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I had done sudarshan kriya many times and i had experienced the harmful effects of it since last 4 years. I have been doing it since last 4 years in gaps as after experiencing its harmful effect, leaving it and somehow again after some time doing it either by getting attracted to improve health from it or getting influenced by art of living people constantly influencing you, and again and again i have been experiencing the same dull effects, but not anymore. I have decided to fully dissociate myself from art of living. I think my experience needs to be shared with people to find some out there who is experiencing the same. I would list some of the effects that i have felt after some of the Sudarshan Kriya.

1. don’t feel like doing anything, dont want to work, earn, talk etc

2. unable to think, take decision, unable to concentrate, inattentiveness. cant put your mind on work. unable to focus and be determined. ( i was so focused on working on my website, but after doing long kriya i just don’t feel and care less about it or infact i care less about anything. I can feel the damage in the brain. i dont feel the awareness to feel, focus and do it; something in mind that makes us want to do things is just not felt and i know because it was there  before and how because of it i was able to work on a stretch and be motivated to work)

3. don’t feel to respond to others, being unresponsive. feeling dejected; dont care about the things happening around, make you emotionless.

4. dont feel good in mind. Feels like something is missing in the brain.

5. dont feel aware, Lack of awareness to feel and act. Due to lack of awareness, sometimes negative thoughts come.

6. irritation, restlessness, negative ego feelings of possessiveness, jealousy, shyness, narrow mindedness, selfish, unhappiness, pleasure attachments and negative thoughts arise be due to lack of energy and awareness which puts in bad mood.

7. a very dull feeling, makes the mind dull.

8. earlier i had felt heaviness in the eyes and in between the eyes.

9. physical symptoms include tingling in the feet and weakness(lack of energy), lethargy in the body and related body problems.

I researched a bit about how such an breathing could harm one and found out that breathing fast and deep could be causing hyperventilation which might lead to respiratory alkalosis and hypocapnia. hyperventilation could cause the carbon dioxide concentration of the blood to decrease and hence increasing the ph of the blood which causes the Vasoconstriction and decreases the blood flow to the brain depriving the brain of the oxygen and other molecules necessary for its function. From what i have been feeling, it is called confusion in terms of medical symptoms. confusion, dizziness and lightheadedness are all the symptoms of the hyperventilation/respiratory alkalosis which happens due to less blood flow to the brain.  I had also frequently felt tingling in the feet which is one of the symptoms of hyperventilation/respiratory alkalosis. other symptoms include dizziness, Giddiness, light headedness, headache, agitation, and tingling or numbing around the mouth and in the fingers and hands or feet. Muscle twitching, spasms, and weakness may be noted. Seizures, irregular heart beats, and tetany may occur; some more symptoms can be found here.

for more reference see,

Self induced hypocapnia

cerebral hypoxia

symptoms of brain damage it is brain damage what i have been experiencing after sudarshan kriya.

cerebral cortex

Hyperventilation: Breathing Effects on Brain Oxygen and Health

Any type of pranayama that creates hyperventilation condition is harmful, so try avoiding them if you feel its symptoms. Pranayama can be the most harmful of all act, if it creates hyperventilation.

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Parth Choksi

Parth Choksi

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  1. I have experienced No. 1, 2 & 7 from your list.
    Its sad that most of the people consider these effects as ‘divine experience’ or ‘samadhi’.
    No neutral research is conducted on this Kriya. Only AOL supported doctors gave biased report.
    Jago India Jago.

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    • Arjun Tandon

      I guess you dont know what “mental peace” is.
      If you don’t want it, chuck it buddy
      Maybe you are accustomed to the mental turmoil

      Let me tell you one thing
      Go to an AC room in terribly hot summers and have a jug full of your favorite sweet drink(chilled) lying in the comfort of a pillow and bed
      you will get the same feeling

      Outside the AC room is what you call “LIFE”
      And the latter is where the Sudarshan Kriya lands you to….

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    • Im a doctor. I know many doctors across India who are going there MD and have done thesis on Sudarshan Kriya as part of their curriculum. I also know of many doctors who have conducted research on Sudarshan Kriya independent of interference from anybody. These researches have shown positive results.

      Jago.

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  2. Hi Parth Choksi,
    You are 100% correct Sudarshan Kriya of AOL is having lot of harmful side effects.
    I practiced it for some time.
    I noticed the harmful side effects of Sudarshan Kriya on my body and mind.
    I left that.
    Thanks for your posting.

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  3. Hi,
    Seems like you didnt do it correctly.
    One moron like you on one side and millions of people doing it and getting benefit on other.
    Which side will you go ?

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      • Arjun Tandon

        @Anoop: One page like many you should visit and read:
        http://kiransawhney.wordpress.com/2010/10/09/reported-benefits-of-the-sudarshan-kriya/

        You know, we all always doubt the ‘positive things’ but we readily accept all the ‘negative things’

        If a girl/someone comes to you and says, “you’re looking handsome”,most of us will ask “REALLY?”

        But if someone says,”The dress doesn’t suit you”. You will believe it even if he says he was joking. you will go on asking many people about your dress

        That’s just human psychology
        2 million across the world say SK has brought wonder in their life…u doubt it

        A handful like”PARTH” say its TRASH…..u believe it!
        That’s comical!! :D

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        • I agree this criticism is because of human psychology of accepting negative news without a pich of salt (and application of rationale) and positive views with suspicion

          Manoj

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        • Dear Arjun

          One link that you should definately read is

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kundalini_syndrome

          Another which you should is

          http://www.artofliving.org/guruji-within-you

          Now please, without any sort of bias, think for yourself whether or not there are possibilities of Kundalini Syndrome affecting certain lot of people who practice Sudarshan Kriya especially given the fact that Kundalini is awakened by Sudarshan Kriya ?

          The reported side effects by many are not necessarily imaginary or meant to criticise Art of Living. It is a real condition that many are currently experiencing but they dont understand what it is as no one provides information to help them know and heal themselves.

          Please, do read both the links.

          Thanks.

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          • Hi Anjun,

            Why AOL people are not looking into some of the points raised about sudarshan kriya. Even if one person in the whole world is experiencing negative effects, isn’t it the responsibility of AOL to look into the matter rather than brushing it aside?

            Also why don’t you guys give logical explanations to prove that SD is not hyperventilation.

            Thanks,
            Raveesh

    • Hello Nitin !

      Is it fair on your part to call someone who unknowingly practiced the technique in a wrong manner as a Moron ?

      Is this what you learn from Guruji ?

      Guruji teaches us to have compassion and reach out and politely correct people if they are wrong.

      Please reconsider your statement and represent Art Of Living in the right way.

      Thanks

      JGD

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      • Well said!!! It is sad that people forget what HH Sri Sri has said and get so (for the lack of better word) aggressive.. I dont volunteer anymore nor do i do the Kriya but that doesnt mean I trash it or those who dont like it!!!!
        Its sad..it really is….

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  4. Thank you for posting this. I too was not comfortable with the Sudarshan Kriya. It seemed too intrusive.

