This is Your Brain on Yoga

12 Scientifically Proven Ways Yoga & Meditation Help Nourish The Body, Brain and Spirit

this_is_your_brain_on_yoga_mediumthumbAn easy, low cost, natural practice can help boost brain power and make us healthier and more spiritually attuned as we age. It can also bring happiness, improve our quality of life and reduce some of the staggering health costs of our time.

Curious what that practice is? 

For the past 20 years, the Alzheimers Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF) has organized, helped design and funded innovative research on a simple 12-minute singing yoga meditation called Kirtan Kriya. This work has specifically focused on reducing risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and the enhancement of total brain fitness. To determine the benefits, these studies included well-recognized methods to measure aspects of brain health and brain scans such as SPECT and fMRI, as well as sophisticated memory and blood tests.

 [Editor’s Note: For information and instruction on how to do Kirtan Kriya, click here!]

What are the results so far? What are the documented body, brain and mind benefits from this type of yoga meditation?

1. Increased telomerase: Telomerase is the enzyme that controls the length of your telomeres, the cap of your DNA. Longer telomeres equal better health. Shorter telomeres equal Alzheimer’s disease, accelerated aging and a shortened life. An increase of 44 percent in telomerase was shown in a study on highly stressed caregivers doing Kirtan Kriya for 12 minutes a day for eight weeks. To my knowledge, this is the largest increase in telomerase ever seen.

2. Decrease in bad genes: 39 stressed caregivers utilizing Kirtan Kriya for 12 weeks had what is known as down regulation of inflammatory genes, which signifies a reduction in the activity of the genes that cause inflammation. This is important because inflammation is a hallmark of many illnesses, including Alzheimer’s.

3. Improvement of good genes including those that boost your immune system.

4. Improved Sleep: Sleep is critically important for optimal brain and body health. Disrupted sleep is a risk factor for Alzheimer’s and Kirtan Kriya can help improve sleep.

5. Enhanced Blood Flow to the Brain (called cerebral blood flow or CBF): Patients with cognitive decline and stressed caregivers had increased CBF in critically important areas of their brain, including those well known to influence attention, concentration, focus, memory (hippocampus), depression, trauma and resiliency.

A classic Kirtan Kriya meditation musical accompaniment.

6. Increased Healthy Brain Size: Compared to beginners, long-term meditators have a larger and healthier looking brain.

7. Improved Brain Chemistry: It is well known that people who have a decrease in brain energy and function have a reduction in certain brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. Hence, the development of drugs that tried to increase these transmitters. Unfortunately, they are not very effective. Kirtan Kriya, however, seems to help increase neurotransmitters in a natural way and improve communication between brain cells, thus enhancing brain and memory function.

8. Improved Memory: In a study of stressed caregivers, the practitioners had a better memory after Kirtan Kriya meditation training.

9. Reduced Stress: Studies show cognitive decline caused by both acute and chronic stress secondary to the hormone cortisol’s brain cell-killing effect in the memory center of your brain. Meditation reduces stress and lowers cortisol levels.

10. Less depression: 65 percent of subjects showed improvement on Depression Scales, which may be a risk factor for cognitive decline.

11. Clarity of Purpose: Meditators discover clarity of purpose and other aspects of psychological well-being such as acceptance, personal growth, and positive relationships. This has been shown to improve overall health and lower Alzheimer’s risk.

12. Spiritual Well-Being: Practicing Kirtan Kriya creates peace of mind and spiritual well-being, which is something we all can use more of in today’s incredibly hectic world.

Chant along with Mirabai Ceiba’s version of Kirtan Kriya for a long 31 minute meditation.

Studies on Kirtan Kriya singing yoga meditation, a simple 12-minute practice, reveal many positive health benefits for our minds, brains, and bodies, including that surprisingly profound effect all the way down to the level of our DNA.

Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.

Founding President and Medical Director Alzheimers Research and Prevention Foundation

FIRST POSTED IN www.SPIRITVOYAGE.com on November 5, 2013

 

5 Life Lessons I learned from running a Yoga Studio – Kathryn McCusker KMYOGA

KMYOGA, the joys, the challenges, the lessons, the future!

Today I handed back the keys to the space that for the past three years has been KMYOGA, the home of Kundalini Yoga in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.

As I looked back on these three years, I started to think about the joys and challenges of running a studio that combined so many facets – classes, workshops, events and teacher trainings – and how this all created a sense of community around the studio, and a sense of personal fulfillment.

When I came to Sydney from London in 2010 I soon realised there was no dedicated space for Kundalini Yoga and very few classes happening around Sydney, which made it a challenge to feel part of a community. Of course there were some teachers at different spaces around Sydney and there had been a small studio in the Eastern Suburbs some years previously, but I was inspired to begin something that had never been done in Sydney before, and I was sure it wasn’t going to be like any other studio that I had experienced before!

And so KMYOGA opened its doors on 11.11.11 – a beautiful studio space for classes and events that could fit up to 70 people and a welcoming garden terrace where one could relax and chat with fellow students after class or spend time in quiet reflection. Over the next three years it evolved into much more than a physical space, just as I had hoped. Many students experienced the studio as a unique sanctuary that was warm and welcoming as well as a place to grow, learn, share and transform. Many forged lasting friendships that were created within the studio and moved beyond its walls.

Some students came to KMYOGA for classes and others came for the many and varied workshops and events, like our 40 Day Cleanses, the Gyuto Monks, Film Nights, Karta Singh Khalsa, Khandro-la, Kirtan with Lulu and Mischka and Nadav Kahn, Mastin Kipp, our WOW Series of inspiring talks with women like Ronni Kahn and many other eclectic events we held at the studio over the three years. The frequency and diversity of the events and workshops we held was challenging to maintain, however I felt they encouraged people to come together and experience the space in a different way, rather than just for yoga classes.

The studio packed for the GYUTO Monks

People always remarked on the great energy in the studio, and I feel all these events helped to create that, and built on the energy already generated from our regular classes and Saturday Sadhana that integrated mantra, chanting and the Gong.

I remember speaking with my teacher Karta Singh Khalsa at the European Yoga Festival in 2011 and sharing my vision to create a Kundalini Yoga studio in Sydney, opening on 11.11.11 and asking him whether he could help me start a Kundalini Yoga teacher training there the following year. Karta in his usual supportive and passionate way agreed, and so we put the steps in motion relatively quickly.

Karta Singh has always said his mission was to create teachers, and inspired me to do the same. From my personal experience, I knew that Teacher Training under Karta’s school Amrit Nam Sarovar (ANS) would ignite the Sydney Kundalini community through its authentic, experiential and creative way of learning, sharing and growing.

