Shambhavi Mahamudra Kriya – Steps, Benefits, Secrets & Precautions

woman with blue eyes wearing purple hijab scarf. pose eyes position to shambhavi kriya

Shambhavi Mudra or Shambhavi Kriya or Shambhavi Mahamudra is also known as bhrumadhya drishti, i.e., gazing at the eyebrow centre. The word Shambhavi here denotes the creative potential of consciousness. In yogic literature, Shiva is called Shambu, and Shambhavi is used to stir or awaken that Shambu. Shiva or Shambu is synonymous with supra-consciousness, heightened … Read more

Shiva Lingam: The Cosmic Consciousness

gold statue of a hindu deity shiva

Chapter Four of Hatha Yoga Pradipika is on the topic of Samadhi. It opens with its first verse praising Lord Shiva. Its 42nd verse talks about Shiva lingam. As we all know Shiva lingam is considered to be a symbol for many things. First, let’s understand the definition of the word: Definition Lingam is a … Read more

Soma Rasa: Elixir of life

colored liquid with sliced oranges

Soma rasa is called as drink of Gods [1]. Drinking it, one becomes immortal and soul is purified of past Karma. It is said to be Amrita or elixir of life. It has been mentioned in Vedas and Bhagavad Gita [2]. Some say it is mixture of honey and herbal plants. While some say it is … Read more

Khecarī mudrā – Instructions, Procedure & Warnings

a person sitting in meditative pose with Khechari mudra written on right side

In the previous article, we have described the basics of Khechari mudra & its benefits. In this article, we’ll learn more about this mysterious mudra and its working principles. Besides all the allegorical praise that we offered in reverence to Khechari mudra previously, it is a highly important technique for the practice of the more … Read more

Trataka Kriya – Benefits, Techniques & Precautions

blindfolded woman with a lit candle

Trataka Kriya Practice is of two types: Bahir Trataka (External Concentrated Gazing) Antir Trataka (Internal Concentrated Gazing) In the previous article on Trataka, we elaborated on the meaning and concept behind this technique. Now, we will focus on benefits and how to perform the practice. Also, keeping in mind its nuances and precautions. Benefits “By … Read more

Trataka Kriya – Meaning, Concept & Effectiveness

bright burn burnt candle

Hatha Yoga emphasizes the practices of body purification (Yoga practices also called Shatkarmas) to balance doshas before any higher practices can be done. One of these practices is called Trāṭaka (commonly written as Trataka). It involves steady and continuous gazing at an object of concentration. Trataka is also mentioned in Hindu mythology in Mahabharata. It … Read more

Shatkarma: Steps before higher practices in Yoga

Shatkarma Kriya depicted on human body parts

Introduction One of the main purposes of Hatha Yoga is to attain control over the breath, but this is difficult unless the body is purified or balanced first. The Shatkarma Kriyas (six purification processes) mentioned in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika are: Dhautī – Internal Cleansing Basti – Yogic Enema Netī – Nasal Cleansing Naulī – … Read more

The Joy Of Now

woman surrounded by sunflowers

This story through the use of wit and humor emphasizes the importance of being present in the moment. This is a principle that is stressed repeatedly in many spiritual scriptures as well. The two excerpts below are from the book “Awakening” by Anthony de Mello[1]. 1 When a guest volunteered to do the dishes after … Read more