Answers to SURVEY QuESTIONS:

  • I will do my best to give good, clear instructions along with modifications.
  • I recommend taking live classes when you can with teachers who can see you.
  • As for individualized feed back, I will be offering Skype sessions for those who want more one-on-one.
  • Additionally I invite people, if you can, come to live events & take public classes if you can.
  • I always am telling people to listen to their body as they practice, if your doctors have given you permission, yes, if you have osteoporosis you can practice modified to your body.
  • Part of my mission for teaching is to have people reduce the risk of injury! I don't usually teach super rapid movements in my classes, it is about moving your body at a sustainable pace that feels right to you. 
  • I explain benefits of many of the exercises, not all or every time.
  • Every class is different, you can do them multiple times or choose a different one daily.
  • Many of the classes are recorded in a live class setting, so hopefully some of that energy comes through.
  • Yes, my site is a membership site, I have kept the price reasonable (less than the cost of 2 classes for a month of membership & even less if you get the Yearly membership)
  • It is very easy to watch the video classes on a computer, iPad or phone, no tech savvy needed.
  • Videos are available on your schedule & you can play, pause, fast forward & rewind
  •  Access to videos is available to members all the time (24/7)
  • play, pause, fast forward & rewind
  •  Access to videos is available to members all the time (24/7)
  • Classes are 13 minutes long to up to 50 minutes many just 20 minute - 30 minutes.
  • I will probably do live classes in the future, not yet.
  • Always go at your own pace!!
  • I usually show alternative ways for most peoples abilities using the correct alignment, as well as showing good form.
  • I can definitely slow asana down, just let me know which ones. I have already recorded the sun salutations slowed down.

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS for ASANAs:

Bow Pose

Q) I have a question about pain in the knees coming in this asana. Even whith the knees well alineated with the hips, I still feel pressure there. It is about weak muscles or there is anything else that could help it?

A) Good question. First, don't do a movement that puts painful pressure on the smaller joints. Ideally you would feel the quadracepts working, and the whole body active, however there should Not be pain on the knee while practicing bow. Often we need to practice other asana/positions to get better at one where there is a feeling pain in the smaller joints. This is part of the Secrets of Spinal Flex that I teach, the fundamental internal building blocks for all asana, so that you are not just working from on direction. I am going to answer to knee pain in general, rather than focusing separately on any specific area of the knee, I am going to point you to a great article by Bandha Yoga Publications that addresses this and offers some exercises to do that should help: http://www.yogajournal.com/slideshow/target-muscles-end-knee-pain/#1

Q) I have a question: do you know any variation of this asana for amputee people? I have a student with one leg only and another with both legs amputee under the knee. 

A) Yes, great question. Do everything the same as in the video, but wrap a strap, around whatever area of their leg or legs that can get some traction, using both hands on either end of the strap to help lift the chest. Keep the pelvis and maybe even the thighs on the ground, bow is about lengthening the spine and Psoas. Other options would be Sphinx or Cobra, make sure to use the core to protect the lower back.

Breath of Fire

Q) Are you only breathing in and out through your nose? or is it in through nose and out through mouth? 

A) In and out through the nose only. The nose is custom built for breathing, it heats/cools the air as it goes in & also the hairs clean it. Plus you have the left and right nadi's the end of the Idla & Pingla, energizing & calming energies, so breathing in through both brings balance. Thanks for the recommendations for videos, lets see what we can manifest!

Q) After I tried this for a while, feeling dizzy, feeling cram at my diaphragm area, is it normal?

A) It is common, to feel this way to begin. Start with a little less effort and short practice time. Also, Breath of Fire is a shallow breath, it is as if the Diaphragm muscle is fluttering, and only a small amount of air is moving in and out of the upper part of the lungs. Many of us keep a lot of unnecessary tension in the Diaphragm and when practicing a new breath like Breath of Fire over do it, getting cramps or muscle contractions, start slow and for shorter times and build your way to more extended times.

