Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Full moon in Virgo, Tuesday 19 February 2019 - the small intestines

February's full moon in Virgo will be affecting the small intestine meridian. The small intestine meridian runs its course over the face, through the neck, shoulder(blade) and arm into the hand and pinkie finger.

                                                                



                                          

This meridian's energy is about separating the pure from the impure - on the physical, mental and emotional level.

The meridian is connected to the fire tattva (element): the fire of digestion, but also the fire of transformation, of alchemy, of profound inner change. The digestive fire changes food into blood. The fire of the heart gives us spiritual endurance: when we see that fire in someone's eyes, we know they are living from their heart. Fire is the great purifier. 

The key for this full moon is to simplify everything. Keep your diet simple and pure. Keep life simple and pure.

Symptoms of an imbalanced small intestine meridian:
  • Problems digesting food
  • Confusion about what is and isn't pure
  • Ear problems
Things to avoid:
  • An overly critical attitude
  • Too much self-analysis
Tips to balance the meridian:
  • Hold and massage the little finger of each hand for 2 minutes
  • Wear red clothes, use red crystals.
Things to eat:
  • Bitter foods: turmeric, quinoa, basil, grapefruit, rucola, green tea, dark chocolate
  • Red foods
  • Psyllium and chlorophyll daily help to keep the intestinal tract clean.
Yoga for the small intestine: 

  • Any and all postures that work on the third chakra and navel point: leg lifts, leg pulls and pushes, stretch pose, Sat Kriya, pumping the navel and breath of fire, ...
  • Yoga mudra: sitting on rock pose (on the heels) with hands interlaced in Venus mudra behind the back, bow forwards bringing the forehead to the floor while lifting the arms up behind you as high as you can. 
  • Shoulder stand with long deep breathing or breath of fire.
Kriyas:

A lot of the kriyas we've recently been doing in classes are excellent for this meridian:
Expanded from: www.divinehuman.com 

Monday, 14 January 2019

Full Moon in Leo Affecting the Heart Meridian - 21 January 2019

2019's first full moon - just like 2018's Blood Moon in January - will be in the sign of Leo, the lion, and will - as the Leo full moon always does - be governing the heart meridian. 

The heart meridian is considered to be the seat of spirituality as well as the ruler of wisdom and good judgement. The heart moreover also rules clarity of speech; that is why words can touch our heart so deeply in a positive way or hurt so deeply. 

When the heart is strong we radiate, especially from the eyes.

Symptoms indicating an imbalance or blockage:

• Sadness and sorrow 
• Nervousness or fearfulness & anxiety
• Mental confusion & confused thinking 
• Emotional ups & downs 
• Various speech problems 
• Insomnia 
• Loss of taste 
• High blood pressure 
• Cataracts 

"Where there is love, there is no fear. Where there is fear, there is no love." (Yogi Bhajan)

What best to eat?

• All red foods: red peppers, watermelon, cherries, red grapes, strawberries, grapefruit, red cabbage, etc.
• Bitter foods: rucola, red beets, turmeric, chocolate, green & black tea (in moderation if at all, because of the caffeine's effect on your kidneys - I stay clear of these regardless what moon it is, or I choose Matcha green tea which is the only actual 'tea' leaf I consume), basil, Brussels sprouts, etc.

What to reduce or avoid?

• Be aware: too much bitter foods is not good 
• Avoid overthinking
• Avoid time pressure - the heart suffers from this. Try not to feel rushed and pressured, keep breathing and relaxing through this time.

General tips to help this meridian:

• Wear red clothes or carry red stones (red coral, garnet, rose quartz) over the heart or on the little finger. 
• Hold and massage the little finger of each hand for 2 minutes. 
• Think and say the key phrase “I will.” 

Yoga for the heart meridian:

• Cow Mudra: Grab your hands behind your back. One arm goes over the shoulder, with the other under and behind the back. Do breath of fire for 3 minutes, then reverse the arms and repeat. If your hands don't touch, you can hold on to the ends of a small towel or cloth. 
• All exercises with the arms at shoulder height or above.

