Showing posts with label Hatha Yoga. Show all posts
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Yogic Consciousness and Embodied Awareness

  



            So, what are the options? I propose reverting to a prehistoric language. 

One that exists as humanity's most profound understanding and expression. It predates the development of spoken language and has its origins in the genesis of awe. 

As an elemental song and mirror of molecular and celestial activity, it may be found in everyone. It's a genetic design that may be seen in leaf patterns and sea horse bobbing. 

We have schooled it out of children, yet it is eminently there in them. But it's the tale of our place in the cosmos, and we need to start telling it again. 

Our ability to communicate to the entire is being eroded. The praising poems and the celebratory music.


    We live in exile from the source of our aliveness when we live in exile from the sensate reality of the body. The body is the sole area where we may reconnect with this aliveness.


    We all have bodies, but only a handful of us actually inhabit them. We may be separated from our sentiments, experiences, intuitions, and instincts by a small distance from the body. The body may appear to be a strange nation that we have just heard about but never seen.

    And, just as we may learn about a distant country through stories we've heard and photographs we've seen, we can never truly understand its reality unless we've walked, eaten, smelled, touched, and been there ourselves. We reclaim citizenship in our own house when we begin to live in the body again. We return to the body in this way.


    We lose touch with our somatic reality when we are not at ease in our bodies. Because we can only access our feelings and ideas through our bodies, neglecting our bodies gives us some distance from the substance of our inner world.

    We may unknowingly assume that leaving the body is one means of letting go of all those burdensome emotions and ideas. Unfortunately, by separating ourselves from what can be unpleasant, we simultaneously separate ourselves from what may be joyful. Even if we do pay attention to our body, it is possible that our focus is negative. “The only two areas of my body I adore are my nose and my ankles,” one youngster said. Alternatively, we might choose to ignore or divert the sensations that originate from our bodies.

    All of these methods separate us not just from our most immediate reality, our physical bodies, but also from existence itself. When we re-enter the body, we learn that we have an interior ecosystem as diverse as any country's, and that it is always in flux and changing. We should consider why so many of us abandon our bodies so soon after death.


    We make ourselves vulnerable to the tyranny of our intellect and the justification and defense of the logical mind when the body is considered as an equipment for carrying the brain about. 

    This might provide us with a useful sense of control over our life. While the logical mind is an important tool for discriminative awareness, it is not the sole way for us to learn anything. We may also learn through a gut sensation, a raise in the hair on our neck, or a “sense” that warns us to go immediately.

    Our ego is housed in the logical mind, and having a well-developed ego provides us a healthy feeling of our own merit, which is a desirable thing to have in and of itself. The rational mind helps us to center our thoughts, which is beneficial. Our executive ego, on the other hand, is housed in the logical mind and perceives itself as the keeper of our "I." Anyone or everything that gets in the way of this executive ego's orders is taken seriously.


    This component of the ego is characterized by inflated self-importance and spends a significant amount of time protecting its "self."

    The rational mind has the benefit of being well trained, often exercised (and obedient), and, not so coincidentally, intensely involved in maintaining its own dominating place in the chain of command as the representative of the executive ego. Our executive ego has had a PhD degree by the time most of us reach early adulthood, while our physical impulses may still be in kindergarten.

    We may have become accustomed to disregarding or overriding our inner impulses, mostly because they conflict with our executive ego's great goal. Our minds may convince us that staying at our job for another three years is a wonderful idea, but our bodies may have different ideas. Even if it's the first day of a challenging time, the executive ego instructs us to push through our exhaustion, while the body calls out for an afternoon sleep.

    We may become so adept at living beyond our physiological impulses that we begin to navigate our lives only via our reasoning thoughts, ignoring our gut instincts and passionate wants. This rejection is not taken lightly by our inner knowledge, which is led by the body. Trying to navigate our life with only one sense instrument is like to sailing across the ocean with only a compass, disregarding the movement of the wind, sea, and stars.


    According to the Katha Upanishad, this inner understanding has a physical location:


     The Self is that through which one appreciates shape, taste, smell, sound, touch, and sexual union. 

    Is there anything unknown to That Who is the All-Knowing? 

    2.31 Katha Upanishad

    Unlike many spiritual and theological traditions, which further alienate us from our embodied selves, Yoga is a tradition that has always emphasized the value of the body and mind coexisting in harmony. Yogis understood that the body's physical appearance was only a shape animated by something higher than itself.

    Our bodies are animated by the same power that moves the tides, opens a flower, and generates lightning in a storm. The air, fluids, and current running through our nerves, as well as the inner workings of each and every cell, are all moved by this life force.

    All of the sense organs, including hearing, touch, taste, smell, and sight, are animated by this animating principle. 


    This life force fills the body and manifests as the light that shines from our eyes, the glow of our skin, and the tone of our voice, despite the fact that it is not a tangible entity.


    As this power passes through the body, it changes the contour and form of our structure, forming our posture, walking rhythm, and facial character. Everything that has ever occurred to us—our birth, a six-year-old fall from a tree, our thoughts and feelings, what we consume, and the environment in which we live—is engraved on our bodies, producing a living archaeology record.

    We acquire access to the movement of our brains when we become aware of the internal movement that pervades the body. Yoga is a practice that allows us to reconnect with our innate knowledge. We begin to rejoin ourselves with the contents of awareness when we practice the asanas, or Yoga postures.


    We learn to become inwardly literate again by reuniting with our bodies. Yoga provides us with a level of physical literacy that is much above what is acknowledged by Western science.


    Because ancient yogis were adamant that every component of the body could become conscious, that every aspect of the body was consciousness itself, they mapped an inner geography of the body that represented the power underlying form.

    They were interested not only in the function of organs and tissues, but also in the interaction of nature's elements—earth (prithvi), water (ap), fire (tejas), air (vayu), and space (akash), and how a balance or imbalance of these elements caused health or sickness.

    The yogis were interested in finding the underlying principles of nature, much as the laws and rules that control the orderly functioning of a city are unseen yet yet dictate the direction, shape, and form of all action. They were able to identify several levels of the body, or koshas, by interpenetrating frequencies from the coarse flesh to the most delicate energy infrastructures.

