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Lesson 130 - Q&A Vibrations at the root
Date: Mon Mar 1, 2004 3:07pm
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lessons are prerequisite to this one. The first lesson is, "Why
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 the lessons.
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
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 system.
The guru is in you.
Note: For detailed discussion on
building a stable practice routine with self-pacing, see the
AYP Eight Limbs of Yoga book.
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