Kriyas:

There are dozens of Kundalini Yoga kriyas for the Heart Chakra. I even run 3-day retreats and 10-session private class series on this topic. Here are a few nice ones to practice: 
·         Kriya to open the Heart Center
·         Exercises for the Heart Center


(Source for the monthly full moon information: http://www.breathislife.com/)

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Full Moon in Gemini affecting the Stomach Meridian - November 23, 2018


Friday 23 November will see the Gemini full moon which governs the stomach meridian. Emotional stability is the key phrase for navigating this full moon.

           

The stomach works closely together with both the spleen and the large intestines to protect against illnesses.

As the stomach is the strongest organ it can take a long time for disease to show up.


The stomach is also the base for our emotional stability and the place where we sense emotion.

Symptoms of an interrupted flow of the stomach meridian:

·                     digestive problems 
·                     stuffy nose / sinusitis 
·                     neck / arm / shoulder pain 
·                     burping 
·                     dry mouth 
·                     constipation
·                     depression
·                     anxiety
·                     addictive behaviour 

Tips:

·                     Eat yellow/orange foods like corn, squash, mango, banana, sweet potato, papaya, cantaloupe.
·                     Wear yellow clothes and carry or wear yellow stones like amber, citrine, and yellow tourmaline.
·                     Avoid stress, irregular meals, quick eating, food that is either too hot or too cold, coffee, red wine and eating before going to sleep.

Flu/Cold symptoms:

Chinese remedy Po Chai works on relieving both stomach and virus symptoms.

Yoga:

·                     Yoga mudra is an excellent posture for balancing this meridian. 3-11 minutes 

·                     Mulbandh (root lock)
·                     Any chanting with HAR at the navel
·                     Fish Pose with long deep breathing

·                     Bow pose and rocking in bow while chanting SA TA NA MA. 



Recommended Kriyas:

·                     Kundalini Yoga for the Healing of the Stomach: https://www.pinklotus.org/-%20KY%20Kriya%20for%20the%20healing%20of%20the%20stomach.htm
·                     Kundalini Yoga for Strengthening the Stomach: https://www.pinklotus.org/-%20KY%20Kriya%20for%20Strengthening%20the%20stomach.htm 
·                     The Art of Equilibrium of the Stomach: https://www.pinklotus.org/-%20KY%20Kriya%20for%20the%20art%20of%20equilibrium%20of%20the%20stomach.htm 

Source: www.divinehuman.com 

Monday, 15 October 2018

October 24, 2018 - Full moon in Taurus, Affecting the Large Intestine - Be Steady


The next full moon on Wednesday 24 October 2018 is in Taurus, the bull. Taurus governs the large intestine meridian and also rules the neck and throat. The large intestines are responsible for elimination. Autumn and nature are showing us what a great time it is to let go of what is old, to shed what has served its purpose and is not needed any more, and how much beauty and colour that can actually bring into your life! 

The breath, especially deep breathing, supports the large intestines. 

In Chinese Medicine, the colon is the part of the first meridian which begins with the lung and ends with the colon. The two are interlinked as the lungs are what one brings into their selves and the colon is what one releases. Issues in the colon can manifest in the lungs and vice versa. It's said that is why people who never smoked can get lung cancer or people who lived healthy lives can get colon cancer.

From an emotional viewpoint, problems with the colon point to problems with letting go. These issues aren’t typically about current life events, but usually stem from the past. It is in human nature to hold on to events because there is a belief that by never forgetting, we will not let it happen again. While it is helpful to learn from the past, there is a point where what we hold onto will hold us back from moving on. Resentment is an example of holding onto the past and the emotion can literally jam up the entire body.

The full moon influence challenges us to let go of what is old, without resentment, and to be steady without being stubborn and consistent but not rigid. 

