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[Full post] "Because We Can" is Not a Good Reason

I wrote this post a few months ago. Stumbled on this subreddit and thought it might be of interest to some here. tl;dr is that the kind of people who start startups tend to have trouble with the very thing that is most critical to their success: maintaining focus.
The original version can be found on our company blog.

"Because We Can" is Not a Good Reason

The two business books that have most influenced me are Geoffrey Moore’s Crossing the Chasm and Andy Grove’s Only the Paranoid Survive. Grove’s book explains that, for long-term success, established businesses must periodically navigate “strategic inflection points”, moments when a paradigm shift forces them to adopt a new strategy or fade into irrelevance. Moore’s book could be seen as a prequel, outlining strategies for nascent companies to break through and become established themselves.
The key idea of Crossing the Chasm is that technology startups must focus ruthlessly in order to make the jump from early adopters (who will use new products just because they are cool and different) into the mainstream. Moore presents a detailed strategy for marketing discontinuous hi-tech products, but to my mind his broad message is relevant to any company founder. You have a better chance of succeeding if you restrict the scope of your ambitions to the absolute minimum, create a viable business and then grow it from there.
This seems obvious: to compete with companies who have far more resources, a newcomer needs to target a niche where it can fight on an even footing with the big boys (and defeat them with its snazzy new technology). Taking on too much means that financial investment, engineering talent and, worst of all, management attention are diluted by spreading them across multiple projects.
So why do founders consistently jeopardize their prospects by trying to do too much? Let me count the ways.
In my experience the most common issue is an inability to pass up a promising opportunity. The same kind of person who starts their own company tends to be a go-getter with a bias towards action, so they never want to waste a good idea. In the very early stages this is great. Creativity is all about trying as many ideas as possible and seeing what sticks. But once you’ve committed to something that you believe in, taking more bets doesn’t increase your chances of success, it radically decreases them.
Another mistake is not recognizing quickly enough that a project has failed. Failure is rarely total. Every product will have a core group of passionate users or a flashy demo or some unique technology that should be worth something, dammit! The temptation is to let the project drag on even as you move on. Better to take a deep breath and kill it off so you can concentrate on your new challenges, rather than letting it weigh you down for months or years… until you inevitably cancel it anyway.
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Part 7 - Advanced Sexual Sublimation

Hey fellas! Took a nice little break from the interwebz, but now it’s time to get back to the good stuff.
As a quick aside, I wrote a whole post and put it up a couple days ago explaining why I focus so much on yoga and Eastern spiritual sciences, but the mods decided to not let it go through. In retrospect, that’s prob for the best - it was more theoretical and less practical. If anyone is curious as to why I choose to focus on these topics or are sick of hearing about yoga, the post can be found here.

Sexual Sublimation Recap

If you haven’t read them already, be sure to check out Part 2 - Cultivation and Sublimation Basics as well as Part 3 - Strengthening Your Aura and Personal Magnetism, as this post builds upon the ideas and practices in those posts.
As a quick recap - when we practice semen retention, we begin building up sexual energy. This energy is known as Jing within Traditional Chinese Medicine/Taoism and Ojas within Ayurveda/yoga. What you call it isn’t important. This sexual energy can then be sublimated into Qi/Prana, the bioelectrical energy within, around and emanating from the nervous system and body. Qi/Prana can be sublimated further still into Shen/Tejas, a refined spiritual energy that helps us progress on the spiritual path.
The majority of us are likely only interested in (at the moment at least) cultivating our sexual energy and sublimating it into Qi/Prana, the energy needed to become a human dynamo, to be unruffled by the chaos around us, to see our goals clearly and accomplish them swiftly. So that is where the focus lies, for now.
The quickest and most powerful way of doing so is via certain yogic practices (and special herbs) that have been perfected over millennia for this very purpose.
In the previous posts we’ve covered a basic yoga routine, which massages, tones and regulates our endocrine system, the system of glands that control our hormones. This helps to liberate some of our Jing, which is closely tied to hormones, so that we may begin to better sublimate it.
Certain breathing exercises strengthen and purify the nervous system, allowing it to absorb, store and handle higher Pranic loads. This increases the size and strength of our auras. Through certain meditations we are able to make this aura all the more attractive to others. Remember, once you begin the practice of semen retention, and especially when paired with yoga and pranayama, you begin to powerfully broadcast your internal state out into your aura, which can extend up to fifteen feet in some individuals. We want to make sure we’re broadcasting positive emotions, not fear, a sense of lacking, or a sense of desperate craving.
Go back and reread those previous posts for a refresher on this topic if need be.

