Learn About Your Five Layers of Being.

Have you participated in a yoga class, and your teacher guides you (during the integration process) to scan yourself seated in sukhasana pose?

During my teacher’s training I could not understand this. I even felt some kind of reactivity to the subject; what I didn’t know (back then) about, was the kind of amazing inner tool for self-transformation and empowerment I had been introduced.

First ask yourself the following two questions:

   Have you exercised your subtle body yet? Or your causal body?

The great Spiritual Masters throughout the ages have taught that we are not just what we see reflected in the mirror.

The enlightened teachers from all ages and cultures have taught us that we are much more than just our physical body and that our Being is composed of multiple layers or dimensions.

We posses as human beings the potential to have experiences outside of the known physical layer of reality.

Although these experiences are not always easy to prove, there is a mounting preponderance of evidence that we do in fact have an astral or energetic body, and furthermore that all humans are interconnected in a complex field of Consciousness outside the bounds of space-time.

Hence, this wouldn’t be a better explanation to the physical lightness sensation of someone extremely relaxed while in savasana (final part of a yoga class) or during a reiki therapy (which targets the overall wellness and balance of our energetic body).

According to the yoga tradition, every one of us has five bodies, each made of increasingly finer grades of energy. And if we intend to live a fully balanced, healthy life, it tells us, all our bodies need to be kept in good condition.

Yoga teaches us, that every one of us has five bodies, each made of increasingly finer grades of energy.

Exactly and indeed, energy.

The five progressively subtler bodies that compose our personality are described in a yoga classic called the Taittiriya Upanishad:

Human beings consist of a material body built from the food they eat.

Those who care for this body are nourished by the universe itself.


Also inside there is another body made of life energy. It fills the physical body and takes its shape. 

Those who treat this vital force as divine experience excellent health and longevity because this energy is the source of physical life.


Within the vital force is yet another body, this one made of thought energy. 

It fills the two denser bodies and has the same shape. 

Those who understand and control the mental body become able to fully control their fears.


Deeper still lies another body comprised of intellect. 

It permeates the three denser bodies and assumes the same form. 

Those who establish their awarenes on their intellect,  free themselves from unhealthy thoughts and actions, and develop the self-control necessary to achieve their goals.


Hidden inside it is yet a subtler body, composed of pure joy.

 It pervades the other bodies and shares the same shape. 

It is experienced as happiness, delight, and bliss.


In other words it’s a Samadhi Yoga experience.

Samadhi is blissful.

The above structure is called koshas, or “sheaths,” in Sanskrit, because each fits in the next like a sword in a scabbard. 

Only the densest is made of matter as we know it; the other four are energy states invisible to the physical eye, though we can easily sense their presence inside us when we pay close attention. 

Since the inner bodies are the source of our well-being during life and are the vehicles we travel in after death, India’s ancient yogis developed specific exercises to strengthen and tone each one in turn.


Your First Body is your physical.

 Annamaya kosha in yoga,
maya means “made of” 

anna means “food” or “physical matter

 Your Second Body is the organizing field that holds your material body together. 

This is the life energy that governs your biological processes, from breathing to digestion to the circulation of your blood. 

It’s called chi in Chinese medicine and prana in yoga. 

Acupuncture and homeopathy don’t directly affect your physical body; they work on the vital force that activates and sustains it.

Orthodox physicians in the West recognized the importance of the vital force up till the 19th century, but with the development of sulfa drugs and antibiotics, their attention shifted from the energy states underlying human biology to focus exclusively on the physical body itself.

The second, and energy body is called the prana-maya kosha in yoga. 

When it ceases to function your physical body can no longer operate. 

Your heart and lungs stop working and your cells begin to disintegrate. 

In Western culture we strongly identify with our material body, yet without prana supporting and directing it, it can’t survive more than a few minutes.


Yoga devotes an entire class of practices called pranayama to replenishing the vitality of the pranamaya kosha.

Breathing Exercises like:

Diaphragmatic

Complete yogic breath Ujjayi

Alternate nostril breathing

JUST BREATHE!

Are specifically designed to enhance the proper functioning of your second sheath.

In addition, getting plenty of fresh air and sunlight is essential for maintaining the health of the vital force. 

Yoga texts explain that the sun is the ultimate source of prana.

Furthermore, is also explained that fresh whole foods are a major source of prana.

 Your Third Body

Manomaya kosha which is body made of thought processes.

Hence your mental body, which responsible for our sensory and motor activities and our day-to-day awareness when we’re functioning “on automatic.

It processes input from our five senses and responds reflexively. 

When we move through life passively, reacting to our environment rather than actively shaping it, our awareness is focused here. 

Many people, and most animals, routinely operate at this level.

In the West we associate our routine mental state with the brain, but according to yoga the entire nervous system (including the brain) merely mediates the activity of the manomaya kosha, expressing the commands of this higher energy state through the physical body.

Visualize a patient in a coma, and you will be able to have a clear sense of what the mental body. 

Their second sheath is still operating so their heart continues to pump and their lungs expand and contract.

 But the person has no awareness of the external world and no ability to take action because the activity of the mental body has shut down. 

The pranamaya kohsa operates from the moment of our first breath to our last.

Manomaya kosha shuts down temporarily on a daily basis, regenerating itself during the state of deep sleep.


The health of the manomaya kosha is tremendously enhanced through the practice of mantra meditation. 

This soothes and balances this inner body, and helps release “knots” of energy tied up in mental complexes and obsessive thoughts. 

Yogis who spend a great deal of time in meditation often have very little need for sleep, in part because their mental vehicles are functioning optimally, like a car that’s just had a tune-up.

The mental body “feeds” on the sense impressions we offer it.

