Solar Eclipse & Beyond: Astrology Insights From Madschri

Are you feeling it?

Solar eclipse, 1 August 2008We are experiencing some of the most intense and dramatic astrology energies these days. Mother Earth is undergoing a vibrational upgrade, and all her children are feeling it, in their bones, their hearts, and every cell of their bodies. If you have been doing work in recent years to raise your vibration through yoga, meditation, or other awareness technologies, you have done well and created a foundation for growth through the Cosmic shifts now happening. And if the opposite is the case, if you have a life situation fraught with imbalance, denial or delusion/illusion keeping yourself away from Truth, possibly the days ahead will challenge the fragile edifice of your living.

Remember, there is always one more step to take on the road to truth, and these karmic energies are playing out for all of us. They are here to help us grow, and to build the courage to become more genuine, pure, and natural. You know with yourself where you are on this journey, or indeed, whether it has begun at all for you. So know and understand that we are all here to help you, to cheer you on, and to hold your hand so that you can leap in faith land in grace. The Moon, the Sun, the stars and the planets, the trees, the birds, the grass and the water in the rivers, we are all your friends, we are all your lovers, we are all waiting for you to tear the veil, show yourself as you are created, so that we can embrace you, kiss you and hold you.
It is with this in mind that I ask you to live these Cosmic energies. Even what looks like a challenge, or a problem, or a nuisance, is without any doubt the right thing for you, for the planet, for all of us. So embrace, allow change and evolution to happen in your life, enter into the beauty of the grand adventure for which you were created and to which you are entitled. We all share our breath and we are all walking with you, every step of the way.

Only a few days ago Mercury, Neptune, the Sun and healer asteroid Chiron came together in Pisces to wake up our senses to what lies ahead. This stellium gives us internal energy and ignited fires of passion and desire. Then on Monday, Uranus squares Pluto for the seventh and final time in a series which began in 2012. This time the pairing is in Capricorn, so giving us a powerful cocktail of impatience, revolutionary zest, and urge for freedom. We have been feeling the effects of this disruptive, change-making pairing not only when it has come exact, but also as other planets and bodies aligned and challenged it. It can manifest as dissatisfaction with what we consider to be restrictions in our lives, whether internal or external, and with superficial elements, humdrum routines, or situations that keep us feeling tied down or locked in. Buried feelings and motives can surface now, erratically or dramatically. Major changes can occur! Remember, this energy is here to help us to break out of monotony and to relinquish bad habits, spiritual as well as physical. Take advantage of it, don’t resist it!

And then, today, Friday came the grandest of it all: a total Solar Eclipse in the final degree of Pisces.

In September 2006, a Solar Eclipse occurred at the Zodiac point directly opposite this one, so you can look at your life path since then and understand your experiences during those years as evolution and growth, it’s all about your perspective. This Solar Eclipse is so dramatic because it is on the final degree of the Zodiac, heralding a time of only newness and creation for all of us. It is almost like the planets are saying ‘if you haven’t already chucked out the old stuff in your life, discarded your worn-out habits of conditioning, and broken the pattern of living in your ego mind away from your heart, we will now do it for you. Please stand back while we reset your life’.

The Eclipse awakens all of us to the need for spiritual ascendancy. It’s time to revitalize ourselves through experiences that require imagination, compassion, or which  simply represent a “break” from the routine. We can now put things to an end in order to begin anew. Nagging problems from the past need to be dealt with and put behind us. The range of emotions that Pisces registers is extraordinary, and this could be a time when we feel that enormous range.

Again, remember what I said, this is good energy. It is here to help you, not crush you. It will only crush that which serves you no longer. So,  go out, embrace the Eclipse, live it and remember not to look at it!

As I stated at the beginning of this text, if you already have a regular personal practice of awareness of consciousness you have prepared for this shift. However for all of us the advice would be to focus on remaining grounded, and to stay in the simplicity of the present moment. Do relaxation, chakra balancing, particularly the lower chakras. Try the Ma meditation to build patience and compassion towards the advice you are intuitively receiving. In all dealings with others, be patient, compassionate and communicate honestly.

