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.
Register below and read the Tips to Prepare & FAQ.
KRIYAS, BANDHAS & MUDRAS: JANUARY 10 – 31:
4 CLASSES ON SUNDAYS 7:30-8:30 AM USA Eastern Time.
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 times are an issue, classes are recorded and posted to Vimeo and our resources page. I will send you the link with password. If you’re unable to donate please email me to enroll or learn more.
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.