    They also realized that the prana, or life energy that infused the body, traveled in certain directions, and that delicate management of this life force could alter awareness movement. As a result, becoming aware of one's physical body was not distinguishable from being aware of one's consciousness. We have learned to see the body as an object in the West, to exercise “it” as if it were a different thing from ourselves, and to command and control it.


    This excerpt from The Human Body, a children's book, summarizes the situation: 


    Consider your body to be a space capsule, with your brain serving as the command module and your trunk serving as the service module. Your brain, the computer that leads and controls the human space mission, is housed in your skull...

    The service module's machinery is controlled by control centers in the brain. They control the pace and rhythm of your heart and breathing, as well as telling you when to drink and eat. As you can see, your life is controlled by the computer in your mind.

    When the body transforms into a "it," we become someone doing something to someone, always disassociated. Furthermore, we have defined physical fitness largely in terms of the body's external look. 

    We're so preoccupied with this reductionist image of the body that there are movies dedicated just to producing "buns of steel" or "abs to die for," as well as books guaranteeing a "hard body."


    This fixation on what can be seen on the outside inhibits us from developing the type of internal awareness that allows us to reach our most profound insights. 

    Furthermore, the physical armoring of the body that is so ubiquitous in modern fitness models creates a numbing of finer sensations and feelings, as well as dampening any potential knowledge of deeper bodily processes. This focus with the exterior wrappings of the body is not seen elsewhere in the Yoga canon.

    Rather, the inner health of the subtle body is used to infer the fitness of the gross, or annamaya kosha, layer of the body. Health, a light body, and the absence of cravings

    A radiant complexion, a sonorous voice, and a pleasant body odor are all markers of growth in the practice of meditation. 2.12 3 Shvetashvatara Upanishad Bodily perfection, according to the Yoga-Sutra, manifests as beauty, elegance, a diamondlike shine, and great power (3.46).

    Our Western representation of the body is almost exclusively restricted to the loudmouth of the body representation, the musculoskeletal system, while the other interior systems such as the organs, fluids, and glands remain veritable wallflowers inside our awareness.

    Because the sympathetic nervous system (the component of the central nervous system responsible for terror, fight, flight, or a fakeit reaction) energizes the musculoskeletal system, we tend to function from the high notes of our neurological system while we are in our muscular mind. 


    Our sympathetic nervous system is largely responsible for detecting danger and protecting us from it.


    Our attention is persistently turned outward since we primarily exist in and express ourselves from this outside dimension. Our somatic world can become ungrounded without the help of our parasympathetic nervous system, which regulates breathing, relaxation, and activities like digesting.

    As a result, in order to balance the nervous system and create a perceptual doorway to the parasympathetic nervous system, the asanas, or Yoga postures, were historically done extremely slowly, with each movement coordinated to the breath. 

    This makes our feeling function available to us. We return our minds back into the body when we practice asanas from an inner perspective.

    We relocate our thoughts within our bodies and learn to listen to the nonverbal, nonmental information stored inside the soma, rather than guiding the body as a separate entity. The body becomes conscious, and the mind becomes embodied, as we devote our complete attention to every breath, movement, and subtle feeling.

    We begin to see the close connections between the contents of what we think, feel, and envision and our physical reality as a result of this direct experience of the body as an opaque form of awareness. 


    We begin to feel a unitive rather than divided condition as a result of this reconciliation between body and mind. 


    This is what sets hatha Yoga apart from other forms of stretching. We generate a type of mental and physical retardation and cement our alienation from our body knowledge when we read a book or watch TV as our body marches on the treadmill.

    Because our Western cultural heritage forbids us from having a complete relationship with our bodies, hatha yoga has frequently been reimagined as a sophisticated type of calisthenics whose primary objective is to make the body attractive and improve lifespan. Hatha yoga is good at these things, but they aren't the main objective of yoga practice, and when we practice in a way that produces unhealthy association with the body, we're just practicing exercises with Sanskrit names.

    Rather than challenging us to bend our brains and expand beyond our objectified perceptual leanings, the practice becomes adapted to accept the experience of the body as a "it." 


    We regain the only component of the practice that ultimately has any meaning for us—finding out who we really are—when our primary imperative switches from acquiring a form to creating an intimate connection with the life energy moving through that form.


    Hatha yoga is an excellent approach for being conscious of not just the body but also the life energy that animates it and us for this aim. The repertory of asanas reflects the boundless nature of mind. The repertory is pulled from nature, with each pose symbolizing some facet or expression of creation, a monument to our yogic forefathers' enormous inventiveness.

    We practice becoming trees, insects, birds, animals, children, sages, gods, and mountains in our daily lives. Every asana that has been passed down to us today originated with an actual inner urge that was sensed and experienced by someone at some point in time and then documented to be shared. The word asana, which literally means "pleasant seat," signifies to relax into the awareness of existence as it develops through the expression of each position.


    We aim to find the root of each movement and hence the original meaning of each gesture as we practice asanas. 


    This finding cannot be accomplished merely by imitating someone else's postures or mechanically repeating them. We must reach the whole emotion state of that form in order for the asanas to alter ourselves.

    At each level of evolution, we re-establish our connection with all creation by taking on the form of a fish, bird, tree, or mountain. 


    The practice of asanas may be broken down into many stages that we go through in order to achieve our goals. The stages are built in layers, with each one providing a foundation for the next to stand on.


    WHAT IS IT LIKE TO FEEL?


    When we enter an asana, we begin by sensing what is already there. We examine the mind-body thing from a neutral vantage point, resting our attention softly and without pressure, like dust falling on a table.

    The process of perception has no ideals or goals when we watch from this impartial vantage point. We simply feel ourselves as we are and accept ourselves completely for whatever we bring to the mat. We begin the process of befriending ourselves when we can bring a welcoming presence to our observations.

    This is an important initial step, since without a neutral observer, we can't possible know how we are, and thus can't know where to start or how to engage with oneself in the practice successfully. Our practice will constantly be a source of dissatisfaction and disappointment if we do not extend this generosity to ourselves.

