Exercise Sequence for Freedom

We recommend that you do these exercises underneath or in sight of a bodhi tree. If that isn't possible, then visualise a bodhi tree. The energy of the tree strengthens the effect of the exercises. a) Place your feet hip-width apart now alternate between standing on the balls of your feet and back down again. Keep your eyes shut. Firebreathe. 1-3 minutes. The calf muscles are energetically connected to the lymph glands. These exercises stimulate the pituitary gland. b) Stand on the balls of...

The Basics

Before beginning, attune yourself by singing ONG NAMO GURUDEV NAMO three times. This means 'I greet the cosmic energy and the exalted path that leads from the darkness into the light.' Hold each tone for a while, and although you have your mouth open, allow most of your breath, and most of the sound too, to flow out of your nostrils. This will make the roof of your mouth vibrate, positively influencing the hypothalamus and pituitary glands in your brain. (See Mantras below.) Long, deep...

Tree Yoga

Strengthen Your Personal Yoga Practice Through the Living Wisdom of Trees 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 09 08 07 This English edition 2007 Earthdancer GmbH English translation 2007 Sam Bloomfield Originally published in German as Baum-Yoga World copyright 2006 Neue Erde GmbH, Saarbruecken, Germany Original German text copyright 2005 Satya Singh & Fred Hageneder All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reprinted or reproduced or utilised in any form or by any...

Kundalini Yoga

'Kundalini Mata Shakti, Mata Shakti Namo Namo' (Kundalini, mother energy, mother energy I call you, I call you) Different cultures have handed down the traditional wisdom of there being a World Tree inside the human body. Ancient Egyptian sources, as well as the mystical writings of Jewish rabbis, talk of the importance of the spine as being the root containing an awesome amount of life force and consciousness. A complete teaching for the care of this, our 'own' Tree of Life, comparable to the...

Exercise Sequence for Building Courage

Exercise Sequence

We recommend that you carry out these exercises either under or in view of a pine tree. If that's not possible, you can visualise a pine. The energy of the tree strengthens the effect of the exercises. a Jog on the spot. While you are doing this, cross your arms in front of your chest if you are a woman or if you are a man, bring your elbows up by your sides to the height of your shoulders, with your forearms hanging down vertically. Your hands are in the Gyan Mudra. Breathe rhythmically for...

Exercise Sequence for Inspiration

Back Bending Yoga Sequence

We recommend that you carry out these exercises either under or in view of a rowan tree. If that's not possible you can visualise a rowan. The energy of the tree strengthens the effect of the exercise. a Place your feet about 15 cm apart. Feel the soles of your feet in contact with the ground. Bend your knees a little, and let your pelvis rotate slowly. Feel how your pelvis is connected to your knees and feet. Then slowly circle your upper body, shoulders and head. Now bring your hands above...

Exercise Sequence for Concentration

Exercise Sequence

We recommend that you do these exercises underneath or in sight of a beech tree. If that isn't possible then visualise a beech tree. The energy of the tree strengthens the effect of the exercises. a Stand upright and put your left hand under your right armpit. Your right arm hangs down straight by your side. As you breathe in, swing your left leg straight backwards, and breathe out as you swing it forwards. Sense that your swinging movement is coming from the middle of your body. Repeat this...

Exercise Sequence for Vitality

We recommend that you do these exercises underneath or in sight of a yew tree. If that isn't possible then visualise a yew tree. The energy of the tree strengthens the effect of the exercises. a Stand upright stretch out your arms level in front of you and hold them firmly all the way into the tips of your fingers, so that they bend upwards a little. Close your eyes and breathe long and deep. 5 minutes. This exercise energises the fingers, which reflexology teaches us are energetically...

Recommended Literature

Nirvair Singh Khalsa, 1994 Kundalini Yoga Sadhana Guidelines. Yogi Bhajan. Kundalini Research Institute 1974 Kundalini Yoga. Shakta Kaur Khalsa. DK 2001 The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan. Hawthorne Books 1977 Kundalini, the Essence of Yoga. Guru Dharam Singh Khalsa amp Darryl O'Keefe. Gaia Books 2002 Keeping up with Kundalini Yoga. Yogi Bhajan. Kundalini Research Institute 1980 Yoga for the 80's. Yogi Bhajan. Arcline Institute 1982 Kundalini Yoga Manual, Student Manual...

Exercise Sequence for Abundance

We recommend that you carry out these exercises either under or in view of an elder tree. If that's not possible, you can visualise an elder. The energy of the tree strengthens the effect of the exercises. a Tree pose. Stand on your right leg and bring your left foot to your groin or on the inside of your right thigh. Stretch your arms high above your head, palms together. Focus on one spot at eye level and breathe long and deep. 1-3 minutes, then change sides. Strengthens the large muscles...

Picture Credits

Cover photo of Satnam Kaur Wester by Satya Singh. All yoga poses taken by Satya Singh and Fred Hageneder model Avtar Kaur Olivier. All tree photos taken by Fred Hageneder, apart from rowan and oak, taken by Simant Bostock, and the pipal, taken by Satya Singh. All tree illustrations Elaine Vijaya Illustrations 4, Elaine Vijaya from The Spirit of Trees 5, from A.B. Cook, Zeus, 1914, pp. 229 and 402 Photo of Yogi Bhajan, p. 33 unknown Illustrations, p. 46-47 Angela Schneider Photos p. 215 Fred...

Stand With Your Feet About 50 Cm Apart

Shankasana

A With your feet hip-width apart and your arms by your sides, turn your palms to face the front and breathe in. Make a fist with your left hand bend your left elbow and as you breathe out move your fist to your right shoulder, while you turn your whole body to the left. As you breathe in again, bring your fist down again open your hand, and turn your body back to the centre again. Repeat this movement as you breathe out, with your right fist, turning to the right as you bring your arm to your...

Healing Exercise Sequence

Bend The Right

We recommend that you carry out these exercises either under or in view of a lime tree. If that's not possible, you can visualise a lime tree. The energy of the tree strengthens the effect of the exercises. a Place your feet hip-width apart and stretch your arms straight up. As you breathe in, bend to the left, stretching your right side as you breathe out, bend to your right. 26 times for each side. This exercise stretches your rib muscles and activates the lymphatic system. b Stretch your...

Tree and Human

A brief scientific look at trees can show us why people from all over the world decided to turn them into temples, searching out their presence for healing, and expanding consciousness. It was in 1925 that the electrical current of a tree a maple was first measured and documented. An extended research project undertaken by Yale University in 1943-1966 established without a shadow of doubt that trees exist within a bioelectrical field. The charge within the electrical field of trees follows a...

Lime

According to herbal lore, no plant in Europe has such a broad spectrum of medicinal uses. Its leaves, flowers, bark and roots have long been used, and still are, to promote human well-being. Early on, the lime was honoured with a place in Greek mythology because of its many gifts to humanity. Asklepius, founder of western medicine, gained his wisdom from the centaur Chiron, son of Phylira. Phylira is the original spirit of the lime. For many Anglo-Saxon and...