On its second side, it turns into: "The Mahamudra" or "Great Attitude". One of the wise books of old says that it cures "consumption"... Wonder if Earth Day could use some of that.
The Gheranda Samhitha has this to say about how to get into it:
|I know, is the left heel for the|
Mahamudra, this is just
the first side of Janu Sirsasana
The Hatha Yoga Pradipika calls it "The Great Attitude". It is, of course, recommended to learn it from a teacher or at least read the chapter in full, I will not transcribe the whole instruction as it is long and detailed but consider these effects:
"By locking the throat and retaining the breath, the prana rises straight, just like a snake beaten with a stick becomes straight...
...So the kundalini shakti becomes straight at once. Then the two (ida and pingala -left and right subtle channels of energy of the body-) become lifeless as the shakti enters the shusuma -center channel of energy of the subtle body-...
...It is also one of the krya practices... spontaneously arises meditation"
UPDATED: Just Reading the Yoga Makaranda (thank you Grimmly for providing the link to the free source) by T Krishnamacharya and he talks about this mudra too, it is the first to be mentioned. This is what he says:
Maha Mudra: With the left foot pressed tightly against the rectum, extend the right leg out in front. Make sure that the heel is touching the floor and the toes are pointing upwards. Hold the big toe of the right foot with the fingers of the right hand. Keep the chin firmly pressed against the chest and keep the gaze fixed on the midbrow. Similarly, following the instructions mentioned above, repeat the mudra with the right foot pressed firmly against the rectum and the left leg extended forward.
Benefit: Tuberculosis (consumption of lungs), asthma, coughing and breath diseases, obstruction of bowels, diseases of the spleen, indigestion, such dis- eases of vayu will be removed.
"Cures consumption, the obstruction of the bowels the enlargement of the spleen, indigestion and fever - in fact it cures all diseases."
Hatha Yoga Pradipika:
Removes the worst afflictions (the five kleshas) and the cause of death. Therefore it is called the great attitude by the ones of highest knowledge. Increases vitality, stimulates digestion and harmonizes all bodily functions, increases awareness, brings clarity of thought and helps to overcome depression.
Yoga Chudamani Upanishad:
Maha mudra is a practice that purifies the entire network of nadis (subtle nervous system)...absorbs rasa or health-giving fluids so it pervades one's entire being.
How about them mudras?
Enjoy the earth day. Here in the North East we are blessed with a beautiful one!
|Greens are coming back to the river side|
16 Glasses of Salty Water