The Techniques

I have been leading workshops and retreats internationally for 40 years. Since writing this book I am focusing on sharing and clarifying the teachings held within it through workshops. These teachings are profoundly rich. The letters written to Dr. Dickman from the great yoga masters of the past were carefully crafted so he could understand precisely what to do. We are blessed to have the opportunity to experience them in their fullness.

My students have enjoyed being guided through the meditations and pranayama techniques, so with their encouragement I have begun recording them. These recordings will soon be available here online so you can also experience the effects of these wonderful teachings.

– Mugs McConnell

MEDICAL DISCLAIMER: The following material is intended for general information purposes only. Individuals should always see their health care provider before administering any suggestions made in this book. The guidance given on this website is not meant to replace a competent teacher or health care provider. Any application of the material set forth in this website is at the listener’s discretion and is his or her sole responsibility.

Explore the Techniques

Video Techniques

Classical Teachings From Our Great Yoga Masters of the Past by Mugs McConnell

A presentation in Australia 2017-10-20

ASANAS: Chapter 3

Moon Salutation

PRANAYAMA: Chapter 4

Page 57 Seat for Pranayama and Meditation

Page 68 Kumbhak Pranayama with Bhavana

Page 84 Bhastrika Pranayama


Page 120-121 Kriya Maha Mudra


Page 147 #1 Viparita Karani Mudra 

Page 148 #1b Introduction to Arohan Awarohan

Page 149 #2 Chakra Anusandhana

Page 150 #3 Nada Sanchalan

Page 150 #4   Pavana Sanchalana

Page 151 #5 Shabdha Sanchalana

Page 151 #6 Maha Mudra

Page 152 #7 Maha Bheda

Page 152 #8 Manduki Kriya

Page 153 #9 Tadan Kriya

Page 153 #10 Naumukhi Mudra

Page 154 #11 Shakti Chalani

Page 154 #12 Shambhavi

Page 155 #13 Amrit Pan

Page 155 #14 Chakra Bhedan

Page 157 #15 Sushumna Darshan # 16 Prana Ahuti

Page  159 #17 Utthan Kriya #18 Svarupa Darshan #19 Linga Sanchalan #20 Dhyana

DHYANA: Chapter 7

Page 165 Upanishad Mantra Meditation  

Page 165 Upanishad Mantra Meditation led by Terri McDermott

Page 168 Meditation for Healing the Sick from Swami Sivananda 

Page 169 Chakra Meditation by Swami Vishnudevananda, led by Terri McDermott


Page 217 Udghata Kriya to open the Sushumna

Snippets of Yoga Philosophy

Audio Techniques



This book is a ‘must-read’ for every sincere and dedicated yoga sadhaka as it provides a glimpse of beautiful soulful responses elicited from great masters by the questioning spirit manifesting through a dedicated seeker in Dr. Harry (Hari) Dickman. As an ideal student of a great teacher, Marion McConnell has done commendable seva (selfless service) for the cause of yoga in bringing all of these historical documents together. She lays out in intricate detail some very rare techniques of pranayama, mudra, and dhyana that are gems for all sincere students. Beautiful stories to enliven the spirit embellish the end of this lovely treatise that will serve as a guide for so many spiritual seekers in time to come.

Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani

Chairman of the International Centre for Yoga Education and Research (ICYER) at Ananda Ashram, Pondicherry, India

Sivoham Meditation

My teacher Hari taught me this meditation, which is meant to help us find harmony in prakriti. Prakriti is nature, or all of the manifested Universe, which is subject to the effects of the three gunas. The gunas are the three potential qualities found in everything...

Neti pot

BRING OUT THE NETI POT! SPRING IS HERE! As spring arrives and the plants come into flower, pollens can begin to play havoc with allergies and sinuses. Spring colds and flus start spreading around as well. The yogic cleansing practice of “Neti” is a perfect first...

Kumbhak Pranayama with Bhavana

Practicing kumbhak pranayama with bhavana is a technique of loving kindness, where we develop a mental attitude that is rooted in compassion and love toward ourselves and others. Love is the ultimate expression of God, the Creator. Bhavana means “concentrated...

Honouring the Culture of Yoga

A yoga teacher training that includes teachings beyond asana by Mugs McConnell Seeking out a yoga teacher training must be one of the most confusing things to do for a yoga student. Most people who desire to become a yoga teacher do so because of the great benefits...

Puja Ceremony

The Puja Ceremony by Marion (Mugs) McConnell There is one invisible, formless spirit called Brahman which manifests itself inside every living thing. Hindus believe in one God, and they worship God through the many forms of gods and goddesses known as deities. The...

Upanishad Mantra Meditation

The Upanishad Mantra Meditation is one of my favourites in Letters from the Yoga Masters on page 165.  It includes four mantras that are intended to help awaken our consciousness to the spirit within. Along with the mantras we visualize the flow of prana. I have...

Sarva Dvara Baddha Pranayama: all doors closed

(another sneak peak from Mug's book) Sarva means "all", dvara means "door", and baddha means "bound."  All the doors or gates where prana can escape are closed. Sit comfortably and apply shanmukhi mudra (cover the ears with the...

Pranava Dhvanyatmaka Pranayama

Chanting the Sound of Om By Mugs McConnell In many yoga classes we open and end the class by chanting “Om,” but for many students they don’t really know much about this powerful, sacred mantra. I hope from this article the next time you chant it the Om sound will be...

Pushpaputa Mudra

Pushpaputa mudra is a gesture of offering a handful of flowers to the Divine. You are the offering - you are the flowers, when you are open to what the Divine lays before you.  A great time to try this mudra is after opening yourself up with...

To See or Not to See

 by Mugs McConnell SOYA, ERYT500, IYTA Back in 1978 I did my initial yoga teacher training at the Sivananda Ashram in the Bahamas. Swami Vishnudevananda and his disciples worked diligently to train us in the science of yoga philosophy as well as the skills of...

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