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skylightatdusk asked: Hello, Thanks for this post re the mukula mudra. Why should this mudra be done without contacting the floor directly please?Thanks in advance. Rgds, Skylight

The yoga postures, mudras, pranayama and meditation is practiced on a mat. The reason is to retain the energy and channelize it to body part that needs to be healed or stretched. There should always be some form of insulation between your body and the floor. Being barefoot releases all the energy to the earth. Yogis in ancient times used tiger or lion skin to create the insulation. In modern times, Yoga practitioners use woven cotton mats or yoga mats made from rubber. You can be barefoot anytime you feel but never during any practice related to Yoga. Wooden floor is an exception here.

Mukula mudra creates highest concentration of energy on finger tips. Being barefoot can dilute this energy to an extent thus diluting the effect of healing. 

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"With the growth of the mind, the pains increase; with its extinction, there will be great bliss."
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chandrang asked: Pranams, I have been following your blog for quiet sometime and found it very useful and have also gained from it. I am in the path of enlightenment and i am doing shambavi mahamudra from past nine months. I have been experiencing positive physical outcomes of the mudra. I would like to know if there are yoga postures or mudra which can help me to maintain that transcendence thorough out the day not just when i am doing the mudra.

The desire for transcendence or anything else creates bondage. Transcendence will arrive without having to worry about it.  All you need is be regular in your practice. There will be a stage of pure awareness that will arrive without your knowing or desiring. In addition to Shambhavi, you must practice viparita karani mudra every day. Viparita Karani calms the mind and makes you feel blessed. Shifting focus on breath also calms the mind and it should be practiced as soon as some agitation comes to mind. The last thing you can do is to stay away from newspapers and disturbing media inputs.

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"The wise will never grieve for things past, or about things of the future ; but they will perform their present Karmas duly, and be a master of them."

Yoga Vasistha

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pegollo222 asked: are there any mudras to improve naturally estrogens in womans they had a complete hysterectomy ? thk u so much <3

Mudras modulate five elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether) in the body. They can help you in cutting down bad effects of hysterectomy. Though, mudras help in activating certain glands like pituitary, any research or study related to pinpoint effect on estrogen production is absent. If you do some yoga asanas then I would recommend you to do back bending asanas with awareness on Swadhisthana Chakra. This will surely aid in production of estrogen and balancing of other secretions. 

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"That mind is pure in which all cravings are in a state of quiescence. Whatever that pure mind wishes, that materializes."

— Yoga Vasistha

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norlytho asked: Hi, Can you recommend any ways to lower testosterone levels in the female body? I noticed some light brown splotching on my face and more hair growth than usual, and after some bloodwork my doctor said that I have slightly elevated test. level(s?). I don't think it's anything too serious, but since I don't think I'll be able to get an endocrinologist appointment anytime soon as my insurance is about to run out, I thought I would ask you for any holistic approaches to this issue. Thank you

The easiest way to reduce testosterone level is through diet alteration. Reduce or eliminate non vegetarian food from your diet. Being vegetarian is good for your endocrinal system. If you cannot eliminate meat from your diet, then consume only lean meats. Chicken and fish are adequate to compensate your protein requirement. All form of red meats stimulate production of testosterone. Avoid them altogether. Further, switch to organic foods. Eliminate heavily preserved foods and additives that are typically added to oriental dishes (Ajinomoto).

Take adequate sleep, do Yogic stretches for at least 20 minutes and spare 10 minutes to meditate. All these measures will help in reducing testosterone level.

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"As long as thoughts of I and mine persist, sorrow does not cease. When such thoughts cease, sorrow ceases. Knowing this, do as you please."

— Yoga Vasistha

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"Diverse persons view the one dream (of the universe) in various ways. With one sport, many boys divert themselves in different ways."

— Yoga Vasistha