24 June 2015

Kundalini Yoga Foot Massage Reflexology

Refresh. Relax. Reflexology. Foot Massage ala Kundalini Yoga


The object is to stimulate every nerve ending in the soles of your feet. There are 72,000 of them. The pressure of the fingers on the feet during the massage relaxes the whole body, as each place on the foot corresponds to a different area of the body .

Wash your feet, preferably with cold water to awaken the nerves. Get comfortable. Rub some oil or cream between your palms and begin the massage process. A 15 minute massage on each foot offers a good 30 minute meditation.

1st foot: 
Begin with the toes. The massage technique is to twist and pull each “section” (between the knuckles) of every toe.

Start at the base of the big toe; grasp it with the thumb and forefinger and, using a twisting motion, massage in between the big toe and the next toe. Without changing the position of the fingers as pressure is applied, pull upward.
Next, move up to the middle section of the big toe, massage/twist several times and pull up.
Keep the movement, up to the uppermost section of the big toe.

Next, continue on to the next toe. Repeat the massage motion over each section of toe.

After massaging the toes, next is to massage the rest of the foot. Try to touch the entire surface.
Use your thumbs, fingers, even your knuckles in a slow and powerful circular motion.

Start under the big toe and work your away across the foot until you reach the base of the little toe.
Then move down and massage your way across to the other side.
Go left and right, right and left, from one side of the foot to the other, slowly moving downward  to the heel.
Finish with a massage of the ankles on either side of the Achilles tendon, then briefly squeeze and release that tendon at least once.

Once you have completed the first foot, be sure to spend the same amount of time on the second foot. Otherwise you will be unbalanced.

Add Ons
Hold all the toes in your hand and flex them forward and back.

Massage up and down an imaginary line running from the middle of the heel to directly underneath the middle toe. This is a “life-line” and includes your kidneys.

Knead the feet, as a baker kneads bread dough.

To finish each foot, pat the sole briskly with the palm of your hand.
Then using both hands, starting at the heel, gently draw your fingers up both sides of the foot (top and sole) as if pulling out any remaining tension.

End by pulling up and away from the top of the toes, and then shake your hands out to release all the tension you pulled from your feet.

26 November 2014

Meditation for Restful, Refreshing Sleep

Times are stressful. Here is a easy meditation to help you with your sleep.

MEDITATION FOR A RESTFUL, REFRESHING SLEEP

POSTURE:Sit comfortably. The spine straight. 
Place the hands in the lap. Palms up, with the right hand over the left. The thumbs are touching and point forward.

EYES:Focus the eyes at the tip of the nose, with the eyes half closed.

BREATH:Inhale in four equal parts, while mentally reciting the mantra “Saa Taa Naa Maa” on each part of the inhale. The mantra is mentally chanted four times for a total of 16 beats.

Hold the breath in, while mentally reciting the mantra “Saa Taa Naa Maa” four times, or 16 beats.

Exhale in two equal parts, while mentally reciting “Wha-hay Guru.” Wah-hay is recited on the first part of the exhalation, and Guru is recited on the second part of the exhalation.

TIMING:Continue for 15 minutes to 62 minutes.

COMMENTS:Practice this meditation in the evening to help you enter into a deep, restful sleep. You will wake refreshed. When practiced regularly, your sleep becomes deep and relaxed. Rest allows nerves to regenerate. After a few months, you will breathe in the same rhythm as the meditation while sleeping. 

Meditation for Restful and Refreshing Sleep
From "Allowing Inner Peace" Kundalini Yoga Manual for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)


10 August 2014

It is Up to You to Create Your Beautiful Story

flower with painter tools
The power of your story will dictate how you act
and react to the environments around you.
Whether you have a meditation practice or not, remind yourself to pay attention to your thoughts as you act and react to situations. You will find that you replay over and over the same narratives to describe your experiences and interactions. 
The power of your story will dictate how you act and react to the environments around you. 

Are you are living the life of hard knocks? Or are you living a life that is polishing you from coal to diamond?

Today, turn your attention to the language you use and the thoughts you have that explain your life and the world around you. Story is so embedded in our experience that it’s often invisible, but this is where we can truly make a difference. 

Our personal stories impact our emotional wellbeing and human experience. Our thought processes follow the same training principles that we use to train our bodies. 
In other words, stories are “muscular.” Each telling is a repetition, whether out loud or in our mind. With repeated tellings, the story becomes more powerful in our experience, leading the way for our observations, expectations, attitudes and behavior. 
Once we understand the true depth and power of narrative in our lives, we become a lot more mindful of the stories that we tell and listen to.

25 June 2014

Mantra and the Breath of Life, Dr. Bibiji Inderjit speaks at Summer Solstice

Bibiji Inderjit Kaur, wife of Yogi Bhajan, speaks about Mantra and the Breath of Life at Summer Solstice celebration.
I was very humbled when she mentioned me and the students in Egypt. She also lead the calm heart meditation that I was teaching to everyone that I would meet to help them deal with trama and stress  during the times of our Egyptian revolutions.
Bibiji will soon be releasing a book about the power of mantras for transformation
Bibiji Inderjit Kaur, wife of Yogi Bhajan, speaks about Mantra and the Breath of Life at Summer Solstice celebration.

19 June 2014

Summer Solstice Sadhana in New Mexico

Summer solstice celebration starts tomorrow in northern New Mexico.

For the next two weeks, I'll be in New Mexico for the summer solstice celebration that happens every year in the mountains just north of Española, New Mexico, about 25 miles north of Santa Fe. This land is sacred to the local Native Americans and is located in the Jemez Mountains at an altitude approaching 7,000 feet.

Summer Solstice runs from June 19-28, 2014. It is a week long event of kundalini yoga and meditation, and white tantric meditation.

I am managing the registration booth for solstice, so if you are attending, please find me and say hello. I am there to help you with any questions or assistance you need if you are attending for the first time.

For those of you who do not want to spend a week, you can join us for Peace Prayer Day on Saturday, June 21 10:30-9pm It is a free event filled with music, dancing, and the sacred healing walk.

I will do my best to post as many pictures that I can over the next few weeks.

#kundaliniyoga  in  #newmexico