Pranayama’s negative effects!

Dear AD, 

I am suffering from adverse affects of kapalbhati after doing it watching from tv (baba Ramdevs Show). I cant concentrate and my mind gets clouded. I cant understand a situation as a result of which I have become very irritable. help me somehow. My life has become kind of hell.  – Docguy

AD

Docguy, During Pranayamas, which is a rhythmic breathing pattern lots of energy gets generated and when this excessive energy tries to move in your network of energy channels its flow should be unhindered. If you are learning Yoga and Pranayama under the guidance of an able Master or Guru he shall make you cleanse your body pathways by using different types of external and internal cleansing methods called ‘Dhouti”, and Trataka. Also he would make sure that your energy channels are cleansed by continuous practice of ‘Nadishodhan’. Yet another level of cleansing is suggested which is known as “tattva shuddhi”.. which we teach in our Tattva Shakti Vigyaan Initiation Camps.

All such symptoms like headache, memory loss, lack of concentration are direct result of excessive push of energy (which is generated during ‘Pranayama’) in the energy channels called ‘Nadis’ and you can imagine what it would be like to obstruct an overflowing violant river. The excessively speedy flow of energy in the impurity clogged channels is bound to distort or damage them. This is natural.

There are approximately 72000 major energy channels in our body. In ancient Yogic text these are referred to as  ‘Nadis’. Whenever there is some damage in these our body tries to restore it however it is not always possible to get some very thin channels repaired and thus it may become permanant disability of loss of particular sensitivity or ability. Let us now see how well can we manage this situation – I just pray it is not too late!

My first set of advice to you is:

1. Stop the practice of all sorts of Pranayama for the time being.

2. Stop eating non-vegetarian food (if you are non-vegerarian), alchohol and smoking.

3. In the morning drink 1 Tea Spoon full of Honey mixed with warm water empty stomach and during the day drink at least 8-9 glasses of water.

4. If you can get “Brahmi” and “Vacha” from your chemist shop. Take 200-300 mg of each herb, twice a day mixed in small quanity of honey or milk.

5. In the morning after having bath. Sit relaxed, close your eyes, put a gentle smile on your face and do chanting of AAUUUUMMMMMMMM for 3-5 minutes. While you chant “AUM” focus on back of your neck. Once finished with chanting rub your palms together for 10-15 seconds and once you feel the energy and heat,  place your right palm on your forehead covering it and left palm exactly opposite on the backside of your head. Feel the energy moving in every cell of your brain and spreading love, light and smile every where inside there.

If its not too much of damage caused so far in just 21 days of this treatment you shall see your normalcy returning. It has worked for many and I am sure you would prove no exception. Once healed (partially or fully) do get back to me. I will have more for you. You can also keep yourself updated by joining the group of TSV practitioners.

Last but not the least, Each day at least for once yell at the top of your voice… “Jai Baba Ramdev” and clap for yourself!!

(Laughs)

Get well soon..

Love and Light

- Ach. Agyaatdarshan Anand Nath

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40 comments on “Pranayama’s negative effects!

  1. I am having high BP and am unable to sit straight for a long time. I get pain in my lower part of back if I sit for more than 5-8 minutes and thereby my concentration is diverted. I am also not comfortable with Vajrasana. However, I want to do Kapalbhati and Anulum-Vilom for 30 minutes regularly. Please advise the remedy.
    I am 73+ years of age and am presently attending Yoga and Pranayama classes conducted by one of the representatives of Patanjali Yogashram in Bangalore. Whilst I am unable to do even 20% of yogasanas I am able to do Pranayamas but with difficulty in sitting.

    • Dear Vishwanath,

      If you have got the clear understanding on Pranayama preparations, I am sure you wouldn’t at least indulge in Kapalbhati. However Anulom Vilom can be practised.

      I understand you are attracted to Yoga and Pranayama to control your BP and other related issues. Thats Good!
      Regarding the pain in lower back you can try following options.

      Before you sit down for Pranayama, do Bhujangasana for 5 minutes, stretch yourself upward as if you are trying to touch the ceiling of your room. This will gradually increase your capacity to sit longer.

