Taught by Yogi Bhajan on January 28, 1980
“This meditation brings the entire nervous and glandular system into balance. By putting the thumbs together in this mudra, the sciatic nerve is neutralized at the point of ego. (Thumbs represent the energy of the ego.) This particular balance puts pressure on certain meridian points in the shoulders.
“Be conscious that even with the breath out, you are still alive. A lot of problems in family and social relationships are because you don't have control over the breath. The beauty of life is based on the breath. It is the link between you and God and the breath of life is what gives you the sensitivity to your environment.
“Do this meditation at lunchtime or any time you want to be sharper and have an edge over another person. It balances all the nervous energies and the glandular system to tune them to maximum efficiency. It can raise efficiency to the point of life over death. No need to take ‘uppers’ and ‘downers’; the breath of life can balance you any time you want.”
Posture: Sit in easy pose with a straight spine. With the elbows bent, raise the hands up and in until they meet at the level of the heart a few inches from the body, palms facing the chest. Place the palm of the right hand against the back of the left hand. Hold the hands and forearms parallel to the ground so that the fingers of the right hand point toward the left side and the fingers of the left hand point toward the right side. Press the thumb tips together.
Focus: The eyes are nine-tenths closed.
Breath: Inhale deeply through the nose and calmly hold the breath in for 15-20 seconds. Exhale completely through the nose and calmly hold the breath out for 15-20 seconds. Concentrate on the breath.
“The link between you and God is the breath. Be conscious of the total breath in all three forms.”
“Air must go all the way out on the exhale so that all the heart valves get equal pressure, and the brain and central nervous system will trigger survival systems for a few seconds.”
Time: Continue for 3 to 5 minutes.
©1980, 2006 The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan
Ed. Note: This meditation was originally published in the Survival Kit Manual which is no longer in print. It was subsequently published in the manual Praana Praanee Praanayam.