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Lesson 140 -
Chin Pump - Coordinating Head Rotation and Breathing (Audio)
AYP Plus Additions:
140.1 - Chin Pump, Automatic Yoga and
Date: Sat Mar 13, 2004 8:16pm
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lessons are prerequisite to this one. The first lesson is, "Why
Q: This (chin pump) is
just wonderful. I tried a couple of times the best to my understanding and
it is indeed very powerful. Thank you for sharing such precious teachings.
However, before I can incorporate effectively in
my daily sadhana, I need some clarification. I want to make sure I
understand the technique properly. When I go from right to left and left to
right, is it done in one round of breath or they are separate rounds? As the
head movement is in progress, one should also breathe?
You have mentioned when we are first learning, we
limit this practice to four breaths. Please can you clarify this point? Does
it mean we do four rounds of head movement in each direction or take four
breaths in each chin pump for a specific direction either R to L or L to R?
A: One full breath
(kumbhaka/retention, exhale, inhale) is with head going in one direction.
Then at the end of a new inhalation, switch and go the other way with the
head for the next breath cycle beginning with kumbhaka/retention again. Then
switch head direction again when full of air again on the next breath cycle.
The head never stops, only switches direction
upon starting each new kumbhaka (breath retention).
Four breaths means four
kumbhakas (retentions) with four series of head rotations, switching
direction at the beginning of each of the four kumbhakas. We always switch
direction with the head at the beginning of a new kumbhaka. When it gets
smooth and comfortable with four breaths, then you can go from counting
breaths to using the clock, and do 5 minutes. The number of breaths does not
matter when we are on the clock. Just do as many comfortable kumbhakas as
happen naturally until time is up. When five minutes gets comfortable, then
try ten minutes. Don't rush to that level. Just go there when your practice
is smooth and you can step up easily. If you go too far, then back off and
bide your time at a comfortable level of practice until you feel ready to
try and step up again.
The chin pump is very
powerful, with far reaching effects. I will post some more about it in a day
The guru is in you.
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