Week of April 29nd
Awakening the Consciousness
Sat Nam all,
People often ask what makes Kundalini yoga different from other styles of yoga. I could answer that so many different ways at different times, but, this week, I want to focus on one of those distinctions: the emphasis on Mantra + Naam + Naad. We work with the nature of sound/vibration to awaken our consciousness. Take a listen here for more.
This week, we’ll be focusing on your immune system. Check out this meditation and clove recipe I always share in the month of May. Both help boost your immune system which often needs some extra support in the springtime. Also, I'm happy to report that I'll be returning to my Thursday 9 a.m. Vinyasa class starting this week!
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"We are slowed down sound and light waves, a walking bundle of frequencies tuned into the cosmos. We are souls dressed up in sacred biochemical garments and our bodies are the instruments through which our souls play their music."
– Albert Einstein
MEDITATION OF THE WEEK
Meditation to Boost Your Immune System
Originally taught on January 31, 1996.
This kriya is published in the manual “Praana Praanee Praanayam.”
Sit in Easy Pose with your chin in and your chest out. Stick your tongue all the way out and keep it out as you rapidly breathe in and out through your mouth. This is called Dog Breath. Continue this panting diaphragmatic breath for 3-5 minutes.
To finish, inhale, and hold your breath for 15 seconds and press the tongue against the upper palate. Exhale. Repeat this sequence two more times.
This exercise brings energy to your immune system to fight infection. It is a very healing exercise. When you feel a tingling in your toes, thighs, and lower back it is an indication that you are doing this exercise correctly.
Find more great kriyas to boost your health in “Praana Praanee Praanayam.”
May Clove Water to Prevent Illness
During the month of May, it’s a great idea to put a handful of cloves in a Chinese soup bowl or other porcelain or ceramic bowl with water, and soak overnight. The next morning, take three to four spoonfuls of the clove water before breakfast (on an empty stomach), no more than five. Do this first thing in the morning when you brush your teeth.
For convenience, you can make enough for three or four days and keep it in the refrigerator. For best results, take some everyday throughout the month of May.
Cloves are an herb that are known for reducing parasite activity in the body. According to Yogi Bhajan viruses breed in the springtime and drinking this easy tea every morning for the month of May will strengthen your immune system. Your nose, ears and throat will absorb the protective capacity of the clove and help you avoid getting sick as these tissues are your first line of defense.
Yogi Bhajan gave this recipe on May 1, 1995, to help us stay healthy in the springtime. This recipe is to be used during the month of May only. He said that If you do it every year, you will never fall apart.
© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan
By Dr. Siri Chand Kaur
Besides having antiviral qualities, cloves also contain antifungal and antibacterial agents. It is a strong spice that carries much heat, so it is generally diluted before ingesting or applying to the body. Keeping whole cloves and a bottle of clove essential oil are good staples for most any home remedy stash. Clove can make a good addition to homemade toothpastes or deodorants, and can also help eliminate some fungal infections of the skin and nails. Taking clove internally either in a chai tea mixture or by making clove water can be a great way to give the body an extra line of defense during common flu season in your region. Because of its strength, clove is generally contraindicated for people who have kidney or liver disorders and those with a history of seizures. Some people with allergies to balsam also are allergic to clove.
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