With much love and joy from Yogi Madschri, looking at the same stars as you albeit from the other side of the planet, in Rishikesh, India!


Astrology Insights from Madschri

Kundalini Yoga Collective

Sat Nam lovely souls and seekers of truth! Get ready for the collective, expansive energies of the new moon in Aquarius arriving this Tuesday afternoon.

This new moon is particular because it arrives in Aquarius at nearly exactly the same time as the Sun enters the sign of the waterbearer. Cosmic, indeed. We will all feel the Aquarian energies of collective consciousness and the shared, human soul journey. The planets are directing us to expand our awareness to a higher level of vibration, and to project love, compassion, and healing energies to all creatures and to mother Earth. If you have been doubting whether ‘the Age of Aquarius’ has arrived or not, the next few days should make you feel certain. The Cosmos is inviting us to dip our toes into the flowing stream of loving, passionate Aquarian energy.

If ever there was a new moon to submit to, this is the one. Mercury and Venus have already been in Aquarius for a couple of weeks and Mars has only just left. The ideas planet, Mercury, goes retrograde in Aquarius on Wednesday, raising questions which again lead to valuable insights. And there is a powerful link between Mars and visionary Neptune meaning we will be short of facts, along with a distinct opposition between Jupiter and Venus so we must go by intuition. This lunation brings a feeling of a “fresh start” to our lives. It awakens us to a need for a vision, for socializing and brainstorming, for expressing feelings of friendship, and for developing more objectivity in our lives.

The Sun in Aquarius stimulates our idealistic nature and we become more concerned with humanity and our community, we feel a strong need to move forward and to make progress. We will come up with inventive ideas, and almost certainly we will feel more romantic. Remember, romantic ideas are simply those that extend beyond logic and common sense and allow us to dream!

Feel your inner Aquarian this month, and only take the higher road in whatever you do. For sure, the Cosmos is hammering home the message by treating us with the rare occurrence of yet another new moon in late Aquarius before the Sun moves on by mid-February.

Who can say no to such a convincing argument, I ask! With much love and joy from Yogi Madschri, looking at the same stars as you though from the other side of the planet, in Pushkar, India!

Kind Inner Dialogue

Sometimes it’s not until I sit down on the mat to meditate that I hear the inner dialogue going on within. The chatter is always on and sometimes it can be a less- than- kind stream of thought.

You too? To some extent we are all living with this background low level hum of criticism, and it’s  from ourselves.

When this inner dialogue becomes too negative and fearful, it activates the fight or flight system mobilised by the sympathetic branch of the nervous system. Such activation drains the energy from the parasympathetic part of the nervous system – the part that rests and repairs. This triggers the release of stress hormones and so it goes on.

Not only that but what about those precious moments, here and now? Getting caught up in stories and lists means you are living in the stories of your mind rather than the moment you are breathing in.

8f14a60d91bc1abcbec6a96a83694f36The key to changing this is gaining awareness that the negative narrative is there. Through meditation we are able to observe the stream of our mind and use techniques to accept rather than engage. Through the breath, mantra and inward journeying we can soothe the mind and in turn soothe our nervous system. We can become quieter, more still.

So what about the rest of the time?

I use two really simple techniques to create a kinder inner narrative and they may help you too.

Take sometime to notice what you are talking to yourself about. Then imagine that this inner dialogue is outer dialogue and it’s advice that you are giving your friend – a friend who needs you to be kind, supportive and encouraging.  Would you say what you say to yourself to a friend?  If the answer is no, then breathe, centre, vibrate Sat Nam. Come back to yourself and start again in kindness. Try instead to speak to yourself in the way you would a friend you loved. It immediately changes everything.  Then start turning down the volume until you just feel the kindness.

