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Tame your runaway nerves and anxiety with a Kundalini yoga kriya. Unlike the better known disciplines of Hatha, Ashtanga and Hot yoga, Kundalini yoga has been quietly working its untold benefits on its many devotees since Yogi Bhajan introduced it to North America in 1969. Kundalini differs from other practices in that it utilizes kriyas, or a series of movements strung together, to isolate and correct bodily and mental imbalances. You can target your nerves and anxiety with specially developed Kriyas meant to calm your racing mind.
About Kundalini Yoga
As with every type of yoga, Kundalini's emergence as a body, mind, soul system is shrouded by the mists of time. While it is generally accepted that Hatha yoga was developed 5,000 years ago, Kundalini is said to have emerged much later, around 800 A.D., from the Tantric tradition. The aim of the physical side of Hatha yoga is the perfection of your pose or asana; while the purpose of Kundalini yoga is to unleash the power that is described as being coiled like a snake at the base of your spine. Through the use of movement, chanting and breathing techniques, this energy is released and allowed to suffuse each of your seven chakras or energy centers that run from the crown of your head down through your spinal column.
Kundalini kriyas are sets of movements designed for specific purposes like calming the mind or detoxifying your organs. According to experts at the 3HO Foundation created by Yogi Bhajan, kriyas are, вЂњвЂ¦ perfectly designed sets meant to produce predictable and subtle impacts on the total Self. вЂњ You may be required to perform a kriya while sitting or standing. But no matter which kriyas you choose to incorporate into your Kundalini practice to help calm your nerves and anxiety, be aware that you will be required to pay very close attention to the way you breathe and when. At the end of each kriya, sit in an easy, crossed-leg pose and rest your hands on your knees while inhaling deeply from the bottom of your lungs and exhaling slowly. By taking this moment to relax you are absorbing the benefits of your kriya for nerves and anxiety.
Kriya for Nerves and Anxiety
There is no strict rule to this kriya for nerves and anxiety other than remembering to breathe. Never hold your breath during yoga unless instructed to by a teacher - and certainly never during an exhale. Senior North American Kundalini yoga teacher Gurmukh advises this kriya for your nervous system: Close your eyes and raise your arms out to the side about 15 degrees above shoulder height and begin shaking them. Keep your wrists loose and let your hands flop back and forth. Continue shaking for up to two minutes and then lower your arms and relax.
Tips and Warnings
There are many instructional videos online illustrating Kundalini kriyas, but do your research. Make sure the instructor is a certified teacher of Kundalini yoga. If you're new to yoga and especially Kundalini yoga, check out the library and bone up on yoga before you start. Also, check with your doctor before beginning any new exercise.