Any spiritual path that migrates to another culture will inevitably be acculturated, transformed by the culture it travels to. Hatha Yoga was never meant to be a path to Awakening in and of itself.  The Buddha himself has said that these physical asanas and austerities cannot take one to Enlightenment. Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya, one of the oldest extant mantras in Hinduism, is considered to be a Mukti (liberation) Mantra.
Some aspirants feel that the mantra can also be translated as something like “Homage to the Enlightened One Within” aka, your inner Divine Self. On both physical and psychic levels this mantra is used to bring balance to oneself – Yin and Yang, active and receptive, and one’s male and female polarities.
Those of you familiar with the Sanskrit “Tantric vowels” or Bijas, can map out which of your chakra energies are activated using this mantra. It’s a good idea to get a recording of this mantra if you would like to learn it.  I have reviewed hundreds of recordings of this mantra and present my preferences below. This is perhaps my favorite rendition of Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya, the primary reason being that it is eminently sing-able by non-professional singers and tone deaf devotees like me.
Mantras for Precarious Times – Deva Premal This is a somewhat fast rendition of the mantra, with a simple tune that most people will be able to sing along with.
This young artist from India has created a lovely, heart-centered, devotional version of the mantra. You can sing along fairly well with this cover of Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya and it has some interesting electric guitar giving it an unusual electronic jazzy kind of sound.
Renown on the kirtan circuit, Krishna Das presents an accomplished, masculine version of this mantra. Cons: Almost 4 minutes into this the pace picks up and the melody changes making it hard to follow. Learn more about our audio programs for meditation, stress management, and personal growth.
See the CBS WUSA TV 9  interview with Keith Hall, Andrea Roane, and Jeff Besougloff about T’ai Chi for stress reduction and self-mastery here. The second level of the Cobra Breath opens a rarely used energy channel along the spine and helps to more deeply activate the roots of the Chakras, balance your polarities, activate and transmute karmic patterning, and begin to connect your spiritual pole with your earthly pole. It is best that a student practice Cobra Breath 1 on a daily basis for at least a year before being initiated into Level 2 Cobra Breath. It is imperative that a practitioner of Cobra Breath 2 have a well defined Witness consciousness and be able to be self-responsible.
Bioenergetic holding patterns or armoring are the somatic aspect of our repressed emotional karma. As in Cobra Breath 1, there are definite prerequisites and contraindication associated with being truly eligible to integrate the power of the Second Level Cobra Breath practice. Khechari Mudra (aka Kecharimudra, Kechari Mudra, Khecari Mudra) is a yoga practice which is carried out by placing the tongue on the roof of the mouth.
Khechari Mudra can be practiced without Cobra Breath, and indeed, this is how most yogis practice it (although they tend to use a slightly different position). In other words, the constant performance of this Mudra speeds the attainment of deep states of spiritual consciousness bordering on an experience of Unity with the Divine. In Level 1 Cobra Breath, we are uniting our lower animal self with the Higher Self as expressed through Ajna and our spiritual vision or guidance. The Cobra Breath is an esoteric, sacred tradition only transmitted orally from teacher to student  through direct lineage from Babaji.   The true Cobra Breath has never been written down or recorded. Witness consciousness is the ability to maintain our center in the midst of emotional upheaval and is essential to any advanced practice of Kundalini.  Witness helps us see beyond the unconscious beliefs, early childhood patterning, judgments, and trauma, to the Divine within all of us. The Cobra Breath pulls Shakti energy into the secret Kriya Channel, charging the spine with energy and changing the electro-magnetic properties of the cerebro-spinal fluid, allowing Kundalini to move up the spine and activate the third eye. Karmic Patterns are old habits based on early childhood and adolescent trauma and imprinting.
We live in anticipation of the future while repressing aspects of our past that we don’t like.
As I stated above, most people are not going to be ready for Cobra Breath in this lifetime.

