posted on Jul, 30 2009 @ 06:39 PM
Just some snip-its from around the web...
From Yvonne Kason’s Farther Shores (p. 175):
[W]hen a person is on the verge of death by suffocation, it is believed that the kundalini mechanism can activate and send a potent stream of prana
and ojas to the brain, nourishing it and protecting it from the deadly effects of oxygen deprivation. The activated kundalini stimulates the brahma
randhra, and the experiencer enters a paranormal or mystical state of consciousness.
That this belief has long been held in the yoga tradition is evinced by an arcane, dangerous yoga technique called khechari-mudra. In it the yogi,
over a number of years, bit by bit, cut the frenulum—the flap of skin that attaches the tongue to the bottom of the mouth—to enable him to bend
his tongue further and further back. The yogi’s goal was, eventually, to deliberately block off his air passage with his tongue, and, with this
asphyxiation, trigger a kundalini awakening. His years of yoga would then—he hoped—provide him with enough disciple to manage to remove his tongue
while he was in the midst of a profound mystical experience. This is a dangerous practice and one that I would never recommend; many yogis are said to
have died while attempting it.
Q: How does one perform Khechari Mudra ?
A: First, one has to lengthen one’s tongue and for that one has to resort to friction or ‘dohan’. After the tongue has been elongated by such
practices, one has to invert the tongue upside down and touch the top of the mouth known as ‘talu pradesh’ (nasal cavity at the base of the
palate). In this position the mind becomes easily focused and one loses body consciousness and ultimately enters into the Samadhi.
The process of lengthening the tongue is an extremely painful process so I do not advise all the aspirants to perform Khechari Mudra. The
concentration of mind, the state of losing body consciousness and ultimately entering into Samadhi can be achieved by other means as well. Meditation,
japa or other methods are less difficult or painful so a spiritual aspirant should take recourse to such methods.
Q: What should an aspirant with a long tongue do in order to progress on the path of Yoga?
A: An aspirant, who is blessed with a long tongue should thank god and try wholeheartedly for the attainment of Samadhi by means of Khechari Mudra. He
should regularly sit in meditation and perform Khechari Mudra primarily to achieve the ultimate goal of life.