Lesson 1

Before starting this course, please read the Blessings of the Devas Home page.

In addition to the lesson, I’m adding videos for instruction in kapalbhati, alternating nostril pranayama, and sheetali. You’ll find them at the bottom of this page.

Lesson Video

Notes on this lesson

  • Importance of this material
  • What are the Devas?
  • Where can we locate the Devas?
  • How we can best relate to the Devas and nurture them.
  • Enhancing the intelligence in the body and all the layers of our being.
  • Experiences of meditation relating to the Devas.
  • Awakening to unseen but critical values of life.
  • Devas and synchronicity.
  • Puja (ceremony of thanksgiving to the tradition of teachers).
  • Soma practice
  • Discussion of experiences.
  • Recommendations for practice in the coming week.

To listen to Vedic chanting: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLg2i8UA20-7WNb1yfpUVa9GkLhLgR5sZn 

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Audio meditation

The following meditation is extracted from the video of the lesson. It is just the meditation portion. Please watch the video before using the audio meditation, as there is essential instruction in the video that is not included in the meditation. This is true for all lessons in the course. The audio meditation is intended to give you convenient access to the meditation for the lesson so you can use it as a guided meditation daily until you are ready for the next lesson.

Homework (mostly for students new to Ajayan)

Posture

What’s the best position for practice? What should I do with my hands? Can I practice these techniques lying down? In lesson 1, Ajayan gives instruction relating to posture and position when toning the energetic body.

Length: 11 minutes 8 seconds

Mula Bandha

Meditation is an extremely subtle art, and no one has explored it more thoroughly than India’s great yogis, who have researched the relationship between consciousness, body, breath, and subtle energy (prana) throughout the centuries. In this lesson, Ajayan teaches Mula Bandha, which many yogis consider the master key to unlocking the spiritual energy that is the basis of living higher consciousness.

Length: 14 minutes 32 seconds

Kapalbhati

Kapalbhati is one of the most effective techniques of yogic breathing (pranayama) for awakening subtle energies and directing them up from the root chakra to the head, clearing and illuminating the mind. In this lesson, Ajayan teaches this foundational technique.

Length: 13 minutes 25 seconds

Alternating Nostril Pranayama

Nadi Shodhana is a wonderfully vitalizing form of pranayama that is yet calming, soothing, and balancing to the whole system. It directly balances the flow of subtle energies, which in turn soothes and stabilizes the mind and emotions. In this lesson, Ajayan teaches part 1.

Length: 12 minutes 2 seconds

Sheetali / Sheetkari

In this lesson, Ajayan teaches two classic forms of pranayama that cool the entire system and plunge the practitioner into the space of consciousness.

Length: 7 minutes 27 seconds