Yoga and Vipassana for Stress Relief and Pain management

Each one of us is having the ability to heal ourselves. We need to learn the techniques for healing. Yoga and Vipassan are two beautiful ways to control pain and bring happiness in life. Both these techniques are scientifically proven and millions of people are getting benefits of that.  Just like allopathic medicines, too much Yoga and too much Vipassana meditation is harmful for body and mind. You should be careful they should not create addiction.


Great Yoga and Vipassana master Sri Amit Ray of Uttarkashi in the book “Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style” beautifully explained the ways and means to use yoga and Vipassana for pain management and stress relief.  He says “Select your own yoga posture slowly and very gently twist your body and gently focus your attention to the starting place of the physical pain. Just comfortably permit your awareness to rest in that area for few moments and then move your attention to the …..  “. The book beautifully amalgamated the two ancient meditation and yoga techniques.

But Yoga and Vipassan are not the answer for all pains, particularly for acute pains you need to take proper medical advice. Yoga postures should be selected depending on the nature of pain.

Seven Steps of Kriya Yoga

To be a true kriya yogi you don’t necessarily need to read Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda or any other book as such. You need to practice gently seven kriya steps.  According to Shiva Samhita reading useless books on yoga is the first hindrance of Kriya Yoga. The second hindrance of course will be looking for a Guru or Kriya teacher. All Kriya teachers are not good. Of course there are exceptions. You can judge that yourself on time, as you progress. There are plenty of books in the market, but spending too much time on books are not at all fruitful. Most of them will confuse you.

The best is, practice the steps slowly at a comfortable pace at your own.

Our body (Microcosm) is said to be a small sample of the universe (macrocosm). The whole body of a big tree is hidden in a tiny seed. In a small sperm lies the cast of the entire human body.

There are seven lighted jewels in our body.There are Seven steps in Kriya Yoga.

Step #1 : Know your Seven Energy Bodies

Step #2:  Know Seven Bija Kriya Mantras for seven energy vortex

Step #3:  Know Seven Astral Planes of existence

Step #4:   Know Seven master Postures of Yoga

Step #5:   Know Seven Yoga Foods to activate centers

Step #6:   Know Seven Breathe and Mind fluctuation energy

Step #7:    Know Seven Spiritual Grace centres in brain

Out which the sixth steps which is known as Kriya Pranayama is most vital is explained here.

Kriya Yoga Energy Balance – The Inner Alchemy

Kriya Yoga practice is the pursuit of returning to the inner source. It involves systematically refining our internal energies  physical, mental and spiritual.  And provides us a means to better understand ourselves, the universe we live in, and our purpose in life. All energy is conserved – no energy gets lost. Only we need to transform the lower energy to higher energy. My spiritual masters taught me number of ways to transform lower energy to higher energy forms.

The harmony, interaction and connection of Heart and Kidney are crucial in Kriya Yoga.

Within Kriya Yoga there are structured guidelines and practice methods regarding the attainment of unity with nature. These guidelines and practice methods are divided into external energy yoga and internal kriya Yoga.

During the practice, you need to calm your mind and descend your Heart Fire to warm your navel. Which then changes into physical energy and travels through the small-energy loop at your back. When Yang Qi has accumulated in your Lower chakra, move the energy to the Middle chakra. Then place the spiritual energy middle chakra for cultivation. When you are comfortable gradually move the energy to the upper energy loops.

Kriya Yoga and Vipassana have the same purpose: adjust and balance the energy circuits.

Kriya Yoga Energy Balance

Kriya Yoga Energy Balance

Visual Khechari Mudra

I learnt the great art of visual khechari mudra from the Himalayan yogi Sri
Amit Ray ji of Uttarkashi. According to him it is not necessary to cut your tongue to practice khechari mudra. Khechari mudra releases the subtle astral knot of the tongue. It is also vital to bear in mind that techniques alone can never give you enlightenment or liberation. However, khechari mudra is a significant exercise to wash away the past karmas, the impressions and the samaskars. It is also known as kechari mudra. It is part of kriya yoga.

Sri Amit Ray ji strongly advised that “For getting success in khechari mudra, it is not required to cut the frenulum (the soft membrane under the tongue). To get success you need to use your imaginative power that will connect the negative energy of the tongue with the positive energy of the third eye. That connection gives eternal bliss”  According to him khechari mudra is a combination of mental and physical exercise.  Role of physical tongue exercise is very little. During the process, you just need to fold the tongue to touch the upper palate and keep the tongue in a very comfortable and relax position.

Khechari Mudra Technique:

Mostly it is a mental visualization process. First concentrate on the tip of the tongue and then concentrate on the tip of the uvula, the little tongue. Gradually build the awareness around the little tongue.  According to him building a visual micro loop around the third-eye, throat, tip of the tongue and the uvula is the secret of khechari mudra. It is much more than the physical tongue exercise techniques. Devotion, love, awareness and purity is the key to khechari mudra.

Paramhansa Yogananda in his book “little tongue” published in 1926 mentioned about khechari Mudra. He explained the role of khechari Mudra  to achieve the deep spiritual states of consciousness.

In the ancient text Siva samhita it is mentioned “Pointing the tongue upwards, when the yogi can drink the nectar flowing from the two eye-brows, within a month he certainly would conquer death” [2.72] Of course it is not talking about the physical death.

