Pranayama - Yogic Breathing as a Preparation for Meditation
First you need to choose any one number from one to nine, and never change it. We choose our number from the heart, not bothering about what this number means, or what it says about us. This number will be our secret tool, which the more used, the more powerful.
Before the meditation, the meditators will prepare themselves by performing breathing exercises called Pranayama. “Prana” means “breath” or “Divine Force”; “Yama” means to “extend” or “control”. These exercises are are a part of Hatha and Raja Yoga, and are necessary to “attune” or “clean” the Chakras.
Also, all spiritual practices require the meditator to be physically clean, bathing before each time they practice. Angka Meditation is not an exception. As mentioned before, the first act is the preparation. The meditator should take a bath (possibly using Vibhuti). Then, they would chant the Purification mantra :
After this, the meditatior is to sit in either the Lotus posture (Padmasana), Half-Lotus posture (Siddhasana), Downknee posture (Bajrasana), or on the edge of a chair. It is important that the back is completely straight, and the body is relaxed. Then, the meditator would perform the set Breathing exercises called Pranayama. It is important to know that for these exercises only the Thumb and the Ring Finger of the
1. Alternate nostril breathing.
a. Close the right nostril with the Thumb, and take a deep inhale through the left nostril. Do not hold your breath. b. At the top of the inhale, release the right nostril, and close the left nostril with the ring finger. Exhale through the right nostril. c. Without changing the fingers, take a deep inhale through the right nostril. Do not hold your breath. d. At the top of your inhale, release the left nostril; then, close the right nostril with the thumb, and exhale through the left nostril. e. Perform steps 1.a. through 1.d 4 more times.
2. Alternate nostril breathing using the number.
a. Close the right nostril with the Thumb, and take a deep inhale through the left nostril, while counting your number 5 times. b. Hold your breath, while counting your number 20 times. c. Release the right nostril, close the left nostril with your Ring Finger. Then, exhale while counting your number 10 times. d. Without changing your finger, take a deep inhale through the right nostril, while counting your number 5 times. e. Hold your breath, while counting your number 20 times. f. Release your left nostril, close the right nostril with your Thumb. Then, exhale while counting your number 10 times. g. Repeat steps 2.a. through 2.f. 1 more time.
3. Hand movement with number.
a. Put your hands in Añjali Mudra (or Pranamasana), making sure your elbows are at a straight angle to the ground. b. Slowly take a deep breath through your nose, while spreading your arms wide, as if holding the doors of an elevator. At the same time, count your number 5 times in your Ajna Chakra. c. At the top of your inhale, hold your breath and count your number 5 times in your Ajna Chakra. d. Slowly exhale, while changing the position of your arms to the one described in step 3.a. At the same time, count your number 5 times. e. Repeat steps 3.a. through 3.d. 1 more time.
4. Rapid breathing.
a. Place your hands on your knees. b. Take 8 deep inhales and exhales. c. Take another (9 th) inhale; at the top of it, hold your breath for as long as possible, while placing your number into your Ajna Chakra. d. Exhale slowly. e. Repeat steps 4.b. through 4.d. 1 more time.
5. Breath of Fire.
a. Take a deep inhale; then, empty half of your lungs. b. Pump out the rest of the air from your lungs with several rapid contractions of your abdominal muscles. c. Repeat steps 5.a. through 5.b. 1 more time.