Physical / Mental Symptoms: 
  • negative attitude
  • bowel disorders
  • anal retentiveness
  • gum problems
  • nose bleeds
  • aching shoulders
  • toothache 
  • skin disorders, pimples, acne, ...
  • living in the past & holding on
  • resentment
  • rigidity
  • lack of generosity
  • possessiveness
  • stubbornness
  • contraction.

Things that are good to eat:
  • All white foods - e.g. rice, cauliflower (gobi), white horseradish (mooli), parsnip, the white of leeks and spring onions, and of course the three roots: onion, garlic & ginger. Organic, home-made yogurt and lassi
  • All hot vegetables 
  • Whole fresh fruits and vegetables. Bananas can help the colon greatly, as can baked apples.
  • Grains, especially (think white again) rice. 

Things that are not good to eat around this full moon:
  • This is an excellent time to cut down or eliminate eating refined sugar and products made from white flour, like bread, rotis, chapattis and pasta.
  • Also avoid any other foods that you know don't agree with you well or that inflame your body.
  • Avoid dairy, gluten, soy, corn, ... if you (think you might) have leaky gut.

Tips: 
  • Hold and massage the index fingers of each hand for 2 minutes throughout the day.
  • Remember you are connected to a higher consciousness. 
  • Use the mantra: “Let Go & Let God.”

Yoga:
  • Archer pose is an excellent posture for balancing the large intestine meridian. Try 5 minutes on each side with breath of fire - if you want you can work up to 11 minutes. 

          A mantra like the Guru Gaitri mantra Gobinday Mukanday ... can greatly help to support you in keeping up, as can any other Bir Ras (warrior) mantra or shabad.
  • Work on both the large intestines and the neck/throat: Lying on your back, use your arms to pull your knees to your chest. Then lift your head with the nose between your knees. Hold the posture with breath of fire 3-5 minutes, then relax. 
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  • Alternatively you can exhale as you lift  the head up and pull the knees down with the arms, then inhale dropping the head down and relaxing the pull of the arms. Repeat this 25-100 times, then relax in corpse pose.
Some wonderful Kundalini Yoga kriyas for this full moon:

Saturday, 15 September 2018

September 25th 2018 - Full Moon in Aries affecting the Lung Meridian - Time to Let Go


As we've been given the opportunity to work through our frustrations and anger in the past 2 full moons, working on the 3rd chakra, September's full moon takes us up one chakra to the 4th, the heart chakra, giving us a chance to work on releasing grief that is stored in the lungs.

Feelings of sorrow, grief and sadness are quite common to accompany this full moon Aries (ram). You may also experience an urge to make up for 'lost time'. It's a perfect time to let go of old limiting beliefs, patterns and pain that is stopping you from growing.

The lung meridian also rules the skin and hair on the body (except on the head). 

All pranayamas are wonderful to work on the lung meridian and release grief and sadness. Our breath connects our inner and outer worlds, and is hence the first step in becoming conscious and aware of ourselves and the world around us. 


Physical Symptoms: 
• Low energy 
• Tightness in diaphragm or middle back 
• Mental confusion 
• Dry skin 
• Coughing 
• Weak immune system 
• Nose congestion or sinusitis 
• Snoring

Things to eat: 
• All white food, especially cauliflower. 
• Garlic, ginger and raw onions clean the blood and strengthen your nerves and immune system. 
• Chlorophyll and freshly ground psyllium husk (seeds), (1 tablespoon each with juice) before breakfast and dinner. 
• Dark green vegetables (contain lots of chlorophyll).

Tips: 
• Hold and massage the ring finger of each hand for 2 minutes. Repeat during the day. This energizes and balances the lung meridian and neutralizes sorrow. 
• Place rose quartz over your heart center to protect against sadness. 
• Keep skin and lungs moist.
• Walking, biking, dancing or any aerobic exercise that gets you sweating.
• Play or listen to the gong or singing bowls to stimulate the lung meridian. 
• Repeat this affirmation often. “I am __________” (fill in the blank). It can be ‘I am beautiful.’ ‘I am loved.’ ‘I am grateful.’ You decide and vary the ending as much as you like as long as it is a positive statement. A wonderful practice is the Celestial Communication 'I am the light of the soul. I am bountiful, I am beautiful, I am bliss, I am, I am'. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQ8TelEjYcM for a live version at the Yoga Festival in France in 2007.

