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Lesson 130 -
Vibrations at the Root (Audio)
Date: Mon Mar 1, 2004 3:07pm
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Q: I have been practising asanas (postures) for a long time. When I finish
my asanas and do the shavasana (corpse pose) I sometimes feel a strange
vibration or more of a palpitation in the region below my genitals. Most of
the times I am able to stop it by will, other times I can't. I also feel
this vibration sometimes at work. Then it gets very annoying. It almost
becomes uncontrollable and I just can't seem to stop it. Is this some kind
of cleansing process or is there something wrong with me? I just do regular
asanas which I had learnt during a hathayoga course. I also do asvini mudra
and nauli. Would appreciate your comments.
A: Yes, it is purification/cleansing. This is an early kundalini symptom.
There is nothing wrong with you. Good things are happening. But maybe a bit
in the wrong order.
A few aches, pains and vibrations can happen during purification of the
nervous system. It is common in the perineum/root area as kundalini begins
to stir. The symptoms should pass. If they do not, then the standard formula
is to back off practices a bit until they do. It is called self-pacing in
Mulabandha/asvini (anal sphincter contraction) and nauli are strong for
stimulating energy in the area you mention, and are the likely culprits, so
easing off these will probably bring some relief. It is not surprising you
have this experience doing these particular hatha practices without
prerequisite "global" practices.
Doing global practices of deep meditation and spinal breathing before going
to raise kundalini is the best way to keep purification in balance and avoid
unpleasant kundalini symptoms.
Perhaps it is time for you to consider getting into deep meditation. Then
add spinal breathing once you have gotten a good routine of meditation
going. The lessons go through it all, step-by-step. I think you will have no
more difficulty with a bottleneck at the root if you do. As a matter of
fact, you will be catching the difficulty early, before it happens further
up in the body. The lessons go through all the reasons for doing global
purification practices first, and more targeted (hatha-style) practices once
global practices are well established. It is very important to do things in
the right order, as it can save a lot of difficulties and bogging down with
kundalini energy, and bring lots of ecstasy and rapid progress instead.
Asanas/postures are good for most people at any level, and make a great
warm-up for pranayama and meditation too. Once you start with practices like
mulabandha/asvini and nauli, then prerequisite practices of meditation and
spinal breathing are needed to absorb and balance the energies that are
stimulated at the root and then naturally move up through the nervous
The guru is in you.
Mulabandha Related Lessons Topic Path
Kundalini Related Lessons Topic Path
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