And so it happened. Karta came and led a transformational retreat at Kangaroo Valley called Eveil de Soi (Awakening the Soul) and then within two years we had two Level 1 Kundalini Teacher Trainings, with Sat Sarbat and Satmukh from the ANS affiliated school in China (Ajai Alai Asia – AAA) and one Level 2 Teacher Training module with Karta Singh. I am also grateful to another wonderful ANS teacher, Nirmal Singh from Austria, who filled in for our Meditation Week when Sat Sarbat and Satmukh were unavailable.


Kathryn and Paul with Karta Singh Khalsa at KMYOGA

Over 30 students went through the Level 1 trainings and 18 teachers went through the Level 2 module. All of them said how touched they were by the transformational experience and how inspired they were at the high standard of training. It is wonderful to see how many of these graduates have gone on to teach and are sharing the teachings with others around Sydney. As Yogi Bhajan said ‘I have come to create teachers not to gather disciples.’

So without doubt the past three years have been incredibly inspiring, joyful and creative, however running a small business, especially a yoga studio, is not without its challenges! Perhaps I could have run it differently but you trust in your intuition and vision to guide you and I feel that what evolved was very special and those who walked through KMYOGAs doors knew it.

When I started the studio, I wanted to offer as much variety as I could. In addition to our core and very regular Kundalini Yoga classes, we offered classes in Naam Yoga, Jivamukti Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Kids Yoga and Pregnancy Yoga. At one stage we were offering nearly 30 classes a week and working with over 20 different teachers and 5 different receptionists. Add in the regular events – at least one every week – and it was a very busy studio.

The challenges of running this sort of studio, managing so many teachers and staff, and meeting the needs and expectations of students, were enormous. The energy required to keep teachers inspired, staff focused, and students engaged was sometimes very draining. We had some great help, especially with our managers Christina and Linda, and our great receptionists, but still it was sometimes a daunting task.

Classes, students, teachers and staff came and went. And while I know that KMYOGA was offering something unique and special over the whole time, it’s interesting that I feel that only over the last six months did the studio really start to truly flourish in terms of the energy and community. We totally refocused the studio to offer just Kundalini Yoga and Meditation with only four extremely dedicated teachers, we reduced our events drastically and recruited a whole new group of wonderful Karma yogi receptionists. It really was a case of less is more, though Paul and I were spending even more time running the studio – seven days a week and not leaving much time for anything else.

I certainly learnt a lot about business, about people, and about myself, and am so happy that my personal goal was also something that contributed so much to so many.

So here are the 5 Life Lessons I learnt from running a Yoga Studio:

Be true to your vision and true to yourself. I knew what I wanted KMYOGA to be and how I was going to create it, and I did it my way – and the result was amazing!

Never underestimate the importance of hiring the right staff. I made some critical hiring mistakes early on that took a good deal of time to recover from.

Seek advice from experts in fields you aren’t expert in – but make sure they are who they say they are. I’ve had some great advice and support but also been let down by some so-called ‘experts’ recommended to me. So take advice but do your homework.

No matter how much you give, some people will never be satisfied, so don’t take it personally. I created the most beautiful and authentic yoga studio I could imagine but still there were people who complained and were ungracious. I did take it personally at the time and took on the stress that they created. I’ve learnt not to do that now – and am much more relaxed as a result.

Do what you are passionate about, and ENJOY IT! Kundalini Yoga is integral to my life and I have seen how powerful a change agent it can be. I am passionate about it, and I started KMYOGA to share that technology as best and as far as I could. I love teaching Kundalini Yoga and it will be part of what I do forever.

After putting an enormous amount of time, energy and commitment into growing the studio for these past three years, recently I started to feel it was time for a new chapter. Our lease was about to expire and I knew I had made a huge difference, and knew that there were other people who would now be willing and able to take up the challenge of spreading the teachings of Kundalini Yoga far and wide. I look at just one of our recently graduated teachers who now teaches Kundalini Yoga at four different places around the Eastern Suburbs, and I know there are others like her. It touches me to see others embracing and sharing the teachings they first encountered at KMYOGA.

2014 Level 1 Teacher Trainees at Kangaroo Valley

So what now? After an amazing three years, we have closed the studio and are preparing to move to London in the new year. But KMYOGA will certainly not disappear. While the physical studio no longer exists, KMYOGA will now become an online community where you can continue to ask questions, share experiences and ideas, and soon, also continue to access “virtual” classes from me.

I will continue to send out the KMYOGA newsletter, but move it from a weekly update to a monthly one, and we can continue to connect with each other on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

I will write more regular blogs and post more new kriyas and meditation videos on the KMYOGA website and on our YouTube Channel, and I have plans for another book and CD and new DVDs to come. I will be bringing KMYOGA’s signature 40 Day Chakra Cleanse and Spring Cleanse to life online next year. I will also continue to hold regular retreats internationally (two already planned for India and Sri Lanka in 2015) and will hold workshops in Sydney whenever I return. I look forward to welcoming you to the new virtual KMYOGA community.

There is much to look forward to as we jump into 2015 and beyond, so please continue to join me at KMYOGA, no longer in Bondi Junction, but all over the world.

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As usual, Yogi Bhajan has some very relevant and guiding words for us:

“We are not permanent here. Nothing around us is permanent.?Everything moves on. This is the Spirit of the Universe.”? Yogi Bhajan

Sat Nam
Love and Gratitude
Kathryn McCusker– Sarb Sewak
Founding Director – KMYOGA

New Moon, New Season, New Energy and a “NEW” KMYOGA

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By Kathryn McCusker, KMYOGA Founder

I’ve been thinking a lot about change, renewal and new beginnings lately.

Perhaps it’s this week’s New Moon in Gemini, perhaps it’s the new month, or the beginning of a new season, or a combination of all of these, and I’m sure it’s also got a lot to do with the changes we’ve made at KMYOGA and the new timetable we will be offering our students, all of which come into effect on Sunday June 1.

New Moons are a great time to set a new intention – and I’ve already set mine – and that is to embrace the changes and make the most of them.

Change is a funny thing – and everyone seems to deal with it in different ways – some go into denial, some get angry, some accept them and see how they can make the most of the changes, and some even see change as an opportunity for renewal.

I witnessed all of these responses and more when I announced the changes to the studio nearly a month ago. Some students asked us to keep the classes we had, some students got angry, saying they wouldn’t come back or they’d join a gym instead, others were very supportive and empathetic to the changes and focused on the many positive benefits we have all experienced from the teachings and being part of a creative yogic community.

