CHAPTER 6 THE BASIC TECHNIQUES OF KRIYA YOGA
Disclaimer of Responsibility The techniques described herein are exposed for study purposes only and should serve as a comparison with the works of other researchers. The author hopes this work will inspire intelligent feedback. Any remarks, criticism, corrections, and/or additions are welcome. Before you begin posing all kinds of questions to yourself, read through Part II and Part III of this book so you have a thorough understanding of the matter. You'll find that as you go through it many questions will be answered later on. I wish to make clear that this book is not a Kriya Yoga manual! I may write one in the future and face the problem of dividing it into different lessons and giving all the necessary instructions for each level. However, certain techniques cannot be learned from a manual. There are delicate ones such as Maha Mudra, Kriya Pranayama, Thokar, and Yoni Mudra, which cannot reasonably be learned without the help of an expert to check their execution. Each person is different so it is not possible to predict what effects an intensive practice might have on a particular individual. The author disclaims any responsibility in case of negative results, especially if one decides to practice the techniques without having their execution checked first by an expert. Those who intend to carry on with this practice should do so with a due sense of sacredness and awareness of the wealth it can bring to their life. Although you should have the right and the duty to control your own destiny, securing expert counsel or guidance is indispensable. N.B. When you go to an expert, please advise him if you have physical problems, such as high blood pressure, lung problems, or signs of hyperventilation …. If you have a particular physical problem an expert can lead you through a very mild form of Kriya Pranayama and the corresponding Mudras – and if necessary may recommend that you practice them only mentally.
Introduction to the Localization of the Chakras The Chakras are subtle astral organs inside the spinal cord; ideal steps on a mystic ladder guiding one safely to the deepest ecstatic experience. Many believe they can apply what they have found in books on Yoga to Kriya but this won't work. Such books are usually filled with useless, misguiding representations. While wasting time in visualizing all of it, a kriyaban runs the risk of losing the real meaning of the Kriya techniques or part of their riches. When certain particular conditions are established – mental silence, relaxation, an intense desire of the soul – the Spiritual Reality manifests in a captivating way, absorbing all one's attention. Then, subtle movements of energy in the body – or a particular centering of the energy in some parts of the body – reveal the essence of the Chakras. Those who practice Kriya Yoga (we will use the term kriyaban) start their practice of the basic technique of Kriya Pranayama by visualizing the spine as a hollow tube extending from its bottom to the brain. With further practice, they try to locate the seven Chakras.
Figure 1. The perception of the Chakras
First Five Chakras The first Chakra, Muladhara, is located at the base of the spinal column just above the coccygeal (tailbone) region; the second Chakra, Swadhisthana, is in the sacrum region halfway between Muladhara and Manipura; the third Chakra, Manipura, is in the lumbar region, at the same level as the navel. The fourth Chakra, Anahata, is in the dorsal region; its location can be felt by bringing the shoulder blades closer and concentrating on the tense muscles in the area between them. The fifth Chakra, Vishuddha, is located where the neck joins the shoulders, at collarbones' level. The location of the fifth Chakra can be detected by swaying your head from side to side, holding one's bust immobile, 78
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