Kriyas, Bandhas & Mudras – Robert Moses

In Chapter Three of the Hathayogapradeepika there are 10 important mudras. These are a combination of previously described pranayama kumbhakas, combined with asanas and bandhas. The aim of these mudras is the eventual awakening of kundalini shakti. For most of us it is a distant goal, however the road always begins with one step. Open to people that have taken the Intermediate and Advanced Pranayama Classes and those who have their own advanced practice and a balanced lifestyle. Theory is good but a regular daily practice is more essential. We follow the kriyas, mudras and bandhas outlined in the Hathapradeepika of Yogi Svatmarama (circa 15th. century CE.) with some scientific explanation and verification.
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If you have taken the Intermediate and Advanced Pranayama Classes and wish to explore Hathayoga in depth, then this class is a good option. Mahamudra, mahabandha, mahavedha, uddiyana, mulabandha, jalandharabandha and viparitakarani are seven of the ten mudras in the Hathayogapradeepika that will be taught. According to the text, “They destroy old age and death“. The ultimate aim of the yoga in the Hathayogapradeepika is to attain the state of “unmani avastha” or the transcendent state of [no]mind. As far reaching as this goal may be, the combination of kriyas (cleansing acts), bandhas (locks) and mudras (seals) will be helpful in calming and stilling the emotions and mind, leading one towards one’s own inner peace. Registrants should have a moderate, balanced lifestyle, regular sleep, a healthy diet and avoidance of stimulants. If you’re unable to donate please email me to enroll or learn more. All classes will be recorded and available here by password in case time zone is an issue.

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Tips to Prepare & FAQ

  • Download Zoom here and create a free account to become familiar with it beforehand. Not essential as Zoom will automatically download when you join your first meeting.
  • Arrange a place where you can either sit cross-legged on the floor, or on a straight backed chair in front of your computer for the class. Be comfortable. Use blankets or cushions. We will end with a relaxation so try to have some space to lie down on your back.
  • Please don’t eat beforehand. Warm liquids are OK about 30 minutes beforehand. Wash hands well before class as we will be touching our noses.
  • If you know neti (cleansing the nasal cavities) please do it before the class. If you do not know neti simply wash your nasal cavities out with warm water to enable you to breathe more freely.
  • Watch (and download) this video we made for focusing the mind, warming up the body and boosting the immune system. Please try to do these before the breathing class. Do them daily. To download the video click on the Vimeo logo on the bottom right hand of the pop-up screen and it will take you to Vimeo’s page to download.

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We have been slowly working towards this group since the corona virus pandemic began. Caution is well advised since this is deep-reaching practice. This course assumes that you are in relatively good health, have a pretty “pure” lifestyle and don’t imbibe or over imbibe any of the well known not-so-goods for pranayama like nicotine, alcohol, or narcotics, that you have a basically healthy and nutritious diet and do some form of regular exercise as well as breathing exercises.
It is not going to be difficult but I just want to be clear about the practice. It is on Zoom and I am not able to easily see everyone at all. Plus everyone is so so different. If you have any questions please email me beforehand.
It will be good to have a small lamp if you can in front of you—ghee lamp best, vegetable oil lamp next best, candle ok—or just a spot you can concentrate your eyes on during some of the exercises.
One question that is starting to come up is “What should I do on a daily basis since now I have learned various techiques?”. This becomes a personal matter since everyone is different, but general guidelines will be given.
Remember that after a while the the practice of hathayoga shows you the direction to head in as you keep at it on a regular basis. It is extremely important that you take responsibility for your own practice, being careful to work with a pace and countings that are comfortable for you personally. During class, if you feel lightheaded or stressed, please stop the activity and take a few calm centering breaths before rejoining the group practice, modifying as needed.
Regularity is the key.