"A Kundalini Yogi examines and breaks the habit to ignore the breath. Think of the breath in broader terms than simply respiration. Consider that the breath and its movements are connected to the movements of all the emotions and thoughts."
-Yogi Bhajan, PhD
Master of Kundalini Yoga
If there was just one tool we could offer anyone, it would be awareness of breath. According the The Aquarian Teacher KRI Level One Instructor Textbook, Pranayama is the science of breath which can assist in the following:
The following easy breathing techniques:
CHALLENGE YOURSELF: If you don't already, commit to a morning practice of breathwork, which is a meditation in itself. Hundreds of techniques exist out there, but here are five simple steps that we use and feel has helped us find a sense of peace and tranquility in our mind and body.
Breathwork Exercises for Warm Weather
*With hands in prayer pose, begin by tuning in with 3 om's or a mantra of your choice so that the body and mind are united in sound and vibration.
1. Deep Breathing with Arm Toss:
5. Bhramahi (Bumble Bee) Breath
Join me in integrating this breathwork with the Kundalini Yoga every Friday from 11am-12:15pm at the Awareness Center in Pasadena, CA.
Attention All Gallstoners!
So apparently , we ALL have gallstones. Not just in our gallbladder, but mostly piled up in our liver. According to medical intuitive Andreas Moritz, author of The Amazing Liver Cleanse, "They (gallstones) are, indeed, one of the major reasons people become ill and have difficulty recuperating from illness." Michael and I decided to do this flush mostly for preventative measures. But having been told numerous times over the last decade by homeopathic doctors that the root cause of my allergies was my liver, I would have done this flush years ago. Better late than never!
What might this liver flush involve?
It's an intense experience that will leave you in awe of what has been building up in your liver since childhood. It involves the consumption of malic acid, drinking bitter tasting epsom salt water, and chugging a delightful glass of olive oil mixed with grapefruit juice, while praying, meditating, and hoping for my liver to let go of everything it must release. Did I mention the pre- and post-colonic? I would highly recommend reading Andreas' free ebook, The Amazing Liver Cleanse, before considering this flush and to also get the exact instructions and measurements for the flush. To read, click here. Other books of his can be found on Amazon.
Having just completed the flush and post-colonic, I feel as if someone pressed the reset button on my digestive system. The actual flush was exhausting and definitely takes some recovery time, but it was well worth it! I was able to count at least 120 visible gallstones, which means a few hundred more that weren't visible were also released. Considering both Michael and I are both Chi Nei Tsang (Abdominal Massage) practitioners, we totally value the importance of gut health and understand how our gut is truly our second brain and storehouse of emotions. As I witnessed the release of gallstones and bile throughout the cleanse and colonics, I felt as if I was also letting go of stagnant emotions of fear, worry, anxiety, and sadness. In order to let go of it though, I went deep into the experience of feeling it...all of it.
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Considering I had never fancied the idea of a colonic, I was quite nervous going into this experience. We went to Brenda at the Green Leaf System in Eagle Rock and she did an awesome job at explaining the process and gave so much helpful information. We ended up going for 3 rounds and did our last two rounds with a coffee fusion. Her info can be found at www.thegreenleaf.net
As of now, I can say I am so grateful to have experienced this flush. I felt a deep sense of gratitude for the women who introduced me to this information, I feel deep gratitude for my health and my amazing man who joined me on this journey. I'd like to give a special shot out to my liver, gallbladder, colon, and all of my amazing intestines for being such troopers. My new meditation has involved sending smiling energy to each intestine and thanking them for doing their job so well. Sat nam, namaste, shanti, hari om!
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About the writer:
Marisa loves hoop dancing, riding her bicycle, playing, hosting gatherings, practicing yoga, traveling, meeting people, eating, and savoring dark chocolate covered strawberries and coconut ice cream. She strives to be fully present, compassionate, and act and connect from a place of love.