PS is practicing yoga since the age of 11. Her yoga retreats in India have helped her gain deep insights into self-awareness.
Bindu visarga is a tiny point located at the back of the head. Its center can’t be located physically. It is found by raising the mental awareness to discover the sound of Bindu and then tracing to its source. It is possible through Moorchha pranayama and Vajroli mudra. These practices help you develop an awareness of the sound or nada. After that, with Yoni mudra and Bhramari pranayama, you can trace its source.
It is not required for you to try all the nada yoga techniques at once. First, you should start the practices that can be done with no difficulty. Irrespective of which one you choose, all the techniques will help you gain awareness of the inner sounds.
Bindu visarga is closely related to the Swadhisthana chakra. At Bindu, the manifestation of creation takes place and at Swadhisthana, the reproduction of a new progeny takes place. Bindu is the origin of individualism and Swadhisthana is the origin of sexual activities. It is an indication of an undying desire to meet the infinite consciousness that lies beyond Bindu. Sperm and menses are the distillates formed from the drop of nectar emerging from the Bindu Visarga.
Bindu Visarga doesn’t have a Kshetram. To put direct focus on it and eventually, awaken it, you must practice the following exercises:
1. Moorchha pranayama
Moorchha pranayama is an advanced version of pranayama.
- Sit in Siddhasana or Padmasana.
- Keep your back straight, head upright, and relax your body.
- Practice Khechari mudra.
- Now, practice Ujjayi pranayama and inhale while bending your head backward.
- Perform the Shambhavi mudra.
- Keep your inhalation deep and slow.
- When inhalation ends, keep your head slightly backward.
- Retain your breath inwards as long as you can and maintain the Shambhavi mudra.
- Keep your attention at Bindu.
- Keep your arms straight and hands on the knees.
- Concentrate completely on Bindu.
- Bend your arms and exhale slowly with Ujjayi pranayama, also bend your head forward and close your eyes.
- Release Khechari mudra.
- Breathe normally and feel the lightness and tranquility of your whole mind.
- Practice this at least 10 or more times.
- If you feel like fainting, then stop the practice and leave it for the next day.
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2. Vajroli/Sahajoli mudra with the awareness of Bindu
- Assume the posture of Siddhasana or Siddha yoni asana.
- Close your eyes and relax.
- Try to pull your sexual organs upwards by focusing on the contraction and expansion of the lower abdomen and urinary system.
- The contraction is similar to holding the urge to urinate.
- Alternatively, contract the specific area for 10 seconds, then release it for the next 10 seconds.
- At the full contraction, focus your attention on the Swadhisthana chakra in the spinal cord, present at the level of the coccyx.
- Repeat the Bija mantra of Swadhisthana chakra - Vam.
- Focus your awareness through the Sushumna Nadi to the Bindu Visarga. Feel the union of your sexual energy with its source in Bindu.
- Keep your firm awareness at this point as long as you can, then return to Swadhisthana chakra and release Vajroli mudra.
- Practice it for 20-25 times.
You must perform this mudra immediately after releasing the Moorchha pranayama. Both of these practices make you aware of the presence of Bindu.
3. Gaining the perception of subtle inner sounds
To perfectly attain the perception of your inner sounds, you must first start with Bhramari pranayama. Then with the following steps:
- To understand your inner sounds, you don’t produce a humming sound like in Bhramari pranayama.
- You solely dedicate your awareness to the inner sound.
- Keep your eyes close and both the index fingers in your ears. This is done to stop the external disturbances.
- Pay attention to the subtle sounds produced in your head.
- It is difficult at first, so constant and dedicated practice is a must.
- The moment you notice any sound, put your full awareness towards it. Keep on listening.
- After days of practice, you’ll start to hear this sound loud and clear.
- Let this sound become a part of your conscious awareness, leaving behind all the other thoughts and sounds.
- Through practice, your sensitivity will rise and you’ll start to hear another distinct sound.
- At first, it will be negligible, but with proper practice, it will eventually become a part of your awareness.
- In this way, you’ll keep on discovering the new subtle sounds within you. All this will, eventually, become part of your awareness. Thus, your sense of perception will exponentially increase.
This isn’t easy and it demands the practice of weeks and months. You must keep on trying. It will take many weeks for you to hear the first sound, but you need to stay dedicated to your practice.
This is a simple yet extremely effective technique. You need to be perseverant. It requires time and effort. In the starting, devote at least 20 minutes to this practice along with Bhramari pranayama. Then you can increase the time as much as you can.
4. Yoni mudra / Shanmukhi Mudra
Yoni mudra or Shanmukhi mudra is a highly advanced mudra and more intense than the Bhramari pranayama. In this, you need to keep your eyes, ears, nostrils, and mouth closed. When counted, all these come down to the number seven. That’s why this mudra literally means ‘closing of the seven gates’. These seven gates are the gateway to external perception.
When you close these doors, you open the gateway towards exploring the internal perception. Your whole awareness is now dedicated solely to your mind.
As you can understand, this is a quite difficult form. This doesn’t involve a humming sound and you need to adapt to the breath retention technique. This mudra is meant for those who have a well-balanced mind and are not beaten by the distractions.
Here are the steps to perform this mudra:
- Sit in a meditative posture.
- Bring your hands in front of the face and your elbows pointing sideways.
- Keep your spine straight.
- Close your ears firmly with thumbs, eyes with the index fingers, nostrils with the middle fingers, and the mouth with your ring and small fingers.
- Your ring and small fingers must be placed above and below your lips respectively.
- During the practice, you need to remove your middle fingers so that your nostrils can inhale and exhale.
- Inhale slowly and deeply. When you stop inhaling, close your nostrils with the middle fingers and retain your breath.
- Try to focus on the sounds emerging from the Bindu from the back or middle of your head.
- In the beginning, you may hear many or no sound(s). Don’t worry, it won’t be a problem.
- Now, release the middle fingers and breathe out slowly.
- Inhale again, close your nostrils, and retain the breath.
- Pay attention to the inner sounds.
- Gradually, your initial experience of mixed or no sound(s) will end and you’ll start to hear a single specific sound. This can take weeks, but eventually, it’s bound to happen.
- When this happens, you must be totally aware of it. It will become clearer and louder after a few practices. Keep your total awareness on this sound.
- Then just like in practice 3, you’ll come across more sounds. These will be negligible at first, but later you can hear them loud and clear.
- You’ll be able to grasp them into your conscious awareness and move on to discover the new part of your whole being.
Concept of breath retention and awareness
It requires intense practice to master the technique of breath retention. It is highly effective when you learn to retain your breath for longer durations. If you have been practicing Nadi Shodhana pranayama for a long time, maybe a few months, then you can easily get used to yoni mudra. It will be an effective way to discover your real being.
Besides breath retention, you also need to know where you are putting your total awareness. Generally, you must focus your awareness in the Bindu region at the back of your head. In case, you hear a distinct sound from some other area such as the middle of your head or somewhere else, you must fix your awareness at that point.
Some people can easily direct their awareness and listen to the sound (nada) in the heart region. The important thing, here, is to fix your awareness on the center where you can notice the manifestation of subtle sounds. Total involvement on the sound leads to a deep state of self-awareness.
In the end…
Practice these techniques at least for a month. Then, you can begin with the practice of interconnecting the chakra awareness and thus, awakening the Sahasrara chakra.
© 2020 Prachi Sharma