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Lesson 128 - Q&A Siddhasana and pressure
in the head
Date: Wed Feb 25, 2004 1:14pm
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Q: Thank you very much for that illuminating discourse on the "left" siddhasana
and "right" padmasana; my experiences with these two asanas are fully in tune
with what you have described. I notice that while sitting in siddhasana for more than 1/2
hour, there is an intense pressure that builds up in the head (kind of like the same
pressure one feels in the head while doing Mulabandha)- is there something I can do lessen
the intensity of this pressure? I am wondering if one can use a prosthetic aid at the
perineum while sitting in padmasana itself; this seems to me that it would confer the
benefits of both siddhasana and padmasana together?
A: I'm happy you found the lesson helpful. To balance the pressure in the head, make sure
you are doing spinal breathing. Also do sambhavi along with your mulabandha and
siddhasana. Ultimately you will have kechari too, which plays a big role in the new
biology in the head. All of these will help the rising energies find balanced spiritual
There will be certain adjustments in the head as the spiritual biology comes up. I call
them "growing pains," and sometimes we just have to heal our way through them. I
had occasional soreness in the brain stem (medulla oblongata), and coming forward through
the third eye. It is all ancient history now (it became ecstatic bliss), and it will be
for you too. If it gets uncomfortable, just back off the mudras, bandhas, and kumbhaka and
give it a rest. It should heal up in a day or two. It is a lot like athletic conditioning,
taking ourselves gradually to new levels of capability we did not have before. Use
self-pacing and don't overdo it. If discomfort in the head is chronic and unaffected by
changes in practices, seek medical advice.
In a week or two we will get into dynamic jalandhara, which will put everything from the
heart to the head in high gear. So hang on to your hat.
On the combined padmasana/siddhasana prosthetic approach, I have not tried that for any
length of time. Since this is science (seeking the best applications of knowledge), and
you thought of it, why not give it a try and see how it goes for you? Obviously, you will
want to gauge it so as not to overdo the energy flows.
I wish you all success.
The guru is in you.
Note: For instructions on
siddhasana, see the Asanas,
Mudras and Bandas book.
For detailed discussion on
building a stable practice routine with self-pacing, see the
AYP Eight Limbs of Yoga book.
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