KRIYA — DETOXIFICATION
(Self-Experience, Kundalini Yoga as Taught by Yogi Bhajan, pp. 9-10).
This exercise clears up inner anger when done vigorously.
Inhale through your mouth as you lower yourself back to the ground. Continue, keeping your breath and movement strong (6 ½ minutes).
(There are two ways to move into Cobra Pose. The classic way is to engage the hands under the shoulders with palms flat on the ground. The feet are together with the tops of the feet on the ground. Arch up with the upper body first. Pull the shoulders down and back. Then pull the head and heart up. If you are flexible, straighten the arms. Alternatively start out in Platform Pose and drop down into Cobra, gradually moving into the posture, even keeping the pelvis off the ground. If you are not very flexible keep the forearms on the ground like a sphinx or do not straighten the arms. Either way, stretch up across the abdomen and chest and away from the lower back.)
Cobra Pose in general opens the diaphragm and chest, energizes the navel and heart centers. It is a great stretch for the total spine. It adjusts the internal organs. It benefits the kidneys and adrenal glands.
This exercise in particular removes toxins from the body.
To Finish, inhale deeply and stretch your arms over your head with your palms touching. Hold your breath 20-40 seconds as you stretch your spine upward. Exhale. Repeat this sequence two more times.
Comments: We detoxify continuously throughout life. We process food, thoughts and all forms of energy. When that flow is continuous and clear, we are steady and flexible. The trouble is that we accumulate more than we process. We become weighted down under the ash of metabolism and the remnants of old emotions. This set systematically moves the energy of the body and mind to keep you light and vitalized.
Originally taught by Yogi Bhajan on May 29, 1984.
“A yogi is one whom the pair of opposites does not affect.
He does not obey the law of duality and polarity.”