If we supply our third sheath with a continual stream of violent TV shows and video games, for example, it begins to crave increasingly aggressive forms of stimulation, and may become more agitated and less sensitive to the suffering of others.

If we “stuff” it with too much work or too much play we may experience a form of mental “indigestion,” leaving us feeling exhausted. A harmonious environment, interesting professional challenges, and fun and supportive relationships offer an ideal diet for the mind.

A daily session of pratyahara, or sensory withdrawal, leading into meditation provides an excellent inner tune-up.

The practice of blindfolded yoga also provides a great inner tune-up to manomaya kosha.

Your Fourth Body

Subtler still is the vijnanamaya kosha (vijnana means “the power of judgment or discernment”).

It’s often translated as “intellect,” but the real meaning is broader, encompassing all the functions of the higher mind, including conscience and will.

This is the part during the integration of the class when I guide the student to evolve in wisdom throughout their higher state of consciousness by setting their class intention. Which ultimately is the reason that brings them to their yoga mat at least twice or three times a week, embracing their journey for a higher self.

It may be easier to understand the distinction between the third sheath or mental body and the fourth sheath or intellectual body by taking a look at those in whom the vijnanamaya kosha is underdeveloped.


One such type is someone who doesn’t seem to be in control of her (his) life, who is constantly reacting to circumstances rather than making a decision and responding proactively.

This kind of person has a hard time making up her or his mind, thinking genuinely or being creative. Hence there is very little willpower and is continually the victim of her or his own poor judgment.

Another example of a deficient fourth sheath is someone without strong personal ethics.

He may attend religious services and speak piously about moral values, but when the opportunity arises to benefit himself at the expense of others, he doesn’t hesitate to act.

His ability to discern between right and wrong is weak; conscience is a platitude rather than a living experience for him.

An activated fourth sheath is what distinguishes human beings from animals.

Only humans have the ability to direct their own lives, free from the promptings of instinct, and to make moral choices.

The sages considered the development of a healthy vijnanamaya kosha so important that they placed the exercises for it at the very beginning of the yoga system.

These are the yamas and niyamas, commitments every yoga student is asked to make:

Not to

• harm

• lie

• steal

• overindulge or desire more than you actually need; instead you are asked to be content, pure, self-disciplined, studious, and devoted.

Jnana yoga also works with this kosha.

This is the path of the intellect in which you are advised to study spiritual truths, contemplate them deeply, and finally incorporate them into the very core of your personality.

On this path your spiritual understanding becomes the “food” with which you nourish your intellect.

As your meditation practice deepens over the months and years, your ability to connect with inner guidance is enhanced.

You begin to experience the events in your life, even the painful ones, in a calm and objective manner.

Your yogic lifestyle, contemplation, and meditation lead to clarity of judgment, greater intuitive insight, and increased willpower as your vijnanamaya kosha grows stronger and more balanced.


Your Fifth Body

In the vast majority of humans, the fifth sheath is totally underdeveloped.

This is the anandamaya kosha, the subtlemost body which is experienced as ananda (spiritual bliss).

Generally only saints, sages, and genuine mystics have done the inner work necessary to make ananda a living part of their daily experience, and most people are hardly even aware that this level of consciousness exists within themselves.

The anandamaya kosha is extremely important in yoga because it’s the final and thinnest veil standing between our ordinary awareness and our higher Self.

Many individuals who’ve had near-death experiences (NDE) have reported experiencing a brilliant white light radiating all-embracing wisdom and unconditional love. A peaceful feeling from that white light that could make the way back to a grounding state hard to embrace. It’s the utmost connection to the Divine.

This is the experience of the anandamaya kosha.

Saints and mystics purify their minds so that they can have this experience throughout life, not just for a fleeting moment at death.

Another example from the tantric tradition, spirit is often symbolized as Shiva, the transcendent Lord who is ever immersed in divine consciousness.

Matter/energy is called Shakti, the Supreme Goddess whose divine body is this entire universe.

It’s said that they love each other with unspeakable intensity.

Their supreme love is experienced in the anandamaya kosha, where spirit and matter passionately embrace.

We can awaken our bliss sheath through three practices:

1. Seva, selfless service.

This opens our heart to our innate unity with other beings.

2. Bhakti yoga, devotion to God.

This opens our heart to our unity with the all-pervading Divine Being.

3. Samadhi, intensely focused meditation, which opens our heart to our own divine being.

I was certified as a yoga teacher from Samadhi Yoga Institute (Samadhi’s Method) which provides a flexible and creative yoga teaching somatic format.

As result the magical transformation that takes place into a human being when opening the heart to his or her divine being is an experience that stimulates a lot of inner resilience, and as previously explained it is a structured subtle work as result of body scanning our Five Layers Of Being.


Always remember that you are a multidimensional creature. Your awareness manifests on many different planes.

Yoga introduces you to yourself and trains you to live fully and gracefully at every level of your being.

From the hatha postures that strengthen and tone your physical body to the breathing exercises that balance and vitalize your life force, from the meditation practice that quiets and clears your mind to the self-study and selfless love that open up an inner world of knowledge and unity, yoga is a holistic system that develops and integrates every part of your personality.

By getting to know your five bodies and the inner Self (whose awareness illumines them all), you can experience the health and fulfillment of an enlightened life.

If you still find hard to resonate with the above description of the koshas, see yourself as an onion with only five layers, having each layer a different and important ingredient that will improve your cooking with a much better taste (your higher self).

Experiencing Your Five Sheaths

The five sheaths are not theoretical constructs. They are real parts of your being that you can actually experience.

The following eight-step exercise will help you get a fuller sense of these inner dimensions of your personality.


Sit comfortably with your head, neck, and trunk in a straight line.