I was a little surprised to hear some people’s reactions to the changes, however I am aware that change does not sit comfortably with all of us, and that sometimes fear can create resistance to change. Often we do not like to step out of our comfort zone, even if we sense it could be an opportunity for growth. When I look back on how KMYOGA unfolded and all the changes I created to make it happen, if I had allowed fear of the unknown to paralyse me, KMYOGA would never exist today!

With the New Moon, a new month and a new season, KMYOGA shifts into a new phase and one that I am very excited about.

With four wonderful teachers who are 100% dedicated to sharing the transformational technology of Kundalini Yoga and supporting our students, we are still offering daily (sometimes twice daily) Kundalini Yoga and Meditation classes, and introducing more special events including New Moon and Full Moon classes, monthly Men’s Kundalini classes and monthly film and supper nights, and of course continuing our weekly Saturday morning Community Sadhana practice. We are refocusing the energy of our teachers and our studio to continue providing an inspirational Kundalini Yoga and Meditation experience in Sydney’s most beautiful yoga studio.

This is a time we can all use to harness and embrace positive change in our lives. The New Moon in Gemini on Thursday is about versatility, curiosity and new opportunities to discover. Gemini thrives on activity, new situations and new people. There is a ‘buzz’ in the air, so let’s embrace it.

New Moons are an opportunity to set an intention for the month ahead. The Yin energy of a New Moon is not so much about hardcore goals and achievements. It is more about welcoming something new into your life.

I have realised that all the good things in my life are the results of changes that occurred in the past. I am a true believer that once you get the courage and take the first step to change, your life will become much richer!

 

Sat Nam

Love and Gratitude to Everyone

Kathryn

‘It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change’. Charles Darwin

KMYOGA is the premier Kundalini Yoga Studio in Sydney, an oasis in the heart of Bondi Junction, in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. If you want Sydney Yoga Classes in Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, visit us at www.kmyoga.com.

KMYOGA was founded by international Kundalini Yoga teacher, singer and author, Kathryn McCusker, and opened its doors on 11.11.11.

 

What is the Winter Solstice, and; The Power of Sound Healing

The Winter Solstice falls on Saturday June 21, and KMYOGA will be hosting a special WINTER SOLSTICE KUNDALINI YOGA & SOUND CELEBRATION from 6.00pm – 8.30pm  In this blog, KMYOGA Founder, Author and renowned Opera Singer, Kathryn McCusker explores the meaning of the Winter Solstice. Following this is another KMYOGA blog about the Power of Sound Healing:

 

THE WINTER SOLSTICE:

Kathryn McCusker, KMYOGA Founder

The term Solstice means “sun stands still”. In the southern hemisphere it occurs in the middle of the year and represents the start of Winter.

It is the time when the sun reaches its lowest point in the sky, making Winter Solstice the shortest day and the longest night of the year.

During the winter solstice the sun hugs closer to the horizon than at any other time during the year, giving way to the least amount of daylight annually. On the bright side, the day after the winter solstice marks the beginning of lengthening days leading up to the summer solstice.

This event had deep spiritual meaning in many cultures and in many cases Winter Solstice was associated with the birth of the Sun, meaning the birth of the god or goddess.It would seem that many ancient cultures had a similar spiritual meaning for Winter Solstice, suggesting humanity always cared about the rebirth of light.

This is a poignant time to stop and listen, to harmonize our energy and reassess our connection to our spirit and life’s purpose.

It is a powerful time of re-birth and transformation – to acknowledge our shadow, heal our wounds, release old thought patterns and align with our light to illuminate our highest destiny.

Winter Solstice is an opportunity to come together with your community in celebration of hope, peace and the rebirth of light.

Join Kathryn, Maya, Mandeep and Josh for an evening of transformative and balancing Kundalini kriyas, meditations for manifestation as well as the regenerative, healing sounds of the gong, crystal bowls and the didgeridoo!

Saturday June 21, 6.00pm – 8.30pm at KMYOGA. Open to everyone. $40 pre-book online (at www/kmyoga.com/pages/events) or $50 at the door.

Yogi Bhajan said “Revolve your life around summer and winter solstice and everything will be taken care of.’

Kathryn McCusker,

KMYOGA Founder, Author and Singer

 

THE POWER OF SOUND HEALING

img01There is a magic and power of sound which sets it apart from all the other sensory perceptions. Sound penetrates through our physicality in the purest sense of vibration.

I can touch your hand and we will feel each other and connect. The boundary of skin however, in an impenetrable fortress. Sound vibration moves through our outer layers, and can actually resonate in such a way that our own molecular structure follows.

“Music [and sound] can have a powerful salutary effect on our cardio-vascular, immune, and nervous systems, not to mention our emotional and spiritual selves.”

 

– Dr. Mitchell Gaynor (The Sounds of Healing)

This is the power of sound.

 

The Science of Sound and Hearing

Sound is defined as vibrations that travel through the air or another medium and can be heard when they reach a person’s ear. Sound can propagate through solids as well. It is carried through movements (vibrations) of air molecules. In the air, the sound is in the form of acoustical energy.sound_healong_2_mediumthumb

When the sound  comes in contact with the tympanic membrane (better known as the ear drum) or the middle ear, it gets converted to mechanical energy.

The mechanical energy then goes through the inner ear through cochlea, and it is converted to electronic energy by the hair cells and is transmitted to the brain to “hear” the sound.

 

How does sound heal?
 
Sounds affect us physiologically. They trigger hormonal responses such as fight or flight, and our internal organs also fall into sync with rhythms and vibrations. Every part of our body is energetically pulsating at it’s own frequency, and we can use sound consciously to alter these if we so desire. Julian Treasure presented a wonderful TED talk on 4 Ways Sound Affects Us (please see below)

Sound or ‘Frequency’ healing as it is sometimes referred too, has been studied intensely and broken down Hz by Hz. Every frequency “range” has a specific, non-random effect. For instance, 1.0 Hz impacts the pituitary, stimulating the production of growth hormones, while 111 Hz will increase beta endorphins and stimulate cell regeneration*.

Sound healing has been effective in relieving pain and in the treatment of stress-related afflictions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, insomnia, pain and depression. Mainstream medical teaching facilities in America** have added programs that link body, mind, and spirit to the treatment of cancer. Cancer prevention centres are utilizing sound as a vital part of the healing process for patients with astounding results.

sound_healing_mediumthumbDr. Mitchell Gaynor has been using sound, including Tibetan / Himalayan Singing Bowls, crystal bowls and chanting in work with cancer patients for many years. The medical director of the Deepak Chopra Center in California, Dr. David Simon, found that both chanting and the sound from Tibetan / Himalayan Bowls are chemically metabolized into ‘endogenous opiates,’ that act on the body as internal painkillers and healing agents**.

