Silent Mind Meditation Program: Yoga for Energy (Kundalini)
As you begin to participate in the Silent Mind meditations of phase 2 it is going to become self-evident the need for tremendous energy. This energy is going to be absolutely necessary in order to watch and instantly comprehend the actuality of the subtle mind in motion. The yoga work that you will do during this phase is designed precisely to help increase and harness this vital energy. As mentioned earlier, remember to pace yourself and not overdo it, use common sense and work around your injuries. Try not to eat at least 1 to 2 hours before doing your daily session and wear loose comfortable clothing. The Yoga for Energy set takes 30 minutes to complete and is described in Appendix 2 [Appendix 2: Yoga for Energy Set]. This set is to be done daily for the next 4 weeks prior to your 30 minute meditation practice.
The following Pranayam is used in the Yoga for Energy set [Appendix 2].
Breath Work: Left Nostril Breathing
The following Pranayam, uses the science of breathing through selective nostrils. It is designed to increase your creative and meditative energies and should be practiced for 5 minutes at the start of the Yoga for Energy set.
Description: Sit in Sukh Asan or lie in Shav Asan. Curl your index and middle fingers of your right hand down into your palm and point your pinkie, ring finger and thumb upwards. Your thumb will be used to block your right nostril while your ring finger and pinkie will be used to block your left nostril. You will breathe in from your left nostril in 4 parts and exhale in 1 part through your right. So it will take you 4 sniffs to inhale completely through the left nostril and only 1 breath to exhale all the air out through the right nostril. It is important to fill you lungs to full capacity by the fourth inhalation and empty them completely during exhalation. You will continue for 5 minutes.
Benefits: Breathing through the left nostril activates the right hemisphere of the brain, which is responsible for your artistic, creative and intuitive qualities. It is a breath pattern to calm your mind and prepare for meditation. Breaking up the inhalation portion of the breath into 4 parts allows you to utilize your full lung capacity. It helps deepen your breathing, bringing in more oxygen and expanding your respiratory system.
Cautions: If you start to feel dizzy switch to LDB or normal breathing and return to the given pranayam when you feel ready.