The techniques of pranayama have a special place within the yogic techniques aiming at the control of the sexual energy. Pranayama is a highly effective technique that amplifies the solar, masculine, Yang energy.
Pranayama is an effective method of increasing your Yang energy, as well as of sublimating the sexual energy to more refined forms of energy, in a controlled and conscious manner.
WHAT IS PRANA?
The translation of the term Pranayama is most often “the control of the breath”. Nonetheless, there is a deeper meaning to this term. Prana is the vital force, and Yama refers to its control.
Consequently, pranayama refers to that discipline integrated as a fundamental stage in the yogic practice, which studies the origin and nature of this mysterious and invisible force, that is prana.
However, prana is more than merely the breath of a being. It is the fundament of all movement, the root of both organic and inorganic life.
Any manifestation or expression of a movement, life, or mind is in fact a manifestation of the prana, which makes it possible.
Under different forms and in different ways, prana is the ultimate generalization of all forces of nature. Prana is a subtle reality and consequently one cannot see, weight, measure or touch it through any of the instruments human mind has ever produced and invented.
Prana can be perceived and controlled by a human being with the mind. If you can purify and control your body, mind and nadis, you will also control your desires and thoughts and it will be easier to control the manifestations of prana in your being.
Prana is the ultimate cause of all manifested forces of nature. It expresses as any force, powers, energies manifested in the universe, both physical and subtle. All movement in the universe is only specific manifestations of prana.
The vital forces and the mind are but two aspects of prana, reflected in the human being. Moreover, prana manifests within the beings as the different physical, mental and psychic processes. Prana animates, sustains, and energizes the body of all living organisms.
The fine movements of the nerves in a living body and the powers of the mind are in fact only another specific manifestation of the prana. Any desire, any thought represents a particular expression of the prana, modulated precisely in a range of frequency.
The activity of the five senses is also an expression of prana vibrating on a certain frequency. The breath represents only one manifestation of the prana in your body.
WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PRANA (THE VITAL ENERGY), THE MENTAL ENERGY AND THE SEXUAL ENERGY?
The center or the “deposit” of the pranic energies is Muladhara chakra. Ida and Pingala are the two nadis placed on both sides of the central channel, Sushumna nadi.
In persons that do not practice any spiritual exercises, whose energy is lying dormant in Muladhara chakra, the energy circulates through the two secondary “spinal” nadis: Ida and Pingala. Usually, the energy does not flow through Sushumna nadi, as the entrance to this nadi is normally closed.
As long as a person does not perceive and understand correctly the flow of energy through Ida and Pingala and as long as the energy is not “forced” through Sushumna nadi, that person will not have control over the mind and the prana.
The control of the pranic currents of energy, their direction through Sushumna nadi grants the practitioner the capacity of controlling the mind and thoughts.
Through the control of the mind, prana, and also through the purification of the nadis, the practitioner may easily sublimate the sexual energy.
Pranayama teaches us the perfect control over the mind and thoughts, and consequently the control of the currents of energy that flow through the nadis.
The thoughts and desires are pranic manifestations that are more subtle than the currents of energy flowing through the nadis. Through the control of the breath we may achieve the control of the subtle currents of energy, and of the nadis.
Controlling the nadis, we may then control our thoughts and desires, and the control of our thoughts and desires is crucial in controlling our minds.
The control of the mind and of the prana is an essential condition for sublimating the energies from the vital and sexual levels to the levels of volition, affection, mind, and spirit.
We may assimilate the example of the breath in a living organism to the wheel of a car. The network of the nadis, the mind, thoughts and wishes may be compared to the finest devices of a sophisticated machinery.
Whenever the wheel turns to right or left, the whole car turns that direction. This is a good analogy for exemplifying the relationship between breath and the other bodily functions.
The most “obvious” proof for the presence of the prana in the process of breathing is the movement of the lungs in the process of breathing. If this function ceases, all other functions of the body cease as well.
You can control your inner forces and energies through the control of the prana. The focus and direction of the prana is a necessity for the balance of the energy, including even techniques for the direction of the excessive prana to other areas lacking is known by the name of pranayama.
Any imbalance in the prana, be it excessive or lacking facilitates the appearance of all kinds of diseases and affections. An even distribution of the prana in the body usually guarantees the slowing down of the aging and degenerative processes.
