Advanced Yoga Practices
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Lesson 200 - Follow-up on a Sensitive Meditator (Audio)
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Date: Wed May 26, 2004 3:35pm
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
This is a follow-up on the same person who was having difficulty in in
"Q&A - Extreme sensitivity to meditation - what to do?" This series is a
good example of prudent self-pacing in meditation, and then moving on to
spinal breathing to stabilize some kundalini symptoms.
Q1: My wife had taken up meditation but seemed very sensitive so she does
only deep meditation for about 15 minutes twice a day. The dreams and all
she used to have after meditation are now gone. A few days back she started
to get small peanut size rashes on her stomach, upper arms, back and chest.
They are red, don't pain or itch, and go away after few days. Also, since
the day before the rashes started she gets very sexually excited during
She has been doing only I AM meditation for the last 1.5 months and I
suggested to do spinal breathing also. I am not sure if the rashes are some
blockages coming out. We will be taking medical advice too. But I thought I
should ask you just in case you can throw some light if they are in any way
related to cleansing process.
A1: I'm glad your wife's scary dreams have subsided. That would indicate some
purification was happening, and some balance has been reached in the
process. Good job on self-pacing!
More purification is probably what is happening now with the rashes - which
can happen in the early stages of kundalini awakening. It is amazing she is
having all this with only 15 minutes of meditation. She must be a yogini
from way back, and now is sorting out some old imbalances deep in her
nervous system. These can be latent inside from extreme yoga done in the
distant past. If the rash subsides in a few days or a week or so, then you
can conclude it is yoga related. Seeking medical attention would be prudent
if the rash becomes serious. If medication is given it can complicate the
process of yoga, so make sure it is necessary.
On the sexual symptoms, this can happen as part of purification and
awakening of the nervous system also. It too will find balance. Rarely will
such episodes of extreme arousal during practices last a long time. On the
other hand, sexual energy has an important role in the process of human
spiritual transformation, so there will always be something going on with
sexuality moving upward from the root in the nervous system once ecstatic
conductivity (kundalini) is permanently awakened. If you and your wife have
not, it might be good to review the tantra group lessons, so sexuality and
sexual relations can be viewed in yogic context. You can find it near the
top of the list in the links section of the group.
Spinal breathing offers the possibility of balancing all of these things
more quickly and progressively. Kundalini symptoms (probably what these
things are) usually are caused by shakti energy coming up into the nervous
system without enough counter-balancing by shiva energy coming down. Spinal
breathing can correct this, and then progress can go very fast with much
less chance of uncomfortable kundalini symptoms. Maybe try 5 minutes of
spinal breathing before meditation and see how it goes for a few days. If it
doesn't help, or if it aggravates the symptoms, then back off. If it helps,
then give it a few weeks of stable practice and then consider going to 10
minutes of spinal breathing.
Rashes can be related to pitta (inner fire) imbalance that is aggravated by
kundalini awakening. It can also be experienced as excessive heat or acidic
sensations in the digestion or anywhere in the body. Ayurveda (the Indian
system of medicine) can help with this. A "pitta pacifying diet" with a
pitta pacifying routine is one of the first things to look at.
See this AYP Plus
lesson addition on balancing kundalini with an Ayurvedic diet, with diet
Beyond diet and routine, an ayurvedic physician can advise on additional
remedies. Anyway, the chances are good that your wife's symptoms will pass
naturally as her energies come into balance and move ahead with the process
of yoga. Even then it is good to be mindful of bodily constitution and not
be aggravating it with inappropriate foods or routine. Maybe hold off on the
spicy foods for a while...
With prudent application of practices and good self-pacing, I'm sure that
smoothness and steady blissful progress can be achieved. Good things are
Q2: My wife has started spinal breathing and the rashes started to subside
from day one. Now they have almost faded away. It's amazing how the
practices work. Thanks for all your advice.
One more amazing thing was that my wife's sight has improved from using
lenses of 2.75 to 2.5 since she has started meditation. She had to change
her lenses. I can't stop from thinking that this incident and her practices
are related. Does meditation help in correcting physical problems apart from
cleansing the nervous system? Curious to know!
A2: That's great news on your wife's spinal breathing and disappearing rash.
It is a wonderful practice with many long-term benefits, and one of the most
effective internal energy balancers there is. It is the perfect companion
for deep meditation. And these two practices together make an excellent
foundation for enhancing yoga practices further to transport us quickly and
comfortably along the road to enlightenment.
It is not common for yoga practices to suddenly reverse external physical
dislocations, such as correcting eyesight. For that reason yoga is not
presented as an instant cure-all for everything that can be ailing us. We do
yoga for enlightenment, and perfect physical health is not always a
prerequisite for that, though overall health will certainly tend to improve
as the nervous system becomes purified. There is no question that sudden
cures do happen sometimes. Is it the yoga? It could be if the ailment is
tied to obstructions being dissolved deep in the nervous system where yoga
Whether or not we are being physically cured, we can be sure we are being
spiritually cured through yoga, and that cultivates in us a deep sense of
wellbeing that is independent of the condition of the body. Inner harmony
always becomes outer harmony, but not always in the way we might expect.
Over time, we develop an inner perspective on things that enables us to cope
with whatever may be going on in the body or around us, often with laughter.
The guru is in you.
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