04 Apr Purification Process Part IV
Handstand, Mudra, Pranayama
Check out today’s rad lineup! Have fun. Be playful. Be patient. Be Bright!;)
- Bhramari Pranayama
Handstand: Only try if your shoulders allow it! Best to do this one with plenty of room around you! You can also work at the wall. Enjoy playing like a kid again!
Bhramari Pranayama: The sound of the female honeybee. Don’t force too tightly, but enjoy to the max. This is so soothing for me. As always with Pranayama techniques, do on an empty stomach!
Mudra: Now- I don’t know the names of the mudras to come. But they have been part of my practice for the last 8 or so years. I can’t explain when I use which one exactly. They just come and I utilize them. My suggestion is to try them in your meditation practice and see what (if anything) shifts in your consciousness!
So, here are all the goodies!
- Handstand: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGlNwauhyyQ
- Pranayama: https://www.artofliving.org/yoga/breathing-techniques/bhramari-pranayama
- Pranayama Continued: https://www.artofliving.org/yoga/breathing-techniques/follow-breath-fly-high
- Mudra: See images below.
Think of your life, think of what kind of person you want to be and what makes your life worth living. You need the courage to cut away what stands in your way of accepting your full potential. Find the subtle mystery within yourself, and behind everything the fragrance in the rose, energy in the sun, beauty in the world around us. Discover the design. . .the Divine design in every moment. At times it’s very clear, and other times you have to give up your need to control in order to recognize the vision.
In the Katha Upanishad, there is a wonderful message from the Lord of Death about renouncing attachments to follow the essential Truth:
I’ve offered you every pleasure, fame, fortune and even a place in heaven and you rejected them all. Draw near now and hear me. That Self which you wish to know which is subtle and difficult to see is there. Deep within the deepest part of you, fix all your thinking and all your inquiry on that ancient, radiant Self. Through It you will rise above both joy and sorrow. Having heard this Truth, you must embrace it completely. Continue separating the Eternal from the ephemeral and you will attain full realization of that more inner, most exquisite Self, the source of true joy. You are ready for this experience. Now walk the Path of Grace.
–Swami Radhananda is president and spiritual director of Yasodhara Ashram in British Columbia, Canada.