KRIYA – THE ESSENCE OF SELF
(Inner Workout Manual, pp. 29-30)
For best results do this exercise very energetically. The faster the breath is, the more powerfully it stimulates the heart.
(How to Do It: Begin by lying down on your stomach. Apply root lock to rotate your pelvis. Roll the tops of the thighs toward each other to protect the sacrum. This will help you to keep the feet touching. Grab the ankles and press strongly through the root line into the ground. Pull the shoulder blades down the back to leverage the lifting of the chest. Use the legs to pull against the arms to raise the body up into position.)
(Bow Pose is hard for many people, but it is important to get beyond the “bending where you are already bending” syndrome and open new territory in flexibility. If you really want to lengthen your spine out, particularly through the important pelvic muscles, you really have to keep the feet and knees close together and use the legs to pull against the arms. You may not come up as high, but it opens up the spine in a far more useful way.)
Comments: When you are weighted down by the scars and disappointments of life, it is difficult to sense the broader reality of which you are a part. The pains create blocks to the inflow of cosmic energy and you become less sensitive to your own possibilities. This series guides the prana through your body to the heart chakra, “opening” the heart so you can give and receive love without fear, anger or resentment and experience compassion. In this state of compassion you release the pain of former relationships, energize current relationships on a higher level and begin to express our divine essence.
The exercises in this kriya release tension, strengthen the digestion and open the lungs.