Dronma wrote:There is no mass level of "our" practice. Someone can talk only about himself/herself.
My teacher suggests to male practitioners who aspire to practice liberation through sensation that they should never loose their pure essence (sperm).
And as far as I know, he is not the only teacher who is giving this advice.
However, who is capable to follow his advice and who is not, is a totally different story...
And the way that this is understood, is explained a little differently in say Kalachakra versus Dzogchen for example.
But as you know, it would probably be inappropriate to go into details about that here.
And as you also know is why it is best to have a qualified Teacher(s) of whom to ask these types of questions and learn from.
For practicing Yantra Yoga it is necessary to follow a course with an authorized instructor. For people without any experience, it is not so easy to understand everything while watching the DVDs or reading the books. Those materials (books and DVDs) are very useful as reminders. There are many little details which are crucial for the correct practice. Especially the Pranayamas need the help and oral explanation of experienced instructors.
Dronma wrote:It is true that some of the books and DVDs about Yantra Yoga are in the public section of SSI webstore. However, it is necessary for someone to have received in advance, at least, the Guruyoga Transmission from Rinpoche, in order to practice the Pranayamas and the advanced Yantras. Only the preliminary practices are open to all. This I know from Laura Evangelisti during a Yantra Yoga course I followed personally.
I have Yantra Yoga: The Tibetan Yoga of Movement, am I able to practice this without transmission?
Laura told us that even for the first Pranayama is required the Ati Guruyoga Transmission from Rinpoche.
For further questions, please contact the principal YY instructors Fabio and Laura.
PS. There is the DVD "BREATHE: THE PERFECT HARMONY" which is very good for balancing the energy, and it does not require any transmission:
Which means that it is okay to practice without Transmission anything in the book quoted from here (i.e. the new book The Art and Practice of Yantra Yoga
). This book does not contain everything mind you (only the Open Level of Yantra Yoga as the Chögyal wrote), but it is very detailed in what it does contain, and is a very good & worthwhile start.
Also, I don't see why the basic Rhythmic Breathing (not the full Four Profound Applications) practice from the public DVD's wouldn't be okay to practice without Transmission.
Of course every authentic book or media on Yantra Yoga mentions somewhere that one should receive Transmission and Instructions in order to have the full benefits of Yantra Yoga and to be able to practice everything within It.