Sunday, 28 January 2018

Super Blue Blood Moon: Full Moon in Leo Affecting the Heart Meridian - 31 January 2018

January 2018 sees he occurrence of two full moons, which is why we call this second full moon a 'blue moon'. But more is happening: it is also called a 'super moon', as it coincides with the moon's closest proximity to earth in its orbit. AND we call it a 'blood moon' because we'll have a full lunar eclipse as well. The last time such a Super Blue Blood Moon occurred was 150 years ago, and it will be a very powerful day for meditation. It is a day to lift your spirit and tune in into what is really important in your life - and for those living in the UK, that is probably not your Self-Assessment tax return...

Jai Dev Singh wrote a really beautiful piece on this: "It is often the case that the things in our life that are 'seemingly important', take precedence over that which is truly important. The drama of our life is seemingly important. Stress, anxiousness, and worry are the great masks. They disguise themselves as items of importance, and yet in the grand scheme of things they hold no substance at all. When the mind is overactive or dull, that which is illusion is made to seem very real. Thus, we are thrown off balance, and act out of our character. From this dissonant space, it is very difficult to find a breakthrough. It is a painful wheel of action/reaction, which for many, lasts a lifetime. Yet, when the life-force is lifted in the body, and when the mind is elevated into its diamond-like nature, that vicious wheel of misery will be disabled. The higher glands are nurtured, the mind is made to see the blissful nature of reality, and a new wheel -- a Wheel of Dharma -- is activated. The Dharmic life is the life of love, the life of devotion, the life of liberation."

We will also harness in this energy in our upcoming yoga retreat 2-4 February in Belgium.

This Super Blue Blood Moon on Wednesday 31 January 2018 will be in the sign of Leo - the lion - and will be governing the heart meridian. The heart meridian is considered to not only be the seat of spirituality but also 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 because of the caffeine's effect on your kidneys!!), basil, Brussels sprouts, etc.

What to reduce or avoid?

• Too much bitter foods is not good 
• Avoid overthinking
• Avoid time pressure - the heart suffers from this. This full moon is coinciding with the UK Self-Assessment return deadline, a highly stressful time for many. 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/)

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Full Moon in Gemini affecting the Stomach Meridian - December 3, 2017

The last full moon of 2017, on Sunday 3 December, is in Gemini and governs the stomach meridian.

                     


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.

This last full moon of 2017 provides a great opportunity to strengthen this meridian to avoid future problems.

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:

Source: www.divinehuman.com 

Friday, 20 October 2017

November 4, 2017 - Full moon in Taurus, Affecting the Large Intestine - Be Steady


The next full moon on Saturday 4 November 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. 

Image result for archer pose kundalini yoga

          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:

Monday, 9 October 2017

New Neal's Yard Remedies products

I have widened the range of Neal's Yard Remedies products that are available at my home - whereas on orders you will have to pay parcelling costs, on these products you don't (I have done that for you!).

Here is a visual for them - I'll post a list below of products and prices too.



White Tea Range
White Tea Facial Mask                      £26.50
White Tea Facial Mist                       £11.50
White Tea Toning Eye Gel                £24
Essential Oils
Essential Oil Lavender                      £6.70
Body Lotions
Beauty Sleep Body Lotion                                £21
Calendula & Oat Lotion                                    £21.50
Frankincense & Mandarin Body Lotion            £21.50
Hand Creams
Garden Mint & Bergamot Hand Cream        £10
Geranium & Orange Hand Cream                £10
Hand Defence Spray                                     £6.50
Face
Rose Facial Wash 50ml                                 £9
Orange Flower Facial Wash 50 ml                £9
Bath & Shower
Refreshing Body Wash                                  £9
Aromatic Foaming Bath                                £8.50
Aromatic Shower Gel                                    OFFER      £14     £7
Seaweed & Arnica Shower Gel                     OFFER           £14     £7
Rosemary & Elderflower Shower Gel           £11
Lavender Bath Salts                                       £14.50
Hair
Nurturing Rose Shampoo                              £11.50
Revitalising Orange Flower Shampoo          £11.50
Geranium Shampoo                                       £11.50
Geranium Conditioner                                   £11.50
Rosemary & Cedarwood Hair Treatment      £6.50
Argan Oil                                                       £17.50
Deodorant
Lemon & Coriander Deodorant                     £8.50
Rose & Geranium Deodorant                        £8
Lavender & Aloe Vera Deodorant                 £8.50
Bee Lovely
Bee Lovely Bath & Shower Gel                    £14
Bee Lovely Hand Wash                                 £12.50
Bee Lovely Hand Cream                               £10
Herbal Creams
Calendula Cream                £7
Supplements
Aloe Vera Juice                      £5
Joint Supplement                   £15
Pro-Bio Boost                        £24.50
Zinc Complex                        £12.50
Box Sets
Hand Cream Box of 3                                              £24
Geranium & Orange Organic Body Collection       £27


As some people might be looking for gifts for the holiday period, here are some more gift box ideas apart from the one I have at home (see list): 


 




Delicious immune-boosting elderberry tea

Early September I managed to pick quite a big amount of elderberries which I washed, dried and stored in my freezer with the plan of making my own elderberry syrup later on this Autumn. Unfortunately I got a cold before I managed to make my elderberry syrup, and the first few days I just felt too ill to get started on it. But luckily I found this wonderful immune-boosting elderberry tea recipe which is super quick to make and where the sweetener is optional! 

You can also use dried elderberries - you'll need slightly less of them than when using frozen ones.

Ingredients for 1 mug of elderberry tea

  • 450ml filtered water (I use a Berkey water filter)
  • 3 tablespoons of frozen/fresh elderberries or 2 tablespoons of dried elderberries
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric paste (turmeric and black pepper boiled together for min. 7mins to activate the curcumin - you can make a batch and keep it in the fridge)
  • 1 tsp pf raw honey (optional)

Instructions

  1. Put the water and elderberries into a small saucepan.
  2. Add the turmeric paste and cinnamon.
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes. This helps bring out the beneficial properties of the elderberries.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool for about 5 minutes.
  5. Finally, strain through a fine mesh strainer and pour into your mug
  6. Stir in raw honey (if using).
  7. You can also drink this tea cold: just pour your strained liquid into a mason jar and allow it to cool, then refrigerate until cold.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Logo for Sikhs(') Nurturing Nature

The lovely Sadhan Kaur has created a logo for Sikhs(') Nurturing Nature, that I can hopefully start using for this blog soon (when I figure out how to get it on here!) and on my products and banners for when I have a stall with the products at events...

Here it is:


October 5th - 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, October'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 .