Ashwini Mudra Aswini AshwiniMudra | Gesture Horse Yoga

After you have mastered the energy locks you are ready to incorporate them into more complicated techniques that are the core of tantric practice: Aswini Mudra (AhswiniMudra अश्विनी मुद्रा) and Vajroli Mudra.
These practices both generate intense energy in the lower body while keeping it contained. This builds up pressure in the energy channels. Once the containment is released, that pressurized energy shoots up the spine, breaking through any blocks or restrictions.

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Ahswini Mudra Aswini Mudra अश्विनी मुद्रा

Ahswini Mudra (gesture of the horse) — The word Ashwini means ‘Horse’. The practice is so-called because the anal contraction resembles the movement a horse makes with its sphincter immediately after evacuation of the bowels. This is a very powerful technique to pump the energy up into Manipura. This asana involves the contraction and relaxation of the buttock muscles, sphyncter, perineum, and the entire pelvic region.

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There are two methods of practicing Aswini Mudra,
Aswini Mudra (version 1)

Position of readiness
Sit in any comfortable meditation asana.

Steps
Close the eyes and relax the whole body.
Become aware of the natural breathing process for a few minutes, and then take the awareness to the anus.
Contract the sphincter muscles of the anus for a few seconds without straining, then relax them for a few seconds.
Try to confine the action to the anal area. Repeat the practice for as long as possible.  Contraction and relaxation should be performed smoothly and rhythmically. Gradually make the contractions more rapid.

Aswini Mudra (version 2) Rapid contraction

Position of readiness
Sit on your heel or on a rolled up towel or tennis ball so pressure is felt on Muladhara Chakra (between genitals and anus for men, on clitoris for women).

Steps
Inhaling fill the lungs about 1/3 total capacity of lungs.
Contract and relax the anus 15 times, about twice per second.
Exhale
Again inhaling fill the lungs about 1/3 total capacity of lungs.
Contract and relax 15 more times.
Exhale
Again Inhale the last time fill the lungs about 1/3 total capacity of lungs.
Contract and relax 15 more times.
Hold the breath, pull the shoulders forward and press the chin against the chest for a moment. Feel the heat and hydraulic pressure build up.
Take a sniff of air and exhale through the nose as you release the tension. Feel an energy flush through the entire body. Visualize the energy moving up the spine.

Benefits of Ashwini Mudra

This Mudra has particularly good effects on the empty spaces in the stomach. Due to the pressure functioning of these parts is improved. It also has good effects on Uterus in women.
It tones up pelvic muscles, nerves surrounding the anus sphincters.
Very useful in rectum and anus diseases.

Note
It is one of the most important exercises for preparing the mother for childbirth. It is performed with the knees slightly apart, and the forehead resting on the arms folded on the ground.
Any healthy person can practice this asana but women suffering from Uterus problems should do this asana under expert observation.

Version 1 is recommended to pregnant women (The Ashwini mudra for contraction and relaxation of the pelvic muscles can also be practiced while lying on the back with the knees bent). Regular practice of this Mudra exercises and strengthens the muscles of entire pelvic region. It helps the mother cope with the weight of the child during pregnancy and eases childbirth by virtue of the fact that the mother is perfectly trained in relaxing the muscles of the vagina. The woman in labour creates no resistance, and therefore saves herself pain and fatigue.

Bandhas are necessary for practice of Pranayama, Bandha means energy lock. There are main 3 types of locks, first is Jalandhar Bandha or Chin lock, second is Moolabandha or anus lock and third is Uddiyan Bandha or abdominal lock. These locks are essential while doing the Kumbhaka that is retaining the air inside or outside of the lungs.
During Pranayama, these three Bandhas are used.

Dhauti Purification Danta cleaning teeth Jihva tongue Karna ears Mula Sodhana anus Kunjara KriyaDhauti

Purification is of two kinds: Antar-Dhauti (internal cleaning) and Bahir-Dhauti (external cleaning). Antar-Dhauti can be made in three ways. Take a fine piece of muslin cloth, 3 inches wide and 15 feet long. The borders should be stitched well and no pieces of loose thread should be hanging from its sides. Wash it with soap before use and make it clean. Dip it in tepid water. Squeeze out the water and swallow one end of it little by little. On the first day swallow only one foot. Keep it there for a few seconds and then take it out very slowly. On the next day swallow a little more and keep it for a few minutes and then take it out slowly. Thus little by little you can swallow the whole length, retain it for about 5 minutes and then take it out. Do not be hasty. Do not injure your throat by rough handling. When the Kriya is over drink a cup of milk. This is a sort of lubrication for the throat. This exercise should be done when your stomach is empty. Morning time is good.

