My study of eastern traditions was not merely
intellectual but involved experimenting with yogic and meditational practices. I began
practicing intense pranayama, mantra and meditation teachings in the summer of 1970. These
mainly came from the Kriya Yoga tradition, which I contacted in several ways. I found that
the techniques worked powerfully to create energy at a subtle level.
I could feel the prana moving through the nadis, with some experiences
of the chakras, and a general widening of consciousness beyond the ordinary sense of time
and space. Mantra practices had a particularly powerful effect upon me. I felt that I had
been some old Hindu yogi in a previous life, though in retrospect there was probably much
fantasy in my approach.
Another benefit from the pranayama was that it almost eliminated the
allergies that I had suffered from for years. It cleared and cleaned my nervous system. I
learned that yogic practices can heal both body and mind.