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Lesson 173 -
Spinal Bastrika Cycle Time (Audio)
AYP Plus Additions:
173.1 - Adding Spinal Bastrika in the Practice Routine (Audio)
Date: Mon Apr 26, 2004 4:28pm
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Q: Thanks for your lesson on bastrika, the fast
vigorous spinal breathing pranayama. Kindly just mention what should be the
ideal number of bastrika breaths per minute. Also, I am doing bastrika for
about 5 minutes. Is this ok?
A: The bastrika pace is
like a dog panting comfortably. No cycle time is ideal. What is comfortable
for you is ideal. Sometimes it will speed up or slow down by itself. The
nervous system knows what it needs. Go with it as long as it does not become
Five minutes of spinal bastrika is much too long
starting out. If you are new to this practice, do only two minutes until you
know your experience in practice and daily activities is smooth. Then you
can inch your time up, monitoring your experiences along the way. You may
wish to review the lesson on spinal bastrika again.
Wishing you much success
in your practices.
The guru is in you.
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