Week 10. Tantra and Shamanism: The Nine Purification Breaths Copy

The Nine Purification Breaths is a short practise designed to open and clear the channels and relax the mind and body.

Sit in a cross-legged meditation posture. Place your hand’s palm up in your lap, with the left hand resting on the right one. Tuck your chin under just a little to straighten the back of your neck. Close down the eyes. 

Visualize your three central channels. The major function of the three fundamental nadis – channels – is energy transfer or flow. The position of the Ida Nadi is at the left side of the Sushumna Nadi, which runs parallel to the spine at the center of the torso. Ida Nadi is known as the ‘comfort level energy’. Being Yin in nature, it has cooling, lunar and passive qualities. Pingala Nadi, which is complementary to the Ida Nadi, rests on the right side of Sushumna Nadi. Pingala Nadi has a close relation to the sun energy, with an active, warming and Yang nature.

The side channels join the central channel at its base, at the center of your pelvic bowl. 

1. First three breaths

Men: Raise the right hand with the thumb pressing the base of the ring finger. Closing the right nostril with the ring finger, inhale green light through the left nostril. Then, closing the left nostril with the right ring finger, exhale completely through the right nostril. This is one round. Repeat for three rounds. 

Women: Raise the left hand with the thumb pressing the base of the ring finger. Closing the left nostril with the ring finger, inhale green light through the right nostril. Then, closing the right nostril with the left ring finger, exhale completely through the left nostril. This is one round. Repeat for three rounds. 

With each exhalation, imagine all obstacles linked with yang potencies – including challenges connected with the past – expelled in the form of light blue air. 

2. Second three breaths

Change hands and nostrils and repeat for three inhalations and exhalations. 

With each exhalation, imagine all obstacles linked with yin potencies – including challenges connected with the future – expelled in the form of light pink air. 

3. Third three breaths

Place the left hand on top of the right in the lap, palms up. Inhale green healing light through both nostrils. Visualize it moving down the side channels to the juncture with the main channel. With the exhalation, visualize the energy rising up the central channel and out the top of the head. Imagine all potencies for illnesses and imbalances being expelled in the form of black smoke. Repeat the process for three rounds.

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