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  5. hi parth choksi

    HAVE you INQUIRED if same things are happening with the people around you…i mean other Aol followers around you?
    i have been knowing people who are doing sudarshan kriya since 15 years without any of above mentioned symptoms…
    being in medical profession myself… i have done more than necessary inquiries before hand….
    and somehow i am not convinced about your opinion…..
    anyways …. i honestly believe you should and you MUST be taking some medical help!
    i truly wish you get out of your condition soon… and if you really don’t believe doing kriya… you should NOT DO it….!!
    FOR the way to godliness is “no way”!

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    • Parth Choksi

      I have no medical condition and i have seen many people having the symptoms like headache, tingling at the extremities, light headedness, muscle twitches, dizziness, and the art of living teachers misguide them saying it is release of negative toxins or energy flow while they are the clear symptoms of hyperventilations. it is the fact that the deep and fast volunteer breathing leads to release of carbon dioxide at the rate larger than it is produced in the body which leads to the condition of alkalosis leading to vasoconstriction and the symptoms.

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      • As per your analysis, all athletes in the world should suffer from hyperventilation, respiratory alkalosis and hypocapnia as fast breathing is part of their life.
        And btw i am not a marketing agent, just another software engineer in Bangalore who has a very stressful job and who has found much relief through the above technique.

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        • Parth Choksi

          No, they do not suffer from hyperventilation as it is natural increase in rate of breathing to exhale higher amounts of carbon dioxide produced due to higher physical activity.

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          • Yup, you are right. Practicing any form of ‘Pranayaama’, the process you explained as deep and fast inhalations and exhalations, without the help and guidance of someone who knows the process inside-out can and will cause problems. Even psychological problems. So be careful with Pranayama, folks. I had my doubts about this whole thing. Anyways, if some people feel better with AOL I am happy for them.

      • this is as good as ancient yoga and medidation .. One can not belive that your side effects are becuase of the Kriya.. The cause could have been something else. Let me know one practice where all people are happy. Gassips and cribs always there.

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  6. okay…. fair enough!
    its good that you find out its bad for you…
    and others …..
    and please don’t mind me calling “condition’” ….
    ……….
    and thank you for sharing such a honest experience with us…. i mean showing us all the other side of coin!!
    ……….
    God bless you and i wish you a long and healthy life ahead!
    thank you !

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  7. Narasimha

    There are many many negative experiences with SK that are never published. AOL will only publish their marketing material on their website and publications, yet these negative effects have found their way through mainstream media and people are slowly becoming more aware.

    I suffered from dizziness and vertigo after starting SK practice. Dr Manikantan and I chatted a bit at Visalakshi Mantap many years ago, I wanted some answers, got nothing. We went to the “vaid” who is the presiding ayurvedic doctor, he proposed some changes and some herbs but nothing helped. If I stopped SK the problems went away, so I finally decided to abandon SK completely.

    I cannot have faith in a system if even their senior teachers and doctors can’t diagnose a simple condition and help me out. AOL is a business run by a charismatic leader. Treat it this way, and you will come out all right. Don’t fall for this liberation and enlightened master claptrap.

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  8. Shailesh

    you should do what works for you. Sudarshan kriya may work for some but many not for others. Happy searching.

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    • Well said!!! To each, his own!!! We cant impose our thoughts or experiences on others…and for those who are doing so (pretty evident from this chat), are only making AOL look super bad… (‘say something against AOL and we wont think twice before calling you names!’)

      I feel sad for them….

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  9. after doing part one just within 2 months i had done DSN

    while doing that course Padmasadhana n kriya n all….i was started feeling like i m having some power

    i think dat was just a mind game…n just love to be with me only…

    n while doing yoga n kriya my movements was quite strange
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    my body parts was moving like by their own… n taking different movements which r generally dont happen in regular sadhana

    i didnt understand this

    i was literally started behaving like psycho…

    i was thinking too much..u can say enormous thought process was going in my mind

    i totally lost my mind control…

    fall asick n hospitalised n diagnosed as acute psychosis…

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    • Hi Ananymous,

      The automatic moments which you had while doing those pracices are result of mild kundalini awakening. The problem with AOL is the teachers dont know anything about it and they are of no help I am so sorry you had to go through all that. You have to immediately stop doing any yoga and pranayama or meditation practices which involves mantra. What I would suggest is you just sit with yourself in silence.

      Even when I went for AOL my BP shot up so High and I had high palpitation but when I stepped on EcG it was fine then I stopped dointg that then I am fine. I just do simple pranayama and meditation. This sudrashan kriya is dangerous thing as there is no meditation being done after that and all the teachers have to say is just blindly have faith in the Guru which they might have the belief on their Guru but not others. And when they came to know iam also yoga and meditation teacher these teachers who were so freindly with me suddenly became hostile and was talking ill about what I was teaching. Anyways I just left them to whatever they are as they are held by this cult where they are all under DENIAL. But these are poor souls who are seeking but what mostly people do is they endup praying to the Guru and doing gurupooja and in the end they endup removing all the God’s. godess photo and they jsut keep the Guru’s foto and pray.

      This is not only happening in in AOL but in sahaj meditation group where they slowly will ask you to pray their guru(mother as then call her)and iam sure many many fall for this Gulliable people. Do always remember THE GURU IS IN YOU and you just do ordinary yoga/pranayama and meditation if you are more inclained than said by those Gurus who claim it was revealed to them.Just follow what saint patanjali has taught. Listen to your heart Please.

      Regards
      Viji

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  10. how to get over with these side effects? just by leaving it doesn’t solves the problems it created. i feel demotivated, depressesd, rejected, and emotionless if i try leaving sk. the previous natural emotions and motivations have seem to be lost somewhere and i cant get them back. pls help

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    • I would suggest ‘Be more aware’. The problem now seems to be the lessons you learnt. Well, I’ve not been to any meditation technique class or anything, but me too felt all these things – Dullness, dizziness and all. But once you are aware of your life, an urge to throw these things comes up. Try smiling when you get up from bed. Don’t have to look in a mirror. Just sit there and smile with your whole heart.

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    • Hi
      I think focusing on ur own God and focusing within urself for a while should help…….

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    • Dear Friend,

      Since you wanted to know how to become normal again …Here is the solution which worked for me.

      Sudarshan Kriya generates immense amount of energy in the body. If your body is not well acclimatised to harness it, you may experience certain side effects which are temporary. This includes what you have described.

      To overcome this, you need to firstly stop practicing Sudarshan Kriya.

      Secondly, Do physical excercises like jogging and push ups. Follow this with 3 stage pranayam.

      After completing 3 stage pranayam, you can take to chanting a mantra of your favorite form of God. If you are sikh, then you can chant “Waaheguru” slow to medium pace for a minimum of 16 times to a maximum of 27.

      Please chant attentively.

      Last but not the least, mix rock salt in a bucket of water and take bath. This will give a lot of relief.

      Wish you all the best !

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  11. Thank you for posting your experience! I used to be regular with my SK for about a year during 2009 and during that year I could feel myself experience all of those points you have listed above. I thought I was just being silly since all the research on the net on SK was positive. I felt a loss of memory and a general feeling of disinterestedness. As soon as i would stop, I would regain my emotions. I did the course again this year and then completely stopped. Recently, I had decided to stop it completely and dissociate myself from the AOL as I have neglected my studies and generally went off track in life. For a while after stopping it, I felt a lot irritation and agitation and restlessness but I feel like I’m finally becoming my old self again.

