KRIYA – FOR THE INSTINCTUAL SELF
(Keeping Up! As taught by Yogi Bhajan, pp. 18-20.)
This exercise loosens the lower spine and stimulates the flow of sexual / creative energy from the 2ndchakra.
(From Divine Alignment by Guru Prem Khalsa, p. 98: Keep the fronts of the thighs rolled toward each other to protect the sacrum and keep your feet touching. It sometimes is helpful to place a yoga block between your thighs. The thighs have to press together to keep the block in place and this makes it difficult to compress the sacrum as you arch backward.)
This exercise works to strengthen the lower back and to balance the flow of energy from the 2ndchakra with the region of the 3rdchakra.
This exercise circulates the energy of the lower three chakras and opens up the circulation to the hips and lower intestines.
This exercise strengthens the abdomen, energizing the navel center and 3rdchakra, balancing prana and apana. It is also good for the hips and lower back.
This exercise strengthens the lower back, allows the energy to flow to the mid-spine and opens the nerve channels in the area of the solar plexus.
This period of relaxation and the exercise following it relax the spine and distribute the energy from the previous exercises.
Begin Breath of Fire in this position. Continue for 1-3 minutes.
Next, continuing Breath of Fire, come into Plow Pose by carefully bending at the waist and allowing the legs to come over the head and drop down to the floor, pointing away from the chest. The toes will be pointed with the tops of the feet resting on the floor. The legs should be straight. The arms should be stretched out behind you, pointing away from the back. As you breathe, slowly and carefully stretch the legs farther away from your torso so that you feel a mild stretch in the upper back and neck. (It is perfectly acceptable to use Half-Plow Pose in which the legs are held over the head parallel to the floor instead of full Plow Pose. Support the back with the hands if you feel wobbly.)
To end, inhale deeply. Exhale and relax the breath, slowly coming out of the posture by unflexing the spine, vertebra by vertebra, from the top of the spine to its base. Be aware of each vertebra as you slowly lower yourself down. Then relax on your back.
These exercises open the upper spine and related nerve passages to the flow of Kundalini energy, bringing extras circulation into the head and higher glands. They have an anti-gravity effect on the body and is very soothing after you relax out of position. (It is generally recommended that all inverted postures not be practiced during the first few days of the menstrual period.).
This exercise circulates the Kundalini energy and integrates the energy released from the lower three chakras into the entire system so that the total effects of these exercises are stable and long lasting.
Deep relaxation allows you to enjoy and consciously integrate the mind/body changes which have been brought about during the practice of this kriya.
Comments: As human beings, we have certain instincts as do animals, but we also have the ability to direct, shape and give meaning to the expression of these instincts. Many of the strongest instincts find expression and representation through the “lower triangle” of chakras (i.e., the 1st, 2nd and 3rd chakras). The physical correlates of these chakras are the rectum, the sex organs and the navel point.
According to the science of Humanology as taught by Yogi Bhajan, dysfunctions of the body are reflected in the mind and vice versa. A serious neurotic behavior or self-destructive attitude in the mind will also appear as an imbalance in the lower triangle. One of the most direct ways to correct such an imbalance is to use physical nerve and glandular stimulation to alter the instinctual and learned patterns in the lower chakras. Once this is achieved and a new energy balance is attained, then, through analytic self-assessment and meditation, it is possible to effect the holistic change in behavior which is desired.
This kriya is an example of such a technology. To use it correctly, remember to bring your mind to focus on what you are doing and experiencing during each moment of this kriya.