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Lesson 172 -
Spinal Bastrika Energy, Sleep, and Time of Practice (Audio)
Date: Mon Apr 26, 2004 3:22pm
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Q: I've been practising 3-5 minutes of spinal bastrika in my sessions for
the last few days. Amazing! Could not sleep last night I was so charged
after the practice. I'll continue as is with the practices for a while with
no further changes to see how stable I am in this routine. It also all adds
up to 40-45 minutes twice a day now, so from a time perspective it is
starting to get a little heavy for me at this stage.
A: Keep in mind that there can be some delayed reaction with powerful
practices like spinal bastrika. It might feel great while doing it, and then
a few hours or days later there can be a jam-up. So, it is wise to ramp up
the time slowly to make sure the energy is flowing okay. Everyone will
experience the energy a bit differently. And yes, the energy can be running
around inside in a variety of forms (light, sound, physical vibration, etc.)
for quite a while after practices, so doing your second routine before
dinner and having a reasonably active evening is important to stabilize
things before bed. If it isn't happening, then consider backing off a bit on
practice time for a while until you find a good balance between practices,
activity, and sleep. From that stable balance you can explore steps to
safely increase your speed. We want the energy awakening every nook and
cranny of our nervous system for sure, and shall have it, but we want to
pace things so as not to be wearing ourselves out. Rome was not built in a
day, and we all need our sleep. Letting our rest go by the wayside
continuously is not a sustainable path to enlightenment.
On the time of the practice routine getting a bit long, I recommend you keep
it manageable in your overall day. Better to be doing a little less every
day for months and years, than too much and burn out on it over the short
run. This has been discussed in earlier lessons on time management (lessons #18
Of course, it is getting a little more complicated now with more practices
in the mix, but the same principles apply.
Not much more time will be added to the practice routine in the lessons -- a
little more optional practice for targeted spinal bastrika near the end of
the routine. The rest of the new practices will remain within in the current
routine time (such as a second mantra enhancement). There is always
flexibility to trim things to take a smaller bite out of our day. We will
get into that in more detail once all of the practices have been covered, in
a couple of months. Then we will lay them all out and look at them as a
whole, and do some further refining and optimizing.
There are many ways to skin the cat of enlightenment, including ways that
enable us to get a lot of deep purification done in two economical sittings
each day. I know this is important, having spent many years in the business
world myself. In a fast-paced culture, an efficient use of yoga practice
time can make all the difference. So we will deal with it. Where there is a
will there is a way!
The guru is in you.
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