Thursday, May 26, 2016

High Frequency foods to promote Health.

We all know that the yogic diet is a strictly vegetarian one consisting of simple and natural organic foods that promote our health both mentally and physically.  Eating foods that are first-hand from nature that have been grown in fertile soil free from chemicals and pesticides and that have not been genetically modified are going to give the maximum nutritional values that we need.  Processing, refining and over-cooking destroy much of these values. We are all vibrating at different levels consistently, our cells are vibrating our minds are certainly vibrating even our skin – our whole self is operating on a vibratory level, that level goes up and down depending on our situation.  A person in upmost health is vibrating on a high level compared to a person who is suffering with disease either mental or physical or both.  In that case the vibratory level goes right down.  The purpose of eating is to supply our being with life force or prana the vital life energy.  Everything we eat also has its own vibration, foods that have been grown directly in the sun are going to have a much higher frequency than foods that have not received that life giving energy from direct rays of light.  Processed and refined foods are like eating affirmations of death to your system.  So the higher the frequency of the foods that we eat are, the more prana we will have and we will be in better health.  Here I have listed the high, medium and dense frequency foods that a yogi diet would include, so clearly the more high frequency and the less dense frequency foods that we ingest then the more energy we are going to have. –
High Frequency Foods – promoting optimal wellness
Highest – spirulina, blue green algae, chlorella
Medium – sea vegetables such as nori, hiijki, arame, sea cucumber
Low – leafy green vegetables, cabbage, chard, collard greens, kale, red lettuce, green leaf lettuce, spinach, watercress, sprouted seeds, bakchoy, bananas, avocado, kiwi, pomegranates, papaya, melons, plums, lemons, limes, oranges, berries, mango, pineapple.
Medium Frequency Foods – promoting good health
Highest – nuts and seeds, vegetable flowers, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels, artichoke, dates, figs, apples, apricots, raisins, prunes.
Medium – vine flowering vegetables, cucumbers, eggplant, aubergine, peppers, pumpkin, squash, tomatoes.
Low – tubers and stem vegetables, asparagus, leaks, celery, rhubarb, radish.
Dense Frequency – promoting basic health
Highest – green beans, split peas, legumes, lentils, kidney beans, black eyed peas.
Medium – roots, beets, carrots, potatoes, parsnips, yams, turnips.

So munch away on the highest frequency foods to attain vitality and be full of prana with a keen intellect and serenity of mind.
Eat to live not live to eat!!
Have beautiful healthy days
OM Lokha Somastha Sukhino Bhavantu
May we all find balance and harmony
May we all live as one.
Always –
Mangala / Nicky

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Soften your Heart, let go of your Resistence.

After spending almost a year now in Kampala; Uganda, I look back to all the people I have shared yoga here with since I came, or have practiced with and think about where we are at.  I have taught policemen, security guards, school teachers, NGO workers, mental health patients, support workers, students, cleaners, mums and lots more, local Ugandans and expats alike.  I have practiced with some guys that certainly like to bring the idea of ‘Power’ to the mat.  Some have been amazingly open and joyful even excited to come to my classes, whilst others have been suspicious and defensive to the practice.  Before coming to this beautiful country I was warned by a lovely Ugandan lady I had been teaching in Kathmandu – Nicky be careful with the deepness in your classes, be careful with your chanting and the spiritual aspect, go gently.  I listened to her of course but I have always stuck to the truth of the teachings, I have complete faith in them because I have felt them and do so on a daily basis and I’m not scared to be challenged, in fact I almost welcome it as I see a lot of modern forms of yoga being practiced here as a physical experience only.  I am only too keen to have the opportunity to practice here and bring to others classical yoga and the depths of all my trainings.  As I look back to how I first started many years ago, sometimes I felt resistance too but this softened and slowly I started to embrace all aspects of yoga.  I stopped fighting and managed to put myself on a little lotus leaf and let it be carried by the river of life.  I stopped needing to be in control.  I stopped worrying about my body and started to be more concerned with my heart. 
When I first started yoga I had no intention really of a spiritual journey I just wanted to play with the body and see what I could do, I wasn’t even really aware of what yoga was and thought it to be just some form of exercise, but over time things started to open within me, and I wanted to and started to connect to the divine.  I started to connect to that which is divine within us, my whole world started to open on a level I hadn’t really experienced before.  Meaningfulness started to poor into my practice, which in turn opened up new possibilities in my life.  I no longer battle to try and find whatever it was I thought I was looking for, I no longer battle to be in a place where I think I should be, but take joy in surrendering to the play of life in a very wonderful and beautiful cosmos.  When I think back before I had found this amazing thing called yoga I seem to have been always searching or fighting something, now I am relaxed and contented.  I am relaxed to be where I am on a moment-by-moment basis and to find a contentment or acceptance of it. 
This yoga is a journey and as much as I love to travel the globe, meet new cultures and learn from them and see the beauties of the planet, I also love to journey within now with confidence to explore the soul.  It is an amazing adventure and one of constant learning.  Which is a wonderful thing to keep learning and being ever inquisitive. 
Yoga isn’t about standing on our heads, putting our legs behind our heads, being able to hold plank pose for five minutes, it is about accepting our humanness and seeing the Divine within and journeying beyond.  It is becoming the master over the five elements - which make our physical bodies, it is being able to observe our mental activities and emotions, it is finding complete balance over our energies, and moving beyond this.  It is about exploring our limitations and then becoming limitless.  Now when I chant Siva Siva Siva Siva, it is not that I am a Hindu or have a vision of a form of a man with dreadlocked hair tied above his head holding a trident, but that of the meaning of Siva – that which is not.  Because that which is – is material, it is physical – that which is not, goes beyond.
Yoga pre-dates any religion, before any idea of religion entered humans mind, yoga was.
So when I meet people coming to yoga for the first times and I find they have a heart that is closed, a mind showing resistance, in a way it makes me smile as I think back to myself, and also now to those people that I met in the past and that also showed that same resistance, but they kept coming and are now yoga teachers themselves. 
Oh for the journey!
AUM Lokha Somastha Sukhino Bhavantu
May all beings find harmony and balance.

Mangala / Nicky.