Every time I pick up to write, at first, I always imagined talking about the Adrenal-cortisol pathway, or Leaky gut syndrome, like many of my peers, in order to educate my readers about these common themes that I see daily in my practice. Instead, I want to go straight to offering you these effective, precious tools that were taught for thousands of years, and shared by my teacher Yogi Bhajan. They are so simple in addressing the ultimate underlying root cause – our burnt out Nervous System, our Autonomic Response that are stuck in FLIGHT or FIGHT mode, and unable to trigger the RELAXATION response at will.
Kundalini Yoga sets are designed to reprogram our nervous system using breath, movements, sound currents and mental vibrations in short amounts of time.
This is the no.1 set I share with my patients who have fatigue and low mood. Do it 1st thing in the morning, for 40 days, starting at the shortest time (1 minute each) and work up to full length.
A Yoga Set to Build and Stabilize your Energy – Surya Kriya
General Kundalini Yoga Rules:
- Always tune into this practice with reciting the mantra “Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo” 3 times. A traditional practice for you to tune in deeply to the consciousness of this ancient practice.
- If necessary, you can sit in Easy Pose (simple cross-legged position), instead of Rock Pose. But feel free to use pillows and socks to prop and support your ankles and hip.
- You can always cut down the times specified proportionately, but not make longer. E.g. 3 mins –> 1 min (1/3) or —> 1.5 min (1/2) for rest of the exercises.
2. Sat Kriya.
Sit in Rock Pose. or easy pose if need to. Arms held up overhead with the upper arms hugging your ears. Fingers clasped together with index fingers pointing straight up and palms touching. Chant the word ‘Saat’ (sounds like Yacht) as you pull your Navel Point in and up. Chant the word ‘Naam’ as you relax your Navel Point. Let the breath regulate itself. Eyes closed and focused at the center of your brows. (3 minutes)
Then inhale with your nose, hold your breath, squeeze your pelvic muscles and navel point up. Then Relax.
4. Sat Kriya.
Repeat exercise 2 for 2 minutes.
Remain in Rock Pose, or easy pose. Rest with eyes closed and focused at Brow Point. Breathe normally. (1 minute)
6. Spinal Flex.
Hold your shins with your hands firmly. Inhale through your nose as you lift your chest high, and tilt your pelvis forward. Then, exhale through your nose as you collapse your chest down, and tilt your pelvis gently the opposite way. Continue this fluid movement, and keep your chin level without bobbing it up and down. Like riding a horse. (3 minutes)
7. Frog Pose.
- Come standing up slowly and place your feet close together with heels touching, and
pointing out at an angle. Squat down on tiptoes with fingertips touching the ground in between the legs. Knees apart, and heels remain touching. Head is up.
- Inhale with nose, and straighten your legs, keep fingertips touching the group. Bring the chin to the chest.
- Exhale and move to a. position again.
- Repeat 26 times.
10. Slow Meditative Breath.
Sit now in Easy Pose. Hands on your knees in Gyan Mudra – touching your thumb with index finger.
Keep a firm concentration at your Brow Point. Apply a light Root Lock, pulling your pelvic floor muscles and navel point muscles in and up. Begin Slow Deep Breathing. (6 minutes)