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"Ashta" and variations of her names in Sanskrit mean "Eight." When the heart chakra [which she rules] in one who has achieved the godhead is fully empowered, it will radiate eight rays. Jnana Yoga [Inana] is the "Path of Knowledge." The number 8, when turned upon its side is the symbol for infinity, and immortality. Most of us who are familiar with Yoga have heard of the 'Eight-Fold' Path. Unfortunately, much of this has been polluted by Christian filth, after the destruction of the original doctrines. The Eight-Fold Path has nothing to do with personal conduct or 'morality.' "I allow everyone to follow the dictates of his own nature, but he that opposes me will regret it sorely." - Satan, from the Al Jilwah In truth, the Eight-Fold Path is the observation and practice of the following, which greatly amplifies the powers of the mind and soul:
1. Asanas - Physical positions of the body as in Hatha Yoga and the Five Tibetans; working and strengthening the physical self, manipulation of the spine to facilitate the safe ascension of the serpent 2. Pranayama - Breathing Exercises - Updated 10/15/09 3. Dhyana - Meditation 4. Mantras - Vibration of words of power to obtain certain goals and/or personal powers 5. Yantras - meditation upon Sigils and certain symbols [used along with vibration of mantra for maximum effectiveness] 6. Mudras - Certain seals such as hand positions which activate the vril [chi/witchpower] 7. Bandhas - Energy locks which stimulate and direct the serpent 8. Maithuna - Sexual activity, either with a partner/s or alone. Orgasm is very necessary
By practicing all of the above, one will greatly enhance and amplify his/her powers and shorten the time in achieving the godhead. Yogic Breathing Basics Advanced Yogic breathing exercises are some of the most powerful ways of amplifying the vril/witchpower/chi, etc. These breathing exercises also stimulate the kundalini serpent and facilitate its ascension. There are many advanced breathing exercises. In order to perform these correctly and effectively, the basics must be mastered. Nearly all of the advanced breathing techniques are built upon the basics. Once you are adept in the basics, the advanced exercises will come much easier. The witchpower is built in steps, upon solid foundations. These are nothing to fool around with or play with as these exercises work in amplifying and transforming the life-force. It is imperative to proceed slowly and in steps. Skipping ahead and/or overdoing these exercises can be dangerous. As with anything, if something does not feel right, then stop. Any and all yoga exercises should end with 10-15 minutes of being in a relaxed position and perfectly still. This is where the power lies, as you will experience an energy buzz, which is the amplification of your vril/witchpower. WARNING!! DO NOT overdue any breathing exercises!! More here is NOT better! The holding recommendations are only examples. Holding for a count of less is fine. Do whatever is comfortable. One should never feel any stress, gasping for breath or pushing one's self. BREATHING EXERCISES ARE NOT LIKE CALISTHENICS! PUSHING OR EXERTING YOURSELF CAN RESULT IN CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM DAMAGE. In doing breathing exercises, begin with one or two methods and only for five rounds of any of the methods below. If you are doing the Kundalini Yoga exercises which include the breath of fire, this acts as a breathing exercise on its own. It is ok to do the full routines for the Kundalini exercises, but I strongly recommend that you begin at lesser repetitions than the 108 given, like start and stay with 54 repetitions for the exercises that say to do 108, for a while. These exercises are something you cannot push. They are not like working out in the gym in any way. As for people who have been on a routine for some time and have experience, go with whatever you know is comfortable for you. I am speaking to the new and inexperienced here.
BASIC YOGIC BREATHING EXERCISES
Yogic Complete Breath [Foundation] Sun/Moon Breath [Alternate Nostril] Breath of Fire Humming Breath Sithali Sitkari [Serpent Hissing Breath] Cat Hissing Breath [Ujjayi]
Complete Yogic Breath
This breathing exercise is the foundation and one of the first taught to beginning yoga students. 1. Sit with your spine straight, you may also stand if you wish 2. Breathe in through your nose: A. Pushing out your lower abdominal muscles, fill the bottom part of your lungs, then B. the middle part of your lungs, then C. Your upper lungs 3. Hold for 5, 8 or 10 counts [whichever is most comfortable, without straining]. NEVER push this! 4. Exhale with contracting your lower abdominal muscles, then your midsection [lower lungs], then your upper lungs, until completely empty of breath Steps 1-4 constitute one round. Perform 5 rounds.
