Sunday, January 23, 2011

Vipareeta Karani Mudra (kriya 1)

This is the first of the twenty Kundalini Kriyas of Kriya Yoga. If you have not completed my free online course, please download and complete that first.

This kriya is performed from Vipareeta Karani Asana, so assume that posture to begin. Once in this posture, begin Ujjayi Pranayama then close your eyes. When ready to begin the rounds, exhale completely and focus on Manipura in the spine. As you inhale with ujjayi move your concentration along your spine to Vishuddhi, while imagining a hot stream of nectar flowing from Manipura through Anahata to Vishuddhi. Retain the breath and concentration at Vishuddhi for 3 to 4 seconds, while imagining the hot pool of nectar there becoming cool. As you exhale with ujjayi, move your concentration up your spine to Ajna, then over to Bindu and finally up to Sahasrara. In this case imagine your breath is pushing the nectar along this path and injecting it into these points. After exhalation is complete, immediately return your concentration back to Manipura to begin the next round. Complete eleven rounds, then go to the next kriya.

In my two favorite yoga books (and in my course), it is explained how the usual flow of nectar from Bindu to Manipura results in the aging process. From the description, you can see that this kriya is attempting to reverse that process.

A video describing and demonstrating this kriya is presented below.

10 comments:

  1. What is the difference between Mudra and Asana ?

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  2. Hi Hardik,

    Literally, Asanas are postures and Mudras are spiritual gestures. In terms of this kriya, the main difference is what you do with your mind.

    In the Asana form of this practice you focus on how your entire body feels in the posture, but in the Mudra practice you move the concentration of your mind along your spine as described.

    I hope that helps.
    Manoj

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  3. what is the difference between sarvangasana and vipareeta karani mudra. Also, I have got hypothryoid due to which I have put on a lot of weight and facing skin related problems. can you please advise particular asanas for it?

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    1. Hi Pinky,

      In my opinion, it is better to seek a complete spiritual practice rather than specific techniques for specific problems. I believe a complete practice is more likely to solve the root cause of the problem being faced. Results may take longer to see, but they will last a lifetime as they come from a permanent change within. See the videos on my Download page.

      I hope that helps.
      Manoj

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  4. Hallo Manoj,
    It's really extraordinary that you share these techniques! I have once learned Kriya yoga from a pupil of Satyananda. One technical question: in Vipareeta Karani Mudra you use ujjayi breath, but the tongue is not folded back in Kechari Mudra? In most of the kriyas the tongue is folded, isn't it?
    Kind regards,
    Åke Strandberg
    Sweden

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    1. > in Vipareeta Karani Mudra you use ujjayi breath,
      > but the tongue is not folded back in Kechari
      > Mudra?

      That is correct. Starting in kriya 4 and for most of the remaining kriyas, kechari mudra is applied.

      Manoj

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  5. Dear Manoj,
    God Bless You for Your extraordinary efforts!
    I was looking for complete Vipareeta Karani Kriya technique, and was very happy to find it at your blog.
    Could you please clarify one question for me?
    I would like to practice Vipareeta Karani only for 30-40 mins a day (of course I will increase time gradually). Should I perform a counter pose Bhujangasana after it for the same amount of time? So, I guess, my regular routine should be like this: Vipareeta Karani 30 mins, Shavasana 5-10 mins, followed by Bhujangasana 30 mins. Am I right? How about yogas who practice Vipareeta Karani for 2-3 hours? Are they supposed to do Bhujangasana as well? Could you please help me?
    Best regards,
    Olga Kulak
    USA

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  6. In the book "Kundalini Tantra", Swami Satyananda recommends Saral Matsyasana for the counterpose, and I imagine 5 minutes would be plenty. I'm sure Bhujangasana is fine too if you prefer. I would suggest Vipareeta Karani 30 mins, Shavasana 5 mins, Counterpose 5 mins. All the best!

    Manoj

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  7. hello manoj ji,iam suffering from umblical hernia and iam afraid of surgery.many sites show that this kind of hernia can be healed by yoga asanas.could you please help me in suggesting some asanas for my hernia.some say that vipareeta karani is good for this hernia.waiting for ur suggestion.thankyou.

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    1. The best thing for any problem to ensure it is not only healed but never returns is to follow my Kriya Yoga Course 1, 2 and 3, if you are physically able.

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