Life is unpredictable.
Even the best-laid plans can go awry when you’re dealing with chronic health issues caused by brain or neurological trauma.
Neurological trauma can be caused by a direct blow to the head. However, you can also experience physiological ailments from growing up with unavailable parents, living with addicts, experiencing physical and emotional abuse, physical or mental trauma, radiation and chemotherapy, adverse reactions to pharmaceuticals, addiction, and so much more.
There are many faces and symptoms of brain and neurological trauma. I’m going to name a few. Let me know if you can relate to any of them:
Cognitive fatigue or brain fog
Anger and aggression
Zinging or itchy body
Getting frustrated easily
Difficulty following train of thought
Avoiding making calls, checking emails, filling out paperwork
Sensitivity to lighting, especially LED and fluorescent lighting
Closing your eyes to hear others or to speak
Exhaustion (falling asleep within minutes of laying down)
Inability to do what others seem to easily accomplish: working out, time management, planning, packing, paying bills, money management, problem solving, etc.
Avoiding busy public places or social gatherings
In addition to some of these symptoms, you’re still expected to carry on with life as normal and act like you’re okay no matter what — even if inside you’re falling apart.
And the worst part?
No matter how many doctors or specialists you’ve gone to, you’re still not getting better and you’re not sure how long you can keep on going like this.
If these sound like you, you’re not alone.
Hi, I'm Dana. I'm a certified Kundalini teacher.
I've experienced neurological trauma myself. So when I say I've been there, I mean it.
And I’d like to help you recover.
Seven years ago, I was hit by a semi-truck and suffered a brain injury. The injury prevented me from running my company, caring for my children, and took away my ability to show up for life.
After years of brain scans, meeting with specialists, doctors, and therapists, I knew I would need to learn alternative ways to heal myself.
A friend invited me to a Kundalini Yoga class. I noticed I felt different afterward — in a good way.
Some time went by. I found myself on my knees praying to be led to what would heal me.
The answer: "Become a Kundalini Yoga Teacher and you will heal your brain."
I called the school immediately and enrolled in a ten-month Kundalini Research Institute Teacher Training Program. During my training, I focused on techniques to balance meridians of the brain, restore cognitive function, and heal the nervous system.
This practice changed my life.
After two weeks of practicing, my brain made leaps and bounds in my recovery. The anxiety, depression, and ruminating thoughts became nothing more than patterns I knew how to change. My family was also noticing the improvement in my cognition and energy.
We continued the practice for 31 days, 31 minutes a day. By the end, I was back to feeling like myself. Not only did I have my mind back, but I also learned how to train it to be a tool for my soul.
I can now comfortably work my craft as a jeweler. I have expanded my company, and am now teaching courses that are designed to restore cognitive function, balance meridians of the brain, and can bring the nervous system back into balance.
Now I want to teach you how to do it.
My course, 31 Minutes in 31 Days, can help you rewire neural pathways and reduce the above mentioned symptoms.
Here’s how the course will go:
We’ll meet for 31 days at the same time every day. The full practice is one hour long, although we’ll take a little bit more time in the beginning of the course to help you adjust to the practice and answer questions you may have.
I also can livestream the classes if you are unable to make it.
This is an advanced yogic practice rooted in ancient Kundalini Yoga technology. It’s essential to work with a certified KRI Kundalini Yoga teacher to ensure correct techniques and proper support for practitioners.
Some things to know about the physical practice:
We practice a non-religious Kriya in the criss-cross seated position on the floor.
Individuals physically unable to sit on the floor are welcome to sit in an upright chair.
We incorporate mild stretching, visualization, chanting mantras (sounds that stimulate the brain), utilize mudras (finger positions), and learn proper breathing.
Then we spend 31 minutes of the practice in focused meditation.
The daily, rhythmic practice creates a new habit for the brain and nervous system because we turn on the parasympathetic nervous system over and over again.
Experience transformative healing
This practice provides an opportunity to come back into balance.
Here’s how it works:
You direct the waves of the mind through focus, chanting, visualizations and breathing.
By directing the waves of the mind, your will becomes the master of your brain. Instead of your brain taking control of your thoughts, feelings, and actions through old patterns and chemical dumps, you train the brain to become a tool for your spirit.
You learn how to direct your thoughts and feelings. You can strengthen your cognition and begin to heal.
This practice can turn on the parasympathetic nervous system and teach your nervous system to end the addiction to cortisol and histamine. These chemicals are generally meant for survival. However, in order to heal, these chemicals need to take a back seat.
This is the magic of the parasympathetic nervous system:
While the sympathetic nervous system drives the “fight or flight” response in stressful situations, the parasympathetic nervous system is the system of healing and well-being.
This shift in the nervous system can allow the brain to come back into chemical balance and begin to rebuild new, productive and supportive pathways. It creates a pattern of peace and healing.
These aren’t just my thoughts, either — research can back me up.
According to the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation, this practice, even after just 12 minutes a day, has been shown to reduce stress levels and increase activity in areas of the brain that are central to memory.
But that’s not all.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, this practice has been shown to improve memory for people with subjective cognitive decline, mild cognitive impairment, and highly stressed caregivers, all of whom are at increased risk for subsequent development of Alzheimer’s Disease.
I have seen my students' lives transform.
Individuals with brain trauma, emotional trauma, stroke symptoms, chemotherapy brain fog, anxiety, OCD, ADD, ADHD, have all reported strengthened cognition, increased focus, tools that support them in real-time, and a new sense of peace they just didn't have before.
“I am now breathing properly and incorporating what Dana taught into my everyday life. I can see how necessary it is for me to have a daily meditation practice. My mood is much more steady and I have an overall sense of contentment when I regularly spend time in presence with my own body.”
Open Registration May 1st - June 11th 6:15pst
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is this class for?
This class is for anyone who is experiencing neurological brain trauma, nervous system disorders, anxiety, depression, anger, or aggression. Additionally, it can be helpful for anyone experiencing any kind of grief, including (but not limited to) relationship changes, death, miscarriages, or any other large life changes.
Why do I need a teacher?
A teacher can guide the energy of the class and help you with any blockers you might be encountering. A teacher can also help you practice the postures and mantras correctly and accurately, as well as answer any other questions you might have. This course will teach you to practice this on your own so that you can be self-sufficient in maintaining your nervous system.
Is there an age requirement?
I recommend this class for people of all ages, including teens. Teens are in a prime position to heal, because their brains are still developing long term patterning.
Why 31 days?
Doing this practice every day for 31 days can help you get into a habit and experience the benefits almost immediately. This will allow you plenty of time to correct any problems you might encounter in the beginning, but also set you up for success in the long run.
I can’t make it every day. What should I do?
Before the beginning of the course, I send out an email with a Zoom link so you can tune in wherever you are. If you’re in the Corvallis area, however, I highly recommend you come in person as the group settings can be powerful. I am also able to help you more directly in person.