I have attended a course of Art of Living by Sri Sri Ravishankar. You must be knowing that there they teach Sudarshan kriya. I practiced it for few days. I felt good but then I read something on the internet that it is not safe and good for health. I m very much confused and disoriented. Please guide me if you can.
Yes I can guide only if you choose to be guided. Ask me and I shall say that I don’t know what is Sudarshan Kriya. I have not heard about it from Masters of Yoga. I have not read about any such Kriya in any of the authentic Yogic texts. Vedas or Agamas don’t mention any such name and none of the sacred books describe such breathing process…
So, when there is no such process existing how can I comment on it? However from reliable sources and from many victims of the process I have come to understand that Sudarshan Kriya is forced, rigorous breathing.. almost to the extent of self-torture. Here practitioner has to virtually start heavy duty practices of Bhastrika on day one (without having trained one’s lungs and energy body) to such a degree that one is almost on the verge of fainting. Now if this is the case, it is really extremely dangerous. And remember it is not the claim of Acharya Agyaatadarshan but all noble yoga gurus of past and even Vedic times.
If someone wishes to obtain physical benefits from breathing it is possible merely by practising Nadishodhan. If you ask me.. I shall say NOTHING else is needed. No other pranayama is needed. Nadi-Shodhan is more than sufficient. And why Nadi-Shodhan is so very essential and important? Because Nadis are important.. Human body is nothing but an organized network of nadis.. When these Nadis get clogged or damaged various ailments present them.. When Nadis are healthy and maintain proper flow of vayu and energy it is ‘health’…
I feel quoting this should open your eyes to the hidden reality of your own body..
Refer Shiva Samhita, an ancient Yogic Text… it says..
Between Ida and Pingla is the position of Sushumna Nadi. In this Sushumna Nadi, at six designated places (daakini, Hakini, Lakini etc.) reside six Shaktis and on this Sushumna only six lotus (chakras) are present. Learned Yogis know this. Sushumna has five places and many others which can be known by referring to various other text books (shashtras). || 27-28||
Multitudes of Nadis emerge from Mooladhara terminating at toungue, penis/vulva, eyes, big toes, ears, thunbs, anus etc. Meaning there by these nadis have traveled to their specific organs. || 29-30||
From these Nadis (emerging from Mooladhara) grow sub-nadis and further sub-sub nadis travelling to every organ in the body. These are 3.5 lakh in number. All these Nadis are responsible for carrying physical sensations, nourishment and energies. These nadis, present in human body are extremely conductive for air (prana) and operate through association and dissociation of vayu. || 31-32||
Now after you understand how so very important is the role of these nadis in your body and how extremely sensitive these are to our breathing shouldn’t you handle your breathing carefully and cautiously? We should regulate our breathing keeping in mind that these nadis are quite a bit delicate and also basis of our “life-experience” because only through these Nadis flow the sensations from our organs. These are very channels which control our important vital organs and any defect caused by uncontrolled, forced breathing without cleaning these nadis and having them strengthened enough to handle such a heavy flow of prana is definitely dangerous.
Hence Nadi-Shodhan and only Nadi-Shodhan till you increase your capacity to handle it all. And btw Nadishodhan is not just training regime.. it is complete breathing discipline in itself, it is actually prerequisite for attempting any other spiritual or energy process.
Want to know more about Nadi-Shodhan and what benefits it carries? Well, I trust if you had time and intention to attend Sudarshan Kriya then you can plan to learn nadishodhan as well. If you wish to learn it from me, you are most welcome to attend any of our Tattva Shakti Vigyaan – Level I workshops or else see any authentic Yoga Guru..
Lastly, I am not the creator of the system of Yoga and for that matter no Yoga Guru can claim so so. Yoga is a spiritual system first.. health benefits are just positive side effect, bonus on the way of searching for that divine source of energy within.. which sustains life. That source which when leave this body.. you are a dead – body. System of Yoga has been handed over to us by ancient Masters who were much more capable than anyone of modern Yoga gurus. Thus any Yoga practitioner needs to listen to them first. I say unto you.. “Wherever in doubt refer to a Master”.
I can just place the facts unto you, decision to pursue something or drop shall be always yours..
– Ach. Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath