Sat Kriya

One of Kundalini Yoga’s most practiced Kriyas. Sat Kriya circulates the Kundalini energy through the chakras, aids in digestion and strengthens the nervous system.

This breath pattern is the reverse of our primary breathing pattern. During our primary breath work, as we inhale, the belly drops and expands out. And on the exhale the belly draws back in towards the spinal column. We breathe this way naturally while lying on our backs or in a supine position. However, in Sat Kriya, we reverse the breath pattern. It feels a little strange, but inhale saying Sat (pronounced Sut) as you draw the belly towards the spine, it will be a smaller inhale. Then on the exhale, relax the belly and let it push out.

Again….We inhale saying Sat while we draw the belly back to the spine.
We relax and say Nam on the exhale as the belly relaxes and pushes out.

The mudra the fingers are interlaced, index fingers pointed to the ceiling, right or left thumb over each other. Then draw the arms up beside the ears and sit tall in hero’s pose or Vajarasana, buttocks sitting back on heals.

Breath of Fire – Kapalabhati Pranayama

Forced exhale through the nose, automatic inhale through the nose. The forced exhale feels like you are blowing your nose, it is always good to have some Kleenex around. It does not have to be fast, Yoga Bhajan taught it one second per inhale or exhale. On that forced exhale the belly draws in and up towards the spine and on the inhale through the nose the belly expands and pushes out. Place your left or your right hand on your lower abdomen so you can feel your breath work.

Alternate Nostril Breath – Nadi Shodhana Pranayama

This is one of the most powerful Pranayamas handed down through the ages. The alternate nostril breathing balances both hemispheres of the brain, creates mental clarity and I believe increases a connection with your intuitive selfs. I explain the process during the class. It is easier to observe and practice than to try to read it translated to a text format.

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