Respecting an initiatic, traditional element, characteristic to Prana Mudra, we recommend that you practice this exercise only when you are completely alone in the room.
This does not mean that you cannot share this technique with some other people, it simply means that it is better if you perform it secretly.
The asana-s can be practiced together with other people, without diminishing or affecting their effects in any way. However, the Prana Mudra should be performed in secret.
The yogic texts are categorical regarding Prana Mudra and they assert clearly that any presence, including that of your lover is a disturbing element, preventing us from perceiving the secret effect of the technique, as well as its profound and spiritual sense of this complex pranayama technique.
The recommendations and the urge to secrecy go even further regarding Prana Mudra, as not even the results obtained after its practice should not be shared with anyone, except for one’s trusted and trustworthy guru.
More than any other technique, Prana Mudra is a genuine dialogue with ourselves, done in the intimacy of our own being. The maximum emotional intensity that can be triggered by Prana Mudra performed in solitude.
THE AURA BECOMES SHINY AND BRIGHT
Prana Mudra is a valuable exercise of breathing, whose numerous benefits had been confirmed by the greatest yogis of India. This exercise enhances the capacity of awareness and control of the subtle energies.
Through intense activation of the subtle energies of the fire, our aura becomes larger, purer and brighter. Moreover, due to the focus in the chest area occurs a powerful process of awakening of the soul and revelation of our divine nature.
The plus of energy of the pranic forces activated by this type of breathing, associated with the magnetic force irradiating from the fingers generate an unusual state, characterized at the same time by an effervescent dynamism and inner state of focus, and the balance of these two apparently contradicting tendencies leads to the desire to interiorize.
This natural tendency is so intense, that some people have said that Prana Mudra awakens the faith in God. This technique is also included in the category of the mudras- symbolic gestures, expressions and apparently simple physical attitudes that trigger remarkable effects.
Before approaching the first part of the exercise, we suggest you to have a close look at the pictures in order to understand properly both the final position and the intermediary stages.
You will understand that Prana Mudra is a special pranayama exercise, combined with movements of the arms and hands. You can do Prana Mudra from Padmasana (The Lotus Pose), Siddhasana (The Perfect Pose), or Vajrasana (The Lightning Pose). People who cannot perform any of these asanas, due to health reasons, we recommend to practice it sitting on a chair.
THE FIRST STAGE - RETENTION ON VOID
The hands are oriented towards the abdomen, as if they irradiate towards this area. The spine should be perfectly straight.
Exhale all the air from the lungs, performing in the last phase of the exhalation a contraction of the abdominal muscles. This contraction is associated with Mula Bandha. Before inhaling, stay in retention for several seconds.
THE SECOND STAGE - THE DIAPHRAGMATIC STAGE
Relax the abdominal muscles, cease to do Mula Bandha, decontracting the perineal area, and start to inhale slowly. The air enters the lungs and the diaphragm comes down, pressing the lower abdomen.
THE THIRD STAGE - THE "RIB" STAGE
While the diaphragm becomes flat, the hands climb towards the solar plexus (Manipura Chakra). The inhalation follows its own course, the lungs are filled with air, and the elbows are spread from the trunk in order to allow the thorax to open harmoniously and fully.
The fingers are no longer oriented towards the body, but they are parallel with the thorax and continue to go upwards in front of the chest, until the lungs will be filled with air.
At the end of this phase, the hands are close to the clavicle, the elbows are not close to the trunk and the arms are parallel to the floor. The fingers are oriented towards the body.
THE FOURTH STAGE - THE "CLAVIVLE" STAGE
After the diaphragm has become flat, and the thorax is completely open, you can inhale a certain quantity of air in the upper part of the lungs, by lifting the shoulders.
The inhalation is complete when the hands pass before the throat and the face and go away from the body until the arms are wide open, and the palms are facing up, as if to capture the sun-rays. At this time, the muscles are relaxed, and the lungs are completely filled with air.
THE FIFTH STAGE - THE RETENTION WITH THE LUNGS FILLED WITH AIR
Stand still and retain the breath for as long as possible, without forcing ourselves, in a state of transfigured inwardness.
Increase the duration of the retention progressively, without forcing it, while the organism becomes used to the longer retentions. This is the most important stage of the exercise because it requires a certain mental attitude, which we will describe later on.
THE SIXTH STAGE - THE EXHALATION
The exhalation requires the same gestures as in the case of the inhalation, only in the reverse order. Empty your lungs in their upper part, then the thorax, and then the abdominal area. The hands go down slowly, so that at the end of the exhalation they are oriented again towards the abdomen, which has to be contracted in order to eliminate the final residues of air.
During the inhalation - the abdominal phase
While the fingers are oriented to the abdomen, the attention is focused on the abdomen. Imagine a stream of energy coming from the fingers and irradiating from our being, filling us with vitality, and consciousness.
Concomitantly, we perceive an intense increase of the inner heat, located at the level of Manipura Chakra, and going up, towards the chest area, Anahata Chakra.
During the rib and clavicle phase
We focus on the inner heat and the perception of the subtle energy of the hands, directing the prana on the throat, face and eyes.
When the arms are wide open, and the palms are oriented upwards, as if we want to receive the warmth of the sun, we will retain the breath.
However, before describing this unusual way of focusing, we need to present to you a particular, essential aspect of the Hindu yogic conception, referring to the interaction between the body and the mind. It is obvious that any psychic attitude and any emotion are translated through a corresponding behavior. Consequently, any emotion has a corresponding bodily emotion.
All these facts are well-known, but what is less known is the fact that the bodily attitude determines the psychic as well. In this case, the feeling that corresponds to the psychical attitude the most important part of this exercise, Prana Mudra is based on this principle of reversibility of the two senses of the psychic and somatic interaction.
The final gesture of the Prana Mudra, with the arms wide open, is a gesture of acceptance, of opening towards the universe. Opening your arms you give and receive in the same time, in the same measure, holding the universe and merging into it.
While performing this final position, retaining your breath with the lungs filled with air, keep your eyes closed and imagine the sun rising and impregnating your entire being with its beneficial rays.
By being receptive to the cosmic energies we allow the corresponding attitude to come naturally. A state of tranquility and force at the same time will appear in the body and in the mind, accompanied by the subtle fire that impregnates and irradiates from our being.
In Prana Mudra, the lower, the rhythm of the breath will dissolve the inferior personality. While we emerge in this state, our thoughts also dissolve into a state of serenity. This is a very important stage as it characterizes that neutral point in which the breath and the mind are said to meet the divine spirit.
The chin is a little up, as if we wanted to turn our face towards the sun. in this position relax all the muscles of the neck and of the face, as well as the muscles of the arms, forearms and hands.
Relax also the palms and the fingers. You will notice that a very calm and special psychic climate will appear shortly after the first retention of the breath.
This feeling will grow stronger and stronger each time we continue to practice and it is recommendable that the minimum interval for practice is at least 15 minutes.
In order to understand the exceptional effectiveness of this technique it is enough to practice it several times, in order to understand very well the correct way to do it. You will notice shortly that your breath becomes harmonious and profound through the practice of Prana Mudra.
The focus on the breathing is infinitely deeper, and the mind will be easier to control. During the retention with the lungs filled with air will appear a state of exceptional inner peace, revealing the overwhelming splendor of the radiant light of the divine self, ATMAN.
THE PRANA OF THE FINGERS
The pranic flow of energy coming from our fingers and palms can vitalize all the organs it passes by. It is enough that we become aware of this process and that we focus on it. The Prana Mudra is recommended especially before meditations.