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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

11-11-11 Meditation for Self Mastery

A very special meditation for a very special day although this set and meditation can be done on any other given day, we are setting our intention for new beginnings and we are harnessing the power of the magical number, 11, on this auspicious day 11-11-11. 

"The numerology number eleven is one of the special numbers known as a master number. As a master number this number vibrates at a higher frequency than other numbers. As such, there is a great deal of power that comes with this master number." For more information on the number eleven: Master Number 11

We will be doing a short yoga set to stimulate our pineal gland and then be doing an 11 minute meditation known as the Magic Mantra Meditation.

Begin in easy pose. 

Rub your hands and bring them to prayer pose. Cross left thumb over right if you are female, right over left if you are male. This is because the body is divided in half. Male/Sun on the right and Female/Moon on the left. 

Chant the Adi mantra: ONG NA MO GURU DEV NAMO 3x's 

Kundalini Yoga Set to Become Intuitive

Place your left hand on your heart center and your right finger pointing towards the ceiling, with the other fingers locked down. Inhale deeply through your nose and exhale whistling. Do this exercise for 7 minutes.

Put your right head slightly above your head as if you were blessing your self. The left hand has the index finger pointing towards the ceiling and the other fingers locked down. Continue with the same breath. Inhaling deeply through the nose and exhaling whistling. Do this exercise for 4 minutes.

Lock your hands in prayer mudra above your head. Continue with the same breath. Consciously re-circulate your energy giving your self new life. Do this for 2 1/2 minutes.

Put your right hand over your left on your heart center. Sit, relax and breathe normally.
Do this for 3 1/2 minutes.

Press your hands against your navel and chant: HAR pumping the navel on the HAR.

To finish lock your elbows (like a jeanie) Inhale and squeeze all of your muscles including the spine. Hold the breath for 10-15 seconds (not minutes I messed up on the video if you held your breath for 15 minutes you would either be dead or enlightened lol). Repeat this sequence two more times.

Now for the meditation...

Put your hands in front of you like a little cup with your thumbs sticking out. Pinkies are togther with the "line of mercury" aligned. Try to minimize the gaps in between your fingers.

Close your eyes and look at your hands through your eyelids. 

Chant: EK ONG KAAR SAT GUR PRASAAD in a monotone.

Continue for 11 minutes...

Finish by reciting the  Warrior Healer's Affirmations

Hold your hands in Gyan Mudra. Thumbs pressed against your index finger. Other fingers are straight. Wrists resting on your knees.

Close the session by chanting: SAT NAM (Truth is my Identity) 3x's

Bring your hands to your forehead and your forehead to the floor.

There it is! We be doin' it! Yeah yeah!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Ishnaan: The Science of Hydro-Therapy

The power of water is 60% of the power of the human
-Yogi Bhajan

The cold weather is upon us! Not only does it affect our physcial health but it also affects our mental health. If you are one of those people that develops a mild depression during the winter months due to the lack of Vitamin D from the sun and the drop in your body temperature, also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), I HIGHLY recommend the science of Ishnaan. Ishnaan in short is taking cold showers. "Ishnaan is when the body by its own virtue creates the temperature that it can beat off the coldness of the water. (Y.B.)" Yes, you heard it...cold showers all year long even in the winter. I am not saying, get in the cold water from the jump. If you can handle that...God bless you! I am not that evolved. But what I will describe, is what I do and what has worked for me. 

I take my regular hot shower then I slowly turn down the hot water and ease into the cold water til the hot water is off. I do my extremities first, hands/arms, feet/thighs, then torso and lastly the head. Then I vigorously massage my body til my body heats up and then I massage my feet (not with my hands) but left foot massages the right foot and then the right massages the left. Due to the acupressure points in your feet you are essentially massaging your entire body and internal organs. Then I let the water run down the front of my neck, and let the water run down my entire body for a couple of minutes. This totally changes your cells.

Why a cold shower?:

• Opens up your capillaries
• Flushes your organs
• Keeps the blood chemistry young and healthy
• Stimulates the healthy secretion of the glandular system
• And's orgasmic

It is said, "If I with my body can conquer the chilliness of the water. I can take away the chilliness of my life." Let me know how it goes!

- Mama Luz