      1. Get a L shape coushioned back chair (In fact it is a normal chair minus its legs and can be placed directly on the ground/floor.
      2. You try sitting crosslegged in a deep tub filled with luke warm water with added salt.
      3. You can sit on a reclining chair and try only deep breathing. Avoid doing any theorybook Pranayama in this position just deep breathing for 5 minutes will do.

      You can request few remote healing sessions from my beloved spiritual partner Ma Deppriya. She can be contacted on wordpress at http://devpriya14.wordpress.com

      Love and Light
      - AD

  2. This is an excellent post and thanks for highligting the dangers of pranayama. In order to rid myself of my stomach ailment i have tried Sri Sri Ravishankar’s sudarshan kriya . Sudarshan Kriya worsened my situation so bad that I was almost bed ridden for a week with fever and headaches, I got heat boils and skin rashes and even piles from sudarshan kriya. It was only after I stopped this and took triphala i got some relief.

    After this I tried baba ramdev’s pranayama, all the seven. I think Ramdev is too simplistic to claim everythign will be cured by these seven pranayamas. I did it all and my digestion only worsened and I started getting nervous and fidgety. I realised that the culprit is kapalabhati. I was doing this for 10 minutes. The days i stopped doing kapalabhati it was okay. I slowly switched to doing only Anulom Vilom and things got better for me. Now I do suryanamaskaras and anulom vilom. If someone had warned me earlier of dangers of rapid and quick pranayamas like kapalabhati, bhastrika and sudarshan kriya it would have save me from lot of suffering.

    Thanks for this blog. i think these holy businessmen willdo anything and claim anything to sell their products. Yoga is great if it is applied judiciously else it can be dangerous. Thanks for this blog and may your tribe increase.

  3. I was practising Art of living’s Sudarshan Kriya for 12yrs, without giving even a day’s gap. some of the problems that I faced were :
    Poor memory,
    Absent mindedness,
    Intellectual disability – Could not comprehend or respond to anything. Mind would go blank
    Low Self esteem
    Lack of interest in life, No enthusiasm, always depressed.
    Low energy.
    I stopped practising SK almost a month ago. My memory has slightly improved. My interest in life is back.

    Please let me know what I need to do to recover completly.

  4. Dear AD,
    First let me say that this is the first source where I have seen a seemingly very knowledgeable person, someone who seems like he speaks from living experience, while at the same time, being accessible and honest. Thank you for that, I enjoy reading your blog very much! I found your website after searching for the dangers of incorrect pranayama, and, after reading your website I am slightly relieved to know that I am not the only one who has suffered from this.
    I suffer from chronic anxiety and shoulder, neck, and knee pain, but I have always been functional in terms of work and school-and was able to graduate medical school this past year. I looked into pranayam to help me deal with the pain and improve my energy so I could be more focused on work,etc.
    In the past year I spent about 6-7 months doing swami ramdevs pranayam. I have done kapalbhati and anulomvilom for about 10-15 min each everyday from Oct 2010 to June 2010. I found that they gave me much energy and helped me with bilateral knee, right shoulder and neck pain which I have had for about seven years. I stopped these practices in June, but I started them up again abt a few days ago, because, for the first time in ten years, I was trying to face my anxiety and work through it and I thought it would help me relax.
    When I was doing this pranayam during the year, I was largely avoiding masturbation/sex, because I had read masturbation and pranayam together can be quite harmful. While I would do these practices, I would feel a surge of pressure in my genital regions and it was almost pleasurable, and I found that this would last throughout the day. This was especially true after kapalbhati. The reason I mention this is because when I started up again about a week ago, of course, the same sensation came to me. Unfortunately- and this is embarrassing-I spend a significant amount of time watching pornography that day and I masturbated as well. At the moment of ejaculation, I felt a surge of pressure into my neck and head, I felt a sharp, crippling pain in my right shoulder(previously damaged), and my right knee. I also felt a cramping sensation right below my navel. After that day, I feel as if my neck has become weaker-the pain and crepitus has increased, I feel EXHAUSTED, and I still have a cramping sensation right below my navel-though it has pretty much faded completely. In addition-the pressure that I felt in my head is still there and since that moment, I have had a very loud ringing in my ears-so loud, it is preventing me from sleeping.
    I read somewhere that masturbation after yoga can permanently waste/release energy –did I build up some energy and waste it? I’ve also read that sometimes if the body is not strong enough, the release of energy can be damaging to the “structure”. This would make sense as I have a few old injuries. I am absolutely terrified and I feel about 20 years older than I am(I’m 24). I have difficulty sleeping and I am worried that my memory is being affected-though I’m sure if that is because of the lack of sleep/anxiety over this situation. Anyhow, this is really interfering with my life.
    Is there anything I can do to correct this? Will it fix itself over time?
    Any advice would be much much appreciated. I am willing to do anything to bring myself back to “normal”.
    Thank you very much for taking the time to read this!
    Sincerely,
    PJ.

