TATTWA MEDITATION – BASED ON THE YOGA TATTVA UPANISHAD
Tattwa Meditation-The exploration begins with the gross form of purification and progresses on to subtle and psychic cleansing. The journey culminates in a subtle awareness which prepares the student to experience the energy and consciousness from which we evolved.
Practicing yoga consistently for extended time creates an awareness of a more subtle energy. Practicing tattwa shuddhi is said to concentrate this awareness and channel it giving it form.
Tattwa shuddhi it is said will compound the results of hatha yoga if practised first.
Tattvva shuddhi tells us the body is composed of the five elements, so tattwa shuddhi has a direct effect on the shatkarmas. which are purification practices of hatha yoga.
PREPARATION FOR TATTWA SHUDDHI
A seated posture that keeps the spine upright and the pelvis in a neutral position is preferable. Vajrasana (see below) is a posture that most of us can achieve with a little practice and refinement.
If the student is not able to sit easily as above, then a few small changes can make a big difference. Place a block or blocks so the student straddles them with the legs either side. If the ankles are tight, roll up a soft blanket and place it under the tops of the ankles, this will reduce the pressure there.
- Begin with sama vritti (equal breath) for a few minutes
- Begin with a count of 3 in and 3 out
- Continue to add counts up to 10 in and 10 out (only if comfortable otherwise remain at a count that is achievable)
- Now begin to allow a slight pause between the breaths
- Don’t force this, just allow it
- Practice for a couple of minutes
PRANAYAMA – NADI SHODHAN
- Using the first two fingers of the right hand place them at the eyebrow centre for nasigara mudra
- Practice a few rounds breathing through both nostrils
- Now close the right nostril and inhale through the left
- Close the left nostril and breath out through the right
- Breath in through the right nostril and out through the left
- Keep the breath even and take the count back to 5 in and 5 out (if possible otherwise go back to 3 and 3)
- This completes one round
Continue with this practice gradually increasing the count up to a maximum of 10 in and 10 out (if comfortable)
Parichaya state – when prana enters shushumna (the third state)
- Now practice Nadi Shodhan with a 1-4-2 ratio
- The Yoga Tattva recommends a 16-64-32 ratio
- This will take some practice so take your count back to one that is sustainable
- As an example, try 2-8-4 and then build on this
- Begin with Prithvi
- Visualise a yellow square located feet to knees with awareness on the Atman
- Visualise a silver moon located knees to pelvis with awareness on the Atman
- Visualise a red triangle located pelvis to heart centre with awareness on the Atman
- Visualise a blue circle located heart centre to eyebrow centre with awareness on the Atman
- Visualise a black oval located eyebrow centre to crown of head with awareness on the Atman
DHARNA – CHIDAKASHA DHARNA
- Chit – consciousness
- Akasha – space
- Awareness on the space behind the eyebrow centre
- Observe any phenomena
DHYANA – DHYANA MUDRA
- Take the attention to the breath
- Observe the flow of the breath
- Notice a space at the end of the exhale
- Begin to hold the awareness in that space
- Allow the space between the breaths to evolve while holding the awareness there
- For more advise on breath retention look here
Come back into the room when ready.