What is I-Yoga – Interoceptive Yoga?

Interoceptive-Yoga or I-Yoga was developed by Dr Nitasha Buldeo. It is a simple 4 step yoga practice designed to deepen your body awareness. It is based on a comprehensive understanding of classical Hatha Yoga and scientific research in the field of interoception.

Interoception is a scientific term that means inner awareness. By fusing scientific understanding with the ancient practices of yoga, Interoceptive Yoga has the ability to train body and brain awareness more speedily than traditional methods. 

How Interoceptive Yoga Works?

Interoceptive Yoga may be seen as a bio-hacking technique that enables you to peel back your superficial layers of awareness to free your Inner Genius. It comprises weekly yoga classes for 12 weeks. Over the 12 weeks, you will be guided through the I-Yoga 4 step process to improve your body function. This 4 step process is repeated 3 times – to help you understand the process and learn the tools required to maintain optimal functioning.

Step 1 – I-Yoga MyoRelease – works on tight muscles and tendons that give us poor posture. We use trigger point stimulation to release muscular tension and myofascial contracture. Poor posture prevents your body from functioning optimally. Muscular tension and contractures hinder the bio-electric flow through your body. By releasing these – nerve impulses can flow freely. I-Yoga MyoRelease also eliminates muscle fatigue, restores flexibility and enables deep relaxation.

Step 2 – I-Yoga ReAlign – once myofascial contractures are released – we begin to realign the body for optimal performance and enhanced bio-electric energy flow. You see immediate improvements in your posture and learn the posture of success. You will also start to understand how to use breath to control the Body. I-Yoga ReAlign improves posture and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system to aide deep healing.

Step 3 – I-Yoga Stimulate – once your body is realigned and posture corrected we begin to strengthen your skeletal muscle to maintain this good postural alignment. Yoga flow sequences and strong holds are then used to stimulate the sympathethic nervous system and strengthen your body and mental resolve. You learn how to use posture, breath and mental focus to calm your mind and overcome challenges.

Step 4- I-Yoga MediTate – once your posture and breath are strong and controlled, you are taught mind and body techniques that enable your to access deeper states of awareness, creative insight, intuitive wisdom, mastery or peak experiences. Using repetitive flow, deep breathing and a variety of mind-training techniques, I-MediTate harmonises mind and body generating a deeply restful yet super-creative mental state. With regular practice, you learn how to access this superconscious state at will.

To summarise – in step 1, the primary focus is on the release of tightness and pain in the body. In step 2, we realign and correct posture to enable more efficient bio-electric energy flow in our body. In step 3, we direct the body, breath and bio-energy to strengthen the mind and diminish disruptive thoughts. And once this happens we are able to proceed to step 4, where we explore the learn how to access our creativity, intuition or inner wisdom.

Interoceptive-Yoga is The Most Direct Method to a Blissful State.

Dr Nitasha Buldeo is an Integrated Medical Practitioner, Entrepreneur, Scientist and Yogi. She created  I-Yoga & Organic Apoteke and is Director of the Centre for Exceptional Human Performance. She researches human potential and delivers programs that encourage you to live exceptionally. Nitasha believes that every one of us is striving to be the best we can. Her passion is bringing you experiences that inspire you. Her intention is for you to unlock your genius.

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What are Peak Experiences?


Peak experiences
The psychologist Abraham Maslow labeled ‘peak experiences’ or PE’s as “those moments, lasting from seconds to minutes, during which we feel the highest levels of happiness, harmony and possibility.”

PE’s range from intense pleasure to almost ‘supernatural’ experiences of enhanced consciousness, These experiences feel different from and superior to normal experience.

