The key technique in the Ipsalu Tantra Kriya Yoga system is the Cobra Breath, a precious gift to humankind from Babaji, a Himalyan yogi of great power and wisdom. Kriya masters have said that a million disease-free years of life on this planet are required to evolve a perfected brain capable of experiencing Cosmic Consciousness. Kriya practice enables one to move at a much faster pace, since each Cobra Breath produces one year of spiritual maturation. The Cobra Breath pulls Shakti (or magnetic) energy into the spine, changing the electromagnetic properties of the cerebrospinal fluid, allowing Kundalini to move up the spine. As the brain bathes in this magnetized fluid, the nervous system is transformed, and you awaken to a new consciousness.
The teaching of the Cobra Breath is an oral lineage passed from teacher to teacher for thousands of years. This tradition is strictly adhered to for reasons of safety in manipulating Kundalini energy. Kundalini energy is the most powerful energy in the body and is nothing to trifle with. This ancient breath technique was long held secret because of its great power. Traditionally, methods as powerful as Cobra Breath were given only to very advanced students after long years of preparation, and then under close supervision of a master-teacher. It is now time to make these secret and profound methods more available, protected as they are by a self-selection process. Those who are not ready for them aren’t usually interested.
The Cobra snake is chosen as the symbol of the Cosmic Cobra Breath. Kundalini energy has often been depicted in ancient drawings as a serpent coiled three and one half times at the base of the spine. Kundalini is Life Force, or Consciousness, and also it is sexual energy. When sexual energy is aroused, the serpent may climb up the spine to the higher centers of the brain, expanding the consciousness. The cobra snake is chosen specifically because it flares its head before striking.
This act symbolizes the expansion of consciousness. A corollary of this symbolism is found in traditional depictions of the Hindu God Shiva. He is always shown with a Cobra snake wound around his body, usually around his neck, but sometimes around his arm or waist. He, and his followers; the wandering Sadhus in India; often carry a trident, or three-pronged spear. The three blades represent the male, the female and divine union, as in the meaning of the circuit of breathing used in the Cobra Breath.
The first cobra breath technique
With the tip of the tongue touching the upper part of the teeth, inhale through the mouth feeling a cold energy coming up through the back part of the spine up to Kutastha. This upward movement of Prana is helped by Mula Bandha which is practiced after the breath leaves the Muladhar Chakra and by a moderate form of Uddiyana which is practiced after the breath passes beyond the Manipura Chakra. The energy goes through the Medulla towards Kutastha. Hold your breath and swallow, pulling your chin back and slightly down. After about 3 seconds or more, take a sniff and begin exhalation. The energy is visualized moving from Kutastha upwards and over the middle of the skull -- keeping close to it. When the flow ofenergy reaches the Fontanelle, the Mula Bandha and Uddiyana are released, energy travels down the back of skull. Smile, opening thus the Medulla where the energy returns inward. Keep your smile while the energy flows downward to Muladhar. The "Awww" and "Eeee" sounds are made by the breath as it goes up and down. Repeat at least 12 times.
The second cobra breath technique
Inhale through the nose visualizing the energy ascending through a channel situated in front of the spine. As the energy passes through each Chakra, a subtle pulsing of the Vairoli Mudra is performed. The tongue is up in a simple form of Kechari Mudra. The energy travels up through the tongue to pause at the Pineal gland. Cobra breath one stimulates the Pituitary gland, while Cobra breath two stimulates the Pineal. As the energy ascends Om Na Mo Bha Ga Va are mentally placed in each Chakra. After placing Va in the center of the head the breath is held. The face turns right, then left and then the chin is lowered to chest. After a few moments, head is returned parallel and the Mantra continues (Te Va Su De Va Ya) as the energy travels down from the Medulla through the back of the spine to Muladhar. At the start of the exhalation, tongue is relaxed and a slight expulsion of air (similar to Kapalabhati) is released at each Chakra with the "EEE" sound. Sound and breath are fluid all the way down, just accentuated to further sharpen the awareness of each Chakra. Repeat at least 12 times.
The third cobra breath technique
Inhale equally through the mouth and nose in three portions. With the first portion, draw the golden light in through Kutastha and store it in Vishuddhi. Inhale again, this time a larger portion bringing golden light in and store in Anahata. For the last time inhale again, this is the largest inhalation, the golden light is stored in Manipura. Beginning with the first inhalation, make a slight Mula Bandha and with each successive intake of breath, tighten it. When the inhalation is complete, pause, collect your attention at the base of the spine and, exhaling, intone "Om" out loud. During exhalation Bandha and Kechari Mudra are released. The golden light are guided up through Sushumna and out through the crown. Repeat at least 12 times.