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When you’re lacking energy, even the simplest of tasks can feel difficult. Whether you’re failing to get the sleep that you need or simply feel drained from the working week, finding a way to revitalize yourself is essential.
Engaging in an energy-boosting kriya is a quick way to transform the way that you feel. The Surya Kriya is ideal for intermediate Kundalini Yoga students and offers a wealth of benefits. Here’s what you need to know.
Benefits of this Kriya
- Purifies your energy
- Make you feel alert and happy
- Supports natural digestion
- Helps increase mindfulness
- Gives you a clear mind
- Stimulates a positive pranic force
How to do this Kriya
Ready to get started with this energy-boosting kriya? Make sure that you’re in a comfortable and quiet space. When you’ve found the perfect sport, follow these steps to get started.
Step 1: Easy Pose
Start by sitting in Easy Pose, or whatever position feels comfortable to you. Adopt the Gyan Mudra with your right hand and rest it on your knee.
Cover and press the left nostril with the thumb of your left hand, while keeping the rest of your fingers straight.
Breathe in and out of the right nostril. Your breaths should be long and powerful. Focus on a steady flow and keep going for between three and five minutes. Then breathe in once more and relax.
Step 2: Sat Kriya
Change positions to sit on your heels and bring your arms above your head with your palms together. Weave your fingers together apart from your index fingers, which need to be straight.
If you are a woman, cross your left thumb over your right thumb. Men should adopt the opposite position.
Next do the Sat Kriya, by chanting ‘Sat nam’. When you say the word ‘Sat’, bring your navel point inward. As you say ‘Nam’, release that tension and focus on your brow point.
Keep going for three minutes and then apply the Root Lock. Next, repeat the entirety of step two once more.
Step 3: Spinal Flex
Next, return to Easy Pose, or whatever position you find comfortable. Hold your shins with both hands at the same time. Breathe in as you stretch your spine forward and breathe out as you stretch it backward.
While you are moving front to back, ensure that you keep your head level. Whenever you breathe in, mentally repeat ‘Sat’ and when you breathe out repeat ‘nam’ while applying the Root Lock.
Keep going with this movement and engage in 108 breaths. Breathe in, keeping the spine straight and relax.
Step 4: Frog Pose
Start by squatting down on the ground in Frog Pose and bringing your heels together. Lift your head up and ensure that your fingers are on the ground between your knees.
Breathe in and bring your buttocks up the air then take your forehead down toward your knees. Your heels should be on the ground at all times. Breathe out and move back into your original position while facing forward.
Continue doing this action while breathing deeply 26 times. Finally, breathe in and then relax onto your heels.
Step 5: Neck Turn
Next, when you are sitting down on your heels, put your hands on your thighs. Keep your back straight and breathe in deeply. Turn your head left and mentally repeat ‘Sat’.
Breathe out completely and turn your head to the right as you mentally repeat ‘Nam’. Keep breathing in and out for a further three minutes. Then breathe in and keep your head straight before relaxing.
Step 6: Spinal Blend
Sit in Easy Pose, or whatever position feels comfortable to you. Move your hands onto your shoulders with your fingers in front of your shoulders and your thumbs at the back. Keep your upper arms and elbows parallel to the floor.
Next, breathe in and bend to the left. Breathe out and bend to the right. Keep doing this swaying motion and take deep breaths for three minutes. Breath straight in and then relax.
Step 7: Meditation
The final step of the Surya Kriya is meditation. Find a comfortable position and keep your back straight. Put all of your focus on your Brow Point. As you do so, bring the Navel Point in and apply the Root Lock.
Allow your breathing to flow naturally. As you breathe in, silently think ‘Sat’ and as you breathe out silently repeat ‘Nam’. Keep up this meditation practice for six minutes or longer.
Continue Your Kundalini Yoga Journey!
Learning how to do the Surya Kriya shouldn’t be too difficult. While some of these moves take a lot of effort, the benefits that you will yield will be worth it. Why not give this exercise set a go today?