Mudra and Kriya


 How to Free the Breath and Open the Body

One of the things that makes ISHTA so unique is its attention to the subtle body and how it governs so much of our life. We tend to think of our existence as limited to our physical body but the real power of yoga comes when we open up the lines of energy that exist in our subtle body.

According to yogic science, there are 72,000 nadis, or meridians that map our being. These are sometimes manifested as nerves but most often are only experienced through asana and breath. Prana, or life force, is the electricity that moves through these channels, leaving us feeling more alive, awakened, and replenished.

Why is this so important?

Firstly, because it reminds us how vast we are. The physical body is limited and finite.

The subtle body exists on a more cosmic plane, receiving and distributing fields of energy that exist all around us.

Just like a hose, when we  tense and close off those channels it blocks the flow of prajna.

Therefore it is always important in asana to remember to keep the line of the spine intact and the breath flowing freely. When we lose our breath we’ve closed off the prajna, which keeps us vital and animated.

Yogiraj Alan Finger likes to say

“Range is of the ego, form is of the soul.”

When we push ourselves too far in the practice we cut ourselves off from the divine inspiration that exists in each moment.

Inspiration has to come through us somehow and since it is infinite, it cannot move through a limited source like the body. It moves through channels.

So the next time you come on your mat to practice, keep the breath free and the body open.

Become the vessel and everything will flow as it should.

If you want to learn more about subtle energy techniques, known to yogis as Mudras, Kriya, and Bandha Techniques, join us for a very special workshop we are doing on April 26, 2014 at Ishta Yoga Downtown, in Union Square.

Join us in exploring Mudra, Bandha, Kriya with Alan and Sarah Finger, plus special guest Shanee Habari.

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