know.

    Just like you know.

    And John Friend would have known.

    Of course, our Wily Minds get in on the act and present all kinds of reasons why we should just go ahead and have that extra piece of chocolate cake, lie on our tax return or sleep with those consenting adult married women.

    Anything is justifiable, in the mind, by the mind, for the mind.

    Except that one question.

    Can I publicly own this extra piece of chocolate cake, lying on my tax return, sleeping with that consenting adult married women?

    And maybe you can. Maybe it's a-ok for you to eat cake, dodge tax or have sex with married women. Because of the circumstances, situations, reasons or path you're on...

    You know. 

    You know if you publicly own this action, this word, this thought... And if not, why are you doing it? Saying it? Thinking it?

    I wonder how John's doing right now, and what's he thinking of doing. It's a huge challenge he's facing. Huge. May he rise to the occasion. Hey, it's an incredible opportunity for leadership eh?

    Reading John's letter of apology to the Anusara Community, I wondered...

    What would happen if there was total transparency?

    A laying down of the facts of the matter with no attempt to control the receiving of that information?

    i.e. What would happen if John Friend just told us what happened?

    Is this possible? Is this helpful?

    What does it take to expose ourselves, as we are, in the choices we make and the things we do, with nothing to hide behind? No excuses, no deflections, no flowery new-age language or hazy spiritual platitudes?

    Courage, undoubtedly.

    Trust, for sure.

    And surrender, of what might happen as a result.

    What might we gain, if we were to have the courage, trust and surrender required to expose ourselves as we truly are, inside and out, private and public, to all who would ask?

    I wonder...

    Does any of us have what it takes to live like that?

    About Kara-Leah

    Kara-Leah is a writer and yoga teacher who has always been infinitely curious about the make-up of the human psyche and body. Regular yoga helped her heal and recover from chronic back issues, including a spinal fusion at age 16, and two episodes of psychosis at age 29. 

     

    Her daily home yoga practice began in earnest when people kept asking her to teach them yoga.  She?s since trained as a teacher with Shiva Rea, and immersed herself in practicing, teaching yoga and writing about yoga. Kara-Leah lives just outside of Queenstown, New Zealand with her son Samuel. 

     

    She?s the publisher of The Yoga Lunchbox and published her first book, Forty Days of Yoga ? Breaking down the barriers to a home yoga practice in 2013. Her second book, The No-More-Excuses Guide to Yogahas just been releasedShe?s also a regular contributor to the Elephant Journal 

     

     

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  • Goodness Meditation for Self-Realization

    Goodness Meditation for Self-Realization

    We are born ultimately for one reason only, to awaken to the Truth.  Most all else we do is a waste of life, waste of precious time and energy.  But this is not what I want to go into today.  Today, for the benefit of those who have heard the calling, I want to present a different approach to the monumental task of moment to moment to awareness.

    Spiritual awakening, as you might have heard, requires constant awareness of one's thoughts, feelings and actions.  To those who have seriously committed themselves to this practice, know that it is no easy task to maintain such moment to moment vigilance.  If you are greatly inspired you might manage to keep it going for a few days, but eventually, if you are in the midst of life and activity, you will drift back into your patterns of thought and lose your state of attention and presence.  So what can help?

    There are techniques which are very helpful in maintaining such uninterrupted awareness and especially those tied to the breath are particularly helpful, but today I want to suggest a rather different approach, which although is simple, I have found to be quite effective.  It is the practice of Goodness.

    Be good and do good at all times, no matter what.  If you attempt this practice, you will learn a great deal about yourself, while at the same time accomplish two other very important goals.  One you will end up having to live with quite a bit of awareness and alertness, and two, you will become an emissary of light and love, which is the ultimate way to live pre or post enlightenment anyway.

    The reason this approach is so very helpful, is because we are mired in self-interest.  The "I" is our obsession and very little good comes out of that state.  So to be good, you have to be very watchful of what you say, how you act and what you think.  You have to become alert to the negative consequences this constant self-interest brings.  As you delve into this practice, you will notice how you might be dismissive of a child who is clamoring for your attention, or how you might hurt another with a simply gesture, or a harsh word. You will start to see how being caught in the pursuit of pleasure and security, leads to anger, irritation and selfish behavior. You might be surprised at the patterns you have fallen into, which bring pain to others.

    The outcome is that you will start to become conscious to the ways of the mind and ego.  This is the essence of meditation.  You will start to realize where your self-centered thinking has brought you and how it impacts your ability to be loving, caring, kind, generous and compassionate.  This awareness will then put you on the path of Self-Realization.

    Imagine if everyone adopted this practice.  Even if enlightenment was not possible for all, the world and society would certainly be revolutionized.  It would bring an end to wars and conflicts and make the world a more peaceful and loving place.  But it has to start with each of us.  So I suggest giving this technique a try. Just be as good as you can possibly be, every single day, every single moment.  Wake up in the morning and say to yourself, let me be as completely good today.  At night, before sleep review the day and see where you slipped up.  Don't be harsh or judge yourself, for that is not being nice to yourself, instead just take stock of the day and your behavior.  Just study it and learn from it.  