    Thank you again for sharing this with us.

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  12. Hi

    I am from Bangalore and thanks for sharing your views on Sudarshana kriya as I was about to join the course starting from monday here.

    in the meantime can anyone let me know in Bangalore which is the best place to learn pranayama, yogasana giving the same benefit at a nominal rate as i am interested to learn.

    how is Vivekananda yoga kendra or Baba Ramdev Pranayama/Yoga class

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  13. Has any one got the solution to the problems caused BY SKY ? .I practiced this kriya only during the scheduled course .And since then whole head area is numb .its almost a week and i have still not been able to recuperate from the situation.

    My ability to think critically has gone down / it is giving me difficulty in managing my task at office smartly.Feeling so low and dejected. Would realy require some kind of assurance on the part that i will recover from this numbness that i m feeling……..please reply what has to be done.

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        • Dear MB,

          I hope your situation is much better now.

          Incase you still are feeling some bad effects and wish to become alright, please follow below instructions.

          Sudarshan Kriya generates immense amount of energy in the body. If your body or mind has not been properly acclimatised, it can cause certain undesirable effects, since some biological changes happen within.
          These effects are temporary.

          However not all are capable of withstanding it. If you feel disturbed or harmed please follow the below regime.

          1) Stop practicing Sudarshan Kriya.

          2) Do cardio excercises as rightly told by Parth. Especially pushups and jogging.

          3) Do three stage pranayama and relax.

          Follow step 3 with chanting of the holy names of your favorite form of God.

          For me the Hare Krishna mahamantra worked wonders and in a matter of few days i recovered my normal thinking.

          The chanting should be slow and attentive.

          Chant a minimum of 16 to a maximum of 27 times.

          4) Take salt water baths.

          All the above steps helped me.

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  14. Hi,
    I’d like to share my experience of doing S-Kriya. When I first started doing S-Kriya (Sudarshan Kriya), I used to feel especially tired, esp after the weekly session. I would collapse as soon as it got done. Often I experienced strange non-explainable sensation of fear of dying, or just highly tired. In fact the only way I could do it was to do the evening one, so I could rest and sleep the night – was very tired. Then I got the intuitive thought that this Kriya should be done in a “lazy manner” so to speak – that is gently and almost as if you don’t care (SSRS used the phrase “like handling a flower”); so there I sat, and started at times to just go through the motions. I followed that course of action for about 3 months. And it was after that time (about 9 ~ 12 months since I started) that I began to experience what others were ooh-and-aaah’ing about – the freshenss feeling and also experience my thoughts (mind chatter) slow to a whisper. Overall took me a year to feel fresh and refreshed after S-Kriya, and a lot of trial and error effort – which in my case was mostly reducing the effort I put in my breath cycles.
    Bottom line is that even with my irregular practise, I’ve now been able to accomplish a few things with limited sleep (I have 2 small kids now) – managing a brown belt in martial arts, an MBA and holding and making progress in my technology job, when I often find 6 hours of sleep is plenty with a daily dose of S-kriya.
    The reason I share this, is that I can relate to the “fatigue” and more extreme sensations some of you have reported and wonder if perhaps you should experiment with checking what you are doing that is pushing your body farther than its limit at this time. I hope this experience of mine can help you along …

    I’ll look to your comments, to see if anyone here can try for a period of time (about a month or 4 weekly sessions) with experimenting on the lines that I tried, and report back on your experience.

    God bless!
    K

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    • Hey,

      Definitely follow your heart. Do consider doing the sk breaths extremely softly.

      I used to stay up to 4am if I did sk in the morning. I found I was doing the breaths too hard. This was overstimulating.

      I now don’t even count breaths, just change pace intuitively.

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    • Jai Gurudev!
      This is a very appropriate reply.
      The breathing must be done gently and not huffing & puffing manner as most of us do initially.
      I feel calm, relaxed and sleepy after Kriya & prefer doing it at night while others may feel energetic, refreshed and alert and prefer to do it in the morning.
      It is important to see how it helps you and use it as a medicine accordingly.
      If you face any health problems – physical or mental by the performance of Kriya, go to the teacher and ask them to check your method of doing it during the long kriya follow-ups, they will guide you.
      If it still does not work; you can even stop doing it why not? It is but one of the many ways to get enlightened, it may not be your way. Try something else. Do not follow the bandwagon.

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  15. Skanda priya

    Have done the beginners course in AOL .I had the strangest emotional upheavals which are not in keeping with my normal character in those few days . On the last day , after the rapid breathing session my muscles went into severe spasms like a mild paralytic twist . Took a while to get out of the trance and for the pain to subside . I think its something of a kundalini crisis that was triggered . After 11 years I still get tendon inflammations and joint pains which coincidentally started at that time …

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    • Aatmajyoti arya

      Dear skanda,
      It is just that you are too scared . Even i felt the same and i had really bad joint pain and back pain .. My SKY experience was so powerful that i thought i’d die and to be true i still have the body ache.. But with every sudarshan kriya it is loosing its grip.
      I did not want you to be in the pain and so i thought of replying to your post. I hope it does help.
      thank you and god bless you :)

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  16. Aatmajyoti arya

    I have been continously suffering from the “absent-mindedness” and to be true the 22 years of my life i had been in same condition.
    Feeling insecure,Miserable,Low self esteem and No affinity towards life.I lost my job the one i deraly loved,Got into depression and even thought of ending up life.
    But then i thought of giving this thing a try before taking a final decision but to my amazement i feel life is worth living! I feel so free from the mental disturbance, also very much confident and friendly.
    I have had the powerful experience of SKY… i feel the pain in joints you are talking about. But it has also brought relief and with every sudarshan kriya i see that the pain is reducing ,much like fading away and my sleep hours have reduced ( i was a very lazy girl).
    So i request all of you to do the kriya for some more time regularly and then take a final decision.
    I am a “live” example of SKY Effects and trust me if you are missing it ,You are missing something really precious.
    and for heaven-sake … dont borrow other’s opinions.. Not even mine! please use your own experience and brains .
    Thank you :)

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  17. for all those who feel themselves in a miserable state of mind. . Go for sudarshan kriya.It will bring wonders. And dont listen to such disturbing elements like the owner of this blog. . .

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    • One of the teachings of AOL are to accept others and situations as they are. Maybe since you seem to eb such a staunch follower of Aol and Sudarshan oriya, you can also try working on this and not ridicule the writer of this blog. I dont know him but the least I can do is respect his views and accept them as his own. No one forced you to join AOL and no one is forcing you to leave it. So, follow all that AOL teaches, not just things that are convenient to you.
      Accept others and situations as they are. Learn not to put others down.
      JGD!!

