Thursday, 11 June 2015
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Hi all,

I have started doing headstands and felt great before my first period after practicing it. During my "moon" days, although I've paused all inversions , I am feeling very uncomfortable and heavy in my abdomen and back. I feel weak, want to sleep a lot, not to go to work, etc. It wasn't always the case before.

Please can you advise whether headstands and inversions are really good for us, and are they practiced by Gnostics? If so, what's the best way to practice them? There is a lot in the internet, but I wanted to check with you.

Many thanks,
8 years ago
Hatha yoga by itself, divorced from the practice of sexual magic or transmutation, is useless.

This is because the original practitioners of Hatha yoga would utilize these exercises to gain physical strength and flexibility so as to have greater control, health, and fitness for practicing alchemy in a marriage.

However, Hatha yoga as practiced today is for the sake of lust: identification with the body and sensuality. This is why Samael Aun Weor taught that Hatha yoga is black magic.

And yet, if you find Hatha yoga helps your body to be flexible, strong and relaxed in order to help your asana in meditation and transmutation, then continue to practice it. Just understand that Hatha yoga by itself does not lead to any liberation or development in the Being.

As for practicing yoga before menstruation, I would recommend giving your body a rest, given the symptoms you experience when mixing Hatha yoga before and during your period.

Remember that menstruation is a time for the feminine body to relax and recuperate itself, cleansing the nadis and sexual organs of impurities and toxins. Therefore, give your body a rest, not more work!

Regarding excellent practices or techniques of Hatha yoga, you may refer to the Resurrected Master known as Swami Sivananda.

For thirty years I sought God. But when I looked carefully I found that in reality God was the seeker and I the sought. -Bayazid al-Bastami

8 years ago
Thank you Almustafa. To be honest headstands do help me in transmutation.

I was doing Samael Aun Weor's Sacred Rites every evening but they not always eliminated lust. Doing the rites I felt great for weeks, but then of all of a sudden I was swept away in the passion. With headstands, on the other hand, (as well as with other inversions) I am more able to control the lustful part of my sexual energy. Maybe I am not that pure to practice the Sacred rites in their entirety yet?

I feel though that rites and exercises should be enjoyable rather than performed for the sake of duty. So I am doing what feels right for me. Now my daily practice has elements of Hatha yoga and the sacred rites, but I do change the routine depending what feels right for the day. Sometimes, like you say, I give myself an easy day, sometimes I work for hours. Does this sound a correct thing, or shall I rather stick to the rites first then complementing them with other additional exercises?
8 years ago
Hatha yoga builds flexibility, strength, and pliability in the body. Yantra yoga (sacred rites) produces flexibility, strength, and endurance in the consciousness!

Prayer is more important than physical calisthenics, yet we must not only take care of our soul, but our body too. Work with the sacred rites always, perhaps not with so much intensity all the time, but also be sure to take care of your body through whatever exercises you need. All in moderation.

For thirty years I sought God. But when I looked carefully I found that in reality God was the seeker and I the sought. -Bayazid al-Bastami

8 years ago
Thank you - this is helpful!
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