Basic And Semi-Advanced Breathing Techniques –
Here area few random breathing techniques that may be helpful in your sitting meditations as well as your sex.
Don’t hurt yourself: Failure to prepare can lead to physical, mental, and emotional problems, as well as social and family problems. These practices stir up energy, and one must be prepared to deal with that energy. Otherwise, it just turns into anxiety in the autonomic nervous system, and the negative consequences that come from that.
Root Lock (Mula Bandha [Mula Ban-da]): In Sanskrit mula means root, and thus Mula Bandha is the root lock. To find it, sit, stand, or recline. Men: Contract the area between the anus and the testes (the Perineum aka Root). If you are a woman, contract the muscles at the bottom of the pelvic floor, behind the cervix. Initially the anal sphincter will also contract, but with time and practice you will be able to hone in on the Mula Bandha region and leave the rest aside. Although it may take more effort, beginners may want to contract everything in their pelvic region (buttocks, sphincter, thighs, etc.); the effect will be the same.
Stomach Lock (Uddiyana Bandha [Oo-di-ana Ban-da]): In Sanskrit uddiyana means to fly up, or to rise up. This ‘flying up lock’ is thus all about your insides flying upwards, intangibly meaning your energy, tangibly meaning your diaphragm, stomach, and abdominal organs. To find Uddiyana Bandha start standing up tall, feet about a meter apart. Inhale through your nose or mouth and reach your arms up alongside your ears. Exhale out of your mouth and fold forward placing your hands just above your knees. Without inhaling close your lips, straighten your elbows, and feel your abdominal wall and organs push up and back towards your back. It should feel somewhat like a suctioning back and up of everything on the inside. If you are doing it correctly and happen to glance at your profile in a mirror, you should see your waist with your ribs noticeably protruding over and in front of your abdomen or belly button. Retain the lock for as long as comfortable and try to relax your entire body (while holding the lock); notice the silence and peace you feel as you hold yourself at the “Bottom” of your breath. Exit the bandha via inhaling through your nose or mouth and standing up straight, raising your arms up along side your ears, then exhaling through your nose or mouth again as you move your arms down.
Throat Lock (Jalandhara Bandha [Jal-end-der Ban-da]): In Sanskrit jal means throat, jalan means net, and dharan means stream or flow. Thus in the most basic sense, Jalandhara Bandha can be considered the throat lock that controls the flow of energy in the nerves and blood vessels of the neck. To find Jalandhara Bandha sit up tall, either in a comfortable cross legged position or on your shins with your butt on your heels. Place the palm of your hands on your knees. Inhale slowly and deeply through your nose or mouth, then bring your chin towards your neck and lift your sternum ever so slightly to keep your neck from rounding. Press down on your hands and straighten your elbows, pull your chin back further, relax your throat and feel soft lower tissue of your throat close off you’re your airway. Retain this lock as long as possible. When done correctly, you should be able to relax your entire body and effortlessly hold the lock. To exit, lift your chin, inhale the remainder of your capacity into your lungs, and exhale. Unlike other locks, Jalandhara Bandha is normally performed in combination with specific breathing practices, and is rarely done on its own. It is immensely powerful, as it compresses the sinuses on the main arteries of the neck and in doing so helps regulate the circulatory and respiratory systems. The pressure on the throat helps to balance the thyroid and metabolism. You can engage Throat Lock as an instant trigger for mental relaxation as well as stress and anger relief.
Great Lock (Maha Bandha [Ma-ha Ban-da]): Maha in Sanskrit means great, and Maha Bandha is the combination of all three (Root, Stomach and Throat) locks. Sit in a comfortable seat, on your shins or cross legged, palms of the hands on the thighs or knees. Inhale fully through your nose or mouth and exhale completely through your nose or mouth. Roll your shoulders forward and allow your upper body to squeeze-squeeze-squeeze every last drop of air out of your chest and belly. Without inhaling engage the Root Lock, then find the Stomach Lock. Sip-inhale a tiny bit, lift your chest; from there, engage the Throat Lock while pressing your palms down, as long as possible. When you have had enough, lift your head, inhale fully, and release all the Locks. Maha Bandha gives the benefits of all three bandhas and regulates the entire endocrine system.
Visualizations And Kundalini Orbits: “Intention is the incubator of manifestation; where your mind goes, your energy flows…” When practicing various breath exercises you’ll want to circulate the Kundalini you are summoning. Using visualizations is an excellent way to set energy-movement-intentions. The following visualizations are recommended; you are in control of where and why your energy is moving. Create your own visualizations that best suit your intended energy movement and purpose.
Root-Crown-Root Breath Circulation (Microcosmic Orbit): Close your eyes and visualize a pool of golden fluid (Kundalini) dormant at the Root Chakra (Perineum). Back Channel Inhale: Rounding your open lips (like an open-lip-fish-kiss), slowly sip the fluid from your Root and, like the fluid in a thermometer, visualize the golden fluid flowing up the back of your spine as it passes through your genitals, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye and crown chakras. Focus on the body sensations you feel as the fluid passes each chakra. As you see the fluid reaching your crown, your lungs will be full and you will see the golden fluid filling your head. Continue the orbit. Front Channel Exhale: Slowly exhale while visualizing the golden fluid flowing out of your head, down the front of your body past your third eye, throat, heart, solar plexus, belly and finally squirting out through your root and into the earth. Repeat this process 21 full cycles. As you advance in your Kundalini circulation skills, use various locks and body movements to enhance the effectiveness of this orbit. Some variations include: – Use a pulsing Root Lock to pump the fluid up the back of your spine as you inhale. – Use a Throat Lock and hold the fluid the fluid in your head. – As you start to exhale, touch the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth half an inch behind your upper teeth where the palate curves down, and continue your visualization. – At the end of your exhalation, and after you have fully squirted your golden fluid into the earth, roll your shoulders forward and squeeze out the last bit of air while engaging a Stomach Lock; hold the lock.
Heaven-And-Earth Breath Circulation: Use this breathing exercise to infuse your energy into your partner. Visualize your feet growing steel roots that penetrate the earth all the way to its core, and visualize a column of light that extends from your crown all the way up to the heavens and to infinity. Inhale: As you inhale your breath, visualize pulling the energy from the earth, up through your root and into your heart; at the same time, visualize pulling energy from the heavens into your heart. Exhale: On the exhale, visualize all of the energy from your heart pushing out through your shoulders, arms and fingertips. As you are doing this breathing exercise, place your hands on various parts of your partner’s body; visualize your exhaled breath and energy flowing from your fingers into the body part you are touching.