    Because of the witness's impartiality, observation has the potential to go beyond our usual mental processes. As we acquire choiceless awareness, we begin to perceive things for what they are, not what we think they should be.


    WHERE DO WE FEEL STUCK?


    We are presented with our capacity or incapacity to take on this new shape when we initially assume a position. We are aware of all the areas in which we are tense. These collected areas of stress symbolize the recurrence of our ideation process, in which our ideas, worries, tensions, and worries coalesce into different patterns of tension, forming our distinctive particular posture or attitude toward life. We become what we think.

    We also meet the past and current history of the body in the form of birth traumas, injuries, disease, and emotional upheaval, and we open to the potential of moving beyond these constraints. When we practice an asana, the first thing we notice is the spots where we haven't yet yielded beyond the boundaries of our existing expression. This is a common source of pain.

    Our expectations of how enjoyable a Yoga session would be are frequently dashed the first time we bend forward and feel the agonizing pull of our hamstring muscles. If this were the only thing that happened, we'd have a very high attrition rate, but thankfully, we have the option to take it a step further by engaging in a discussion with this tension.


    COMING TOGETHER WITH THE BREATHE


    We begin to link our consciousness to our breath and utilize the breath to "palpate" and sense stress points. As we breathe, we begin to notice that each breath has three phases: emerging, dissolving, and stopping.

    We learn to coordinate our practice such that we expand with the entering breath, relax effort on the outgoing breath, and halt in the quiet between these two phases while we take in the symphony of experience. We grow familiar with the natural rhythm of life as it originates from stillness, unfolds into form, and then dissolves back into stillness as we grow expert at connecting our breath, body, and mind into one movement.

    We begin to accept the notion that everything is changing and in flux, and that we can ride the wave of change with competence. We also learn that sensations, ideas, and feelings do not have to solidify as they move through us. They don't have to become knots of tension inside of us. Rather of being uptight, we might be a person who experiences tension on occasion. That is, none of these fleeting feelings are required to solidify and integrate our identity. As we gain experience, our body consciousness becomes more pliable, allowing us to adapt and adopt whichever expression best fits the moment.


    PERFECTING OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE POWER OF LIFE


    As we gain experience, we adjust our stance in each pose so that prana, or life energy, can flow freely through us. To do so, we must first define our relationship to the earth, gravity, and space, as well as the harmonic interaction that exists between each component of the body and the entire. This entails developing a dynamic tension that allows us to become excellent conduits for prana's animating activity. We are physically realigning ourselves with the pulsing of the cosmos.

    We struggle to rebuild balance between ourselves and the world after falling out of step with this basic rhythm. This harmony is manifested when we can sit elegantly, stand tall, stroll gracefully, and lie down comfortably. This reanimation of the body cannot be accomplished simply by placing it in a certain posture. Inquiry characterized by curiosity, innocence, and fun leads to the discovery of our inherent rhythm.

    When we apply these three traits to our inquiry, we begin to feel more at ease with the unknown. The executive ego begins to relax, and our external orders fade away, allowing us to become open to the wisdom body's knowledge. We naturally know how to align our bodies—how to release our barriers and holding positions.

    A teacher can assist us in developing this awareness, but ultimately, establishing our inner harmony is an internal process. If we are open to it, the body will propose modest modifications in position that will improve our alignment. The trick is to cease overpowering our inner instincts with our brain and instead trust them. We lead the movement by sense and experiencing, as well as moment-to-moment deduction, rather than the habitual mind's ambition (involved as it typically is in quantity rather than quality, aim rather than process).

    We learn to wait for opening moments when the body says yes and allows us to go further into a movement thanks to this inner direction. We also learn to respectably halt at the edge of our resistance and listen to our bodies' nay. Working in this manner allows us to open up new channels without damaging ourselves, and because the body has guided us into this new opening, it will certainly be a shift that we can fully integrate.


    STILLNESS AND MOVING INTO STILLNESS


    As we deepen our asana practice, we bring our attention to the stillness that exists between, inside, and throughout every movement. When we sit in meditation, hold a posture, or become aware of the still interval between two breaths, this awareness is most easily available. Our awareness of this stillness becomes prevalent as we progress through the levels of practice.

    When we get entirely united with the movement, we might have this sense of stillness inside the movement. This is not something we can force to happen, but rather something that comes as a result of consistent practice and grace. We eventually become more than just conscious of quiet; we become stillness.


    Concentrated asana practice, the third limb of Ashtanga Yoga, will automatically incorporate each of the other seven limbs of practice, notably the ten ethical precepts of the yamas and niyamas, if done with a conscious knowledge of the objective of Yoga, which is to attain a unitive condition (the first two limbs).


    We may learn to accept our limits (ahimsa), be sincere in our resolve to do our best (satya), and be satisfied regardless of the results by practicing asanas (santosha). 

    We can bring our fervent interest (tapas) to the practice, examine our reactions and responses to challenge and ease (swadhyaya), and finally give our practice to something more than ourselves (ishvarapranidhana).

    The breath becomes a whole-body phenomena when we establish our correct relationship to the earth, gravity, and space. When this occurs, we begin to perceive ourselves as life force conduits, with energy continuity throughout our bodies (pranayama, the fourth limb of Yoga).


    As we learn more about asana, we'll discover that it entails purposefully entering into stillness (pratyahara, the fifth limb), focusing our attention on one item at a moment (dharana, the sixth limb), and maintaining this awareness regardless of what's going on around us (dhyana, the seventh limb). When a posture is mastered, a perfect balance between effort and noneffort is achieved, resulting in the neutralization of all sensations.


    When this occurs, the mind returns to its natural state of stillness (samadhi, the eighth limb). There's no one left to execute the position; it's just the position going through us. It may be a joyful homecoming to return to the body via asana practice. For many, it will be like seeing an old friend after a long time. For others, it will be a tear-jerking reunion.

    The body is permitted to express its mind while the discursive mind recedes into the shadows of consciousness. We may have intriguing dreams, whirlwind emotions, and insights that drive action if we allow ourselves to experience profound physiological rest and the renewal that comes with it. We may decide to make adjustments in our lives as a result of these fresh understanding.

