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7.30am Yoga Time!!- Day 6

First night in Ubud. Last night was a toughest night to sleep!! All I could hear were the crickets, frogs, the ducks and the chicken. And this loud squeaking noise which I couldn’t figure out what it was!! Is this what  read more….

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When we begin a class of Kundalini yoga we always tune in with the Adi Mantra
Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo. We chant this out loud 3 times.

This mantra means
Ong = Creative energy
Namo= Bow or call upon
Guru= Teacher who brings light from the darkness
Dev= Subtle or divine
Namo=Bow or call upon

I bow to the divine creative wisdom, I bow to the teacher within me for guidance.

We have to forget about distractions like the washing or cooking that needs to be done and be fully present internally so we can reap the benefits of yoga that we will be practicing.

Pretend we are a radio or a TV and there’s so many stations to listen to or TV channels to watch. Our mind gets confused with too much choice.

By tuning in with the Adi mantra we are focusing, centring and creating the link with our higher self. We are fine tuning our radio station or TV so that we can direct our self to our highest frequency. We are also tuning in to all the teachers that have come before us to give us guidance and knowledge.

By chanting this mantra we are allowing the flow of universal consciousness to come through us as we practice our Kundalini Yoga session.

How to tune in

Begin by sitting in easy pose, with your legs crossed. Close your eyes and focus at your 3rd eye. Rub your hands together to create energy and bring them into prayer pose in front of your heart centre, thumb pressing into your sternum. In Kundalini yoga we breath through the nose unless directed otherwise.

Inhale, exhale. Inhale deeply, exhale completely,
Inhale to tune in. Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo, Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo, Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo.

We then follow with Mangala Charan Mantra for guidance and protection through out our practice.

Aad guray nameh
I bow to the primal wisdom.

Jugaad guray nameh
I bow to the wisdom true through the ages.

Sat guray nameh
I bow to the true wisdom.

Siri guroo dayv-ay nameh
I bow to the great unseen wisdom.

We say this three times.

Inhale, hold the breath for a moment, exhale completely and now your ready to begin your Kundalini yoga practice.

Video to tune in

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1. Chronic Stress
Being stressed now and again is ok, but to live a life of chronic stress is not healthy for your mind or your body. You are more prone to viruses when your immune system is low.
Try exercise, yoga, meditation, playing a musical instrument, or something artistic like drawing or paining.

2. Excessive Alcohol,
Too much alcohol can reduce the productivity of the white blood cells, these cells need to function well so they can fight off any infection, bacteria and viruses. A run down immune system will be more prone to coughs and colds.

3. Not Enough Sleep
Bedtime is when the body heals and repairs. If you don’t get enough sleep the body doesn’t have the time it needs to recuperate and restore the cells in the body.

4. Being Overweight
Puts pressure on your immune system as your body is unable to respond well to fighting off infections or viruses. The immune system will be more sluggish and less responsive when it is needed.

5. Taking Excessive Medication.
Over time your body will get used to taking medication and will become less effective. There will be a build up of toxins in the body which weakens the immune system.

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Sleepless Night… Day 3 of Travel

Another night of no sleep. I was still up at 4am. What is going on?  I’ve never felt jet lag like this before, is it normal? I dragged myself out of bed at 7am this morning, hoping that when it comes to the evening I will be tired. Most mornings in the UK I’m normally awake by 5 or 6am. It seems like Bali wants me to read more….

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Sammy the Sea Turtle- Day 4

What a day, it started off as a crazy hot morning, ended as a lovely relaxed evening. Late morning I headed out to find the restaurant called Tasty Vegan, I was determined I wanted to eat good vegetarian food and the reviews were good on trip advisor. Google maps said read more….

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Finding my Feet in Bali – Day 1 & 2 of travel

Today I was dropped off to the airport by my husband. I said bye to him and tried not to think about it. I was feeling mixed emotions. Scared, excited, and the feeling of loneliness was coming over me. I quickly wheeled my suitcase up the ramp and got on with the process of checking in my luggage. I was a little anxious a few days ago as I had never been on holiday by myself before. I suffered from serious

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Welcome to Catcow Yoga

Where we bring yoga to every child. We strive in teaching yoga to children in uplifting playful environment.

Yoga for children, it is far from the quiet adult class you may have perceived, our yoga classes are filled with lots of noise, fun postures and exciting games. Followed by meditations and quiet relaxation time allowing themread more….