This pranayam is a magnetic energy therapy. The energy connection between the hands must not be broken. It can give you a disease-free body and a clear meditative mind, and it can develop your intuition but it requires practice.
Posture: Sit in Easy Pose with a straight spine.
Mudra: Your elbows are bent and your forearms and hands are relaxed in a clapping position at the level of the solar plexus. Your hands move in and out as if you are clapping but they do not touch. Stop the inward motion when the hands are about six to eight inches apart. Move slowly and rhythmically.
Focus: Concentrate on the energy you feel between the palms of your hands.
Breath: The breath is timed with the movement of the hands. Each stroke of the breath is one complete clapping motion (hands move in, hands move out). Inhale in five strokes through the nose as you complete five complete clapping motions. Then exhale in five strokes through the mouth as you complete the next five clapping motions. Continue and do not break the rhythm of the movement and the breath.
Time: To put all the chakras in rhythm, do this meditation every day for 11 minutes. You can gradually increase the time to 16 ½ minutes.
To End: Inhale and hold the breath for 20 seconds as you press your hands against your face as hard as you can. Exhale. Inhale again, and hold the breath 20 seconds as you press your hands strongly against your heart center. Exhale. Inhale one last time and hold the breath 20 seconds as you press your hands against your navel point. Exhale and relax.
© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan
This meditation was published in Aquarian Times, Spring 2004