The purification of the nadis is compulsory for having a healthy body, and a clear mind. You may easily obtain this purification of the body, mind and nadis through pranayama.
It is also important that you are aware of the fact that all impurities present in the physical, mental and ethereal bodies makes the processes of transmuting and sublimating the vital energy more difficult.
The sexual energy is a huge force of the human being. The sexual potential is in fact the deposit of an immense reserve of energy. A person should transform this energy and then sublimate the resulting energy to the superior level.
One should preserve the sexual energy and convert it into refined forms of energy for spiritual purposes, instead of wasting it through ejaculation.
Once the tensions, obsessions, and stresses originated in the various imbalances of the prana are released, the mind is freed from its strongest attachment.
It is very important to know that mind, prana and sexual energy are in close connection and interaction, influencing one another.
The control of prana-vayu leads to the purification and the control of sexual energy and of the mind. Likewise, when the sexual energy is under control the mind and the prana can be easily controlled.
The seed, the sperm is spread all through the organism, in a subtle way. Influencing sexual desires, thoughts, and actions meant to satisfy one’s libido determines the prana to transform into seed and be located at the level of the sexual organs.
Other recommendations: after choosing a pleasant place (in you decide to practice outdoors), set a mat on the floor or on the grass, or rock. On this mat place a blanket, or a clean piece of cloth made of cotton or wool.
Sit on it, facing North, or East, choosing a position you feel comfortable in. The best position is the one in which you may stay for a long time, without any discomfort.
Remember that your spine should be straight, upward and relaxed at the same time. Contract your anal muscles, and perform a slight abdominal retraction, as in the case of Uddiyana Bandha.
Your chest, neck and head should be as much as possible on an imaginary straight line.
Always practice pranayama on an empty stomach, this means at least two hours after you had a meal. Do not practice pranayama when you are ill, except the cases in which it is a remedy.
Do not practice pranayama when physically or mentally tired. If you desire remarkable and quick results, practice pranayama constantly four times a day: in the morning, at noon, in the evening and at midnight. Especially during this intense practice period, eat and drink regularly.
SIMPLE PRANAYAMA TECHNIQUES
Note: it is compulsory to always practice these techniques after the asanas and to perform the complete yogic relaxation afterwards.
1. DEEP BREATHS
Sit in the pose you chose for the practice of pranayama (be it Sukhasana, or Vajrasana, or another upright position you are comfortable in).
In the beginning breathe in and out several times, to ventilate the air that might have been stagnating in the respiratory tracts.
After several such ventilation breaths, exhale the air through the mouth, trying to empty the lungs. Maintain the retention of the breath with the empty lungs (apnea) without forcing yourself.
Inhale through the nose filling your lungs with air as much as possible. Hold your breath with your lungs filled with air, but do not force yourself to hold your breath for too long.
In time, you will manage to hold your breath for longer intervals of time, but in the beginning it is compulsory that your body accommodates with the energetic level brought about by the practice of pranayama.
Exhale through the mouth, avoiding the explosive, “massive” elimination of the air. Do every step in a controlled and calm manner. Take a few breaths in your own rhythm, and then try again another deep breath, as shown above.
Focus: during this technique, while exhaling you will eliminate also the toxic energies that disturb your vital balance. While inhaling, perceive the beneficial pranic energies that impregnate and revitalize you.
While holding the breath with the lungs filled with air, perceive the impregnation of the whole body with pure, beneficial energy.
This technique has even more powerful effects if the pranic currents of energy are visualized as bright-white fluxes of energy radiating in your entire body.
If you want to benefit from this technique in purposes of healing, during the retention with the lungs filled with air, you have to focus the pranic energy on the disordered areas, visualizing the currents of white energy eliminating the tensions from that particular area.
Perform this technique 20 times in one session. Perform one session in the morning, one at noon, one in the evening and one at midnight, increasing the number of breaths with two per week.
Beneficial effects: this technique helps you obtain a greater vitality, and leads to a process of purification of the organism. The mind is calm and focused. The health is restored.
2. THE PURIFYING BREATH
Sit in the pose you chose for the pranayama (be it Sukhasana, or Vajrasana, or another upright position you are comfortable in).
