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baily2010-07-04 15:14:53 +0000 #1
Hi all,

I would go straight into the issues i Face.

I learn t isha Sakthi chalana kriya in 2004,

I was doing that sincerely for two months .I experienced the following.

1)My Limbs where trembling and was always in a state of fear.

2)My intake of food became very less.

3)I had constant depression.

4)My legs and Limbs and the whole body became rigid and always tired

5)I lost libidio

So i left the practice and started medication and after three yeras evrything became normal.So i tought i will do it again and i'm doing it for a month and my expereiece has started again.Can anyone please tell me what should be done.When i asked an isha vounteer he responded simply by saying Just continue your practices.please help me in this regard
Pandara2010-07-04 15:26:24 +0000 #2
Hi There,

Kriya yoga is extremely powerful and all the symptoms you describe are symptoms of a physical body which is not properly prepared through many incarnations as well as purification practises in this incarnation to handle the explosive energy of Kriya or Shakti. Kriya is not something you do in one lifetime, it stretches over many incarnation and we do a little with each incarnation. Don't be misled by the promise of many yoga teachers that you can negate nearly half of your karma in one life time with Kriya. If you are not ready it won't happen, your body will rebel against it, like yours.

To do Kriya you need:A body that is properly prepared through years of asana and other sattvic practices to handle the energy. If not preprared depression, anxiety, bodily aches and pains as well as trembles (movement of shakti) will follow. Extreme variations in your body temprature and blood pressure will soon start to follow as well.
A teacher/master who can guide you every step of the way and a volunteer who simply tells you to just continue, I frown heavily upon such a person and the credentials of such a person.
My advice, please stop immediately, search for an able and well trained person and get his/her advise on the road ahead and the prepatory practices you should follow. try to add a normal hatha yoga class to your programme to settle the energies and to restore the balance in your body and subtle bodies.

The fact that you are worried about the disappearance of your libido tells me that you are most probbaly in a relationship or that sex still plays an important part in your life. You cannot practice Kriya without it influencing this aspect of your life. It is clear that you didn't know this. Again, you cannot just go this alone, if you are in a relationship, you need to inform your partner about this and the influence it will have on your sex life, if you live in sin with your hand, you need to know that it will diminish. If it is going to be a problem to your partner I am afraid you have to decide which is more important - Kriya or sex?

As a last thought: will you go and play with TNT without proper guidance and without a trained person to help you? I guess NO!

Hope this helps.
baily2010-07-04 15:50:20 +0000 #3
Dear Pandara,

Thank you very much for your advice.It would also be helpful if you can suggest me some yoga postures to calm the system.

with regards

Baily
Pandara2010-07-04 15:50:28 +0000 #4
Hi Baily,

I would suggest you start with some gentle pranayama to restore balance between the Ida and Pingala Nadis again. I trust you have access to a good yoga teacher or book to look up all the asanas that I will mention here. Back to pranayama, begin a session with some gentle abdominal breathing, about 10 breaths and then just breath normal. You do this in the dead corpse pose or shavasana.

You can do the following asanas, again gentle please and ensure that your body is properly warmed up by doing a few sun salutations or some gentle stretches:Simple Supported Back Bend
Supported Paschimottanasana (Forward Bend)
Supported Sethu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose)
Supported Supta Virasana (Reclining Hero's Pose)
Viparita Karani (legs up against the wall)
Shavasana (dead corpse pose)
These are the ones which I prefer most to do as restorative poses, there might be a lot more.

After the last dead corpse pose, you can come up into normal sitting position, back straight and end with a few rounds of nad shodhana pranayama, especially alternate nostril breathing where you close first the right nostril and breath equal breaths in and out and then after about 10 rounds, swop to the other nostril doing the same ending of with normal breathing through both nostrils.

Your breath is mostly the aspect that will bring back the balance for you again and this may take some time, please be patient.

Please let me know how things develop. I want to emphasize the importantce of a teacher here, please see if you can find a teacher to guide you.

Good luck.
InnerAthlete2010-07-04 16:36:26 +0000 #5
Hello Baily,

I am uncertain additional feedback is needed or warranted. Though I will point out that since I have never met a live corpse I find the term "dead corpse" to be redundant

The action (kriya) you mention involves both breath retention and mula bandha (root lock) which is designed to move the wind (vayu) into the central channel of the subtle body (Sushumna Nadi). It is the promise of rapid evolution and the unleashing of kundalini energy that often lures practitioners to do this. That and an utter trust, without the tool of discernment, in a yoga teacher.

This type of action can lead to disruptions in the nervous system for those with vata constitution as well as those who have yet to learn proper alignment of the spine, as it is the hub of the nervous system.

When the student does not first have proper alignment AND does these sorts of actions the energy moves in ways that are "undesirable" to locations that are "harmful". As my dear colleague points out - please stop immediately.

If the teachers of your choosing have been less than helpful with this very significant issue then perhaps it is time to re-evaluate your selections.

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