Sit upright softening your face.

You’ll feel both alert and relaxed.

Close your eyes, withdrawing your awareness from the sights and sounds around you.

Bring your full attention to your physical body.

Be aware of your head and shoulders, chest and waist, back and abdomen, arms and legs.

This is your annamaya kosha.

Bring your full attention to the point between your nostrils and feel yourself breathe.

Gradually your breath will flow more slowly, smoothly, and quietly.

Be aware of the energy pulsing through your body. It’s making your heart beat, your lungs expand and contract, the blood course through your veins, your stomach gurgle.

The force orchestrating this movement—not your physical body itself—is your prana-maya kosha.

Allow your awareness into your brain. Pay attention to the part of your awareness that’s regulating your sensory input and motor output.

This is the part of you that notices your nose is itching and orders your hand to scratch it.

It notes that you’re uncomfortable sitting in one position for so long and wants you to move your legs.

It generates the reflexive mental chatter that continually fires through your mind.

This is your manomaya kosha.

Lift your awareness higher inside your skull.

Sense the part of your awareness that consciously made the decision to participate in this exercise and right now is commanding you to sit still and complete it.

It recognizes the value of expanding your self-awareness and compels you to get up early in the morning to do your yoga postures and meditation, even though lazing in bed might be more pleasant.

This is your vijnanamaya kosha.

Center your awareness in your heart. Relax deeply; keep breathing smoothly and evenly.

Now, taking as much time as you need, allow yourself to settle into a state of complete tranquility.

Buried deep in that inner peace is a sense of purest happiness.

This is not an emotional euphoria, though as you leave this state it may pour out of you as a sense of great joy and gratitude.

It is a space of perfect contentment, perfect attunement, and abiding stillness.

There is no sense of lack, or fear, or desire.

This is your anandamaya kosha.

Now simply be aware of your own awareness. The pure consciousness that is having this experience lies beyond this experience.

It is your true inner Self, your immortal being.

Rest in your own being for as long as you can hold your attention there.

Allow your attention to your breath.

Breathe slowly, smoothly, and evenly. Open your eyes.

Take a moment to relax and absorb this experience before you get up.

From Death to Birth—and Beyond

In many yoga texts you’ll find the five sheaths grouped into three.

The physical body and vital force are called the sthula sharira, the “gross body.”

The mental body and intellect are called the sukshma sharira, the “subtle” or “astral body.”

The bliss sheath is called the karana sharira, the “causal body.”

These are recognized in many different spiritual traditions.

We’re all spiritual beings with a spiritual support system on the Other Side that oversees and helps guide our lives from the moment we’re born to the moment we leave our physical bodies and return to Spirit.

Not knowing this fact is a severe handicap, as the Universe is designed to care for and nurture all its creatures and help make our life’s journey easier and more successful.

When we learn how to connect with our angelic guides, our lives naturally fall into a pattern of ease and flow during which we grow our souls, fulfill our life’s purpose, and make our time on Earth endlessly entertaining. 

Namaste

Author:

Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; Criminal Justice, BA; RYT-200 hrs; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; Reiki Master; Spirit Guide Coach; Master Resilience Trainer.

The Language of Your Shoulders.

Each time you lift your arms, your shoulder muscles (big and small), initiate a flowing movement of subtle nuances. Because of the complex interaction of those muscles, coupled with the unique structure of the shoulder joint, gives our arms a wide range of motion. You might want to keep awareness that, the shoulder is one of the loosest joints in the body.

That flowing freedom increases the vulnerability of the shoulders to injury; both from sudden falls and from repetitive action such as playing golf or simply throwing a baseball. The muscles of the rotator cuff, the most delicate movers of the shoulders, are particularly susceptible.

However, a regular targeted asana practice can help you maintain healthy rotator cuffs by bringing awareness to your alignment, strengthening your shoulders muscles, and opening your chest.

Let’s take a look at the special nature of the shoulder joint and, in particular, its relationship to the shoulder blade.

Though it is considered a type of ball-and-socket joint, the shoulder is unusual because the rounded “ball” or head of the humerus (i.e., the arm bone) doesn’t have a corresponding socket.

Rather, the ends of the collarbone and shoulder blade come together to form a shelf under which the humerus hangs.

This shelf is know as the acromion process.

Beneath it there is rounded depression that is part of the shoulder blade.

This is as close as the shoulder gets to having a “socket”; the head of the arm bone glides against this surface as it rotates, and the steady contraction of the rotator cuff helps to hold together.

The rotator cuff actually comprises four separate muscles-the supraspinatus, the infraspinatus, the teres minor, and the subscapularis-which wrap over, in front of, and behind the head of the humerus and stabilize the joint. These deeper muscles are layered over by larger, stronger muscles that attach directly to the acromion process.

The muscles of the rotator cuff guide the actions of the arm bone itself, while other larger muscles control the actions of the shoulder as a whole, with both arm bone and shoulder blade functioning as a unit.

How Injuries Occur

The most common rotator cuff injury occurs at the outermost corner of the shoulder, beneath the deltoid (the large muscle you use to lift your arm). The injury is to the supraspinatus, a small muscle that attaches directly to the head of the humerus and assists the deltoid in lifting the arm overhead. The very strength of the deltoid is often the cause of injury to the supraspinatus.

When you take your arms overhead, the deltoid is able to raise the arm to 80 degrees from the body. At this point, the deltoid can’t do much more lifting on its own: the arm bone is almost level with the shoulder, and from this angle the deltoid can only pull the arm bone into the joint rather than lift it higher.

As the arm continues to rise, the deltoid relaxes somewhat and the supraspinatus jumps in to help: it raises the arm for the next 30 to 40 degrees, after which the deltoid can resume its work.