You need not practise this every day. Once in 4 days or a week is sufficient. This exercise cannot at all do any harm if gradually practised. Everyone will feel a little vomiting sensation on the first 2 or 3 attempts. As soon as the Kriya is over, wash the cloth with soap and keep it always clean. This is an excellent exercise for those who are of a flabby and phlegmatic constitution. Gradual steady practice cures Gulma, gastritis, dyspepsia, diseases of the stomach and spleen, disorder of phlegm and bile. This exercise is also known as Vastra Dhauti. This is one variety of Antar-Dhauti.

There are some people who can drink plenty of water and pass it through the anus immediately. It is called Varisara Dhauti. This is an effective method. This exercise is also known as ‘Sang Pachar Kriya’. Yogi Sambhunathaji of Kishkindha is an expert in this Kriya. This is not possible for the vast majority of persons. Nauli and Uddiyana Bandha should be combined for performing this exercise. Even the smoke of a cigarette can be passed out through the anus.

Drink a large quantity of water and shake the abdominal portions. Contract the stomach and vomit the water. This exercise goes with the name ‘Kunjara Kriya’. This is also a kind of purificatory exercise.

Internal cleaning can be made also by swallowing air. Fill up the stomach with plenty of air. It is done by hiccough. Just as you swallow food little by little, so also you can swallow air and fill up the stomach and intestines. You will have to learn this from the man who can do this Kriya. When you contract the abdominal muscles, the air will pass away through the anus as Apana Vayu. Those who can fill up their stomach with air, can float on water just like a dead body and can also live on air and water alone for some days without any food. Those who can do Antar-Dhauti in any way, need not go in for any purgative or laxative. They will never suffer from indigestion or constipation.

There are some other Dhautis, viz., Danta Dhauti (cleaning the teeth), Jihva Dhauti (cleaning the tongue), Karna Dhauti (cleaning the ears), Mula Sodhana Dhauti (cleaning the anus), etc. These are being done by you all everyday. I need not tell you much about these.

Basti enema faeces intestinal canal Sthala Jala shasta karma shastakarma

Basti’ exercise is intended to serve the purpose of ‘enema’ to pass out the accumulation of faeces from the intestinal canal. There are two varieties, viz., Sthala Basti and Jala Basti.

STHALA BASTI

Sit on the ground and catch hold of your toes with fingers. Do not bend the knees. This is exactly like the Paschimottanasana, but here you need not bring your head to the knees. Assuming this posture, churn the abdominal muscles and dominal muscles and expel the water. It cures uriter muscles. This is Sthala Basti. JALA BASTI: This is more effective than Sthala Basti. Take a small bamboo tube, five inches long. Lubricate one end of it with vaseline, oil or soap. Sit in a tub of water or in a tank in knee-level of water in Utkatasana. Insert the bamboo tube about 2 or 3 inches into the anus. Contract the anus. Draw the water into the intestines slowly. Shake the abdominal muscles and expel the water. It cures urinary troubles, dropsy, constipation, etc. You should not do this everyday and make it a habit. This is only for occasional use. Do this in the morning hours before taking meals. If you do not know how to draw in the water through the tube, then you can use the ordinary syringe that is available in the market. By the use of the bamboo, you will know the method of drawing water through the anus. But in the enema syringe water is being pushed in by the help of air. That is only the difference but the result is the same in both cases. By using the bamboo tube you can have mastery over the intestinal muscles by drawing in and pushing out the water at your command.

Neti purification nostrils breathing Seet Krama Vyut Gheranda Samhita skull clairvoyance Drishti Rhinitis coryza shastakarma

Neti’ exercise is intended for the purification of the nostrils. The nostrils must be kept always clean. Unclean nostrils will lead you to irregular breathing. Irregular breathing will make you sick. Take a fine piece of thread about 12 inches long. There should not be any knot in the middle of the thread. It should not be too thin and weak. Insert one end of it into the right nostril and catch hold of the other end firmly. Make a forcible, continuous inhalation and pass it inside. Then slowly pull it out. Again in the same way pass it through the left nostril and take it out slowly. Do not injure your nostrils through violent pulling. After some practice, pass the thread through one nostril and take it out through the other. In the beginning you will begin to sneeze profusely when you insert the thread into the nose. This passes off after 3 or 4 attempts. This can be practised when you find that your nostril is blocked from cold. There is another easy method of cleaning the nostrils. Take some cold water in your hand or in a wide-mouthed cup. Draw the water slowly through the nose and expel it forcibly through the nose. There are many who can do this quite easily. After one or two attempts some persons may suffer from slight cold and cough when they begin to learn this. As soon as they are all right, again, they can practise. You have seen many who draw the smoke of a cigarette through the mouth and pass it by the nose quite easily. If cigarette users try, they can draw the smoke through one nostril and pass it out by the other nostril or by the mouth. In the same way water also can be passed quite easily. Drawing water and expelling it through the nose is known as ‘Seet-Krama’. If you draw water through the nose and expel it through the mouth, it is called ‘Vyut-Krama’. In Gheranda Samhita it is stated that this Neti Kriya purifies the skull and produces clairvoyance (Divya Drishti). Rhinitis and coryza are also cured thereby.

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