Awaken the Dormant Power within
Yesterday, I posted a simple exercise to Awaken the Dormant Power Within from the Kundalini Yoga Tradition. Below is a sample and link. The mudra (peace fingers) is a variation of the Pran Mudra, pran meaning life force. The mudra increases vitality and reduces fatigue, so just the hand position itself starts to charge you up.
For more about the power of mudras and hand positions, check out the book Mudras: Yoga in Your Hands OR my teacher, Mehtab Benton, will be leading a weekend workshop on Mudras in July. For more info on that workshop go here:
Back to Awakening the Dormant Power Within, I know it may seem funny at first to try and slap the 7th rib with your elbows, but it's actually very important and very powerful.
Yogi Bhajan said, "The entire creativity of humanity is based on the 7th rib... The 7th rib is the meridian point in the human body which can alter the breathing through the Ida and Pingala (energy channels, equivalent to up and down, sun and moon...etc); it holds the pranic energy, also know as the spirit"
This area of the Body also contains a powerful Psychic Knot or Granthi...
"Vishnu Granthi knots energy between Manipura Chakra (Solar plexus) and Anahata Chakra (heart). This Granthi is a knot of individual ego and power. Our clinging to ego, self-cherishing and the quest for personal power can slow spiritual success. Fear of being ignored or of losing prestige may plague our spiritual growth. This is a knot of power and manipulation, but it is also the knot of accumulation. Accumulation of power, possessions, and fame, all tie us to this level of consciousness. In order to transcend this level of consciousness we must “give up the love of power, for the power of love!” The degree of vulnerability that we show in life - the ability to put our façade aside and challenge our own status quo, unties Vishnu Granthi." Jivamukti
So if you're ready, click the video below for more instructions and a little demo. It suggests using a recording by Matamandir Singh: Gobinday Mukanday, but I like Sada Sat Kaur's version. It's upbeat and about 6 minutes so you can do a few round or just one.