A recent example of a peak experience was reported by the mathematician, Andrew Wiles, in the Horizon program on BBC. Andrew Wiles described the moment he solved ‘Fermat’s Last Theorem’- a problem that has exercised the minds of the greatest mathematicians for three centuries. After working for seven years in solitude and secrecy, Wiles announced that he had succeeded – only to publicly find a flaw in his reasoning. As opposed to giving up, Andrew engaged in another year of intense work. Andrew reported, then ‘Suddenly, totally unexpectedly, I had this incredible revelation… It was so indescribably beautiful; it was so simple and so elegant. I just stared in disbelief for twenty minutes’. As Wiles recounted his peak experience, he became overwhelmed with emotion at the recollection. 

This description of overpowering feelings and sensations accompanying creative insight has been repeatedly described. From the ‘eureka’ moment of Archimedes in the bath, right through to modern intellectual giant’s, the moment of creative insight displays striking similarities. Whether we call it enlightenment, moments of genius, peak experiences or samadhi – these spectacular experiences are available to us all. They are not limited to the wisest amongst us or the most elevated.

However, these experiences do not strike at random, they are associated with particular circumstances. Their occurrence may be associated with intense focus, transformation in physical posture, mental flexibility, states of complete relaxation. Studies suggest that yoga, meditation and mental training techniques enable one to experience PE’s more frequently.

The I-Yoga: Interoceptive Yoga program is designed to enable your body to function optimally thereby increasing the frequency of peak experiences.

Dr Nitasha Buldeo is an Integrated Medical Practitioner, Entrepreneur, Scientist and Yogi. She created  I-Yoga & Organic Apoteke and is Director of the Centre for Exceptional Human Performance. She researches human potential and delivers programs that encourage you to live exceptionally. Nitasha believes that every one of us is striving to be the best we can. Her passion is bringing you experiences that inspire you. Her intention is for you to unlock your genius.

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What is Samadhi?

Samadhi is enlightenment. Samadhi means “joining together” or “a state of wholeness”. Within many spiritual traditions Samadhi refers to the deepest state of meditative consciousness or enlightenment. Swami Rama – Master of the Himalayan Tradition described samadhi as the highest state of wisdom. And Patanjali in his Yoga Sutra’s claimed that samadhi was the final limb and ultimate reward of yogic practice.

Patanjali’s second sutra or aphorism explains the aim of yoga philosophy and practice. Yoga chitta-vritti-nirodhah. This translate to “Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind”. Or “yoga is samadhi”. The aim of yoga practice at every level and in every moment is to attain the highest of all states – samadhi.

But, what is samadhi?

For Patanjali samadhi is not about communing with God. Gods existance or not, was of no concern to him. “Oh yogi,” he says “you have to know yourself on all levels.” You have to understand your body and how it works. You have to know how your body affects your mind. It is only then that you can begin to look into your mind. Only when you understand your mind and discover what is conscious and what is not – that you begin to understand yourself. And when you understand your Self, you understand the Self of all – the Absolute Self (Brahman). This is called Absolute Truth. This is samadhi.

The Katha Upanishad – an ancient Indian text – described samadhi as a feeling of tranquility that is never disturbed, no matter what happens. While experiencing the tranquility of samadhi, your mind becomes so balanced that you are able to enter the fourth state of consciousness – turiya or the superconscious state.

Superconsciousness

All of us have experienced the first three states of consciousness – waking, dreaming and deep dreamless sleep. However a few – yogi’s who practice the inner yogic path – become aware of the fourth state – turiya – superconsciousness or universal consciousness. By attaining turiya – you come in touch with the source of knowledge and infinite love. You gain access into the library of intuitive knowledge.

Turiya is acute, heightened perception not limited by human or ego needs. In the state of turiya – the yogi is still susceptible to mundane challenges – but because all conflicts within and without are resolved – nothing in the world can disturb him.

The Fluctuations of the Mind

Until we reach the state of samadhi – our minds fluctuate between sankalpa (intentions) and vikalpa (imagination). Both sankalpa and vikalpa have positive and negative effects.

Sankalpa helps with discipline and enables us to focus on and achieve goals. But sometimes these intentions can become obsessions that prevent us from growing or achieving higher states of being.

