Number of rounds and duration

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You should practise 59 rounds. If however, you find that you become too introverted then immediately leave chakra bhedan and start the next practice.

Between 20 and 30 minutes will be required to do 59 complete rounds.

KRIYA 15: SUSHUMNA DARSHANA (INNER VISUALIZATION OF THE CHAKRAS)

The word sushumna has profound implications in yoga and spiritual life. Among other things, it indicates balance between:

1. The sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems of the physical body.

2. The cooling and heating currents of the pranic body.

3. Introversion and extroversion of the mind. The sushumna is the middle path between the ida and pingala aspects of life. It is the razor's edge along which one must tread in order to progress in spiritual life. If you stray off the sushumna path then you will get lost, remain in ignorance and cease to open up the potential and knowledge contained within your being. It is the only route to self-realization. For a deeper explanation refer to our previous discussion entitled 'The Balance of Life'4.

In the physical body, sushumna is symbolized by a thin thread passing up the centre of the spine, passing through the principal chakras in turn, starting from mooladhara chakra and culminating in sahasrara.

The word darshana in the context of this kriya means 'vision'. Therefore, the practice of .sushumna darshana can be translated as 'the vision of the sushumna passage'. It is the fifteenth kriya and comes immediately after chakra bhedan.

The practice is based entirely on mental visualization. Many people will find it difficult. Please don't worry; only do your best.

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The Chakra Checklist

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The chakras are described as being aligned in an ascending column from the base of the back to the top of the head. New Age practices frequently associate each chakra with a particular color.

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