Inner Engineering – Isha Yoga (Part 1)

This is first post of I don’t know how many more in the series. In recent times I was getting bored of doing weights in gym. My body is not reacting to heavy weights as it used to before.

There was time till a year ago when I was not in favour of Yoga practise, for no reasons known. Now about 2months ago when I wanted to explore this area which I have never ventured into, I checked with few friends and colleagues. That is when a colleague of mine recommended this program of Inner Engineering by Isha Yoga (Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev).

In recent time I went for the Inner Engineering course from Isha Yoga. In this course they teach one Shambhavi Maha Mudra which emphasizes on getting the body, mind, emotion and energy together focus as one.

There are few steps in this, the first part is the preparatory exercises and the second part is the actual kriya itself.

There are three preparatory exercises:
1. Pathang asana (the butterfly)
2. Shishubala asana (rocking child)
2a. Right leg
2b. Left leg
3. Nadi vibhajan

Exercise 1 and 2 has to be done for 2mins and 3rd has to done 3times.
The main focus area of these exercises is to strengthen the base of spinal chord.

Now the second part starts which is a 5step process. To do this one should sit in Artha Sidhasana, which is sitting with left lower foot pressed firmly towards mooladhara. :
1. Reverse U-breathing. Start and end with exhalation from left nostril. While breathing from one nostril the other should be closed. 6mins
2. A-U-M chanting. This starts with ‘A’ from little below navel, ‘U’ from chest & lungs, ‘M’ from throat with closed mouth. One can feel the vibrations inside. 21times.
3. Rapid breathing or rabbit breathing with head slightly up and focus on junction between the eyebrows. 3mins.
4. Bandas which is neck, diaphragm and anal locking with fullest and with emptiness. Depends on how long one can hold his/her breath.
5. With head slightly up and focus between the eyebrows, normal breathing. 5mins.

In all the entire kriya is for 21mins. Basically there are three importants steps in pranayama
1. Pooraka (Inhalation)
2. Rechaka (Exhalation)
3. Kumbhaka (Retention)

In kumbaka there are two types, again Antar kumbhaka (holding the breath after inhalation) and Bahya kumbhaka (holding the breath after exhalation).

That is what is used here with minimal effort and simple steps. One needs balance of body, stability to sit through for 21mins which is where the preparatory exercises help.

Benefits of the program:
1. Increase in cellular energy levels
2. Healing of physical ailments & enhanced immunity levels
3. Healing of psychological disorders, accompanied by emotions such as peace, joy and well-being
4. Neurological changes in the brain
5. Genetic transformation
6. Expression of extraordinary abilities like materialization and levitation

    Note:


I have only mentioned the steps above and how it should be done. I cannot do so since am not a teacher. Its is better to learn from teacher than to learn through books.

For further reads and research articles:
1. Article 1
2. Article 2
3. Article 3
4. Article 4
5. Article 5

Books if you still look for one:
1. Book 1
2. Book 2

Await Post 2 “What happens in 7 days” and post 3 on “What is the real secret”.

15 thoughts on “Inner Engineering – Isha Yoga (Part 1)

  1. Thanks for this post, i like it very much. i was doing Shambhavi, I have a doubt, could you pl explain Bandas (locks) steps. I know one is for Inhalation next for Exhalation, but i forgot the order. I would be very thankful if you could clear this.
    Best regards,
    Kumar

      • My Doubt:

        After inhalation, we make 3 locks (first Anal lock, second Stomach lock, third neck lock with chin touches the chest). here we hold this as long as we are comfortable, then bring our head in normal position, Exhale 1st and then immediately making three locks, hold as long as we are comfortable, now inhale-1st, then release Stomach lock-2nd, and release anal lock-3rd.

        Is this right ? (or)

        After inhalation, we make 3 locks (first Anal lock, second Stomach lock, third neck lock with chin touches the chest). here we hold this as long as we are comfortable, then bring our head in normal position, Exhale 1st, Release Stomach lock 2nd, then Anal lock 3rd. Now Exhale and do the 3 locks – Hold for some time – the releasing 3 locks.

        Which is correct, Please explain, this will help me lot in practice.

        Thanks.

        From: “Wovon man nicht sprechen kann, darber muss man schweigen” To: maruthikr@technip.com, Date: 11/14/2013 03:49 PM Subject: [New comment] Inner Engineering – Isha Yoga (Part 1)

        sathishk commented: “at both stages you need to lock your neck, stomach and abdomen muscles! next is relaxed breathing with head slightly up.”

      • Thank You Very Much.

        From: “Wovon man nicht sprechen kann, darber muss man schweigen” To: maruthikr@technip.com, Date: 11/14/2013 05:12 PM Subject: [New comment] Inner Engineering – Isha Yoga (Part 1)

        sathishk commented: “yes. you are correct!”

      • Thank you.

        Can you Pl confirm the sequence.

        Sequence-(A):

        Inhalation–making 3 locks & head down–HOLDING–head to normal position & release only Neck lock–Exhalation & keep other 2 locks as locked–put Neck lock & head down–HOLDING–head to normal position & release only Neck lock—Inhale–Releasing other 2 locks (stomach & then anal) . Sequence-(B):

        Inhalation–making 3 locks & head down–HOLDING–head to normal position & release only Neck lock – Exhalation – Release Stomack and Anal lock–Make all 3 locks again & head down–HOLDING–head to normal position & release only Neck lock—Inhale–Releasing other 2 locks (stomach & anal).

        Which one is correct Sequence – (A) or (B) ?

        Thanks in Advance

        From: “Wovon man nicht sprechen kann, darber muss man schweigen” To: maruthikr@technip.com, Date: 11/14/2013 05:12 PM Subject: [New comment] Inner Engineering – Isha Yoga (Part 1)

        sathishk commented: “yes. you are correct!”

  2. Could you please describe how to perform Nadivibhajan and also confirm which sequence, described in the above comment, is correct?

  3. Dear Sathishk, it is best to refer people who have doubts to people who are trained to correct the practice. the description you are giving above is not correct itself. so you will be confusing people as to how to do the practice.
    isha has a great support system for people if they need any help with their practices all around the word.

    for all who have any doubts, you can get in touch with a volunteer in your area, who will support you: just check here:
    http://www.ishafoundation.org/ContactUs

    pranams

    • Rubbish. I did the course at the Isha centre and the people I contacted their to help afterwards were useless at getting back to me.

      • Rubbish is too strong a comment,it is unfortunate that your attempt for clarifications failed,pl try to contact the right source through a mail to their HO

  4. Dear Satish. The tips you are giving for this practice is incorrect, the bandas sequence you are confirming to the questioners is also incorrect. PLEASE PLEASE do not post the instructions like this on the web. This is a powerful kriya and needs to be taught correctly in a committed atmosphere, otherwise it could even be harmful. I would request you to remove this post. Its perfectly fine to share your experience and post Sadhgurus articles but teaching the practice like this could be damaging.

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