Yoga: 
• All breathing practices (pranayama) to control the prana in the organs. The Basic Breath Series would be wonderful to practice: https://www.3ho.org/kundalini-yoga/pranayam/basic-breath-series .
• Breath of fire is the most effective pranayam to do now.
• Yoga Mudra in rock pose or easy pose.
• Standing twist. Inhale, twist left with the left arm stretched out and back, right hand comes onto the heart center. Then exhale twisting right with the left hand on the heart. Keep the hips facing forward.

Some wonderful Kundalini Yoga kriyas for this full moon:
• Kriya for the Lungs & Bloodstream: http://www.pinklotus.org/-%20KY%20Kriya%20for%20the%20lungs%20and%20bloodstream.htm .
• Purifying the Lungs: https://www.3ho.org/kundalini-yoga/meditation/featured-meditations/purifying-lungs .
• New Lungs & Circulation:  http://files.meetup.com/289210/New%20Lungs%20%26%20Circulation.pdf .


Tuesday, 21 August 2018

August 26th 2018 - Full Moon in Pisces affecting the Liver meridian - Work through your anger



After July's full moon affecting the gallbladder meridian, August's full moon will affect the gallbladder's twin organ and meridian: the liver. The full moon will occur on Sunday 26th of August but symptoms might arise much earlier and linger longer, intensifying around the exact time of the full moon.

The liver is the organ in which anger is stored - the gallbladder being the storehouse for the related emotion of frustration. By harnessing the full moon's influence on the liver meridian you can deeply work on shedding old patterns of reacting, and clear and heal the energy circuit constituted by the liver meridian.

Follow the below recommendations to reduce possible symptoms and balance the meridian for a whole body healing effect.

Possible symptoms (see the meridian graph to understand these):

  • tiredness
  • foot pain
  • headaches
  • tightness in the chest or between the shoulders
  • nausea or indigestion
  • irritability or short temper
  • eye problems


Food Tips:

  • eat sour foods and homemade yogurt
  • drink grapefruit juice, warm lemon water, or water with apple cider vinegar (ideally on an empty stomach to help flush out toxins from the night)
  • Recipe for liver: Blend 1 grapefruit, 2 oranges, 1 lime (or lemon), a handful of shelled raw sunflower seeds, add honey to taste.
  • Casserole: Combine in a baking pan 1 bunch of beets (3-5), 1 lb. (400g) carrots, 2 bunches of scallions, 3 cloves of freshly chopped garlic, 1 cube butter/ghee/coconut oil, tamari, black pepper and cook in the oven. For the non-vegans, at the end you could add 1 lb. of grated goat cheese (only add it at the end to avoid burning)
  • All green foods, beetroot and carrot are good for the liver. Especially artichokes, wheatgrass, barleygrass, spirulina, chlorella. Tinctures of dandelion and artichoke are also very helpful.
  • Avoid or moderate sweets
  • A juice blend of beet/carrot/celery juice. Ginger great to add too.


Yoga Tips:

  • All exercises for the abdominal area, like stretch pose (see last month's full moon post).


Specific Kundalini yoga set for the liver:

KRIYA: LET THE LIVER LIVE 
AS TAUGHT BY YOGI BHAJAN
January 30, 1985
 
1. Lie on your left side and put your hand under your head. Lift the right leg up straight and hold the toes with your right hand, keeping both legs straight. Breath of Fire. 4 minutes
 
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 2. Wheel Pose. (Hands and feet flat on the floor, body arched up.) Breathe in and out through the nose, then in and out through the mouth.  Continue alternating from nose to mouth, taking one complete breath with each. 4 minutes.

