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Lesson 241 - Smoothing Out Pranayama (Audio)
Date: Wed Dec 29, 2004 5:18pm
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Q: I wanted to ask your advice on meditation. I quit it a long time ago
and I haven't been able to get a handle on it since then. Maybe I haven't
been putting in enough effort. None the less, I have a question for you. I
hope you have the time to answer.
I try breathing exercises where I breathe in and out slowly and deeply.
After I am done I feel good and my breathing feels more free and deep but
while I do the breathing exercises I have a hard time with it because of the
energy I feel. I feel as if energy is building up around my heart and
filling up my head and my mind. The feeling gets a little too much because I
don't know what to do with this energy, how to channel it. You probably have
experienced this and you probably have had people ask you about this. Can
you give me any feedback and advice on this?
A: The slow deep breathing is very good pranayama. To smooth out the energy
flow you just need to trace the spinal nerve between brow and perineum with
your attention -- up on the in-breath and down on the out-breath. Check the
lesson series beginning at #39 for details. This
procedure (spinal breathing) will balance the energies in your main nerve
(sushumna) and thereby greatly reduce the tendency for jam-ups in the chest,
head, and elsewhere. Many have experienced this balancing effect from spinal
breathing, including those who came to AYP with serious kundalini problems.
So the benefits are well known...
I should add that pranayama is best done as a preparation for easy deep
meditation, for reasons given in the just-mentioned lessons. Pranayama is
one thing. Meditation is something else. One is not a substitute for the
other. Both are needed for optimal spiritual progress.
The time commitment is not very big -- only 20-30 minutes twice per day. If
you can make it a steady habit like brushing teeth, bathing and eating, the
benefits will accumulate naturally over time. That is all there is to it.
Wishing you all success on your chosen spiritual path. Enjoy!
The guru is in you.
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