 

The Power of Sound and Kundalini
MANTRA

The Mantras we practice in Kundalini awaken the life forces of the human soul. The Sanskrit word ‘Mantra’ means ‘mental liberation’. This sound, or combination of sounds sets the mind free from its worldly conditioning and limitations, though we can chant in any language, anything that our heart desires.

GONG

The most sublime instrument of the Yogi is the Gong. It is a musical instrument, a healing tool for the nervous system and a cauldron in which you can create alchemical blends of qualities that open and develop the Inner Self. Yogi Bhajan has asked that each ashram and yoga centre have a gong and play it regularly. He said it would help repair the ravages of drugs in the nervous system. The sound of the gong creates deep relaxation, releases you from the torrent of thoughts and stimulates the glandular system to a higher level of functioning. Each student of kundalini yoga is encouraged to become familiar with the basic idea, use and experience of the gong***.

“The gong is the sound of Creativity itself. One who plays the gong plays the Universe. The gong is a beautiful reinforced vibration. It is like a multitude of strings, as if you played with a million strings. The gong is the only tool with which you can produce this combination of space vibrations.” Yogi Bhajan

gong_meditation_mediumthumbThe gong is really an engine of power more than a musical instrument. The energy that comes through the gong is not just a fundamental tone, but all the tones combined to create a wall of sound – rather like a tsunami, a great wave. It is really like a delivering of pranic healing… The universal gong sound is based upon the musical principle that all tones of equal amplitude keep resonating, adding to themselves, to produce cumulative offspring, so to speak. This phenomenon is unique to gongs and replicates exactly what happens in the building of the human physical, mental emotional and spiritual bodies.” Don Conreaux

“Gong therapy relieves stress and has a profound, revitalising effect on the immune and nervous systems. When you bathe in the healing tones of the sacred gong the wave of total sound is both heard with the ears and felt as a powerful vibration sweeping over and penetrating deeply into the body – cleansing, releasing, healing and harmonising on all levels.” Guru Ram Kaur

Other healing instruments…

CRYSTAL BOWLS

“Crystal bowls are quartz devices that by friction emit powerful, pure harmonic sound waves. Neuroscience explains that physical exposure to these harmonic frequencies stimulates the whole body creating instantly changes in the electro-chemical activity of the brain affecting at a cellular level the central nervous system, endocrine system, tissues and blood circulation through the body.

Thoughts are emanation of waves so when a thought form interacts with a crystal sound wave, those thoughts patterns are re-organized naturally to a more coherent structure manifesting immediately alterations in awareness.

mandeep_bowls_mediumthumbThese mental and physical changes reset the body to a natural state of relaxation, deep meditation and regeneration, where negativity and mental chaos are dissolved, pain & resistance are cleared. Re-balancing and re-establishing the body’s natural synchrony, rhythms & well being.

The power of positive intention or affirmation combined with the use of crystal sound therapy provides remarkable physical and emotional healing results.” Claudia Echeverria

YIDAKI (Didgeridoo)

josh_didg_copy_mediumthumb“The subtleties of sound and vibration of the yidaki (didgeridoo) have the power to strip away any ‘baggage’ you carry from your day, week, month, year or even a lifetime. When these energies are dislodged, there lies a clean slate for fresh, new energy to arrive and creatively serve you inthis lifetime.  The Yidaki is also very relaxing and meditative and can
activate various energy centres of the body.” Josh Oshlack
How to elevate your vibrations with sound?

Simply being aware of the subtleties and acknowledging sound around you is a beautiful place to begin. Most of us already use music and songs to connect ourselves to each other and to express the universal emotions and archetypal stories we live day in, year out.

meditation_mediumthumbIn meditation we become still and reflect on external sounds, a bird outside for example, then move into our own sound of breath. Through chanting mantras we are harnessing the power of not only our breath, but also our own vocal resonance. Instruments such as the Gong, Crystal Bowls and Yidaki (Didgeridoo) encompass a spectrum of frequencies beyond the human voice, but within the range of our physicality.

If you would like to experience the power of sound join us at KMYOGA’S WINTER SOLSTICE KUNDALINI YOGA AND SOUND CELEBRATION on 21.06.14 for an evening of Kundalini Yoga, Meditation and Mantra with Kathryn McCusker, Gong – Maya Stange, Crystal Bowls – Claudia Echeverria and Yidaki (Didgeridoo) – Josh Oshlack.

(L-R: Maya, Mandeep, Kathryn, Josh)
References:

http://www.soundhealingcenter.com/frequency.html
** http://www.thehealersjournal.com/2013/11/27/power-of-sound/#sthash.mnIbhAhT.dpuf
*** http://thesource.kriteachings.org

Your Journey Through The Chakras

Making Sense of Chakras, by Kathryn McCusker, Founding Director of KMYOGA

chakras_mediumthumbChakras are centers of consciousness. They are focal points of energy that have a direct, immediate and profound effect on our daily lives.

But what does that mean?  How do they work? And how can you recognise whether they are in or out of balance.

“Chakras” are energy centers which asorb life force or ‘prana’ from the Universe and distribute it through the NADIS (energy channels) to the nervous system, endocrine glands and circulatory system.

The first 3 chakras 1, 2 & 3 are known as the lower triangle and chakra’s 5, 6 & 7 are known as the upper triangle. The fourth chakra (heart) is the balance between the two triangles, where the shift happens from ME to WE (Individual to Universal).

If you imagine the body as a tree, the lower half of the body, (navel down) are the trunk and roots, the upper half (navel upwards) are the branches/leaves.  The lower triangle focuses on elimination and are balanced by the upper triangle, which accumulate, create and refine.  So like the tree, if the root system is functioning properly then the leaves begin to grow and flourish.

By opening and balancing the chakras it is possible to connect to a larger source of energy,from which we come and to which we return.

The first five Chakras are associated with the elements (Tattvas) EARTH, WATER, FIRE, AIR and ETHER and the upper three Chakras correspond to the subtle realm.

Each Chakra resonates to a different frequency and a different refraction of the Infinite Light.

 

 

The 1st Chakra – The Root Chakra

‘The Presence’ – How I See Myself

The Root Chakra, located at the base of the spine is the centre of our regeneration and our creativity:  it stores our vital force, stimulating all the cells in every part of the body. It is concerned with basic security, survivial and existence. It represents our image of SELF, of our presence on Earth, and is full of all our experiences, particularly those of early childhood.

