Heat as a Result of Meditation

Question

Despite of taking bath I feel a lot of heat in my body all the time. When I started meditation 5 months ago it was normal but now I feel my body warm all the day and night. Can you help me in this regard?

—Baba, Morocco

Answer

Dear Baba,

Since I don’t know what meditation technique you are practicing, I can answer your question in general.

Some meditation techniques can generate heat in the body, as the energy moves in the body. There are also heating breathing techniques.

Whatever you are doing, you need to slow down the intensity of your practice. Make sure that you are not straining.

Before you begin your meditation practice, you can try practicing a cooling breathing technique: Chandra Beda pranayama.

In this technique, you inhale through the left nostril and exhale through the right nostril. You can use the equal count breathing. You inhale through the left nostril counting 6, close both nostrils and hold 6, then open the right nostril and exhale 6. Repeat 4-6 times. You can choose different count, but keep it the same for inhale, hold and exhale.

If this doesn’t help, you might want to stop practicing the meditation technique that you are using, and see if your body temperature is back to normal.

Another cooling breathing technique is Sitkari pranayama, that helps to cool the nervous system and emotions. Here is a video that guide you through it:

Sitkari Pranayama

If this doesn’t help, you might want to stop practicing the meditation technique that you are using, and see if your body temperature is back to normal.

Here is a meditation technique that we use at Ananda, to attain peace:

https://www.ananda.org/meditation/how-to-meditate/

Blessings on your practice,
Nayaswami Diksha