Yoga and PE Compares East and West
Yogic PE Practice
I thought it was about time some age old wisdom be introduced into the subject of which we are all developing. Try to understand that I am making a comparison. This maybe seems intellectual but I am trying to be realistic.
The wisdom I speak of is from the spiritual life known as Yoga. In the western world yoga is very new; PE has also existed in the east long before the west. That is the comparison.
Most people still think yoga is just stretching into postures with awareness (asana). Unfortunately, so many so-called yoga teachers in the west only teach and only know asana and maybe a little pranayama (breathing practice) and sometimes even basic meditation practices. But from years of personal experience and study I can safely say, Yoga is much more. Asana is in fact just the beginning. I am not here to insult the teachers in the west, yoga is new here so it will eventually balance out; I am not worried about that, it is here to stay and so it will develop.
I am going to introduce a few concepts here and for that reason I wanted to make clear that yoga is not just asana. The concepts have a great deal of importance in relationship to PE.
The four main concepts I will introduce are:
1. Chakras (specifically mooladhara chakra)
2. Bandhas (specifically moola bandha)
Chakras belong to the psychic physiology of yoga. Psychic in the respect that during the practice of yoga, a yogi (a practitioner of yoga translated as “someone who is trying”) is to relax by internalizing their awareness and focusing on the breath and or on one of the 8 major chakras situated along the spine. This concentration increases the effects of yogic practices.
Chakras also belong to a very physical level of the body as each charka is the center of many nerve plexuses and endocrine glands in the body. In yoga nerve channels are translated as Nadis through which Prana (life force) moves.
In yoga the word Chakra means “vortex”. They are vortices of nadis. These vortices have profound effect on the mind and basically control the entire consciousness.
I want to keep this definition short. If you are interested, there is a massive amount of literature on chakras and also heaps of info on the web.
Is the lowest chakra situated at the perineum in men and at the cervix in women. It is the store house of primal energy, kundalini.
The word bandha means to hold, lock or tighten. It refers to the yogic practices which tighten pranic centers, usually having an effect on a specifc chakra.
Is the contraction of certain muscles that make up the pelvic floor. It contracts a point between the anus and the testes. This bandha energizes mooladhara. It is held tight and as long as possible. There are many different stages and variations to this practice. Moola bandha increases energy in the body and can induce hyperactivity if performed incorrectly and for that reason I will not explain how to practice it. I strongly suggest going to an expert teacher to learn such a practice. The benefits are huge ranging from relieving intestinal peristalsis, constipation, anal fissures, ulcers, prostatic hypertrophy, even asthma and depression. It is also is a way of gaining sexual control and mastery, it can be used to direct sexual energy upwards for spiritual awakening or downwards for sexual powers. It helps relieve sexual frustration, suppressed sexual desires and sex guilt.
I wanted to write this because I think there are a lot of interesting factors at play here. PE deals with sexual energy, an energy which is very powerful and sometimes erratic. There is the PE practice of Kegel, which I believe to be a little bit similar to moola bandha. People are practicing something similar to moola bandha without any guidance except by what they read here. Maybe some sort of discussion should be started about the effect of PE on the mind and behaviour? Is there anyone out there suffering from increased anger, irritability or unstable nervous system since practicing PE? I don’t mean to sound negative; I practice PE as well, although I have tried to integrate it with yoga so my experience has been different. If PE is going to be successful in helping men it should also be developed by the modern-founders (you people) as a safe and wholistic practice.
What do you think?