Kundalini Yoga Training
© 2003 - Guru Rattana, Ph.D.
unity and wholeness requires the mastery of the five elements
or tattvas - earth, water, fire, air and ether. Kundalini yoga
is a science designed to achieve this alignment. Each astrological
sign embodies the energy of one of the first 4 elements. The energy
of the element is abundantly available when the Sun is in a particular
element. When the Sun is joined by other planets in that element,
it is even more abundantly available. This is the time to tune
into and take advantage of these universal powers.
embodies the earth element. The Sun will be in Taurus through
May 19th. Venus is in Taurus until May 29th, Jupiter through the
month of June and Saturn through the month of July. This is an
ideal time to work with the earth element and our physical body.
RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR BODY
To achieve peace,
we must be at peace in our body. To be at peace in our body, we
must develop an intimate relationship with our body. An intimate
relationship is based on a two-way communication. How do we develop
this relationship with our body? First, we must care for and love
our body. Second, we must listen to and pay attention to what
our body is communicating to us.
can begin by noticing what type of relationship we currently have
with our body. How do we feed it? With nourishing food and drink?
Do we chew our food so that it can easily digest the nourishment?
How do we dress it and care for it? Is our body more than a means
of transportation for our thoughts or a way to display our presence?
main thing to keep in mind is that the body, being the physical
element, vibrates at the slowest frequency. The mind vibrates
at a much faster frequency than the body. Therefore, the mind
has to slow down to effectively communicate with the body. One
of the best ways to slow the mind down is to slow down the breath.
The mind follows the breath. The breath creates a link between
the body and the mind. The body also responds to the breath because
it can be felt in the body.
The body is definitely
impacted by our thoughts, but verbal communication is not the
body's language. The body's language is ATTENTION AND FEELINGS.
The body responds best when we pay attention to what we are feeling
and to our physical sensations. When we do so, we are communicating
directly with the body in a way that it understands. The body
can respond back with
feelings. In sum, we communicate with the body NONVERBALLY.
is an art that we must develop. We can train ourselves to bring
our attention to and stay with the sensations in our body. The
guidelines are actually quite simple. If we are thinking and have
thoughts, we are in our minds. If we are feeling sensations and
have no words, we are in our body.
body responds to TOUCH, MOVEMENT and RHYTHM. The body needs to
be touched. The body needs to move. And the body needs to function
at its own unique rhythm.
AND KUNDALINI YOGA
of Kundalini yoga gives us a perfect opportunity to develop a
loving relationship with our bodies. While we do the exercises
we pay attention to the effect that each exercise is having on
the body. Our goal is to activate various parts of the body. We
are creating alignment and stimulating an optimal functioning.
We are not punishing, jerking around or beating up our body. We
want to stretch and strengthen, not strain or hurt.
bodies know the difference. If we simply pay attention, we will
sense the difference and be alerted to how far to go and when
to stop. One rule of thumb I use is "Is this going to hurt
when I am done?" There is a fine, but clear, line between
keeping up during a challenging exercise and injuring yourself.
The more we pay attention to our bodies, the easier it is to identify
exercises, we pay attention to the effects by feeling the energy
and the sensations in our bodies. We often overlook this aspect
of our training. Yet it is during the relaxation when we are consciously
"doing nothing" that we can actually listen to our body.
This is the optimal time to stay present and let our bodies communicate
with us. They have much to share if we would just stop long enough
to pay attention, be patient enough to learn their language and
be humble enough to give value to the messages.
BEING IN THE BODY
goal is to enjoy being in our body. It doesn't happen over night.
It is a gradual process. Our first experiences are often uncomfortable.
Discomfort is the main reason we stay in our minds and avoid a
relationship with our body. Emotions are stored in the body. We
get in touch with unresolved emotional traumas when we are present
to the feelings in our body. The good news is that the emotions
speak to us. As we listen to what our body and emotions are trying
to tell us, we learn a lot about ourselves and resolve a lot of
previously undefined malaise. Being present to the sensations
in our body is how we consciously deal with the energy of our
emotions and our desire nature as human beings. Overtime the emotional
energy becomes a means of communicating in the moment and a method
to receive the messages from our soul.
body is like our child or a pet. It needs to be loved. We love
it by paying attention to it and listening to it. It feels abandoned
and abused when we are in our minds. It feels loved when we feel
it and touch it. Many people have the powerful experience that
they no longer feel abandoned and lonely when they start being
lovingly present in their body. They realize that they had abandoned
themselves and now know how to end the anguish of separation.
OF YOUR SOUL
The body is an
instrument of our soul. We fine-tune it with Kundalini yoga. Yogi
Bhajan calls Kundalini yoga the yoga of awareness. We start with
the body. Our touchstone is that we can expand our awareness as
far as we want to as long as we stay in our body. We can hold
the universe in our bodies. The tendency, of course, is to leave
our body. I invite you to train yourself to stay present in your
body no matter what. This is a challenge.
the payoffs are great. You will not feel abandoned or abused.
You will learn to love yourself. You will be able to heal yourself.
You will be able to manifest. You will develop a powerful presence
and charisma. You will know what to do because you will be able
to listen to your soul. You will love being alive at every moment.
Your body will become your best friend.
have until May 20th when the Sun goes into Gemini, the air element,
to work with the earth element. The more present you are to your
body, the easier it will be to learn the lessons and claim the
gifts of Gemini.
Here are a few
guidelines to use to practice being in your body. Add to the list
as your experiences enrich your awareness.
your breath in your body.
your breath down until your body relaxes.
communicating non-verbally with your body. Be aware of what
the body responds to.
to the sensations in your body as ways that it is communicating
a sensation feels good, keep your awareness there and enjoy
a sensation feels uncomfortable, keep your awareness there
and allow it to express itself.
without judgment or interpretation all sensations in your
your body as your best friend.
© 2003 - Guru Rattana, Ph.D.