    Perhaps we'll modify our diet, leave an unhappy career, quit an unhealthy relationship (or reaffirm our devotion to a good one), or embrace a lifestyle that better reflects our ideals. We could decide to start a creative project that has been on our minds for a long time.


    In other words, we begin to live a life guided as much by the dictates of the heart and guts as by the logic of the head. 


    We may discover that we have a completely new navigational system with which to navigate our life. Not only do we have the logical mind's valuable compass, but we also have our body's sensate and responsive machinery to alert us to even the tiniest changes.

    We begin to recognize our sentiments and allow those sensations to guide our actions. We become aware of the earliest indicators of sickness and have a higher chance of preventing full-blown sickness through early care. 

    We begin to believe that the body possesses a unique type of knowledge that we may tap into if we are humble enough to listen. And we begin to consider our physical knowledge, particularly when it contradicts our best-laid plans, and to reevaluate the wisdom of those plans. 


    While yogis have long cautioned against mistaking the map for the terrain, embodied awareness is an important aspect of the yogic tradition.


    We definitely have bodies, but don't make the mistake of believing you're just your body. From an absolute standpoint, the body is not what is everlasting in us; rather, what is eternal lives via the body. If we don't make this distinction, we'll be upset when our bodies eventually age or when we're unable to accomplish things we used to be able to accomplish due to illness.

    The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad contains a lovely set of affirmations that tells us how to discern this distinction: A lady loves her husband not for his own reason, but because he is the embodiment of the Self. A husband loves his wife not because she is beautiful in and of herself, but because she is the embodiment of the Self.


    Children are adored not because they are cute, but because they contain the Self. 


    Wealth is cherished not for its own sake, but because it houses the Self. The cosmos is adored not because it contains the Self, but because it contains the Self. The gods are adored not because they are gods in and of themselves, but because they contain the Self. Creatures are adored not because the Self is within them, but because the Self resides within them.

    Everything is adored not because it is beautiful in and of itself, but because the Self is within everything.  We may simply add a line that says: The body is adored not for its own sake, but because it houses the Self. Yogis were acutely aware of the paradox of cultivating dispassion for the body while still acknowledging it as the transitory home of a heavenly Self. More to the point, we can only experience awareness in the body.

    We must travel through the body; we cannot go around it, as Patanjali explains so clearly in his explanation on the method of realizing this Self. As a result, unlike many other religions that see the body as something to be transcended, the Yoga tradition instructs us to make the body's home a healthy place to dwell. In recent years, the practice of asana, also known as hatha yoga, has become associated with yoga. This is regrettable.


    The perfection of asanas was never intended to be the objective of Yoga practice, and standing on our heads for an hour will not mark a great spiritual milestone. 


    This misunderstanding is reasonable, given our fixation with appearance and demand for tangible proof of achievement. Traditionally, asana practice was only a tiny portion of Yoga, but it was seen as an important aspect of the discipline. The postures are designed to gradually fine-tune the body, making it strong but flexible, vigilant but calm.

    The neurological system gets fine-tuned as a result of this, and our senses become incredibly discriminating. This was thought to be essential before undertaking the rigors of meditation. It was also realized that carrying out such activities while simultaneously fulfilling our responsibilities in the world would need a tremendous amount of energy, which would be unavailable if we were sick or ill. Hatha yoga was designed to fulfill this wider objective in this manner. These practical advantages are not insignificant.

    They can determine whether we are able to achieve our life's goal or not. When the asanas are separated from the greater conceptual context of Yoga as a life practice, they become little more than a glorified stretching routine. The goal of asana practice is to become more sensitive, attentive, and adaptable. In the framework of Yoga as a life practice, whether or not we have remarkable gymnastic ability becomes completely irrelevant.


    We have merely substituted one false identity with another if we get fascinated with the execution of advanced postures and set our identity on these achievements.

    Many newcomers to Yoga make the same error when selecting a teacher, assessing the instructor's skills only on the basis of his or her ability to do difficult exercises. We won't feel like we're failing if we can't achieve challenging postures if we recognize what we're working for isn't a physical form but an inside understanding of the reality of who we are.

    Any movement that gets us closer to this revelation of our actual nature is considered "advanced" practice. The simplest physical activity becomes richly filled with significance when we keep this greater objective in mind. Opening our fingers, feeling the soles of our feet on the ground, or the impression of lightness that comes with standing straight can all be pleasurable experiences. The body therefore becomes a holy sanctuary, where the worshiped, the worshiper, and the location of worship all become One.


    Yoga's purpose is to achieve oneness, which is the definition of the word.

    We have explored the overarching relevance of the ten ethical precepts, the yamas and niyamas, and the way in which our relationships with others appropriately reflect our understanding of this oneness while pursuing Ashtanga Yoga's eight-limb path.

    We've also discussed the need of disciplining our consciousness and behaviors in order to channel our energy toward this aim. We embody these understandings via asana practice, putting them directly into our tissue, bones, and blood to feel this connection profoundly via our form.

    The third limb of Ashtanga Yoga, pranayama, provides us with a useful instrument that we may use at any time: our breath. Like our pulse, our breath is the most consistent rhythm in our life. Our breath may gradually educate us to return to the natural quietness of the mind if we get attentive to this continual pattern.


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    Kapalabhati Kriya - Hatha Yoga Shat Karma



    Kapalabhati is a purification exercise for the skull and lungs. This is a variety of Pranayama exercises, though it is one of the Shat-Karmas (six purificatory exercises).

    Padmasana or Siddhasana is a good place to start. Kneel with your hands on your elbows. Puraka (inhalation) and Rechaka (exhalation) can be done quickly. This is easy for those who can do Bhastrika Pranayama. At the end of the necessary rounds in Bhastrika, there is a long Kumbhaka (retention of breath).

