What is Nauli? ForumIndex History and Origins Textual references etc

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    jim mallinson
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    Hello fellow nauli-wallahs,

    Congratulations to Jason on a great and unusual site. I've noticed some more textual references to nauli that you might want to mention: Siddhasiddhantapaddhati 6.89 (it's only referred to in passing, together with some other hathayogic practices), Yuktabhavadeva 7.162-163 (one of the five manuscripts collated gives the variant reading lauli.h for nauli.h – interesting in the context of our earlier discussion with Christopher) and Jogpradipaka 455-458 (in which it is called nyolii).

    One small correction: the Gherandasamhita is not early. It  is very unlikely to be older than the 18th century.

    Also, other than referring to some Yogamimamsa articles on the subject you don't mention one of nauli's most important functions, that of creating the vacuum in the stomach that enables the yogi to perform basti (the auto-enema, and vajroli-mudra, urethral suction. I can vouch for its efficacy in the former, but have not (and will not!) try the latter. My guru has mastered both. Among his recommendations concerning nauli, he says that it should not be practised for too long at a time or the abdominal muscles can get strained and he also prefers to do it in siddhasana rather than while standing.

    All the best,

    Jim

    #230

    Jason L.
    Keymaster

    Hi Jim,

       Thanks for the tips.  Where does one obtain these texts you mention? 

       By the way, I'd like to post some videos of people doing nauli in various postures (like siddhasana). 

    Cheers,

    Jason

    #231

    Jason Levitt
    Keymaster

    jim mallinson said:

    Also, other than referring to some Yogamimamsa articles on the subject you don't mention one of nauli's most important functions, that of creating the vacuum in the stomach that enables the yogi to perform basti (the auto-enema, and vajroli-mudra, urethral suction. I can vouch for its efficacy in the former, but have not (and will not!) try the latter. 


    Hi James,

      The reason I left out basti and vajroli-mudra is that I didn't want to turn off people with descriptions of bizarre advanced practices. I figure most people have their hands full just dealing with nauli. However, it'd be great to discuss those practices in these forums if/when there is a critical mass of interested visitors.

    Jason

    #232

    jim mallinson
    Participant

    Hi Jason,

    All three works I mentioned were edited by the late lamented M.L.Gharote. The Siddhasiddhantapaddhati and Yuktabhavadeva have been published by his Lonavla Yoga Insititute (in 2005 and 2002 respectively). The Jogpradipaka was published by the Rajasthan Oriental Research Institute, Jodhpur, in 1999. Only the SSP is translated, but the other two have detailed introductions in English.

    All the best,

    Jim

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