In the beginning breathe in and out several times, to ventilate the air that might have been stagnating in the respiratory tracts.
After several such ventilation breaths, exhale the air through the mouth, trying to empty the lungs. Keep the retention of the breath with the empty lungs (apnea) without forcing yourself.
Cover the right nostril with the right thumb, and inhale slowly, as gently as possible through the left nostril. It is highly important that you make no noise while inhaling.
Take in as much air as you can, as this will oxygenate your organism. Cover the left nostril with the ring and small right fingers, and exhale slowly and gently through the right nostril, without making any noise.
Your breath should be calm, equal and slow, so that even if you have a small thread of water close to your nostril, it should not move.
After you exhaled, inhale slowly, as indicated above, through the same (right) nostril and exhale through the left nostril.
This is one complete cycle of this pranayama technique. Breathe relaxed several times, before you are ready to perform another cycle.
Focus: while inhaling, visualize firmly how you take in the pranic energy from the universe, filling your body with strength, purity, holiness, force, love, virtue, wisdom.
When exhaling, visualize how you eliminate the tensions, weaknesses, vice, impurities and stresses. You may even work mentally the mantra AUM all this while.
Perform such 12 cycles during one session, taking breaks after each cycle, four times a day in the morning, at noon, in the evening, and at midnight.
If the practice of pranayama is systematic and consistent, in a few months’ time you will notice a purification of the nadis, of the entire body, as well as mental purification and enhanced capacity of concentration.
Effects: this pranayama technique grants the purification of the nadis, body, and mind, especially when practiced for several months in a row.
The external signs of this purification are: calm, tranquil force radiating from the whole of your personality, a clear mind, and sweet voice.
The harshness of the face and rough lines disappear. This pranayama technique brings harmony to our minds and makes us capable of approaching superior pranayama techniques.
Any person, man or woman may practice this technique with remarkable results, without exposing to the slightest risk (as long as it is practiced correctly).
The purity of the body and of the subtle structures facilitates the ascension of the erotic energies to the upper levels of consciousness. The main purpose in pranayama is to gain the control over the inner vital forces and of the mind.
A man focused on sexual continence controls and transforms the sexual energy into subtler, psychosomatic energy that spreads through the body.
This process stops the physical forming and manifestation of the sperm. Pranayama helps the sublimation of the sexual energy and its transformation into psychosomatic energy that spreads through the body, helping the access to elevated states of consciousness.
THE RESPIRATORY PROCESS
A healthy person breathes in and out about 21,600 times a day. Regular breath comes out of the body at about 16 widths of fingers from the body.
During walking, sleep, sexual intercourse, etc, one may perceive breath at about 20, 24 and respectively 30 widths of fingers. Violent physical exercises make this distance about 96 widths of fingers.
When this distance of the breath out of the body stays in the regular limit, that person will benefit of a long and healthy life. If the breath goes beyond that distance, the person in question will life less.
Minerals, vegetal bodies, and animals are made of oxygen, hydrogen, carbon and nitrogen. Of all these, the most important is the oxygen. Usually, the air we inhale has 21% oxygen. The air we exhale has only 12% oxygen.
Usually we use only 1/6 of our lungs’ capacity. And especially the upper parts of the lungs are left unused. Pranayama may help develop the maximum capacity of the lungs activating areas that are usually inactive.
Activating the lungs to their maximum capacity may help a person gain immense vitality and force, as well as excellent health.
The great majority of the people breathe irregularly, and we may add even erratic/chaotic.
The breath is different in the case of men, women, young and old. Irregularities in the diet generate irregularities in the process of breathing.
Fear, anxiety, tension, passion, violent emotions, diseases, troubles of all kinds, lead to a superficial, erratic breath. These things affect directly the breath, determining an abnormal flow of the prana.
The unbalanced prance energy will circulate through the nadis and will determine chaotic lung movements, which in their turn will influence the breath changing it into an irregular process.
Consequently, an irregular breath is the sign of an unbalanced activity of the energies. A person with regular prana circulation is safe from any diseases. Diseases are in fact energy unbalances manifested at the level of the physical body.
The control of the prana through the nadis will make the breath and the lungs’ movements regular and under control. Moreover, if the breath becomes regular, the flow of prana circulating through the nadis will become regular.