    However, there is no Kumbhaka in Kapalabhati. Puraka is very long and gentle in Kapalabhati, but Rechaka is too fast and forcible. Puraka is completed as easily as Rechaka in Bhastrika. The only distinction between Kapalabhati and Bhastrika is this. Rechaka should be performed forcibly and rapidly in Kapalabhati by contracting the abdominal muscles with a backward movement. First and foremost, have


    There is just one ejection per second. Do 10 expulsions per round at the beginning. Increase the number of expulsions by 10 each round before each round has 120 expulsions.

    The respiratory tract and nasal passages are cleansed. It relieves bronchial tunnel spasms.

    As a result, Asthma is relieved and eventually healed over time. This procedure aids in the reduction of consumption. The blood's impurities are cast out. The circulatory and respiratory systems have been significantly toned. Shat-Karmas are meant to purify the physical body. Kundalini cannot move from the Muladhara to the Sahasrara Chakra while the Nadis are impure. Pranayama aids in the purification of the Nadis. Pranayama requires a thorough understanding of Prana.


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    Nauli Kriya - Hatha Yoga Shat Karma



    The abdominal viscera and the gastro-intestinal or alimentary tract are regenerated, invigorated, and stimulated with Nauli Kriya. You should be familiar with Nauli in order to practice it.


    Uddiyana Bandha is a form of Uddiyana Bandha. Uddiyana can be performed while seated, but Nauli is usually performed while standing.



    Stage I: Exhale quickly and forcefully from the lips, keeping the lungs entirely clear. Contract and pull the stomach muscles backwards for a few seconds. Uddiyana Bandha is my name. The first stage of Nauli is this. In Nauli, the Uddiyana Bandha comes to an end.

    Stand up to practice Nauli. Separate the right and left legs by a foot. If you hold your feet tight together, you might lose your balance and fall down. Place your hands on the legs, resulting in a gentle back curve After that, do Uddiyana Bandha. Before moving on to the next level, do this for a week.

    Stage II: Now, by contracting the left and right sides of the abdomen, free the center of the abdomen. All of the muscles will be in a vertical line in the middle. Madhyama Nauli is the name of the place. Keep it for as long as you can comfortably. Just do this for a few days at a time.


    Stage III: At this point, you can contract the right side of your abdomen while leaving the left side uncontracted.

    Only the muscles on the left hand can be included. Vama Nauli is the name for this. Contract the muscles on the left side again, leaving the right side open. Dakshina Nauli here. You can learn how to contract the muscles of the central, left, and right sides of the abdomen by practicing in this manner. You'll even see how they shift their weight from side to side. Just the middle, right, or left abdominal muscles will be visible at this time. For a week, practice this point.

    Stage IV: Maintain a central position for the muscles. In a circular motion, slowly bring to the right side and then to the left side. Do this several times from the right to the left line, and in the opposite direction from the left to the right. Often transform the muscles gently and in a circular motion. You can do it rapidly as your practice progresses, but you can reap the full benefits of this Kriya by doing it steadily and steadily. When the abdominal muscles are separated and turned from side to side, the last stage of Nauli will appear to be churning.

    In the first two to three tries, beginners will experience minor abdominal pain. They should not need to be afraid, and they should stop practicing. Around two or three days, the suffering will be gone. When an experienced Yogic student does Nauli, onlookers will be astounded by the motions of the abdominal muscles. They'll get the sensation that an engine is running in the abdominal factory.

    Beginners can lean slightly to the left side and contract the left muscles while doing Dakshina Nauli. Allow them to lean slightly to the right while doing Vama Nauli. Drive the entire muscle group forward by contracting both sides in Madhyama Nauli.

    And anyone with a barrel-like stomach, this exercise is impossible. They can't see succeeding in this Kriya if it's tough for them to bear their own belly. They can also attempt it by incremental, slow practice. They must work hard and train diligently for a long time in order to achieve success. Those with a sensitive body will practice and execute this Kriya in a beautiful and efficient manner with ease.

    Some people show Nauli and numerous other Asanas and Mudras for the sake of a few pies on the popular Hardwar cosmopolitan stage, where Punjabis and Bengali Baboos stroll in the evening with their ladies on the banks of the Ganges. They go from one workout to the next in a flash. Calcutta, Delhi, Bombay, Madras, and all the major cities have the same problem. This is just a semblance of a work. It's not very close to being Yoga. It's all a set of athletic feats. You can tell they don't have all the skills and goals of a Yogi from looking at their bodies. They don't even feel mentally healthier because they are addicted to intoxicants like Ganja and Bhang.


    If you do the Yogic exercises correctly and with the right mental outlook, you will undoubtedly experience spiritual development. Chronic constipation, dyspepsia, and any other gastro-intestinal illnesses may be cured with Nauli Kriya. Sang Pachar and Basti Kriya are both aided by Nauli. The pancreas and liver are toned. The kidneys and other abdominal organs are in good working order. Nauli is a boon to the human race. It's a one-of-a-kind ‘uni-all' or perfect ‘pick-me-up.'


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    Neti Kriya - Hatha Yoga Shat Karma





    The aim of the ‘Neti' exercise is to cleanse the nostrils. The nostrils must still be kept clear. You may have irregular breathing if the nostrils are dirty. Breathing irregularly can make you sick.

    Take a perfect, 12-inch-long piece of yarn. The thread should be free of knots in the centre. It should not be too frail or frail. Place one end of it in the right nostril and tightly grasp the other end. Pass a forcible, persistent inhalation through the door. Then drag it out slowly. Move it into the left nostril in the same manner and gently exhale. Pulling the nostrils violently will cause injury. Move the thread into one nostril and out the other after a little practice. When you first inject the thread into your nose, you will start to sneeze a lot. After three or four tries, this fails. When the nostrils get plugged due to ice, you should use this technique.

    Another simple procedure for washing the nostrils exists. In your side, or in a wide-mouthed cup, pour some cold water. Draw the water slowly through your nose and forcefully eject it through your nose. Many people are capable of doing this. When people first start learning this, they can get a little cold and cough after one or two attempts. They will practice as soon as they are feeling better.

    Many people will quickly pull tobacco smoke from their mouth and transfer it through their nose. If smokers try hard enough, they will pull smoke from one nostril and expel it through the other nostril or mouth. Water, on the other hand, can be easily passed.

