Stage Manipura Shuddhi

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The Sanskrit word shuddhi means 'purification'. Therefore, this technique can be called the

'manipura purification' in English. The method is as follows:

Take a comfortable sitting position.

Hold the back straight. Keep the eyes closed.

Breathe slowly and deeply.

Feel the contraction and expansion of the navel as you breathe in and out.

Feel as though you are breathing in and out at the navel (manipura kshetram).

Fix your whole attention at the navel.

Feel that the breath is being drawn from the manipura chakra trigger point in the spine through the navel and outwards as the abdomen expands during inhalation.

Feel that the breath is being pushed inwards through the navel to the manipura chakra in the spine as the abdomen contracts with exhalation.

Be attentive to this rhythmical process. Continue in this manner for at least 10 minutes.

Then combine the mantra Aum with the inhalation and exhalation of breath. You should still continue to feel the movement of breath inwards and outwards, but it must be now synchronized with Aum. Feel the breath and mantra piercing the navel (manipura kshetram) and the manipura chakra in the spine.

Continue in this manner for as long as you have time available. Be attentive.

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