Agni is the meditative energy. Meditation is a beautiful practice. However, for it to happen meaningfully, we need to understand its basis – the body. Yoga is a practical discipline. Its principles and techniques should be practised, not theorised and intellectualised.
The body is blocked. We open and purify it through shatkarmas (prep observances) and asanas (postures). Asana builds awareness. Awareness sharpen our senses. Then, the breath shall flow. Regulating the breath increases our ability to produce agni. A supportive lifestyle suited for energy activation and reduction of mental stress should come with yoga.
As the energy grows, so is our capacity to experience the subtle entities. We shall realise that our ability to smell is a deep function of the hips. We can treat our common eyesight problems through core strengthening techniques. Nerve discomfort that limits our ability to move freely is a sign of blockages in the thoracic cavity. When we are afraid, nervous, in doubt, our throats get dry and tight. Therefore, addressing it through chanting and other tongue kriyas.
Agni Energy Heals and Protects
We become self-nourishing and self-healing. The energy which at first is lacking becomes readily available within. This energy, we call agni, changes the body and its inner systems first. We need to master our agni in the body and the breath first before meditation begins.
Prana absorbs the mind. Without prana, stillness is impossible.
Yoga is a progressive science. One cannot bypass the lower centres for the sake of studying. Otherwise, the knowledge is incomplete. Texts do not even come close to experience. One has to face them, go through them and come back. Only then, we can fully grasp the essence of meditation. Experience, as long as it is not artificially induced, is the highest form of knowledge. It dissolves logic and reason.
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The Bandhas and Ujjayi Pranayama
Most of the time, the Uddiyana bandha does not open too wide for a significant reason. This is to prevent the fire of the Agni (from the hips) from overheating the inner vital organs of the heart and the lungs.
In the Ujjayi pranayama, we open up the Uddiyana bandha on purpose to moderately stimulate the astral chakras of the Manipura (solar) and Anahata (heart).
The narrowing of the Jalandhara bandha decreases the cooling effect of the oxygen entering the body. As the throat constricts, the energy passing through it stimulates the nerves of the neck and throat. This, in turn, irrigates and purifies the astral chakra of the Vishuddhi(a).
The chakras of the Manipura and Vishudhi(a) are directly connected. The Ujjayi prānāyama is powerful in unifying the energies passing through the Manipura and Vishuddi(a) chakras. This unified force greatly stimulates the Anahata Chakra (heart plexus).
The Ujjayi Pranayama is the sum of all its parts, blending in perfect unison and synchronicity. Yoga teaches us the progressive steps to ensure our safety and wellbeing. If done carefully and slowly, yoga allows us to gain access to our higher potentials – physically, energetically and spiritually.
Many modern techniques of breathing and energy-channelling have their roots in ancient disciplines such as yoga. The techniques are ofttimes altered and given a new name but the essence remains the same.
The sound of victory is quiet and calm. It is not loud and competitive.
Practice Note: Ujjayi Pranayama can be applied in the flow (asana) or during other pranayama and mudra.