We strongly recommend that you practice this technique only when you are completely alone in the room.
This does not mean that you cannot share this technique with other people, but it should always be performed in solitude or there is a risk of diminishing or affecting the effects of the technique.
The yogic texts are categorical regarding Prana Mudra and they state clearly that any presence, including that of your lover is a disturbing element, preventing the perception of the secret effect of the technique, as well as its profound and spiritual sense.
The recommendations and the urge to secrecy go even further for Prana Mudra, not even the results obtained after its practice should be shared with anyone, except for ones trusted guru.
More than any other technique, Prana Mudra is a genuine dialogue with ourselves, done in the intimacy of our own being. The maximum emotional intensity that can be triggered by Prana Mudra is experienced when it is performed in solitude.
THE AURA BECOMES SHINY AND BRIGHT
Prana Mudra is a valuable exercise of breathing, whose numerous benefits have been confirmed by the greatest yogis of India. This exercise enhances the capacity of awareness and control of the subtle energies.
Through intense activation of the subtle energies of fire, our aura becomes larger, purer and brighter. Furthermore, due to the focus on the chest area a powerful process of soul awakening and revelation of our divine nature occurs.
The positive energy of the pranic forces activated by this type of breathing, associated with the magnetic force radiating from the fingers generate an unusual state, characterized at the same time by an effervescent inner state of focus, and the balance of these two apparently contradicting tendencies leads to the desire to focus inwards.
This natural tendency is so intense, that some people have said that Prana Mudra awakens the faith in God. This technique is also included in the category of the mudras – symbolic gestures, expressions and apparently simple physical attitudes that trigger remarkable effects.
Prana Mudra is a special pranayama exercise, combined with movements of the arms and hands. You can do Prana Mudra from Padmasana (The Lotus Pose), Siddhasana (The Perfect Pose), or Vajrasana (The Lightning Pose). People who cannot perform any of these asanas, due to health reasons, should practice Prana Mudra sitting on a chair.
THE FIRST STAGE – RETENTION ON VOID
Point the fingers and thumbs of the hands towards the abdomen, keep the spine perfectly straight.
Exhale all the air from the lungs, performing in the last phase of the exhalation a contraction of the abdominal muscles. This contraction is associated with Mula Bandha. Before inhaling, hold the contraction for several seconds.
THE SECOND STAGE – THE DIAPHRAGM STAGE
Relax the abdominal muscles, stop doing Mula Bandha, relax the perineal area, and start to inhale slowly. The air enters the lungs and the diaphragm comes down, pressing the lower abdomen.
THE THIRD STAGE – THE “RIB” STAGE
While the diaphragm becomes flat, the hands are lifted towards the solar plexus (Manipura Chakra). The inhalation occurs naturally, the lungs are filled with air, and the elbows are spread from the torso to allow the thorax to open harmoniously and fully.
The fingers are no longer pointed towards the body, but are parallel with the thorax, pointing towards each other and continue to go upwards in front of the chest, until the lungs are filled with air.
At the end of this stage, the hands are close to the clavicle, the elbows are raised and pointed away from the torso and the arms are parallel to the floor. The fingers are oriented towards the body.
THE FOURTH STAGE – THE “CLAVICLE” STAGE
After the diaphragm has become flat, and the thorax is completely open, you can inhale a certain quantity of air in the upper part of the lungs, by lifting the shoulders.
The inhalation is complete when the hands pass before the throat and the face and go away from the body until the arms are wide open, and the palms are facing up, as if to capture the sun-rays. At this time, the muscles are relaxed, and the lungs are completely filled with air.
THE FIFTH STAGE – THE RETENTION WITH THE LUNGS FILLED WITH AIR
Stay still and retain the breath in the lungs for as long as is comfortably possible in a state of transfigured inner focus.
Increase the duration of the retention progressively, without forcing it; the organism will become used to longer retentions in time.
THE SIXTH STAGE – THE EXHALATION
The exhalation requires the same gestures as in the case of the inhalation, only in the reverse order. Empty your lungs in their upper part, then the thorax, and then the abdominal area. The hands go down slowly, so that at the end of the exhalation they are oriented again towards the abdomen, which has to be contracted in order to eliminate the final residues of air.
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