Ask Yogi Maharaj Dr. Malik

Yogi Maharaj Dr. Malik our Editor (since 2003) is a recognised International expert and authority on the subject of yoga. He has been practising, researching and studying this discipline for over 45 years.

He is an accredited Yoga teacher specialising in kundalini, hatha and laya yoga. Our Editor is an advanced practitioner and has experience of many styles of yoga. He has also been teaching for over 20 years and is fluent in several languages, including English, Hindi, Punjabi, Gujrathi, Persian and Urdu.

Q&A Yogi Maharaj Dr. Malik

I would like to strengthen my knees and spine. I am 38 years old and spend most of the time at a computer. I practice yoga once a week and have also improved the flexibility of my shoulders and neck. - W. Elliott – Cardiff, Wales

I suggest you try yoga mudra. It’s the perfect pose for so many ailments and helps strengthen a significant part of the body and especially the arms. It provides an overall full upper body workout and you will start experiencing qualitative improvements in your overall health almost immediately.

Yoga Mudrasana

The yoga mudrasana is a cure for over forty diseases that inflict the body, especially those that inflict the stomach. The exercise especially works to strengthen the organs of the body including the spleen, liver, heart and kidneys. The asana helps to improve your sexual libido and tones the muscles of the stomach and gives flexibility to the spine, thereby improving your chances of longevity.

If you conduct yoga mudrasana regularly the complexion of your skin on your face will improve. Your eyes are also given natural massage. When you perform this asana try and take your forehead right down to the floor so that the third eye point meets the floor. This helps to activate the sixth chakra.

To perform yoga mudrasana: sit down in lotus pose or cross-legged. Rest your left hand onto your left knee and your right hand onto your right knee. Slowly take both arms behind you and interlock them together. (As a variation you can also try sitting in vajrasana – on your knees).

Slowly bend down and take your head right down to the floor. Bend your head downward and touch the floor with it. Simultaneously, take your arms upwards on inhalation above your head. Hold position for a few seconds.

On exhalation bring arms back down to base of spine and lift head up and sit up back into original position.

You are also encouraged to follow this practical exercise with pranayama (breath exercise).

Breath Exercise after Yoga Mudrasana

  • Sit down into padmasana (lotus), cross legged pose, ardha padmasana (half lotus) or sit down onto knees (vajrasana).
  • Close your mouth. Inhale deeply through the nostrils and hold.
  • Keep your eyes closed.
  • Imagine that the air that you are holding in your lungs is being absorbed by every nerve and vein in the body. Visualise oxygen saturating your body and providing it with fuel and energy.
  • When you are unable to hold the breath any longer exhale slowly. Do this at least 3-7 times.
  • Regular practice of this breath exercise will provide a range of benefits and also strength the gut and digestive systems.

Is gazing on the nose a good thing to practice? Would you recommend it? - N. Mills – Warwick, England

Yes. Regular practice strengthens eye muscles. But aside from general physical benefits the purpose of nasal gazing is extensive, one such being meditation practice. The ancient classical yoga text the Siva Samhita (71) states that one should sit in padmasana (lotus) and concentrate on gazing on the tip of the nose.

By doing so you will bring your thoughts to the state of nothingness (state of kechara).

Such is the powerful nature of this state that the ‘wise yogi experiences a pure clear and effulgent light. If he practices this concentration for long, he will eventually become his own protector’’ (72).

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