Ashwini Mudra Sexual Energy Sublimation – Technique, Benefits, Precautions

Ashwini mudra belongs to a class of mudras that are used for sexual energy sublimation. These mudras are called Adhara or perineal mudras. They redirect the prana from the lower centers (Mooldhara chakra) of the body to the higher centers (Ajna chakra). Mudras included in the Adhara group are: Vajroli/Sahajoli mudra Ashwini Mudra Definition in … Read more

Vajroli Mudra Sexual Energy Sublimation – Technique, Benefits, Precautions

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Vajra means a ‘thunderbolt’ or a ‘lightning.’ In the context of yoga, it refers to the vajra nadi that regulates the urogenital system. Vajra Nadi is also considered to be the flow of energy within the spinal column that governs the sexual systems of the body. It can be said that it is responsible for … Read more

Matsyendranath & Nath Sampradaya: Founders of Hatha Yoga & First Mahasiddhas

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Matsyendra also known as Mastsyendranath or Minapa, is believed to live in the early 10th century. He was a prominent promoter of Hatha Yoga (a major branch of yoga) and is credited as the guru of Gorakhnath who was the founder of the Nath Sampradaya (sect) of Yogis. Gorakhnath later became the teacher of Swatmarama, … Read more

Shambhavi Mahamudra Kriya – Steps, Benefits, Secrets & Precautions

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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

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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

Khecarī mudrā – Instructions, Procedure & Warnings

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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

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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

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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

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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