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  1. PingalaHeart chakra - at the sternum. House of the self / divine consciousness. Rise above ego and conditioning, draw's closer to one's true self, emanating love, compassion and goodwill towards others. Lungs, heart, thymus gland and circularity system.

          

  2. Anuloma Viloma or Nadi ShodhanaPranayama technique. Alternate nostril breathing: inhaling through one nostril and exhaling through the other. Cleanse respiratory system, improves concentration and memory.

          

  3. Jalandhara BandhaChin lock. Jal means "net" or "mesh" and refers to the nadis. Dhar means "hold or restrain". Clears confusion, calms the mind and relieves anger and stress. Inhale deeply and hold. Bow head, locking chin. Arms are straight, shoulders are raised and thrusted forward. Held for as long as comfortable. Release by exhaling, relaxing shoulders, raising chin and leveling head.

          

  4. Pranamaya KoshaThe outer layer: body. Anna meaning food. Refers to our physical being: what we can touch and feel. Most tangible. Develop sense of detachment or our body, enables us to progress inward during meditation.

          

  5. Mula BandhaAnal Lock. Muscles in the pelvic region. Resolves psychological and neurotic imbalances due to sexual frustration or dissatisfaction. Calms the central and sympathetic nerves, regulates blood flow. Activates the muladhara chakra. (root chakra).

          

  6. Manomaya KoshaEnergy layer: Prana / life force flows through the body. Can't see it but can feel it in vibration of breath. How prana flows depends on the balance between mind, body and spirit.

          

  7. AtmanThird Eye chakra - between the eyes. Forgiveness and and empathy. Rise in tolerance, understanding, humility and nobility. Hurt, resentment, anger and animosity weaken. More altruistic (selfless concern for the well-being of others). Pituitary gland, eye, ears, nose and bones.

          

  8. KapalabhatiPranayama technique. Big passive inhale with short, powerful exhales. Helps eliminate stress and negative emotions. Known as the Cleansing Breath. Good digestion and circulation.

          

  9. AjnaThird Eye chakra - between the eyes. Forgiveness and and empathy. Rise in tolerance, understanding, humility and nobility. Hurt, resentment, anger and animosity weaken. More altruistic (selfless concern for the well-being of others). Pituitary gland, eye, ears, nose and bones.

          

  10. Vijnanamaya KoshaEgo / Intellect layer. Vijnana means "to know deeply or intensely". Manifests wisdom - not just intellectual knowledge. Enabling introspection and insight. See things as they are, not as they appear. Serious meditation helps.

          

  11. MuladharaRoot chakra - base of the spine. Quality is innocence, enables us to know pure, unconditional happiness. Adulthood robs us of direct knowledge, though never truly lost. Functioning of kidneys, blood, muscles.

          

  12. MayaVeil of illusion. The Divine in us is hidden by maya. Maya makes us perceive things as other than what they really are.

          

  13. KoshaVeil of illusion. The Divine in us is hidden by maya. Maya makes us perceive things as other than what they really are.

          

  14. Anandamaya KoshaInner most layer. Ananda means "bliss". Not associated with sensory - independent of emotion, stimuli and thought. State of total contentment, peace and joy. Relationships change, become more fulfilling, and more joyous.

          

  15. IdaVeil of illusion. The Divine in us is hidden by maya. Maya makes us perceive things as other than what they really are.

          

  16. Chakra7 centers of consciousness - invisible and formless - along the spine. Transmit prana throughout the body and mind. Awakening them helps restore and maintain inner balance.

          

  17. Uddiyana BandhaAbdominal Lock or Fly-up. Exercising the abdomen and diaphragm muscles. Prana flows upward from tummy to chest. Stimulates the manipura chakra (solar plexus). Inhale fully. Strong exhale, empty lungs and contract abdomen. Relax the abdomen and expand chest. Draw abdominal and organs upward; navel up the spine. Active Jalandhara. Hold for 15-30 seconds. Repeat 3 or more times.

          

  18. BandhasRestraints or locks which prevent prana from moving / flowing. Physically, emotional or mental imbalances causes the energy to not flow freely. Clearing / regulating the flow helps resolve. Three main bandhas used: Jalandhara, Uddiyana, and Mula.

          

  19. SwadisthanaCrown chakra. Above the head. Final stage in the evolution of consciousness. All qualities come together. Ultimate reality. Brain, pineal gland and central nervous system.

          

  20. SushumnaCentrail nadi; runs from the base of the spine to the top of the head, passing through all 7 chakras upwards. Channel through kundalini rises when awakened. Opens when ida and pingala are in equilibrium.