Pranayama gives us the tools to normalize and to control the breath in order to reach physical, energetic, and subtle purification.
Such purification leads to mental control and balance of the energies from each level of manifestation: vital, sexual, volitional, affective, intuitive, mental and spiritual.
THE PRACTICE OF PRANAYAMA AND THE RULES ONE SHOULD OBSERVE
First of all, pay close attention to the place in which you are about to practice pranayama, to your diet and to the behavior you need to have in order to obtain the promised effects of this technique.
The place should be nice, pleasant, even, and neither too high nor too low. Do not go into the wilderness, as you might get anxious because of this.
Also, chose a place that is protected, so that you will not have to deal with wild animals. Also avoid the bank of a river, or a crowded area, or a waterfall, or a windy place.
All these places might prove frightful, or induce a state of anxiety that is not desirable when attempting to practice pranayama.
Pranayama is a practice for the quiet mind. Consequently, the place should be pleasant to the eye and relaxing for the mind.
If possible, you may also practice pranayama in a special ventilated, room, destined for this practice alone. Keep this room always clean, pure, holly, without dust, dirt, smoke, or various insects.
When entering that room, clear any negative, disturbing thoughts and always wear clean clothes. This spiritual atmosphere that we created inside this room will help us in our spiritual practice and will automatically elevate our inner energetic vibration.
Such a purified environment will have the power to calm your mind, to influence it in a beneficial manner, and to direct our energy towards refined, elevated aspects of the universe.
The food should be pure, natural and nutritious. You should eat it not too warm, neither too cold, hot, spicy, sour, bitter, or sweet. Eat slowly, chewing each bite until it becomes almost liquid.
Also do not eat too much, as you should fill your stomach half with food, a quarter with water and the remaining quarter should stay empty. This is the correct way of eating according to the rules of the yogic system.
As an important rule, do not leave the stomach without any food for more than 3 or 4 hours, because if there is nothing in the stomach to nourish the gastric fire amplified through the pranayama, this will affect your health.
Consequently, if you decide to begin your pranayama practice, you should also consider eating nutritious meals every 3 or 4 hours.
Behavior: avoid feelings of fear, anxiety, anger, lethargy, dizziness, and too much or too little sleep. Be consistent and methodic in organizing your work, practice and rest.
Avoid futile discussions, the company of perverted people. Avoid also walk a lot and too many exhausting physical exercises, to keep in good shape.
Practice simultaneously and rigorously the sexual continence during the time when you prepare for the awakening, increasing and control of the sexual energy through pranayama.
In case you find it impossible to abstain from ejaculation (in men’s case) and “normal” orgasm (in women’s case), you should definitely try a period of sexual abstinence.
If these rules are not observed thoroughly, the practice of pranayama is dangerous and you will know failure in your attempts. In such a case, instead of helping you, the practice of pranayama is quite dangerous.
Force, as it is said in most TANTRIC texts, comes out from deep knowledge, which, in its turn proceeds from direct experience. Therefore, it is necessary to begin with the simplest techniques, and then go on gradually to the most intricate ones.
Some of the training techniques appear very simple in the beginning, but they should not be passed over superficially. Each part of the Tantric techniques presented here should be performed exactly as described, in all details, even if some of them may appear unnecessary, or even not entirely “logical”. The rhythm of a person’s individual evolution largely depends on the ardour and perseverance in the training. Thus, some will reach faster the supreme capacity of transmuting entirely their erotic energy in psihomental force, reaching thus superior states of consciousness, extraordinary capacities (SIDDHI-s), and much improved accomplishments in the field of the daily life.
The training practices are structured according to a 3-steps model:
1.- the enhanced perception,
2.- the perfect control,
and 3.- the masterly direction of the force.
Out of these, the control of the sexual energy is the most important for the beginners, and should be brought to perfection; the stage of perception will interest specially those who have problems in this sphere (cases of frigidity, for instance). The direction, as last stage, represents the logical continuation of the process of control, allowing the spiritual use of this highly amplified sexual energy.
