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Lesson 281 - Yoni Chin Pump Leveraging
Date: Thu Mar 30, 2006 2:24 pm
New Members: It is recommended you read from the beginning of the web archive, as previous
lessons are prerequisite to this one. The first lesson is, "Why
For those who are well established in the practices of Yoni Mudra Kumbhaka (lesson #91) and Dynamic Jalandhara Chin Pump (lesson #139),
we would now like to add an optional new feature. This is not a new practice, but the
leveraging of chin pump with a key element of yoni mudra kumbhaka. Our routine will not
change, but we will have a much more robust version of chin pump to work with if we
incorporate this option.
I call the enhanced practice "Yoni Chin Pump." It is an opportunity to greatly
accelerate the rise of ecstatic conductivity and energy flow in the head and upper body,
which, in turn, translates into increased ecstatic conductivity and radiance throughout
the whole body and beyond.
The enhanced practice is quite simple.
What we do is, during our normal session of chin pump, instead of engaging in breath
retention (kumbhaka) by using the epiglottis to hold our breath in, we leave the
epiglottis in the throat open and block our nostrils from the outside by pinching our nose
between the thumb and index finger of one hand. This produces a steady, gentle pressure in
the nasal pharynx, nasal passages and sinuses in the same way that we do when practicing
yoni mudra kumbhaka. Only now we are doing it in chin pump mode, which makes the whole
process of chin pump much more stimulating and dynamic.
No doubt, the first question that comes to mind is: "How do I pinch my nostrils
closed with one hand while rotating my head in chin pump?"
It is not so difficult. It is a matter of developing the habit of tracking the rotations
of the head with the arm and hand in "zero gravity" mode. By this we mean
lifting the arm and hand as the head is going up, and letting the arm and hand go down
with the head as it swoops in the downward flowing chin pump rotation. Like that, we can
train our arm and hand to be as though in zero gravity, and then they will easily track
the head as though having no weight. The test (feedback) in accomplishing this zero
gravity function will be in noticing that we are neither putting a drag on our nose, or
leading ourselves by the nose with our hand either. If we are dragging or leading we will
notice and can make the necessary adjustment. It is very easy to do. The nose leads. In
yoni chin pump, the nose knows!
Of course, if we would like to use a clip of some sort on our nose (like a swimmer's
clip), that would be okay too. There is nothing sacred about using the hand. It is the
"no-props" way to do it, and that is all. If we use a clip, we will be faced
with the issue of taking it off and putting it back on between inhalations and
exhalations, unless we do all of our breathing through our mouth while leaving the clip on
for the whole session yet another option. This would eliminate the airflow through
the nasal passages, leaving only the gentle pressure of the yoni effect, so breathing
through the mouth is not the ideal. But it is not unacceptable either. It is a matter of
personal choice on how we accomplish the mechanics of yoni chin pump. We can adjust our
own practice for best results. Regardless of the procedure we use, the mudras we are using
in chin pump will not have to be changed, including whatever stage of kechari we may be
A couple of reminders: Beginning practitioners should not engage in this practice. Better
to go through the lessons in order, building our practice routine in a stable step-by-step
fashion. Those who are ready to take on yoni chin pump should review the yoni mudra
kumbhaka and chin pump lessons mentioned above first.
As with all of the practices discussed in these lessons, if there are any health issues
that could be aggravated by doing yoni chin pump, then better check with the doctor before
attempting this. Remember, we never force in any aspect of these practices. We are very
gentle and measured, especially in rotating the head, and in keeping the pressure in our
lungs and sensitive upper passages light, without any undue pressure or forcing. The
natural pressure from relaxed filled lungs is ideal.
What sort of effects could we notice with yoni chin pump? Essentially an amplification of
whatever our experience has been with chin pump so far. If we have ecstatic conductivity
coming up, then that will very likely be enhanced significantly, and will tend to stay
will us for longer during the day as we go about our regular activities, stabilizing the
overall effects gained in our twice-daily sitting practices.
Do not be surprised if you find some noticeable excess energy flow occurring in the days
or weeks after beginning yoni chin pump. It is a powerful practice enhancement, so make
sure to self-pace the practice if excess purification is occurring. It is like everything
else we are doing in AYP. This is self-directed practice, and it is up to us to regulate
according to the sound principles of self-pacing as necessary. If we do that, we will reap
the most from our practices.
As mentioned above, we can continue with our regular practices, including yoni mudra
kumbhaka, as we have been doing before. We each will find the right application of our
practices according to our bhakti (spiritual desire) and prudent application of the
principles of self-pacing.
There is also a practical time saving element in yoni chin pump. If time is short, we can
gain most of the benefits of doing yoni mudra and chin pump by doing yoni chin pump only.
So, if we are on the go we can stimulate more ecstatic cultivation in less time. Of
course, we do not expect to see people doing yoni chin pump on the way to work on the
train, but who knows?
Remember too, that success with all of these energy-related practices is highly dependent
on our practice of deep meditation and the cultivation of our inner silence. Everything we
accomplish in yoga rides on that. In time, it is the marriage of inner silence and
ecstatic conductivity within us that gives rise to the outpouring of our divine nature in
every day living. And that is good for everyone. It is as practical as it is profound.
The guru is in you.
Note: For instructions on
mudras and bandhas, see the Asanas,
Mudras and Bandas book.
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