A Quick Warning

This will be my last post on advanced sublimation, even though we’re really just getting started with these techniques, though an ebook is in the works. I shit you not when I say these practices are beyond powerful - feel free to google “kundalini syndrome” and “dark night of the soul” to understand where they can lead you if you are not prepared.
You really need to lay a solid basis for these techniques - practice must be regular, diet must be dialed in, and you need to be in a state of relative peace in your life. If not, best case scenario is these practices won't do much. Worst case scenario, they can really unhinge you. These are powerful psychosomatic and spiritual techniques that have the potential to fuck your shit up if you aren’t patient and careful. It took the better part of a year for me to reintegrate after practicing some of these techniques too quickly.
If you have a history of mental instability, refrain from all but the most basic of these practices.
Even if you are careful, and even if you are learning these techniques under a qualified and experienced teacher (which I am not), you could still have very uncomfortable results.
On the other hand, if done properly and with patience, chances are high that they will lead to a positive radical transformation of worldview, as well as states of extreme bliss. Treat these practices with respect, and don’t try to jump right in to the higher practices. Go back and reread Part 2, and make sure you’ve mastered those techniques and you’re comfortable with everything there. Then move on to Part 3.
Don’t rush these practices!

A Quick Word on Chakras

Sexual energy is able to be sublimated into Prana or Qi - a bioelectric energy that flows all throughout the body. Whether you’d like to believe this is just the electromagnetic energy flowing through the nerves, or believe that it also entails a spiritual energy that is largely undiscovered by modern science doesn’t really matter. We’re concerned with what is practical, not with diving deep into semantics.
In yogic language, this energy flows through channels, or nadis. The main and most important channel is called sushumna - it runs right up the spine, from the root chakra in the perineum all the way up and out the crown of the head. From this main channel branch out all of the thousands of smaller channels which direct prana to every cell in the body. It is through this central channel that we aim to circulate our sexual energy into, that it may feed the rest of the body and brain.
Along this channel are 7 chakras, which are centers, vortices or loci where the Prana gathers and collects. They act as transformers of sorts, and each chakra has corresponding mental aspects and “powers” associated with it. By fully awakening certain chakras, you are able to attain these powers, as well as to harmonize the mental aspects attributed to each chakra.
All of that is beyond the scope of this post - what we are concerned with is accumulating sexual energy, which happens in the first and second chakras, and sublimating it upward through the main central channel, sushumna, so that it is able to freely circulate all throughout the body/mind complex.
However, we do need a brief introduction to some important chakras, most of which will be utilized in these practices.
The first chakra, muladhara, translates to “root/basis”, and as such, it is the chakra associated with our most basic, subconscious desire to exist, to live. This chakra is important for us because it is the “trigger point” for moving energy up sushumna, the central channel. It is located in the perineum, right at the prostate.
The second, svadisthana, translates roughly as “one’s own abode”. Whereas the first chakra is more concerned with survival, the second is more concerned with the ego, with “you” as an individual, and your place in the world. It is also in control of sexual desires and urges. Clearly this is one chakra we really want to purify and awaken, so as to purify and gain control of our sexual desires. Its location is at the coccyx, the very base of the spine, and is in control of the genitals and testicles.
The third chakra, manipura, translates to “city of jewels”. How poetic, right? This chakra is important to us because it is the storehouse of all of the body’s prana. It is also the seat of one’s personal power and authority. Not surprisingly, it is the chakra tied to the solar plexus and the adrenals, both of which have major implications for our energy levels. It is located in the spine, behind the navel.
Anahata, which translates to “unstruck sound”, is the heart chakra. It’s related to feelings of love, compassion, and generosity, as well as feeling calm and at peace. The location is in the spine behind the heart, and is tied to the heart, lungs and thymus gland.
Vishuddhi is the throat chakra, located in the spinal column behind the pit of the throat. It is a center of purification, and relates to powers of speech and communication. It correlates to the thyroid and parathyroid glands.
Ajna means “command” and is what is commonly called the Third Eye. It is located at the top of the spinal cord, right where the pineal gland is in the brain. This chakra, when fully purified and opened, is the seat of psychic powers. It is also the "master chakra" (hence its name meaning command), and as such, when trying to awaken the chakras, you start here.
Ajna may be difficult to feel until you begin to really build up Prana and have sensitized yourself to it, so you can also use the spot on the forehead, slightly above and between the two eyebrows, as a center of focus. This is why some Hindus have a red dot right there - it’s a means to have a constant, slight stimulation to this spot.
The final chakra is sahasrara, which means “one thousand”. It is at the very crown of the head and corresponds to the pituitary gland.
If you think chakras are all a bunch of Eastern mumbo jumbo, that’s your prerogative. Realize that these chakras relate to very important endocrine glands, organs and huge bundles of nerves, so just think of it that way. Again, we’re not here to get into an esoteric debate, we’re only concerned with what works for retention and sublimation.

