MEDITATION TO COMMUNICATE FROM THE HEART

Here’s a technique which can improve your every relationship and make the world a better place. Sit comfortably with a straight spine. Interlace your fingers with the thumbs pointing straight up. This hand position is held at sternum level away from the body. Your elbows are held at the base of the ribs. Your eyes are 1/10 open looking down and in towards the tip of the nose. Inhale and chant: RaRaRaRa Ma-MaMaMa SaSaSa Sat Hari Har Hari Har.

Inhale again and repeat. Do this mantra on one breath, with feeling. 11 min. is the optimum time. Here’s the melody. In the key of C the individual notes are indicated in parentheses:

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Communication is the essence of life. It can make or break relationships. The frequency of our words is sometimes more important than their meaning. We don’t always have to be in agreement with someone (or vice versa) to love them. Love has its own logic.

Love is its own reward. This meditation will give you the power to heal and uplift through verbal expression. The entire universe came into being through a primal utterance. Using this technique as a catalyst, practise communicating from your heart. Thus you will make people’s day without them knowing why. You will create peace in your environments and turn sadness into gladness on your passage through the world. When you speak, every day, magnify love. With 40 years’ combined teaching experience, internationally celebrated yoga teachers Ana Brett b Ravi Singh remain fresh in their quest to keep innovating-with new methods, approaches, depth and insight. This dynamic duo is known for their ability in helping students make consistent and dramatic breakthroughs in their lives.

Our primary objective,” say Ana & Ravi, “is to help people learn to live a healthy and happy, more peaceful life that continues to challenge them to grow. We teach a system of exercise and meditation that fully integrates the body, mind, and spirit.’

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The death of Yogi Bhajan was a shock to many. In commemoration of this great man’s life Yoga magazine looks back on his achievements and Yogi Dr Malik writes a personal tribute

The yoga world was in shock on the 6th October 2004, as news slowly filtered through from New Mexico of the death of Yogi Bhajan, the Indian born spiritual leader, Kundahni yoga practitioner and teacher, founder of the 3HO organisation and a Sikh leader.

Yogi Bhajan’s history is nothing short of unique. He was born a prince, heir to the family holdings which included the entire village of Kot Harkarn. He wanted to give people a knowledge of Kundalini so they could then empower themselves, rather than being beholden to a guru. However all was not plain sailing. On the way to Canada, he lost his luggage and when he landed in Toronto he discovered that the professor who had offered him a job had died. So he arrived in Canada with only $35 and the clothes on his back. This spate of bad luck didn’t last long. In December of the same year, he received another invitation, from a personal friend who he had known in India, to visit Los Angeles for a weekend. This weekend changed his mind. He met the youth of the 60s, the children of the Aquarian Age. Just as it was their destiny to give birth to a New Age, so it was Yogi Bhajan’s destiny to teach them the secrets of Kundalini. In 1969, he made his base in New Mexico and stayed there until his death.

It was at a lecture in 1969 at the East West Cultural Center in Los Angeles, that the Healthy Happy Holy organisation (3HO Foundation) was born. Yogi Bhajan stated that it was everyone’s right to be healthy, happy and holy and Kundalini was the way to reclaim that birthright. People flocked to the East West Cultural Center when they heard of an Indian master teaching yoga. The woman in charge off the centre was not too happy about this so she threw him out of the centre. The showroom of an antique shop of one of his students became the new class centre. Classes were always packed, but Yogi Bhajan made it very clear from the start that he was training teachers and not disciples.

The other unique quality about Yogi Bhajan’s teaching was the fact that he actually, in teaching Kundalini the way he did, broke the ancient tradition of secrecy that was upheld in Kundalini. Traditionally these teachings were only passed on from teacher to student in a very elitist fashion. This did not appeal to Yogi Bhajan. His entire life was devoted to the democratisation of spirituality. As Yogi Bhajan himself said ‘Each soul has a role to play. Each human has something to say. May consciousness prevail so we can come through the veil of arrogance and ignorance to the joy and happiness of life.’

He was neither arrogant nor ignorant and although he felt he was not training disciples there are many who consider him their guru. He was an inspiration to many and his teaching will certainly prevail.

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