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What is Kechari Mudra?

    What is a Mudra?


    A mudra is a yoga pose that is specifically meant to awaken spiritual energy in the body. 

    One of the most significant mudras is Kechari [pronounced ke–CHAR–ee]. Regrettably, it is also one of the most challenging. 

    To communicate with particular nerves in the nasal passageways, the tongue must be moved back behind the soft palate. 

    If the tongue cannot be pushed back far enough, the tip of the tongue can be pressed against the uvula (the soft fleshy appendage that hangs from the soft palate at the back of the mouth). 



    What is Kechari Mudra?




    The highest of all mudras is the Kechari Mudra. There are two mudras in particular that you should learn if you want to be a master in hatha Yoga. One of them is Kechari. It's a somewhat unusual method. 

    The tongue is turned back and placed behind the soft palate in Kechari Mudra.

    Touching the tip of the tongue to the uvula, that small flap hanging down at the back of the throat, is a compromise that provides some of the same advantages. 

    The meeting of the nerves in the tip of the tongue and the uvula, according to yoga, is the true inner sexual connection. It generates a type of energy short circuit that forces energy from the body into the brain. 

    When you perform it, you will see an instantaneous result. It's a remarkable and effective strategy. It is the technique for learning to levitate and fly described in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and Hatha Yoga shastras. 

    An elixir is secreted if these nerves [at the tip of the tongue and nasal passageways or uvula] are kept connected for a particular amount of time. It has a sweet flavor that reminds me of a combination of clarified butter and honey. 

    In India's scriptures, there is a complete Veda called Samaveda, which most people believe is about drinking rice wine and becoming drunk. It's all about this inner nectar, which is highly charged and can keep you energetic for extended periods of time without requiring food. 

    It brings a lot of happiness and spiritual force. Bears curl their mouths back as they go into hibernation, according to yogis. That is how they are able to stay in suspended animation for months at a time. Their heart rate drops to one or two beats per minute, according to my calculations. 

    The tongue instinctively turns into Kechari Mudra in samadhi. As a result, performing it consciously will assist you in reaching pleasure. 

    It is very good for the Higher Kriyas. Kriya with Kechari Mudra was taught by Lahiri Mahasaya. When she practiced the Higher Kriyas with Kechari Mudra, Kamala Silva [a direct student of Master] said she got a lot more out of them. 

    Because extending the frenum (the chord that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth) is required to get the tongue into Kechari, many of Lahiri Mahasaya's pupils incorporate tongue-stretching exercises as part of their Kriya initiation.


    What is the Purpose of  doing Kechari Mudra?


    • Kechari Mudra's primary goal is to activate Kundalini. 
    • When the positive and negative energies in the tongue and nasal passageways (or uvula) are combined, they form an energy cycle in the brain that forms a magnetic field instead of allowing the energy to flow outward to the body. 
    • Energy is drawn upward from the body and from the base of the spine to the brain through this field. In Samadhi, the tongue is believed to turn back on itself. 
    • This mudra is used to promote the emergence of profound spiritual realms of awareness.
    • People frequently inquire about how to move their energy up the spine to the spiritual eye. Kechari Mudra is a wonderful approach to go about it. It attracts energy to the spine and pulls it into the brain.



    When is it appropriate to use Kechari Mudra in one's practice? 


    You should start when you have a nice sensation of energy internalization and inner tranquility in your spine. 

    When you've achieved that point in your practice, practicing Kriya with Kechari Mudra will have a greater impact. 

    Instead of thinking about starting after a set amount of time—say, five or 10 years—think about starting whenever you feel it is the proper moment. Even though it may appear unusual at first, it is a very vital method. 

    The tip of the tongue has a positive energy, whereas the uvula and specific nerves in the nasal passages have a negative energy. 

    When these two energies come together, they form a tremendous energy cycle that forms a magnet. 

    Rather than pushing it from below, the proper technique to raise the kundalini is to establish a magnet from above. Kechari Mudra is a safe and natural approach to attract that magnet.



    4 Exercises to Prepare for Kechari Mudra 


    The greatest impediment to doing Kechari Mudra is the ordinary tongue's and frenum's shortness (the cord that ties the tongue to the floor of the mouth.) These exercises will help you progressively and naturally lengthen your tongue and frenum. (Some of them were taught by Lahiri Mahasaya.) 

    The frenum should not be severed under any circumstances. Nature put it there to keep us from swallowing our tongues. It's possible that cutting it will sever the nerves that lead to the tongue. 

    You might be able to do one or both of these Kechari preparatory activities every day. You might be able to complete them all. But don't go overboard. 

    If your frenum, tongue, or soft palate get painful, you may need to take a day or longer off from the workouts. 