Siddhasana

This is a very simple but powerful practice. Siddha means “accomplished/perfected one”, and asana simply means seat or posture. Therefore, this is the seated posture of an accomplished yogi, of an adept.
You simply sit in half-lotus position, but with the heel of one foot under the perineum, right under the prostate, with the other food on top of the opposite legs calf, knee or thigh. You will probably want to sit with your butt on a pillow or cushion and the knees on the floor - the tilting of the pelvis forward is much more comfortable. This causes the heel to press up on muladhara, the base chakra, where kundalini and sexual energy are stored.
This extremely simple practice helps push your sexual energy upward. Simply by sitting in this manner, you start to sublimate sexual energy upwards, liberating it into Prana that can be used all throughout the body and mind.
This is also the same spot you can press up on while having sex to prevent ejaculation. Is it awkward? Yes. Does it work? Also yes. More advanced practitioners are able to contract this spot without the hands, making for a much less awkward sexy time - to be covered in an upcoming post.
This should be your new position when doing breath work and meditating. I’d alternate which foot you have tucked under yourself each time you do pranayama/meditation. It may be a bit uncomfortable depending on your flexibility, but try your best to practice it until you can make it through 10-20 minutes of breathwork and meditation. If your knees just refuse to bend that far, you can wad up a couple socks or something similar to exert a pressure on the same spot.
Do not make this your new method of sitting 24/7, only use it when doing energy work. You want the bioelectric energy flowing normally in everyday life, plus it could potentially do some damage to the prostate. No bueno.