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  18. I think every experience is unique, I’ve been doing sk. for 370 days in a row, and I feel better and better. so my recomendation: give it a try, and if it works for you keep doing it, and if it dosen’t just stop. jai gurudev

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  19. Hi, It’s just 4 days that my aol course got over and I am doin SK on a regular basis (please don’t laugh 4 days are long enough 4 me)…. I just wanted to ask all you guys my post kriya exprince at asharam was very good and I felt high energy within my self but at home aftr doin kriya I feel tired …. 1 thing that I would like to add here is that I do long SK as I hav somehow managed to get that rhythmic kriya song…. and I do SK at 4 am

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    • Can you please send me that in CD of rhythmic kriya song please ? or please upload it on youtube and i will download it. I really want it. Thanks. Yaz

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  20. Hi,
    I have been practicising the SK, Padmasadhana and meditation for a while now and I feel, i have immensely benefitted from it. I have become so much more efffective and am able to handle so many more things in life. I also do not feel disturbed by little things as earlier. My life has inproved a lot. Not onlt this, whatever I ask for in live somewhow instantly menifests for me. I am sooooooo happy these days.

    I recently got Aura photography done and in photograph we found a strong yellow aura around which the photographer said was an indication of presence of Master’s energy around me!

    Last year on two instances, my house had cauth fire and both times, i was able to sense it well in time to save us.

    All these instances tell us how AOL has helped me tremendously.

    Please do not leave it. Sometimes we don’t practice it corrrectly like taking heavy breaths or understanding the ujjai breath. Once the technique is right the practice can only do good!

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  21. shrivallabh

    Thanks for sharing your experience , but my
    concern is that are doing kriya properly (first three stage ,bhastrika, kriaya and then relaxation )
    Actually sudarshan kriya reduces anxiety, depression and increases creativity .

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  22. sanjay_m

    Yes, Parth you r right. S kriyra produces lots of unpleasent feeling.Mostly it is due to forceful breathing.But when u breathe with observation & without any judgement, there is lot of pleasent feeling.You can observe your body parts,minute parts and just observe.Each part of my body,(cell) is contributing to “me” and feeling of “I” get dissolved.Problem is we are getting carried by sentiments of some personality or organization & that leads to ulitmate failure or pain or suffering.

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  23. This thing is the witness of negative energies accumulated in your body aura and logged in the depth of your subconscious mind. Try a book by Dr. Joseph Murphy ‘The power of your subconscious mind” and the movie “The Secret” and you will know how this all world works. Even if you do not do all these exercize then also can live life abundantly and attract riches.

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  24. The law of attraction is evident and even before any religion existed on this earth. Why to find a shortcut or giving a chance for miracles to take place in life? Why to dwell on any guru or yoga or anyone on this earth as well as any mantra, tantra etc when you have the inner power within you to remove the fear, depression, etc…do people in rest 195 countries dwell on mantras, yoga etc? Face the difficulties of life and that is life fight against it there is no religion on this earth to protect no guru on this earth to save you if you have attracted negative circumstances…Law of attraction will change future from you within..

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  25. Parth.. you did a wrong job by criticizing this concept of sudarshan kriya.. no one has the right to do it coz it may hurt many people who practice it but the only message you can convey is why dwell on all this miracles tools of great INDIA

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    • vicky ur right, he should remove the blog right away.
      That jerk is unaware of what is good and bad…!!

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      • And you suppose ridiculing someone and putting them down like this is good??????
        Those were his views and opinions and he is simply putting them out there. If you are soooooo ‘at bliss’ and benefitting from Sudarshan Kriya, how is it that it still bothers you????
        One of the teachings of AOL is to accept others and situations as they are. Do you think you are doing that here??? Or do you only follow those AOL teachings that are convenient to you???
        Seriously guys!!!! If this guy is ‘poisoning the minds of others against AOL’, what are you doing??? Making it seem like ‘if someone says a word against AOL, I will humiliate them’!!! Is that what Guruji has taught us??????

        Shame on YOU GUYS!!!!! Revise your course first, reflect on how you should behave and then comment…trust me, right now, you are making AOL seem really bad!

        JGD!

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  26. Mine experiences were also like yours. i did SK for more than 2 years and had same above mentioned experience. i was told that my negativity is releasing, satva is increasing, guru is coming in your life…and many more. i thought, may be all these points are correct but even after three years of regular practices- followed by 3 advance course and 2 DSN, and a lot of time wasting SEWA (Sewa in AOl is bringing more poeple in) i was having the same experience. i regularly went for follow up for more then 10 months but found no change. i become very numb, dry. i still feel that dryness in me, still i find it difficult to focus on anything. Actually the reality is in AOl no one has ever experienced any thing, they all live by others experiences and try replicating it by behaving in the same pattern.
    they create a surrounding and don’t let others think beyond that … people in AOL rarely believe in self improvement ..

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    • hi

      parth what you have said seemes not to be the case with every one.

      I have been practising the SK since 4 yrs now and it has changed my life in all ways.

      given me more energy, concenration, focus.

      what used to take me 3 hours to study now takes me 1 hour.

      Im more refreshed .

      I suggest you should think before wha you publish as its going to effect people :) .

      Today Sk is practised in more then 250+ countries .

      People have been healed of their diseases.

      Lives have been changes throught the grace that comes along with the Kriya.

      The people who practise kriya are above rude only because their sentiments have been hurt big time and they are disappointed , they are not impatient .

      Every individual has his own opinion as per me and another billions all over the world, from diff age groups and regions SK rocks , AOL courses rock and have had a positive impact.

      Love and Blessings

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  27. Dear All,
    I have been doing Short SK for last 7 years continuously. Why Short SK? Coz I hate the AOL folks and their “fakeness”, but that does not take away the benefits of SK. I do SK for 20 mins , then recite Gayatri Mantra and sit quietly for 10 mins immediately after a bath in the morning. Has done wonders for my mental health. One side affect. Even if i stop for a day, I start getting agitating for smallest things! Otherwise my memory has improved, I am motivated, aggressive at work and happy. I have moved from a Software Engineer to an Associate Director! No credit to AOL but all credit to SK. So there you go, this is an unabiased feedback.

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  28. How fast did they make you breath? Actually pranayama never leads to hyperventilation. Same duration parts of inhale, exhale and holding (usually after exhale) are only at the beginning of training, then you increase exhale and hold after exhale. I didn’t try this Sudarshan kriya and if they start from holding after inhale it is not right. But if you also hold after exhale-must be all right. You’re Indian origin -why you get caught by some experimenators – do your classical great heritage!!! I am Russian, by the way.

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    • Vaibhav Maheshwari

      Hi, You are Russian doesn’t prove anything. Weird people exist all over the world :D. There is nothing wrong in being critical about something which you feel might be dangerous at times even if it belongs to your own country/cultural heritage.

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    • It is really sad that you are ready to jump in defence of the kriya you learnt at AOL but are not ready to follow the teachings of AOL.
      Guruji has NEVER encouraged ridiculing, humiliating, calling names of anyone!!! In fact, he says ‘accept others and situations as they are’. Remember??????
      This is his view. Instead of simply accepting it (and there are other people who have simply done that while putting their point forward as well), you have lowered yourself to calling him names and ridiculing him.
      It is sad that because of such instances, it is AOL and Guruji who are made to look bad.
      Really sad.
      JGD!

