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)

Monday, 17 June 2019

Full Moon in Sagittarius on Monday 17 June 2019, Affecting the Heart Protector

Today, Monday 17 June 2019, is bringing us a full moon in Sagittarius that is affecting the Pericardium meridian, also known as the meridian of the 'heart helper' or 'heart protector'. The pericardium is the protective sheath (layer) that surrounds the heart organ. Together with the heart and the blood vessels, the pericardium runs the circulatory system.


The pericardium meridian is a yin meridian and is paired with the Triple Warmer meridian. It is the mediator between the water tattva and the fire (agnitattva -- between our emotions in the second chakra and our passion in the third chakra. The fire tattva is purifying and transforming - its energy is not bound by gravity but rises up towards the heavens.

A balanced pericardium meridian allows us to be generous, warm, kindhearted, loving and compassionate to those around us, and allows us to be able to receive both criticism and love from others. An imbalanced pericardium meridian makes us feel unprotected in the heart centre and will cause us to look for other ways to protect the heart (e.g. by rounding off the shoulders, keeping our distance from others, building protective walls around us which are meant to keep others out but only end up making us feel separated and isolated within that fortress we have built).

Physical symptoms of a blocked or imbalanced pericardium meridian:
  • the inability to smile
  • problems with or pain in the hips
  • cold extremities (hands and feet) due to poor blood circulation
  • low sexual joy
  • rounding off the shoulders to try and protect the heart
  • many stress-related problems

Things that are good to eat & drink for this meridian:
  • oatmeal (contains silica which is good for the pericardium)
  • a drink of boiled oatmeal. Recipe: boil 1 cup of oats in 3 litres of water for 20 minutes. Strain. Drink 4 cups a day.
  • red and/or bitter foods: beetroot, Brussels sprouts, kale, karelay (bitter gourd), bitter melon, radicchio, rucola, rosemary, oregano, basil, paprika, turmeric, grapefruit, watermelon, quinoa, rye, buckwheat, dandelion leaves
  • dark chocolate, green tea (washed first), matcha tea, Yano or another grain coffee.

Yoga postures for the pericardium:
  • Any hip opening exercises
  • Sit in butterfly pose.
    Do some butterfly stretches first (bouncing the knees up and down for a few minutes) to stretch the hips open. Then bend the torso and head slowly all the way down, leading from the navel, with long deep breathing.
    Slowly allow the hips to open up.
  • Alternate leg stretches.
  • Archer pose is the best posture for this meridian. It helps to develop a clear and powerful vision. Do 3 to 11 mins on either side with long deep breathing or breath of fire. Chanting can also help to keep up.

Kundalini Yoga meditations for the pericardium (with links):

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

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Full Moon in Libra affecting the bladder meridian - Thursday 21 March 2019


The upcoming full moon in Libra will be affecting our bladder and bladder meridian, also known as the 'guardian of peace'. The bladder meridian is the meridian with most points in the whole meridian system, and symptoms can be manifold with many different areas of the body being affected.

The bladder, together with kidneys and sexual organs, relate to the second chakra. The second chakra is related to the water element and key is learning to step into the flow of life, without resistance, and with deep trust for what is and what is to come. Over time, water can even shape the earth. The opposite of trust is fear, and that is actually the emotion that gets stored in this second chakra. Fear causes us to tighten, to contract, and makes us cold and frozen. 

Imbalance or blockage symptoms:
  • Bladder infections
  • Fear, timidity, frustration and tearfulness
  • Pain in the ankles and kneecaps
  • Pain in the lower back, neck or head
  • Leg cramps and sciatic pains
  • Nose bleeds
Things that are good to eat & drink:
  • Drink lots of healthy living water (preferably purified and remineralized)
  • Cranberry juice and cranberries
  • Eat black foods (black grapes, black olives, seaweeds, aubergines, ...)
  • Eat melons
  • White horseradish ('mooli') -- juiced, grated, in a salad, mooli pronthay, ...
  • Cucumbers
  • Fresh juice of 2 parts spinach and 1 part carrot
Things to avoid:
  • Salt, as it dries out the body
  • Caffeine - coffee, black tea, green tea, caffeinated drinks
  • Excess emotional frustration
Tips:
  • Hold and massage the pinkie finger of each hand for 2 minutes on either side. Repeat as often as you like
  • Wear black clothes
  • Listen to calming (mantra) music
  • Contract the muscles when you are urinating, to briefly stop the flow of urine. Do this daily to help prevent kidney stones
Yoga for the bladder:
(Based on the information on www.breathislife.com).

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/)