  5. I m suffering from allergic rhinitis for many years. i had tried all sort of medicine and even homeopathy but it didnt work so i finally got my attention on patanjali yogpeeth. i had started pranayama for 15 days with kapalbhati and now i’m suffering from sever back pan i can not sit straight. and i am having sever neck pain. i just googled and i found your useful website. After knowing that it can be a permanent problem i am so worried . My life is miserable if it will not b cured.. please help me.

    Anurag

    • Beloved Anurag,

      Our Body is not the isolated event in this universe. What we get is what we deserve. We earn our body through our Karma. The DNA is nothing but the collective karma of your ancestors whom you chose to born with. Not exactly that you chose to be born but you were made to come. People are worried about the external symptoms without giving any thought whatsoever on what they are internally. The response of our body to external stimulus is governed by our programming of energy body which we carry from our past and in most of the cases it is also the result of non-acceptance. The energy body has so many switches which get activated by our thoughts and thus most of the times people suffer due to their thoughts – their mind.

      People keep reacting to others and situations out of their rut without giving proper attention to their own self, the background thought processes.. the logic governing the reactions and reasons behind their built-in psyche. Sufferring from alergy, more of less is about being choosy.. easily irritable… You should learn to accept people, things, situations and different characters.. your allergy shall disappear completely in some time. But what next when you are completely healthy? Do find a higher purpose in life. Dont foegt, this body is of no use if it is not toiled in serving the world!

