Friday, 3 January 2020

Full moon in Cancer, Affecting the Spleen-Pancreas Meridian, on Friday 10 January 2020


The first full moon of 2020 falls on Friday, January 10th, is in Cancer, and governs the spleen-pancreas meridian (which as you can see in the images, runs close to the stomach meridian).
  
The spleen is central in the production of blood and the extraction of prana (life force). It sends the pranic essence to the lungs and heart plus distributes nutrients through the blood to every cell. The spleen is in charge of us being centered and feeling well with who we are and where we are on this planet. 
The spleen is known as the Mother Organ of the physical body and relates to the earth element. The sweetness of life is needed to feel nourished, grounded and balanced in life. Follow the suggestions below to increase the experience of a sweet life (and not need sugar or artificial sweeteners!). 

Symptoms of an Interrupted Flow or Imbalance of, or Blockage in the Spleen-Pancreas Meridian: 
  • general muscle tightness
  • digestion problems & stomach pain
  • worry, depression or fatigue
  • craving for news and reading
  • thinking all the time
  • compulsive behavior
  • cold hands
  • distracted, not finishing things
Things to Eat:
All yellow/orange fruits and vegetables. To promote the feeling of nurturing oneself, eat naturally sweet foods. Ripe bananas would be an excellent food for balancing this meridian.
Things to avoid/reduce:
  • Living in the past
  • Too much work/stress
  • Standing while you work
  • Thinking too much
  • Raw foods, fruit juices, milk products
  • Honey
  • Chocolate
  • Sugar
Tips:  
Yoga for Spleen & Pancreas:  
  • Horse stand: Stand with feet firmly on the ground, knees slightly bent, hands loosely on the thighs, body relaxed. Close the eyes, visualize and feel the energy flowing from the deep within the earth upwards through the souls of your feet and continuing up.
  • All pranayama (breathing exercises), but especially Sitali Pranayam, which takes poison away from the spleen, liver and digestive system.
  • Locust Pose:  Lie on your stomach with your chin on the ground. Make fists and place them underneath your groin and lift your legs up. Hold with long deep breathing. Relax in the posture and visualize the color YELLOW in your body, up to 10 minutes.

Recommended Kriyas:

Elaborated upon the original post from www.divinehuman.com

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Last Full Moon of 2019: Full Moon in Gemini affecting the Stomach Meridian - December 12, 2019


Thursday 12 December welcomes the last full moon of 2019. This will be a Gemini full moon governing 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 (hands are in Venus lock (interlaced), and you just lift up the arms as high as they can go - it might look nothing like the picture for you and they might only be lifted slightly - don't worry, that's okay).

·                     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: http://www.pinklotus.org/-%20KY%20Kriya%20for%20the%20healing%20of%20the%20stomach.htm
·                     Kundalini Yoga for Strengthening the Stomach: http://www.pinklotus.org/-%20KY%20Kriya%20for%20Strengthening%20the%20stomach.htm 

Source: www.divinehuman.com 

Thursday, 31 October 2019

November 12, 2019 - Full moon in Taurus, Affecting the Large Intestine - Be Steady


The next full moon on Tuesday 12 November 2019 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, and 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 the seat of Prana Vayu (and represent what one brings into oneself) and the colon is the home of Apana Vayu (and represents what one releases). Issues in the colon can manifest in the lungs and vice versa. It's said that 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 necessarily about current life events, but often 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. Many of us also have a strong tendency to identify with our stories and our past, we are very afraid of letting those identifications go and step into the unknown realm where we dare to ask: Who am I?, if I'm not my past experiences?

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 (yes, even though it's white...).
  • Also avoid any other foods that you know don't agree with you well or that cause inflammation to 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: (a lot of this is work that we have done in September and early October while working on the Apana Vayu in classes):

Sunday, 13 October 2019

October 13th 2019 - 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 - perfectly fitting in the Prana-Apana series we're currently doing in classes and where last week we started with work on Prana, the heart chakra, heart, lungs and their meridians. So if you attend the group classes, the hard work last week will have been the best preparation you could have given yourself for this full moon. The muscle pain this week was worth it!

Feelings of sorrow, grief and sadness are quite common to accompany this full moon in 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 .

Saturday, 7 September 2019

September 14th 2019 - Full Moon in Pisces affecting the Liver meridian - Work through your anger


After August's galbladder full moon, September's full moon will affect the gallbladder's twin organ and meridian: the liver. The full moon will occur on Saturday 14th of September 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
  • pain in the right shoulder (liver meridian)
  • 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)
  • Juice recipe for the 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, plus beetroot and carrot are good for the liver. Especially artichokes, wheat grass, barley grass, 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. (
 
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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)

Monday, 1 July 2019

Full Moon in Capricorn on 16 July 2019, affecting the triple warmer meridian

Tuesday 16 July 2019 will see a full moon in Capricorn, affecting the triple warmer/burner meridian. This yang meridian begins on the backside of the ring finger and runs along the arm, before terminating at the outer corner of the eye. The triple burner meridian controls our prana (life force -- what in Chinese medicine is called Chi) as well as the distribution of energy in three main areas: 1) the chest, which is responsible for breathing; 2) the abdominal cavity which controls digestion; and 3) the pelvic area which is in charge of elimination as well as reproduction. Its partner meridian is the pericardium meridian.


The triple warmer is a fire element (agni). Fire energy goes up, against gravity. The fire tattva is concerned with moving from the material realm to the spiritual realm through purification (alchemy through fire). But guidance is needed to succeed, which is why we need a guru. The triple burner also controls appetite, thirst and body temperature.
Importantly, Capricorn and the triple burner meridian rule the glandular system, the guardians of health and emotional well-being, and of stability in infinite consciousness. Our glandular secretions determine the blood chemistry, which in turn determines traits of our personality, our moods and our emotions, including surges of pleasure and displeasure. If, e.g. your thyroid is not functioning well, you will likely find yourself lacking in patience and tolerance.
Physical symptoms:
  • Weak prana
  • Low energy
  • Shoulder pains
  • Ear problems such as pain, eczema and waxy ears
  • Pain in the corner of the eye
  • Pain and stiffness along the arm and wrist
  • Arthritis and nails with ridges or white spots on the third finger, as well as the fourth finger
  • Glandular imbalances playing up
  • Problems with the adrenal glands and thyroid in particular
  • Excess mucus
  • Digestive problems
  • Elimination problems
Tips:
  • Ishnaan (cold shower) daily keeps your glands healthy and functioning properly -- see here for a blog post on how to take yogic cold showers correctly.
  • Eat more healthy foods and in more relaxed and quiet environments. How you prepare your food and how you eat it is just as important as what you eat. Yogi Bhajan used to say: if you cannot eat in a graceful and relaxed environment, then don't eat at all.
Things that are good to eat:
  • Red & bitter foods: red beets, brussels sprouts, radicchio, rucola, rosemary, oregano, basil, paprika, turmeric, grapefruit, watermelon, quinoa, rye, buckwheat. Cherries, red grapes and strawberries are not included due to their sweet taste.
  • Drink green tea (washed first) and (dark) chocolate in moderation, and best in a moist environment.
Yoga for Triple Burner:
  • Back platform with the toes pointed away, fingers facing back and long deep breathing. 3-5 minutes
  • Long Deep Breathing. 
Some Kundalini Yoga kriyas for the Glandular System:
(Expansion of the information on www.breathislife.com)