Alternate Nostril [Sun/Moon] Breathing [Anuloma Viloma]
1. Place your thumb over your right nostril and inhale through your left nostril for a count of four and hold your breath for a count of 6 2. Switch your thumb to your left nostril and close your left nostril with your thumb, and now exhale for a count of four through your right nostril, slowly and evenly. 3. Keeping your left nostril closed with your thumb, inhale through your right nostril for a count of four and hold for a count of six. 4. Close your right nostril with your thumb and exhale through your left nostril, for a count of four. 5. Keeping your thumb on your right nostril, inhale through your left nostril for a count of four, hold for a count of six, switch your thumb to your left nostril and exhale through your right nostril for a count of four.
Inhale through left Hold at the end of the inhale Exhale through right Inhale through right Hold at the end of the inhale Exhale through left The above constitutes one round. Repeat the above 4 times for newbies, eight to ten times, then build up to 20 times for experienced and up to 40 times or more for advanced meditators. It is important to relax and take your time with this exercise. For advanced meditators, the times can vary from being equal, for example, a ratio of 2 on the inhale, 8 on the hold, and 4 on the exhale, but this must be consistent through the meditation. THIS EXERCISE IS EXCELLENT TO PERFORM AFTER A HEALING WORKING, RUNNING EXTERNAL ENERGY OR ANY WORKING REQUIRING AN OUTPUT OF ENERGY, AS IT ACTS TO BALANCE THE ENERGIES OF THE SOUL. The above exercise directs the prana/witchpower to the head and upper
chakras, balances the ida and pingala channels [sun and moon nadis], and purifies them for safe ascension of the kundalini serpent. Breath of Fire [Kapalabhati]
1. Contract your abdominal muscles, forcefully, creating an exhale, by pumping your stomach muscles in and out hard and fast, but controlled. Air will enter the top part of your lungs by itself. Use the rapid contractions of your abdominal muscles to inhale and exhale with this exercise. The contractions should be rhythmic. 2. Practice a few times, and get a feel for it. 3. Do 20 in a row, in and out, using your abdominal muscles in rapid succession, and at the end of the 20th breath, exhale, inhale and fill your lungs, contract your anus, lower your chin to your chest, hold your breath as long as you comfortably canDO NOT PUSH YOURSELF! 4. Exhale slowly. The above constitutes one round. The exhalation should be brief, and the inhalation should be passive and longer. Rounds are increased by adding the number of pumpings with your abdominal muscles. First, try doing three sets of 20 pumpings and then after some time, increase to 30, then 40 until you are doing 60. What this breathing exercise does: 1. It increases the amount of oxygen in the body 2. It increases the amount of heat- alchemists in the Gothic and medieval times were referred to as "puffers" and the bellows by the fireplace in alchemy paintings was symbolic of this exercise. 3. THIS BREATH IS THE FOUNDATION OF KUNDALINI YOGA Yogic Humming Breath [Brahmari]
This breath is essential to mastering mantras [words and names of power]. Mantras should always be vibrated, NOT just repeated. It is in the vibration that they manifest their power. To perform the Yogic Humming Breath [Brahmari] 1. Breathe in as with the Complete Yogic Breath, filling your lungs from the bottom to the top. 2. On the exhale, HUM the breath out. This will extend the exhale. [Inhale fully, then sound HMMMMMMMM [lips closed] until you are completely empty of air].
The above constitutes one round. Do five rounds. Sithali 1. Curl your tongue as in the illustration below:
2. Inhale through your mouth, keeping your tongue curled 3. Close your mouth and hold your breath for a count of 5-10 [whichever is comfortable]. 4. Then, exhale slowly through your nose The above constitutes one round. The Serpent Hissing Breath [Sitkari] 1. Press your tongue against the roof of your mouth lightly, but keeping a very small space open to inhale. 2. Inhale, making a hissing sound. This should occur naturally with your tongue placed lightly on the roof of your mouth. As with all yogic breathing, the inhale should be in three parts, smoothly and evenly- first fill your lower lungs, then middle and then top as with the Complete Yogic Breath. 3. Hold your breath as long as comfortable, and then exhale slowly and evenly through your nose. The above constitutes one round. Perform 5 - 10 rounds. Cat Breath [Ujjayi] To begin, practice partially closing your glottis ( stemband ) and hissing like a cat, both with an inhale and exhale. This should be even and controlled. 1. Now that you have located your glottis ( stemband ), close it off as with the hissing and inhale through your nose. A faint hissing sound should be heard.
2. Hold your breath 3. Exhale through your nose, keeping your glottis partially closed. This breath is normally done with applying the Bhandas [yogic locks], but it is essential you master this and know how to partially close your glottis before attempting more advanced breathing techniques. Perform this 3-5 times to get a feel for it, as this technique is used with more advanced breathing exercises.
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