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In conclusion, pive sets of yantras arc combined with the method of the Four Characteristic Conditions of the Breath, which emphasizes the open hold; five sets of yantras are combined with the method of the Four Profound Applications, which emphasizes the directed hold; five sets of yantras are combined with the Secret Breathing for Directing the Prana into the Central Channel, which emphasizes the closed hold; five sets of yantras are combined with the method of the Smooth Breathing with Seven "i^rTTi ^^ which emphasizes the contracted hold; five sets of yantras are combined with the method of the Rough Breathing with Six Applications, which emphasizes the empty hold. Each of the five sets of yantras of the five series comprises three phases: initial, central and final.

Thus, as regards the initial phase of the five series, each with five movements: in the open hold of the first series; in the open hold and the contracted hold of the second series; in the open hold of the third series; in the open hold and the directed hold of the fourth series; in the closed hold, the contracted hold and the empty hold of the fifth series: kneeling, inhale extending your arms over your head.

In Arching like a Camel for open hold, first yantra of the first series; in Arching like a Snake for open hold, first yantra of the second series; in Stretching like a Dog for contracted hold, fourth yantra of the second series; in "the Bow Pose for open hold, first yantra of the third series; in the Locust Pose for open hold, first yantra of the fourth series; in the Dove Pose for directed hold, second yantra of the fourth series; in the Sword Pose for closed hold, third yantra of the fifth series; in the Frog

Pose for contracted hold, fourth yantra of the fifth series; in the Peacock Pose for empty hold, fifth yantra of the fifth series: in the initial phase, sitting on your heels inhale in four counts extending your arms over your head.

In the directed held, the closed hold, the contracted hold and in the empty hold of the first series; in the directed hold and the empty hold oj the sec-ond series; in the closed hold and the contracted hold of the fourth series?** in the open hold and the directed hold of the fifth series: with your legs forward, inhale extending your arms over your head.

In Twisting like a Conch for directed hold, second yantra of the first series; in Rising like a Flame for closed hold, third yantra of the first series: in the Turtle Pose for contracted hold, fourth yantra of the first series; in the Plough Pose for empty hold, fifth yantra of the first series; in the Curved Knife Pose for directed hold, second yantra of the second series; in the Spider Pose for empty hold, fifth yantra of the second series; in the Trident Pose for closed hold, third yantra of the fourth series; in Arching like a Tiger for contracted hold, fourth yantra of the fourth series; in the Wheel Pose for open hold, first yantra of the fifth series; in the Majestic Pose like an Eagle for directed hold, second yantra of the fifth series: in the initial phase, sitting with your legs straight forward, inhale in four counts extending your arms over your head.

In the closed hold of the second series; in the dosed hold, the contracted hold and the empty hold of the third series; in the empty hold of the fourth series: in tsogkyil, inhale raisingyour arms. Exhale according to the differetit (movements).

In the Dagger Pose for closed hold, third yantra of the second series; in the Lion Pose for closed hold, third ymm of the third series; in the Suspension like a Vulture for contracted hold, fourth yfl„m, of the third series; m the Tnangle Pose for empty hold, fifth yantm of the third series; m the Jewel Pose for empty hold, fifth ym* of the fourth series: in the initial phase, placing the soles of your feet together and your knees apart in tsogkyiL inhale in four counts raising your arms. Exhale in four counts according to the respective basic movements.265

Regarding the final phase, in the open hold and the contracted hold of the first series; in the open hold and the contracted hold of the second series; in the open hold of the third series; in the open hold and the directed hold of the fourth series; in the closed hold, the contracted hold and the empty hold of the fifth series: kneeling, inhale extending and exhale lowering your arms and forehead to the ground.

Regarding the inhalation and the exhalation of the final phases of the different series: in Arching like a Camel for open hold, firstyantra of the first series; in the Turtle Pose for contracted hold, fourth yantra of the first series; in Arching like a Snake for open hold, first yantra of the second series; in Stretching like a Dog for contracted hold, fourth yantra of the second series; in the Bow Pose for open hold, first yantra of the third series; in the Locust Pose for open hold, first yantra of the fourth series; in the Dove Pose for directed hold, second yantra of the fourth series; in the Sword Pose for closed hold, third yantra of the fifth series; in the Frog Pose for contracted hold, fourth yantra of the fifth series; in the Peacock Pose for empty hold, fifth yantra of the fifth series: sitting on your heels, inhale in four counts extending your arms and torso upward and exhale in four counts bringing your arms and forehead to the ground.

In the directed hold and the empty hold of the first series; in the directed hold the closed hold and the empty hold of the second series; in the closed hold and the contracted hold of the fourth series; in the open hold of the fifth scries: with your legs extended forward, exhale lowering your forehead to your knees.

In Twisting like a Conch for directed hold, second yantra of the first scries; in the Plough Pose for empty hold, fifth yantra of the first series; in the Curved Knife Pose for directed hold, second yantra of the second series; in the Dagger Pose for closed hold, third yantra of the second series; in the Spider Pose for empty hold, fifth yantra of the second scries; in the Trident Pose for closed hold, third yantra of the fourth series; in Arching like a Tiger for contracted hold, fourth y,mrm of the fourth series; in the Wheel Pose for open hold, first yantra of the fifth series: exhale in four counts bringing your ore head to your knees with your lc£s extended forward.

In the closed hold, the empty hold and the contracted hold of the third series: exhale joining your arms with your extended legs and lower your forehead to the ground.

