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August 03, 2009, 03:43:33 PM
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I picked up a nasty head cold over the weekend and it is really bugging me because I just started up practicing again.
I am trying to push through it because if I put off training while I am just starting I will just end up not doing anything.
Anyone have any practicing while sick stories?

August 03, 2009, 06:54:07 PM
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I would posit that starting practice could bring on an initial sickness through certain karmas being sped up. If so, you gotta push through. As for practicing while sick, passive exercises are probably fine (like the soham meditation, thought control, etc.). But it's probably best to stay away from most active exercises like magical accumulations or yogic pranayams, which can just strain your body more and possibly spread the sickness further. I dunno though. Get well soon!  ^-^

August 04, 2009, 12:40:38 AM
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I'd say it's more ugly. It couldn't hurt, but it does tend to be a pain, especially if you like to start off with breathing exercises like I do.
If you think you could manage meditation, then props to you, otherwise, I don't see much harm with missing a couple of days while you recover, so long as you stick with your routine after you are feeling better.

August 05, 2009, 12:07:57 PM
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Certain types of meditation can help you become well(er) again. Pay particular attention to focusing on becoming healthy, intaking healthy energy, making yourself healthy, or whatever visualization/paradigm you use. Also remain relaxed; straining your mind, body or soul will just aggravate your problem. In particular, I find breathing exercises help a great deal.

But also make sure to do things like drink plenty of water and eat properly. Metaphysics starts off by aiding the physical :)

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August 05, 2009, 04:01:52 PM
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Thanks for replies and sound advice. Had to hold off on the pranayama for a few days, can't breath to well, but I am getting better. I don't really want to take a few days off because if I do I know I won't start again. If I start something I need to stick to it. I'll just stick to asana and thought control for a while till the congestion clears up.


But also make sure to do things like drink plenty of water and eat properly. Metaphysics starts off by aiding the physical :)

~Steve

Great advice, on more than one level. :wink:

August 05, 2009, 07:04:45 PM
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Huh, when I have a cold I just blast on through usually >.>

Meditation, pranyama, hatha, the whole deal. I just use a neti pot and those types of things and maybe do some extra rounds of Bhastrika. Then I continue.
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August 05, 2009, 09:20:29 PM
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While Sukha Purvaka is ok for some people, I would think Bhastrika is actually bad during a cold, as it would pump sick prana throughout the entire body. I mean, I could be wrong though. The Maha Mudra technique is a cure all and will help to heal you tremendously, and there's some qi gong technique that does the same. I think Prophecy mentions in a post somewhere.... something about pushing the moon and sky or something or other...

August 10, 2009, 04:37:45 PM
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It's fine. Stay within reason, and work on meditations and practices that are more mind or soul centric, as opposed to body centric. Don't try to stretch your limits, and generally take it easy until you are well again. Makes sense, yes? And I didn't have to use any tough-to-pronounce foreign words.

As others have said, it can be that you've fallen sick because you have started practicing again. Since it is rather common for the body to become weak or fatigued when the mind or soul have been pushed to their limit, take this into account. Have you tried anything particularly difficult or exhausting? Avoid things like that when just starting practice, and do your best to safely expand your limits rather than overstep them.

August 11, 2009, 05:41:05 PM
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Thanks for the replies all. I'm better now. I just took it slow for a week. It is kinda funny how I got sick right after I started meditating again. The strange things is no one else got sick. Not even my wife, not my family, not her family, no one at work, just me. Weird.