It is within this range of 80 to 120 degrees that the supraspinatus can get hurt. The tendon of the supraspinatus, which is about the size of a large rubber band, is the part of the muscle most often injured, though the muscle itself can also tear.

This could happen in aggressive (downward facing dog) poses, as well as (side plank pose), and in advanced arm balances such as firefly pose.

Simple accidents can also injure the supraspinatus tendon.

For example, if you slip in an icy parking lot and use your arm to break the fall, the humerus gets jammed in the socket, pinching the supraspinatus against the acromion process or even tearing the tendon.

The simple repetitive action or raising your arm can also be at fault.

When you reach for something on a shelf above you, the deltoid can pull the arm bone up too hard, pressing it against the acromion process, thus punching the supraspinatus. Over time, these little injuries add up to a more serious problem.

The shoulder is built to avoid this pinching, but our patterns of use and everyday life leas to imbalance, pain, or lack of mobility. The problem starts with postural habits: many of us overuse the muscles of the shoulders to support the weight of our arms. The muscles closest to the neck (the rhomboids) and those running from the top of the shoulder blades up into the neck itself (the levator scapulae) take the brunt of the weight. This is especially problematic during arm-intensive activities such as typing, when your shoulders become set in a perpetual shrug. Chronic tension builds up, pulling the inner corners of your shoulder blades up toward your ears, causing your back to round and your shoulders to hunch.

This is the beginning of a vicious cycle; the more your shoulder blades creep up the back from the pull of these muscles, the more your muscles tense and shorten, pulling your shoulder blades up even higher. As a result of this tension and the postural misalignment that ensues, the deltoid is far less likely to relax when it’s supposed to. If your shoulders roll forward and the deltoid remains fully engaged as you lift the arm from 80 to 120 degrees, it can cause the humerus to press against the acromion process, pinching the rotator cuff tendon.

There are a variety of poses that can help break the cycle and restore strength and balance to the shoulder muscles-from simple standing poses in which you hold your arms a loft in various positions to those in which your arms directly support the weight of the body. Standing poses can help you reestablish the healthy mobility of the shoulder blades as you lift your arms; they will also enable you to activate other muscles to ease the burden on the rhomboids and levator scapulae.

The inversions, particularly the headstand, strengthen the shoulder muscles, keeping them more open and stress-free.

Last but not least;

“Allow yoga to wash the weight of the world from your shoulders.”

Namaste

Author:

Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; Criminal Justice, BA; RYT-200 hrs; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; Reiki Master; Spirit Guide Coach; Master Resilience Trainer.

A cleaver way from yoga to short circuit the mental patterns that cause anxiety.

How do we short circuit that anxiety?

Above image shows a simplified view of the subtle body of Indian philosophy, showing the three major nadis or channels, the Ida (B), Sushumna (C), and Pingala (D), which run vertically in the body.

Let’s begin with what is a Nadi?

A nerve, blood vessel, also is a term (in yoga) for the channels through which, in traditional Indian medicine and spiritual knowledge, the energies such as prana of the physical body, the subtle body and the causal body are said to flow. Within this philosophical framework, the nadis are said to connect at special points of intensity, the chakras.

A simplified view of the subtle body of Indian philosophy, showing the three major nadis or channels, the Ida (B), Sushumna (C), and Pingala (D), which run vertically in the body.

The three principal nadis run from the base of the spine to the head, and are the ida on the left, the sushumna in the centre, and the pingala on the right.

Yoga philosophy states that is possible to restrain the involuntary alternations of ida and pingala and to unite these two separate streams of energy.

This is literally the meaning of Hatha yoga. Which is the yoga in which ha (the right breath) and tha (the left breath) are joined.

When these streams are united, prana is freed to ascend through the central channel of the spinal cord to its ultimate goal at the crown of the head (the sahasrara chakra). The initial stage of this is called the awakening of sushuma, which from my experience as yoga teacher and Reiki Master is the channel energetic clearing and connection to the Divine.

As mentioned above we can realize how effective our breath can become as a resiliency tool within our body.

To enlist the body as a tool for the development of self-awareness various locks were described by tantric masters and later adapted by hatha yogis.

Three of these locks or bandhas:

The throat, stomach and root lock are fundamental practices of yoga that can be easily learned and eventually refined over a long period of practice.

The throat and root locks function in some respects to seal the upper and lower end of the spinal column.

According to adepts, the throat lock temporary prevents prana (acquisition of energy) from moving upward and restricts the flow of energy through ida and pingala.

The root lock blocks the downward movement of apana (elimination of energy)pulling this energy back toward the navel region.

When the upward and downward moving forces are thus blocked and forced into proximity with each other, then it is said that they function like two sticks being rubbed together: they produce heat. And this heat is magnified by the application of the stomach lock (uddiyana bandha).

The concentration of energy increases with practice, and it is said that a striking phenomenon eventually takes place: in very advanced practitioners the intense heat created by the locks, coupled with retention of the breath, awakens awareness and leads it upward along the central path of the spine. It moves from the base of the spine toward its upper pole, from fear and instinctively craving to illuminated self-awareness (samadhi), which is the goal of yoga.

The following three images will help you practice these locks while the above illustration demonstrates how during a variation (with a bind) of revolved side angle pose the three bandhas are engaged.

Mula Bandha is stabilizing and calming. It also enhances the energy of concentration.

This energetic bonding accompanies both pranayama and meditation, and it provides continuity when breathing practices are completed and meditation begins.

Let’s look at the system of energy that supports the body and mind in order to give perspective to Svatmarama, author of the authoritative Hatha Yoga Pradipika (Light on Hatha Yoga), when he stated “There is no doubt that by practicing mula bandha total perfection is attained.”