The first Chakra functions are very important in our modern life.  Surrounded by pollution and chemicals it is essential for our survival to eliminate these toxins through the first chakra (ie: anus and large intestine).

COLOUR: Red

ELEMENT: Earth

*When this chakra is balanced/unblocked it can manifest as – valuing oneself, being centered, secure, loyal, grounded, stable and eliminating regularly.

*Suggested Affirmation:  “The Universe looks after my needs.  I trust life.”

 

 

The 2nd Chakra – The Sacral Chakra

‘To Feel, To Desire, To Create’

The vision of the second chakra is about desire and passion, about duality and polarities, about movement and change, and fundamentally about creativity. The element associated with the second chakra is water and so the qualities of water (flowing, moving freely, no set shape, more mobile than earth, limitless movement) are a like a mirror to the feelings connected to this chakra.

Language in the second chakra is often sensual, colourful and goal-oriented. It is flexible and fluid just like water. From the yogic point of view, the experiences of the second chakra provide the first taste of merger, of going beyond one’s isolated self, dissolving with, through, and into another.

In the second chakra, desires, pleasure, and the pains and struggles of finally expressing your creation in the light, are all mixed together. When all the other chakras are balanced in relation to the second, sexuality becomes joyful, varied and expressive.

The emotions and passions expressed through the second chakra, and the thoughts and assessments that are give through the sixth chakra stimulate each other. Thoughts and imaginations about different things produce feelings and feelings regulate the flow, intensity, and believability of thoughts.

Taste is the sensory system connected with the second chakra. Without passions life has no taste. When you experience great passion, then the tastes within your mouth also change. In the state of yoga, you unite with the Infinite, at that point your brain produces an amrit, a sweet nectar and the tastes within your mouth change. To the tantrics, you are blending the polarities to stimulate the passions with the tongue representing the male organ and the lips representing the opening of the female organ. You can create on the gross level directly through the second chakra and the physical organ, or you can create through the word and through vibration.

COLOUR: Orange

ELEMENT: Water

*When this chakra is balanced/unblocked it can manifest as- positive, genuine intimacy, mature relationships, creativity, passion for life, willingness to share, patience, relaxed, positive attitude to sexual functions.

*Suggested Afirmation: “My emotions are great teachers; I listen to their lessons and respond to them in ways that are loving and respectful to all involved.”

 

 

The 3rd Chakra – The Achiever

‘What I think about myself’ – Action & Balance

The Solar Plexus Chakra, located just above the navel is the centre of our self-confidence (will-power).  It stores faulty concepts of power and its misuse, situations and people that have threatened your self-esteem.

Its energy allows you to accomplish and achieve.  It is the seat of our mental body. In this Chakra we explore personal power; is it to empower oneself or is it to have power over others?

COLOUR: Yellow

ELEMENT: Fire

*When this chakra is balanced/unblocked it can manifest as – willingness to initiate and complete action, confidence, willpower, awareness of the effect of one’s actions upon others, leadership skills.

*Suggested Affirmation:  “I claim my personal power and accept responsibility for all areas of life.”

 

 

The 4th Chakra – The Heart Chakra

‘Love & Compassion’ – The one who cares, how I care about myself, Awakening from ME to WE (Finite to Infinite)

The heart Chakra is located in the centre of the chest (thymus).  It is the seat of our source of caring, intuition, compassion and unconditional love. This is where the opening of the higher consciousness and the higher self takes place.

COLOUR – Green

ELEMENT- Air

*When this chakra is balanced/unblocked it can manifest as humility, unconditional love for all, seeing the Divine in All, harmonious relationships, acceptance that all is as it should be, compassion, kindness and forgiveness.

*Suggested Affirmation:  “I am open to give and receive love, freely and effortlessly.  I forgive and release the pains of my past, and I am free to love in the present.”

 

 

The 5th Chakra – The Throat Chakra

‘How I express Myself’ – The power of the word, communication, speaking the truth and the Teacher.

The Throat Chakra, located at the top of the breastbone, is the centre for the expression of creativity, love and abilities.  It influences the thyroid gland which effects the balance of the entire nervous system, metabolism, muscular control and body temperature.  The throat chakra must be cleared in order to express your potential, once the heart chakra is open.

ELEMENT: Ether

COLOUR: Light Blue

*When this chakra is balanced/unblocked it can manifest as, always voicing the truth (honoring the word), authenticity, knowledge and the ability to communicate that effectively, inspiring, teaching and embodying God’s will.

*Suggested Affirmation: “I express my deepest truth gracefully, respectfully and confidently.”

 

 

The 6th Chakra – The Brow Chakra

‘The Visionary’ – How I perceive Myself.  Known as the third eye (intuition, wisdom).

The brow Chakra located in the middle of the forehead just above the space between the eyes.  It is the centre of vision and perception.  The pituitary gland (master gland) is located here and it is there that you reach the integrity and integration of personality.  It is from here that you get the sense of intuition and the direction you want to take.  It is where the major channels of energy come together (positive = sun+ moon = negative / Ida+ Pingala +Sushmuna).  It is the eye that goes beyond the 2 eyes.  The 2 eyes give you dimension in the normal world and the third eye gives you depth and dimension into the subtle worlds.

ELEMENT:  Light (beyond the elements)

COLOUR:  Indigo

*When this chakra is balanced/unblocked it can manifest as, clear perception, developed intuition, psychic abilities-clairvoyance, seeing energy within and beyond matter and form, power of projection and understanding your purpose.

*Suggested Affirmation: “I always receive and perceive the guidance I need.”

 

 

The 7th Chakra – The Tenth Gate or Crown Chakra

‘The Angel’  – How I feel my purpose.  Humility.

The Crown Chakra is located at the top of the head.  It is the seat of the soul, the centre of all perceptions, all dimensions and all forms of being (we are ONE).

This chakra is associated with cosmic sound, like the sound of the gong.  If you listen to the gong carefully as is cascades into crescendo, all the nerves are stretched to their limit.  The pressure of the sound gives a chance for the body, mind and spirit to merge and become one with the infinite. You have the choice to let go and surrender or to contract and pull out of the experience.

The 7th Chakra has the key characteristic of surrender – the humility that fills you as you bow before Infinity. That is one of the reasons that so many traditions use the act of bowing. The top of the head, the 7th Chakra is brought all the way to the Earth, so the blood circulation and Prana becomes focused at the 7th Chakra and the person is given a new purpose of openness and strength (experience of the Divine) so that you flow spontaneously in rhythm with the Universe.

