It was almost at that time that I started practicing Nauliyoga on regular basis. I had learned the exercise from a teacher in India while I was still in my teens, but I never took the exercise seriously at that point of time.
Some people tried to dissuade me from doing Nauli because there are several misconceptions about this exercise. It is surprising that even today Nauli is a relatively lesser known exercise in Hatha Yoga. I am glad that I ignored what the people had said, and listened only to my body which felt very good after doing Nauli.
Back in India, I was working as a teacher of English in a college. I have a doctoral degree in English from a renowned Indian university. The degree has also been acknowledged in Switzerland.
I continued working as a teacher of English after coming to Switzerland. I also started studying again. First I earned the HLA (Höheres Lehramt) diploma for teaching English in Swiss gymnasiums. Nauli remained an integral part of my daily routine. Almost imperceptibly, my strength and stamina kept increasing.
In 2006 I started studying medicine. Despite the difficult study in a difficult language, I had the concentration and the energy to remain focussed. It was during this study that I actually started understanding the real nature of Nauli.
The study made it clear to me what effects Nauli could be having on my body. I understood that the exercise was not merely meant to improve digestion function or to relieve from constipation. It could be having a much more far reaching effect on almost all organ systems of my body. For example, it was inducing the formation of new micro capillaries, cleaning blood vessels of plaque, strengthening the heart, improving the circulation of cerebrospinal fluid in brain, harmonising the endocrine function, and calming down unspecified fears. Nauli was actually waking up the very core of my being. By regulating and activating the inherent regenerative mechanisms of the body, it was increasing the vitality in my body and slowing down the aging process. Hence I have this unexplainable, wonderful feeling of youthful energy, happiness and sublime peace!
So it was during the medicine study that I dreamt of becoming a Nauli teacher in Switzerland. I started making notes and collecting materials for writing a modern interpretation of the effects of this ancient exercise. Now I am putting my observations together in the form of an essay on this website.
I completed the first two years of the medicine study. Once again there was a change in my life.
I am now writing a book and also aiming to be trained as an Iyengar Yoga teacher.
I am writing these lines to invite you to share the wonderful experience of Nauliyoga with me, in addition to learning Hathyoga from me, in the tradition of Sh. BKS Iyengar. I am pleased to start the first Nauliyoga School of Switzerland, in the hope that you will benefit from the ancient exercise, and discover why Nauli is called ‘the crown of all Hatha yoga techniques’.