Three Questions About Yogananda’s Energization Exercises


Hello divine yogis! 1) My sincere appreciation to Barbara Bingham for the energization exercises lesson. In the fencing exercise, Swamiji tells us to move the arm in 'cross' manner, but there was no such instruction in Barbara’s video. 2) Should meditation be done right after the exercises or can it wait? 3) How should I feel the energy flow? Thank you!

—Kailash, India


Dear Kailash,

  1. I’m not sure what you are asking about “cross,” so I’ll describe the fencing exercise: One arm comes directly forward, with the hand in a fist and the knuckles at about a 45-degree angle to the ground. That entire side of the body is tensed, and the back heel stays on the floor. At the same time, the opposite leg steps forward. Double exhale as you come forward, and double inhale back to the starting position.

  2. Ideally, meditate right after Energization; then you have the most energy for deeper meditation. If that’s not possible—for example, you are driving to a group meditation that will not include Energization—then energize before you drive; the effects will last for a while.

  3. It takes practice to feel the energy flow. In the beginning, simply try to feel the energy in the center of the body part you’re tensing. (In the relaxation phase, it may be easier to feel energy since it is no longer mixed with the feeling of physical tension.) As that becomes familiar, learn to feel the energy coming into the body part. And once that is familiar, learn to feel the energy coming in through the medulla oblongata and flowing to the body part.