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the little tongue

the little tongue

Kriya yoga for stress relief

I love winter exercise. Combination of kriya yoga, pranayama and free hand exercise are having wonderful effect on body mind and soul. Chair yoga is very good for relaxation. I tried that and it works.  When I don’t have time in the morning I do evening exercise. Morning walking with yoga is  good for relaxation. You may try innovative yoga postures for your relaxation. Good food and good sleep are must for yoga life.  You may read Kriya yoga for stress relief to know more on this issue.

Essence of Yoga and Vipassana

The concepts and methods of harmonizing body, mind, and spirit introduced centuries ago by Patanjali have been adopted by scientists, religious and spiritual leaders, and experts in the field of physical and mental health, as well as by the public at large. The concept of observing the breath and the tingling sensations of the body have been adopted by Gautam Buddha. Kriya yoga and vipassana are the two wings of a spiritual journey. If one is weak you cannot fly comfortably. God realization and stillness of mind both are important.

Buddha said “It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell. “ Vipassana is the art of conquering yourself.

Essence of Vipassana

Essence of Vipassana

Paramahansa Yoganandanin the writer of the spiritual classic,“Autobiography of a Yogi”, said “Meditation is the science of God‑realization. It is the most practical science in the world. Most people would want to meditate if they understood its value and experienced its beneficial effects. The ultimate object of meditation is to attain conscious awareness of God, and the soul’s eternal oneness with Him. “

 

In the teachings of the Zen masters we observed “What we call the body and mind in the Buddha Way is grass, trees and wall rubble; it is wind, rain, water and fire.”

 

Himalayan spiritual master Amit Ray of Uttarkashi in his book,  Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style”  said “There are three aspects in yoga, the first one is keeping the body and mind in harmony and healthy. The second one is stilling the mind and the third one is realising the inner sprit. Yoga deals with the first aspect of life. Vipassan is more about the stilling the mind and for the third one you need your own inner grace.”

Ramana Maharshi the master of yoga through self-inquiry mentioned that “self-inquiry is certainly not an empty formula and it is more than the repetition of any mantra. If the inquiry `Who am I?’ were a mere mental Questioning, it would not be of much value. The very purpose of self-inquiry is to focus the entire mind at its source. It is not, therefore, a case of one `I’ searching for another `I’. Much less is self-inquiry an empty formula, for it involves an intense activity of the entire mind to keep it steadily poised in pure Self-awareness.” Self inquiry is the art of knowing yourself.

Sri Aurobindo tried to amalgamate the older religions and said “Eevolution is the method by which it liberates itself; consciousness appears in what seems to be inconscient, and once having appeared is self-impelled to grow higher and higher and at the same time to enlarge and develop towards a greater and greater perfection. Life is the first step of this release of consciousness; mind is the second; but the evolution does not finish with mind, it awaits a release into something greater, a consciousness which is spiritual and supramental. The next step of the evolution must be towards the development of Super-mind and Spirit as the dominant power in the conscious being. For only then will the involved Divinity in things release itself entirely and it become possible for life to manifest perfection.”

Great yogi Ramakrishna Paramhansa taught ceaselessly for fifteen years the basic truths of all religion through parables, metaphors, songs and by his own life. He said “There are pearls in the deep sea, but you must hazard all perils to get them. If you fail to get at them by a single dive, do not conclude that the sea is without them. Dive again and again, and you are sure to be rewarded in the end. So also in the quest for the Lord, if your first attempt to see Him proves fruitless, do not lose heart. Persevere in the attempt, and you are sure to realize Him at last.”

Essence of Religion

Essence of Religion

Kriya Yoga for Stress Relief

Combination of kriya yoga, pranayama and free hand exercise are having wonderful effect on body mind and soul. In kriya yoga the kriyas should be practised in a very gradual and controlled manner. Kriya injects adrenaline hormone into your system, which gives boost to your moods. However too much practice of kriya, may put you into an agitated state and increase your stress. According to my yoga teacher, Sri Amit Ray, “Vipassana and kriya yoga should be practised together in a graceful manner. Vipassan will help you to observe the state of your mind and body. Kriya yoga will help you to eliminate your past karma blockages. Graceful Kriya Yoga with love is the way to enlightenment.” Your love towards family, friends and God is the way the reduces stress in life.

Graceful Kriya Yoga improves your heart rate and reduces your blood pressure. It boosts your immune system and reduces the muscle tensions. It will put you directly into a mental state of bliss. It helps you to develop better digestion and elimination process. According to great Kriya Yogi, Lahari mahasaya it is no the number of kriyas per day, which matters, but the quality of the kriya is important.

According to Sri Ramakrishna the life of a yogi should always be in fun and cheerfulness. In this regard, one of his students mentioned “In the Western world the idea of a religious man is that he never smiles, that a dark cloud must always hang over his face, which, again, must be long-drawn with the jaws almost collapsed. People with emaciated bodies and long faces are fit subjects for the physician, they-are not Yogis. It is the cheerful mind that is persevering”

So combination of fun, cheerfulness, pranayama, free hand exercises, a little bit of vipassana, Graceful Kriya Yoga makes the life happy and joyful and reduces stresses in life.

Kriya Vipassana

Kriya Vipassana