Posture: Inflation Tech (Beta)

It is well established neuroscientifically that the right brain is better at controlling the body due to its greater neural interconnectedness with all regions. The right brain also works better with visualization than with verbal or mechanical commands.

This is a visualization tech I invented for posture, to be done whenever you get up from a sedentary or contracted pose such as sleeping or computer use. I would like you to try it and report back in the comments section.

This uses “sucking air in” breathing for the duration of the tech. Then you revert to “pushing air out” breathing afterwards when you’re going about your business.

  1. Stand up.
  2. Imagine that your legs are sausages, including the foot as part of the sausage. Breathe in while imagining they are filling up like sausage balloons.
  3. Now imagine your ass and pelvis is a single round balloon. Breathe in while imagining it is filling up like a balloon.
  4. Now imagine your whole torso, including your back, is a single balloon. Breathe in while imagining it is filling up like a balloon.
  5. Now imagine your arms are sausages, including the hands. Breathe in while imagining they are filling up like sausage balloons.
  6. Now imagine your neck is a balloon. Breathe in while imagining it filling up like a balloon.
  7. Now imagine your whole head is a round balloon. Breathe in while imagining it filling up like a balloon.

While breathing in (through mouth or nose, however you feel is right at the time, but usually nose), you should feel your diaphragm pulling right down. This is probably most noticeable during the torso inflation.

In between each inflation, obviously you should breathe out.

I have a feeling this will make even the most contracted hunchback be standing completely upright at the end of the sequence.

The sequence above is arbitrary; I have just listed it in a bottom-to-top order to make it easy to remember. If you find a better sequence for yourself then that is fine.

If you’re anything like me, you might notice huge asymmetries in the body as this progresses, perhaps with thick bands of muscle connecting parts of the body strangely at sweeping angles across it, and causing your head or other body part to pull to one side more than the other. This is myofascial training caused by asymmetrical habits, especially computer use and sleeping poses. Asymmetrical muscle buildup is basically irreversible, but I think these thick bands might be good candidates to work on via yoga, traditional stretching, and body work such as massage, though I don’t have a programme for that in mind currently.

After the sequence (repeated a few times if you feel necessary) you want to switch to Alexander Technique “pushing air out” breathing to go about your business. It is also worth YouTubing Alexander Technique movement principles to move more freely and have the right brain better even out asymmetries via that visualized movement.

Let me know how it goes.

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22 Responses

  1. Illuminatus says:

    I may have just solved the asymmetry problem. I will test over the next week and if it goes well I might ask for a small focus group to test the tech in dedicated fashion.

  2. Nadayogi says:

    I was going to post this on the newest post but it got deleted while I was typing it.

    Take it easy, Illuminatus. Unbalanced approaches can cause manic episodes (which will fade away more or less quickly). You’re simply being fooled by your mind. You should make devotion to God/ The Divine part of your practice. Look up bhakti yoga. Your gained enthusiasm and energy should not be directed into making money and to continue in your manic train which will lead you eventually to insanity. Directing spiritual merit into gaining worldly things will always come with a karmic backlash. If you want your cake and eat it too, direct at least part of your energy into bhakti yoga and you will attain states of being you never thought possible. Devotion and Divine Love and compassion are far more desirable than any worldly pursuits.

    Anyway, it seems you have purified your system. Did your tongue ever happen to stick to the roof of your mouth automatically or even tried to enter the nasal pharynx on its own? If so, that’s a sign you are more than ready for the higher levels of kriya yoga. Give me a heads up should that happen.

    • Illuminatus says:

      I appreciate your input. I have been doing a lot of samatha practice lately and the things I experienced made me a little crazy. Also, I just wanted this project to be over, but I’m now starting to accept that most myofascial trainings (the unhelpful ones and the good) are largely irreversible. I’ll have to find some way to live with it.

      “Did your tongue ever happen to stick to the roof of your mouth automatically or even tried to enter the nasal pharynx on its own? If so, that’s a sign you are more than ready for the higher levels of kriya yoga. Give me a heads up should that happen.”

      I’ve always put my tongue in the roof of my mouth to suppress the speech apparatus and thus suppress verbal thoughts. Allegedly the Buddha also practised this. So it’s been automatic/conditioned for a long time now.

