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God and me, me and God are one

mindfulllGetting High on Kundalini Yoga
No body, no ecstasy…no glands, no God. Our bodies are the multi-dimensional key to all other states, all other planes. Without this “Truth machine”, as Yogi Bhajan calls it, we are ether with no drive, and no options. Within this incredible vehicle we are limitless. This body is not a boundary laden curse that is our cross to bear, but an amazing opportunity to explore beyond earthbound reality.
We feel. We think. We act. Information comes in through the portals of the senses. Does it come into the brain, or into the body? Perhaps both simultaneously. Thinking and feeling are so closely associated, we can barely separte the two. Our thoughts lead to feelings. Then we think about how we feel. Our thoughts and feelings seem whirled together, spawning each other, and leading to acts about which we think and feel. When we have a “gut feeling”, perhaps it’s really a “gut thinking”, as it turns out that we actually have brain cells in our stomachs. Perhaps we think and feel with much more than our “mind”. And what is mind? A combination of interpretations of “facts”, colored by feelings, distorted by our human spectrum of perception. Is a mind a brain? I think not! Perhaps, as in the idea of the Collective Unconscious, our minds are not even contained by our bodies, but are rather accessed through the physical nature of them.
When it comes to yoga, and more specifically Kundalini Yoga, we are given the power to stear and direct this maelstrom of thoughts, feelings, and perceptions. We are given the ability to direct the glandular secretions through specific practices; an ancient technology of the body. What an incredible gift! A technology so perfect that everything you need to use is exactly what you were born with. Within each human being on this earth, the potential of the Golden Chain.
The Golden Chain, as with many concepts within yoga, has various layers of meaning. In a more external sense, it is the link of knowledge passed from one person to another, creating a chain of linked consciousness that began with the first teacher of Kundalini Yoga, and now terminates in you, as you receive this understanding within your self, untill you pass it on to the next human, and so on etc. But this is of course not all. Through the technology of mantra, specifially the Adi Mantra as prescribed by Yogi Bhajan, (ONG NAMO GURU DEV NAMO), the Golden Chain becomes our connection to the Infinite Creative Force, and Divine Wisdom. And this occurs by the physical connection, within the brain, of the pineal gland (the seat and source of DMT within the brain), to the pituitary gland, or third eye. Could this mean that through the Adi Mantra, and the subsequent practice of Kundalini Yoga activating the secretions of the glands, we experience the release of DMT in the brain?
I am not a scientist, but I am an empiricist. I am willing to come to personal conclusions through the knowledge of my own experience. Through the knowledge of Self. I am willing to say, “Sure seems like it to me.”
“All is Mind” says the Kybalion. All of Nature contains DMT, and as natural organisms, so do we. The sense of Oneness within us may be the flowering of DMT as activated within the pineal gland, as perceived by the third eye. We recognize ourselves as God, and begin to understand all that is as being an expression of that. Perhaps we first know this through psychadelic metabolites. Now we recognize the territory when we enter into this realm. Now we take the reins with the knowledge of the ancients that has been transported into the present. Now we make this connection with the Divine on demand. Now we become Divine.
“God and me, me and God are one”- a mantra given to us through Yogi Bhajan. SAT NAM

The most relaxing vibes are when you have had a nature hike on some remote property in Beilze, and  come to some place shady, cool, calm and peaceful, and you can just let your shit go!

Let It Go

The most relaxing vibes are when you have had a nature hike on some remote property in Beilze, and  come to some place shady, cool, calm and peaceful, and you can just let your shit go!

The best vibes are when you have had a nature hike on some remote property in Belize, and come to some place shady, cool, calm and peaceful, and you can just let your shit go!

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Yoga Blog 9/24/201 September in Belize post

Yoga Blog 9/25/2014

When it is quiet at the ashram, typically the month of September is the quietest, we don’t take a break from our yoga, no, NO!   We are waking up early and doing an ADDITIONAL kriya before our regular 10AM practice.

In the yoga that we practice, Kundalini, there are thousands of kriyas (series) and we alternate between them; choosing from several books that we recieved as a gift during Sadhana (spiritual practice) on Yogi Bhajan’s birthday, and the hundreds of kriyas that are available online for free to anyone.

Click here to go to the Apana (Elimination) Kriya

The benefit of cycling through many series; is that each one is an open door to the soul.  The body is capable of so many actions, and it has been said by one of our teachers that kundalini yoga is the “I bet your body has never done THIS before!” game.  Different series open different doors, stretch different muscles, massage different glands.

The benefit in repeating the kriya is that it is NOT a matter of mere repetition, but you go deeper and deeper into the benefits as you progress.  For example, The Apana Kriya is NOT the hardest or most difficult kriya we have ever tried, but it does have certain unusual postures and movements, and enduring the full time of the action will lead to the most satisfactory results.

That said, elimination, apana, plays an important part in the body.  Without proper elimination we are unable to receive the full benefits of prana, the breath.  The bad must go out as the good comes in.  This kriya has some very subtle visualization that enhances the imagination.

Engage the SAT GURU with the mantra ONG NAMO GURU DEV NAMO at the beginning of the Sadhana and close with a long SAT and a short Nam.  Do this practice for a week and tell us how you feel!

The ashram is flourishing with the rains, a little in the evening every day.  The children are in school (except in service days which seem to come every week!) so that monkey falls, the waterfalls adjecent to the ashram feel like a private paradise.  If you are looking for haven for yoga in Central America, then look no further!

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Market Fresh

Everyone who comes through the Chaya Garden Ashram, Belize’s most amazing yoga spot, takes away a little something different. As soon as you taste the excellent food we prepare here; exquisite vegetarian cuisine, you will be among the many taking notes as to what Laine is accomplishing in the kitchen. Here is a photo of a Lettuce which has been in the fridge for over two weeks!

This lettuce is alive with flavor!  Local produce from Belize's largest farmer's market, San Ignacio, Cayo District

This lettuce is alive with flavor! Local produce from Belize’s largest farmer’s market, San Ignacio, Cayo District

As you can see, this lettuce is no worse for wear and appears to be thriving. The entire lettuce has new growth despite being cut and refridgerated. It’s tricks like this; crisping, that will ensure your success as a yogi who seeks to maintain a high level of wellness and health.

Laine has many more insights from her years of experience in the organic food industry. Organic is good; she says, but local is better. That is one of the reasons that we moved from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, to San Ignacio, Cayo District, Belize. Belize is where we can get the tropical fruits that we love, and San Ignacio has the largest farmer’s market in Belize. Laine’s knowledge is available to anyone who visits the ashram.

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Prayer of Abundance for the Ashram

Raise the Roof

Prayer of Abundance for the Ashram

Prayer of Abundance for the Ashram

The Chaya Garden Ashram is invisioning how we might repair the roof or create a new one. We estimate that it will cost $20,000 and that it will take a crowd funding effort to pull this off. We are preparing a project on Indigogo and it should be ready soon.

We hope that there will be people ready to support our yoga ashram project, because we have already created a beautiful community through students around the world.