Arohan and awarohan psychic passages

Bindu Chakra

In this kriya and a number of subsequent kriyas you will be required to move your awareness through two psychic passages called the arohan and the awarohan. The path of these passages is as follows Arohan is the ascending psychic passage which starts from the mooladhara chakra, travels forwards to the swadhisthana kshetram in the pubic area, then follows the curve of the belly to the manipura kshetram, upwards to the anahata kshetram and vishuddhi kshetram in the front of the throat, then in a...

Rotation through shambhavi khechari and mool

Shambhavi Mahamudra

Rotation of awareness through these centres must be done with retention of breath. A reasonably long retention is required in order to complete 12 rotations, therefore we suggest that beginners rotate their awareness through these centres 3 times. Gradually they can increase this by 1 rotation every week or so according to individual capacity, until they can do 12 rotations. Under no circumstances should you hold your breath for longer than is comfortable. In the practices of kriya yoga never...

Nyasa traditional yoga nidra

It is a practice in which specific mantras are 'placed' and felt at different parts of the body. It is the traditional form of yoga nidra used by yogis throughout the ages and still practised by almost all Hindus. Nyasa is described in various scriptures such as the Brihad Yoga Yajnavalkya Smriti and the Yogataravali, as well as many upanishadic and tantric texts. The Aruneyi Upanishad verse 5 advises all wandering sannyasins to practise nyasa at all times - to...

Meditation Anuloma Viloma and Prana Shuddhi

In the previous lesson we introduced you to a meditational technique which utilized awareness of the breath as a means for inducing relaxation, introversion and eventually we hope a meditative state1. In this topic we will develop the same theme by describing two methods called anuloma viloma and prana shuddhi, which also require breath awareness. Though anuloma viloma and prana shuddhi have different names and are often performed separately, they are ideally practised together, one following...

Meditation Chidakasha Dharana

Each of us at one time or another has looked at the sky and stars at night and felt an ineffable awe at the immensity of everything. Some feel an inexpressible joy while others feel a sense of complete insignificance compared to this infinite colossus called the cosmos. Some people may become a little depressed yet this is not necessary if each and everyone of us also looked inwards to the unfathomable depths of the internal cosmos of the mind. This inner universe is just as awesome,...

The right and left hand path of tantra

In tantra, much is said about the left hand path yama viarga and the right hand path dakshina marga . There are many misconceptions about these terms. It is often said that the left hand path is somehow decadent and immoral and the right hand path is preferable. This is a misunderstanding, because actually the left hand path is for those aspirants who are firmly established in spiritual life. It is the path for more advanced sadhakas and comes after they have trodden the right hand path. It is...

Limitation Of Chakrasana

Bend the legs and place the heels near the buttocks the feet should be about half a metre apart. Bend the arms and place the hands on the ground beside the back of the head the fingers should point towards the shoulders with the palms flat on the floor. Relax the whole body for a few seconds in preparation for performing the final pose. Then raise the head and trunk off the ground by straightening the legs and arms the feet and hands should not be moved. Try to arch the back as much as possible...

Shashankasana Benefits In Adrenaline

This asana increases the flexibility of the back and massages the abdominal organs. It gives many other similar benefits. In particular it influences the kidneys and the adrenal glands. The kidneys purify our blood. During bhujangasana they are compressed thereby removing stagnant blood. On resumption of the starting position the kidneys are irrigated with a fresh supply of blood. A massage of these important organs is normally difficult for they are comparatively inaccessible. Bhujangasana...

Kriya Yoga Nada Sanchalana

Ardha Padma Paschimottanasana 4 Ardha Matsyendrasana 4 Kriya Yoga Kriya 1 Vipareeta Karani Mudra 10 Surya Namaskara Shavasana Kriya Yoga Kriya 1 Vipareeta Karani Mudra Kriya 2 Chakra Anusandhana Kriya 3 Nada Sanchalana Kriya 4 Pawan Sanchalana Kriya 5 Shabda Sanchalana Kriya 6 Maha Mudra We have added 3 extra minutes onto the program so that surya namaskara can be included to loosen up the body in preparation for kriya yoga practice. Try to find the time to do some asanas, pranayama and...

Shanmukhi Mudra Technique

Shanmukhi Mudra

Hold the back straight. Close the eyes and keep them closed throughout the entire practice. Do khechari mudra. Exhale deeply. Bend the head forwards. Fix the awareness at mooladhara chakra. The first round begins here. Mentally pronounce the mantra 'mooladhara - mooladhara - mooladhara'. Then inhale with ujjayi pranayama letting your awareness ascend the frontal arohan passage. You should be aware of each centre in turn as follows swadhisthana, manipura, anahata,...

Meditation Kaya Sthairyam

In this lesson we have devoted a lot of our attention to the subject of meditation and meditational asanas. We have emphasized how important it is to be able to sit in one position without movement and without the distraction of the physical body. The first aim of medita-tional practice is to forget the body. However, the following practice, kaya sthairyam, seems to contradict this basic rule. During this technique one tries to be aware of the body to the exclusion of everything else. That is,...

Physical implications

Sushumna Arohan Awarohan

The ida and pingala operate on the physical level. Ida corresponds to the flow of breath through the left nostril, and pingala to the flow through the right nostril. These two flows of breath in turn are directly associated with the functioning of the sympathetic and para-sympathetic nervous systems, which regulate and maintain equilibrium of the different functions of the body. They are antagonistic if one predominates, the other is subordinate. One system tends to conserve energy while the...

How To Perform Mulasodhana

The Sanskrit word moola literally means 'base' or 'root'. In this context, it means anus and rectum. The word .shodhana means 'purification'. Therefore, moola shodhana can be translated as the practice which 'purifies the anus and rectum'. This technique has various other common names. It is called moola dhauti, which means anal cleansing'. It is also called ganesha kriya. Ganesha is the name of the plump elephant deity of India, and the word kriya means 'action'. Therefore, this name can be...

Composite chakra chart

To develop the capacity to internally visualize the chakras, it is worthwhile making a chart with all the chakra diagrams together. We suggest the following. Take all the chakra diagrams from the previous lessons, removing the white back-ground5. Carefully fix or glue them all on a long sheet of vivid yellow background paper, one above the other in the listed order, mooladhara at the bottom and sahasrara at the top. The size of the yellow sheet should be such that there is a thin border on all...