Pranayama is a basic breathing control in yoga. Practicing pranayama could greatly affect your Tantra training as breathing is the key to making Tantra successful. In actuality, the word “Prana” translates to life-energy or life-force, but it has been said that it’s translated as “breath.”
Pranayama teaches students and practitioners on how to inhale, retain, and exhale properly without letting the life-energy out by retaining it in the solar plexis chakra. Tantra is all about building the chakra energy, which is why practicing pranayama would be good for tantra practices. The following list below would be the basics of pranayama for males practicing Tantra.
For starters, the Bhramari breath would be an excellent starting. The method is very simple, it promotes concentration, and provides a feeling of consciousness rather than a feeling of autonomic nervous system function. The technique is to inhale through your nose, then retain it for a few seconds to store the prana energy in your chakra, then exhale through your nose with a humming sound.
This is another basic technique that practitioners should master. First, inhale deeply and then expand it to your throat, rib cage, and then to your abdomen. Retain the air for a few seconds, and then exhale slowly, start by releasing the air from your throat/chest area, then from the ribcage, and finally from the abdomen and force all the air out.
This is yet another simple technic that strengthens your lungs and energizes it. Simply breath through your nose in short, sharp sniffs until your lungs are full of air. Once your lungs are full, exhale through your mouth with a loud Ha! Sound. Removing all the tension out of your body will make you more focused on reaching your spiritual goals.
This technique is also pretty easy to master. Sit in a comfortable position, either in a lotus or cross-legged position, whichever you prefer and then keep your head and back straight. Start by inhaling, keep your mouth closed, and then “sneeze.” The lower abdomen would balloon out, so snap it sharply back in. Do this for ten to fifteen rounds naturally without forcing it.
After completing the rounds sit steadily and quietly, then feel all the mental and bodily changes on your body.
Unlike the previous pranayama techniques above, this method is a recharging and vigorous breath cycle. Perform this while standing and eyes closed, focus on your Anja Chakra, which is the chakra in the middle of your forehead. This method comes in seven sessions, and these are:
- Inhale and lock the air in your chest, then swing your arms backward and forward twice, each, vigorously then release the breath you’re holding.
- Inhale, stretch your arms forward at a 90-degree angle, and then at shoulder level, swing them sideways twice. Exhale and then drop arms.
- Inhale, swing your arms and down twice each, place it parallel at your sides and then arch the small of your back slightly. Exhale and then drop your arms.
- Inhale and then lock your breath in your chest again. To begin, stretch your arms slowly forward, clench your fists and then pull them against your chest. Retain your breath while shaking your whole body, then exhale.
- Inhale, swing your arms above your head and then bend your body slightly to the right from your waist. Concentrate on your body parts that are stretched, exhale while straightening your body, and then repeat on the left side.
- Inhale, retain your breath and let it massage your ribs, and then exhale.
- Inhale, retain your breath until it pats your pectoral muscles or breasts, and then exhale.
Maha Bandha is a very popular and prevalent yogic practice which combines the practice of three major bandhas – mula bandha, uddiyana bandha and jalandhara bandha. The word Maha Bandha stems its origin from Sanskrit in which “Maha” means Great or Supreme and “bandha” means lock.
This is majorly practiced by spiritual believers to awaken and activate the prana inside our body. This, in turn, has been associated with the awakening of the Kundalini Shakti which is located at the base of the spine. It is also often termed as triple lock owing to the practice of three bandhas.
The most important prospect in this is to start visualising mindfully to channel your sexual energy towards the upward direction from the 1st chakra or the Muladhar to the 7th Chakra or the Sahasrara chakra, once you have done the Maha Bandha.
Where to start?
Chakras to concentrate on:
Exhale completely and then hold the breath in.
How to do?
- Start by inhaling in fresh air and then exhaling the same through the mouth. Hold the breath out following that
- Following that, place your hands on the knees gently and then raise your shoulders ensuring to tilt the upper body in the forward direction to a certain degree
- Once done, perform the Jalandhara Bandha and then focus your concentration on the Visuddhi Chakra
- On completion of that, you need to perform the Uddiyana Bandha and the channel your focus on the Manipura Chakra
- Finally, come back to the Mula Bandha and then focus your concentration on the Muladhara Chakra
- Remain in this specific position with all the three bandhas entwined and focused. Do this as long as you can hold your breath
- One by one, release the bandhas in the sequence that you did them in
- Breathe in deeply again and return back to the initial position again
- Keep breathing at a normal pace following that for quite some time
What are the benefits?
- Boosts the overall functioning and well being of the body
- Improves the functions of the autonomic nervous system, the internal organs, muscles and the nerves
- Enhances the functioning of the mind and casts upon a positive influence on it as well
What are some precautions?
Any and every kind of precaution prevalent for the other Bandhas is applicable for this as well.
- Sit in a comfortable meditative posture preferably Padmasana or Siddhasana. If you have difficulty sitting in these asanas, then sit in any easy cross-legged pose like half Lotus Pose (Ardha Padmasana), Sukhasana or Swastikasana. Keep the spine erect. Breathe normally and relax the whole body.
- Keep the palms on the knees and close your eyes.
- Take a deep breath and then exhale fully. Simultaneously perform Jalandhara bandha (The chin lock), then Uddiyana Bandha (The abdominal lock) and then the Moola Bandha (The root lock) in that order. Retain the breath outside.
- Retaining the breath outside is called Bahir Kumbhaka. Retain the breath outside for as long as you are comfortable. During retention, awareness can be maintained on any of the three chakras – Mooladhara chakra, Manipuraka chakra and the Vishuddhi chakra. You may also rotate the consciousness between these three chakras.
- To release the Maha Bandha, first release Moola Bandha (root lock), then the Uddiyana Bandha(abdominal lock) and then finally the Jalandhara Bandha (chin lock) in that order.
- This is one round of Maha Bandha. Repeat the process for as many times as you feel comfortable. Take ample rest after each round by doing relaxed breathing till you are ready for the next round.
My Experience with Pranayama and Maha Bandha:-
So I got to know about Tantra and male Practices which can help to mastery in ejaculation in 2008 and since then I started my search with meeting many different tantra masters in India and around the world.
During my search, I met a Hatha Yogi and an an enlightened mystic. He taught me Mahabadha for my spiritual growth with adding the visualization that your energy is moving up from first chakra and touching the wall of seventh chakra .
He taught me to practice this circle every day at least 25 times to a maximum of 100 times in a day.
I started at 10 times in a day then slowly graduated to 25 and then 50. That is my maximum limit as of now so you need to find your maximum limit too during the practice of this meditation.
And I can say that to get mastery in Ejaculation science, this MahaBandha helped me a lot. It is a key practice in matering it!
There are a lot of prana breaths that you can learn, which can be applied directly to tantric lovemaking and tantric practice. However, the basic pranayama practices above should be mastered first, as they can be a basis to have a deeper exploration into yoga, pranayama, as well as tantric practices.