      May the blessings of Shiva be with you

      Shivoham
      - AD

  6. I am 48yrs old. I was over weight from my childhood. First i tried to do weight reduction by swimming and avoiding eating. But realised it made me very depressed and sleepy all time, so i gave up. Then I started yoga when i was 18yrs old with simple warm up excericse and suryanamshkar but without guidance of any teacher. In a month I realised i am coming in good shape & feeling good, then tried more to get faster result. But I had to stop due to rashes (red spot) in hand with burning sensation in hand and stomach (acidity). I reduced quantum of excersice but started pranayam by reading books. Initially felt very good and so started overdoing of pranayam more particularly Suryabhedi. After this pranayam i used to feel my body very light but i relealised i cannot concentrate properly in my study (I can undersand the subject fast but retension/ memory very poor) and seen involuntary movement of hands (shaking). But I kept doing every morning & also evening for feeling good. But I had to give up this in 1989 (age 26 yrs) due to severe stomach ache. Then I had frequent cold and cough and keep taking medicine like ibuprofen as painkiller. I got married in the age of 30yrs. After one ear of marriage I had pain in my backache which could not be diagnosis for 1.5 yrs after various MRI/CT scan and blood test. There was significant change in my spine structure (a problem usually found in 70-80 yrs old) Then I lost 20 kgs weight in a month’s time, with simptom (I had mild fever in evening and heavy sweating in night). In 1994 Nov, one morning I passed heavy malina in stood and hospitalised for 15 days. They diagnosis TB in liver and one inch gland on portal vain from where it bleeded. Took one year treatment and recovered but portal vain got blocked internally. I had 3rd grade varisis in usaphagus, as portal vain was blocked. But fortunately collaterals were developed in 2-3 yrs and 25% blood could pass thru the collateral. During this period I could feel enlarged spleen (15-18cm). Then at the age of 40yrs I had small blood pass thru stool and Doctor had done usaphagus bending of 2-3 varisis and I was put on drug call Pantocid 20 mg and Indral 10 mg to reduce the portal tension. I last 15 yrs i was keep doing excercise and moderate pranayam. Then I learned Ramdevji Pranayam from TV and also SriSri Ravi Shankarji Sudarshan Kriya (SK). But realised that I had problem with SK and stopped. Thereafter next four years i was normal then i was diagnosed diabetes. I was put on Citapin 500 SR. I have increased Kapalbhati to 240 rounds (60 round X 4 rests). Anulom-Vilom also 240 rounds (60 rounds X 4 rests). But in 6month I realised that I had a problem of Voice horseness. I was good singer but i cannot sing. I had trouble in talking due to horseness (I have to talk more due to my working/job). But voice becomes normal after long talking/discussions but a small break to listen other person means square to zero and same trouble. I am taking voice course also. Last 15 yrs I am drinking boiled (cooled) water, not to have stomach problem and my weight is in the range of 85-90 kg range in all those yrs.
    I am regularly doing meditation, just after getting up from sleep in the morning for 30-45 min. Then all this excercise took 2 hrs. This put lot of pressure in the morning. Throughout the day i am in good control of eating due to work pressure, but after evening (late evening around 9.30pm) when i am back in home & relaxed i am eating more than my morning breakfast and lunch, which keeps the trouble continued……
    Though I am writing all this but I know where i have been wrong all those yrs.
    Mind lives in extremes of opposite duals. Though grown up so old & suffered but still make same repitative mistakes.. & suffer….again & again … How to overcome this ….sometime think peace is also mirage…becuase after peace again you are back in world with worldly duties & pressures….. Do we need to develop one more level of consciousness…. above suffering…
    Please guide..
    Regards,
    Himanshu

    • Beloved Himanshu,

      I can clearly see your bent towards philosohpy.. a new understanding is emerging, paradigm shifing however I dont think you are asking me anything or that you feel you need help so all I can say.. grow in your understanding in this feeling in your solitude. May existence shower blessings upon you..

      Shivoham

      - Agyaatdarshan

  7. I am having some health problem since last six month’s. I feel light-headed, dizziness and a slight jerking at the back of my neck (palpitation). My limbs tremble a bit and my legs feel as if they cant keep me upright. All this lasts for only a couple of minutes, but for the duration that it lasts, I feel as if i could faint and that makes me feel nervous and it is becoming a kind of phobia for me. It’s affecting my social life as I am scared to go out anywhere fearing that I would cause a scene, if it happens.
    For your kind information, I have been doing PRANAYAM for the last one year. Brashtika – 5 minutes, Kapal bhati – 5-10 min, Ujjai – 5 times, Anulom Vilom – 10 mints – in this sequence. My question is, could my problems be related to any or all of this, or my sequence of doing it? What is your take on this? Kindly advice how to come out of it all.

    • Beloved Utpal,

      I have warned enough about what getting into Pranayama Practice can results into if attempted without having completed Nadishodhan and you are still waiting for my approval to consider your decision to stop and refrain from the practices you are engaged in? Surprising it is! However why do you think I should personally tell you to stop doing it? I dont enjoy the authority of being your Guru or guide neither did I ask you to start it anyways.. Utpal, Its your choice, its your decision and ultimately it is your knowledge which would help you in making right choices. Read authentic text books and treatise on Yoga and pranayama and most importantly get in touch with some knowledgeable Guru who can initiate you in right processes.

      Just would like to tell you that you are not the only one who is complaining about such symptoms.. thousands of people have written to me with even more severe complications and all by practice of Pranayama and Sudarshan Kriya etc. Largly symptoms disappear after you stop the practices however there are some damages in the nadi-system which is definitely irrepairable.

      ||Asato ma sadgamay.. tamsoma jyotirgayamay||

      - Agyaatdarshan

  8. Hi,
    I m Pranav Shastry,Engineering student.I wanted a help from u.I have a problem of masturbating at higher frequency,which i m trying to reduce or quit. Towards this i wanted to try Yogic therapies.Masturbating has affected my life alot in all spheres! I want to know the therapies and activities to do to reduce the frequency. Please suggest me what i can possibly do towards it. My mail id is 4fbadvert@gmail.com.I would be very much thankful for it.