      Would you like to give us a bit of your background in kriya yoga and how you practise?

      • Nadayogi says:

        I appreciate your honesty. The practice I’m referring to is khechari mudra where the tongue is placed inside the nasal pharynx and touches the top end of the nasal septum aka the secret spot. This mudra becomes extremely effective after some initial purification with asana and pranayama.

        Of course, most people won’t be able to enter the nasal pharynx with the tongue right away since the frenulum ties the tongue to the lower part of the mouth. There are two main practices to attain khechari mudra: Cutting the frenulum. This is described in various yogic texts such as the hatha yoga pradipika. Don’t ever attempt this practice! There are many dangers to it and it takes even longer than the second technique I’m going describe: Talabya kriya. This technique comes from Lahiri Mahasaya and is very easy to do: Just watch this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-14GH7NxNYg. After about 2 to 6 months you should be able to do full khechari mudra.

        Some people experience that the tongue assumes a life on its own and wants to forcefully stick to the roof of the mouth or even enter the nasal cavity. While only very few people experience this, it is a sign of great purification. It is often regarded as the most powerful mudra by many traditions. Performing khechari bestows a great deal of bliss and will silence the mind very quickly. Some yogic schools claim that real kriya practice only starts with full khechari.

        The main practice of kriya yoga is kriya pranayama (or kriya meditation). Here’s a short description of the technique: Completely exhale and focus on the perineum. Now slowly inhale and visualize your energy going up along the spine all the way to the centre of your head. Pause for two seconds or so and then start the descent back down to the perineum while exhaling. This is only the basic technique and there are many important details which are well described in Ennio Nimis’ excellent book which you can download here: http://www.kriyayogainfo.net/Eng_Downloads1.html

        Now back to khechari. I started practising kriya in February 2014. After several months I couldn’t see any progress and started to search for clues. When I heard of the benefits of khechari (mainly through books and forums) I practised talabya like a mad man. And when my tongue could finally enter the nasal pharynx and touch the septum I was shattered to find out that it did nothing. I felt betrayed and tried to find the reason for this but I continued to tap in the dark for several months. I thought khechari would remedy my lack of progress in (kriya) pranayama. After some time I decided to read up on some commentaries on the hatha yoga pradipika which states that success in pranayama is only attained after some time practising asana (postures). And finally it dawned on me that I simply skipped the most important step. Without practising asanas the body is simply too stiff and cramped up to do advanced pranayama and meditation. What do asanas do? They allow you to relax. After implementing asanas into my daily routine my pranayama quickly started to improve and my tongue started vibrating and fill my whole being with energy as soon as I assumed khechari mudra.

        So being able to relax is extremely important for the higher limbs of yoga and this is why I encourage you continue your research in myofascial unwinding. I will definitely try out your technique. I think asanas can’t really be replaced but your technique may be able to be a great spiritual accelerator if paired with asana.

        • James says:

          I’ve read that book and done the whole practice (I can put my tongue up in my palate a bit, not all the way into the nose cavity) but I didn’t stick with it long enough.

          The time I did it, and subsequent any type of chakra work, I do tend to feel more energized and clear headed.

        • James says:

          Also, were you initiated into the practice by a master/guru? If I remember right according to that book you don’t really get the benefit unless you’ve had a formal initiation.

          • Nadayogi says:

            Have you practiced any other type of spiritual work before kriya? You should be well prepared with asana and pranayama (breath retentions) before attempting kriya. I can’t emphasize this enough. Otherwise your initial enthusiasm will quickly fade as the practice never really takes off.

            I never had any initiation or any yoga teacher really. I’m all self taught. Initiation being necessary has been debunked over and over again by many people. There may be some gurus who can give you a kick start in your practice by giving you shaktipat and transmitting energy. But those gurus are extremely rare and there are many frauds among them.

            • James says:

              Yeah, I’ve had lots of experience with plant medicines, and a longer, regular meditation practice.

              I’ve done plenty of pranayama practices too.

              I tend to get swept up in the chaos of life and get side tracked from my meditative pracitices tho. Also didn’t know how valuable being initatied into the practice was or wasn’t.

              I’ll give it another go and see how it goes down.

              I do remember about two years ago, when I got into a good state of asking and getting answers straight from the source, how to aquire siddhis, and the answer I got back was to meditate on my root chakara.