Vikalpa – our imagination may be a wonderful source of creatively – helping us see alternative ways of being. But imagination may also give rise to fear, doubt, mental lassitude – preventing you from achieving your potential.

Hardwired for Tranquility

Yoga practice disciplines body and mind – giving you control over both – so you may stop the mental fluctuations at will. With regular yoga practice we train and develop neural pathways to achieve a states of tranquility. Over time our bodies become hardwired to maintain these states of tranquility – making it possible for us to attain Superconsciousness or Turiya.

Dr Nitasha Buldeo is an Integrated Medical Practitioner, Entrepreneur, Scientist and Yogi. She created  I-Yoga & Organic Apoteke and is Director of the Centre for Exceptional Human Performance. She researches human potential and delivers programs that encourage you to live exceptionally. Nitasha believes that every one of us is striving to be the best we can. Her passion is bringing you experiences that inspire you. Her intention is for you to unlock your genius.

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What is Mastery?

Mastery is defined as comprehensive knowledge in a particular field or subject. Yet we intuitively feel that there is more to mastery.

In his book, entitled Mastery, Robert Green refers to the sensation of mastery.  I like this explanation because it sheds light on how mastery feels. He writes – mastery is the feeling that “we have a greater command of reality, other people or ourselves”.

We all remember times when have experienced such a feeling – even if it was only for a short period. However for Master’s in any field – this feeling becomes a way of life, it becomes their way of experiencing the world. Therefore Masters ritually engage in practices that strengthens their unique perceptions.

To write his book, Robert Green studied the lives of various Masters including Leonardo da Vinci, Napoleon Bonaparte, Charles Darwin and Thomas Edison. A second author, George Leonard, also wrote a book called Mastery, however he focused on Zen philosophy and his personal practice of martial arts. But the fascination with mastery is not new, over the ages many Indian and Buddhist sages described their practices towards mastery in yoga, meditation and intellectual knowledge. What is interesting is that they all conclude and I concur – the process that leads to mastery is simple and universal. If you learn the process of mastery on one field, you can apply it to any field.

There are 3 simples stages to mastery.

Stage one: Studentship, Apprenticeship, The Learning Mindset

In stage one – we begin to seek knowledge and we feel as if we are on the outside. There seems to be a divide between those who know and those who don’t. This can feel uncomfortable. However, to begin the journey to Mastery we need to overcome pride and decide to learn as much as we can about the the new field. We also need to understand that at this point we will only have partial knowledge. The information we acquir may seem disjointed and sometimes contradictory. However if we persist in our aim to learn – we eventually reach stage two.

Stage two: Implementor, Creative Activity, The Engaging Mindset

In stage two – we engage in regular practice and become immersed in our learning. We then begin to get inside the field of study. We begin to see how things connect with each other. Our knowledge is no longer fragmented – but a unified picture emerges. There is also a feeling of understanding. This feeling of understanding gives you the ability to experiment and creatively play with the elements of your field. And as you more readily engage in creative play, you begin to see beyond the current knowledge, you begin to see things in your own unique way – you experience glimpses of the masters way.

Stage three: Leader, Mastery, The Creative Mindset

In stage three – our glimpses of mastery helps us find a unique view into the field. Our knowledge, experience and focus becomes so deep and complete that we see the whole picture with complete clarity. You gain an access to the essence of life, you freely observe both human nature and the natural rhythm of the universe. This is why art and music created by Masters touches us at our core – for the Master has access to reality.

This three step process to Mastery is accessible to all and can be used in any field. Mastery is not limited to the few elite but available to anybody who makes the time and effort to follow the process.

Dr Nitasha Buldeo is an Integrated Medical Practitioner, Entrepreneur, Scientist and Yogi. She created  I-Yoga & Organic Apoteke and is Director of the Centre for Exceptional Human Performance. She researches human potential and delivers programs that encourage you to live exceptionally. Nitasha believes that every one of us is striving to be the best we can. Her passion is bringing you experiences that inspire you. Her intention is for you to unlock your genius.

