January is the perfect time for detoxifying the body, mind, and spirit! With winter upon us, our bodies are naturally slowing down, and perhaps we indulged a bit too much over the holidays! We can start to cleanse and rebuild with Kundalini Yoga kriyas & meditations.
For detoxifying, we love this kriya, and recommend practicing this one for at least 40 days!
Kundalini Yoga: Kriya for Detoxification
We detoxify continuously throughout life. We process food, thoughts, and all forms of energy. When that flow is continuous and clear, we are steady and flexible. The trouble is that we accumulate more than we process. We become weighted down under the ash of metabolism and the remnants of old emotions. This set systematically moves the energy of the body and mind to keep you light and vitalized. ~ Gurucharan Singh Khalsa
1. Lie down on your back with your legs straight. Your heels are together and your toes point upward. Keeping your heels together, spread your feet apart so that they both point out to the sides. The right foot points to the right and the left foot points to the left. Then close your feet so they once again point straight upward. Continue quickly opening and closing your feet, keeping your heels together. 4 Minutes.
2. Remain on your back and put your hands under your head. Raise your legs up about two feet and scissor the legs up and down without letting the descending heel touch the ground. Keep your legs straight, do not bend at the knees. This exercise clears up inner anger when done vigorously. 4 Minutes.
3. Lie down on your stomach and stick out your tongue. Exhale through your mouth and push up into Cobra Pose. Inhale through your mouth as you lower yourself back to the ground. Continue, keeping your breath and movement strong. This exercise removes toxins from the body. 6 1/2 Minutes.
4. Turn over on your back and bring your knees up to your chest. As the knees touch the chest, raise your arms up to 90 degrees (parallel to each other). Straighten your legs and lower your arms and legs back to the floor at the same time. Continue this movement vigorously. 3 Minutes. This is a controlled movement. There should be no noise when the arms and legs touch the ground.
5. Sit in Easy Pose and revolve the torso around the base of the spine. This churning movement is done in a counter-clockwise direction. Move as quickly as you can during the last minute. 3 Minutes.
6. Stand up. Bend over and grab your ankles. While holding onto your ankles, sit down in Crow Pose, and come back up. Continue this movement for 2 minutes.
7. Sit comfortably in Easy Pose with your spine straight. Chant “Sat Nam, Sat Nam, Sat Nam, Sat Nam, Sat Nam, Sat Nam, Wahe Guru”. (One full repetition of the mantra takes 7-8 seconds.) 11 Minutes.
To finish: Inhale deeply and stretch your arms over your head with your palms touching. Hold your breath 20-40 seconds as you stretch your spine upward. Exhale. Repeat this sequence two more times.
This set is from the manual “Self Experience.“