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It’s very difficult not to be affected by the fear that the media instils in us about the uncertainty of our country and the world around us. But these fearful thoughts may as well be real in terms of the effect they have on our bodies as they activate what’s called the ‘fight or flight’ response:


Designed to prepare us for imminent physical danger, stress hormones are pumped in the bloodstream to give us courage to fight, and blood is diverted from the inner organs to our muscles to give us strength to flee.


This is all very well if we have time to recover, which activates the ‘rest and digest’ response, but that often isn’t the case as we are constantly under some level of stress whether it be about money, work, family or our health.


But did you know that stress is caused by our thoughts about these things, not the actual things themselves?


That is the impact of our thoughts. It is our thoughts that cause our pain, but is it also our thoughts that create our happiness.


So how can we change our thoughts? By becoming aware of them.


This is where Yoga and Mindfulnesscome into play. Not only do they activate the ‘rest and digest’ response, allowing our bodies to physically recover from stress, but they teach us how to observe our thoughts.


With practice, we learn to tame our minds and think better thoughts. When we think better thoughts, we change how we feel, which helps us to feel more safe and secure in a world that’s going crazy around us. Self care is not only an investment in yourself, but for your loved ones as your feelings and attitudes affect everyone and everything around you.


Sunday 7th April 6-7pm @ Aztec Studio, Torquay

This is an exciting one-off event to raise money & awareness for the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

They will provide is with eye masks and I will guide you through the hour long class with slow and clear instructions.

Not only will this give you an extra sensory experience of the practice, but most importantly, it will help you to appreciate how it feels to live with limited vision.

If you're interested in joining us and supporting this cause, please contact me to book your place.

The class will be by donation (minimum £5) and all proceedings will go to the RNIB.


As some of you know, since meeting the Kundalini Master Hari Nam Singh Khalsa in December, I've been getting up before dawn to chant the Kundalini Aquarian Sadhana mantras. Something changed in me after meeting this wise and humble man. I cried nearly all the way through the workshop and at the end I held his hands and thanked him and realised, for the first time in my life, I was in the presence of someone beyond description - my Guru. Just thinking about it still brings me to tears. It was the very next morning that I felt compelled to start chanting....


The practice consists of 7 mantras sung in Gurmukhi, a Sikh language. Each mantra holds a particular vibration that connects us to a higher frequency, that frees our mind from limiting thought patterns. I particularly love Snatam Kaur's versions of the mantras as she has the voice of an angel.


The first thing I noticed after two weeks of chanting, was an amnesia of my worries. I had that feeling when you know you've forgotten something, but you can't remember what it is? I soon realised, however, that the 'something' was just thoughts about things that weren't real and didn't matter. I could still remember the things I needed to, I just couldn't remember the ruminating rubbish!


I'm more organised, I have more time and I have so much more energy. I've also found that I can remember stuff. I no longer forget what I'm looking for when I go into a room and I even go shopping without a list! Every day I notice something new and I feel soooo good that nothing is going to stop me from getting up every morning to chant these beautiful mantras. I even chant myself to sleep, so I never have trouble sleeping and should I wake in the middle of the night, I just get up and chant, so nothing can beat me!


​In just a few weeks, the mantras have made me feel more complete. For the first time in my life, I feel like I want for nothing. I'm not worrying about how I feel my life ought to be. I don't stress about who or what should be a part of my life. I'm not over analysing everything single thing (I could win prizes for that) and I'm not procrastinating like I used to. Instead I feel that my life is already exactly as its supposed to be, and that it's perfect, exactly as it is. I'm not exaggerating, that's how I feel, and it really is extraordinary.


Of all the practices I've experienced over the years, this has had the most powerful and sustainable affect on how I feel. Of course I still practice yoga every day, so the mantras were the missing piece that I had neglected. I didn't really understand them before, because I had never practiced them regularly enough, but now that Hari Nam Singh Khalsa has touched my heart, I cannot imagine my life without them.


Mantra clears away the rubbish in our minds and the subsonscious. It draws out unnecessary thoughts and helps us to return to our natural state of bliss. It is our birthright to be happy, but we need to feel connected to be healthy, happy and whole.


First of all we need to connect to ourselves, which connects us to God, the universe, to spirit, the angels...whatever your belief may be. Then, we must connect with each other in Sangat (fellowship, community) and have the courage to be our true selves, open, genuine....and vulnerable, for it is only through vulnerability, that we sincerely connect with others and experience the true depth of happiness.


Canadian born, Hari Nam Singh Khalsa came to the feet of Guru Nanak Dev Ji (the founder of Sikhism) at the age of 24 and has been sharing his teachings and the Sikh way of life for 40 years.


All of his teachings can be found on YouTube and Sikhnet.com.



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