  9. Please AD,

    Can you advise me a good combination of prayanamas that i could practise about 20/25 minutes per day, I’ve followed ART of LIVING course and practise SWAMI RAMDEV prayanama techniques. I fear that i may be doing things wrongly. Very often i feel very calm and full of energy but occasionally irritated and stressed and i try to do everything in a hurry.

    Yours RAMA

    • Shri Rama Govinden

      As Acharya ji has always said that no pranayama should be done without practicing Nadi shodhan. Any type of Pranayama that you will do without preparing your body by doing nadishodhan will have ill effects on you. So here it is advisable that dedicate the whole 20/25 minutes in doing nadishodhan only for atleast one year. You may read the following posts.

      love and light
      Devpriya

  10. I have been doing pranayam for around 2 months now. Previously when I did Kapalbhati i used to tire very easily. Ever since i am consentrating on the “microscopic orbit” i land up doing pryanam at 25 mins at a stretch. It has been a great releaver of tensions. However for the past two days, after I have done Kapalbhati and am meditating, I have a cold wave that that rises from my legs ang gradually climbs up to my lungs. It’s almost like a chill and i get fearful. Please explain the cause and possible remedy.

    regards
    Rajat
    PS: I have knee trouble and so cannot since in sukhasana for prayanam. I set on a chair while prayanam. I have low blood pressure and consupation. But no other evedent ailments.

  11. i have got interal piles…i was doing sudharshan kriya….could it b the reason of it…as i have read dat piles occur due to exercise…???and how could i cure it naturaaly…???

    • Beloved Jazz,

      Not sure if you had this problem earlier also and in all probabilities this problem of internal piles shouldn’t have occurred due to Sudarshan Kriya directly. However if during Kriya regime you felt constipated and exerted bit too much while defecating it can cause these symptoms. Nevertheless it would be too much of a guess work on my part if i do not a proper history of ailment from you including hereditary trends in your family (both sides i.e. paternal & maternal).

      The analysis of causes apart – you should use lots of fruits, liquids and fibers in your diet. Maintain proper routine in eating & sleep. Some natural laxatives like psyllium husk (5gms each time – mixed in one glass of water) empty stomach & after dinner would be of help. You should drink 1-2 liters of lukewarm water in the morning before everything. If you don’t have hypertension you can add 1-2 TSF common salt in this.

      Avoid long hours of sitting & do walk for a mile everyday. The apana mudra practice for 10 minutes a day would regulate your bowel movements. Elemental energy balance plays an important role in your health so If you stay in India and can afford keep looking out for “Tattva Shakti Vigyaan Deeksha” camp in or around your city. If time and your conscience permits get initiated & take charge of your life.

      Love & light
      - Ach. Agyaatdarshan Anand Nath

  12. An impressive share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a co-worker who was doing a little homework on this. And he in fact bought me lunch because I discovered it for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending the time to discuss this issue here on your web site.

  13. Dear Master

    I am 39 years old woman doing Meditaion and Pranayam regularly since 2012 and not so regular since 2009. I am seeking a solution for my health issues. All the spritual trainings and practices helped a lot on handling stress and life is more joyfull. However my physical health is not improving. Struggle with Psoriatic Arthritis (calcification at joints, muscle/tendon aches all over,no skin issues other than scally scalp) and tingling, fluttering sensation of nerves started after 2009.

    As part of my Yoga training i was on more than 50% raw food, (no milk) since beginning of 2011, but by beg of 2012 i was drained, shortness of breath and couldn’t work for 2 months, was depressed, slowly with supplements, cooked food and some fish and chicken (at medicinal levels to improve iron as was diagnosed with low iron reserves), has been a vegetarian since 14 years old). With this change in diet and supplementation my shortness of breath has gone away. But my pains and calcifications are still present.

