KRIYA: Movement Relaxation Series
(Excel & Celebrate, Pritpal Kaur Khalsa, pp. 10-11)
Stand straight with the arms completely relaxed. Close the eyes. Feel any tension in each part of the body and consciously let it go. Next, begin to sway and move every part of the body. Dance gracefully feeling the easy movement of each body area. (If there is gentle rhythmic music of a high vibration available, it may be used as a background.) Continue for 3 to 11 minutes. The time may be extended as long as you enjoy it!
Immediately stand straight with the eyes still closed. With the hands, begin to lightly feel each part and area of the body without reservation. Every square inch must be touched. Feel sensitivity with the palms. Continue for 3-5 minutes.
Lean forward with the arms hanging completely relaxed. All the muscles of the body should be relaxed. Let the breath be normal. Continue for 3-11 minutes.
Inhale and exhale deeply several times.
Then, slowly, lean backwards with arms hanging loosely down. Breath is relaxed. Hold for one minute. Then completely relax on your back for 10 minutes.
COMMENTS: Rhythmic, unforced, graceful and free movement relaxes the entire body and releases the tensions we store in the body from our daily emotions. All emotional traumas leave their signature of tension in the body. If these areas of the body are not relaxed, the chronic stress can lead to both physical and mental imbalances. Feeling the entire body confirms the reality of the relaxation and smoothes the aura.
The remaining exercises strengthen the heart and circulatory system. If this system is weak, then tissues will tense and the joints will build up deposits that create illness. True deep relaxation would be difficult. This simple series is for total relaxation and a cooperative coordination of mind and body into the experience of Self.