108 Mudrā Practice Pointers – 9 – Whatever the effect Bahya Kumbhaka has……

Mudrā Pointer 9 – Whatever the effect Bahya Kumbhaka has……

Whatever the effect Bāhya Kumbhaka has, it is
extended by the use of Uḍḍīyāna and Mūla Bandha.
However the total length of the breath is reduced.
Bandha substantially reduces the lengths
of the Pūraka, the Recaka and the Kumbhaka.
Which and by how much depends on the individual.

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108 Mudrā Practice Pointers – 8 – The Viniyoga of Jihvā Bandha taught that it was to be used……

Mudrā Pointer 8 – The Viniyoga of Jihvā Bandha taught that it was to be used……

Jihvā Bandha, as taught by Krishnamacharya is described as,
‘the big tongue has to turn back and touch the little tongue‘.
The tongue is seen as one of the Ādhāra points in the body.
In that stilling the tongue is a support for fixing the attention.
It is also known in the Gheraṇḍa Saṃhitā as Nabho Mudrā.
Here it is defined as ‘the keeping of the tongue turned upwards,
wherever you are and in whatever the activity you are engaged’.
The Viniyoga of Jihvā Bandha taught that it was to be used
in most Seated Āsana, with the exception of Seated Twists.
Though not so much in Standing Āsana,
or Backbend Āsana like Matsya Āsana.

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108 Mudrā Practice Pointers – 7 – The journey towards Uḍḍīyana Bandha begins with……

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Mudrā Pointer – 7 – The journey towards Uḍḍīyana Bandha……

The journey towards Uḍḍīyana Bandha
begins with the learning of the
process of active exhalation.

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108 Mudrā Practice Pointers – 6 – To experience the intention behind the Bandha the body must be prepared……

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Mudrā Pointer 6 – To experience the intention behind the Bandha……

To experience the intention behind
the Bandha, the body must be prepared.
For example if the pulse remains increased
after their use, it is an indicator that we are not ready.
If excessive tension is felt in the areas where they are used,
then an indicator that we are not ready for Bandha in Mahāmudrā.

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108 Mudrā Practice Pointers – 5 – Ṣat Mukhi Mudrā – A means to ‘Listen’ to the Space within the Heart.

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Mudrā Pointer 5 – Ṣat Mukhi Mudrā – A means to ‘Listen’……

Ṣat Mukhi Mudrā
A means to ‘Listen’ to
the Space within the Heart.

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108 Mudrā Practice Pointers – 4 – Mahā Mudrā is a rock on which to take a seat…..

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Mudrā Pointer 4 – Mahā Mudrā is a rock…..

Mahāmudrā is a rock on which to take a seat,
amidst the swirling waves in the ocean that is the Citta.

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108 Mudrā Practice Pointers – 3 – Mūla Bandha is that part of Uḍḍīyāna Bandha that you do not release.

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Mudrā Pointer – 3 – Mūla Bandha is that part of Uḍḍīyāna……

Mūla Bandha is that part
of Uḍḍīyāna Bandha
that you do not release.

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108 Mudrā Practice Pointers – 2 – Mahā Mudrā is the bridge between Āsana and Prāṇāyāma.

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Mudrā Pointer 2 – Mahā Mudrā is the bridge……

Mahā Mudrā is the bridge between Āsana and Prāṇāyāma.

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108 Mudrā Practice Pointers – 1 – Cit Mudrā – A means to appreciate the subtlety of Yoga Sūtra C2 v46……

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Mudrā Pointer 1 – Appreciating the subtlety of Yoga Sūtra C2 v46……

Cit Mudrā
A means to appreciate the subtlety of Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 46
the integration of the qualities of steady attentiveness and spacious clarity.

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