(...I ask for forgiveness from all starting with the beginners and ending with advanced spiritual leaders or Gurus, if my expression below hurts their feelings. I love you all and respect your understanding about meditation. By no means, am I trying to say that you are wrong. You all are right, and please continue doing the right things...)
Yogic poses, if done with the correct flow of psychic energy to internal organs, influence our thoughts and then emotions. A well-trained yogi’s brain can create thought waves with different frequencies. If the frequency of the vibration of a yogi’s brain waves is the same as the frequency of the brain waves of the person sitting in front of him, a yogi can create a connection with that other brain. Thus, a well-trained yogi can read or alter the thoughts of a person sitting in front of him or at distance.
Completion of every yogic poses must be followed by meditation or by just keeping the mind vacant. Yoga without meditation is similar to leaving your hands wet after washing. Pranayama is the breathing exercise. After doing any exercise a person feels somewhat tired. Similarly, if you are doing pranayama correctly you will certainly feel tired. One usually perspires and an internal desire to stop the pranayama may occur in the starting phases. This is because you are doing breathing exercise, and you are tiring.
After doing breathing exercise, your brain is tired, so you can sit for meditation. I’d like to share with you an experience of how to activate the centre of inner salvation. Once a yoga practitioner learns to activate this centre, that person can easily stop smoking, drinking, misusing narcotic-analgesics etc. Instead, that person abstain by doing breathing exercise. Only a well-trained yogi or people without systemic diseases or any contraindications to yoga, pranayama and meditation can practice this pranayama.
Here is the method below:
Sit comfortably anywhere. Deeply inhale and deeply exhale continuously for at least 5 to 15 minutes. This is a kind of vashrika. When you complete inhaling and exhaling deeply for 5–15 minutes (depending on how vigorously this vashrika was performed) undertake a 3-step inhaling process:
- Inhale deeply with the right lung (5–10 seconds), then continue to the second step without stopping.
- Inhale deeply with the left lung (5–10 seconds), then continue to third step without stopping.
- Raise your thorax and inhale deeply with the lower abdomen pushing the navel region of the lower abdomen forward, and stop the air escaping with a locked throat.
In simple words, perform a full kumbhak (or pause) with inhalation, as above, after 15 minutes of vigorous vashrika.
With your eyes closed, continue holding your breath as long as possible. This is the first door of samadhi. This is what Yogananda and other masters of Kriya Yoga could have performed before they decided to keep themselves in samadhi according to their desire!
Om. May all become happy, may all be free from illness, may all see what is auspicious, may no one suffer. Om, Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.
Yogacharya Dr.Binod Baral, MD, PhD, CIC, CHE