The techniques are of two kinds: individual techniques, and techniques for couples. The individual techniques address to beginners, when alone. However, they should not be deemed as being themselves a goal, serving only as instruments for reaching certain accomplishments; therefore, as soon as proficiency in their practice is achieved they may, and shall be abandoned in favour of the superior Tantric techniques for couples. However, first one must reach a certain mastery in their performance, as it has been said. The above mentioned specification has several reasons,.out of which one of the most important is that the so-called individual practices have common points with the process of masturbation, which is nowadays so much widespread in the West (to the point of vast abuse). Although modern society teaches youngsters “masturbation techniques”, as well as its presumable advantages, the age-old Tantric Tradition does not share at all the
same view. There are, besides the loss of energy brought about by ejaculation or explosive orgasm, a lot of other factors that indicate masturbation as a negative habit, but the discussion of these factors is too large for the possibilities of a beginners’ course. Suffice it to say that it may create phenomena of partial autism, or isolation from the Reality, develops certain forms of egoism, and a certain artificiality of behaviour. Actually, as anyone will be able to note by the practice of these techniques, there is a great difference between the lone sexual training, and the outer reality – the “world” – the communion between two lovers in an effervescent sexual play.
TECHNIQUES FOR MEN
of awareness (perception)
The sounds: AUM
AHDI AUM. Learn them, and use them only in connection with these techniques.
They may be tuned with loud voice, uttered barely audibly, or best may be repeated mentally. The YANTRA
of one’s own imagery, or creative imagination should accompany the MANTRA.
“MAHAKALA looked upon the mirror-reflection of the body that KALI
had given to him. And he touched gently his body, to know the sensations of pleasure
that sprang from it. And KALI directed his touch, and taught him all there was
You know what your body looks like, but precisely because living with it everyday you may not appreciate it at its real value, of sensitive and sensual organism. TANTRA urges you to get to know your own body in the “Tantric manner”, a more uninhibited method.
Stand nude in front of a large mirror. Focus your attention on your lips, and bring the index and middle fingers of your right hand to your lips. Imagine that another person is generating these sensations to you, and repeat the Awareness MANTRA once. Now bring your left hand to the nipple of the right breast. Concentrate
on the form of the nipple. Realize your sensitivity. Feel the nipple harden. After you repeat two Awareness MANTRA-s, move the hand away. Let you left arm drop to your side. Now gently stimulate your left breast with your right hand, while repeating twice the Awareness MANTRA. Now fold your hands and let them relax against the abdomen, just below the navel. Say the MANTRA. Parting your hands, slide them downward, through the pubic hair. With the index finger and thumb, encircle your penis at its base, and tighten your fingers around it while you repeat the Awareness MANTRA. Then move your hands away from the penis, without touching any other part of it. Relax the arms. This has been phase one of the technique.
Now close your eyes. Concentrate on the detailed YANTRA-image of yourself in the nude – your reflection in the mirror. If you have trouble in establishing the image, open your eyes and look again at the reflection of your body in the mirror.
Touch your lips, nipples, and penis again. Repeating the touch will help fix the image in your mind. Eyes closed, repeat the sequence. Touch your lips with thefingers, while mentally picturing that the hands touching your lips belong to someone else. Repeat the MANTRA as you do this. Then move your right hand fingers to your left breast, stimulating the nipple as before, maintaining the image of someone else’s fingers touching the nipple. The sensation of pleasure will enhance as you say the MANTRA. Do the same thing with the right nipple, and then slide the hands downward, with the YANTRA of the image of someone else’s fingers grasping the base of your penis, applying a slight pressure.
Now repeat the technique yet another time, with your eyes closed, but this time imagine that the hand is yours but it is touching the lips, nipples, and penis of someone else. Let your fingertips sense the soft outline on another’s lips; your fingers sense the hardening of the nipples of another person’s breast; your hands slide through the pubic hair; your fingers encircle the base of a penis belonging to another person – all exploring the body of someone else. This deceptively simple technique is both relaxing and stimulating. If you practise it in the morning, it will make you feel sensually alive and well all day. When repeated in the evening, it will put your body in a state of restful relaxation.
Respecting an initiatory, traditional element, characteristic to Prana Mudra, we recommend that you practice this exercise only when you are completely alone in the room.
This does not mean that you cannot share this technique with some other people, it simply means that it is better if you perform it secretly.
The asana-s can be practiced together with other people, without diminishing or affecting their effects in any way. However, the Prana Mudra should be performed in secret.
