Week of March 4th
Vayus - The Five Homes of Prana in the body
Sat Nam All,
*The Vayus are the different frequencies and modes of motion of the Prana. Each Vayu has natural home in the body.
1. prana, from the base of the heart to the neck
2. apana, from below the naval to the feet
3. udana, from the larynx and upwards into the head
4. samana, from the heart to the naval
5. vyana, pervades over the entire body
Yogic scriptures say that five hundred diseases will not come near a person who moves his navel point, because the navel point totally controls the Vayus, the pranic airs that circulate through the body.
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QUOTE FOR THE WEEK
"When people start to meditate or work with any kind of spiritual discipline, they often think that somehow they’re going to improve, which is a sort of subtle aggression against who they really are. It’s a bit like saying “If I jog, I’ll be a much better person. If I could only get a nicer house, I’d be a better person. If I could meditate and calm down, I’d be a better person..."
But loving kindness—maitri towards ourselves–doesn’t mean getting rid of anything. Maitri means that we can still be crazy after all these years. We can still be angry after all these years. We can still be timid or jealous or full of feelings of unworthiness. The point is not to try to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about BEFRIENDING WHO WE ARE ALREADY.
The ground of practice is you or me or whoever we are right now, just as we are. That’s the ground, that’s what we study, that’s what we come to know with tremendous curiosity and interest."
- Pema Chodron—The Wisdom of No Escape
KRIYAS FOR THE WEEK
Kundalini Yoga for building physical health and mental clarity KY kriyas (taught April 14' 1993, from Self Knowledge)
1. Sit in easy pose with your elbows bent, the upper arms near the ribs, and the forearms pointing upward. The thumbs touch the mound under the Mercury fingers, while the fingers point straight upward with no space between them. Keep your spine straight with the chin in and the chest out. Stretch back your shoulder blades so that they almost touch. Look at the tip of your nose and do breath of fire. Make sure that your breath is strong and that you pump your navel. 3 Minutes. Yogic scriptures say that five hundred diseases will not come near a person who moves his navel point, because the navel point totally controls the Vayus, the pranic airs that circulate through the body.
To finish: Inhale, hold the breath 10 Seconds, tighten all your muscles to circulate the energy you have created, and exhale the breath through your mouth like cannon fire. Inhale, repeat this sequence one more time. Finally, inhale, hold the breath 10 seconds, tighten all your muscles and exhale the breath slowly with a whistle. When the whistle ends, relax the posture. Through the practice of this exercise, men can avoid impotency, women can avoid menopause problems, and the young can remain young.
2. Sit in easy pose with your elbows bent, the upper arms near the ribs, the forearms pointing upward and the palms of the hands facing forward. Twist the hands back and forth on the wrists with the thumbs leading the movement. The total power of the movement of this exercise comes from the thumbs. The thumbs are solid and the fingers firm as you move the hands with a heavy jerk forward and back. Make the thumbs move the hands. Move hard and fast. Look at the tip of your nose. Breathe as slowly and deeply as possible. 3 Minutes. If this movement is painful you could be deficient in proper minerals.
To finish: Inhale, hold the breath 10-15 seconds, twist the hands back and forth as fast as you can and tighten all the muscles of the body. Exhale. Repeat this sequence two more times and relax.
3. The elbows are bent with the forearms parallel to the ground, palms facing down. There is no space between the fingers of each hand and the thumb is pressed against the side of the hand. The hands are near the center of the chest, with the fingertips of one hand pointing at the fingertips of the other. The eyes are on the tip of the nose. Swinging from the elbow, the forearms move out to the front and back to the center. The forearms do not swing all the way out to the side, they stop when they point straight forward. The force of the movement is from the outside position inward. Pull the arms in heavily like a hammer blow with full speed and strength. The mouth is "0" shaped with breath of fire through the mouth. 3 Minutes. This exercise is for the heart center. To finish: Inhale, hold the breath 15 seconds, repeat the movement of the exercise as fast as you can and shake energy into every cell. Exhale. Repeat this sequence two more times and relax.
Kundalini Yoga Varuyas Kriya KY kriyas (from Sadhana Guidelines)
Stand up straight. Put the right foot slightly forward. Stretch the left leg far backward. Put the top of the toes of the left foot on the ground. Extend the arms forward parallel to the ground. Put the palms together. Tilt the spine slightly forward of the vertical position. Fix the eyes on the horizon or at the brow point.
Take a deep breath, then begin a rhythmic chant of "Sat Nam". Emphasize the sound "Sat" as you pull the navel point in and apply a light mul bhand. Continue for 1-1/2 minutes. Then inhale. Relax.
Switch and place the left leg forward. Repeat the exercise for an equal period of time.
This kriya will make you sweat if you do it properly. You may also notice a burning sensation in the cheeks. The time of practice can slowly be increased to 7-1/2 minutes on each side. The practice and perfection of this kriya is said to open the pituitary secretion, regulate excessive sexual energy, and increase general immunity to disease. It tests the nerve strength and rebalances the magnetic field of the body. If you don't want to be shaky when you are older, this is an excellent practice to start when you are young. Besides practicing this kriya by itself, it is enjoyable to do it after completing a long series of exercises that have worked on flexibility and circulation. The kriya helps transform the "vital juice," the ojas, into a form usable in maintaining your entire nervous system.
*Taken from the Aquarian Teacher
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