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  29. Vaibhav Maheshwari

    Hi,

    2 weeks ago, I also took the part-I course and also made my parents do it. My parents have allergy issues that causes respiratory problems. So, I thought SK should help them. But after one week of practicing it. I suddenly had terrible headache. 3 days after headache started I went to doctor and found out that my blood pressure was 150/100. I’m 30 years old but quite healthy. I do a lot of sports, don’t take much stress, eat at home, avoid fried foods, etc. Doubting it was caused by kriya, I stopped doing it and my BP came back to normal. Then I found out my parents also had severe headache for days. I could see my parents were not doing the kriya as exactly told in the course but I think I was doing it quite well. My parents are 60 years old so it/s hard for them to do this kind of exercise. I’ve never ever experienced such serious headache in my life. I used to do lot of sheesh asana and other yoga. I think it definitely has some issues. Please reply if any one else had similar problems.

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  30. Arjun Tandon

    @parth: Sorry bro….Things don’t work well for you doesn’t mean they won’t work well for millions :)
    @sid: Read Bhagwad Gita….you will find out why after coming so far you find yourself off the track!

    To all:
    Guys, I am an engineering student( and no way a marketing agent) and the reason why I love Guruji, is not because I have heard a lot about him and he brought these life changing courses within our reach. But because he is a great person. Just one video conference with him on Skype made me realize that if I want to be like someone in life, IT’S HIM.
    The way he speaks, the way he works, flushes me with inspiration

    And this message is for all those lovely critics who help guruji by filtering out the trash:
    If you had the nerve to explain the working behind sudarshan kriya(i.e. hyperventilation as you call it),
    Just put in you heads to interpret how “Sehaj Samadhi” works!!!!
    Jai Gurudev

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  31. We can understand what motives can be behind publishing this article on this website & collecting so many supporters as STRANGERS who r ur frnz behind the back……….but believe me my friend…..its your only objective to rumourize someone’s name ………..you don’t like it it’s your choice but saying it has so many harmful effects …….I guess either you are definitely trying something very differrent apart from given instructions OR its good brain wash system which has made you do this………god bless your heart mate …..

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  32. Lore love

    I think you really need to understand one thing!
    Alcohol, drugs, violence those are bad for you :( meditation, yoga and knowledge is god for you :)
    if you dont want to do it in the art of living there are 1.000 of places where yo can! SK is breathing in different rythims not a posiibility that taht can cause SOOOOO MUUUUUUUUUCH HARMMM! JAJAJAJ! Perhaps you dont like the kind of path that has a GURU, like a guide and thats all, thats not for all the people actually its very uncorfortable even for me, sometimes i wanna say “ho are you JESUS” jajajaj and is ok! there are different paths for different kind of people
    Just remember life is not easy, actually its very hard sometimes, and there are no magical solutions, but living and learning while you walk, dont close your windows, keep walking and i know somewhere you will find that place where you are gonna be confortable y happy! :*

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    • Lore love

      OH! and about the physical pains and efects its suuuuper heavy everything is painful like when you go to gym and everything hurts tha day after

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  33. anonymous

    i have had experienced stuff much more serious than u have…. doing sk since i was 18..now im 24.. firstly, since i started practising SK, 4 1st 3 years i’d almost blissful nd energetic nd lively nd glamorous xperiences..my looks improved, i was mentally peaceful, i became more extrovert than earlier etc etc…sfter those 3 yrs suddenly i’d a tingling sensation in the base of the spine nd all hell broke loose…since then i had innumerable symptoms 2 my issues with health… i feel weakness in the muscles, cant eat spicy food, premature agin, lost my vibrance, kinda depressd…. but now im kinda managing all this doing SK nd having an ayurvedic medicine called triphala.. so far, its goin fine…ive also consultd many doctors nd medicines but no respite… i will nd definetly get back 2 who i am 1 day… no1 can stop me from acheiving wat i want, these health issues have made me a more matured nd stronger person… thse problems tat u have described in ur blog r just genuine but shouldnt stop u from living a life tat u want… dont let others, aol teachers, or a guru stand in ur path..but yes keep a little faith in ur master even if hes a cheater cos its urfaith not his…gnit, ive my mba classes tomrw

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    • look..do some research on da internet about ‘kundalini”..n trust me ders a lot of material available…dat tingling sensation in da base of da spine u talked bout..is a classic symptom of kundalini energy awakening..and da bad effects u xperinced happen when it is nt properly channelised.. all dis may sound like absloute crap..bt its nt . google ‘kundalini’,read bout it on wikipedia…by far the best source of info i found is dis website: http://www.icrcanada.org/learn
      read about gopi krishna. And please do all the above things for ur own gud.

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  34. why are people who are doing SK for a long time using words like stupid, idiot and phsyco?? Are you guys not supposed to be spiritually knowledgeable? and be more kind and gentle in communicating with people.

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    • skriya sucks !!

      @uma .. well said … the way of communication by these guys(who practise S kriya) shows that it had made them less patient. They can not see two sides of the coin. Sudharshan Kriya has not made you optimistic … it has made you to refuse the/overlook the negative side(even if its harming you )

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  35. hi…though i m quite new at this kriya experience..i would say either you are not doing it right or you are depressed so much that even kriya could not help..please do not take offense..not judging you as i myself is depressed too but i also learned that if you are not able to take the breaths in the particular way which is told then..you might not get the best from it so please check with a teacher especially the uccais and pranayama positions..and have faith that even if you cannot do kriya still everything will be allright..

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  36. garvita sethi

    i agree…completely..
    i am suffering from migrain and tuberculoma and when i did this kriya my headache was incresed 10 times :’(

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  37. Problem is not with Sudarshan Kriya .. it is with how are you taking it. You have to use normal gentle breath. I met many people who are trying to put 300% oxygen in one breath.. keep normal gentle breath and see everything will be different and magical. For all others – stop criticizing if you are having a problem that is due to the fact that you are not doing it properly – talk to your AOL teacher. If they can’t able to solve it then talk to senior teacher. Remember lakhs or even crores of ppl are practicing it without difficulty.

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    • sanjay kumar

      Thanks for poting by Parthchoksi. I have also experienced lot of problems with sudarshan kriya. I have also tried with gentle breath as told by AOL teachers but of no use. After several practices my opinion is that this kriya has been designed wrongly. I also found many AOL teachers irritable and psychic in their approach to normal situations in life. During AOL course they look and talk very ideal things. I respect Ravishankarji for some of his good messages but my experience with Sudarshan kriya is very negative. anyway,he is doing good work by spreading message of love. but with so many complaints of sudarshan kriya he should stop propagating it further.

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  38. I have done basic AOL course. I felt good.
    If you have found it unsuitable , you must stop it. One would feel the same way in all kinds of pranayams. In te conditions that you have explained , you would have such reactions after any kind of breathing excerises. Every body is different. May be pranayams are not for you. You must go for other mild excercises in that case.

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  39. Charanjeet Singh

    The symptoms you have written are achieved by lucky persons not unfotunates.

    Sudarshan kriya breaks you from this world without your will , it is an automatic process.

