The Light Within

THE WEEK AHEAD: FORGING CONNECTION BETWEEN THE SUBTLE BODY AND THE SOUL

We are so inundated with news cycles, forecasts of doom, the pressures of work and recreational cultures, not to mention our personal everyday stressors, that we're rarely able to take time to release from that pressure and become sensitive. When stressors do come into our conscious awareness, we tend to compartmentalize, ignore or suppress them. None of those strategies work to solve the issues we face with respect to finding peace, health and radiance.

The body works well to stay light and responsive if we just engage with our lives in a natural way. But given the stress of our schedules and the demands of constant focus and productivity, our relaxation response is often stifled and unavailable.

The way Nature prescribes how best to handle stress is exemplified by those sweet, four-legged sages, the dogs—our furry teachers, who so fully engage in responding to their environmental stimulation with intense activity, then follow it up with a nap. The next time stimulation occurs, they again respond wholeheartedly, and recover with another nap. Since our schedules don’t often lend themselves to those periods of rest and disengagement, we can’t be their perfect students. So what's alternative?

Yogis encourage recovery time with short naps, periods of conscious and clearing breath, or at least (and best) a daily practice in the morning and/or evening. These allow us to release the intense memories and the residue of emotions and fatigue. Once that accumulated load of tension, resistance and commotion can become neutralized, we find ourselves lighter, more relaxed and more blissfully sensitive to the subtle experience of who we are elementally.

This week we will focus on using movement, physical and mental sounds, coupled with mindfulness, to let go of the patterns of experiencing and moving stress reactions from one part of our psyche to another so we can acknowledge those experiences as mere sensations we can process The processing of our emotions, commotions and thoughts will result in allowing room for all our experiences to be recognized as just that—sensations to be appreciated and recycled. The result of this yogic activity will lead us to our hearts and, within that domain of the heart, to the experience of our essential selves and our souls.

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About Siri Bahadur

Siri Bahadur began teaching Kundalini Yoga in the 1970s when he was in residence at the Dallas Kundalini Yoga ashram. He is a graduate of the first Kundalini Yoga Masters Touch teacher training program and has been teaching at Yoga Yoga since its inception. He brings music to his classes with his original guitar compositions and through the sound of the gong. He believes that yoga allows students to define and redefine themselves as they travel their life path of realizing and fulfilling their destiny.