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"OM is the boat that enables one to cross the river of fear". "Om is the creative power in evolution". "OM is the sound of true love", all other mantras emerge and recede back into the Supreme Mantra. Its form and power are certainly worth knowing and perfecting.

Om is the Symbol
of the "Absolute"

Manduka Upanishad

 

 

 

 

MUDRA AND BANDHA

MUDRA

Mudras are a combination of subtle physical movements that alter mood, attitude and perception which leads the practitioner to a deeper level of awareness and concentration. Some mudras are performed with a simple hand gesture, while others are more complex involving asana, pranayama, bandha and visualization. Mudras are generally introduced to students when they have gained some experience in the practice of asana, pranayama and bandha as these techniques will ensure that all blockages have been removed prior to learning the powerful techniques of mudra.

Mudras fall into five different categories and they include:

  • Hand Mudras
  • Head Mudras
  • Postural Mudras
  • Lock or Bandha Mudras
  • Perineal Mudras

We can now begin to see that proper breathing practices and regulation of the flow of the breath is central to all yogic practices and great emphasis is placed on the importance of pranayama to bring about balance and harmony of body, breath, mind and spirit resulting in a state of optimum health and wellbeing.

BANDHA

Bandhas are a series of physical locks that are applied during asanas and pranayama practices to hold, tighten or lock the prana (life force) in the body so it may be redirected to specific pranic channels in the subtle body. Traditionally there are four bandhas used in Hatha Yoga and these are known as:

  • Jalandhara Bandha (chin lock)
  • Uddiyana Bandha (abdominal lock)
  • Moola Bandha (perineum lock)
  • Maha Bandha (application of all of the above locks)

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