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Lesson 285 - Balancing Asanas with Deep
Date: Thu Jun 8, 2006 12:09 pm
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Q: I finally took the leap. I switched from 8 years of 90 minutes of hatha
yoga (asanas - postures) to practicing 30 to 40 minutes of asanas then 20
mins twice a day of mantra meditation. I felt very tired most of the time
when practicing hatha and I also felt that I was missing something. I kept
reading your book and you would always talk about feeling blissful all of
the time. I only felt like that a couple of times but mostly only tired. I
was afraid to change because I was always very active my whole life
but I finally realized that yoga is not about getting strong and
flexible it is about relaxing and letting go of all your tension and
listening to your body.
I have already have felt some of the blissful feeling
you have been talking about. Physically, I feel much better. I am not tired
any more but I have one problem - my ears ring. I hardly notice it in at all
in a slightly noisy environment but when I am in a quiet room it is really
aggravating. I don't know if it is something I did to myself from the
aggressive yoga I practiced for so long or some medical problem that just
cropped up or from the meditation.
A: It is a good move going to more balance in
practices. You will find much more progress that way.
As for sounds in the head, it can happen sometimes --
it is usually a symptom of neurobiological purification and a predecessor to
OM, on the way to whole body ecstatic conductivity. If it
becomes an ongoing concern, getting a medical checkup is a good idea and can
give you peace of mind. You can also self-pace your practice (scale back
temporarily) during any excessive symptoms of purification, as discussed in
many places in the AYP lessons.
All the hatha yoga you have done has no doubt set up a
lot of situations in the nervous system that deep meditation, spinal
breathing, etc. can now open up. A period of readjustment is underway that
should smooth out over time. One thing about long time practice focused on
any one limb of yoga -- if we add other limbs and integrate and balance via
self-pacing, there is usually a surge in progress as the inner levels of
neurobiology that were not being cultivated before are now linked up with
the areas that have been cultivated. In other words, you haven't been
wasting your time in hatha yoga -- just needing some balance across the
eight limbs of yoga. Now you are finding it. Carry on!
The guru is in you.
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