PRACTICES – Vishuddhi Shuddhi

 

The following practice is very simple. Vishiuidhi shuddhi – ‘the purification of the vishuddhi’. Sit in a comfortable position. Hold the back straight and close the eyes. Become aware of the breath. Fold your tongue back into khechari mudra6. Do ujjayi pranayama0. For a minute or so be aware of the sound of the breath at the throat. Let your breathing become slower and deeper. Then with inhalation, imagine that the breath is being drawn in through the vishuddhi kshetram at the front of the throat. Feel that the breath passes through the kshetram and eventually pierces vishuddhi chakra in the spine. With exhalation, feel the breath move forwards from vishuddhi chakra trigger point towards the kshetram and eventually outwards in front of the body. This is 1 round. Continue for at least 5 minutes or longer, if you have time available. Daily practice in this manner will gradually develop your sensitivity to vishuddhi chakra and kshetram.

Location of the other chakras and kshetrams

Besides the practice that we have just described for vishuddhi, you should also continue to do practices that increase your sensitivity to mooladhara, swadhisthana, manipura and anahata chakras and kshetrams. This will maximize your sensitivity for kriya yoga practices to be introduced in Book III.

If you can easily locate the other chakras and kshetrams then you should practise the method of chakra shuddhi4. That is, you have to chant Aum in time with the pulse 21 times at each of the chakras and kshetrams. Preferably

you should also use a mala, since this will be a valuable preparation for kriya yoga practices.

If you have difficulty in locating the centres then continue to practise the specific techniques prescribed for each centre in the previous four lessons.

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