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Lesson 143 -
Chin Pump - Effects in the Lower Body (Audio)
Date: Tue Mar 16, 2004 5:01pm
New Visitors: It is recommended you read from the beginning of the archive, as previous
lessons are prerequisite to this one. The first lesson is, "Why
We have discussed the chin pump (dynamic jalandhara) as being a "targeted"
advanced yoga practice. Its main focus is in opening the channels for prana
going in both directions between the chest cavity and the head. But it is
much more than that.
All yoga practices are linked. Sometimes we can see (or feel) the
connections, and other times the connections are not so obvious. It is a
matter of how much purification we have cultivated in our nervous system.
The more the purification, the more perceivable the connections will be.
Back in lesson #91 on
yoni mudra kumbhaka, we introduced the static version of jalandhara, which
is letting the chin go down to its comfortable limit and rest there during
kumbhaka (breath retention). We mentioned that jalandhara stretches the
spinal nerve for its full length from the point between the eyebrows all the
way down to the root at the perineum.
The chin pump takes this stretching effect on the spinal nerve quite a bit
further. The rotations of the head affect the spinal nerve all the way down
to the root also, in a much more stimulating way. The effect is a subtle
twirling of the spinal nerve from top to bottom. With ecstatic conductivity
rising in the spinal nerve, this twirling is also ecstatic, and plays an
important role in the union of pure bliss consciousness (shiva) and divine
ecstasy (shakti) in the heart, and throughout the whole body.
The chin pump evolves over time to find natural coordination with all of the
mudras and bandhas in the body. In the end, there is only one subtle
"whole-body" mudra that is made up of all the parts we are learning one at a
time now. All the pieces start out "clunky" and end up subtle, smooth and
intimately connected as unending ecstatic bliss is born and radiates out
from the body. The chin pump is part of this refinement. Later on in
practices, when the head stops, the spiritual twirling will keep right on
going inside, centered around the spinal nerve, and sending divine energy
out in all directions. Don't worry, by then you won't even notice, and no
one will be able to tell by looking at you, except for the glowing smile on
your face, and the pleasure of being around you. A mere intention on your
part will be enough to set the spiritual currents in motion. Then you will
be twirling the ecstatic energies without moving your head at all.
If you are inclined to let the inner spiritual twirling manifest outside,
you can go visit the Sufi whirling dervishes and dance the night away. Many
spiritual rituals and dances are geared to our inner spiritual whirling. It
is natural for some to openly celebrate the inner light. Others may prefer
to sit quietly and dance in ecstatic reverie within. No matter what the
culture, religion or personal preference is, it is the same dance. It is the
dance of the divine inside us.
As you become acclimated to doing the chin pump, you will notice many things
happening. The energy flows between the heart and the head we already
discussed earlier. You will also notice the stretching and twirling of the
spinal nerve going into the lower body. As your head is on the up-swing
during rotation, you may find a tendency for your knees to lift slightly,
and then go down again as the head falls toward your chest after it goes
around the back side of its rotation. Then, later on, you may find the knees
going slightly up and down at different times during the chin pump. A kind
of coordination between the rotation of the head and the small movements of
the knees will develop.
What is this? It is the beginning of the micro-movements of subtle nauli, as
mentioned in lesson #129.
And what is nauli for? Twirling kundalini energy upwards. There is that
word, "twirling," again. In time, the chin pump and nauli naturally team up
on the level of internal micro-movements to foster this twirling of the
spinal nerve. It become visible as our chin pump advances and the legs,
hands and abdominal muscles naturally find their way into the practice. Do
not try and put all this together at this beginning stage. Just be aware of
it. It is not mainly a physical act. It is the body's response to the
movement of ecstatic energy in the spinal nerve. Ecstatic conductivity is
the basis all natural connectivity between practices.
The rise of these subtle movements during the chin pump also puts a new spin
on siddhasana, making it subtly dynamic, and even more delicious. You can
figure that mulabandha, sambhavi and kechari eventually get into the act as
well. These are all techniques that stimulate different aspects of our
nervous system. The nervous system is a single entity, and, sooner or later,
all practices merge into a single multidimensional act that is the
expression of the nervous system. At that point, we are no longer the
instigator. God is. That is what yoga is, becoming what we are - the gateway
to infinite bliss, ecstasy, love and joy.
The guru is in you.
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