I teach the process of mastery through I-Yoga or Interoceptive Yoga for when you master your body and mind – you master all of life.

My book The Body Heals Itself, shares a 7 step plan to transforming your body for greater wellbeing and optimal performance. Available on Amazon.

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What is Self Actualisation?

What human beings can be, they must be.”

Abraham Maslow in Motivation and Personality

In the early-20th century, psychologists were primarily concerned with the illnesses that afflicted the human mind. An American Psychologist, Abraham Maslow, disagreed with this one-sided approach. He believed that the goal of psychology was not just to rid us of illnesses, but to help us flourish.

“…Freud supplied us the sick half of psychology and now we must lay out the healthy half.”

Abraham Maslow in Toward a Psychology of Being

Maslow’s research led him to conclude that self-actualisation demarcates the psychologically flourishing from the sick and mediocre. 

Maslow claimed that humans are driven to satisfy what he called the “hierarchy of needs”.

Self-actualization was the high point of this hierarchy. Therefore he hypothesised that we cannot self-actualize until we have satisfied our more basic needs.

These “basic needs” include the things necessary for

  • our survival, such as food, water, and shelter, as well as
  • the things required for our psychological health, such as safety, love, status, belongingness, and self-esteem.

Only after these basic needs are satisfied can we engage in self-actualisation.

The aim of self-actualisation is to become “everything one is capable of becoming”.

When we begin the process of self-actualization, mastery of self becomes our way of life. We view our mind as a vast unexplored terrain, and are motivated to gain a greater knowledge of its depths. Rather than being driven solely by wealth or status, we choose a meaningful life. As we strive to achieve self-actualisation goals, we devote our energies to mastering the necessary skills, and in the process, we actualise our unused potential. 

“Musicians must make music, artists must paint, poets must write if they are to be ultimately at peace with themselves. What human beings can be, they must be. They must be true to their own nature. This need we may call self-actualisation.

Abraham Maslow in Motivation and Personality

As our life becomes increasingly structured around the path of self-actualisation, we become more susceptible to “peak experiences”.

Peak experiences are those moments, lasting from seconds to minutes, during which we feel the highest levels of happiness, harmony and possibility.

Peak experiences are therapeutic and can permanently transform our lives. While they cannot be voluntarily stimulated, they arise spontaneously in self-actualisers more frequently than in the majority of the population. This implies that peak experiences are a by-product of the personal growth that self-actualisers experience.

“Self-actualising people have the wonderful capacity to appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure, wonder and even ecstasy, however stale these experiences may have become to others.” 

Abraham Maslow in Motivation and Personality

Another trait shared by self-actualisers is the tendency to be free from the need for social acceptance. Rather than looking to others or “authorities” for approval, these individuals depend on their own judgement and intuition.

“Self-actualizers have become strong enough to be independent of the good opinion of other people, or even their affection. The honours, the status, the rewards, the popularity, the prestige, and the love that others bestow must have become less important than self-development and inner growth.”

Abraham Maslow in Motivation and Personality

As we being to understand self-actualisation, we are left with an important question. If all of us can self-actualize, why do so few of us do so? Why do so many of us become complacent, conformist, bitter and neurotic as we age, rather than more individualised, joyous, creative, and productive? 

Just like the desire to self-actualise encourages growth and development, Maslow suggested that there exists regressive forces in the psyche which inhibit growth. 

While most of us claim that we want to actualise our highest potentials – in reality we are often far more attracted to the easy path of safety and comfort. We therefore avoid challenges which could lead to personal growth. We refuse to face up to our fears and prefer to hold on to habits that inhibit our capacity to self-actualise. 

These regressive forces don’t just inhibit growth. If we allow them to remain active – they could lead to emotional trauma and mental instability. Anxiety, guilt, shame, and self-hate are some of the symptoms of these regressive forces. However the presence of these negative emotions does not mean that self-actualisation is impossible.

