padma norbu wrote:I don't really understand the idea that it can't be learned from a video. If I took a class 1-on-1, I could easily imagine misunderstanding. You can learn kumbhaka in a single class.
Well, I guess it could be learnt from a video if they put Fabio's kumbhaka course on the video. Also, it's not a certainty you can really learn kumbhaka in a single class. You might not have an experience of it at all due to blockages in your breathing. In a class you learn how you can bring it about but then you need a lot of practice to be actually able to do it or if you were able to do it during class, a lot of practice to do it well. It's not like you come to a class and go "oh this is kumbhaka" and then you're just able to do it easily from then on. At least IMO.
The instructor is not the student and no way could the instructor know whether or not the student is really doing it correctly, especially if the student is shy or something.
He can check how you breathe.
padma norbu wrote: that an in-person instruction at a 1-day lesson is not necessarily any better than learning from a dvd.
Fabio's course takes three days, or five about 2.5 hour sessions if I remember right.
When I learn it, I'm going to come back here and speak freely on the subject.
In which case you will be breaking your samaya.
I have the Breathe DVD, by the way. It does not explain kumbhaka. It also seems to be quite a long routine, very slow and gentle. Not something I can see myself ever doing.
There is also a short routine (20 minutes I think). But if you can't dedicate at least this much daily then perhaps better you forget about kumbhaka.