    I do following pranayama every morning – sectionals (kanishta, madyama, jyeshta), mudra pranayams (Chin, Chinmaya, Adi, Merudhanda, poorna), done with seethli in between to cool]. While doing exhalation a slight sound is made from the throat. I do pranayam sitting on a chair as I cannot sit in the vajrasan. While doing pranayam gets distracted as it is done in a hurry in the morning while getting my little one ready, could this have negative effects.

    I do samadhi meditation before lunch and evening (not third eye)- just watch the thoughts coming and going (without resisting or following it) and, if mind wanders get attention back by chanting the Beej mantra. It freshens me immensely and some small discomforts also goes away.

    But overall my health is struggling and so wondering if any of these practices especially pranayam is having a role. On one side i can see its positive effects but still could it be causing the negative side effects.
    Another reason why i am suspecting is because lately my husband is also complaining some joint calcifications like at the wrist, foot and Knee pains, but doesn’t have other issues. He feels super heated up after pranayam (does dhouti and sits in vajrasan). So the only other common denominator between us is the Pranayam and Meditation and Raw food that we used to take (raw food we have cut down a lot as we both were getting tired and tested low on iron reserves).

    Request your take on it and suggestions to help with my health challenges.

    I have send an email dt Tuesday, April 23, 2013 3:44 PM with all the details and chronological progress of my conditions.

    With Love
    Smith

  14. Dear AD,
    I want to thank you for your valuable blog.I was suffering from negitive effects of pranayam and with your advices i am returning to normal.But the promblem is that there is much fluctuation sometimes i feel normal sometimes negitive effects exist. As you posted that you have more to cure such negitive effects of pranayam, so kindly suggest me what else i can do to get better. Thank you

    Siddharth

  15. my BP shot up after doing kapalbhati…i was hospitalised..
    i was a healthy male..but now have to take hypertension pills..
    BABA RAMDEV have corrupted yoga big time.

    Jayant

  16. Dear Mokashii!

    The problem with people trying to imbibe Pranayam and Yoga in their Lives and complaining is that probably they dont’ get into the essence of the whole System.

    Imbibibg of The “Yam Niyam Asan Pranayam pratyahar dhyan dharna Samadhi” is sequentially important to tone up the system gradually towards acceptance the practices of the higher order.

    Yoga and Pranayam is basically the art of channelising the immensely inmeasurable fields of internal dormat energy towards higher levels of realisation. and for that the whole body mind thought and action system has to be introspected upon and desired corrections are needed to be adapted before the higher fruits can be realised.

    There are no short cuts in yoga and Pranayam.

    One has to realise the deeper change within… the change on selflessness, the change with regards to service without expectations, greed, avarice, non-injury, non-violence.

    Then comes the toning up of the bodyand mind and during this process the ailments of the body gets cleaned, because balance in body, mind and soul can be achieved only when the body is healthy, mind is active and alert and soul is aware of its presence within the body.

    Once the above factors get into the psyche one is ready for moving on to the next higher steps.

    Thats my understanding of the philosophy of Yoga.

    Regards!
    Sandeep

  17. I’ve started doing Anulom Vilom and Kapalbhati for 2 minutes each for about a month or so. I get lightheadedness all the time. I’m doing at a very slow and steady pace. It’s also giving me heart sinking feeling when I’m about to sleep. Baba Ramdev has not mentioned in his videos as to how it should be done properly. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. Anyways I’ve decided to leave doing pranayama completely as it’s effecting my health. All thanks to Baba Ramdev.
    - Arjun

  18. I have performed Ujjai pranayama for 2-3days and have its bad effects as I am suffering from severe constipation now. I have performed the pranayam with Jalandhar band. Pls. Advice me to get out of it.

    • Beloved Alok,

      Logically you should approach the teacher who suggested you Ujjai Pranayama and from whom you learnt Jalandhar bandha etc. unless you tried it yourself.