    'Seet-Krama' is the practice of drawing water and exhaling it through the nose. It's named 'Vyut-Krama' as you take water from your nose and eject it through your teeth. This Neti Kriya purifies the skull and induces clairvoyance, according to the Gheranda Samhita (Divya Drishti).

    Rhinitis and coryza are both healed as a result of this.


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    Trataka Kriya - Hatha Yoga Shat Karma


    Trataka is the practice of staring at a certain point or object without blinking. While it is one of the six purifying exercises, it is mostly used to improve focus and mental clarity and concentration. It is extremely beneficial to Hatha Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, and Raja Yoga teachers.

    There is no other tool for mind control that is reliable. Since such essential activities are defined under Hatha Yogic sections, some students who claim to practice Jnana Yoga overlook them. This exercise was being performed by Sri Ramana Maharshi, a well-known Tiruvannamalai Jnani.

    If you had gone to his Ashram for his Darshan, you should have seen it plainly. He used to stare at the walls while sitting on his sofa in his bed. He sat in an easy chair on the veranda and stared steadily at the distant hills or the stars. He was able to maintain a balanced state of mind as a result of this. None was able to divert his attention. He was still quiet and collected. And though his Bhaktas were chatting and singing by his side, he was not disturbed in the least.


    EXERCISES 



    (1) Stand in front of an image of Lord Krishna, Rama, Narayana, or Devi. Keep your gaze fixed on it without blinking. Look at the head, then the body, and finally the legs. Repetition of the same procedure is required. When your mind has calmed down, focus solely on one place. Hold the breath before tears start to fall. Then shut your eyes and see the scene in your mind.

    (2) Look at a black dot on a white wall or draw a black line on a sheet of white paper and tape it to the wall.

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    (3) On a piece of paper, draw the word Om (!) and position it in front of your seat. Lie down on an open terrace and look at a brilliant star or the full moon for Trataka. After a while, you'll see various colored lights. For a while, you'll only see a single color inside, and all of the surrounding stars will vanish. When you look at the sky, all you see is a white moon on a dark backdrop. You will sometimes see a massive mass of light all around you. When your gaze becomes more focused, you may see two or three moons of the same size, or you may not see any moon at all, despite your eyes being wide open.

    (5) Choose a random spot in the clear sky in the morning or evening and stare at it for a long time. You'll find new sources of inspiration.

    (6) Look in the mirror and focus on the pupil.

    (7) Some people perform Trataka between their brows or at the tip of their nose.

    Some people do Trataka at the tip of their nose sometimes when driving.

    (8) Advanced students may perform Trataka at the Chakras inside the Chakras (Padmas). The significant Trataka centers are Muladhara, Anahata, Ajna, and Sahasrara.

    9) Place a ghee lamp in front of you and stare at the flames. Darshan is provided through the flames by certain astral beings.

    (10) Trataka on the sun is practiced by a small number of Yogins. It necessitates the presence of an accomplished man. They begin by gazing at the rising sun and, with practice, can do Trataka on the sun even in the middle of the day. This practice gives them certain unique Siddhis (psychic abilities). This Sadhana is not suitable for everybody. The first nine activities are suitable for anyone and are completely healthy. Sungazing, the last one, can only be attempted with the assistance of an experienced man.


    WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS



    Sit in your favorite Asana (posture), Siddhasana or Padmasana, while practicing in your meditation area. You should do so in a standing or sitting position at all moments. Trataka can be achieved profitably while walking. Do not look here and there as you walk down the streets.

    Look at the tip of your nose or your fingers. When talking to others, many people should not look them in the eyes. They chat when focusing their gaze on a certain location. This Sadhana does not necessitate any specific Asana.

    Trataka is what you see when you look at an image. Saguna Dhyana is when you shut your eyes and mentally visualize an image (meditation with form). When you equate God's virtues with the object of Trataka, such as omnipresence, omnipotence, omniscience, goodness, immortality, and so on, the name and shape of the Trataka object vanishes, and you join Nirguna Dhyana (abstract meditation).

    To begin, do Trataka for two minutes. Then gradually extend the time. Do not be irritable. It is necessary to practice steadily and gradually. Even if you stare at a spot for three hours straight, if your mind wanders, it's useless. The subconscious must be alert as well. Only then would you be able to progress in this practice and gain more psychic abilities.

    Those who, after many efforts, cannot maintain a steady gaze for a second should not be concerned. They will shut their eyes and concentrate on an abstract spot between their brows.

    Many with very poor eye capillaries can practice Trataka after shutting their eyes on some imagined location inside or outside. Do not overwork your eyes by practicing too much. When you're sleepy, shut your eyes and concentrate on the Trataka object. Do not rock your body while doing Trataka.

    Trataka helps to improve vision. Many people who had eye problems found Trataka to be extremely beneficial. Going beyond one's own strength and looking at the sun without assistance can be beneficial.


    You must have your guide with you while looking at the light. To stop some serious problems and to cool the machine, the Guru will administer some oil to rub on your head.

    When you practice sun-gazing at night, you should add honey to your skin.

    During the drill, the same object of gaze will appear as something else. You'll have a lot of other dreams. Various people have had various encounters. When people tell you of their stories, you can not trust them. Trataka alone can not provide you with any of the Siddhis. Once you've gained hold over your mind and it's been stable, you'll need to exploit it using prescribed techniques in order to gain forces. As a result, the abilities gained from this experience can vary from person to person. It is contingent on additional mental conditioning in a specific manner.

    Young aspirants posing as major Yogins disregard those rituals and wonder if they are doing Moksha. Certainly, the practice is not Moksha in and of itself. For the achievement of Moksha, various practices are used. One approach may be used to achieve the target, while another may use a different method.

    Have this in mind at all times. Otherwise, you'll be ignoring all of your options. If you ignore the Sadhana, you will be misled and lose sight of your target.

    Diseases of the eyes may be cured by doing Trataka. The condition of one's eyes changes. Many people have given up their glasses as a result of this procedure. Willpower is cultivated. Vikshepa is annihilated. It helps to keep the mind in check. Clairvoyance, thought-reading, psychic healing, and other Siddhis can all be learned quickly.

