I have continued my Yoga regimen thereafter with discipline. I tweeted about my ongoing experience a few months ago. Read about it here. Today, I wish to write about my progress in greater detail, with some new experiences.
Initially, I thought my Yoga experiences were personal and need not be shared on a public platform. However, I realise what is happening to me is something profound. Telling about it is important. If this blog motivates even one reader to explore what Yoga has to offer, it would be worth writing this.
First of all, something about what I do as part of my Yoga regimen. I do a 21 minute Kriya called Shambhavi Mahamudra. However, before this Kriya, there are 30 minutes of preparatory asanas. Let us look at these in some detail.
The session starts with Patangasana. It is followed by Shishupalasan and Nadivibhajan (3 rounds – 30 asanas). This set of asanas takes about 15 minutes. It is then followed by Surya Namaskar (3 rounds – 72 asanas) which takes about 10 minutes.
This is followed by 5 minutes of Shavasana to cool the body down. And then starts Shambhavi Mahamudra, which involves breathing exercises like Sukhasana, Om Chants, Flutter and Bandhas, all undertaken in a precise way and order.
This entire session takes appx 50 minutes. I have certain experiences during this session which I would like to share.
First, during Patangasan, I occasionally feel the back of my neck, ears and a part of my face getting heated up. That’s probably because nerves at the bottom of the spine get worked up. These nerves are connected to the brain via the neck. I did not have this experience for the first 4 months. It’s only been for the last 2 months or so, as my body got more sensitive.
Two, during and after Suryanamaskar, I notice that there is heightened pumping of blood, especially at my Anahata, just near the diaphragm. I clearly feel enhanced blood circulation across my body, duly engineered from the centre of the body – the Anahata.
Three, after Bandhas, as I start breathing normally, I feel as if I were floating. It not only relaxes the mind but leaves me uplifted. I have no concrete explanation for this. It could either be out of brain relaxation after a prolonged and regulated breathing or some secretions in the brain which are worth researching. I have been having this experience for the last month or so in varying degrees of effectiveness, depending on how well the entire session has progressed.
I do not know what more experiences Yoga has in store for me. I am sure they will get even more profound as I master all the above asanas with practise, and my body becomes more and more sensitive with time.
Please note that this regimen involves dietary discipline as well. Eating only 3 times a day – morning breakfast, lunch and dinner; nothing in between. Also, there are prescribed time-gaps between eating and the yoga session. I am sure this discipline has played a key role in my having these experiences.
I know these are experiences I never imagined were possible. I realise Yoga is not merely an exercise. It’s a spiritual process we MUST traverse.
Depiction of Asanas mentioned in the post
Note : Pictorial representations of asanas above are not exact. They are the nearest representation to actual asanas that I could trace on the web.
Caution : All asanas mentioned here should be done under expert guidance only.