Heart Problems Caused By Sudarshan Kriya
My sincere appeal to people. If you are having problems due to Sudarshan Kriya please stop immediately. it can worsen your condition if you do not heed the warnings and continue. This practise not suitable for all. It took me almost six months to recover from my three month practise of kriya. I did not have a heart attack as some one was mentioning before. but very strong heart palpitations due to kriya. the doctors warned me that I might even get some of the heart valves damaged.
Be very careful when you practise hotch potch techniques like sudarshan kriya. The teachers themselves do not know how this sudarshan kriya works or do not work. Ask questions to them and do not take their silly answers like guru’s revelation or grace. Otherwise you will suffer like how i suffered.
Thanks to real yoga masters who helped me come out of this dangerous cult practise.
Can you confirm that the doctors told you the following: “SK is causing palpitations and palpitations(or SK directly) can damage your valves”
If he has, how did he reach on to that conclusion? Did he put you on a trademill/ECG while doing SK? If not, did you tell this to the doctor?
Did you ask him, what is the evidence for what he told you. Do you have any pre-existing heard condition or any other disease?
The heart palpitations started a week after I started doing the sudarshan kriya and unfortunately I never thought it was due to this practice and continued this practice. I never had any pre-existing conditions and being 24 years of age I have always been in good health. I later came to know that it was a direct result of doing this so called wonderful technique. The aol teacher had no clue about this always spoke some rubbish about cleansing and grace and negativity.
After three months of practice my health only worsened and became eractic. One day I fainted at work and was adviced bed rest. When I went through the treadmill/ECG my heart condition did not show any abnormality. The doctor who was very perceptive asked me about my work and other activities. When I told him about all and even the breathing practice that I do, he suggested maybe I should rethink and stop doing it. It was at that time I realized the actual causal relationship between sudarshan kriya and the heart palpitations. Whenever I stopped this practice for a couple of days the palpitations and discomfort in the heart area reduced.
I fortunately met some very good yoga teachers from the Bihar school of Yoga who made me understand the dangers of practicising improper Pranayama like how they teach in AOL. I was provided a tailored yoga sadhana routine which made me come back to normal and back in to good health. I was able to clearly see how my body got abused due to the AOL pranayama and kriya practice. And the other thing I clearly saw was how the AOL teachers were clueless, insenstive and even subtly abusive towards any one who do not corroborate their false claims of the benefits. I was also surprised to find in internet blogs that anyone who questions AOL gets abused by AOL trolls like yourself. When I first encountered this blog a few days ago I felt that I should share my experience in this post that more people become aware of these dangerous and help them deal with the suffering which can come to them due to AOL as it happened in my case.
Akshata – thank you very much for coming forward and sharing your story here. It seems you are far from alone and there are a lot of people who have had similar experiences to you who have suffered, in some cases quite badly, from practicing kriya.
And as you have already highlighted, whenever anyone complains about having negative experiences like yours, they are usually fed stories about “Guru’s Grace”, “cleansing” / “detoxing”, or abused by AoL teachers and hooligans the likes of Harshal. Basically, Art of Living followers are unable to accept that the technique has any harmful effects whatsoever.
You are absolutely right in that AoL teachers are completely clueless about what the technique actually does, and they have no idea as to what to do whenever things go wrong or people report negative effects, hence all the stock answers they tend to give.
They regard the technique as something sacred which was revealed to their Guru through divine, mystical insight from the highest authority, and hence don’t actually question it or even believe it has any harmful effects. This isn’t entirely their fault as it is actually what they have been conditioned to believe from all the various processes they have been through in Art of Living, most prominently those taught during DSN and TTC courses.
It is a good job that you actually sought medical advice in the matter and didn’t just listen to the teachers, and likewise that you actually got proper instruction from a well-established school of yoga such as Bihar which is highly respected in India and which actually tailors the practices to suit each individual. This is another one of many criticisms that we have already made about Sudarshan Kirya elsewhere on this blog.
To reiterate the point you made at the start of this post Akshata:
If you are having problems due to Sudarshan Kriya please stop immediately. it can worsen your condition if you do not heed the warnings and continue. This practise not suitable for all.
Whatever Art of Living is saying about this technique being suited to everybody, this clearly isn’t the case. If it works for you, then that’s great, but if it doesn’t, please consider your health first and foremost, listen to your body and consider stopping the practice and see if your condition improves.
Don’t let Art of Living teachers make you feel guilty about not doing it, that your karma is at fault or that you are cleansing or detoxing, and if it comes to it seek medical help in the matter as they will be able to advise you on what to do.