I have recently come back to Bound Lotus after experimenting with it on and off for years. I had stopped in the past because the practice would hurt my knee. This time around I approached things differently. I began by going to the Bound Lotus website and watched the video that Mahan has posted there. She emphasized that she uses a pillow under the knee that is on top. I tried that and it has made all the difference in the world. I also gave myself permission to not get into the full posture until I was ready. I even went so far as to give myself permission to never get into the full posture if it was too much stress on my body.
With these allowances I began my practice very slowly and gently. I started off at 3 minutes per side and have progressed up to 15 minutes total. I use many pillows as I need them as every given day presents a different opportunity to practice patience. I make sure to warm up thoroughly before I even attempt the posture. My experience this time around has been profound.
I began this practice again because I was experiencing a lot of physical, emotional and spiritual pain. Bound Lotus has always been able to bring me to a place of stillness that I have not been able to reach with other meditations. I knew that in the stillness I would find guidance.
Each day of practice has brought a new piece of information for my healing. My first message suggested I look at Candida Albicans as a source of my physical symptoms. I started a candida cleanse and that brought me to a heavy metal cleanse as well. The first 20 days were excruciating with all the detoxing that my body was experiencing. Once I came out the other side of the detox I started to feel better than I have in years.
In the past few days my knee has started to act up again and I am back down to 3 minutes per side. I have even had to use a chair to rest my head on instead of pillows. It is my hope to continue on with this practice. If I am unable to due to physical limitations I am at least grateful for the experiences I have had in these past 40 days.