In the Lion Pose for closed hold, third yantra of the third series; in the mf

Suspension like a Vulture for contracted hold, fourth yantra ot the third series; in the Triangle Pose tor empty hold, fifth yantra of the third series: with your legs wide apart, exhale in four counts lowering your arms to your legs and your forehead to the ground in front of you.266

In all (the yantras) there are the initial[ central and final phases; the initial and final phases are in four counts, while in the central phase you apply one of the holds: open, directed, closed, contracted, empty. This is the method of the seven phases.

All the yantras of the five series, both the main and auxiliary movements, have three phases: initial, central and final,. The inhalation and exhalation of the initial phase are carried out in four counts, as are the inhalation and exhalation of the final phase. In the central phase, in addition to the inhalation and exhalation, one must apply a hold, which can be of five types: open, directed, closed, contracted, empty. Thus every yantra must always have seven breathing phases.

The All-Inclusive Method of the Seven Lotus Poses

The Ali.-Inclusive Method of the Seven Lotus Poses2" consists of seven yantras in the lotus pose linked with seven breathing methods:

1. The Flaming Lotus or Pema Barwa for open hold.

2. The Arched Lotus or Pema Gyepa for directed hold.

3. The Entwined Lotus or Pema Khyihva for closed hold with the unification of the upper and lower pranas.

4. The Suspended Lotus or Pema Dingwa for closed hold with pulling up from below.

5. The Swinging Lotus or PemaTrilwa for contracted hold.

6. The Jumping Lotus or Pema Beppa for quick exhalation.

7. The Snaking Lotus or Pema Khyugpa for empty hold.2*8

Yantra Yoga Poses
2. The Arched Lotus

I. The Flaming Lotus

I. The Flaming Lotus

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The Suspi nded Lotus

Tut Entwineo l,OTus

The Suspi nded Lotus

6. The Jumping Lotus

5. The Swinging Lotus

7, : hi Snakini; Lotus

334 The All-Inclusive Method of the Sevbn Lotus Poses

I. The Flaming Lotus

The all-inclusive method of the seven lotus poses, The Flawing Lotus: raise your arms and buttocks; hold open for one complete cycle and perform a Bep; (extend) your arms back and lower your forehead to the ground.

Starting Position

0. Sir with your legs extended forward and your hands on your knees. Initial Phase

1. Inhaling in four counts, extend your arms over your head and cross your legs in the vajra posture269 with the left leg under the right.270

2. Exhaling in four counts, extend your arms straight back and bend forward lowering your forehead to the ground in front of you.

Central Phase

3. Inhaling in four counts, with your knees on the ground, lift your buttocks, straighten your torso and extend your arms over your head.

4. Holding open for four counts remain in this position straightening your back as much as you can and, at the end perform a Bep271 opening your arms and lifting your knees.

5. Exhaling in four counts, extend your arms straight back and bend forward lowering your forehead to the ground in front of you.

Final Phase

6. Inhaling in four counts, extend your arms over your head and your legs straight forward.

7. Exhaling in four counts, grasp the outer sides of your feet and pull them, bringing your forehead to your knees.

Benefits272

The Overcoming of Obstacles says:

To eliminate obstacles related to deterioration of the channels it is necessary to train in the Bep of the Flaming Lotus. It eliminates all problems of absent, twisted, blocked, broken, interrupted or contracted channels. It makes the senses clear, purifies the constituents and ripens the functioning of the channels.™

As stated, this yantra helps to overcome all obstacles related to the channels,274 such as problems of deteriorated channels,275 absent or empty-channels,276 channels twisted around each other,277 stiffened or blocked channels,278 broken channels,27" interrupted channels,280 contracted channels281 and so on. Furthermore it helps to empower and clarify the perception of the five senses and mental faculties, to purify the various constituents and to enhance the functioning of the channels throughout their circulatory system.

Yantra Yoga

334 Twte All-Inclusive Method of the Seven Lotus Poses

2. The Arched Lotus

Yantra Yoga Poses

The Arcled Lotus: grasp the sides oj your feet, arch your back and lower the top of your head to the ground; apply a directed hold for a complete cycle; lie down on y cur back and extend your arms by your sides.

Starting Position

0. Sit with vour legs extended forward and your hands on your knees.

Initial Phase

1. Inhaling in tour counts, extend your arms over your head and cross your legs in the vajra posture.

2. Exhaling in tour counts, extend your arms straight back behind you and lower your forehead to the ground in front of you.

Central Phase

3. Inhaling in tour counts, grasp the inner sides of your feet and lie down arching until the top ot your head touches die ground.

4. Applying a directed hold for four counts, arch your back as much as you can, thoroughly tensing your whole body.

5. Exhaling in four counts, lower your back to the ground and extend your arms by your sides.

Final Phase

6. Inhaling in tour counts, extend your arms over your head and your legs straight forward.

7. Exhaling in four counts, raise your torso and grasp the outer sides of your teet and pull them, bringing your forehead to your knees.

Benefits

The Overcoming oj Obstacles says:

To eliminate obstacles related to absent thigle, it is necessary to train in the

Arched Lotus. It eliminates all problems oj absent thigle, of its spreading m the joints, leaking inside, involuntary spilling etc. It increases physical strength, makes the flesh firm and the cotnplexion more luminous, and enhances pleasure.262

As stated, this yamra eliminates the problems of absent thigh1*3 or absence of the white constituent in males and of the red constituent in females;284 of the thigle or essence of the physical body spreading in the joints;285 cases of internal leaking of the white and red constituents,286 their involuntary spilling,2&7 etc. Furthermore it improves physical health and increases strength, tones up the flesh and prevents necrosis of the tissue, makes the complexion more luminous and pleasing, enhances the sensation of pleasure and so on.

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Breathing Cycle

Slow Inhalation

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Initial Phasi*

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Centrai Phasi

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