Yoga of Awareness
Mul Bandh, the Root Lock, is a powerful contraction of muscles and
stimulation of energies that helps to redirect sexual energy into
creativity and healing energy. The Root Lock is often applied at
the end of exercises and meditations, and helps to seal the healing
and uplifting effects and stabilize your senses. Root Lock is a
smooth motion that consists of three parts.
The root lock blends the energies of Prana and Apana, the energies that generate and eliminate, respectively.
By mixing these energies, a pressure is created that helps direct your energy upward and through your physical body and your chakras in a moderate, stable and balanced way.
The Knot of Brahma - When you apply the Mul Bandh consciously and correctly, it is said to "untie the knot of Brahma". The Knot of Brahma is located at the first chakra, at the base of your spine. When the knot is untied and the energy is flowing smoothly, you feel balanced and free from your attachments to form and the senses.
The Great Lock - Maha Bandh - is the application of all three locks at the same time, with your breath held out. Maha Bandh is practiced after many meditations, exercises and pranayam exercises, in various postures, and with different mudras (yogic hand positions) and mantras.
When the great lock is applied consciously and correctly, the body is said to enter into a healing state of balance. Yogic tradition tells us that the healing effects of this lock may help with menstrual cramps, poor circulation and preoccupation with mental fantasies.
We must apply discipline to work through the blocks that keep us from moving towards consciousness and kindness. The practice of these locks can help. Apply them consciously, whenever indicated, and feel the effects. Find Yoga Classes In Your Area.
Kriya - Kriya literally means
a "completed action" utilizing a combination of posture,
mantra, breath and movement - designed to bring about a specific
effect on the body, mind, and consciousness. A Kriya may be one
specific exercise or sequence of exercises.
Practicing the Locks
Sit on the heels and spread the knees apart. Put the palms on the thighs.
Inhale, exhale and apply the root lock then inhale and relax it.
Disclaimer: The practice of yoga has benefited millions of people, but this article is not intended as medical advice. It’s intent is solely for information and education. The therapeutic benefits attributed come from centuries-old yogic tradition. Please consult a healthcare professional should the need for one be indicated. More.
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Tratakam is the meditative technique of gazing. Gazing with the eyes is recognized as a powerful method for focusing life force energy. In the yogic Scripture it says, "even a glance from the eyes of a holy man can cure mental and physical imbalances." Gazing with the eyes is recognized as a powerful technique for focusing pranic energy. The pranic energy gives life to the atom, all material, and the mind.
The laws of regulation and interaction of pranic energy form the basis of most occult sciences, and explain many obscure passages in the scriptures. The general technique of gazing is called Tratakam (Trataka, Tratakum). Applying Tratakam to a particular image of a teacher is Guru Yoga. The stories surrounding the practice of gazing are so many, the simple truths have become obscured. If one reads the old literature of yogic and mystic lore that was published around the turn of the century, there are descriptions of yogis gazing at the sun all day.
This ancient literature describes a glance that hypnotizes, removing one's will, and eyes that shine beams of light for miles. In many modern movies, the power of eye communication is used as main technique to represent emotional states. At the base of all this, there is an exciting and different understanding of man, energy, and the nature and function of vision.
*Consultation with a health care professional should occur before applying adjustments or treatments to the body, consuming medications or nutritional supplements and before dieting, fasting or exercising. None of these activities nor any other practices are herein presented as substitutes for competent medical treatment.