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Preparatory Practices for Mahabandha Kriya

Mahabandha Kriya involves three locks namely - Moolabandha, Uddiyanabandha and Jalandharabandha. Applying all these locks simultaneously can be difficult for most of the new practitioners. Hence, it is recommended that you practice each lock separately unless you master them all. In addition you can practice the following preparatory techniques.

Ashwini Mudra

  • Sit on your tows such that your knees are touching the floor in the front
  • Now place the palms on the floor and lift your body upwards so that your trunk is parallel to the ground and your weight is balanced by hands and knees. (It is as if you are standing on four legs like dogs and cats)
  • Now contract your anus muscles to a comfortable limit
  • Hold on for few seconds and then release the tension
  • Repeat this contraction and relaxation for 10-15 times

Tadagi Mudra

  • Lie down on the the back
  • Fold your knees such that your soles are touching the ground
  • Take few deep breaths
  • Now exhale completely
  • As you exhale let your abdomen sink
  • Try to take it as close to your spine as possible. Do not put excessive strain.
  • Maintain this position for as much as comfortable
  • Slowly inhale and allow the abdomen to assume the normal position

Neck rotation

  • Sit comfortably in any meditative posture
  • Place palms on your knees
  • Now slowly start moving your neck in four directions - left, right, up and down
  • After performing 10 rotations slowly start rotating your neck first in clockwise direction and then in anticlockwise direction.
  • Relax and attempt again

After some practice try to touch your chin on the chest when you turn the head downwards. Do not apply force of any kind. 

Bipin Joshi is a software consultant, an author and a yoga mentor with more than 22 years of experience in classical yoga system of India. He is an internationally published author and has authored or co-authored more than ten technology books for Apress and WROX press. He has been awarded as a Most Valuable Professional by Microsoft. He has also written a few Marathi books including Devachya Davya Hati and Natha Sankentincha Danshu. Having embraced yoga way of life he also teaches Kriya and Meditation to selected individuals.

बिपीन जोशी लिखित देवाच्या डाव्या हाती आणि नाथ संकेतींचा दंशु या पुस्तकांची आपली प्रत आजच विकत घ्या. त्यांच्या अजपा योग मार्गदर्शनाविषयी अधिक माहिती येथे उपलब्ध आहे.

Posted On : 12 Jan 2007

Tags : Hatha Yoga Kundalini Chakras Kriya Yoga Natha Courses

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