Vipareeta Karani Mudra

If you think way back to Part 2 - Cultivation and Sublimation Basics, you’ll remember me mentioning how important the shoulder stand is for higher sublimation techniques. Well, the time has come to explore the more advanced side of this practice.
As I’ve stated before, the asanas you see everyone doing are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to yoga - there are many, many other aspects that don’t get public attention, that are just as powerful if not more so. One such practice is that of mudras, which translates to “gesture” or “seal”. If you’ve ever seen someone meditating and they have their hands and fingers in odd configurations, that’s a mudra.
With asanas we begin to liberate this energy within, and with pranayama we begin to increase and control the distribution of prana within ourselves - mudras are a way of redirecting this prana to serve certain purposes. They are one of a few direct methods to powerfully control and redirect the movement of bioelectric energy within our human organism.
To understand the importance of this particular mudra, we have to dive a bit into a largely unknown chakra - bindu.
According to Kundalini Tantra,
“The word bindu means ‘drop’ or ‘point’. It is more widely termed bindu visarga, which literally means ‘falling of the drop’. Bindu is represented by the crescent moon and a white drop, which is the nectar dripping down to vishuddhi chakra..
The bindu is the cosmic seed from which all things manifest and grow. It is often related to male sperm because from the tiny bindu of a single spermatozoa, joined with the minute female ovum, a new life grows. In fact, bindu is explained in these terms in many of the texts of tantric kundalini yoga.”
Later in the book it is stated,
“There is a very close relationship between svadhisthana chakra and bindu. This is because bindu is the point where the primal sound of creation first manifests. It is the point of origin of individuality, and svadhisthana is the source of the impetus towards reproduction and sexual function… Sperm and menses are the material distillates of the drop of ambrosial nectar which emerges from bindu.”
Our goal, therefore, is to return this “ambrosial nectar” back to bindu, to conserve it. When we get to talking about Tantra in an upcoming post, you will see the more explicit connection between sexual energy, sperm, “ambrosial nectar”, and bindu chakra. Bindu chakra has a strong connection with vishuddhi, the throat chakra, and svadisthana, the chakra in charge of your sense of self and sexual desire. The ambrosial nectar is also burnt up in manipura chakra in order to go about our daily lives - just as Jing is slowly burnt up in daily living...
Vipareeta karani simply means “inverted one”. Through this practice, one learns how to reverse the flow of prana, and specifically the “ambrosia”, that drops down from bindu and is burnt up in manipura chakra. Again, this ambrosia will be discussed in more detail in a later post.
Vipareeta karani mudra
  1. Assume a shoulder stand, but leave the upper back in contact with the floor, with your hands supporting your lower back/butt. There should be less pressure on the neck, but keep your legs upright.
  2. Get your balance, and begin breathing with ujjayi pranayama by lightly contracting the glottis in the throat. It should sound like you’re lightly snoring.
  3. Close the eyes. On the next inhale, imagine that you’re sucking hot “ambrosia” from manipura chakra up to vishuddhi. During one long inhale, draw this ambrosia up to vishuddhi, where it begins to cool off.
  4. Pause here for a second or two, allowing the nectar to fully cool.
  5. As you exhale with ujjayi, shoot this nectar up into ajna chakra, and then back towards bindu, where, fully cooled, it collects.
  6. At the end of your exhalation, jump your awareness back to manipura and repeat the process of drawing hot nectar up the spine to the throat chakra, where it cools off, and then gets directed up to ajna and then bindu. Repeat 5 times, increasing by one round each week if your practice is consistent, up to 10 rounds total. More is not better.
Ajna chakra is located in the center of the head, between the two eyes, but back between the ears. With time you’ll become sensitized to its location. Bindu is a bit trickier - the back of the head, about two inches or so down from the crown of the head. You can google “sikha hair” to get an idea of where it is located, as some Hindus shave their head except for a tuft of hair at bindu, in an attempt to sensitize themselves to its location.
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This practice should be done at the end of your asana practice, and should act as a sort of bridge into your pranayama and meditations. In fact, it is the beginning of a series of practices used to induce pratyahara, or withdrawal of the senses inward in preparation for meditation. It purifies and strengthens bindu, vishuddhi and manipura chakras, and is quite the powerful practice.

