Invincible Living: The Power of Yoga, The Energy of Breath, and Other Tools for a Radiant Life.
We just finished Guru Jagat’s new read, Invincible Living, and loved the primer on the Kundalini practice that gave us tips and tools to use in our daily life. The practice of Kundalini yoga is such an important philosophy and involves focus on calming our nervous system through balancing our energy, spinal strength, and the use of the breath, so that we can be more vibrant individuals. In fact, Guru Jagat says that
“A healthy, flexible spinal column directly translates to a healthy nervous system, which in turn regulates the rest of the bodily functions in a balanced, enjoyable way.”
This is such a potent topic in today’s fast paced society. More than ever people seem to be quickening the pace of their lives, adding too much to their plate, and genuinely running on empty. Not only can this lead to burn out mentally and emotionally, but as Guru Jagat cautions us:
“If your nervous system isn’t primed and strong, you can’t handle huge stress waves – or joy waves! - Without your system totally shutting down.”
Some of the Tools offered for balance and flow in life include:
Breath Work: Using breathing techniques to cultivate specific qualities and aid in cleansing: “Breath for Victory”: Inhale and retain breath while chanting Victory! Breath of Fire/ Kapalabhakti: Inhale and forceful exhale out of the nose using the strength of the stomach are two that are offered.
Cooling Showers: Such a great way to wake up and invigorate the body. Guru Jagat recommends combining this with some dry brushing to stimulate cleansing.
Proper Nutrition: Choosing fresh, local foods that bring balance to your body and the tendencies of the season. Guru Jagat divides food into the following groups, and suggests that foods that calm our nervous system must consist primarily of Ground and Earth foods. (Sun Foods- Foods that grow > 3 ft. above the ground | Ground Foods- Foods that grow 0-3 ft above the ground | Earth Foods- Foods that grow underground)
The Yogic Power Nap: Prepare the body for rest by gently stretching to calm the nervous and musculoskeletal systems, release tension from the body, calm the mind with left nostril breathing, and play the sound of a gong or singing bowl.
Use of Mantras: “These sound codes are just like area codes. When your mouth, tongue, and vocal chords resonate them, you are almost literally dialing up a vibrational line to resonate the whole system with a higher healing field.”
Walk Barefoot: Take a walk in the grass and truly feel the Earth’s energy. Guru Jagat believes that “when you place your bare feet on the ground, each of our nerve fibers uptakes the electromagnetic pulse of the earth, which makes you instantly calmer.” Doesn’t this remind you of long summer days as a child!
“Daily Rewind”: Go back to the start of your day and review each situation and interaction asking yourself if you could would you have changed your response if given a second chance. Then go back once again and go thru your day but this time with your new response to each situation.
Meditate: Allow your meditation to “change your perspective”. As Guru Jagat describes “most of our lifetimes are caught in one perspective, or imprisoned in a limited perspective of whatever’s happening in the short term, the context of our daily lives. We often feel very stuck because we are caught in one, maybe two, perspectives of life.” However, our meditation and time spent in quiet reflection allows us to break through the barriers that we place upon ourselves and see limitless possibilities. Also, we can begin to use your physical yoga practice as a life metaphor. See the similarities between how you show up, react, and think on the mat and while out in the world.
“Beditation”: Ditch the cell phone alarm and wake up with the sun/ nature and spend your first moments connecting to your breath and easing the body awake. You might incorporate a simple breathing technique or mantra to this period of time or simply inventory the body and how you feel showing gratitude in your heart for the beginning of a new day.
“Your mind needs to be trained to be able to know and recognize the vast spectrum of thoughts and experiences that you can participate in or choose in every moment.”
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