By Malavika I have completed 40 days of practicing Shambhavi Maha Mudra Kriya twice a day, and in this post, I would like to share with you my experience of it so far. Note: To read my latest and updated experience of the profound and potent Shambhavi kriya — follow this link! I have been following Sadhguru for the last few years. I have completed inner engineering online this is not a pre-requisite for the teacher-led program and also the Hata Yoga Surya Kriya program you can read about my experience here. My husband has also been practicing for the last two years, so the prospect of taking this course was not new to me, and yet, everything was.
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By Malavika I have completed 40 days of practicing Shambhavi Maha Mudra Kriya twice a day, and in this post, I would like to share with you my experience of it so far. Note: To read my latest and updated experience of the profound and potent Shambhavi kriya — follow this link! I have been following Sadhguru for the last few years. I have completed inner engineering online this is not a pre-requisite for the teacher-led program and also the Hata Yoga Surya Kriya program you can read about my experience here.
My husband has also been practicing for the last two years, so the prospect of taking this course was not new to me, and yet, everything was. I truly believe it is something you need to experience for yourself. Telling you too much will only take away from your experience. My friend happened to also be taking the program, and as the location was closer to her house than to mine, I stayed with them for the 4 days.
I brought my diary with me, where I usually write my spiritual contemplations and reflections. And yet, I could not write. Each moment simply demanded to be felt and lived, my cells saturated in all that I learned and have come to understand about life. I just could not find it in me to write But now, I have returned to our quiet home, and life resumes as usual, and yet, nothing feels the same. Everything feels brand new. I can hear the rain falling outside, and there is a soft shadowy darkness in the room.
There is nothing in this world that I cannot contain within me, and there is nothing in this world that does not contain me. I never knew it before, but I feel it now. This is just one of the things that it has been unearthed in me. Let me begin by telling you a story about a rose. The day before the course started, I had a particular desire to draw a rose. I had never drawn a rose before, but I tried anyway to bring it to life on the pages of my book. The act of drawing is almost an internal experience.
My perception has to increase, I have to notice a rose in such intricate detail in order for me to capture and translate at least a fraction of the beauty onto paper. I observed the way the petals overlap each other and cradle in the inner bud, so condensed and yet so open and blossoming at the same time.
There are many subtle aspects of the rose. There are so many subtle aspects of everything in life, and yet, I never notice it. This is the drawing. At the very end of the course, each participant was given a single red rose as a thank you. My rose, blossoming first on paper, then in my heart, and then in my hand. Once I returned home after the 4 day course, I began my 40 days practice of Shambhavi Maha Mudra, practiced twice a day. I took some simple notes throughout this time period of my experiences and challenges encountered, so that I may share them with you.
The whole practice takes around 30 minutes to complete, which includes the 10 minutes of preparatory asanas. Certainly not a large time commitment, especially if your spiritual growth is a priority for you, and if you account for all the time we waste doing meaningless things — then it really puts that total 1 hour investment into perspective.
The effects of this practice are likely to spill into the rest of your day and send ripples throughout many facets of your life. I was ready for it to consume my entire day, and my entire being. I was ready to make it everything, and that has made all the difference.
The second requirement that you practice on an empty stomach. This means 4 hours after a full meal, 2. This does take a little bit of scheduling, especially if you have a busy day with many engagements. I practiced my first session the morning as soon as I woke up, when I am naturally on an empty stomach.
I would then have breakfast. After lunch at 1pm, I would remain on an empty stomach till , and then practice the Kriya. I would have dinner shortly afterwards.
By the end of the 40 days, I appreciated the order and discipline the practice bought to my eating habits throughout the day. I started eating at the right time, and I stopped senselessly snacking throughout the day. I was aware of each and every time I decided to consume food — which sounds simple enough, but it now surprises me how unconsciously I would eat food before. Did maintaining this practice mean I had to sacrifice much on a day to day basis?
Not to me. The benefits far outweighed any effort I had to put into making it happen. I am blessed to have a husband who is as passionate about my spiritual growth as I am, and his encouragement really helped on days when fitting in my practice was more difficult.
But then I came across my first hurdle in my practice. I was becoming dull. The novelty was wearing away, and I found myself going through the motions just to be able to complete that day. I needed to find away to make my practice vibrant again.
I thought about it. I realized that this kriya has not changed, it is only I who have changed. The kriya has not become slack and dull.
