Yes, your belly is where it all happens. Your belly and its advanced solar plexus system determines what frequencies are allowed in and out of the body. It is not just a digestive processing plant for the food you ingest, it is also a processing centre for your emotions. A primal connection exists between our brain and our gut. We often talk about a “gut feeling” when we meet someone for the first time. We’re told to “trust our gut instinct” when making a difficult decision or that it’s “gut check time” when faced with a situation that tests our nerve and determination. This mind-gut connection is not just metaphorical. Our brain and gut are connected by an extensive network of neurons and a highway of chemicals and hormones that constantly provide feedback about how hungry we are, whether or not we’re experiencing stress, or if we’ve ingested a disease-causing microbe. This information superhighway is called the brain-gut axis and it provides constant updates on the state of affairs at your two ends. That sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach after looking at your post-holiday credit card bill is a vivid example of the brain-gut connection at work. You’re stressed and your gut knows it—immediately. Your gut is the controller of your emotional system, frequently referred to as our "second brain", however, it is this sensory system that connects you fully to your environment, to your Self, to life and enables you to thrive, NOT the brain in your cranium.
So, why oh why do we constantly ignore this sensitive and powerful area?
It's time to pay attention to your gut, not just through the food you eat, but with a respect and awareness that your metabolism, digestion, growth, and healing all take place in this complex network of nerve plexus’ below the waist. This ‘second brain’ is the place change is created.
And this is why Kundalini Yoga focusses strongly on the Navel point. "All Yoga starts at the Navel centre".... your connection to life begins at the Navel. This is because it is a vital centre of energy transformation in the body. A strong navel brings many blessings including better circulation throughout the body, an overall feeling of well-being, more courage and a deeper ability to meditate and transform on energetic levels. A weak navel reflects a fatigued body, anxious mind and restless spirit. Kundalini practice awakens the intelligence of your navel point through specific yogic techniques, and there's no better place to start with this awakening than with daily Stretch Pose and Sat Kriya.
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Our belly constantly communicates with us; butterflies when we're nervous, rumbling when we're hungry, bloating, burping, burning when we ignore what and how we are eating. We are sensory beings, however, we have become increasingly distanced from our Selves, our bodies, feelings and senses, which means we do not hear the warning signs coming from our body. Our gut shouts the loudest! But we over-ride its cries and continue with familiar habits, convincing ourselves that it's "normal" to have a bloated stomach after eating, that burping is what everyone does. Take care of your belly by understanding who you are, what body-type you have, what foods will nourish your inner Self and enable you to thrive. The first step towards becoming a sensory being again is to learn about yourself, get close to your inner workings - gut and mind - with an Ayurvedic Consultation .
Ranjan is our Ayurvedic expert with years of experience in diagnosing and healing. He guides you simply and gently towards understanding your body and mind, so you can begin to interpret all the wonderful signals, sensations and communications that move through your magical powerful belly.
Listen to your gut, and get in touch with Immortelle Yoga now.