    Again, Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Karma Yoga, and other types of yoga are not incompatible with Cocaine or Soda Bicarbonate. They are not at odds with one another. This practice should not be overlooked only because it falls in the Hatha Yoga category. Even if you pretend to be a Jnana Yoga or Bhakti Yoga practitioner, you can engage in this exercise. It's a highly useful and potent cure for a wandering mind. It unquestionably trains the mind for perfect Dhyana and Samadhi. This is unquestionably a way to an end. Step by step, ascension of the Yogic ladder or stair-case is required. 

    This beneficial exercise has helped a number of people. Why don't you, my friend, make a real effort to practice this right now? I've sent you a variety of Trataka exercises. Choose the approach that best serves your needs and reap the divine rewards. Do this for a month on a daily basis and report back to me on your encounters, rewards, and any problems you encounter.


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    Basti Kriya - Hatha Yoga Shat Karma




    The ‘Basti' exercise is designed to function like a ‘enema,' allowing the buildup of feces in the intestinal canal to be passed out. There are two types of Sthala Basti: Jala Basti and Sthala Basti.


    STHALA BASTI: 

    Lie down on the ground and grasp your toes with your fingertips. Knees should not be bent. 

    This is the same as Paschimottanasana, but you don't have to drop your head to your feet. 

    Expel the water by churning the abdominal and dominal muscles in this position. It helps to heal uriter muscles. Sthala Basti is my name.


    JALA BASTI: 

    It does better than Sthala Basti. Take a five-inch bamboo tube and cut it in half. Vaseline, grease, or soap should be used to lubricate one end of it. In Utkatasana, sit in a pool of water or a tank of water up to your knees. 2 to 3 inches into the anus, insert the bamboo tube.


    Initiate the anus by slowly drawing the water into the intestines. Expel the water by shaking the abdominal muscles. It treats bladder problems, dropsy, constipation, among other issues. 

    This is not something you can do every day or make a habit of. This is mainly to be seen on rare occasions. 

    Do this first thing in the morning before eating. If you don't know how to pull water from the tubing, you can use a regular syringe from the store. You can learn how to extract water from the anus with the aid of the bamboo. 

    However, water is forced into the enema syringe with the aid of oxygen. The only distinction is the outcome, which is the same in all scenarios. You can save money by using the bamboo cable.

    You can control the intestinal muscles by commanding the water to be drawn in and pushed out.


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    Dhauti Kriya - Hatha Yoga Shat Karma

     



    Antar-Dhauti (internal cleaning) and Bahir-Dhauti (external cleaning) are the two types of purification. There are three ways to make Antar-Dhauti. Take a 15-foot-long piece of fine muslin cloth that is 3 inches thick. The borders should be well stitched, and there should be no loose thread dangling from the ends. Until using, make sure it's safe by washing it with soap. It should be dipped in lukewarm water.

    Squeeze out as much water as you can and swallow one end at a time. In the first day, just one foot was swallowed. Keep it there for a few seconds before slowly removing it. The next day, swallow a bit more and hold it for a few minutes before eventually releasing it. As a result, you will gradually swallow the whole volume, hold it for about 5 minutes, and then swallow it. Don't make a hasty decision. Do not use harsh handling to hurt the throat. Drink a cup of milk after the Kriya is completed. This acts as a kind of throat lubricant. This workout should be completed with an empty stomach. The early hours of the morning are ideal.

    You don't have to do this every day. It's enough to do it every four days or once a week. If done steadily, this exercise would not do any damage. On the first two to three tries, everybody can feel a bit dizzy. After the Kriya, wash the cloth with soap and keep it clean at all times.

    This is a great workout for those who have a flabby, phlegmatic constitution. Progressive


    Gulma, gastritis, dyspepsia, cancers of the stomach and spleen, and phlegm and bile disorders will all be cured with consistent practice. Vastra Dhauti is another name for this practice. This is one of the Antar-Dhauti varieties.

    Some people will drink a lot of water and move it into the anus almost instantly. It's known as Varisara Dhauti. This is a very powerful technique. 'Sang Pachar Kriya' is another name for this practice. Kishkindha's Yogi Sambhunathaji is an authority in this Kriya. For the vast majority of people, this is not likely. This exercise can be done with a combination of Nauli and Uddiyana Bandha. Smoke from a cigarette can also be exhaled from the anus.

    Drink a lot of water and shake the abdominals. Vomit the water by contracting the intestine. The name of this exercise is Kunjara Kriya. This is also a kind of self-purification.

    Swallowing air may also be used to disinfect the insides. Allow plenty of air to reach the stomach.

    It's caused by a hiccough. You can swallow air and fill up your stomach and intestines in the same way you can swallow food. You'll have to hear this from a man who knows how to do this Kriya.

    When you contract your abdominal muscles, Apana Vayu (air) passes through the anus.

    Many that can fill their stomachs with air can float on water like a dead body and can survive for days on air and water alone without food. No purgative or laxative is needed for those who can perform Antar-Dhauti in some way. They will never be constipated or suffer from indigestion.

    Other Dhautis include Danta Dhauti (tooth cleaning), Jihva Dhauti (tongue cleaning), Karna Dhauti (ear cleaning), Mula Sodhana Dhauti (anus cleaning), and so on. You all do these things on a daily basis. I don't think I need to say anything on these.


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    SADHANA YOGA ~ EXERCISES TO AWAKEN THE KUNDALINI




    Before attempting to awaken Kundalini, one must become fully desireless and full of Vairagya. Only when a man rises above Kama, Krodha, Lobha, Moha, Mada, and other impurities will it be awoken. Kundalini can be reawakened by emerging above sensual impulses.

    Kundalini awakening would favor the Yogi who has a clean heart and a mind void of emotions and urges. If a man with a lot of impurities in his mind uses power to awaken the Sakti through Asanas, Pranayamas, and Mudras, he will lose his legs and fall. He will be unable to progress up the Yogic ladder. This is the primary explanation for people going out of their way or developing physical ailments. Yoga is not in any way harmful. Purity comes first, followed by a detailed understanding of the Sadhana, a qualified guide, and a consistent, incremental practice. There are many temptations on the path to Kundalini awakening, and a Sadhaka lacking innocence would not be able to withstand them.