Maslow suggested and I concur. If we learned to view these negative emotions not as a sign of illness but rather as a signal from your inner being – telling you that change is needed in your life. And if you looked for methods to change your life then these negative emotions become a catalyst for the process of self-actualisation.

“He who belies his talent, the born painter who sells stockings instead, the intelligent man who lives a stupid life, the man who sees the truth and keeps his mouth shut, the coward who gives up his manliness, all these people perceive in a deep way that they have done wrong to themselves and despise themselves for it. Out of this self-punishment may come neurosis, but there may equally come renewed courage, righteous indignation, increased self-respect, because of thereafter doing the right thing; in a word, growth and improvement can come through pain and conflict.”

Abraham Maslow in Towards a Psychology of Being

Dr Nitasha Buldeo is an Integrated Medical Practitioner, Entrepreneur, Scientist and Yogi. She created  I-Yoga & Organic Apoteke and is Director of the Centre for Exceptional Human Performance. She researches human potential and delivers programs that encourage you to live exceptionally. Nitasha believes that every one of us is striving to be the best we can. Her passion is bringing you experiences that inspire you. Her intention is for you to unlock your genius.

To begin to heal yourself and begin your path of self-actualisation – you may download my book The Body Heals Itself.

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The Night of Transformation 04 March 19 – Maha Shivratri

From sunset on the eve of Monday, 4 March 2019 to the morning of 5 March 2019, Yogi’s across the globe will celebrate Maha Shivratri, a night-long hypnotic-spiritual celebration to honour the deity Shiva.

Hailed as both the creator and the destroyer, the blissful mystic meditating on a mountain and the ecstatic wild man dancing in the cremation ground.  Shiva performs the tandava, a vigorous dance that maintains creation, preservation and dissolution. There are two parts to his dance the violent and destructive Rudra Tandava and the blissful Ananda Tandava. He is therefore hailed as the divinity of dance and yoga, of joy and discipline.

This dark night – with no moon to light the sky – has been celebrated in ancient Egypt, Greece and India since antiquity. The worship of Thoth in Egypt, Dionysus in Greece, Pashupathi or Shiva in India, suggests that these cultures shared a common belief – the only way to transform was to let go of the norm.

Alexander The Great had referred to Shiva as the Indian Dionysus. Like the Dionysian Mysteries, Shiva worship involved the use of trance inducing techniques to remove inhibitions.  This allowed the individual to return to their natural state. Over the centuries this ritual has been associated with the use of psychedelic herbs, shamanic drumming, rhythmic chanting, yogic ascetics and trance dance. Basically it is a night where you are encouraged to let go…. Let go of all limitations and envision the new.

From our earliest times, humans have strived to overcome challenges, to find new ways to empower ourselves, to survive. Whether we call it shamanic journeying, individuation, self-actualisation, mastery, samadhi, sahaja, psychotherapy or personal development – we are all hoping for a similar outcome – to overcome our challenges.

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I am not religious and I do not believe in a creator. However, I do respect the wisdom of the ages. So I encourage you to use this night to contemplate your life, to acknowledge personal limitations and to initiate your plan for change.

For me transformation does not come from searching for the light, it stems from acknowledging the darkness. This is why I honour Shiva iconography. He symbolises the sun and the moon, light and dark – for without one you cannot have the other.

My book The Body Heals Itself, shares a 7 step plan to transforming your body for greater wellbeing and optimal performance. Available on Amazon.

Article originally published on 24 January 2017 on drnbuldeo.wordpress.com.

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Dr Nitasha Buldeo is an Integrated Medical Practitioner, Entrepreneur, Scientist and Yogi. She created  I-Yoga & Organic Apoteke and is Director of the Centre for Exceptional Human Performance. She researches human potential and delivers programs that encourage you to live exceptionally. Nitasha believes that every one of us is striving to be the best we can. Her passion is bringing you experiences that inspire you. Her intention is for you to unlock your genius.