Maha Mudra – Alternative 2

Sitting position

The sitting position is called utthanpadasana (stretched leg pose). It has three positions:

1. Right leg straight in front of the body and the left leg folded so that the left heel presses against the mooladhara chakra (see figure 1).

2. Left leg straight and the right leg folded so that the heel presses the mooladhara chakra.

3. Both legs straight in front of the body.

Each of these positions is used in maha mudra alternative 2. In positions 1 and 2 it is important that the side of the heel firmly applies pressure on the mooladhara chakra. For men, the pressure should be applied midway between the anus and sexual organ; for women, against the inside edge of the vagina.

Technique

Sit in utthanpadasana with the left leg folded and the right leg straight.

Adjust your body so that you feel comfortable.

Place both hands on the right knee.

Hold the back straight.

Do khechari mudra.

Open the eyes.

Bend your head forwards and become aware of the pressure at the mooladhara chakra (see figure 2).

Follow exactly the same instructions as given for alternative 1 as far as reaching awareness of the bindu.

Then mentally repeat ‘bindu’ 3 times: ‘bindu – bindu – bindu’.

Lean forward and grasp the big toe of the right foot with the fingers of both hands.

Keep the right leg straight.

Practise shambhavi mudra and moola bandha.

Repeat ‘shambhavi – khechari – moof from 3 to 12 times, passing your awareness through the seats of these practices as you repeat their names (figure 3).

Release shambhavi mudra.

Release moola bandha.

Raise the spine to the upright position and again place the two hands on the right knee.

Again fix awareness on bindu and descend through the spinal passage as described for alternative method 1 (see figure 4).

The first round is completed when your awareness reaches mooladhara chakra.

The whole process of 1 round is shown in the accompanying pictures.

Immediately start the second round.

Repeat mentally ‘mooladhara’ 3 times and then ascend the frontal passage.

 

Do 4 complete rounds.

Then change to sitting position 2, that is, with line left leg straight and the right leg folded under the buttocks.

Make sure that the side of the right heel is firmly pressing against the mooladhara chakra.

Do 4 more complete rounds.

Then sit in position 3; that is, both legs straight in front of the body.

Do 4 more complete rounds.

This is the complete practice of maha mudra, alternative 2.

Breathing

Ail details are as given for alternative 1. Ensure that you do ujjayi pranayama throughout.

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