By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Sakticalani-mudra, ZakticAlani-mudrA, shakticaalani-mudraa
Śakticālani-mudrā literally means ‘pose of the body that helps in activating the Kuṇḍalini’.
Śakti is the Kuṇḍalinī power, the basic and total energy of every human being, imagined to be like a coiled serpent lying at the root of the spinal column. The yogic exercise that helps this power to be roused and move towards the sahasrāra-cakra in the head is called ‘śakticālanī-mudrā’. Some of the steps involved in its practice are:
- Sitting with a loin cloth only
- Smearing the body with holy ash
- Siddhāsana posture
- Special prāṇāyāma techniques as instructed by the guru
Being a complicated exercise, it has to be practiced directly under the guidance of an expert teacher of yoga.
- It is called vibhuti.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore