Kriya - Relieving Your Elementary Stress

(Level 2 ‘Vitality & Stress’ Manual, pp. 21-22)


Sit in Easy Pose. Begin clapping your hands in the following sequence:

a. Slap the thighs

b. Clap the hands in front of the chest

c. Open the hands in a V

d. Clap the hands in front of the chest again

e. Slap the thighs.


Repeat the cycle. (As you repeat the cycle, you will slap the thighs twice in a row.) Create a rhythm. 3 minutes.


To end: Inhale deeply and hold the breath for 15 seconds. Close the eyes and have no thought. Exhale. Repeat holding the breath for 10 seconds. Inhale and hold for 10 seconds, inhale more and hold for another 10 seconds. Exhale.


You will be stress free in exactly three minutes. There is nothing you have to do. One, two three, four, five. One, two, three, four, five. That’s it: it’s musical. Your body will start releasing the elementary stress.


Begin clapping again in the same sequence and rhythm as Exercise 1. 1 minute.


To end: Inhale deeply and hold for 10 seconds. Exhale and relax.


Clasp the hands in front of the Heart Center. Fingers of each hand are together and thumbs crossed over each other. Bounce the elbows against the sides of the ribcage. Strike the ribs hard and fast. 3 minutes.


To end: Inhale deeply and hold for 10 seconds and press your ribcage tightly with your elbows. Exhale. Inhale deeply and hold for 10 seconds, hold and tighten the elbows against the ribcage. Exhale. Inhale deeply, hold up to 30 seconds; exhale.


Sit with your elbows relaxed, fingers spread wide and hands in front of the shoulders, palms facing forward. Criss-cross your hands in front of your face as if you were a child saying, ‘No, no.’ Create your own rhythm. 2 ½ minutes.


To end: Inhale deeply, hold for 10 seconds, exhale. Repeat twice more and then shake your hands out.


Sit in Easy Pose. Bring your hands to the ground in front of you, allowing the spine to bend gently. Beat the ground with your hands in time with the music. Close your eyes and move rhythmically. 3 ½ minutes.


Music: Punjabi Drums was played during class.


Relax: Let the body move with the rhythm.


Immediately begin to dance the body in a seated posture. Play with the rhythm. Dance the shoulders. 7-10 minutes.


To end: Inhale deeply, hold and exhale. Repeat twice more.

Get rid of arthritis ... you have to move the ribcage to create the calcium-magnesium balance … let your body change the chemistry, relax itself. Free yourself of tension. Dance it away! Give yourself a chance.