The yogic texts are categorical regarding Prana Mudra and they assert clearly that any presence, including that of your lover is a disturbing element, preventing us from perceiving the secret effect of the technique, as well as its profound and spiritual sense of this complex pranayama technique.
The recommendations and the urge to secrecy go even further regarding Prana Mudra, as not even the results obtained after its practice should not be shared with anyone, except for ones trusted and trustworthy guru.
More than any other technique, Prana Mudra is a genuine dialogue with ourselves, done in the intimacy of our own being. The maximum emotional intensity that can be triggered by Prana Mudra performed in solitude.
THE AURA BECOMES SHINY AND BRIGHT
Prana Mudra is a valuable exercise of breathing, whose numerous benefits had been confirmed by the greatest yogis of India. This exercise enhances the capacity of awareness and control of the subtle energies.
Through intense activation of the subtle energies of the fire, our aura becomes larger, purer and brighter. Moreover, due to the focus in the chest area occurs a powerful process of awakening of the soul and revelation of our divine nature.
The plus of energy of the pranic forces activated by this type of breathing, associated with the magnetic force irradiating from the fingers generate an unusual state, characterized at the same time by an effervescent dynamism and inner state of focus, and the balance of these two apparently contradicting tendencies leads to the desire to interiorize.
This natural tendency is so intense, that some people have said that Prana Mudra awakens the faith in God. This technique is also included in the category of the mudras- symbolic gestures, expressions and apparently simple physical attitudes that trigger remarkable effects.
Before approaching the first part of the exercise, we suggest you to have a close look at the pictures in order to understand properly both the final position and the intermediary stages.
You will understand that Prana Mudra is a special pranayama exercise, combined with movements of the arms and hands. You can do Prana Mudra from Padmasana (The Lotus Pose), Siddhasana (The Perfect Pose), or Vajrasana (The Lightning Pose). People who cannot perform any of these asanas, due to health reasons, we recommend to practice it sitting on a chair.
THE FIRST STAGE – RETENTION ON VOID
The hands are oriented towards the abdomen, as if they irradiate towards this area. The spine should be perfectly straight.
Exhale all the air from the lungs, performing in the last phase of the exhalation a contraction of the abdominal muscles. This contraction is associated with Mula Bandha. Before inhaling, stay in retention for several seconds.
THE SECOND STAGE – THE DIAPHRAGMATIC STAGE
Relax the abdominal muscles, cease to do Mula Bandha, decontracting the perineal area, and start to inhale slowly. The air enters the lungs and the diaphragm comes down, pressing the lower abdomen.
THE THIRD STAGE – THE “RIB” STAGE
While the diaphragm becomes flat, the hands climb towards the solar plexus (Manipura Chakra). The inhalation follows its own course, the lungs are filled with air, and the elbows are spread from the trunk in order to allow the thorax to open harmoniously and fully.
The fingers are no longer oriented towards the body, but they are parallel with the thorax and continue to go upwards in front of the chest, until the lungs will be filled with air.
At the end of this phase, the hands are close to the clavicle, the elbows are not close to the trunk and the arms are parallel to the floor. The fingers are oriented towards the body.
THE FOURTH STAGE – THE “CLAVICLE” STAGE
After the diaphragm has become flat, and the thorax is completely open, you can inhale a certain quantity of air in the upper part of the lungs, by lifting the shoulders.
The inhalation is complete when the hands pass before the throat and the face and go away from the body until the arms are wide open, and the palms are facing up, as if to capture the sun-rays. At this time, the muscles are relaxed, and the lungs are completely filled with air.
THE FIFTH STAGE – THE RETENTION WITH THE LUNGS FILLED WITH AIR
Stand still and retain the breath for as long as possible, without forcing ourselves, in a state of transfigured inwardness.
Increase the duration of the retention progressively, without forcing it, while the organism becomes used to the longer retentions. This is the most important stage of the exercise because it requires a certain mental attitude, which we will describe later on.
THE SIXTH STAGE – THE EXHALATION
The exhalation requires the same gestures as in the case of the inhalation, only in the reverse order. Empty your lungs in their upper part, then the thorax, and then the abdominal area. The hands go down slowly, so that at the end of the exhalation they are oriented again towards the abdomen, which has to be contracted in order to eliminate the final residues of air.