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The Origin of Orgasms


ORIGIN COLUMNIST | Kelly Morris


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ecently, I was interviewed by a very nice woman for an article regarding women orgasming while practicing asana.


Responses to my interview ranged from ‘That’s disgusting!” to “Oh great, more ways women can fail” to “Freaks.” The story spread to various news outlets and on the very day the article came out, a well- known TV producer called me wanting to know, among other things, if I would mind them filming my class in the hopes that someone would keel off her mat, moaning with delight.


There have been times when practicing asana when I experience what a regular person calls an orgasm. For advanced students, the confluence of breath, bandhas and an altruistic intention can create extraordinary pleasure in the body-mind continuum. I don’t start flailing about, searching for a headboard to bump my head on. Nor do I roll my eyes, call out, “Sweet Jesus!” and reach for the Häagen Dazs. But I do feel an all-pervasive, all-consuming pleasure that allows me to expand my identity to what feels like the outer reaches of the universe.


When “it” happens, I am in a deep, deep state of meditation. I am not really aware of the teacher or the instructions or the other students. I am deep inside myself, marshaling all my resources to help someone who is in pain. My intention is high and has nothing to do with myself. I am loving someone with my practice. When I am successful, I am loving so hugely that ‘Kelly’ disappears. This disappearance is called laya. Sought by spiritual aspirants, laya is a sacred dissolution process, a temporary annulment of the apocryphal division between myself and another. As


that all too common division dissolves, ecstasy naturally arises. This transformation also happens when you make regular civilian love. You and your lover vanish into each other, for a brief time. It feels like nothing else, it gives you reason to live, and it’s why you continually search for “the One” and why you yearn to become one with them.


What was once two becomes one. This is the very essence of yoga and that 30 second Holy Grail you hang your hat on is a small glimpse of what comes should you manage to pull off the goal of yoga. Then it’s bliss 24/7 and yes, it’s why His Holiness is always smiling and giggling. Wouldn’t you be?!


“There have been times when practicing asana when I experience what a regular person calls an orgasm.”


Yoga teachers talk a lot about “oneness,” “open your heart,” “love everyone.” That’s all a dinky Hallmark card until you actually DO it. How you “do it” in yoga is by making all your effort on behalf of someone other than yourself.


Any yogini worth her salt knows that applying your bandhas properly, breathing deeply and rhythmically while going deep within oneself can create specific responses in the body. Orgasm is one of them. The dharma says the karma to experience pleasure is kindness. It isn’t how well- endowed your boyfriends unit is, or how powerful your vibrator is, or whether you feel thin. It is much deeper. So where IS your pleasure coming from? Why do you


feel it sometimes and other times not at all? Why does the very thing he did last night not work tonight? The answer is that the pleasure isn’t coming from your attractiveness or your boyfriend’s perfect dick. It’s coming from YOU.


You were kind and loving and now that kindness and love are being returned to you. These are the inviolate laws of karma: you always get what you give, and never get what you don’t give. Experiencing pleasure in class is normal, right and good.


Founder of Conquering Lion Yoga, Kelly is an authentic lineage holder in the Gelukpa tradition of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. One of the original five senior Jivamukti instructors, Kelly has been named “Best of” by New York Magazine three years in a row and has been hailed in The New York Times and Yoga Journal as one of NYC’s foremost teachers. A close student of Geshe Michael Roach, Lama Christie McNally, Lama Kimberley Theresa, Lama Jack Brady, and White Lama, she now teaches sold-out classes, festivals and retreats worldwide, is on faculty at the Omega Institute & Kripalu, and founded the Vow Project and the highly acclaimed Conquering Lion Yoga Teacher Training Program. Kelly’s aim in life is simple: see a world free from all suffering. Why settle for anything less?


www.kellymorrisyoga.com


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