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Asanas (Postures) and Premature
Kundalini Awakening (Audio)
June 4, 2010
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Q: I have been practicing hatha yoga asanas for about 5 years
now, and I also have some experience of pranayama practices, as well as
having made some attempts at various meditation practices. I discovered your
advanced yoga practices lessons recently and I have been trying out the deep
meditation practice. My problem is that I have been experiencing quite a
powerful response to the meditation practice. I started experiencing some
nausea after practicing leading to having to miss a day's work through
sickness. This was after about a week of practice. I stopped the practice
for about 2 weeks and then tried a shorter, 10 minute meditation practice.
After this I experienced strong nausea again, during and after lying in
corpse pose after the practice.
I know a lot of yoga texts recommend
mastering asanas before pranayama before meditation. I have also read you
explaining that the spinal breathing techniques are a good way to achieve
balance during the meditation practice. So, I am considering continuing my
asana practice and introducing the spinal breathing technique after the
asanas. I was thinking of continuing this for some time before starting the
deep meditation again.
I wanted to know what you thought of this. I
know your lessons recommend learning the meditation before introducing
pranayama and then asanas. Would you discourage what I am considering? If so
what would you suggest to alleviate the problems I am having?
It is not uncommon for avid long-time asana practitioners to experience some
sensitivity to deep meditation. It is an energetic conductivity that has
been cultivated in asanas, which may not have purified enough yet to become
"ecstatic conductivity," as we call it in the lessons. It has also been
referred to as premature "kundalini awakening," or perhaps in your case,
pre-premature, since you are not generally symptomatic unless you meditate.
It is suggested to review Lesson 69 on kundalini
symptoms and remedies. And also Lesson 367 on
sensitivity to deep meditation, particularly the part on using "breath
meditation" as a substitute for mantra meditation until things stabilize.
Regarding adding spinal breathing pranayama after your asana practice,
it might help, as discussed in Lesson 69. But it may
not, so self-pace the use of spinal breathing accordingly.
more fundamental to the situation is finding a balance between asanas,
pranayama and meditation. Avid asana practitioners tend to be "over" with
asanas coming into full-scope yoga involving the addition of other powerful
practices. What is not always realized is that combining these three
categories of practice makes each of them much more powerful. Less can be
more in this situation.
Finding a balance in the time of practice of
asanas with other yoga practices is a main theme of the AYP Asanas, Mudras
and Bandhas book. It is something you rarely hear about in yoga classes,
because few have been teaching full scope yoga in that environment. Full
scope yoga has unique characteristics, as you are finding, bringing the
potential for rapid growth with stability, if approached prudently.
So, rather than focusing too much on energetic practice (asanas and
pranayama), it is suggested to find a balance between asanas, spinal
breathing pranayama and deep meditation. This may mean much shorter asana
routines for a while (which can be replaced with grounding activity such as
physical exercise), until you get a balance in hand. A typical asana routine
before AYP sitting practices is about 10 minutes. It may not be easy for you
to cut back that much, but try and see, in relation to say 5 minutes of
spinal breathing and 5-10 minutes of deep meditation. If the deep meditation
sensitivity continues, see measures suggested in
Lesson 367 mentioned above.
I am sure this can
be resolved, as long as you are willing to be flexible in your approach
going forward. We have seen this sort of thing before. New ecstatic openings
lie ahead. Wishing you all the best on your continuing path. Practice
wisely, and enjoy!
The guru is in you.
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Note: For a detailed strategy on integrating asanas into a full scope
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Mudras and Bandhas book,
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