    For me it helped a lot really whenever i had done it in gaps ..me too ..yes i had also done it in gaps..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Regards
    Charanjeet Singh

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  40. Sk is nothing bt a patent content of aol which is Designed to make fool of dem who r suffering frm lack of attention, loneliness, lack of confidence as dey r easy targets. It make me so worried dat due to dis blind faith people putting there life and health on the edge. Shri shri is a hardcore capitalist. Hatsoff to aol’s excellent maketing strategy

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  41. One of my frnd is suffering from over conciousness, hyper tention, migraine, insomnia, body ache as she is constantly doing sk since long n she is still not ready to accept the fact that dis is affecting her health so badly, it seriously make me feel bad and helpless. It’s very inhuman, how can dey sale dis crap by the name of spirituality. N the most idiotic thing I noticed in most of the aol followers they cn argue on baseless facts, I Dnt Knw what these teachers feed in there brain which make them so absent minded. Well, thank you so much guys for sharing your experiences I hope it will help me further.

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  42. i have done this SK for a week or 2 but i expericed all the above problems i will not say it is bad , but it is not for common people , i have grwon up in completly hindu culture family , this type of yoga are pure medidation , which keep a person away from all metrial bondage , slowly you will start to feel nutrual no happyness no sadness , as if ur brain is too tierd to be happy or sad . swami vivkeaknda and other great people followed this type of meditation , but for common people like us , its noot good

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  43. Many company like MNC Sr. person are involved in “Art of Living” & He is forcing to their team member.To do Art of Living all Courses as Basic Course, Advance Course & DSN course & they team member pay fees their own. Please stop this ASAP. I am agree above mentioned 3,4 & 6 they are behave like this.

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  44. Well even I have experienced the negative effects – not exactly due to the kriya but probably an already persistent condition which got aggravated by the kriya . All these magical stories of body healing , BP normalizing , Sugar within control , asthma cure , heart problems disappearing so on and so forth didnt happen to me at least. while I first did the kriya I got extremely scared and my whole body felt a feeling of numbness.. I have read in many hindu scriptures that if all these meditation techniques are not done under the able guidance of a guru , the whole brain could get affected as the kundalini force would be thrown into imbalance due to incorrect breathing.

    . Since the experience was most traumatic , I left it after some time despite assurance from the AOL instructors to keep going. After that , I consulted a clinical psychiatrist and now after 2 years of medication ,extremely normal and living a fulfilling and contented life . I realize that in god’s creation all 5 fingers are not the same , so AOL practitioners prescribing the same technique to all may not be in fact correct as it could trigger a mentally afflicted patient if not guided properly. And I believe there is no point in forcing the body against its wishes. The idea of coaxing one to continue despite feeling miserable was not correct on the part of the instructor .i dont blame her but she had been instructed to teach this way,

    Also I believe strongly in Prarabdha and Karma. If you are bound to suffer you will suffer , You cant act against nature by these so called quick fix techniques to heal all kinds of diseases,. The best is Karma Yoga …Do your duty and the results will take care of itself . let us not get carried away by the so called magic techniques and end up in misery.

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  45. you are so true yesterday ( 5th september 2012 ) i was attending this art of living session in ambala …and fuck i wanted to kill myself

    it was so irritating…

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    • Hi guys,
      I learn SKY and would suggest anyone going thru depression etc. I was having terrible thoughts, on such a high frequency, i knew i will perish if something is not done, i think only people who have gone thru this mental turmoil can only understand.
      Fortunately i knew how to do SKY, i decided to restart it with the feeling that guruji would bring me out of this. and as far as i remember i was out of those horrible thinking within four days.

      The guys who think they are not getting benefit from SKY, i can only say, there are powers (power of lust, greed, anger…etc, i don’t know all of them, but have experienced some of them) and they are above you. As far as i’m concerned if you try to fight them, you will never be the winner, your ego would be in the way. but if you pray to have them subsided and wait those times to pass, they will certainly pass. sometimes you may feel puppet in the hands of some power higher than you, but it all comes and go. have faith on GOD, or someone who understand GOD better than you do.

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  46. man i feel ur really sick, u really need some help. pls visit some doctor and stop publishing such bullshit about good things in this world. As it is very few things are left in this world which really help and SRK is one of them so pls dont do false bad publicity and get some help.

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  47. What a crap u have published. i am practicing SK from last 12 years and i never felt any of these problem u mentioned above.. millions of people are benefiting from SK around the globe. i think u facing all this problem cause u might learn SK from some website or from uncertified teacher. learn it from a certified teacher and all ur problem will be solved..

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  48. mate, its not that these symptoms don’t occur to a SK doing person. i won’t exactly call them “harmful”. you need to realize that you are trying to take over your mind(or specifically – brain) which controls the breath and the body. On one side it mutates you, while on the other side the mind(which is not used to this) tries to resist. The point is that Sudarshan Kriya releases toxins in huge amounts throughout the body and if one don’t drink lots and lots of water(suggested amount is 6 ltrs) to pour it out, he definitely is going to suffer from it.
    just putting in a simple way, One one hand you want your street clean, but on other hand what you do is storming the garbage to the street’s corners. At the end of the day, It’s still there. .Jai gurudev!

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  49. Please don’t publish bullshit! about sudharshan kriya.

    Below is the article published in Harvard Medical School journal.

    A type of controlled breathing with roots in traditional yoga shows promise in providing relief for depressio
    The program, called Sudarshan Kriya yoga (SKY), involves several types of cyclical breathing patterns,
    ranging from slow and calming to rapid and stimulating, and is taught by the nonprofit Art of Living
    Foundation.
    One study compared 30 minutes of SKY breathing, done six days a week, to bilateral electroconvulsive
    therapy and the tricyclic antidepressant imipramine in 45 people hospitalized for depression. After four
    weeks of treatment, 93% of those receiving electroconvulsive therapy, 73% of those taking imipramine, a
    67% of those using the breathing technique had achieved remission.
    Another study examined the effects of SKY on depressive symptoms in 60 alcohol-dependent men. After
    week of a standard detoxification program at a mental health center in Bangalore, India, participants wer
    randomly assigned to two weeks of SKY or a standard alcoholism treatment control. After the full three
    weeks, scores on a standard depression inventory dropped 75% in the SKY group, as compared with 60
    in the standard treatment group. Levels of two stress hormones, cortisol and corticotropin, also dropped
    the SKY group, but not in the control group. The authors suggest

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    • Dear Ujjwal

      All that is not bull shit.

      Are you aware that Sudarshan Kriya awakens the Kundalini Energy ?

      Please refer this link
      http://www.artofliving.org/guruji-within-you

      If you will Google “Kundalini Syndrome”
      you will understand that what some people are sharing here is not a pointless criticism or bullshit, but is their actual experience.

      Please do not dismiss the experiences of others especially if it is not same as yours.

      Kundalini syndrome causes a lot of stress for affected individuals.

      In your best interests.

      JGD

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  50. Hi Arjun/NItin/ all AOL volunteers,
    I was an AOL volunteer so I know what it feels like when you are in it pretty much 24×7 but guys wake up!!!! HH Sri Sri tells us that for every positive, there is a negative too.. (thumb rule remember???) So, there are advantages and disadvantages of Sudarshan Kriya as well!!!
    It is good that you are sooooo enthu about the whole experience but that doesnt mean that you RUN DOWN ANYONE ELSE’S VIEWS. HH Sri Sri himslef says ‘accept everyone as they are (Jai gurudev, remember?????)

    i had a terrible experience while I was in AOL. not because of the Kriya but because of the hypocrisy I saw around me. People who advocated caring and acceptance of others were b****ing about their own so-called friends behind their backs!!!!

