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Jonathas

Brazil
5 Posts

Posted - Dec 31 2023 :  12:45:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Message
Hello,

I have been practicing the AYP methods for a little while, a couple of years with varying degrees of stability.

I am now at a point where there is some ecstatic conductivity going on and practice has been, thankfully, steadier than ever before.

I have been feeling called to do Kechari. Right now I reach the soft palate and can push my tongue aaaalmost to behind it. But since staying in stage 1 kechari is so uncomfortable, and since I really want to go beyond that, I would like to do something about my frenum.

I considered snipping it, but chickened out and felt bad about going at it that way. I would much rather stretch it in any way I can (I have started already...).

I learned about Talabya a few days ago and find it interesting and so I have been doing that.

I know that Yogani apparently wrote a lesson on Talabya vs Snipping in the AYP Plus lessons, but I cant acess it, so I would like to know if anyone has anything to tell me about it!

What can you guys tell me about the differences between performing the snipping vs talabya kriya? Are there positives or negatives to either? Is there any reason to avoid talabya? Does anyone know of any other techniques that dont involve snipping? Do you guys have any general advice to offer? I am all ears!

Thanks in advance. I am very grateful for AYP.

Dogboy

USA
2210 Posts

Posted - Jan 01 2024 :  06:28:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
Welcome Johnathas

Yogani speaks at length about ketchari 2 in this lesson: https://www.aypsite.com/108.html

Here are a few excerpts:

quote:
Stage 2 is very dramatic. The tongue is pushed back with a finger to the left or right side of the soft palate. These are the shortest pathways leading behind the soft palate. One of these will be shorter than the other. At some point you will experiment and see for yourself. The long way in is up the middle. The soft palate has an elastic tendon running across the back edge. When the tip of the tongue gets behind it for the first time, the elastic tendon can slip quickly around the bottom of the tongue as though grabbing it. Then the tongue is suddenly in the nasal pharynx and touching the edge of the nasal septum for the first time.


His stance on snipping the frenulum:

quote:
Some will have medical concerns about snipping the frenum. Most doctors will not be for it. Is there risk? There is always some risk when we undertake new things. That is life. The practice of trimming the frenum for kechari has been around for thousands of years - at least as long as circumcision, body piercing and tattooing. Not that any of these other types of body alterations are in the same class as kechari. They are not. Kechari is one of the most advanced yoga practices on the planet. When we know we are ready for it, we will be willing to accept whatever risk may be associated with entering it. We each choose our own path according to the feelings rising in our heart.


I had my uvula removed during a septum surgery more than twenty years ago, and now believe it is why I was successful with ketchari 2 in mere months without the need to snip. Personally I would attempt and exhaust all "digital" and tongue milking practices first before resorting to snipping, but as Yogani points out we must lean into our individual Bhaktis for guidance. I have not heard of talabya, and don't have to desire to research it; perhaps another yogi can weigh in on that for you. Good luck!

Edited by - Dogboy on Jan 01 2024 06:30:13 AM
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Jonathas

Brazil
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Posted - Jan 05 2024 :  5:15:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you Dogboy for the response and for the welcoming!

I have read Yogani's lesson on Kechari, I am hoping for something more related to Talabya since I could not read his thoughts regarding that

It is good to know you did not need to snip your frenum. I will keep stretching it and see how it goes, I am in no rush either way, if the only way forward ends up being snipping I will go for it as well... All in good time, yes?

I still hope someone can say something about Talabya though! I am curious why Yogani has not reccomended it or mentioned it in the main lesson, maybe it is innefective in his view? I have no idea. It is such a simple practice, it seems.

I am doing it for now and I will continue, but I would like to know if others think it is a waste of time, for example. I wont do it indefinitely, afterall...

Thanks for anyone who could see this and replies!
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SeySorciere

Seychelles
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Posted - Jan 08 2024 :  11:56:00 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
https://www.aypsite.org/forum/topic...erms=talabya


Sey
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TensorTympani

USA
69 Posts

Posted - Jan 08 2024 :  4:03:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
Here is my frenum stretch story. Maybe it helps!

I managed to get into kechari stage 2 without snipping, doing only a modified talabya. Normal talabya (as least this is how I understood it) has two components that are repeated in a quick motion.

1) Start from a tongue and jaw posture like this
https://i.ytimg.com/vi/-14GH7NxNYg/...sdefault.jpg

where you open your mouth while having "sucked" the tongue to the roof of your mouth, with the rim of the tongue touching the teeth.

2) Then you release the tongue in a stretching motion forward.

Repeat steps 1 and 2 in quick succession many times.

