Our brains are our biggest asset. However, sometimes when we get stressed and overwhelmed, our minds can start to work against us. Should you find yourself in a wholly negative or anxious thought pattern, it can often be hard to get yourself out of it.
Luckily, when you are practicing Kundalini Yoga, there are many ways that you can get around this problem. You will be blessed with countless tools that you can use on a daily basis to improve your life. One such tool is the following kriya to renew your brain.
Kriyas are exercise sets that can have miraculous effects on your mind, body, and soul. The power is already in your hands. When you start adding these to your daily routine, you will find that they have a huge impact on how you feel and your general health.
Benefits of this Kriya
- Renew your brain functions
- Inspire creativity and newness
- Encourage clarity of thought
- Supports mental health
- Reduces stress levels
- Allows you to completely unwind
- Promotes proper breathing
How to do this Kriya
Ready to start renewing your brain? When you have a spare 33 minutes, you can complete the following kriya. Make sure that you lay down a comfortable and high-quality yoga mat. You may also choose to light some incense in the room to set the mood.
When you have done all of the above, the next step is to get started. Make sure that you are in the right frame of mind before you begin. You need to be thinking clearly and ready to embark on this meditative journey before you settle down and get started on it.
Step one: Cleansing your neurons
- Start by sitting in Easy Pose, or any position that feels comfortable to you. If possible, you should keep your spine as straight as you can.
- Bring your forearms up to your Heart Center level. They should be parallel to the ground. Move your hands so that your palms are face down pointing to the floor.
- Bend your elbows slightly so that they are out at the sides. When you have done that, start moving your arms from the elbow so that they move out and return to the starting position.
- Begin turning the hands in a circular motion. You should ensure that your hands are perpendicular from the floor as you move here.
- Ensure that you position your forearms so that they are parallel with the ground. When you are doing this, start moving at a moderate pace. Each movement — the outward move and back to the start — should take no longer than two seconds.
- Focus all of your attention on the tip of your nose when you are engaging in this movement. That will help you to keep your center throughout the activity.
- You should continue with this step of the kriya for a matter of 11 minutes continuously. When you are ready to bring step one to a close, move directly to the next phase of the kriya. You don’t need to take a break in between.
Step two: Meditation
- Continue sitting in Easy Pose or whichever seated position suits you.
- Next, bring your thumb tips to the top of your mercury fingers. Make sure that the rest of your fingers are straight but leave a small space in between each of them.
- Bring your hands up above your shoulders. Make sure that your forearms are perpendicular to the floor. Draw your elbows away from the rest of your body.
- Make sure that you are sitting up as tall as you can. Bring your chin in and put your chest out. Allow yourself to take up as much space as you can during this phase.
- Close your eyes completely and begin meditation. You should relax your body and your mind as you take part in this meditation. Bring your eye attention to your forehead, also known as the “screen” in Kundalini Yoga.
You should continue with this meditation for 11 minutes once again. When you are ready to bring the meditation to an end, you should breathe out and relax entirely.
Step three: Overhead circles
- For the final step in this kriya, you need to remain in Easy Pose. Of course, you can also stay in any seated position that suits your needs.
- Next, you should bring your arms up over your shoulders. Move them out to a 60-degree angle. Keep your elbows straight and then spread out your fingers. Make sure that your palms are facing forward when you do this step.
- When you are ready, start moving the arms in small, fast inward circles. Use the shoulders as a base and move your arms so that they are above your head.As your hand circles get faster and start to build up some momentum, you can use that movement to your benefit. You should allow the force to start moving the base of your spine, also
- known as the First Chakra.
- You need to continue with this activity for a matter of 11 minutes. As you start to reach the final minute of the process, you should speed up and start to move harder. That way, you will really feel the momentum of the movement in your body.
- Once you have completed all of the steps, you can bring the overhead circles to an end. To do so, breathe in, hold the breath for 15 seconds, and tighten your entire body. Imagine that you are one steel unit as you press it together.
Breathe out and relax all of your muscles. You may find it is helpful to shake out your muscles when you stand up. That way, you can loosen everything up.
You can use this kriya whenever you need to refresh your mind. If you have got caught in a never-ending cycle of negativity, you may want to use the exercise set for yourself. Set aside some time, make sure that you get yourself comfortable, and get moving.