Asana of the Month: Brahmacharyasana

Brahmacharyasana - Celibate's pose

Sanskrit: Brahmacharya - control over the senses, asana - pose

Brahmacharyasana plays an important therapeutic role in yoga, as this pose enhances masculinity and gives the practitioner sexual control. Furthermore, it transforms sexual energies into finer energies that are necessary on the path to enlightenment.

  • Level: Advanced
  • Duration: 20 seconds - 2 minutes
  • Repetition: up to 3
  • Stretches: arms, legs, spine
  • Strengthens: legs, back, stomach, arms
  • Chakra: Mooladhara and Manipura Chakra (Root Chakra and Solar Plexus)

Benefits of Brahmacharyasana

♥ Strengthens the digestive system and abdominal muscles

♥ It automatically sets the Moola Bandha, which helps to store sexual energy for spiritual practices.


Contraindications of Brahmacharyasana

♦ high blood pressure

♦ a hernia

♦ heart ailment


Instructions for Brahmacharyasana

  1. Sit with legs stretched out. Your spine is erect and straight. Your hands are next to your hips on the floor, palms down, fingers straight. Elbows are straight.
  2. Bring your hands forward to find the balance point.
  3. Press your arms down and lift the buttocks, legs, and feet off the ground with the help of the abdominal muscles.
  4. In the final pose, only the hands touch the ground. The whole body is held and balanced only by the hands. The legs are straight and parallel to the ground. The spine is straight.
  5. Hold this position as long as it is comfortable.
  6. Slowly lower the legs and buttocks back to the ground. Relax a few moments before you go to the next round or switch to the next asana.


The science behind Brahmacharyasana

Celibate's pose sublimates sexual energies into finer energies. This helps to raise consciousness, which is the aim of yoga. Furthermore, with this pose, the sexual energy is transformed into Ojas (energetic building substance). As a result, the well-being and the physical and mental constitution improve. Traditionally, a yogi has been instructed by his master in private lessons for many years. They live together in seclusion and in celibacy. Today, this way of teaching has changed drastically. This leads to the falsification of ancient knowledge in many places (for example the USA).

Note: Yoga beginners should first learn all yoga practices from a competent teacher and then practice alone.

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