The command center of prana is the spinal column, which rises from the perineum to the base of the skull. Within this axis is said to be a central channel of energy (nadi) called sushumna.

Two other passages of energy, known as ida and pingala (as showed in the above image of a seated person) are described as twining upward along the spine from its base, ending in the left and right nostrils respectively.

In ordinary life these two nadis dominate a complex even hierarchical network of energy pathways. Just like our nervous system where both sides are interdependently connected.

For example:

In yogic physiology, left nostril breathing is associated with the parasympathetic nervous system which is active when one is calm and relaxed.

It releases a chemical called acetylcholine which induces a state of well being, pleasure, etc.

Activation of the parasympathetic nervous system tends to slow the heart beat and cause blood vessels to dilate and relax (with the exception of the coronary vessels where it causes constriction).

It causes the pupils of the eyes to constrict. It causes salivary secretions as well as secretions of sweat and gastric juices.

Most interesting of all, parasympathetic activation is associated with an increased degree of sensitivity to telepathy.

Researchers found repeatedly that pranayama, apart from inducing a more healthy feeling in the individual, actually increases telepathic and other higher mental functions.

They have also shown that if you practice concentration or meditation you will have greater success if you precede it with pranayama.

The sympathetic nervous system is particularly active when we experience strong emotions or when we are engaged in some physical work.

It is the other part of the autonomic nervous system, activated by adrenaline secretions in the body. Its functions are generally opposite but complementary to those of the parasympathetic nervous system.

The sympathetic accelerates the heart, causes blood vessels to constrict, the coronary vessels and the pupils to dilate.

It inhibits secretions of the salivary glands, sweat glands and gastric juices. It also causes inhibition of the gastrointestinal tract.

These functions are precisely those which occur with right nostril breathing.

It has also been demonstrated that oxygen ions (02) slow respiration, lower blood pressure, increase mental alertness and feelings of well being, and also increase the action of cilia (hairs) in the respiratory passages.

These correspond to activation of the parasympathetic nervous system whereas ions of carbon dioxide (C02) induce activation of the sympathetic nervous system.

There is a direct correspondence between the states associated with the activation of ida, pingala and sushumna nadis and the parasympathetic, sympathetic and central nervous systems respectively.

When we breathe in through the left nostril, ida nadi or the parasympathetic nervous system as well as the right hemisphere of the brain are stimulated.

When we breathe in through the right nostril, pingala nadi or the sympathetic nervous system as well as the left hemisphere of the brain are stimulated.

When the breath is equalized through both nostrils, the brain and the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems are balanced.

Keep in mind to always approach your physician before practicing any of these bandhas. In particular the practice of these locks should not be done if you have:

• your menstrual period

• high or low blood pressure

• a hernia

• an ulcer in your stomach or intestine

• or recently had any other abdominal illness or trauma

• glaucoma

• heart disease

Last but not least;

When we find ourselves in balance our emotions and actions synchronize in harmony bringing us to the present moment. Allowing us to look towards the past in gratitude for the lessons learned and embrace an uncertain future with confidence and self-love.

Namaste

Author:

Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; Criminal Justice, BA; RYT-200 hrs; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; Reiki Master; Spirit Guide Coach; Master Resilience Trainer.

The Difference between Attachment And Love.

According to Spiritual Law, you can have anything your heart desires.

Now it is important to identify if you are focusing your happiness, sense of security or feeling of power from someone or something in your life as a source.

If that is happening then you are attached to that person or thing.

That needs to be worked because it will bind you to a lower frequency that will keep you stuck and unable to grow into a better version of yourself.

Attachment is about fear and dependency. Which is something that has to be more with self- love instead of love to another.

Love without attachment is the representation of purest love because it isn’t about what others can give you based on a wrong perception that you feel empty,

It is about what you can give others because you are already full.

Let me explain this;

Based on the Law of Detachment in the detachment lies the wisdom of uncertainty…

In the wisdom of uncertainty lies the freedom from our past, from the known, which is the prison of past conditioning.

And in our willing to step to the unknown, the field of all possibilities, we surrender ourselves to the creative mind that orchestrates the dance of the Universe.

The best guidance to boost your level of energy frequency is by releasing unhealthy cords that tie you to people, things and emotions.

1. In the event that we can’t ignore, neither remove (from scratch) attachments from the mind and heart, make a list and organize them placing on the top those that affect your inner peace and create a negative impact to your physical and mental health.

Remember trapped emotions will always search to hang out within your cellular tissue, creating as result energetic blockages that end up in muscle strains, spasms, insomnia, migraines, nervous system diseases and as such physical pain.

2. Reconnect to your spiritual source by praying and meditating.

“When we pray, we talk to God and when we meditate, we listen to God.”

After organizing your attachments, separate at least 15 minutes daily during 21 days (without cheating) sit down in a quite space and begin your personal relationship with God.

The reason of the 21 days is because it’s been sustained by scientific research that in order to develop a good habit or break an addiction within the human’s brain embracing a 21 days challenge is the most effective way to reach the goal.

Pray to God humbly…

a. Gratitude is the best attitude waking up alive during a global Pandemic is a good reason to give thanks.

b. Share what is disturbing your heart and mind (your attachments list), recognize that behind them there is a lesson that needs to be learned, accept the Lord’s will by being receptive to flow (an important person in my life, while being in desolation once told me “You do not negotiate with God”) so you might want to remember that, because if it has made a difference to me and the people I have shared this with, you might benefit from this as well.

Then sit down in silence, bring your attention to your breath thinking that “When you inhale you are taking the strength from God, when you exhale it represents the healing you are giving to yourself and service you are giving to this world.

c. As a Spirit Guide Coach and Master Resilience Trainer, I have realized through personal and clients experiences that an effective way to receive answers to our questions is working with the scriptures.