    Try this and see what happens.  It is a very interesting practice and it will not only affect your consciousness, but you will notice how it affect those around you.  Relationships will start to take on a very different color and at a more subtle level you will start to affect the whole consciousness of mankind.  That though is a discussion for another day, for now just be good and do good.

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  • Why Spiritual Seeking Involves Walking the Razor?s Edge with Awareness

    Why Spiritual Seeking Involves Walking the Razor?s Edge with Awareness

    Welcome to an article by our new guest contributor, Dr. Bina Nangia. Dr. Nangia is a long-time spiritual seeker who works with children. This week she looks at how spiritual seeking is about dancing the razor's edge.

    by Dr. Bina Nangia

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    Spiritual seeking happens when it is meant to happen.

    It definitely depended on thousands of things to co-ordinate in my life. When there is intense longing to ?know what you don?t know? the path begins to unfold.

    With receptivity, every person, object, situation points to the direction of your seeking. Once on this path, the journey begins.

    In the beginning it seems fast track, since you start experiencing things which you were not even aware of.

    Then it?s a ?razor?s edge? In fact, the true journey begins only now.

    Every moment of your existence, it seems as if the universe is conspiring to teach you the many lessons you have to learn. It is in this allowing that the razor?s edge is experienced.

    The journey is continuous, ongoing and flowing. Every interaction with others is the ground for further growth. If the understanding of ?reality? is weak, then you can slip on either side of the razor. The balancing act is the key to remain stable and have the conviction to move further on the path. The practise has to be ongoing and regular. There is danger of slipping from the razor?s edge and not being able to get back.

    Here is when ?awareness? happens - the big picture, with the awareness of our role as a part of the totality.

    Our interactions with others, as an exchange of role play with awareness, reduces our chances of slipping from the razor?s edge.

    At every moment, we have to be fully aware of the role of divinity, placing us at the right place at the right time. Thousands of things have to go right in order for us to be and do what we are doing in the present situation.

    This constant awareness helps me to be mindful, in every moment and live it to the fullest.

    I try and find the perfect balance on the razor.

    Can the wave independently try and balance itself? Its base is the ocean. The wave can try to be a wave or allow the ocean to express itself as a wave. The balance is in the allowing.

    In the allowing, there is awareness of being a part of the ocean, yet not independent.

    Then there is complete freedom, as the ocean?s job, you just allow with awareness.

    This freedom is liberating and you are free of the bondage of believing that you are bound.

    Then it?s a ?wow? moment. Then you are in balance with awareness.

    The razor?s edge is a reminder to keep getting back to awareness, till it becomes you. Then you are awareness itself.

    It is a wonderful exercise to be on the razor?s edge, mindfully and then balance with awareness.

     About Dr. Bina Nangia

    Dr. Nangia currently works with special kids. This is her calling and she has been working in this field for 20 years.

    A grandmother of two boys, Dr. Nangia has been practising yoga since her younger days. Her keen interest in spirituality over many years has got her in touch with many masters. They have contributed to her growth tremendously. She shares her thoughts in magazines and newspaper articles.

    Dr. Nangia is the author of Dyslexia Decoded, a handbook for special educators, which was recently published by Penguin and Hayhouse.

    She shares her experiences about special education on various social networking sites, and is a trained therapist and family networker.

    Dr. Nangia lives in Delhi, India.

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  • Your Chance to Win: Yummi Yogi Cookie Cutters

    Your Chance to Win: Yummi Yogi Cookie Cutters
    The Night Before Yoga… Twas the 31st of October When ghouls and goblins came out to play And kids of all ages Saw a unique pumpkin on display. “Hey look,” said one kid “A yoga pumpkin!” he’d shout The pumpkin was lit With five yoga poses cut out. “I know that pose,” said a child […]
  • Kids Yoga in Schools ? Not My Favorite Location

    Kids Yoga in Schools ? Not My Favorite Location
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    Facing Fear on a Personal Note and a Spooktacular Halloween Craft
    The topic of Halloween and facing fear feels appropriate for personal fears I'm facing and Halloween classes. Get activities for great Halloween Kids Yoga classes and a fun craft making lion masks that kids of all ages loved.
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    Creative Ways to Get Kids Yoga into Schools
    Back to School isn’t just for kids! Come get trained as a kids yoga teacher - next training starts September 20, 2014!  You’ll have so many wonderful ideas to bring yoga into your classroom. In 2010, I wrote about How to Start a Kids Yoga Program at a School.  Well, things have changed in schools […]
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    Back to School Kids Yoga Lesson Plan
    A Zen story yoga lesson plan for Back to school that kids love about what it means to listen and learn. The Story of the Empty Cup with a yoga for children twist.