ELEMENT: None

COLOUR: Violet

*When this chakra is balanced/unblocked it can manifest as bliss, unity, enlightment, secure relationship with the unknown and the experience of all as ONE.

*Suggested Affirmation:  “I acknowledge and rejoice in my spirituality.”

10 Great Reasons to do Kundalini Yoga: Find out at KMYOGA | Kundalini – Meditation – Yoga

kundalini_yoga_class_mediumthumbKundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is the Yoga of Awareness. It is the householder’s yoga—for people who are active in the world. Most other systems of yoga were developed by those living the renunciate life. Kundalini Yoga gives you tools to expedite your spiritual growth and healing.

Practice gives you an experience beyond the limits of time and space—an experience of the depth of your soul and true identity. This direct experience of your higher self builds a platform of strength, radiance, and security on which to build your life.

Kundalini Yoga also provides more well-known benefits: increased flexibility, expanded lung capacity, a strong core, and stress alleviation. Here are 10 more great—and perhaps unexpected—benefits of Kundalini Yoga:

1.   Inner Guidance

Kundalini Yoga develops the power of the intuitive mind. Your intuition is the voice of your own inner GPS. Every person has inner guidance available to them and can choose to listen and live with its support. When you clean out the subconscious mind and learn to listen through deep meditation, when your thoughts and feelings resonate with the soul, you can sense the guidance of intuition that is always present.

As you develop your internal guidance system, you can use it as a touchstone when faced with the decisions, questions, and choices life brings you.

2.   Express Yourself through Sacred Sound

Kundalini Yoga is known for the sacred chant music that is part and parcel of the practice. When we consciously regulate the sounds we make through the use of mantra, breath, and rhythm, we can produce profound effects on our health and well-being, not to mention the pure joy that is experienced when we chant from our hearts and souls.

Sacred sound, or Naad Yoga, is based on the experience of how sound vibrations affect the body, mind, and spirit through the movement of the tongue, the mouth, and changes in the chemicals in the brain.

3.   The Lineage of the Golden Chain

Kundalini Yoga has been taught for thousands of years, transmitted from Master to student. When you chant Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo to begin a Kundalini Yoga class, you become linked to the long line of spiritual masters who have preceded you.

You are calling on this lineage and the teacher within you for guidance, protection, and wisdom. This lineage is called the Golden Chain. It is a transference of spiritual awareness that guarantees that the teachings of Kundalini Yoga remain pure, unadulterated, and effective.

4.   Turn Karma into Dharma

The practice of Kundalini Yoga takes you out of the cycle of karma. Your positive intention to grow and put yourself through Kundalini kriyas (exercises) burns off karma. The more you practice, the more present, conscious, and intuitive you become. Walk the path of dharma rather than living in response to karma.

5. Protect Yourself from Negative Influences

Kundalini Yoga practice fortifies and expands your electromagnetic field, or aura. It is the energy field that surrounds you, and that alerts you to positive and negative influences in your environment. A weak aura can let in negative influences, and even attract them. A big, strong, bright aura can protect you from negativity and keep you centered in the light of your true identity.

6.   Emotional Balance and the Neutral Mind

Kundalini Yoga strengthens the nervous system, balances the glands, purifies the blood, and cleans out subconscious thought patterns. This gives you greater awareness and ability to choose how you respond to your thoughts and feelings. Through practice, you can train your mind and body not to react emotionally—not by repressing emotions, but by developing a buffer zone, a time and space in which to process and make conscious choices about your responses.

Develop the neutral mind, the place where the positive and the negative are evaluated in an instant, and you can act from that state of non-attachment, compassion, and neutrality. Act, don’t react.

7.   Deep Relaxation that Heals

Kundalini Yoga works to strengthen and balance the nervous system. When your nervous system is weak, you are susceptible to unhealthy reactions to stress. During a Kundalini Yoga kriya and the deep relaxation that follows it, all the nerve endings in the body are given a tune-up. You experience a deep rejuvenating state of total relaxation where healing can take place. Regular practice gives you extra stamina and resilience in the face of everyday stress.

8.   Kundalini Yoga Lifestyle

Because Kundalini Yoga is specifically geared for the householder—people who have jobs and families and busy lives, it works quickly, is effective, and includes a vast array of lifestyle information. You can choose to attend a weekly yoga class and reap the benefits found there.

You can also choose to dive into a whole body of ancient yogic teachings on personal hygiene, yogic diet, numerology, child-rearing, authentic relationships, conscious communication, selfless service, and much more.

9.   Community—Sangat

Being together with like-minded souls is a powerful support tool in the quest for spiritual growth and higher consciousness. Kundalini Yoga centers and studios welcome yoga students and teachers to create community. Celebrate special occasions with group meditations, sacred chant concerts, pot luck get-togethers and community service projects.

3HO Foundation International sponsors worldwide Kundalini Yoga events, as do local Kundalini Yoga centers. As you make positive changes in your life, the connection with and support of a spiritual family is a priceless gift.

10.  Befriend your Soul and Manifest Your Destiny

Kundalini Yoga gives you an experience of who you are when the grip of ego is released. It allows the depth of the soul to be felt and known. Begin to access your truth and create a strong connection to your soul and your soul’s work in this lifetime.

Kundalini Yoga is an experience of uniting the finite self with the Infinite. Once you gain this experience, you no longer have the need to look for your security outside of yourself. Your security comes from knowing who you are in relation to the Universe. You know who you are, and you can be you. You can leave the pain of past wounds behind, and manifest your soul’s destiny.

By Guru Tera Kaur, 3HO Editor (This blog originally appeared in www.3HO.org)

Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training…”the best thing you could ever do for yourself”

Adette Kagan shares her experience of Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training.

adette_tt_certificate-1_200x266‘Kundalini Teacher Training from my experience, will deepen self awareness, knowledge of the practice, unblock whatever’s stopping you from living your dreams and allow you to make great friends with your soul!

Starting Kundalini yoga was a turning point in my life, and completing Level 1 of Teacher Training cemented the direction of my new-found journey.

When KMYOGA and ANS first offered Level 1 Teacher Training in 2013 I had been practicing Kundalini yoga for almost a year.  The flyer on the wall caught my eye and at first I was like, no, not for me! But every time I saw the flyer, I was drawn to it and it kept playing on my mind.  At that stage I didn’t feel I wanted to be a teacher, but I knew I wanted to deepen my practice, which had already taken me so far.  I also had a sneaking suspicion that this was exactly the next step I needed to take!

The thing is I was scared.  I was scared of what I might have to do, scared of the unknown, but most of all I was scared of what this course might bring up deep from within.  I mean there was stuff there that hadn’t been tapped into…well…ever.