After you spend those 15 minutes of praying and meditation, have a bible near you close your eyes and ask God for guidance…when you open the bible (randomly) check where your index finger is pointing at, read the chapter because the answer to your question or the consolation to your desolation will be there.

If it’s confusing for you to relate it to your current situation, search in the web for the different reflections available from priests, pastors or spiritual teachers and I assure that you will resonate with one of their different feedbacks.

3. Watch your diet.

As an Ayurvedic Certified Yoga Teacher…

a. You are what you eat! If you are mixing anxiety with opening the refrigerator that’s a wrong answer.

b. Eat 5 small portion of dinners during 24 hours. If you skip meals and do not snack between meals every time you sit down to eat, your brain will fool you to eat at that one opportunity all the food you haven’t eaten. Eventually that will mess up your metabolism generating overweight issues, that will impact your physical and mental (self-esteem) health.

c. Be mindful with your alcohol consumption. Learn to keep boundaries with this, because alcohol lowers energy frequency creating vulnerability to our inmune system. Also alcohol is an addictive (creates attachment)depressor. Just be mindful with your relationship to it. Balance in life is necessary for everything.

4. Exercise.

Scientific research have sustained the benefits of working out to the human’s physical and mental health.

If you are a beginner and are under any kind of medical treatment approach your physician before doing any type of work out.

Walking is a great exercise to start.

Yoga has many styles that suits special needs for everyone. And the best of yoga practice is that stimulates cellular resiliency thru maintaining blood circulation free of blockages because of the consciousness developed of how to use our breath as inner healer.

5. Practice self-love.

Every morning after you wake up and have practiced gratitude to the Lord for the opportunity of another day alive, stand in front of the mirror, see that beautiful and wonderful human being in front of you.

Repeat to yourself the following words…

I love myself

I accept my imperfection and my story. Because without my story I wouldn’t have been able to bloom like a lotus flower currently rising up to the surface of the pond.

I will allow myself to forgive me, because living in pain is a choice.

Hence I will allow myself to release resentments and cut unhealthy cords that attach me to that story.

I will be compassionate to myself working without pressure but will keep in mind that receptivity and heart opening attitude will allow me to live unconditionally into self-love and love without attachments.

Last but not least;

“Detachment is not that you should own nothing, but that nothing should own you.”

Namaste

Author:

Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; Criminal Justice, BA; RYT-200 hrs; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; Reiki Master; Spirit Guide Coach; Master Resilience Trainer.

Sore Today, Strong Tomorrow.

The COVID-19 and its Invisible Warfare.

How To Pick A Battle Carefully.

It is of global acknowledgement that we are fighting a war against an invisible enemy.

Isolation and Quarantine have been two significant missiles that COVID-19 launched to Earth and the human’s mind, besides the amount of infected victims and casualties as we refer to life’s losses during combat within the military community.

Now let us begin with what isolation and quarantine do to the human’s mind.

Isolation and quarantine are public health practices used to protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease.

• Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.

• Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. These people may have been exposed to a disease and do not know it, or they may have the disease but do not show symptoms.

Both scenarios trigger our sympathetic nervous system which directs the body’s rapid involuntary response to dangerous or stressful situations.

Subsequently all this triggers a flash flood of hormones to boost the body’s alertness and heart rate, sending extra blood to the muscles.

When we are unable to manage those emotions and lack resources to activate our relaxation reflexes; such as breathing mindfully (with focus at the present moment).

As result desolation arises making us vulnerable toward doubt, despair, or narcissism which can make one feel disturbed and even bring darkness to our soul.

As result this combination of emotions trigger reactivity with projections and displacement of verbal, non verbal or even physical aggressive behavior to ourselves and others.

Now as it happens during yoga with counterposes and warfare with counterfeit there is always a strategy to persevere and survive during adversity.

Here is when consolation plays an important role representing our inner light and voice through which the soul becomes inflamed with love of its Creator, Supreme Source or Lord.

Consolation teaches us to be resilient by growing and thriving in the face of challenges in order to bounce back from adversity.

Lastly seeing the life’s event as a learning experience that will make us stronger and closer to a better version of ourselves.

St. Ignatius of Loyola labeled this process as “Spiritual Warfare” mental phase.

St. Ignatius was a former military soldier who became wounded in action and during his convalescence, the Lord opened his eyes to the reality of the spiritual battle around and within him.

St. Ignatius developed a structure with rules of engagement, I would have to write an article to breakdown and explain the fourteen of them. So I will go specific.

Now during this Pandemic event what applies is to become aware and understand to some extent the different movements which are caused in the soul, the good, to receive them, and the bad to reject them.

For instance St. Ignatius said…

“In time of desolation never to make a change; but to be firm and constant in the resolutions and determination in which one was the day preceding such desolation, or in the determination in which he was in the preceding consolation.

Because, as in consolation it is rather the good spirit who guides and counsels us, so in desolation it is the bad, with whose counsels we cannot take a course to decide rightly.”

You have the power to intercept any thoughts that triggers you into anxiety by replacing them with positives thoughts (consolation) resiliency oriented.

An effective resilience skill to embrace this is to “Hunt For The Good Stuff.” This means to counter the negative bias, create positive emotion, and notice and analyze what is good.

It is also an exercise that builds gratitude.

Increased gratitude was found to promote both interpersonal and personal well being (Froh et al., 2010), and being grateful may build and strengthen social bonds and friendships (Frederickson, 2004; Komter, 2004).

When do I Hunt For The Good Stuff (Consolation)?

On a regular basis in order to counteract the Negativity Bias (Desolation)

How do I use this skill?

