By popular demand (not really but it sounds good!) I’m now teaching Thursday mornings at The Yogi Tree in Toluca Lake. Join me each week at 10:30 am for kundalini yoga and gong so you can de-stress and reset your nervous system. For my full teaching schedule, look to the left or click here, and for the full class schedule at The Yogi Tree, check out their website.
You may have never even heard of this busy little messenger, but your vagus nerve is working full time. Its influence is shaping your perception constantly. Recent research has uncovered specific opportunities to capitalize on its mechanism, as this article explains in Psychology Today.
“Stimulation of the vagus nerve might be able to speed up the process by which people with PTSD can learn to reassociate a non-threatening stimuli which triggers anxiety with a neutral and non-traumatic experience.”
And guess which ancient yoga practice has a long-standing relationship with this fascinating feedback loop? That’s right…kundalini yoga! Get to know your vagus nerve! See you in class.
Meditation is not about being blissed out 100 percent of the time.
Case in point: yesterday in my training, I had some really nasty stuff come up during one of the sets we did. I don’t even understand it. It was just pure yuck. I don’t know what caused it or why it showed itself in that moment. It collided with some other stuff and I ended up having what amounts to a spiritual temper tantrum that lasted the rest of the day.
NO! I will NOT be this evolved! NO! NO! NO!
But this morning I started laughing about it some, which means it’s shifting. And THAT’S the point. Get it up. Get it out. Get on with it…that sooner or later makes way for some bliss. I’m not feeling it yet so I’m still having this spiritual sh*t fit. But I’ve been at this long enough to know that if I just stick with it and let it all happen, it will eventually move through and I’ll find myself more at ease. Keep up and you will be kept up, says Yogi Bhajan.
That’s why I bother.
(I guess if I tweeted, I might do #keepinitreal)