By popular request, I am posting my basic Rune-Yoga lessons on here for educational use!
Rune-Yoga, or Stadhagaldr, is a unique part of the Armanen tradition, per S.A. Kummer, going back to ancient Rune-Masters as a physical and spiritual meditation exercise for both warriors and mystics, and has some parallels in other Indo-European exercise traditions. It is heavily based in Od-energy work. Rune-Yoga postures are practiced standing up, forming the shape of the Rune to manifest its energy flow. The text in this basic course is my own, though heavily inspired by the work of Guido von List, S.A. Kummer, and Karl Spiesberger. Some of what you see here will look very familiar to you if you have read their books, and some things will be new, based on my own insights and experience in the practice.
Rune-Yoga has its own terminology, mostly in Old Norse and Old High German. Postures or Asanas are called Stodhr. Rune Mantras are called Galdr. The Mudras or hand positions are called Handstodhr. The Handstodhr can be practiced in a sitting pose, either silently or while singing the same rune's Galdr, anywhere that practicing full Stadhagaldr is not possible. There are also some more advanced Handstodhr combinations used in a live Rune-Yoga session.
Previously we looked at the first Six of the 18 Armanen Runes, known together as Yggdrasil's Root of Arising. Now we arrive at the second Six Runes – which form Yggdrasil's Root of Being. Everything in Rune-Magick revolves around the three phases of reincarnation: Arising, Being, and Passing Away [to New Arising].
Rune #7: HAGAL
Meanings: That which cares for, preserves, protects; that which is motherly; wisdom, harmony, salvation, blessing, protects from hail and fire. Eternal change, caring and maintaining principle in the universe, Higher Self, God in us.
HAGAL is the Mother-Rune, from which all other Runes are derived. It is also called Hag-all, All-Hag and All-Hedge – it is the overarching Stave of Protection, against calamities and folly. Within it, the higher self is integrated with the lower. Use HAGAL for self-preservation, self-knowledge, long life, health, worldly wisdom, protection against misfortune, and safety in emergencies and disasters.
HAGAL-Rune Asana or Stadha: Stand upright, face forward, arms vertical, hands touching high above the head. Then lower arms to the upper diagonals of HAGAL; then to lower diagonals; then down to the sides; then reverse the sequence.
HAGAL-Rune Mantra or Galdr: ha ha ha ha ha ha / Hagal Hagal Hagal / Hag-all All-Hag All-Hedge / ha he hi ho hu / hag haal halga heil haug
HAGAL-Rune Mudra or Handstadha: Hands interlaced, thumbs together, indexes touch vertically, middle fingers angled up, ring fingers pressed down, but straight, against knuckles. The hands form a single HAGAL Rune together.