Keeping the Body Beautiful is one of my favorite kundalini kriyas: it's simple, fairly easy, and incredibly powerful. The kriya shifts the mind from positive to negative very quickly. One of my teachers once explained that self-loathing, which is an epidemic especially amongst women, when turned inward becomes anger. When we have inner anger build up inside of us, the energy physiologically creates heat within the body and turns the blood toxic, as well as can result in a myriad of dis-eases, especially skin problems like acne, eczema, and especially the more systemic hormonal imbalance and inflammation. I used to wake up with anxiety, usually over my skin and health, most likely because I spent too long in the mirror the night before treating my skin unkindly. My mind would go straight to negative thoughts, which is an awful tone to set for the day. The kriya helps me stay grounded and powerful throughout the day rather than a victim to my anxiety, depression, and addictive behaviors.It has tremendous benefits and helps to readjust the energy flow in the body so that we can exude all of it's radiance and vitality as we clear negative energy and stagnant and toxic blood. Try this for 40 days and feel the transformation, physically and mentally, unfold. I especially love this photo because it embodies the strength and radiance that comes with consistent practice of this kirya...it subtly takes the energy from victim to powerful woman, capable of conquering anything and everything with grace.
1. LONG DEEP BREATHING: Sit in Easy Pose with the spine straight. Begin breathing long and deep through both nostrils. Focus on the life-giving flow of breath for 3 minutes. To end, inhale, suspend the breath for a few seconds, then relax.
2. FROG POSE: Squat down on toes, knees wide apart. Heels are touching, and raised off the ground. Place the fingertips on the ground between the knees. The face is forward. Inhale as you raise the hips up, keeping the fingertips on the ground, heels up, knees locked. Exhale down, face forward, knees outside the arms. 10 times. On the 10th time, stay down and take 3 deep breaths. On the third breath exhale completely and suspend the breath out as you apply mulbandh. Suspend the breath out 10-20 seconds. Repeat frog pose 26 times. On the last time, stay down and take 3 deep breaths. On the third breath, suspend the breath out and again apply mulbandh. Feel the energy rise along the spine as you suspend the breath out. Do not strain.
3. FRONT STRETCH: Stretch the legs out straight in front. Relax forward and grab the big toes in Finger Lock (Index and middle finger pull the toe, and the thumb presses on the toe.) Inhale, lengthening the spine. Exhale, bend forward from the navel, bringing the chest to the thighs, nose to knees. The head follows last. Avoid leading with the head. Hold the position for 3 minutes.
ABOUT THIS KRIYA:
"This kriya, which contains a slight variation of the standard Frog Pose, is very powerful. You must keep the chin locked in. It readjusts the sex energy and the balance of prana and apana. It is good for digestion and brings circulation to the head. If done with powerful breaths, it will make you sweat quickly.
The body is a temple of human expression and evolvement. We are often told by the media and friends that it wears out, has many illnesses, and is extremely fragile. In fact, the body is very sensitive and self-repairing...
Our own habits of possession, constriction, anger, tension, and attachment set up energy patterns within the body that disrupt the normal flow of vital energy. This opens the door to disease, both physical and mental. After all, we are creators also, and, to a certain extent, create the environments we want to live in. We create our bodies with each thought and activity, as well as with each meal. So we need to clean the body and readjust the flow of energy periodically since we are all products of our habits and since few of us are without ego." - I Am A Woman: Essential Kriyas for Women in the Aquarian Age