        • BabaFella says:

          @Nadayogi

          Hey man, do you have any tips on how to start with appropriate asanas. Do you have some good sources to start? There is so much to find about this, so many different types of yoga, that I don’t know what is legit and which ones are good preparations for pranayama and meditation.
          Like would a random hatha yoga practice video on youtube be good enough, or do you have something different in mind when you are talking about asana

          • Nadayogi says:

            Start with the Pawanmuktasana Series Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzQU4lQUnwA and when it comes easy to you move on to part 2 and 3. Then I recommend doing hip openers so that you can eventually sit in padmasana. Good hip opening exercises are purna titali asana, ardha titali asana, baddha konasana, janu sirsasana, ardha padma paschimottanasana and many more. Also include surya namaskara at some point. There are a lot of great sources on asana. However, I think the best book for beginners and intermediate practitioners is Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha from Swami Satyananda. Great in depth explanations and pictures.

            • BabaFella says:

              Thank you Nadayogi, this is very helpful for me. It made me happy that the book that you have linked is one of Swami Satyananda. That is because I own his other book Kundalini Tantra, with is also excellent. This brings me to an other questions that I want to ask because I see that you are self thought in Kriya Yoga, a type that I was always fond of after reading an autobiography of a Yogi.

              I once wanted to start practicing Kriya Yoga, but I stopped after not feeling comfortable doing kundalini practices without guidance. That was after reading from a couple of different sources that kundalini can be dangerous if done incorrectly. So I decided to wait and make my concentration stronger before dabbling in that type of stuff. My concentration now is okay, but not good enough to enter jhana or samadhi states. But I still think there are immense benefits in doing asanas and pranayama exercises (because a huge problem of mine is not being able to fully relax, and being to uptight) and that these can help doing concentration meditation, buddhist style. And as far as I understand, Kriya Yoga has a very balanced approach.

              so my questions kinda are:

              How to self pace when doing these practices? Can I hurt myself by frequently doing asanas and pranayama exercises, or are the dangers more in the advanced practices?

              And when you are the point that you can do the advanced practices is then not advisable to have a teacher? Or there are nowadays enough sources to find in order to teach yourself to do these things safely?

              • Nadayogi says:

                Kriya is probably the safest practice around. I have yet to see someone who has harmed themselves practicing it. But my general advice would be to stick to the recommendation in Satyananda’s books. However, when intensifying your practice, you should always do so slowly and do what feels right. Listen to your body. Also get the book Pranayama: The Breath of Yoga by Gregor Maehle. It’s by far the best book on pranayama out there and it explains how to approach and integrate pranayama correctly into your daily routine.

                A teacher can certainly be helpful to show you the correct execution of your asana and pranayama practice. However, the more you progress the less you will need a teacher since your inner guru gradually will take over.

      • Rigz says:

        Is the old stuff about winding and micro-unwinding, not using pillows etc now invalid, or are you simply saying that TOTAL unwinding may be impossible, but progress can still be made with various techniques?

      • P_locked says:

        Hey Illuminatus,

        I want to push back on the largely irreversible part. I don’t think anything is irreversible. I understand your frustration in the pursuit of this goal. It definitely is not easy and I’ve seen that with the amount of posts you’ve made and the amount of detail that you’ve put into each one. You may have been a bit manic when posting your latest post about solving the posture problem but it shouldn’t take you out of the game completely. However, maybe it’s just time to take a break. You seem to have put in a great deal of energy into solving this problem and as of right now, you may of hit a wall. Take a break! Put down the research for a while and come back to it when you feel ready and comfortable. It’ll still be there and maybe a new trail of ideas will come to you during this time that will set you on the right path.

        • Illuminatus says:

          Thanks for the support. I cracked it soon after I read this. There is now no doubt in my mind and I am mentally clear. As soon as I’ve finished myself off I will write this up, probably by week’s end.

          I might give this karma jazz a go. As soon as I decided I would be giving it away for free, it came to me.

        • Illuminatus says:

          A quick update: After a few more days playing around with the tech, I am confident it is “the one”. While not quite as effortless as the insane post implied, it should still be accessible and actionable for most people. I’ll write it up soon but it will be longish so I can’t say when it will be ready.

  3. Nhattan0801 says:

    Looking forward 🙂

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