      As of now the suggestion is – please refrain from the practices. Drink lots of lukewarm water (minimum of 4 glasses) empty stomach. Add a pinch of common salt in it as well. Walk for 20 mins after dinner and morning too.

      Shivoham!

  19. Dear AD,
    I started suffering from brain fog and fuzzy feeling in my brain 2 years ago. I have had stomach issues, which actually runs in my family, for a very long time. I changed my food habits completely, cooking my own food, eating healthy etc. Fogginess has gone down now, however it still comes and goes. The problem that I am facing currently is heavy headedness. I started practicing pranayam 3 months ago. Did it every single day. My head aches are gone. However, heavy headedness is still there. I have stopped practicing pranayam at the moment.

    Can you please suggest what yoga or pranayam practices I can indulge in so that the fuzzy and foggy feeling that I get in my head goes away. My head is feels tight and heavy most of the times.
    Please suggest something

    • Beloved Gajender,

      You need to detail your problem in order to enable me help you. Also Sacred Association is organizing a Tattva Shakti Vigyaan – Initiation camp in Delhi. Make it convenient to attend if possible We can discuss your issue there face to face.. In case you are willing to attend speak with Puneet at +91 9971 460 398 or drop a mail at saral.org@gmail.com

      Shivoham!

    • Beloved Ramesh Solanki,

      This much information is not sufficient to answer your question or suggest a remedy to you. I am not sure if you are doing these practices under the guidance of an experienced teacher. If yes, please refer back to him or else write in detail about it.

      It is always better to leave a valid mail id with your questions/comments so that you can be reached personally also by team of ‘Sacred Associaion‘..

      Shivoham!

  20. I started doing kapalbhati since over a week now. Although as I understand, the recommended time is at least 5 minutes but I am not able to continuoulsy do it till 5 mins. So, I am doing it for 1.5-2 mins in 3 sets. Not sure if that is okay?

    Secondly, I started doing kapalbhati as it was suggested by Baba Ramdev and some of my friends as a very good remedy to treat uterous fibroid that I have.

    But since I started doing this excersice, for some reason I have started getting a lot of mood swings, like I suddenly feel too good or feel very sad for small reasons. I feel like crying for small issues etc – not sure if this is happening due to kapalbhati or not. But need guidance here.

  21. i’m doing 6 pranayams from last 3 months , what happens if we stop doing pranayam as a gap for one month or more ?? please reply

  22. can we do balayam i.e nail rubbing exercise for hair growth after doing pranayam and how much time gap should be given between doing pranayam and yoga?

  23. Pranam Acharyaji,

    I live in US. I am male and 27 years old an engineer by profession I have indigestion issues(lack of appetite, malabsorption, bloating) for 20 years or may be more but I don’t remember. I am not looking for yoga as a spiritual journey or awaken some inner powers. I do yoga as soul purpose of staying fit and keep my digestion decently working if not perfect. I don’t have access to Guru’s in here but I got interested in yoga at very early age for health reasons and studying ever since then most of the books from Bihar school of yoga. I made my own plan which is

    1)Pawanmuktasana
    2)Bhujangasana
    3) Shalabhasana
    4) Matsyasana
    5) Ardha matyendrasana
    6) Nadishodhana and ujjayi for about 25 minutes after asana.

    I have been doing all this for almost 1.5 years without any gaps. I want to include very slow, mild bhastrika since its known to increase digestive power.

    My question is should I include Bhastrika or just stick to what I am doing? Bhastrika will actually benefit me or will do more harm then good. You have deep understanding and knowledge on the topic, I am seeking your guidance before I do anything stupid.

    Thank you very much.

    • Beloved Jaimin,

      Nadishodhan practice is complete in itself to help anyone in improving memory and concentration. As far as the use of gyan mudra is concerned – it should be done once a person attains relatively sattvik characteristics. Anytime is good time for this mudra.

      Shivoham!

  24. Dear Acharya AD,

    I am practicing yoga, vegetarian for 3 months and now I started to have pain in my back, neck and ear, head (all left side). I am trying to cure it. But I think now that the reason can be trataka for example, do you think it is possible? What should I do? Thank you very much for your help.
    Julie

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