Write down (daily) three positive experiences from the day and write a reflection about why the good thing happened, what the good thing means to you, what you can do to enable more of the good thing, and/ or what ways you or others contributed to the good thing.

At the end you will see how the good spirit (your light) perseveres over the bad spirit (your shadow).

Last but not least;

“Life is a Journey, enjoy the ride”.

Author:

Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; Criminal Justice, BA; RYT-200 hrs; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; Reiki Master; Master Resilience Trainer; Spirit Guide Coach.

FAREWELL 2019

Hey there beautiful Souls, today we are transitioning towards a new decade.

Let’s review briefly and without attachment to the past.

When you start to feel that things should have been better during 2019, remember the mountains and valleys that got you here.

Let me give you an example, yesterday I had to bury my beloved mother after a year of her health struggling. It was hard, very hard! Extremely heart breaking and painful. Moreover, she passed away the day after Christmas.

But her release from suffering, her eternal peace soothes a daughter’s sorrow.

Mountains and valleys in our lives do not show up by accident. They bring always lessons to learn. We will never be the same, but it’s our divine responsibility to pull it off in order to use those experiences as resiliency tools looking forward to find each day a better version of ourselves.

We most embrace our processes with accountability and without exposing others to any remaining collateral damage from our emotional baggage.

Look at yourself in a mirror…

You are not the same, you have grown and you are growing. You are breathing. You are living. You are wrapped in endless, boundless grace. And things will get better. There is more to you than yesterday.

I have learned a lot this year…

I keep learning that things don’t always turn out the way you think they should. Also that there are things that go wrong that don’t always get fixed or get put back together the way they were before.

I have learned that some broken things stay broken. And I have learned that you can get through bad times and keep looking for better ones, as long as you have people who loves you.

Note that 2020 will be a better chapter if we think positively. Let go of past mistakes. Make new friends. With kindness stay away from toxic people. Use our talents. Don’t hold back. Do good deeds. Be of service. Speak up for yourself and know your worth.

Semperlee Yoga wishes you a New Year sheltered with abundance of amazing opportunities, beautiful moments and joyful experiences.

May your positive actions and attitudes inspire others. May you be brave enough to take on and overcome rewarding challenges.

May you find yourself in high spirits and excellent health.

May you love with all your heart and find peace even in the most turbulent of times.

May the love you give find its way back to you multiplied.

And may you forever be filled with hope and strength necessary to make your dreams a reality.

Last but not least click on this link, to watch this gift.

https://youtu.be/FscIgtDJFXg

Namaste🙏🏼

Author:

Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; RYT-200 hrs; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; Reiki Master; CAI; CAHP; CCR; CCHP; CACR; SGC; MRT.

Inspire to Aspire Before You Expire…

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given🎚

Hey there beautiful Souls. I couldn’t miss such a special date to thank you all, for your support to this blog.

Each day there are more beautiful souls subscribing through their emails and that is sort of a Christmas gift to anyone that is humbly trying to share some light.

Also I wanted to share the following thoughts regards today and its meaning.

Let us begin with how a pregnant woman feels having inside her womb a baby and as such her anxiety to meet someone that gives her the chance to feel two hearts instead of one but she cannot see until child’s birth moment.

It is a long journey of nine months and hilariously yesterday my son’s arrival (to spend the holidays with me) was delayed due to unexpected circumstances. I had not seeing him since his college graduation back in June.

I received a text from him telling “Mom I apologize if you have been waiting longer than expected, but there was a delayed out of my control.”

I replied to him Jean if I waited 9 months nurturing you inside my womb, feeling two hearts instead of one (without seeing your beautiful face) I can assure you, I am able to wait longer today!!

So just imagine what Mother Mary went through when she was expecting the son of God, hence the light of our world and to our hearts.

We celebrate the Advent (Birth) of Christ bringing us the following gifts.

Humility (he was born in a stable) and in order to forgive you need to become humble.

Forgiveness because in order to resurrect from any adversity during life it is required to forgive ourselves and others.

That is exactly what Jesus did after his crucifixion and I understand there will never be any adversity into our lives worst than his unique experience.

Unconditional love,

Actually, once while meditating with my Higher Power… I asked

¿What is the best medicine for a human’s Soul?

The answer was “The best medicine for humans is love…”

I asked ¿What if it doesn’t work? The answer was Increase the dose!

Then I realized that unconditional love one was of the strongest foundations during Christs ministry, which was energetically operating throughout the gifts and ministries of the Holy 🕊Spirit.

As such I will leave you with the following words…

The Advent Journey:

Hope becomes peace.

Peace becomes joy.

Joy becomes love.

Love becomes Christ🎚

Jesus is the gift that perfectly fits the size of every heart.

He is the light of our Christmas, the joy of our hearts and the hope of our world.

Last but not least;

Inspire to aspire before you expire…

Merry Christmas!

Author:

Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; RYT-200 hrs; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; Reiki Master; CAI; CAHP; CCR; CCHP; CACR; SGC; MRT.

How To Pick A Battle Carefully.

And old Cherokee told his grandson,

“My son there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy and truth.”

The boy thought about it and asked, “Grandfather, which wolf wins?

The old man quietly replied…

“THE ONE YOU FEED”

Hence the warrior is not someone who fights, for no one has the right to take another life. The warrior within (the Good from the above tale), is the one who sacrifices or even surrenders (him/herself) for the good of others.

In order to take care of the elderly, the defenseless, those who cannot provide for themselves, and above all, the children, the future of humanity.”

Last but not least;

Life will keep bringing you the same test, over and over, again until you pass it!

Namaste

Author:

Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; RYT-200 hrs; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; CAI; CAHP; CCR; CCHP; CACR; SGC; MRT.