So I ummed and ahhed, asked lots of questions, asked more questions, went to pay and changed my mind and then finally on the very last day of the early bird payment I bit the bullet and put my money where my mouth is and committed to all 3 weeks of Level 1 Teacher Training.  And you know what…best thing I ever did!

Yes it was challenging, yes it was scary, yes I had to face demons I didn’t particularly want to face and yes it was full on at times, but it was also unbelievably enlightening, amazingly fulfilling, freeing and on some days left me with a feeling of euphoria that was better than any drug!  What amazed me most was how heightened my awareness became once I went back home, giving me such a profound connection with myself and everything and everyone around me.

The teachers were also amazing.  They provided such wisdom, compassion and love mixed with a really wicked sense of humour that had us sometimes laughing until our sides hurt.  But as much as the teachers were probably the best guides I could have asked for, it is me I have to thank the most for having the courage to sign up and be willing to open up and face whatever came my way (sometimes kicking and screaming…well not really but almost! Lol!).  At the end of the day without my commitment and willingness to be open to this experience, it wouldn’t have had such a profound affect.

Since Teacher Training I feel more at ease with myself and am able to make balanced life decisions.  I feel mostly centered, at peace and I’ve been able to face fears that I haven’t faced in years and conquer them…now for me that’s huge!

I couldn’t recommend Teacher Training any more highly!  It’s the best thing you could ever do for yourself, to get in touch with you, heal what ails you and grow and grow and grow!  Enjoy!’

Adette Kagan

Karta Singh Khalsa returns for SOMA Workshop at KMYOGA Kundalini Meditation Yoga Sydney.

HEART WIDE OPEN WITH KARTA SINGH KHALSA.

sharonjacobson_kmyoga_kundalini_yoga_classe_sydney_testimonial_200x268Sharon Jacobson shares her experiences of Karta Singh Khalsa’s unique approach to teaching Kundalini Yoga.

“I did a retreat with Karta Singh Khalsa in Kangaroo Valley in May 2012.

Prior to the retreat, I had been doing Kundalini Yoga for five months and can count myself amongst a growing group of people who report being instantly hooked from their first experience. I had been practicing various forms of yoga for about 16 years before falling into the Kundalini Yoga trap, but none of them had managed to capture my imagination or sustain my interest quite like this has.
During the retreat I felt my heart cracking open. I challenged myself to stay with protracted postures and did battle with my mind in the midst of experiences that brought me into direct confrontation with the unknown – my ‘self’.
As soon as I got home I began my own sadhana, getting up in the quiet before dawn to further immerse myself in the mystery of the sacred science. No-one suggested I should do this, the impetus seemed to come from a deeper place – the yearning of my soul for true connection.
I have been doing my own Kundalini Yoga practice every morning since then and the transformations in my life continue to reflect the potency of the technology: profound, deep, enduring. It inspired me to do the KMYOGA/ANS Level One Teacher Training in 2013, as well as fly to France to do an intensive program with Karta and a bunch of Russian students on his Ashram in August.
If you’re after a direct encounter with yourself and with the truth beyond this material existence, you won’t be disappointed with Karta’s unique approach.”
Sharon Jacobson

Good Vibrations: The Power of Sound Healing: Summer Solstice Sound Celebration at KMYOGA Kundalini Meditation Yoga Sydney

There is a magic and power of sound which sets it apart from all the other sensory perceptions. Sound penetrates through our physicality in the purest sense of vibration.

img01I can touch your hand and we will feel each other and connect. The boundary of skin however, in an impenetrable fortress. Sound vibration moves through our outer layers, and can actually resonate in such a way that our own molecular structure follows.

“Music [and sound] can have a powerful salutary effect on our cardio-vascular, immune, and nervous systems, not to mention our emotional and spiritual selves.”

– Dr. Mitchell Gaynor (The Sounds of Healing)

This is the power of sound.

The Science of Sound and Hearing
Sound is defined as vibrations that travel through the air or another medium and can be heard when they reach a person’s ear. Sound can propagate through solids as well. It is carried through movements (vibrations) of air molecules. In the air, the sound is in the form of acoustical energy.

Screenshot-2013-12-03-10.24.54-300x208When the sound  comes in contact with the tympanic membrane (better known as the ear drum) or the middle ear, it gets converted to mechanical energy.

The mechanical energy then goes through the inner ear through cochlea, and it is converted to electronic energy by the hair cells and is transmitted to the brain to “hear” the sound.

How does sound heal?

Sounds affect us physiologically. They trigger hormonal responses such as fight or flight, and our internal organs also fall into sync with rhythms and vibrations. Every part of our body is energetically pulsating at it’s own frequency, and we can use sound consciously to alter these if we so desire. Julian Treasure presented a wonderful TED talk on 4 Ways Sound Affects Us (please see below)

Sound or ‘Frequency’ healing as it is sometimes referred too, has been studied intensely and broken down Hz by Hz. Every frequency “range” has a specific, non-random effect. For instance, 1.0 Hz impacts the pituitary, stimulating the production of growth hormones, while 111 Hz will increase beta endorphins and stimulate cell regeneration*.

Sound healing has been effective in relieving pain and in the treatment of stress-related afflictions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, insomnia, pain and depression. Mainstream medical teaching facilities in America** have added programs that link body, mind, and spirit to the treatment of cancer. Cancer prevention centres are utilizing sound as a vital part of the healing process for patients with astounding results.

shutterstock_71627290-300x201Dr. Mitchell Gaynor has been using sound, including Tibetan / Himalayan Singing Bowls, crystal bowls and chanting in work with cancer patients for many years. The medical director of the Deepak Chopra Center in California, Dr. David Simon, found that both chanting and the sound from Tibetan / Himalayan Bowls are chemically metabolized into ‘endogenous opiates,’ that act on the body as internal painkillers and healing agents**.

The Power of Sound and Kundalini

MANTRA

The Mantras we practice in Kundalini awaken the life forces of the human soul. The Sanskrit word ‘Mantra’ means ‘mental liberation’. This sound, or combination of sounds sets the mind free from its worldly conditioning and limitations, though we can chant in any language, anything that our heart desires.

GONG

The most sublime instrument of the Yogi is the Gong. It is a musical instrument, a healing tool for the nervous system and a cauldron in which you can create alchemical blends of qualities that open and develop the Inner Self. Yogi Bhajan has asked that each ashram and yoga centre have a gong and play it regularly. He said it would help repair the ravages of drugs in the nervous system. The sound of the gong creates deep relaxation, releases you from the torrent of thoughts and stimulates the glandular system to a higher level of functioning. Each student of kundalini yoga is encouraged to become familiar with the basic idea, use and experience of the gong***.

