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Lambika Yoga – Helps In Overcoming All Kinds Of Poison

A kind of Yoga practice, Lambika Yoga is believed to help the practitioner in overcoming the poisonous effect of snake bits, scorpion bite and other poisons. Lambika in Sanskrit means the soft palate. Another word in Sanskrit for the soft palate is talu. Above the soft palate there is a hollow space. It is called Lambika Vivara.

Lambika Yoga is a variety of Yoga in which the tongue is turned back inside the mouth, and its tip is place in the lambika vivara. This procedure is called khechari mudra. Tongue is known as jivha or kala in Sanskrit.

Our tongue is not very free to move, as it is bound on the lower side at its base by a band of muscles called the frenum. It is called Sirabandha in Sanskrit.

So for a student of Lambika Yoga, it is not possible to reach the cavity above the soft palate unless the frenulum is cut and the tongue is made completely free to move.

In ancient times the frenulum was cut progressively with a sharp cutting instrument, over a period of six months. The detailed procedure for cutting the frenulum is described in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika (III 32-37).

In modern times, it can be cut by a minor surgery and the wound may heal in 3-4 days; when the sirabandha is thus cut, the tip of the tongue can be turned backward and upward till it reaches the lambika vivara.

Lambika Yoga is said to bestow upon the practitioner many supernatural powers like overcoming the poisonous effect of snakebites, bites of other poisonous animals and plants and poisons created by human beings.

As per Hatha Yoga Pradipika III 38 – 44, Khechari mudra of Lambika Yoga helps in overcoming dreaded diseases and old age. It helps will longevity of life.
The practitioner can also have control over hunger, thirst and sleep.