The Best Journey Within…

Hello there beautiful Souls, have you visualized your physical body thru an imaginary lens?

Well gently close your eyes, and bring your attention to your breath, bring your tongue towards the roof of your mouth behind the front teeth, begin to inhale thru your nose and when you exhale, begin to activate relaxation within. Now bring your attention to your forehead. Visualize your physical vehicle.

See your physical body as a product of this material dimension. It is created on earth using elements like carbon, hydrogen and calcium. It is vulnerable, it has limitations and a finite lifespan.

Your higher self has chosen to inhabit it to have experiences that the Spirit world does not offer. It is not the real you. What you see in the mirror is only a vehicle. The real you is perfect, limitless and eternal. It is connected to everyone and everything you see. The ability to contact your Guides and their knowledge is omnipresent, but you must do your part to access their wisdom.

How do we access their wisdom? Becoming receptive to this guidance which is your birthright, we are delivered to this life guarded by a celestial energetic team of Guides that includes a guardian angel, a departed loved one (some cases two), Archangel Michael is assigned to protect humanity, so we have this energy available to us when we need to connect to it and some people might have 2 archangels assigned for guidance and protection based on their Soul’s contract or life’s purpose.

The higher our calling the larger the team will be. Meditation, sitting in silence, and asking to receive advice during the dream state are all ways to establish contact with your higher self and Guides. Also thru meditation you can find your life’s purpose and Highest Potential.

What is Highest Potential?

Before going to this explanation I want to address something to make you think.

God sends power in humble packages; on the back of fool little children always, there’s no way to conceal it. 

Because they look harmless. 

Think about humbleness, and it’s congruency with power…at least for a minute.

Our highest potential is manifested when we act every moment (we recognize a choice is present), towards the best potential option (available) within the circumstances as an outcome.

Embrace this process, have no fear to sitting in silence enjoy that darkness as is the only way you will be able to see the light. For assistance in how to meditate go to this website menu and click on meditation benefits.

Last but not least;

Don’t be discouraged by the earthy distractions placed between you and your Guides. Practice developing this sacred relationship. You will find that life becomes much easier when you have daily communication with your Guides.

Namaste

Author:

Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; RYT-200 hrs; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; CAI; CAHP; CCR; CCHP; CACR; SGC; MRT.

Some of our finest works comes through service to others.

Hey there beautiful Souls. Have you ever asked yourself “What being of service mean?

Furthermore, about the positive repercussions it provides to humanity and hence ourselves.

Well when you strive to empower the lives of others, you elevate the consciousness of this dimension. No good deeds is to small act of kindness and service are regarded at the spiritual realms as the loftiest of goals.

To ease suffering of another in any way from charitable contributions to volunteer work, or something as simple as making someone’s day brighter with a simple smile or kind gesture is and will always be the greatest gift you can give to yourself.

And I share this based on my personal experience facilitating Karma yoga to the military community at Puerto Rico.

Keep in mind that raising the energy of this planet by doing selfless deeds is a win-win for all concerned. By raising the vibration of others you raise the vibration within yourself.

Remember above all else you are here to leave this Earth dimension better than how you found it. Seek ways to make your mark, leave your signature with humbleness but do that effort and you will feel how that light which begins to shine (within the chamber of your heart) illuminates and shelters others.

It is not possible to fix all the anguish in the world, but it is imperative that you don’t create more. Be mindful of your thoughts words and deeds.

Last but not least:

“Be the chance that you want to see in the world.”

Namaste

Author:

Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; RYT-200 hrs; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; CAI; CAHP; CCR; CCHP; CACR; SGC; MRT.

Give Without Expectation…

Hey there Beautiful Souls,

Have you ever been able to give without expectations?

Allow me share this with you. When you spread light and love to others, it should be done without any conditions attached to the act.

And why is that?

Because attachment is the root of suffering. We are all made of the same energy, so the good that you give out is essentially given to yourself. In other terms when you help others, you help yourself.

So my point here is that the joy of giving will always be your reward. Remember that energy is constantly flowing, and by lovingly giving unconditionally you will be able to increase the flow and bring it into a higher vibration of being which in turn assists everyone.

Giving is part of our Soul, hence when you are not able to give without conditions, your ego will develop issues of scarcity and the need to feel acknowledged.

When you give selflessly from the heart, you increase the energies of abundance and gratitude throughout your sphere of influence.

Life is not a competition…

We are here to help each other instead of allowing ourselves get lost into an EGO trip, that will trigger inner scarcity leaving behind struggles ultimately delaying your journey towards a higher self.

Focus in ways that you can give without expectations allow yourself to pay forward all the good things (that you already have) without consciously thinking about it and you will be able to see that the best rewards reaped are from acts that you didn’t even realized you had sown.

Author:

Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; RYT-200 hrs; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; CAI; CAHP; CCR; CCHP; CACR; SGC; MRT.

Where ever life plants you… Bloom with grace.

Hello there, beautiful Souls. Sometimes the little things in life are more than enough. You bet they are. Nonetheless, when staring at a sunflower see how bright sunny and positive it spreads seeds of happiness.

What I mean is that you can always choose to rise, shine and hold your head high. Flowers grow back, even after they are stepped on.

If a sunflower chooses to face the sun every single day, you can choose to face the sun as well and instead of holding yourself back in the dark.

Keep in mind that the smallest act of love should begin with self love. Self love is the kindest gift you can shelter your heart with hence someone else’s heart.

Last but not least, darkness is our nature, but the journey for light echoes from our Soul.

Namaste

Author:

Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; RYT-200 hrs; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; CAI; CAHP; CCR; CCHP; CACR; SGC; MRT.