    Keep in mind that mastering the complete Kechari Mudra takes months, if not years. 

    Devotion to God and gurus, in addition to these disciplines, will eventually assist you in doing Kechari Mudra. Devotion attracts God's blessings to your work. 


    1. “Milking” the tongue by gently drawing it 


    • Stretch the by mouth outward and then downward several times with a wet towel in a gently "milking" motion. 
    • This may be done for a few minutes each day, before or after your meditation.


     2. By turning the Tongue and Pressing the Roof of the the Mouth


    • The back as far as you can and pressing the base of it on the roof of the mouth, the frenum may be stretched against. 
    • Gradually extend the tongue toward the rear of the mouth as it relaxes. 
    • As a first step toward executing complete Kechari Mudra, you should be able to touch it to the uvula in the back of the neck. 
    • You can stay in this position as long as it is comfortable for you while performing Hong-Sau, AUM, or Kriya. 


    3. Gently Rubbing the Frenum Across the Teeth


    • The frenum may be also softened by pulling out the tongue and rubbing it softly and gently stroking it left and right over the lower teeth. This repeated action will help stretch it over the teeth. 
    • This exercise should be done with caution, especially if you have exceptionally sharp bottom teeth. 
    • This method can be paired with the “tongue-milking” exercise, which involves gradually pulling the tongue outward and downward, then rubbing it across the bottom teeth. 

    4. Talabya Kriya


    In the exercise's ceiling, turn the tongue back and cleave it above your pallet and against the roof of your mouth.

    • Slowly open your mouth while your tongue is pressing the bottom of the tongue on the roof of the mouth. 
    • Release your tongue with a swift flicking action as if it were a spring recoiling.
    • Repeat this multiple number of times, as you find comfortable.
    • Finally, push and thrust your tongue out as far as you can for a stretch at the point when the connection breaks. 
    • Ideally, you should practice 25-50 times each day, or as much as you can comfortably.



    4 Progressive Stages to Perform Kechari Mudra



    Kechari Mudra is performed in the following sequence of stages:




    1. The tongue is positioned as far back as it is comfortable toward the back of the throat in the first stage. 
    2. Second Stage: You should be able to touch the tongue to the uvula as you extend the tongue and frenum (the soft fleshy appendage that hangs from the soft palate at the back of the mouth.) 
    3. The tongue is raised above the soft palate in the third stage. 
    4. Final Stage: The tongue is moved as far forward and upward as possible over the soft palate and up to the top of the hollow region (nasal cavity).


    You may also want to read more about Yoga Asanas and Mudras here.







    Marichyasana - Yoga Asana for Agility



    Marichyasana - Seated twist (variation) 


    The ribs support the thoracic cage. The lumbar vertebral facets travel forward and back, preventing any spinning, and the spine is prevented from doing much rotation. Only the T12–L1 junction, which connects the thoracic and lumbar spines, is responsible for much of the bending. 

    The strain generated by the twist, on the other hand, is maintained in the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae. As a result, the pose is also beneficial for osteoporosis. It's a great way to bulk up your bones.

    Twist to the other side if you have a herniated disc. Be patient with yourself if you have facet arthritis or facet syndrome; the other poses suggested here might be better test cases for you. Since abdominal or back surgery, or a posterior hip replacement, avoid this position.


    THE POSITION


    1. Sit on a rug or fluffy mat with your legs spread forward.

    2. Raise your back by pressing your palms flat on the floor beside you.

    3. Bend your right knee and put your foot beside the thickest section of your left leg on the mat.

    4. Tightly anchor the left leg down, extending the sole of the foot fully. Stretch the big-toe side of the foot in particular forward, leaving it upright.

    5. Raise your neck and move to the right on the next inhalation.

    6. Put your left upper arm in front of your right leg.

    Slide it forward as far as you can without rounding your back to engage the outside of the folded knee as high up on the arm as possible. Lift your forearm and hand to vertical if desired.

    7. Balance by pressing the outside of your left leg with the outside of your left upper arm or armpit, sliding your left forearm to the left of your right shin, reaching out behind you with the left hand, and walking your right hand out to the left on the floor.


    It would even straighten your back and elevate your shoulders. 

    Here's the test: 

    • Is your belly being compressed by your right leg, preventing you from twisting any further? 
    • Are you unable to twist across your left leg because it is so thick? 
    • Straighten up with each inhalation and twist a bit harder when you exhale to test this. Walk your right hand around behind you into the left each time you twist to coax the right shoulder around. Pull your left shoulder blade back and propel your left breast forward and to the right (not your shoulder). 
    • Is the balance thrown off by buttock flesh? 
    • Is it difficult for your left arm to pass by your right thigh due to a lack of space?


