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P R A N A M U D R A
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.