In this article we will be looking at the benefits of Vajroli Mudra, the technique, and the quite shocking precautions and side effects that you need to be aware of.

Vajroli mudra is a Vajroli Seal that is commonly used in Hatha Yoga, a form of yoga created in the 11th Century, which similar to Patanjali’s approach, taught yoga for liberation from moksha.

Vajroli mudra position is definitely one of the more intriguing mudras, with both a unique position and unique benefits.

Mudras are gestures used in yoga that help with liberation from moksha and are said to offer numerous health benefits. Some mudras (Gyan, Ushas) are used for mental health benefits, others for physical benefits (Khechari Mudra, Mula Mudra). Generally, these mudras are used to channel prana (lifeforce) through various parts of the body. In Hatha Yoga, the mudras stem from two classical texts, the Gheranda Samhita and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. They were later made more popular through the works of notables such as Satyananda Saraswati [founder, Bihar School of Yoga].

Traditionally, the method was practiced by a yogin to preserve semen by not discharging it, or, alternatively, by channeling semen up through the urethra to a devoted yogini’s vagina. Given that description, you might not be surprised to hear that some people find the move obscene, including translators  Hans-Ulrich Rieker and Rai Bahadur Srisa Chandra Vasu.

Today, the Vajroli mudra position is not used very often, although some people are interested in the benefits of vajroli mudra, which include better enjoyment of sex and more sexual energy. Some notable individuals have attempted to explain Vajroli mudra, including Ida C. Craddock [a sexologist who later committed suidice] and Krishnamacharya [Indian yoga teacher, ayurvedic healer and scholar]. Although the manner in which Krishnamacharya described vajroli mudra position made many people question whether he had every actually attempted the position himself.

That said, there are said to be numerous benefits of Vajroli Mudra. Let’s take a look.

Benefits of vajroli mudra

Like the Ashwini Mudra the Vajroli mudra can be used to help improve sexual health. It is used to stimulate the flow of energy to the genital organs.

Because of this, it helps in the following ways:

The above advantages occur at the early stage of practice.

The Vajroli mudra only becomes more powerful after years of practice. At this point, it actually becomes an important tool in reaching enlightenment.

Some notable yogis have extolled the benefits of Vajroli Mudra. The Shiva Samhita 4.78–104, for instance, calls the position the “secret of all secrets” and states that virtually anyone, even the impracticed yogi, can use this position to achieve liberation. It explains that semen is controlled by a vital force, bindu. Losing this bindu causes death, where sustaining it leads to life.

How can you use it to achieve enlightenment?

Essentially, the yogic systems state that sexual energy is one of the primary energies. Vajroli mudra stimulates sexual energy, which influences all our energy. Through regular practice,  sexual energy can be channelled upwards through the body. By transferring the energy upwards it flows into the brain and through the chakras, activating each chakra and leading towards enlightenment.

The advanced stages of the Vajroli mudra are called Amroli and Sajroli. These stages can be found in yogic texts, though most people will most likely not reach this stage of development.

Meaning

The word itself can be translated from Sanskrit to mean “Thunderbolt.” And this perfectly describes what it does. It creates energy in the genitals. It will increase spiritual energy to the sexual organs.

So… er…

It means:  “Gesture to stimulate thunderbolt energy in the genitalia.”

Lightning pants, anyone…?

Vajroli Mudra Techniques & Position

Make sure to read the steps carefully before practising and also consult a healthcare professional before beginning. If you experience pain while practising, please make sure to stop straight away.

  1.  Sit comfortably in Sukhasana position [1] (sit with your legs crossed).
  2. Place your hands on your thighs.
  3. Close your eyes and relax.
  4. Focus your mind calmly on the muscles of your sphincter around the pubic bone.
  5. Imagine pulling energy up through your spine as you breathe in through your nose. Hold the breath at the Ajna chakra (between the eyebrows).
  6. Contract your muscles around your sexual organs (imagine preventing yourself from urinating).
  7. Contract the muscles ten times while you continue to hold your breath.
  8. Breathe out through your nose as you make the tenth contraction. Feel sexual energy rising in you as you do this.
  9. The Shiva Samhita states that after practicing Vajroli Mudra we shoud move on to Sahajoli and Amaroli, and should use wind to hold back urine while urinating. This is ill-advised. Please read about the precautions below. Almost all expert yogis do not recommend practicing levels 4 through seven of Vajroli Mudra (which involve using a catheter, using Uddiyana Bandha and Madhya Naul to suck up fluids). There are serious sde effects of this. Do not attempt it.
  10. * Many readers have asked for advice on picking a mudra book to learn from. Take a look at my list of top books

The Western adaptation of Vajroli Mudra position is largely based on the work of  Theos Bernard [explorer and author of Hatha Yoga: The Report of a Personal Experience]. He describes the position as resembling Navasana, a seated posture with the legs held at 45 degrees from the body, the torso leaning backwards with a rounded back and the palms placed on the floor by the thighs. Importantly, Bernard states that the yogi should be familiar with Padmasana (lotus position) before attempting Vajroli mudra, such that the back will be strong enough to support the posture.

As a precaution, it is essential that this practice only be performed by advanced yogis. The magazine of  Satyananda Saraswati’s Bihar School of Yoga states that the move is legitimate, but that it should only be practiced in full after the first six practices are completed. The magazine states that it is best to “begin with the simple contraction of the uro-genital muscles and later the sucking up of liquids”. Writing for Yoga International, Sarah Garden and Colin Hall state that today,  hardly anyone in their right mind even attempts Vajroli Mudra.

Rai Bahadur Srisa Chandra Vasu [translator of yoga texts] states that the move is obscene and oughtn’t be practised at all.

For some better ideas, read my guide to  couples meditation techniques.

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Written by Paul Harrison

Paul Harrison is a qualified meditation teacher and writer with more than 15 years experience in meditation and mindfulness. He studied meditation in Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential through mindfulness, yoga and meditation.



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