Today a fearless exploration into the kundalini yoga zone!
We did a set specifically for the Transformation of Sexual Energy. This is a vigorous kriya, including some fairly complex pranayama.
We began with Varuyas Kriya. This is similar to a warrior pose, but down on one knee, reaching forward with palms together, invoking the mantra SAT NAM, with a rhythmic use of the root lock, (a tightening of the pelvic floor, anus and sex organs, with an indrawing of the navel). This doesn’t sound too demanding in text, but the manual Kundalini Yoga/Sadhana Guidelines recommends up to 7 1/2 minutes on each side, and we were absolutely satisfied with a minute and a half. This is one that will have to build up gradually!
This one simple exercise opens pituitary secretion, regulates excessive sexual energy, and increases immunity, as well as bringing balance to the magnetic field of the body. Even with only a total of 3 minutes in this kriya, we had worked up a good sweat.
Sex Energy Transformation kriya is quite unique, using exercises and techniques that are not found in a lot of other kriyas. The first exercise alternated between cobra and plank. In the next exercise we alternated cow pose with a belly-down forward stretch on the mat. Both of these kriyas used a mental projection of the mantra ONG SOHUNG, and were done for 26 repetitions. ONG, the Infinite Creative Consciousness, SOHUNG, I am Thou. Basically, a fundamental identification with the Creative, (Creator).
This identification is again reiterated in the eighth exercise, as we lie in sivasana, chanting GOD AND ME, ME AND GOD, ARE ONE from the solar plexus.
Next comes a complex series of varied breaths combined with mantra and visualizations. Sitting in half lotus or cross legged, we began an alternating breath, in through the left nostril and out through the right, with root lock and meditation on the base of the spine. Mentally projecting SAT, Truth, on the inhale, and NAM, Name or Identity on the exhale. (Truth is my Identity, also stating connection with the Higher Self). This escalates to breath of fire after one minute, continuing to use alternate nostril breathing. Several other breathing patterns are utilized in rapid succession culminating in a visualization which begins with SAT NAM sonically spiralling up the spine on a held exhale, SAT travelling down both sides of the spine on the inhale, to enter the base of the spine, and NAM rising up the center of the spine on the next exhale. This visualization sequence is repeated twice.
This leads to the final chant and meditation. EK ONG KAR SAT NAM SAT NAM SIRI WHA GURU. It was during this last phase that I heard one of the internal sounds manifesting as a very high pitched but subtly quiet tone, lasting only a few seconds. This is known as nada, and is really of no consequence in and of itself, but is a marker along the way down the Path of Yoga, the journey toward a state of Union. It is good to notice and take note when this happens, notice what you are doing and what is on your mind at this time.
As we wrapped up and took our final sivasana, the meditation was profound. I didn’t settle down as quickly as I expected, but as those who practice corpse pose know, when you think you should get up, that’s when you must stay down! Soon I began to cascade through layers of consciousness, colours, and bodily sensations of rushing subtle energy. I began to feel as though my breath was somehow outside my body, somewhere above me, leaving the body in absolute peace and rest, not even troubled by the rhythm of the breath. I experienced a distinct tingling sensation opening at the top of my head, the many petals of the crown chakra unfolding…
Then my friend Oscar who is repairing the thatch of our palapa arrived to be paid and I had to rise, or descend? back to the surface world, and take care of business.
My final thoughts are that this kriya needs to be practiced many times before it can be mastered, and that it is well worth the effort to do so.