    I havent done the Kriya in more than 3 years and honestly, I dont feel a difference. I cherish the experience (the good parts mostly :)) when i volunteered but one thing I learnt was NOT to IMPOSE my views on others, especially my friends. I was lucky not to have lost them. Hope you guys dont make the same mistake.

    JGD

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  51. hey parth Pratiksha here. . just few dayz bck i did d AOL course nd i was expressing all d symptoms similar to u.. though my situation has became a bit better now bt thn too .. evn tody i feel less intersted in life.. feeling less.. aas if i dnt love myself.. yep nd negative thoughts come easily in my mind.. nd m nd able tp feel hunger nd all plz can you help me out how to get normal .. i wnt to become normal as soon as possible i hav stopped doing all the kriyas.. plz help me dear.. :’( i evn contactd aol teacher bt he just said.. continue u wil b normal soon .. plz guide me dear.. i need ur help..

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    • Parth Choksi

      Hi Pratiksha. Cardio and exercise will greatly improve body and mind. it will also help you gain the appetite and also become more active in life. Exercise is not only good for body but also mind as it improves brain functions and also lifts the mood.

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      • Pratiksha G

        ok thnks Parth.. I wil surely follow wt u said .. i want to get back normal as soon as possible.. and really yaar i hav became lot of negative mindset.. sumtyms m really scared of all dis.. hope will become normal soon .. yep and it feels good to hear dat there is nothn wrong wid me .. i mean after readin all ur post.. .. will practise wt u said and let u know d difference newz thnks a lot dear .. :)

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  52. What I dont understand is why is everyone saying to quit sk if its not doing benefits for you !!

    I mean, wont sk benfit you in the long run and wont we start to feel the good experiences after all our toxins have been released?

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  53. Hi everybody,

    All breathing exercises should be practiced with extreme moderation
    to begin…

    If this SKY pranayama involves breath holding or “kumbhaka”, it can most certainly cause serious damage.

    Pranayama can loosen excessive amounts of subconscious material, karma & vrittis…..

    It also can prematurely awaken the crown chakra and the kundalini energy.

    This would explain the lethargy and loss of interest in worldly affairs….

    I am speaking from experience….

    I do not practice SKY, btw…

    warm regards,

    Del in Chicago, USA

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  54. Jai Gurudev,
    I started SK just few days back. Very impressed Im. I told my wife about it and she too joined AOL. And there was dramatic change in the family. Now, things are different, much better. Only one regret is there after doing the basic course……
    WHY I DIDN’T DO IT BEFOR?

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  55. Hi, I do not believe in hateful words or harsh comments but will just say this:
    I am sorry for you having formed such opinions of Sudarshan Kriya but t your experience is part of the detoxification process that occurs. I have been through the same phase and stuck long enough for the positive benefits to emerge.

    It is not only a physical detox but also a mental vent to the suppressed negative energies we have been holding within. Since you left it mid-way, you never got to the point of experiencing the benefits.

    As a fellow being, I request you to take it up with faith, under the guidance of a certified teacher and request you to not give up this time.

    The benefits are nothing short of a miracle! Trust me.

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  56. Rounak or the other guy who mentioned ill effects after doing kriya, friends I can only pity you, there are millions accross 82 countries from past 25 years doing kriya and believe this to be a blessing in disguise and are leading a stress free life. May be its karmic, Jago friends jago, you might need few life times to be where others are, nothing just relax and wait for your experiences or just do it rightly. 2 individuals v/s 34 crore people from 82 countries. who could be right.

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  57. Can somebody explain the basic steps involved ? why all the secrecy ? For a mature philosophy of life, I recommend Jiddu.

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  58. I am practicing Sudarshan Kriya from last many years, It is working wonders for me.
    I feel energized and enthusiastic. My productivity has increased and I can see myself far ahead from my peers, may it be health, or intelligence or presence of mind.

    I started practicing it after suggestion of my friend. I had rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and could not sit in Vajrason during the course but then after few weeks of practicing SK, I found improvements in joint pain and now I can sit comfortably in Vajrasen. My doctor was also very surprised by seeing improvements and has started suggesting AOL course to his other patients. I am fully cured from RA now.

    I was also suffering with Migraine that too has now gone very mild. I am an s/w professional and having a profile that can cause lots of stress but SK helps me as a stress buster. I even have stopped taking medicine for normal cold and cough. SK even helps in recovering from that as well. Many doctors are also practicing it regularly.

    I am really sad to know that many of you did not have good experience with SK however I would suggest that please talk to your AOL teacher and get it corrected if you are not doing it properly. It is really bliss to have such a technique around us.

    I know many people who are practicing SK regularly and getting benefitted.

    Dear Parth Choksi, I am happy that you have done lots of analysis on it and structured your experience in systematic way. It is always good to know +ive and -ive of a process however done correctly. If you get a chance to meet Sri Sri just go and meet him once, he is very humble and listens to everyone. He will certainly help you to come out of the negative syndromes you had after SK.

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  59. Anil Balakrishnan

    I did the course about 20 years back in Baroda and practiced the same for some time and stopped it. I did the course again at Lagos about 2 years back and since then continue to pratice ,though not daily , at least 2-3 times a week . My experience with SK is good – actually it calms my mind and improves my energy levels . It also improved my concentration .

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  60. i want to ask that if i do sudharshan kriya daily and if i not do it regulary can i will face some promblem in my daily life and can i had an effect on my intellectual ability plz reply fast and give me suggestion.

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  61. Dear All Readers,
    I feel Sorry for all those who refrained themselves from Greatest benefits of Sudarshan Kriya because of reading self experience of some morons…Here i give you the evidence that how Sudarshan kriya works wonders in various health ailments…all researches are carried out by Doctors n scientists not some morons…
    Plz follow this link for details..
    http://www.ijoy.org.in/article.asp?issn=0973-6131;year=2013;volume=6;issue=1;spage=4;epage=10;aulast=Zope

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  62. i would like to share only 1 thing..if it’s so harmful..why is it so popular n why millions of population are following it…yogas n mediation have good effects n it’s evident to all of us..pls dont discourage others by your personal experience..m a doctor myself n have felt the difference..those who have experinced harmful effects pls go n see a doctor..or consult the art of living gurus…
    jai gurudev

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    • I must say …very interesting and a bit confused. Please explain – being a doctor how could you even advise someone to consult their health issues with with one of those so called AOL gurus.