I never understood the purpose of releasing the tongue very quickly from step 1. If you want to stretch the tendons in your legs you lean into the stretch for a while. You don't release the stretch after a second. So I simply left my jaw and tongue in the position 1 for several minutes while additionally pressing a finger against the frenum, thereby stretching it even more. I did this maybe 2-3 minutes a day for 2 months after which I could enter stage 2 with the help of a finger.

But at this stage the frenum was not stretched enough to remain there comfortably: the frenum gets stretched while in kechari 2 and presses uncomfortably against the uvula and soft upper pallet if it still quite short. So at this point I decided to finally make tiny snips to relax the tension of the frenum even more so that meditation will be possible. I made the snips in front of the mirror holding position 1, like in that photo, clearly exposing the frenum while making the snip. The snips where so tiny that not more than a single drop of blood was visible and it healed within a few days. During that time I continued my stretching method, which I think helped even more: freshly after the snip the frenum is weakened and so the stretching might have been even more effective. I'm not sure about that though. I only did this a few times.


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Jonathas

Brazil
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Posted - Jan 09 2024 :  06:01:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
quote:
Originally posted by SeySorciere

https://www.aypsite.org/forum/topic...erms=talabya


Sey



Oh wow Sey, this really threw me for a spin now... Lol!

I did wonder about the teeth grinding the frenum while doing Talabya because I could feel it, but that was definitely not the focus of my practice...

Thank you for the response and for pointing me to Yogani's reply. This will help me tremendously and apparently save me from some wasted effort (at the very least, I can make the practice more effective if it's true!).
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Jonathas

Brazil
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Posted - Jan 09 2024 :  06:33:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
quote:
Originally posted by TensorTympani

Here is my frenum stretch story. Maybe it helps!

I managed to get into kechari stage 2 without snipping, doing only a modified talabya. Normal talabya (as least this is how I understood it) has two components that are repeated in a quick motion.

1) Start from a tongue and jaw posture like this
https://i.ytimg.com/vi/-14GH7NxNYg/...sdefault.jpg

where you open your mouth while having "sucked" the tongue to the roof of your mouth, with the rim of the tongue touching the teeth.

2) Then you release the tongue in a stretching motion forward.

Repeat steps 1 and 2 in quick succession many times.

I never understood the purpose of releasing the tongue very quickly from step 1. If you want to stretch the tendons in your legs you lean into the stretch for a while. You don't release the stretch after a second. So I simply left my jaw and tongue in the position 1 for several minutes while additionally pressing a finger against the frenum, thereby stretching it even more. I did this maybe 2-3 minutes a day for 2 months after which I could enter stage 2 with the help of a finger.

But at this stage the frenum was not stretched enough to remain there comfortably: the frenum gets stretched while in kechari 2 and presses uncomfortably against the uvula and soft upper pallet if it still quite short. So at this point I decided to finally make tiny snips to relax the tension of the frenum even more so that meditation will be possible. I made the snips in front of the mirror holding position 1, like in that photo, clearly exposing the frenum while making the snip. The snips where so tiny that not more than a single drop of blood was visible and it healed within a few days. During that time I continued my stretching method, which I think helped even more: freshly after the snip the frenum is weakened and so the stretching might have been even more effective. I'm not sure about that though. I only did this a few times.






"I never understood the purpose of releasing the tongue very quickly from step 1"

Considering what I read in the previous post by Yogani, this would now make sense... doing it repeatedly and the focus more so in grinding the frenum against the teeth with the extension and then stretching...

I was focusing on the stretch as well and basically would only extend the tongue once after many stretches...

I think I might try your stretching with the fingers and see if it helps. I want to keep with Talabya for a while, and then if I still need to snip eventually like you also did, so be it...

Thank you for the response
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TensorTympani

USA
69 Posts

Posted - Jan 09 2024 :  12:04:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi Jonathas, I didn't intend on ever snipping originally. It was just impatience that took over: having had the tongue finally in stage 2 but guessing it might take another weeks or months for it to be comfortable there, I changed my plan. Of course, Yogani's casual way of talking about the process of snipping and the many people following here without any problems also contributed in making that decision.

In fact, the first snip produced an immediate release of the frenum's pressure against the uvula and upper palate in stage 2. So it was then a no-brainer to make some more snips in the coming weeks after the first one had such an immediate effect and was nearly painless and healed very quickly.

Your attitude of going as far as possible with stretching resonates with me. Safety, patience and not forcing the body. But in the end the a single snip is such tiny thing that it doesn't really matter. And if really the grinding of the tongue along on the lower teeth in this step of 2 talabya is supposed to do the job of ripping the frenum, then talabya sounds more violent than a handful of precise snips.


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Gabereal

USA
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Posted - Apr 11 2024 :  11:12:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
I took a razor blade and sliced my ferenulum a good inch in depth. It was painful. I wouldn?t recommend loll. After it healed I had kechari in a couple weeks
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