Positive Affirmations

 I’ll like to share with you guys one technique you can use in your next meditation session which is the use of Positive Affirmations!

What is it?

Positive affirmations can be defined as an action or process of offering emotional support and encouragement.

Why is it useful?

When we look at the steps of Karmic Cycle (Intention, Action, Reaction, Reflection, Effect, Action), our intentions or thoughts contributes to the decisions in the karmic patterns of our lives.

The concept of positive affirmations allows us to find consciousness in both enforcing patterns in our lives that promotes our well-being and breaking patterns that hinder us from progressing in life. As thoughts orient our actions and decisions, positive affirmation can help to bring awareness in manifesting positive thoughts for a happier you!

How can you use it? – Chakra Meditation

If you have never used positive affirmations in your practice, try using positive affirmations based on the chakras of the body to start!

As chakras represents states of consciousness, each chakra is a centre of subtle awareness and relates to specific feeling and emotion. Therefore, it’ll be easier to focus your attention to relate it to specific emotions.

First, try to visualise 7 points in your body from the base of the spine to the crown of the head as follows:

  1. Root Chakra (Muladhara) – located at Base of the spine
  2. Sacral Chakra (Swadhisthana) – located in the genital area
  3. Navel Chakra (Manipura) – located at the navel
  4. Heart Chakra (Anahata) – located at the heart
  5. Throat Chakra (Vishuddha) – located at the base of the throat
  6. Third Eye Chakra (Ajna) – located in between the third eye
  7. Crown Chakra (Sahasrara) – located at the crown of the head

Next, use these affirmations for each specific point of chakra. Gently close your eyes and focus on your inhales and exhales to slow down your breathing. While meditating try to repeat each affirmation to yourself and observe how your body at that particular chakra point reacts to each affirmation.

  1. Root Chakra – Deals with security/survival/ belonging

Affirmation- “I do not let fears hold me back.”

  1. Sacral Chakra – Deals with intimacy/passion/desires 

Affirmation- “I feel empathy for others. ”

  1. Navel Chakra – Deals with Energy/Power/ Self-Esteem

Affirmation – “I am strong and confident.

  1. Heart Chakra – Deals with Love/ Hope/ Compassion

Affirmation – “I seek to help others.”

  1. Throat Chakra – Deals with communication/ Honesty/ expression

Affirmation – “I am honest with myself and others.”

  1. Third Eye Chakra – Deals intuition/intelligence/ clairvoyance

Affirmation – “I have clarity in my thoughts and mind.”

  1. Crown Chakra – Deals with Enlightment/ Understanding/ Oneness

Affirmation – “I let go of all my attachments. ”

Notice how your body reacts to each affirmation while you are repeating each affirmation. For example, if you feel any physical tension in the body or any thoughts that comes to you in each chakra point during your practice. You can also take note if there is any chakra you feel more empowered or feel hindered by.

You can keep a journal to pen down any of your observations. As the idea of positive affirmations is to bring awareness to karmic patterns of your mind. It’s recommended to continue practising with these affirmations to find patterns in trains of thoughts to provide clarity to the mind.

I hope this help you guys in your practice!

Realising own ignorance in Satya

Satya is defined as truthfulness without any hidden agendas or motives. As part of the 8 limbs of Raja Yoga, it forms the social practices in managing the senses of oneself. Aligned with Satya, I have always pride myself in being an honest person. I used to think of that as a quality of being “real” as opposed to being “fake” in today’s society. However, I realised that I haven’t adhered to Satya.

This is because I have only seen things from the lenses of my life. Be it in the social construct of Singapore, my personality or the experiences that I have gone through. Satya is only fulfilled when we remove the illusion of what we see from our perspective and see something as it simply is. However, I used to have fixed assumptions about people I am close as I was unable to shift it out of my experiences. I now realised that my perceived certainty has been misleading to what is actually truth; because I can never know everything about another person’s experiences, thoughts, intentions and actions. I have came to understand that this certainty has been the basis of conflict between opposing people sticking to their version of “truth”.

Satya also requires truthfulness that is in harmony with the other Yamas as well. For instance, this can refer to Yamas such as Ahimsa (non-violence) where one should show compassion and kindness while speaking the truth. Although I always speak about my truth, I am usually too blunt and don’t think about how my choice of words can cause hurt to someone else. It usually also comes with the intention of asserting my opinions onto others. In the past, I usually justify hurting someone’s feelings with the impression that I am right and they should the one that should change themselves. I realised that I should be more aware to express empathy to others even though I am speaking my truth.

Through this topic, I have realised my personal shortcomings in certain areas of my personality and will continue to reflect and work on them in terms of Satya and the other Yamas. I hope that this ignorance of mine would turn to knowledge for me to be a better version of myself starting today.

COVID-19 – A Cabin Crew’s Yoga Journey

“Love the moment, and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries.” -Corita Kent (1918-1986) This sentence was one of toughest but most rewarding lesson that I have learned from practising yoga during this circuit breaker.

