Tadan Kriya is the 9th Kriya in this series of 20 Tantric Kriyas.
This is the last of the 9 Pratyahara Kriyas. After this kriya we move into the Dharana Kriyas.
Tadan means “to beat.” This kriya is very similar to Maha Vedha mudra as found on pages 122-123 in Letters from the Yoga Masters. In this kriya we will be lightly “beating” the Muladhara Chakra to bring awareness to and to stimulate the resting place of the Kundalini.
So let’s begin.
- Sit in Padmasana, the lotus position. If this isn’t available to you, see if you can sit in half-lotus. Sukhasana (sitting with crossed legs) is an option if you are unable to sit in either of the above.
- Bring your Drishti or inner gaze to the 3rd eye, the area between the eyebrows.
- As you inhale you will apply amritpan khechari mudra during the practice (the tongue curls back into the soft palate, creating a bit of ujjayi breathing).
- Inhale slowly, taking the breath mentally from the mouth and nose down the spine to the muladhara chakra.
- Hold the breath here at muladhara chakra, and place the palms of your hands on the floor beside the buttocks.
- Lift the buttocks off the floor and gently beat them up and down on the floor up to eleven times.
- Set the buttocks back down on the floor and exhale very slowly out the nose with ujjayi breath. Observe the accumulated prana at the muladhara chakra diffusing in all directions.
Repeat this process about three times, gradually increasing up to seven times at a pace that is comfortable.
You can learn more about Tadan Kriya on page 153 in Letters from the Yoga Masters. If you wish to be guided through the practice, I have created a video of Tadan Kriya for you.
If you are just joining us here, it will also be helpful to review Amritpan Khechari Mudra, page 127 of Letters from the Yoga Masters.
Remember, these practices are intended to thread one into the next, until eventually all 20 kriyas are completed in one sitting. Of course many of us do not have time to do this, so they are still very beautiful practices completed on their own. Enjoy!
Marion Mugs McConnell is the author of Letters from the Yoga Masters: Teachings Revealed through Correspondence from Paramhhansa Yogananda, Ramana Maharshi, Swami Sivananda, and Others, published by North Atlantic Books copyright © 2016 ISBN 978-1-62317-035-6. This is an excerpt of the book, and reprinted by permission of North Atlantic Books. All photos are used with permission.