Kundalini Yoga - Sat Kriya
What will it do for you?
Sat Kriya is fundamental to Kundalini Yoga, and should be practiced daily for at least 3 minutes. Sat Kriya strengthens the entire sexual system, stimulating its natural energy flow, relaxing sexuality phobias, enabling control of the sexual impulse, and rechanneling the energy to creative and healing activities.
Severely maladjusted people benefit from this kriya, since mental problems are a result of unbalanced energy in the lower 3 chakras. General physical health is improved, and the heart is strengthened from the rhythmic up/down of blood pressure.
How to do it:
Sit on the heels and stretch arms overhead, elbows hugging ears, fingers interlocked, index fingers extended straight up, and chant Sat Nam in a constant rhythm, about 8 times per 10 seconds. Chant Sat from the navel & solar plexus, pulling the umbilicus in to the spine, and on Nam relax the belly.
Continue for at least 3 minutes. Then inhale and squeeze the muscles tightly from the buttocks all the way up the back, mentally allowing energy to flow up the spine and out through the top of the head. Ideally you should relax for twice the time you practice.
Since this exercise stimulates and channels Kundalini energy, it must always be practiced with the mantra Sat Nam. (Sat Nam rhymes with but Mom.)
Time may be built up to 31 minutes, but ALWAYS with a long, deep relaxation immediately afterwards. A good way to build duration is to start with 3 minutes and rest for 2 and continue in this way for 25 minutes.
This is not just an exercise - it is a kriya that works on all levels of being, known and unknown.
Do not jump from 3 to 31 minutes, even if you are feeling strong or are a yoga teacher. Respect the power of the technique, and allow this kriya to properly prepare your body for higher experience. You might block the more subtle experiences of higher energies by pushing the physical body too much. Or, you could have a huge rush of energy, an experience of higher consciousness, but be unable to integrate it into your psyche. So prepare yourself with constancy, patience and moderation. The end result is assured.
If you have not taken drugs, or have cleared your system of all their effects, yo may choose to practice the kriya with the palms open, pressing against each other. This releases more energy, but is not generally taught in a public class because someone may have weak nerves from drug abuse.
Notice that you emphasize pulling the navel point in - don't try to apply Mulbhand (root lock) which occurs naturally when the navel is pulled. The hips and spine do not flex, and the only motion is a slight up and down of the chest and arms with each Sat Nam.
There is no specific breath for Sat Kriya - follow the instructions for chanting and pulling the navel point, and let your body find the right breath.
If you have time for nothing else, practice this kriya daily to keep the body a clean and vital temple of God!