Vipareeta Karani

Bhastrika with Kumbhaka and Bandhas

Back in Part 3 - Strengthening Your Aura and Personal Magnetism, we learned about bhastrika pranayama, the bellows breath. Bhastrika is a powerful pranayama for increasing the total energy within the nervous system as well as within the aura. Reread that post if you need a refresher on how these practices increase the strength and size of the aura. Today we’ll learn how to store this energy after increasing it.
This practice is one of the most powerful things I do in my yoga routine. If done consistently I feel like I’m unstoppable, with endless energy and drive to get shit done, and with confidence to meet any challenge. Semen retention and bhastrika were made for one another.
Remember, manipura chakra is the storehouse of Prana and is the seat of your personal power - fully awakening this chakra will make you damn near unstoppable. Consistency and long-term practice is essential in all things yoga, and this is no different, so keep at it.
Kumbhaka simply means to hold the breath, whether you hold the breath with lungs full or with lungs empty. Bandhas translate as “lock” - whereas a mudra completes a circuit to redirect prana in various ways, bandhas create a lock that blocks off energy from certain areas, trapping Prana into certain chakras. The physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits of kumbhaka and bandhas are innumerable and worthy of their own posts, but we are concerned with one thing today - storing up all the energy we create through the bellows breath. In Part 3 I recommended holding the breath for 5-10 seconds after each round, so technically it did include a slight breath retention.
Through bhastrika we are able to quickly raise our energy levels many times over, but the energy we generate is to be used immediately - it dissipates throughout the day. With kumbhaka, and especially with the addition of bandhas, we are able to generate Prana and store it for later use, to be drawn upon any time we need it.
Bhastrika with Kumbhaka and Bandhas
  1. Sit in siddhasana and practice bhastrika as before - 20-30 semi-fast inhalations and exhalations, coming from the belly, not the chest. After your 20-30 breaths, exhale completely, slowly inhale to about 85% capacity, and hold the breath inside for 5 seconds. Do 2-3 rounds as warm up, with 15-30 seconds in between rounds to return to baseline.
  2. You aren’t trying to do full inhalations and exhalations, but closer to maybe 60% right now. So you aren't trying to completely empty or fill the lungs with each breath, but just to use the belly and diaphragm as a pump, to quickly pump air (and Prana) in and out of the lungs.
  3. This next round, do bhastrika as normal. After your 20-30 breaths, exhale the lungs completely. Inhale up to 85-90% fullness, but bring your chin down to the pit in your throat, compressing your neck. Try to touch the chin to the top of the collarbone, or close to it. It should be done firmly, but there should be no signs of straining. Press down on the knees slightly, hunching the shoulders up and forward.
  4. Visualize all the prana that you’ve built up through the bellows breath now being stored in manipura chakra, in the spine behind the navel. Visualize the chakra itself, or just a glowing reddish/orange ball that grows brighter the longer you hold your breath.
  5. You will be able to hold your breath longer than usual. In the beginning it’s advisable to stop long before signs of discomfort or lightheadedness. More is not necessarily better here - anywhere in the range of 20-50 seconds, depending on your natural ability.
  6. As you begin to feel the faintest urge to breathe, release the throat lock first, returning the head to its normal, upright position. Give a slight inhale before beginning a slow, controlled exhale. Always return the head to its original position before the inhale!
  7. Rest 30-60 seconds before completing another round. Start with only three rounds total. If you’re diligent with the practice, after a month, you can move it up to 4 rounds, then 5 after another month. 5 is more than sufficient and should only be practiced if you’ve remained diligent in your routine. I rarely do more than 5 rounds.
Dropping the chin into the pit of the throat is called jalandhara bandha. Jala means “net” or “web”, while dhara means “holding”. It is called such because it acts to compress the bundle of nerves (“web” or “net” of nerves) in the neck.
Swami Satyananda Saraswati states,
"An alternative definition is that jal means 'water'. Jalandhara bandha is therefore the throat lock which holds the nectar or fluid flowing down to vishuddhi from Bindu, and prevents it from falling into the digestive fire (manipura). In this way, Prana is conserved."
By performing this energy lock, you effectively cut off prana from moving upwards into the head and beyond. By sitting in siddhasana, you reverse the downward flow of prana in the abdomen, making it meet the energy that is now flowing downward from jalandhara bandha. They meet at manipura, where it is then stored.
From Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha -
“The full form of jalandhara bandha compresses the carotid sinuses, which are located on the carotid arteries, the main arteries in the neck. These sinuses help to regulate the circulatory and respiratory systems. Normally, a decrease in oxygen and increase in carbon dioxide in the body leads to an increased heart rate and heavier breathing. This process is initiated by the carotid sinuses. By exerting pressure on these sinuses, this tendency is prevented, allowing for decreased heart rate and increased breath retention.”
How yogis figured this shit out thousands of years ago, I have no idea.
Another thing that occurs through this process is that the throat compression cuts off or dampens some of the electrical signals trying to reach the brain. As you hold the lock, these signals build up, and once the lock is released, these signals are able to explode up into the brain. This has the effect of “lighting up” the brain, increasing overall activity, while simultaneously the body is calmed via the breath retention and the throat lock.
This practice further purifies and awakens vishuddhi and manipura chakras. It rouses the sexual energy via siddhasana and the bellows breath “fans the flames”, igniting it into Prana, which is then stored up. Powerful stuff.

