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Automatic Yoga Revisited (Audio)
July 7, 2010
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Q: Several years ago I experienced spontaneous yoga asanas
and mudras. I came to the conclusion it was a partial kundalini awakening.
But I had not learned yoga previously, and had just been doing meditation
for a few weeks when it started. I haven't found a master to guide me with
this, so I left spiritual practices altogether. Any prayers or meditation,
or even a thought, would trigger the asanas. I have just one big question,
what are we suppose to do with it anyway? I read so many unpleasant,
up to horrifying, stories on spontaneous kundalini
awakening, with or without a guru, and I'm too
scared to do anything with it, but also think there has to be a reason or a
A: Yes, there was energetic purification and opening
going on there, with a sensitivity to any bit of bhakti (devotion) and
quieting of the mind. It is not a bad thing. It is spiritual sensitivity. It
is a matter of regulating your practice in a way
supports further growth without energy excess.
very common among spiritual practitioners at one stage or another along the
path, though perhaps the degree of sensitivity you are describing is not so
common. It can be worked through if you want to continue your unfoldment.
Gently favoring our structured practice routine over automatic yoga,
plus self-pacing of practices as needed, are the keys in the AYP approach.
This means not giving over to unrestricted automatic yoga, which can
lead to uncomfortable excesses. So your inclination to back off practices
was correct. But practices are not all or nothing, you know. If you resolve
to find a balance, you can. If there is an over-sensitivity to deep
meditation with mantra, a shift to meditation using breath as the object may
be a smoother ride for you until obstructions have been cleared out a bit.
Then the movements will subside and you can decide how to proceed with
practices from that point. See Lesson 367 for more on
measures for sensitivity issues.
Likewise, with kundalini, there is
no reason to be fearful about it. It is evolutionary energy moving within
us, and if we are prudent in practices and lifestyle, not taking anything to
excess, the journey of purification and opening can continue with relative
comfort and safety. There are many in the community of practitioners who are
dealing with similar circumstances with good success.
The view we
take in AYP is that automatic yoga is an effect of practices and/or
kundalini awakening, not a primary cause of spiritual advancement. Such
symptoms can be wide-ranging, or none at all. It depends on the inner
process of purification and opening, which will vary from person to person
(and at different times for the same person),
according to the inner matrix of obstructions (karma) gradually being
dissolved through practices.
Automatic yoga, and other "scenery"
(visions, sensations, etc.) we may experience along the way are associated
with the "friction" of energy passing through inner obstructions. As we
continue with a self-paced, stable and comfortable practice routine over
time, the friction/symptoms become less as the obstructions are gradually
dissolved. Then our experiences become much more refined, blissful in
stillness, and flowing as ecstatic outpouring divine love. As this
progresses we find an increasing sense of Oneness inside and outside.
This is the rise of the unending experience of unity and non-duality, which
is freedom, even as we remain fully engaged in ordinary daily living. In
this situation, we find we have more to give to those around us, and far
So these movements are a stage, one that can be navigated in
a way that leads beyond the purification and opening
occurring in the moment to a more refined stage, and to more quality
in everyday living.
For more on the AYP approach to handling
instances of automatic yoga, see these lessons:
Lesson 104 -
Stubborn Energy Blockages
Lesson 183 -
Lesson 210 -
Handling Automatic Yoga and Siddhis
For more lessons on
automatic yoga, see "Automatic Yoga (and movements)" in the
The guru is in you.
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