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  63. Ok, I have been doing this Kriya since may2009 and I am still the same person same health condition(good as before)…I did it blindly by knowing it brings better health marketed by AOL…I honestly think it won’t affect me if I stop doing it and I still will b same person in every sense….reading all above responses I feel nervous about doing Kriya since people hav suffered badly with side effects….I don’t think one needs Kriya to do good things in life or to be successful in life….I noticed many people start AOL course when they are in troubled or sad situation in their lives and often forced by some AOL believer….I was struggling during recession and was forced by my fruend to do basic course…and the way i felt as if i am going to rehab and as if i am depressed and they are cheering me up….i was never depressed in my life and was always fighting with the situation to make things better….on other hand i was been told by AOL that things will fall in places once i start doing kriya regularly….created false belief and since i paid high price for course $250(i dont knw why its way cheaper in india gir the same) i felt like lets try….and let me tell u one thing since past few yrs i had gone through lot of unfavourable situation and for which Kriya was never a solition…so if anyone from AOL suggests u tht things will b better in your life by diing kriya then please dont buy it….(EVERY THING IS IN YOUR MIND JUST CONTROL YOUR MIND AND MAKE DECISIONS WHICH WILL GIV YOU BETTER ACTION) have nothing against guruji or anyone in AOL…but many things are not just write I feel….I paid $250 when I was struggling financially…it was a time every penny was important for my living….I don’t understand why this Kriya is top secret and why it’s high priced….if you really think this can help mankind to get better why it’s not FREE if I are AOL teacher I know ur answer so don’t even give me tht…not gonna buy…ramdev baba offers free yoga( not his supporter or marketer)….I think this blog is an eye opener…I wil stop doing Kriya I guess and I don’t think I need it….I am very strong willed, logical and I believe in myself, and practical in life and always do things positively with my best efforts…I am happy with what I am…if lord is my witness I am sure I will end up in good hands. have a good day!

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  64. I want to add my recent experiences after undergoing Part 1 (Basic) course of AOL and so-called Sudarshan Kriya. I do not know if this blog is alive.

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  65. Thank you Parth for the extremely informative original post, especially the embedded video “Hyperventilation: Breathing Effects on Brain Oxygen and Health.” I have started doing heavy breathing as part of a kundalini class and have a limited interest in intentional hyperventilation. To be considered are the physical responses to blood gas levels that can be seen with diagnostic imaging, and varying capacities of individual bodies. As a healthcare provider I understand the sensations that hyperventilation generates as the body’s way of alerting of an imbalance.
    Folks who become insulting or defensive when asked honest, respectful questions may just not be too far along a path of enlightenment — what are they afraid of? If there is a special technique to not hyperventilating when breathing heavier than the body requires, what would be the value of withholding that? Be wary of anyone who suggests you check your brain at the door!
    To his credit, when I expressed my concern about hyperventilation to my kundalini class teacher, he simply encouraged me to not do something I was not comfortable with, which follows my understanding of ahimsa. During the heavy breathing exercises, I choose to focus on executing deep, complete, energetic breaths and releasing body tension while maintaining a breath rate that feels healthy to me, i.e., doesn’t make me feel light-headed.

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  66. Hello,
    I have just started Basic course today morning and reading it in noon.
    Reading the views here feeling a kind of fear in continuing this course and SK,as I regularly takes medicine of High BP et.

    My Wife has also joined it and she is asthmatic…

    Should we leave this course?????

    Regards.

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      • Thank you for advice,although we did not went for 2nd day of the course.
        Actually I also joined this course around 15 year back and then I did it for few days but left it that time too.
        Any way I appreciate your research and recommendations.

        Regards.

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  67. Whistleblower

    To all current and future victims of SK:

    If you care about your health and life, immediately stop doing SK or any other hyperventilation techniques. Overbreathing is the root cause of the majority of modern diseases and SK aggravates the symptoms and may actually catalyze new diseases. See http://www.normalbreathing.com/

    Basic problem with overbreathing during SK: it deprives the body of carbon dioxide and thereby constricts blood vessels all over the body including the brain which is extremely dangerous in some conditions.

    People who regularly practise SK slowly suffocate and destroy their brain cells (among many other cells) due to chronic lack of oxygenization of brain tissues.

    For God’s sake please spare yourself!

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  68. Thanks for the above discussions….finally I found something which I could relate to. I did 1st part of the course and hoped to make this a part of my routine in addition walking and warm up exercises. Unfortunately results were strange. Whenever I did these exersises, the whole day I feel dull, irritated and without any motivation. On the contrary if I follow just my old routine of walking and light exersises, I feel energetic throughout the day.

    Having said that, it’s good if some people get benefits from such breathing techniques. Like there are differences in opinion so there can be differences in results.

    Just want to add one more thing. During the course my teacher told me that negative enery gets released. When I asked how do you ensure only negative enery gets released and not positive. He had no answer, said something’s you experience and rest you will have to believe….

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  69. Well .. I dun fynd ny syd effect..
    Yes i do feel stress bt it hapenz at da recent stage
    i had so many pimples on ma face n i flt lack f enenrgy bt it cz at dz stage toxins are being
    released frm da body.. I wud suggest to take a t f wotr whyle prfcticing. Sk. I wud lyk to add
    ddat different pepl xperienc dfrnt thngs dpendin on deir lyf styl n natre f d. N eir body. Jz keep doin it

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  70. If any impairment has happened it has obviously affected your prefrontal cortex.

    Many graduates of SKY are well known researchers, scientists and journalists who have shown no neural or cognitive detriment as of yet. Have you ever considered that your lack of focus could be just due to your inability to manage your life and time? Many a normal individual would define that as average procrastination.

    I’m guessing you probably thought it was the magical key to solving all your problems.

    Nevertheless, it is not to say that your experience might not be from some causal relationship. It is a possibility though not highly likely. I was never one for marketing tricks, so if you fell for the SKY is good for overall health then you weren’t even using your brain then. Simply put the health bit is meant as a washover, spillover effect from having relaxed mind.

    Please, keep in mind you should not blame instances and lethargy one factor. Also acknowledge that lethargy and other symptoms of tiredness could be attributed to an unhealthy lifestyle, lack of nutrition and sleep.

    As hyperventilation, why don’t you download a few scientific papers online and assess what it really is before you quote some 3rd hand unreliable resource.

    Ever thought you mat have been breathing too hard?

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  71. Sudarshan kriya is not hyperventilation, sk is a kundalini awakening technique…I m a practioner of sudarshan kriya since past 7 years ,..I started @18 discontinued in between…. the person with blog has discontinued practicing SK bcoz of fear and excessive doubt cultivated from outside(material world) 2wards sri sri and his teachings…..i went through your situation but never gave up my devotion towards god and guru(bcoz its written in vedas that guru does not lose anything if u start doubting him, its u who loses this eternal path)… ….your immune system should be absolutely strong if u do it 4 a longer period of time…. nervous system(mento emotional energy) goes through lot of changes after practising yogic practices along with bhakti (satsang) and (selfless service)……..and if your immune system is not strong, ur health will be in disorder, …take ayurvedic medicines and panchkarma for getting rid of disorder u have stated….. please read vedas upanishads esp yogasutra and many others which describe in detail guru-disciple relationship and many more…nobody can decide 4 your life except youself…this is a precious gift from ‘ur self’ dont throw it away like use and throw material….I even know this comment wont work on you bcoz this material world and its influences r so strong u have no idea

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  72. Hello every one iam naresh who did basic course of long sudarshan kriya and continued for doing 1 year after i left that course because busy life when i stopped for just 15 days it is ruined my brain and addicted in doing so then i do for 4-5 days after it is peace full for 7 days then again iam very stressful with severe head pain then again i did it for4-5 days then it is peace for 7 days plz any body help me how to escape from this long sudarshan kriya…..

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