Physical Contraindications: Untreated hypertension, chronic headaches, drug addiction, chronic dysmenorrhea (Cobra Breath may increase pain and blood flow), anyone who is physically very ill.
Leading physicians are at last recognising and recommending the wonderful benefits of meditation.  This change in attitude has led to a demand for simple practical instruction on how to take time out from the hectic pace of day-to-day living.
This step-by-step guide offers techniques from the classic traditions of Zen, Sufism, Buddhism, Yoga and Tantra.  Each chapter is clearly aimed at alleviating certain physical, mental and emotional disharmonies. Rosalind Widdowson & Swami Tantramurti Saraswati practise Hi-Ki Yoga and The Way of Shibumi, have taught regular classes for forty years, written books and trained teachers. There are now many schools that will certify new teachers in these forms, often with only one or two hundred hours of experience. Ideally the light of Spirit will shine through the cultural trappings of the new social order, but not always. Hatha yoga was meant to be a process of stretching the body and calming the mind to a degree so that the student can advance to the process of Self Mastery.
We have disparate, often conflicted aspects of our self; our various personalities, emotions, mental and physical bodies that are somewhat fragmented, disconnected, and disjointed. It can be translated as “Om, Reverence to the Lord Vasudeva” This mantra is sometimes represented as a chant or stotra to Krishna or Vishnu.
Swami Kripalu has been purported to have said that Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya could be taken to mean simply “Thy Will Be Done.” This translation would indicate the complete surrender of the individual to the Divine. In a sense, this is a good mantra to balance your chakras, spinal channels, and inner and outer divinity. About 2 ? minutes into the mantra the speed picks up and he does a sort of Hindu scat kind of chanting.
The only caveat: She sings so well that she may be difficult for some non-singers to follow.
Some Western teachers push students into Level 2 Cobra Breath with only 40 days of Level 1 practice, often with much drama.
If not, the Level 2 Cobra Breath will merely exacerbate these karmic patterns, creating more misery and drama in one’s life. Four of these are polar channels (male and female, or yang and yin) and these must be cleared and kept in balance to provide a strong, safe “containment vessel” for true Kundalini to arise.
The interim yogic goal here would be to hold this position constantly, creating a continual state of Cosmic Bliss. We need this vision and guidance to help lead us safely out of the limited patterns of behavior, perception, and Being mandated by the first three chakras (fear – pain – anger, money – sex – power).
If you are new here, you might want to subscribe to the RSS feed for updates on this topic.Powered by WP Greet Box WordPress PluginThe Cobra Breath is one of the most powerful tools for spiritual awakening on the planet. When receiving Cobra Breath, it is important to be properly prepared and have an appreciation of this gift when being initiated. We accrue these patterns from our parents and family, persons we associate with in life, even birth trauma itself. We shuttle back and forth between past and future, robbing ourselves of our life and re-creating old patterns of being. Bioenergetic analysis and Breath work can be very helpful when done in conjunction with this training. This practice is not well grounded, so one needs to master some T’ai Chi,Tantric Qigong, and Bioenergetics. Even some who are teaching Cobra Breath have not fully prepared themselves, and thus pass on their kundalini-energized dysfunctions to their students.
Another’s drama has nothing to do with us, yet the ill-prepared student will perceive this as an attack and take it in, setting off a host of defensive mechanisms. Karma merely circles the midplane and becomes even more ensconced within the psyche as it is reinforced by the indiscriminate stimulation of this high level energy. Our culture, perhaps the most robust and powerful in the world (as evidenced by the Americanization of other countries’ cultures), has brought the timeless art of the subcontinent firmly in the purview of the lower 3 chakras. True yoga in its highest form is the yoking of our different aspects into a unified, conscious whole.  Ultimately, yoga is meant to be a path which seeks union of the individual with the Divine. These nadis must be balanced before true Kundalini can be activated safely and without drama.

Hopefisher does a lovely job of creating a simple tune that anyone can follow in a call and response format. This does a disservice to the student as there is inadequate preparation and follow-up support on a daily basis. If not, unresolved emotional history can be activated, causing disruptive emotional crises and sometimes physical discomfort or injury.
Both Khechari Mudra and Cobra Breath Level 1 will also serve to increase one’s attentiveness or attention span. The trick here is to stay mindful of performing the Mudra and not be distracted by the external social world. I have seen a lot of grief and drama occur in persons not authentically prepared for this high level practice.
Karma burning is best accomplished through deep meditation with a guru and, to some extent, through body centered psychotherapy such as Bioenergetics. Given that the practitioner is authentic in their sadhana, the pace of awakening will depend on the level of consciousness of the individual, efficacy of the technique(s), outside cultural and interpersonal influences, and the amount of time invested. Hatha yoga alone is not enough, one must be able to enter into deep states of meditation while staying totally present. Adding more energy with the Cobra Breath will just increase the frenzy, tipping an individual into increasingly unhealthy states of being.
If you are interested, make sure you develop a daily practice (see guidelines above) and stick to it.
Much of this has been lost in this country, where Yoga, yoga competitions, hot yoga, etc., have become almost purely physical. In Hindu theology, Brahma is the creative force, Shiva the destroyer or agent of change, and Vishnu is the deity of balance, salvation, and preservation.
Merely energetically activating one’s karmic patterns is no guarantee that they will be transmuted. This tongue position helps send energy and attention to the third eye to support its awakening and creates a more powerful experience of Level 1 Cobra Breath. What you are unwilling to transform within your subconscious will be reinforced by any true Kundalini technique. Most people will self-select themselves in or out of this practice, and energy idiot savants can be screened out by the exceptionally perceptive master. Good for listening, not so good for singing along unless you cut out the middle, and just go with the first 2 ? minutes and the last 3 ? minutes.
This results in our patterns being recreated continuously, often creating a victim consciousness which will tend to make us more emotionally reactive and defensive.
I am continually amazed at the number of false neo-tantric teachers who recommend this process.
This can be partly ameliorated by living in an ashram with your teacher, or at least having regular contact, support, and instruction.
Not that the energy in some individuals can’t slip up into the heart or third eye, but usually, not so much.  For the most part, Hatha Yoga, along with certain forms of Taoist practice, have been co-opted by the Western material world. In fact, many sport and health clubs now have yoga classes, a most unlikely place to find Awakening.  Not that this is impossible, just unlikely in an environment not conducive to spirit. Suicides and false memories of childhood trauma have been linked to practicing Primal Scream and catharsis. They’re just not big enough to reach the ignition, steering wheel, and pedals, so nothing happens. Thus, attempting to receive Cobra Breath long-distance, or in a one-shot weekend workshop without regular support can either be dangerous or ineffective in the long run. Some somatic work such as T’ai Chi, Qigong, yoga, Rolfing, and Somatic Release along with Presencing, Conscious BreathWork, or Bioenergetic Analysis, etc.

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