Confidence Boost Meditation
This meditation awakens dormant Shakti energy and boosts all of your chakras. The effect is to strengthen your aura, which leaves you feeling more confident, dynamic and energised!
It is in fact a tantric yogic technique called Prana Mudra in which energy is drawn from the root chakra up to the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th chakras in turn, with each new breath. The technique uses 2 bandhas or 'locks' at the end of each out-breath - the root and chin locks. If you want to understand these locks and the benefits they bring, you can read the explanation below.
Understanding the Bandhas/locks
The bandhas are muscular-energy locks. They are incredibly powerful methods for raising both our energy levels and consciousness. They are tools that have been used by the yogis and spiritual elite for eons – and are now accessible to us, as we prepare for The New Age of Light!
ROOT LOCK (Moola bandha)
Contract or pull up on the perineum (between the anus and vagina/scrotum) - as women would do in a 'kegel' or pelvic floor exercise. The result is that energy is pushed up the central energy column - the lock acts as both a valve and a plug, preventing energy drainage.
Benefits: It is of enormous benefit to the nervous and endocrine systems.
Good for sexual balance, conserving energy, constipation, stabilising menstrual periods & balancing Muladhara, the root chakra.
CHIN LOCK (Jalandhara bandha)
Tuck your chin back & slightly down (which gives you a double chin). This compresses your throat, shooting the rising energy through your throat chakra into your third eye.
Benefits: This practice slows the heart rate, calms the mind, stimulates the thyroid gland, and releases blocks in the throat chakra.
BENEFITS OF USING BANDHAS
As we inhale we bring PRANA into the body – which ideally is stored in Manipura, which acts as an energy reservoir. The Root Lock stops energy from being drained, so that Earth energy rises to meet the stored energy at Manipura, and the combined energies can trigger a flow of Kundalini up the spine.
The Chin Lock creates the pressure needed to push the energies up into the spiritual centres in the head, propelling you into higher states of consciousness.
The bandhas assist the efficient functioning of the endocrine and nervous systems. They lower respiration rate, heart rate and blood pressure, thus inducing calmness and relaxation. They stimulate alpha brainwave production, so that profound relaxation is experienced.
Confused and/or crossed neuronal circuits in the brain are reordered, in effect 'retraining the brain.' The digestive system & viscera are toned, massaged and revitalised via pressure on the internal organs.
Although they may seem awkward and unfamiliar at first, in a very short time they become familiar and comfortable – and your EXPERIENCE in the practises will be so enhanced that you will soon realise their value. Practice makes perfect :)