I am confused about the label of Breath of Fire used with various, but different, breathing practices. Guru Prem teaches BOF according to the kundalini tradition, I believe, and yet many others demonstrate BOF to be what the kundalini tradition would perhaps call Kapalabhati Breathing.. with the short, sharp exhales and passive inhales. Even Tommy Rosen, Guru Prem's student, demonstrates in his videos BOF in ego reducer as being short, sharp exhales and passive inhales, ie. Kapalabhati Breathing. Is this difference just a matter of labeling per the different traditions, ie. kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan vs. other yogic traditions? It has only been with kundalini yoga, ie Yogi Bhajan & the Kundalini Research Institute, that I have seen the short, shallow, equal inhales and exhales. I have not encountered this particular breathing practice with any other yogic traditions. Guru Prem, thank you for your practice and your interview on the Recovery 2.0 conferences. "I am in hot pursuit of the subtle"....

In Kundalini Yoga Breath of Fire is often used in exercises where much of the abdominal muscles are contracted, i.e. 'Stretch Pose.' Breath of Fire is an equalized inhale & exhale, 'sharp' is a word I do not like to use, powerful perhaps. Also, Breath of Fire is a shallow breath, it is as if the Diaphragm muscle is fluttering, and only a small amount of air is moving in and out of the upper part of the lungs. Many of us keep a lot of unnecessary tension in the Diaphragm and when practicing a new breath like Breath of Fire over do it, getting cramps or muscle contractions, start slow and for shorter times and build your way to more extended times.

Q) My lower back hurts when i do this for more than a minute. I try to fill in lower back, but still feel weak there. Does this mean I'm doing something wrong? Thank you.

A) Breath of Fire is not a 'back breath' it is a shallow rapid upper chest breath, ideally with just a fluttering of the diaphragm. Besides putting pressure in the wrong place, you may also carry some extra unnecessary tension in your diaphragm(which connects to your lumbar/lower back muscles) thus when you do it it stresses the lower back. Try with a little less effort, see how that feels.

Breath of Fire is not Kapalbhati, they are very similar, the difference is the amount of air moving in and out. in Kapalbhati, there is a good bit of abdominal movement, and a large amount of air moving which makes it a slower breath, this is where Breath of Fire begins, but then Breath of Fire becomes much more rapid 1-3 breaths a second and the breath becomes shallow using mostly the upper lungs and with less Diaphragm movement.

The breath in Breath of Fire is heard at the nose, not the throat. Breath of Fire can be started, as slow as is necessary for people to get comfortable with, once comfortable, it is a breath that can be done up to 3 breaths per second(at its fastest), so it is definitely a faster, shallower breath.

It can be a very cleansing breath, and rocking bow is a powerful exercise that works on the digestion and liver. 'Breath of fire' is used in various exercises such as rocking bow, stretch pose and many others in the Kriyas of Kundalini Yoga. Listen to your body and you will get better with proper technique, practice and patience. 

Q) What exactly do you mean, when you refer to drugs. Do you refer to medication, or to drugs like smoking, coffee, marijuana, etc

A) If you your nervous system is compromised by recreational drugs, or medical drugs it is better to take the easier path.

Q) It is said, that Sat Kriya is stimulating the chakras of the lower triangle, but somehow it has an impact on the higher triangle as well. Somewhere I read that it will channel lower energies to higher energies?

A) It moves the energy from the lower to higher centers.

Q) How about the root look, do I have to activate consciously or not?

A) Yes, consciously activate root lock.

Q) How about the recommended relaxation, after Sat Kriya

A) There are times in Kriya's where there is no relax after, it is recommended, I personally have never been that strict. As I understand half the time you practice.

Q) What are the primer effect you have seen on students starting to do a serious Sat Kriya practice

A) Steadier nerves, straighter spine, better focus, consolidation of energy and its projection