Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…

Sometimes students write to or ask Swami Veda and other senior teachers in our tradition questions about practice.  When this happens, Swami Veda may answer the question himself or ask a senior teacher to do so, or if the question is asked directly to a senior teacher, the senior teacher will respond.  This is one such “Question and Answer,” or Q&A.


If one has an injury to the backbone could it affect the Sushumna stream as
it rises through the Chakras?


Here are three comments from mantra initiators:

“The sushumna stream is not a physical structure and so a physical problem with the spine should not be an impediment. There is one person in my acquaintance who lived her whole life with scoliosis, an S-shaped deformity of the spine. She set about a determined practice of pranayama and was able to cure the scoliosis by working with the flow of prana along the spine. Any warps in the sushumna are the result of emotions in the mind distorting the flow along this nadi.”  - Stephen Parker (Stoma)

“While the physical and the subtle are related, a meditator needs to understand that what sometimes seem like physicalities (like some people think of the chakras as having some physical placements), they are not physical manifestations.” – Lalita Arya (Ammaji)

“From my experience – No, it doesn't affect. Also i have observed with some people having deformity by birth or hunch back - by (only) Guru's Grace, the Energy does / can move.”  - Swami Prashant Bharati



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