    Theoretical understanding is just as essential as experience. Some people believe the principle isn't necessary at all. They provide one or two unusual examples that demonstrate that Kundalini has been awoken even in people who have no prior knowledge of Nadis, Chakras, or Kundalini. It may have been by accident or by the grace of a Guru. Nobody should predict this to ignore the theoretical side of things. When you see a man whose Kundalini has been awoken by the grace of a Guru, you will not immediately begin to disregard the practical side of things and spend your time passing from one Guru to the next. A man with a thorough understanding of the philosophy and consistent experience achieves the intended result easily.

    Hatha Yogis can awaken Kundalini through Pranayama, Asanas, and Mudras; Raja Yogis can awaken Kundalini through focus and mind training; Bhaktas can awaken Kundalini through devotion and perfect self-surrender; Jnanis can awaken Kundalini through analytical will; Tantrikas will awaken Kundalini through Mantras; and Guru Kripa will awaken Kundalini through touch, The state of Samadhi and Mukti is influenced by the rousing of Kundalini and its union with Siva at the Sahasrara Chakra. Without the Kundalini awakening, no Samadhi is possible.

    For a select few, either of the methods mentioned above will suffice to awaken the Kundalini. Many people would have to use a combination of strategies. This is determined by the Sadhakas' progress and position on the spiritual path. The Guru will determine the Sadhaka's true position and recommend a suitable method for successfully awakening the Kundalini in a short span of time.

    This is similar to a doctor administering the right drug for a patient to treat a certain illness. The illnesses of various people can not be cured with the same treatment. Similarly, one Sadhana can not be suitable for everyone.

    Many people nowadays mistakenly believe that they have mastered innocence, make mistakes in process selection, and overlook many essential aspects of Sadhana. They're pitiful, deluded souls. Rajasic Sadhakas who are self-assured will pick and choose exercises that appeal to them in an erratic way, abandoning all of them when they experience severe difficulties.

    Prana, along with mind and Agni, ascends through Brahma Nadi after Kundalini awakens. Via special exercises such as Mahabheda, Sakti Chalana, and others, you will be able to raise it to the Sahasrara Chakra.

    It pierces the Muladhara Chakra as soon as it awakens (Bheda). It must be transported to Sahasrara through various Chakras. When Kundalini is at one Chakra, it produces extreme fire, and when it moves on to another Chakra, the previous Chakra becomes very cold and dead.

    The manifestations of Kundalini awakening include freedom from Kama, Krodha, Raga, and Dvesha, as well as mental harmony, celestial love, astral vision, supreme fearlessness, desirelessness, Siddhis, divine intoxication, and metaphysical Ananda. When a man is at ease, he is well aware of his surroundings and the world around him. As it awakens, he is no longer alive like the rest of the universe. He is unconcerned with his physical appearance. He achieves the condition of Unmani. When Kundalini flies from Chakra to Chakra, it opens layer after layer of the mind, giving the Yogi psychic abilities. He regains command of the five elements. He is in the Chidakasa as it meets the Sahasrara Chakra (knowledge space).

    Many people misunderstand and take the Kundalini Sakti's awakening, union with Siva, enjoyment of the nectar, and other Kundalini Yoga functions mentioned in the Yoga Sastras literally. They believe that men are Siva and women are Sakti, and that the aim of Kundalini Yoga is merely sexual union. They continue to deliver flowers and worship their wives with lustful proclivities after misinterpretations of Yogic texts. The word "divine coma resulting from nectar consumption" is often misrepresented. They drink a variety of wine and other intoxicating beverages and pretend to be in Divine ecstasy. It's all a case of stupidity. They are completely incorrect. This kind of prayer and union isn't Kundalini Yoga at all.

    They focus their attention on sexual centers and end up ruining themselves. Some stupid young boys pretend that the Kundalini has gone up to their neck by doing one or two Asanas, Mudras, and a little Pranayama for a few days in whatever way they like. They dress up as large Yogis. They are pitiful, delusory beings. Even a Vedanti (a Jnana Yoga student) can only attain Jnana Nishtha by reawakening the Kundalini Sakti, which is dormant at the Muladhara Chakra. If it is Raja Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Hatha Yoga, or Jnana Yoga, no superconscious state or Samadhi is possible without awakening this primordial spirit.

    It is easy to awaken the Kundalini, but it is extremely difficult to guide it through the Chakras to the Sahasrara Chakra. It necessitates a lot of discipline, perseverance, purity, and consistent practice. The Yogi who has brought everything to the Sahasrara Chakra is really the lord of all powers. Due to false Tushti, most Yogic students end their Sadhana halfway through (satisfaction). When they have mystic visions and psychic abilities, they believe they have arrived at their destination. They want to show off their abilities in front of the public in order to gain Khyati (reputation and fame) and wealth. This is a tragic oversight. Only complete realization will bring ultimate salvation, perfect happiness, and Highest Bliss.



    Hatha Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga, and Jnana Yoga will be listed one by one as different methods of awakening the Kundalini. Any aspirants would not be able to achieve perfection by a single process. For the vast majority of people, a harmonious mix of both approaches is needed. On the following sections, I will describe the various exercises for awakening the Kundalini.

    If you are smart enough, after reviewing the various exercises, you can easily choose the Sadhana form that best suits you and achieve success.

    The state of Samadhi and Mukti is influenced by the rousing of Kundalini and its union with Siva at the Sahasrara Chakra. You must have Deha Suddhi (purity of body), Nadi Suddhi (purification of Nadis), Manas-Suddhi (purity of mind), and Buddhi Suddhi (purity of mind) before you can awaken the Kundalini (purity of intellect). 

    The following six exercises are recommended for body purification: 

    1. Dhauti, 
    2. Basti, 
    3. Neti, 
    4. Nauli, 
    5. Tratak, and 
    6. Kapalabhati. 

    In Hatha Yoga, these are known as Shat-Karma, or the six purifying exercises.