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Lesson 147 -
Sequencing of Asanas, Pranayama and Meditation (Audio)
Date: Mon Mar 22, 2004 4:31pm
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Q: I combine some other strengthening exercises like push ups, squats, etc.
along with yoga. Some of these exercises consume lots of energy. So, when I
follow this with pranayama & meditation, I feel the 'freshness' of the
meditation is reduced due to the other activities. So, is it alright if I
first do the meditation and then do the Yoga/Exercises and then pranayama? I
would like your suggestion to resolve this problem. Thanks a lot for the
A: Thank you for writing and sharing.
As you have figured out, exercise is best done after meditation, not right
before. With meditation, we are systematically bringing the mind and body to
stillness. This stillness is a primary source of all spiritual progress.
Asanas and pranayama are part of this process of going to stillness. With
easy bending and stretching we begin to quiet the nerves, and prepare the
spinal nerve for pranayama. With pranayama, we further quiet our entire
nervous system and cultivate it in a way that prepares it for deep
meditation. That is the traditional sequence for best results in a routine
of practices -- asanas, pranayama, and meditation. And it really does work.
I suggest you consider doing the easy bending and stretching portion of your
asanas at the beginning, then do pranayama, and then meditation, so you can
get the full benefit of the above-mentioned sequence. After meditation and
adequate rest coming out, then it is a good time to do more vigorous
So, first we do those things in the best order to take us in to pure bliss
consciousness, and then we come out refreshed and ready to be active in the
world. Vigorous activity after meditation is not a problem once we have
taken time to come completely out. Activity helps stabilize the bliss and
ecstasy in our nervous system. That is how we transform to become the
walking enlightened, instead of the walking whatever we were before.
The guru is in you.
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