Another way is to catch your thoughts. As they come up just catch them as though they are the white  fluffy parts of a dandelion floating in the wind. Then – let them go. Observe them float away. Keep practising catching your thoughts, take a breath, and then observe as you allow the thought to dissolve. Committing to doing this immediately makes you more aware of your inner narrative and prevents you becoming attached to negative chatter, or  indeed too much inner chatter at all.

~ Kary ~

What is Aquarian Sadhana?

Aquarian Sadhana is practiced by Kundalini Yoga communities across the world usually at what is called the ambrosial just before sunrise at 5am.

Sadhana itself is just daily practice and is literally defines as  ‘a means of accomplishing something’. Practising sadhana during the early hours of the morning is said to to resets patterns so you feel in step with the divine rhythm of life through a sense of  heightened awareness. This awareness  can have profound effects on the subconscious.

Aquarian Sadhana is practised in a group. During the two and half hour practice we  meditate, chant mantras, practise yoga exercises, regulate the breath and call on our spirit. In this way we gradually harmonise our vibration and come together in group awareness. Sadhana opens up the channels of communication with each other – an effect we continue to experience throughout the day.

It is a truly magical and beautiful experience. We invite you to join us on 12th July 2014 as we meet near King’s Cross to share Aquarian Sadhana together.

You can also read more about the mantras sung during Aquarian Sadhana here.

If one has walked into Sadhana with heart and soul in a prayerful mind, we will all benefit. That is the power of the group Sadhana’ ~ Yogi Bhajan

Aquarian Sadhana

Breath of Life

Gyan mudraThank you to all those who came to the first Stepping Into Kundalini sessions at the beautiful Kentish Town Studios. It was a joy to deliver the teachings to you and share some time afterwards. The theme for this class was  ‘breath of life’.  As requested below are a few pointers about a couple of the techniques we covered. These are  intended as tips and reminders only. The best way to learn and develop in the practice is by going to classes and learning with a teacher.  This is also the way to experience one of the key elements of the practice – sharing with community.~Blessings

Breath of fire

Breath of fire is a very energising technique and should not leave you out of breath.

1. Sit with your base firmly rooted on the mat or chair. Shoulders back and relaxed so that your rib cage is wide and lifted slightly.

2. Put your hand on your navel and pant like a very thirsty dog. Feel the movement of your navel and notice the breath. It’s the movement of your navel pressing in and very slightly up towards the spine that pushes the air out. It’s not a squeeze, it’s a gentle push. As the belly relaxes, the air comes back in.

3. Now put your tongue back in your mouth and continue the same breathing. The movement of the belly inwards and the diaphragm slightly upwards towards your spine pushes the air out through your nose. The air returns as your belly expands. Bring just a little bit of control  into your belly expanding, so you are directing it, rather than allowing it to happen passively.

5. Make sure you’re not inhaling as you pull in the navel. That’s the opposite way.

4. The length of the in and out breaths are even.The breath should sound a little bit like a steam train. Go slowly at first and then speed up as you feel more comfortable in doing so.

HelixLaya Meditation

Strong actions combined with non-attachment make life a dance with much creativity and gratitude. ~ Yogi Bhajan

Sit in easy pose with your arms extends and your hands in gyan mudra. Focus on the third eye at the brow point.

The chant is very precise. On EK pull in the navel. On each final UH lift the diaphragm up firmly. Relax the navel and abdomen on HAY GUROO.
Have a listen here. Ek Ong Kar (UH) Play

The sound has a spin to it – imagine energy and sound spiraling up and around the spinal cord in a right-handed helix. Start at the base of the spine
as you initiate the energy from the navel. End with the focus over the head to the Cosmos on HAY GUROO.

EK ONG KAAR-(UH) – One Creator Creation
SAA TAA NAA MAA-(UH) – True Identity
SIREE WHAA-(UH) HAY GU-ROO – Great Indescribable Wisdom
Downloads for the mantra

Sitting cross legged

 Cross-leggedIn Kundalini Yoga you will be asked to sit in ‘easy pose’ quite often but if you find it tricky to sit cross legged don’t let this put you off trying a class or continuing to practice.