Nadi Shodhana w/ Kumbhaka

Nadi Shodhana is alternate nostril breathing, and in Part 3 our aim was to extend the exhale to twice the length of the inhale. Inhaling corresponds with the sympathetic nervous system, which is our fight-or-flight response, while exhaling corresponds with our parasympathetic nervous system, our rest-and-digest response. Therefore, by doubling our exhalation, we induce a profound sense of peace within, as we switch the body over into parasympathetic dominance.
Again, there is no rush in this practice, nor any of them. You should be doing whatever is comfortable. If an inhalation for a count of 4 and exhalation of 8 leaves you out of breath after a couple rounds, you need to drop it down to 4:7 or even 3:6, and slowly work your way up.
If you’re able to comfortably sustain a 1:2 ratio for alternate nostril breathing, it’s time to add kumbhaka here as well. Perform an internal breath retention for one or two seconds. So close off the right nostril, inhaling through the left for 3-6 seconds. Close the left nostril and retain the breath inside for a second or two. Then begin a slow, controlled exhale out of the right nostril for double the length of the inhale. Immediately begin inhaling through the right nostril, hold for a second or two, and let a slow, controlled exhale out of the left nostril.
If you can comfortably complete 10 rounds with a 2 second breath hold, bump that number up to 3. Once you’re able to do 1:1:2, stop and maintain it there. That would be an inhale of 4 seconds, hold of 4 seconds, and exhale of 8, before immediately repeating the cycle.
Something I haven’t discussed yet is how the two channels that criss cross the central channel and pierce each chakra, ida and pingala, not only correspond to the left and right hemispheres of the brain, but also to yin and yang within the body. This practice will help to balance both yin and yang energies within the body - the channel starting in the left nostril, ida, is yin, while the channel in the right nostril, pingala, is yang. Remember, this is one of the most powerful practices to open up the central channel for sexual energy and Prana to flow freely throughout the body. It also helps to purify and awaken all of the energy channels and chakras - it does it all.
More info on alternate nostril breathing can be found here for those curious - it’s a great read.

Sample Routine

Overall, this is a very short yoga sadhana, or practice. Depending on how invested you are in becoming a sexual energy sublimating badass, this shouldn’t take more than half an hour. However, feel free to explore more postures and breathing techniques - there sure is a lot to play around with.
Copied straight from Part 2 -
  • 2 full rounds of surya namaskara - sun salutations. Note that 1 full round is really two half-rounds - the first half you take your right foot back first, the second half you take your left foot back, and that completes one round
  • 1-2 minutes half-paschimottanasana - this is literally the one-legged sit-and-reach we did in gym class growing up. 30-60 seconds to the right side first, then with the left leg
  • 30 seconds dhanurasana - bow pose
  • 30 seconds bhujangasana - cobra pose. I like to look over my right shoulder, hold for a few seconds, go down to starting position, then arch the back up again and look over the left shoulder for a few seconds. This gives an enhanced massage to the kidneys and adrenals.
  • 60 seconds ardha matsyendrasana - 30 seconds to the right, 30 to the left
  1. After the physical postures, begin vipareeta karani mudra. 5 to 10 rounds.
  2. At this point, you can do either bhastrika, spinal breathing, alternate nostril breathing, or some combination. You can also split it up, and do one or two pranayamas in the morning, and one or two at night. Don’t do bhastrika too close to bedtime, it will probs keep you awake.
  3. After these practices, your mind should be thoroughly calm yet alert, so this is the perfect time to meditate, even if only for 5 minutes. Metta meditation is great if you wanna feel good and really saturate your aura with positivity, but really, whatever meditation you prefer is what you should be doing. I list some other kinds in Part 5.

Parting Words

Remember, these are extremely powerful practices. You may think you’re just hyperventilating and holding your breath, or visualizing some mumbo jumbo, but it goes far beyond that. Be consistent with your practice, or it won’t bear fruit. Be patient. Do not rush things!
It’s actually pretty irresponsible of me to be telling a bunch of internet strangers some of these techniques. It took me a year of grounding and readjusting after diving in too deep in the beginning, and frankly, I got off easy. It’s taken me the better part of a decade to really develop and hone this system for myself, but I feel the need to share it with you brothers. These techniques are too powerful and useful to not be sharing.
If you guys just can't get into yoga or the more esoteric side of semen retention, that's fine too. The practice of retaining alone is a powerful thing, especially combined with other forms of self-improvement. This internal alchemy stuff isn't for everyone, and that's cool.
I can’t stress consistency and patience enough. Take your time and build a solid foundation on which to work with, and remember the context with which these practices were originally intended - to bring about powerful, transformative experiences.

Further Reading

Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha by Swami Satyananda Saraswati
Prana and Pranayama by Swami Nirajanananda Saraswati
Be Here Now by Ram Das/Richard Alpert
It’s Here Now, Are You? by Bhagavan Das - can’t recommend this one enough, everyone with the slightest interest in yoga or anything esoteric should read this, or anyone into crazy autobiographies. It reads like the autobiography of a spiritual rockstar, and is a great follow up to Be Here Now
45 years of the Yoga Magazine (the same publication that makes all of the books I pull this material from) can be found here for free. It's indexed by year and you can easily search specific terms like "Brahmacharya" or "Tantra".
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