    If you answered yes to all of these questions, weight and dimension are important factors in your case. Of course, friction, a herniated disc, rotator cuff syndrome, and other causes unrelated to weight may make twisting difficult. 

    To see if it's fatigue or the size of your limbs and belly that's restricting you, compare your sitting-on-the-floor twist to the same twist standing up with your foot on a chair, as in the first pose above. If you're having difficulty judging, seek assistance.







    Vriksasana - Yoga Asana for Balance

     




    Vriksasana (The Tree) 


    Benefits and how it works: 

    This stance, which requires a fair amount of balance, strengthens a practitioner's balance while also detecting weak balance in someone who tries but can't really do it. This variant of the pose is safe for those who find the traditional pose difficult, but it is also rigorous enough to diagnose imbalances in a person's equilibrium.

    Do not try this posture if you have plantar fasciitis, a sprained ankle, or if you are already aware that your balance is compromised. You will balance on the other foot whether you have plantar fasciitis or a sprained ankle.


    POSITION

    1. As you stand with the chair to the right and your back to the wall, brace the side of the chair to the wall so it faces you.

    2. Stand with your toes stretched out with your feet hip-width apart.

    Firmly press the left foot's ball and heel into the ground. Moderately tighten the left quadriceps and hamstrings to firm the whole thigh. Tuck your buttocks in and bring your lower pelvis forward, mildly extending your hip. Your lumbar curve should be reduced as a result of these exercises.

    3. Your pelvis should be immediately behind your knees. Lift your right foot off the floor and put it on the chair's seat, toes pointed away from you.

    4. Maintain a forward-facing pelvis as you swing the bent right knee and thigh out to the side gently and deliberately (ideally at ninety degrees to the left foot).

    5. Focus your attention on a point fifteen to twenty feet away that is at eye level.

    6. Slowly inhale as you lift your arms symmetrically above your shoulders, hands upward, biceps as far behind the ears as possible without moving your head forward. In any case, make sure the lungs are fully filled when you do so.

    7. Stretch upward from your left ankle across the top of your head to the tips of your thumbs and toes by bringing your shoulder blades together behind you. Only enough for you to be able to stand without the help of the wall. Extend your arms to the stars.

    8. Now it's time to put your knowledge to the test: Take the right foot off the chair slowly and deliberately. Place your foot down if you appear to tip over.

    9. Now go to the left foot on the chair and repeat.



    It would be fantastic if you could keep this role for fifteen seconds. If you can't, so you need to work on your equilibrium. If you can keep the pose for those few seconds, that doesn't mean you don't need to lose weight; but, if you can't, it's a good bet you need to lose weight. 

    Of course, being overweight isn't the only source of imbalance, so if you lose your balance in less than fifteen seconds, you can work on it, even if it isn't due to being overweight. This is particularly critical if your performance indicates that your equilibrium is substantially poorer than it was previously. 

    Yoga is just as effective at restoring equilibrium as it is at detecting it. As the posture progresses, you can progress to a more advanced version of this pose.

    It is necessary to notice the outcomes at this stage and move on to determining if something is impeding the ability to move. 











    YOGIC DRISHTIS



    The meditation gazing points to reflect on when practicing the poses are called drishtis. They're made to help with good alignment and to help you stay focused on the current moment. 

    We have a tendency to look about, equate ourselves to those in the room, or glance at the clock when exercising. Which diverts attention away from the practice's internal workings. Drishtis are intended to assist you in looking inside.


    The following are the 9 Yogic Drishtis:

    • 1. Nasagrai (also spelled Nasagre) (nose)
    • 2. Ajna Chakra or Bhrumadhye (third eye, between the eyebrows)
    • 3. Nabi Chakra, also known as Nabhi, Nabhicakre, or Nabi Chakra (belly button)
    • 4. Hastagrai or Hastagre are two different words for the same thing (hands)
    • 5. Padayoragrai (toes/feet) or Padayoragre (feet)
    • 6. Drishti of Parshva (to the right)
    • 7. Drishti of Parshva (to the left)
    • 8. Angushtamadhye or Angushta Ma Dyai. Angush (thumbs)
    • 9. Antara Drishti or Urdhva (up to the sky)

    Drishtis can be difficult to understand at first. There are, however, certain basic rules for gaze. It all boils down to following the stretch's course with your eyes. 

    In backbends, for example, we look at our third eye to allow the head to roll back and expand the backbend. 

    To lengthen the spine, we look at the toes in seated forward bends like Paschimottanasana (Western Intense Stretch Pose). 

    Drishtis are a way to gently concentrate without constantly staring; they are not meant to make you cross-eyed.