“The gong is the sound of Creativity itself. One who plays the gong plays the Universe. The gong is a beautiful reinforced vibration. It is like a multitude of strings, as if you played with a million strings. The gong is the only tool with which you can produce this combination of space vibrations.” Yogi Bhajan

shutterstock_114145648-300×200“The gong is really an engine of power more than a musical instrument. The energy that comes through the gong is not just a fundamental tone, but all the tones combined to create a wall of sound – rather like a tsunami, a great wave. It is really like a delivering of pranic healing… The universal gong sound is based upon the musical principle that all tones of equal amplitude keep resonating, adding to themselves, to produce cumulative offspring, so to speak. This phenomenon is unique to gongs and replicates exactly what happens in the building of the human physical, mental emotional and spiritual bodies.” Don Conreaux

“Gong therapy relieves stress and has a profound, revitalising effect on the immune and nervous systems. When you bathe in the healing tones of the sacred gong the wave of total sound is both heard with the ears and felt as a powerful vibration sweeping over and penetrating deeply into the body – cleansing, releasing, healing and harmonising on all levels.” Guru Ram Kaur

Other healing instruments…

CRYSTAL BOWLS

“Crystal bowls are quartz devices that by friction emit powerful, pure harmonic sound waves. Neuroscience explains that physical exposure to these harmonic frequencies stimulates the whole body creating instantly changes in the electro-chemical activity of the brain affecting at a cellular level the central nervous system, endocrine system, tissues and blood circulation through the body.

crystal_bowls-1-300x149Thoughts are emanation of waves so when a thought form interacts with a crystal sound wave, those thoughts patterns are re-organized naturally to a more coherent structure manifesting immediately alterations in awareness.

These mental and physical changes reset the body to a natural state of relaxation, deep meditation and regeneration, where negativity and mental chaos are dissolved, pain & resistance are cleared. Re-balancing and re-establishing the body’s natural synchrony, rhythms & well being.

The power of positive intention or affirmation combined with the use of crystal sound therapy provides remarkable physical and emotional healing results.” Claudia Echeverria

YIDAKI (Didgeridoo)

didgeridoo_closeup-300×199“The subtleties of sound and vibration of the yidaki (didgeridoo) have the power to strip away any ‘baggage’ you carry from your day, week, month,
year or even a lifetime. When these energies are dislodged, there lies a
clean slate for fresh, new energy to arrive and creatively serve you in
this lifetime.  The Yidaki is also very relaxing and meditative and can
activate various energy centres of the body.” Josh Oshlack

How to elevate your vibrations with sound?

Simply being aware of the subtleties and acknowledging sound around you is a beautiful place to begin. Most of us already use music and songs to connect ourselves to each other and to express the universal emotions and archetypal stories we live day in, year out.

shutterstock_55100851-1-300x200In meditation we become still and reflect on external sounds, a bird outside for example, then move into our own sound of breath. Through chanting mantras we are harnessing the power of not only our breath, but also our own vocal resonance. Instruments such as the Gong, Crystal Bowls and Yidaki (Didgeridoo) encompass a spectrum of frequencies beyond the human voice, but within the range of our physicality.

If you would like to experience the power of sound join us at KMYOGA’S SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION on 21.12.13 for an evening of Kundalini Yoga, Meditation and Mantra with Kathryn McCusker, Gong – Maya Stange, Crystal Bowls – Claudia Echeverria and Yidaki (Didgeridoo) – Josh Oshlack.

References:

* http://www.soundhealingcenter.com/frequency.html
** http://www.thehealersjournal.com/2013/11/27/power-of-sound/#sthash.mnIbhAhT.dpuf

*** http://thesource.kriteachings.org

Chanting and Meditation Fundraiser in Sydney! Tibetan Gyuto Monks at KMYOGA 8th November

kmyoga-sydney-gyuto-monks-performance-2_copy_200x130Imagine sitting in a serene environment listening to such powerful chanting that it transforms your body and ignites your soul.  The sound of the 6 Gyuto monks singing before you is ancient in its beauty, and immensely difficult to perform technically.  Their years of training results in a rich and powerful sound that you can float away with while you meditate.

 These amazing Tibetan monks are visiting KMYOGA for the 2nd year in a row, on the 8th of November 2013 for a wonderful chanting and meditation evening from 7-9pm.  When they visited our Sydney yoga space last year, their event was sold out!

The entire event is a fundraising initiative, where 100% of the proceeds from the ticket sales and handicraft sales will go towards the Monk’s Tantric Monastery.  It’s an amazing opportunity to chat one-on-one with the monks after their awe-inspiring performance, as they will be selling handicrafts such as prayer rugs and bowls.  We invite you to come, sip on chai and feel a tangible sense of touching history, as you mingle and interact with these incredible monks.

One of the reasons the Gyuto monks are so popular with our growing Kundalini community, is that their chanting is an opportunity to meditate on powerful sounds.  The Gyuto monks are highly trained in an ancient art of deep harmonic overtone chanting, which allows them to sing three octaves at the same time.  These deep and powerful vibrations have the ability to transform your body at both a physical and mental level, which gives many similarities to the practice of Kundalini yoga.

We’re proud to be a part of history by hosting the monks at KMYOGA.  The monks make an annual visit to Australia, and while they are here, embark on many philanthropic and amazing initiatives to connect with the community.  They visit and conduct workshops in palliative and cancer care homes, chant for peace on snow-covered mountains and visit Aboriginal communities, to name a few.  It is true that ‘to be with them, to observe and be touched by their humanity, is to see kindness in action’ and we are filled with admiration.

In the past, the monks have toured with the Dalai Lama and performed at the Sydney Opera House!  Their background is filled with such amazing history, and it’s wonderful to see the generations of monks, from some just starting out in their journey of learning this ancient technique, to older monks who still remember fleeing from Tibet to settle in exile in India.

It is said, that the mere sight of a Gyuto monk is a blessing, but to hear the sound of their chanting is to be transformed.  Come and take action to transform yourself at their performance on the 8th of November, 2013 at KMYOGA in Bondi Junction, and enjoy this not to be missed experience.

The tickets are $40, and ALL the proceeds go towards the Monk’s monastery.  Reserve your ticket here! https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/home.asp?studioid=20731

JOIN our event page and keep up-to-date! https://www.facebook.com/events/351457698322661/

Watch a clip from a film that they participated in, to have a brief insight into their fascinating world: http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi2524291353/