Humans come in all shapes and sizes and in all degrees of natural flexibility. Flexibility for most people however is something that develops slowly over time – it is a product of practice, not a prerequisite.

So here are some simple steps to take if you find sitting cross legged difficult.

1. The most important thing is to keep your spine straight.  Feel graceful as you sit.  Smile and accept how your body is built. It does not matter how high your knees come up.

2. Try sitting on a rolled up blanket, or two. Sit on the edge of the block or blanket and roll your pelvis forward. You will find this allows your hips to tilt forward slightly and brings your knees down. It also straightens your spine.

3. Alternatively – or additionally, put blankets or blocs under your thighs for support.

4. Unless specifically instructed otherwise, most of the time you can switch to sitting on your heels in rock pose when you need to.

5. When you practice at home you can try sitting on a chair sometimes to do the asanas.  If doing so make sure your weight is evenly distributed on both feet. When you can go back to sitting cross-legged.

6. Enjoy gradually gaining awareness and flexibility in your own time.  Be accepting of that and sit even taller.

Finally remember that awareness is gained as you move through the journey, so enjoy everything along the way and take your time to soften into yourself.

What is Kundalini Yoga?

The word kundalini literally means ‘a lock of the hair from the Beloved’. It is a metaphor, a poetic way of describing the flow of energy and consciousness that already exists within each one of us. These practices enable you to merge with, or ‘yoke’ with, the universal Self. This merging of individual consciousness with universal consciousness creates a ‘divine union’ called yoga.

Kundalini Yoga, the Yoga of Awareness, consists of simple yogic techniques that can be enjoyed by everyone, no matter his or her age or physical ability. It is a complete science that includes breath (pranayam), yoga postures (asanas), sound, chanting (mantra) and meditation. It is designed to provide you with the experience of your highest consciousness through the raising of your kundalini.

Kundalini Yoga you can build a healthy body, develop a balanced mind, make contact with your infinity, your innate inner wisdom as well as open the door so that you can exceed your full potential.It gives you the vitality and health that is your birthright. It makes you radiant, peaceful and strong so that you can meet life’s challenges and win.

Flashmob – September 2013, London

Yoga Flashmob

It was a small mob with a powerful impact. On Saturday 28 September we joined Shivdev and other organisers, teachers, students and friends for London’s first ever Kundalini Yoga flashmob. The setting was imposing, flanked on one side by St Paul’s, the other by the Tate Modern, whilst behind us, the Thames, Tower Bridge and the rest of London stretched out. Around 15 of us lined up along the middle of Millennium Bridge facing the setting sun and as soon as St Paul’s had finished striking 6pm we tuned in and then went into three minutes of ego eradicator. As we were practicing a boat full of passing tourists also held their arms in the posture. It was funny and great. We then tuned out again with Long Time Sun and Sat Nams. London felt vast and at the same time never more welcoming.

Yogi Bhajan

Yogi Bhajan Ph.D was a Master of Kundalini Yoga and the first to openly teach Kundalini Yoga in the East or the West in 1968.

Born Harbhajan Singh in what is now Pakistan to a family of healers and community leaders, Yogi Bhajan studied comparative religion and Vedic philosophy in his undergraduate years, going onto receive his Masters in Economics with honours from Punjab University. Years later, he earned his Ph.D. in communications psychology from the University of Humanistic Studies in San Francisco.

Yogi Bhajan recognized that the experimentation with drug culture and ‘altered states of consciousness’ of the late 1960’s America expressed a deeper desire to experience a holistic, liberating sense of awareness and a longing for family, for connection with themselves and one another.

He was determined to train others with the power to heal, uplift and inspire humanity and broke the tradition of secrecy which had surrounded Kundalini Yoga for centuries. He declared he had come to create teachers and not gather disciples and today his legacy lives on.

“I am sharing these teachings to create a science of the total is the birthright of every human being to be Healthy, Happy and Holy”.