Before COVID-19 started, I was in a never ending pace of life. As a cabin crew for about four years, life was always a constant blur of events. I was jet-setting around the region from Nepal to Australia with topsy-turvy work schedules; waking up at ungodly hours to report for work at 5:30am one day then staying awake till the passengers have disembarked at 8:00am in the morning the very next flight. If I wasn’t flying, I would have been about: on layovers, sightseeing, shopping, meeting friends, visiting cafes and restaurants, facials, manicures, massages, day trips, multiple gym sessions and the occasional night out drinking. Although I had always used the physical aspect of yoga as a way for me to take my mind off this hectic lifestyle, I immediately jumped back into the craziness once the class ends with “namaste”.

Then disaster (or so I perceived) struck. COVID had consumed the world with countries shutting their gates to others and Singapore having its own version of a lockdown. Flights were canceled everywhere, and I ended up trapped in the four walls of the house I grew up in without the usual level of income coming in. Suddenly, I was at a complete lost. I started feeling self-defeated because of the situation I was forced in.

However, Yoga had now became my constant.

I decided to dive into a home yoga practise with a goal of practising daily. Something which I never would have done if I was flying because I had the impression that there’s no time or I was too tired or I had to practise in the studio to feel at peace. With the practice of daily asanas, I realised that these ideas were only based on my limited beliefs of what yoga should be. I gradually stopped victimising myself and started feeling grateful of my body as it was all I needed to continue my practise. My view of the circuit breaker slowly changed as well as I felt I finally had a much needed rest both physically and mentally such as sufficient sleep and time to explore personal interests which I never got to prior to it.

I also started meditating which was something I had never thought I would ever practise in the past. I used to have this tendency to overthink and create scenarios about the future or relive scenarios of the past in my mind. This unconsciously created a lot of doubt and negative self-talk in me which I carried around constantly. However, through meditation after my daily workouts, I started to become more aware of the clutter in my mind. That thoughts were just thoughts. It created a sense of presence of the moment and I became more able to mentally remove myself from self-limiting beliefs. I felt my soul cleansed of all the stress and tension I have placed upon myself all this time.

I now see the silver lining in this pandemic thanks to yoga. Yoga has allowed me to see that this period in time is an opportunity to pause and reset. It puts into perspective and a sense of gratitude about who and what are important in life. Therefore, “in loving the moment”, gratitude and acceptance in our circumstance creates small happiness that will last beyond.

A Sattvic Breakfast Idea for Kapha-Pitta types

Ayurvedic Dosha and Diets

With a combination of the grounded Kapha but fiery Pitta in you, striking a balance in diets between these Doshas is crucial in this Ayurvedic type.

The good news for Kapha-Pittas is that we have the space to incorporate two diets of warm well seasoned and balanced food with moderate use of various oils. Some of the similarities from these two Doshas are the use of sweets fruits such as pears, mangoes, apples, plums with the avoidance of dried fruits. As a part-Kapha type, fruits should be eaten at restricted timings one hour before or after a meal and not in the evenings. Also, both Doshas incorporate bitter tasting vegetables in their diets. This includes cauliflower, celery, parsley, peas, sprouts, cabbage and lettuce. Finally, both Doshas prefer the use of cooked oats, barley, Basmati rice as a choice of grain and the use all legumes with the exceptions lentils and white beans.

Although Kapha-Pitta types may utilize nutrition from two Doshas, some contradictions may occur. For example, pitta diets encourages milk products and substitutes such as unsalted butter, ghee, goat milk, cow milk, cheese and even vegan choices of soy milk and tofu. However, Kapha diets requires an avoidance of cheeses and only limited quantities of reduced fat animal milk. The only exception would be soy milk for Kapha types. Another instance is the use of spices whereas Kapha diet encourages the use of all spices while Pitta diet only allows for certain spices such as cilantro, cinnamon, turmeric, cardamom, fennel and some black pepper.

With the idea of a Sattvic diet which is mostly raw, organic and vegetarian that is in line with this Ayurvedic type; you can follow this simple, Apple cinnamon oats recipe for breakfast. It’s a quick, simple recipe for a healthy vegan breakfast that you have in less than 15 minutes!

Recipe (Serving Size for one)

Ingredients:

1 cup Soymilk

1/2 cup Rolled Oats

1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon

1 tablespoon Organic honey

1/2 medium Apple (Peeled and Chopped)

1/4 cup of walnuts

Instructions:

  1. Mixed together apple, organic honey and cinnamon in a medium sized bowl and set aside.
  2. In another medium pan, heat up soymilk to a low boil over medium/high heat.
  3. Add in oatmeal and reduce heat to medium, stirring occasionally for 3-5 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed.
  4. Transfer cooked oats to a bowl and add spiced Apple mixture to the oatmeal.
  5. Top it off with walnuts and drizzle more honey onto oatmeal if desired.

https://www.euroved.com/en/ayurveda/test/pitta-kapha/#anupana