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Kriya - For Physical and Mental Vitality

(The Kundalini Yoga Manual, Yogi Bhajan, Spring 1970; also found in the K.R.I. Level One Teacher Training Manual, Chapter 14; Kundalini Yoga, Shakta Kaur Khalsa, pp. 92-93)

Criss-Cross. Lie on your back and lift your legs to 12 inches. Begin criss-crossing your legs left over right, then right over left. Spread the legs wide. After 5 minutes, inhale and apply Mulbandh. Rest for 2 ½ minutes. Then repeat the cycle. Keep the legs straight throughout.

Push-Pull. Lift both legs 2 feet off the ground. Begin a bicycling motion, keeping the legs parallel to the ground. Continue for 5 minutes. Rest for 2 ½ minutes. Then repeat the cycle.

Easy Pose. Lift the arms straight above the head. The fingers are interlocked over the back of the hands, with the palms facing the sky. Do Breath of Fire for 5 minutes.

Easy Pose. Clasp opposite shoulders with the thumbs forward. The arms are crossed behind the head. Do Breath of Fire for 5 minutes. Then inhale, exhale, inhale, hold and circulate the energy. Exhale and apply Mulbandh, inhale and exhale. Apply Mulbandh three times.

Corpse Pose. Relax completely. Separate the mental body from the physical and move it around for about 5 minutes. Then bring it back.

Chant any divine mantra.

Comments: This is a Kriya that is good when you want to work very hard. Saturday, the day of Saturn, the Task Master, is an excellent day to practice it. The Kriya moves the Kundalini energy from the lower three chakras in Exercises 1 and 2 through the Heart Center in Exercise 3 and through the Throat Chakra to the Higher Centers in Exercise 4. Mental projection and meditation are automatic afterwards.

The hardest part of the series is the beginning. If you attempt the full time of the exercises on your first trial you may have a sore stomach and weak legs unless you are in excellent shape. Do what you can and do it gracefully, breathing consciously throughout. The sexual and digestive energies require a little work to balance.

As you do Exercise 3 feel all the worries of the day drop away. Feel like you are rising above the clouds and that your entire body is filled with the light energy of breath. In Exercise 4, feel that light energy lift to your head and project your mind into an expansive peacefulness. The hard work brings deep relaxation and the experience that you have the latent power to cleanse and vitalize yourself mentally and physically.


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