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Lesson 192 -
Tips on Kechari (Audio)
Date: Tue May 18, 2004 1:58pm
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Q: Can you please clarify the following
regarding kechari: When I try kechari I keep my mouth closed and try to suck
my tongue in with the base of the tongue touching the roof of the mouth. Is
this the right way of doing it? If so I am unable to follow your instruction
of pushing the tongue to one side to enter the nasal passage because as soon
as I open my mouth to put a finger, suction is lost and the tongue doesn't
go as far as it did while sucking.
A: No, using suction to get to stage 2 is not
part of kechari. It is done with the tongue muscles - helped with the finger
in the beginning stages.
Opening the mouth helps with entry up into the
nasal pharynx. Later on, opening the mouth and finger help are not needed to
Try an experiment. Put the tip of your tongue
back on the roof of your mouth (stage 1) with your mouth closed. Then open
your mouth. The tongue goes a little further back with the mouth open,
right? So, open mouth, finger help, and going to the left or right side of
the soft palate is the way up into the nasal pharynx. The frenum under the
tongue is the only limiting factor then.
There are two approaches for dealing with the
frenum - tiny snipping and/or milking (stretching) of the tongue. Of the two
methods, tiny snipping is the quickest and least uncomfortable, but more
controversial. Both methods can be used over a period of time.
Please review the detailed lesson on kechari (#108)
just to be clear on everything.
Getting into stage 2 kechari and stabilizing in
it will be a big boost to your practices and experiences. The connection of
the tongue with the sensitive and spiritually erogenous edge of the nasal
septum is a huge leap forward in yoga. It is an important contributor to the
ongoing cultivation of ecstatic conductivity in the nervous system.
I wish you all success.
The guru is in you.
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