This kriya helps you relax. When you are relaxed, you can access the neutral mind, and assess your situation without fear or other reactive emotions. It is cleansing and uplifting.
It works on the kidneys, liver, and spleen; breaks up deposits in the body; cleanses the blood; removes tension from the neck; and is said to be effective against moodiness and anger.
This exercise works on the kidneys and liver.
Posture: Stand Up. Bend forward from the waist, keeping the back parallel to the ground. Grab the calves or behind the knees.
Breath & Movement: Begin to flex the spine as in Cat-Cow Posture. Inhale and flex the spine downwards as if someone were sitting on your back. When the spine is pressed downwards the neck is arched up. Exhale and flex the spine in the opposite direction, bringing the chin to the chest.
Use the hands and feet as a firm base of support for the spine. The legs remain straight.
Continue with a steady rhythm, coordinating the movement with the breath.
Continue for 3 minutes 30 seconds – 7 minutes.
This exercise rejuvenates the spleen and liver. You may feel nauseous as the liver releases toxins.
Posture: Remain standing and place the hands on the hips.
Movement: Rapidly rotate the torso in large circles from the waist.
Continue for 4 minutes 30 seconds – 9 minutes.
This exercise works on the kidneys. The neck must move in order to release the blood supply to the brain.
Posture: Sit in Easy Pose.
Mudra: Make fists and place them in front of you as if grasping a steering wheel.
Movement 7 Breath: Begin twisting the body powerfully from side to side. Twist to your maximum. Keep the elbows up and let the neck move also.
Inhale left, exhale right, with a powerful breath.
Continue for 2 – 4 minutes.
This exercise breaks up deposits in the fingers and prevents arthritis. If you already have arthritis, it may work on improving it.
Posture: Remain sitting in Easy Pose. Extend the arms up at a 60-degree angle, palms facing up, fingers straight and thumbs extended out.
Movement: Begin to open and close the hands rapidly, bringing the tips of the fingers to the base of the palms.
Continue for 3 minutes 30 seconds - 7 minutes.
This exercise removes tension from the neck and purifies the blood. In this exercise your fears will leave you when you powerfully project out on the exhale.
Posture: Sit in Easy Pose. Extend the arms out to the sides parallel to the ground. Make fists of the hands with the thumbs tucked inside the hands touching the fleshy mound below the little finger.
Breath & Movement: Inhale through the mouth and flex the elbows, bringing the fists to the shoulders. As you exhale through the mouth, straighten the arms out to the sides. Move rapidly and breathe powerfully. Stiffen the mouth into an "O" as you inhale and exhale.
Continue rhythmically, coordinating the movement with the breath.
Continue for 3 – 6 minutes.
This exercise adjusts the muscles under the breasts. If this area is tight, it makes you very uptight.
Posture: Sit in Easy Pose with the arms extended out to the front.
Movement: Begin rotating the fists in small circles at the level of the Heart Center. Roll the left fist counter clockwise and the right fist clockwise. Keep the elbows straight and fists tight. Move the shoulder blades and the muscles underneath the shoulder area
Continue for 1 – 2 minutes.
Posture: Crouch in Crow Pose, soles of the feet flat on the floor, with the knees wide, and drawn up towards the chest. Keep the spine straight.
Mudra: Make fists of the hands with the thumbs out, and place them near your neck just above the shoulders.
Movement: Fists stay in this position as you inhale and stand up. Exhale and lower yourself back down to Crow Pose.
Continue for 1 minute 30 seconds – 3 minutes.
Sitali Pranayam is effective against anger, bad moods and temperament. If your mouth becomes bitter, it means you have bad breath, but it is being cleaned out as you do this pranayam.
Posture: Sit in Easy Pose and relax the hands on the knees. Keep the spine straight. Curl the tongue and protrude it slightly past the lips.
Breath: Inhale deeply and smoothly through the rolled tongue and mouth. Exhale through the nose. Make the breath long and heavy.
Continue for 4 – 5 minutes.
Posture: Sit in Easy Pose.
Music: Play the Dukh Bhanjan recording if available, and meditate on the healing vibrations of the Golden Temple and the shabad (sound current). If this recording is not available, other Indian Classical music, particularly Rag Asa, can be used, but it should have a lively beat.
The Dukh Bhanjan shabad has traditionally been sung in praise of that place where many were healed by a sip and a dip in the nectar tank at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India.
Breath: Continue Sitali Pranayam, breathing rhythmically, coordinating the breath to the music.