This month, we wanted to share a very powerful Kundalini Yoga exercise with you. Because this particular exercise is so powerful, we decided to share some videos with you explaining the mechanics of the exercise to guide you though the practice. We could have recorded our own, but some of these master yogis have already recorded the exercise and described the beauty and strength of this practice.
So what does Sat Kriya do for you?
Sat kriya cleans and strengthens the nervous system and digestive system. It massages the internal organs for more vitality and improved health. Sat kriya strengthens the heart through the pumping motion of the navel and diaphragm, which helps to shift blood pressure. Energetically Sat kriya clears and balances the lower chakras where we often store imbalances about survival, sexuality and violence. Sat kriya helps to balance the natural flow of energy in the sexual system and allows us to transmute that energy into healing energy for the body. It also helps us to over come phobias and other imbalances related to our sexuality. Sat kriya also enhances circulation of lymph in the lower lymph glands, improving the immune system. If you’ve ever done drugs, you may find that Sat Kriya will work to clear them out of your system.
Those are the more physical effect of Sat Kriya. In the energetic realm, Sat Kriya balances the prana and apana, the life force and the eliminating force, the allow the Kundalini energy to awaken and rise slowly and safely. This kriya helps to calm the emotions and the nerves so that we can be more stable in our everyday life. After balancing the lower chakras the energy is raised to the crown chakra, clearing the energy channels through the spine on the way up for increased intuition and clarity of focus and action. For some it has been an aid in fighting depression.
Remember to tune in with the mantra Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo. This video with Guru Singh from LA will give you a refresher of how and why we chant this.
This video with GuruPrem will guide you through the mechanics of this practice and the following video with Catalyst Yogi will guide you through a three minute version of the exercise. Start with three minutes and over time extend the exercise for up to 31 minutes. The powerful effects on this exercise on the conscious and subconscious mind can be incredibly cleansing and life changing and if over done, can be difficult to integrate all at once. Remember to rest for an equal amount of time as the exercise (or even twice as long!) to help integrate the effects of the exercise in the nervous system. This is a very important part of the exercise.
If you’re looking for a longer yoga set that incorporates Sat Kriya, try Surya Kriya that we recorded previously. This series focuses the mind and helps us to go about with a positive, sunny attitude (surya = the sun).