I have become slack and dull. I had stopped approaching the practice with a sense of reverence. So, I recalled something that had been taught to us in the course — that before we begin our sadhana, we should spend 2 minutes reminding us for the concepts bought to light during I. This made a huge difference in my practice. It lit a warm fire in my sadhana again. In my experience, Shambhavi Kriya acts as a magnifying glass of what is inside us, so it is important to fill yourself with what you want to be magnified before you practice it.
Spending 2 minutes reminding myself of these profound concepts of life and living, made a difference. Being in Sadhgurus presence I flew back to Vancouver to attend an evening with the mystic. Everything about that night and everything about me was electric. Being in his presence, listening to him speak, meditating together, being blessed by his touch and intense gaze which sent waves of electricity through me, and to have my book signed by him.
That evening, when I returned back to the hotel room to do my evening Kriya, everything was absolutely heightened to another level completely. Perhaps for the first time I realized how powerful this tool I have been given really is.
We may all be given different tools in life, but to make magic happen, you have to know how to use it. The entire evening served as the perfect opportunity for me to deepen my kriya, and now I experience it so differently to how I did when I first began. I needed to be switched on. I need to be on. I also started to approach practice with a greater sense of reverence.
I began to treat it as sacred as it is. I stopped rushing. I started to sit there with as much intensity as I did on the first day of initiation. Let it be this meditation. I can sit for longer periods of time comfortably which was not the case when I first started. My breath deepened. Maintaining Vapreeta Swasa for 3 minutes, which seemed impossible to me initially — slowly became available to me.
I initially used the app Yoga Timer to help guide my practices. The entire kriya takes 21 minutes, which is further divided for each component of the kriya. The timer was good at first, but ultimately, I found it disturbing. Sometimes I would have to open my eyes to reset the timer if I got a little off sync etc. Eventually I put the timer away and allowed my internal timing to improve. Life on Fast Forward They say once you throw yourself into your spiritual practices, when you make your spiritual growth your absolute priority in your life, your life goes on fast forward.
Because we need to burn through karma, we need things to happen fast, so that we can reach our spiritual liberation. Life becomes blurry. I became pregnant. For a few days after finding out I was pregnant, my kriya was not as focused. I felt so distracted and overwhelmed. I found it difficult to be present and melt into my breath. I was filled with thoughts. Filled with excitement and fear. Filled with plans and expectations. After a couple of days of that, I thought — this cant go on this way.
Something has got to change. So instead of being lost in thoughts about how much life as we know it was going to change, I focused my energies on the growing life within me. I began a communion with my unborn child.
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By Malavika During my 6 week stay in India, I decided I would immerse myself in another shambhavi mahamudra mandalam — where the kriya is practiced twice a day for 40 days. I was first initiated into this kriya in , and have been practicing it on and off since then. Off — because I spent a large part of these two years pregnant twice, and found this kriya aggravated my morning sickness — making it very hard to complete. I wrote about the first time I did a 40 day practice here. All I can say now is that this 40 day experience was a completely different experience to the first time I did it — which only demonstrates to me how each time you engage in your spiritual practice, it has the potential to become deeper and more saturated.
Here are some guidelines, that will help you to prepare and increase receptivity of Shambhavi Mudra. Make sure, your mobile phones are in silent mode or switched off. If you wear glasses or contact lens, while doing the Yoga or Meditation, Please remove them and keep them aside. One more, last advice from me to you, by my own experience - Do Not practice Shambhavi Mudra with Full stomach or immediately after a meal. Before we talk about How to do Shambhavi Mudra - steps and benefits with video below for better explanation at the end , first lets understand the difference between Shambhavi Mudra and Shambhavi Mahamudra. Shambhavi Mudra Shambhavi Mudra Shambhavi mudra is highly practiced in yogistic and Tantrik literature texts. Shambhavi is a powerful mudra used throughout meditation to still the mind and to feel or experience higher stages of consciousness.
My experience of 40 days of Shambhavi Mahamudra Kriya
Meditation is a powerful tool for spiritual growth, and is essentially a process to take one beyond the limitations of body and mind. In recent years, a growing number of scientific studies and research on meditation have corroborated these experiences. How does the Kriya Work? Sadhguru says, "There is a certain way to engineer our system, to make this body, to make this mind… the very chemistry within us the way we want it. Now, we are looking at the technology of keeping these three bodies constantly aligned so that joyfulness is not an accidental happening; joyfulness becomes a normal condition, a natural way of living for you. Other studies have researched general well-being and improved attention spans among regular meditators. Benefits of meditation 1: Improved cardiac health Two studies published in and examined how Shambhavi Mahamudra supported cardiac health.