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joemj4132010-07-05 00:38:18 +0000 #1
I was reading off a site about doing a stomach lock which is suppose to be very energizing. I also found this out in my power yoga book by Geo Takoma. I don't practice yoga yet but I want to soon. I have a lot of emotional issues I've been trying to sort out yet a lot of things I've tried (EFT, Reiki, Accupuncture, Hypnosism, Psychotherapy) haven't done a dent. But when I practice the stomach lock, even active exhaleration (not sure what that's called in yoga), I feel a great amount of anxiety that's nearly crippling. I'm usually very stressed, anxious, depressed, and get chest pains in certain areas but when I do either one of these exercises it feels like I'm experiencing (or at least hiding) the worst feeling in the world. I know this feeling has to be released but how do I go about this? I don't think I'm ready for a full yoga program yet (I'm a procrastinator and feel maybe my mind is telling me not to dwell too deep into this) but I'm anxious to rid myself of my misery. Any breathing exercises or methods you've people tried to help conquer these traumas? BTW I'm dirt poor at the moment so I can't go to see anyone (which have been a waste of time) so the cheapest method would be appreciated.


InnerAthlete2010-07-05 00:47:27 +0000 #2
Hi Joe,

I think we've been asked to wait on replying to things in this section until Mukunda replies. And I am more than willing to comply however the question you pose requires that I make exception here. I apologize in advance for stepping out of the requested protocol.

The locks (bandhas) and breathing (pranayama) in Yoga are very powerful tools and are not intended for the novice, neophyte, or raw beginnner.

Since you have pre-constructed a boundary where I am not able to advise a teacher or class I am limited. Please note, when a student has a condition or issue then a professional is called for. You would not go to a grocer to have a broken arm set and casted. Nor would you try and set and cast it at home on your own.

That having been said, if you are serious, please consider the following to see if they will "help" your body deal with the anxiety you are experiencing. To rid yourself of this sort of thing takes much work and commitment.

1. Warm epsom salt baths on a regular basis. Perhaps three times per week.

2. Massage oil applied to the skin. The oil should be as "natural" as possible and you can make your own with a base of grapeseed oil and some lavendar essential oil. 8 drops essential to 8 ounces of grapeseed. You can also use organic, untoasted sesame seed oil but you will smell like stir fry.

3. Do a google search on Yin foods and see which ones you can incorporate into your eating habits.

4. Do not consume caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, or sugar. Honey, agave, rice koji, or stevia are all okay.

5. a very simple breathwork can be done sitting comfortable on the floor with your back against a wall. The breath is a 2:1 ratio. So if you are inhaling to a 4-count then the exhalation is to an 8-count. Begin with only a couple of minutes. Perhaps three to start.

As these things begin to work for you please check back in and update the progress. Adding appropriate asana (yoga poses) to this regimen will make the plan more effective.

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