Golden Urn Practise

The energetic center which in Tibetan Yoga is called Snow Mountain, and in Taoist practice is referred to as the Golden Urn, is one of the most important energetic “spaces” in the Inner Alchemy traditions. This “Golden Urn” center – located just in front of the tailbone – is also known, in Hindu Yogic traditions, as the home of Kundalini – the “serpent power” which lies dormant there at the base of the spine, until awakened by yogic practice. Golden Urn is an important energy-source for the kidneys, the brain and the “third eye” center. This practice for accessing the energy of Golden Urn is from Dr. Zhi Gang Sha.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 5 – 15 minutes, or longer if you’d like

Here’s How:

  1. Sit comfortably in a chair, with your feet flat on the floor and your spine upright. Take a couple of deep breaths, and with each exhalation release any unnecessary tension, especially in the head, neck and shoulders. Smile gently and simply relax.
  2. Now, place your awareness in the Snow Mountain/Golden Urn area, just in front of the coccyx/tailbone, and about a half-inch above the center of the pelvic floor (between the anus and the genitals). Just rest your attention, very gently and with a kind of curiosity, in this part of your body.
  3. In that space – deep in your belly – visualize a mountain of snow, with a very warm sun shining down from above – as though there were a sun in your lower belly, shining down on the Snow Mountain.
  4. Continue the visualization by seeing/feeling that the warmth of the sun is melting the snow. As the snow melts and turns to water, the water flows down the sides of the mountain to form a lake at its base, and – at the same time – steam rises upward and nourishes your entire body.
  5. Stay with this visualization – sun melting snow, water forming a lake at the base of the mountain, steam rising upward as nourishment for your body – for a couple minutes, or longer. Little by little, this visualization will create actual sensations within your body, which you can simply notice and enjoy.
  6. To end, dissolve the visualization, and relax for a minute or two before continuing with your day.


  1. Remember to stay relaxed, and don’t try too hard – a very gentle mental focus is all you really need for this practice.
  2. Different people have different ways of visualizing: for some the imagined “picture” is more kinesthetic than visual; for others it has an auditory component. So don’t worry if your visualization doesn’t seem precise, visually – You’ll find the way that works best for you.
  3. As you become more comfortable with this practice, really try to *feel* what’s happening inside of your body.

How To Nourish Snow Mountain/Golden Urn: Our Energetic Root


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