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 3. Lie on your left side. Lift the right leg straight up, hold toe. (i.e., repeat exercise 1). Breath of Fire through the mouth. 2 minutes.

4. Stand up with the legs apart 18 to 24 inches. Bend forward and stretch the hands back through the legs to touch the floor. Head down. Reach back as far as possible. Hold this position for 1 minute. Then, in this position, roll the tongue and do Breath of Fire through the rolled tongue. 3 minutes.
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5. Repeat exercise 1. Do “Cannon Breath” through the mouth. (Extremely powerful, explosive breath). 30 seconds.
 
6. Stand up and sit down back in easy pose without using the hands for support. 52 times. Try to keep your balance!

7. Stand with your hands on your hips. Roll the upper torso in large circles. 2 minutes. (Anyone who shall do exercise #7 for 11 minutes morning and night will have no problem with Mr. Liver.)
 
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8. Relax in Corpse Pose 7-11 minutes.



Alternatively, here is a link to a Kriya to Relieve Inner Anger:


(Based on http://www.breathislife.com/full-moon/ but with added information and yoga)

Thursday, 19 July 2018

27 July 2018: Full Moon in Aquarius - Visualize a New Direction, even a New Life!

The next full moon on Friday 27 July 2018 will activate the gallbladder meridian. This is the longest meridian in the body and is a yang meridian. The gallbladder is the organ where, according to yogic anatomy, our frustrations are stored – twin organ is the liver, where anger gets stored. The gallbladder's functions include secreting and storing bile, and it affects spleen and stomach functions. 

In below illustrations you can see the path of the gallbladder meridian through the body, with details over the foot.

    
Frustrations might arise in the days leading up to the full moon and just after, and our tolerance may be (severely) challenged. The test is to stay mindful and present throughout, take a breath, and look for any opportunities to expand your patience and exercise your abilities to accept and surrender.

When prana (life force) is stuck in the gallbladder meridian, one can have difficulties making decisions, or on the contrary make very rash decisions. The indecisiveness can lead to emotional frustration in yourself and those around you (family members, colleagues, …). 

The gallbladder works closely with its twin organ the liver in taking plans and bringing them to realisation. This is an excellent time to visualise the ideal life situation, partner, workplace, travel or whatever.

Physical symptoms of a blocked gallbladder meridian:
  •         Headache on one side of the head
  •      Neck tension
  •         Hip & lower back pain
  •         Nausea & indigestion
  •         Pain in the shoulder blade
  •         Outside leg pain, sciatica 

Tips:
  •         Visualise the colour green
  •         All physical activity is beneficial in this time, especially if it causes you to sweat
  •         Lose extra weight

Things that are good to eat:
  •         Green & sour foods
  •         Homemade yogurt
  •         Drink warm lemon water or apple cider vinegar water
  •         Spelt with vegetables
  •         Sprouts
  •         Corn silk tea

Foods to avoid:
  •         Sweets - they weaken the will
  •         Heavy, fatty or oily meals

Yoga for the Gallbladder meridian:

  •         All postures to strengthen the navel point/3rd chakra.
  •         Stretch pose 1-5 minutes with breath of fire
  •         All pranayama/breathing exercises
  •         Meditation 1: Sitting in easy pose, left hand on the heart centre, right hand rests on the right knee in gyan mudra. Focus on the third eye. Start breathing in a 4-part breath: Inhale through the nose, exhale through the nose. Inhale through the mouth, exhale through the mouth. Inhale through the nose, exhale through the mouth. Inhale through the mouth, exhale through the nose. Continue for 11 minutes.
  •         Meditation 2: Sitting in easy pose, again with the left hand on the heart centre and the right hand resting on the right knee in gyan mudra, focus on the third eye. Long deep breathing through a rounded mouth, whistling on both the inhale and exhale. Continue for 11 minutes or more.


Yoga kriya for the gallbladder meridian:


(Expansion of the information on www.breathislife.com)