Prana Mudra (invocation of energy)

Sit in any comfortable meditation posture, plreferably admasana or siddha/siddha yoni asana with the hands in bhairava mudra. Close the eyes and relax the whole body, especially the abdomen, arms and hands.

Stage 1: Keeping the eyes closed, inhale and exhale as deeply sable, contracting the abdominal muscles to expel as posse the maximum amount of air flom the lungs With the breath held outside, perform moola bandhawhile concenuating on mooladhara chakra in.the perineum Rletaun th e breath outside for as long as is comfortable.

Stage 2: Release moola bandhaf Inhale slowly and deeply, expanding the abdomen fully. Draw as much air into the lungs as possible. Simultaneously, raise the hands until they in front of the navel. The hands sho.uld be .open,:llllea'eh poaher, facing the body the fingers point'ng towards e but n ot touching. The upward movement afthe hands should be coordinated with the abdominal.inhalation. d h ds should be relaxed. While inhaling from the abdomen, feel the prana or vital f m mooladhara chakra to mantpura chakra.

Stage 3: Continue the inhalation by expanding the chest and raising the hands und they are dinecdy in front of th sternum at the centre of the chest. Feel die punic energy being drawn up hom mampura ta anahata chakra while inhaling.

Stage 4: Draw even mon air into the lungs by slightly ra raising the shoulders and raise the hands to the front ofthe th. throa t n coordination with the breath. Feel the prana being drawn up to vishuddhi.

Stage 5: Retain the breath inside while spreading the arms out to the sides. Feel the prana spreading in a wave through 4jna, bindu and sahasrara chakras. In the final position,the hands are level with the ears. 'the arms are outstKtched but not straight, and the palms are turned upward. Concentrate on sahasrara chakra and visualize an aura of pure light emanating fmm the head. Feel that the whole being is radiating vibrations of peace co all beings. Retain this position, with the breath held inside, for as long as.possible without straining the lungs in any way. While exhaling, repeat stages 4, 3, 2'1 , and slowly return to the starting position. During exhalation, feel the prana piugKssively descending through each of the chakras until it reaches mooladh-ara. At the end of exhalation, perform moola bandha and fee] the prana returning to mooladhara chakra. Relax the whole body and breathe normally.