WHAT IS SUDARSHAN KRIYA ?PRANAYAMA-26
WHAT IS SUDARSHAN KRIYA ?
Vedas or Agamas don’t mention any such name and none of the sacred books describe such breathing process…
1-It is a three-part yogic breathing practice designed to eliminate fatigue and negative emotions, thereby improving overall physical and mental health. This kriya was developed by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and patented by his Art of Living Foundation.
2-The term comes from the Sanskrit su, meaning “proper,” darshan, meaning “vision” and kriya, meaning “act,” “undertaking” or “rite.” In terms of yoga, kriya is a practice intended to purify the body.
3-In the first part of the breath cycle, the yogi breathes in a normal relaxed way with inhales and exhales of equal length. During the second part, the yogi exhales twice as long as he inhales, and then in the third part, his inhalations last twice as long as the exhalations. A typical Sudarshan Kriya practice lasts about 45 minutes. 4-Research has confirmed that breath links the mind and the body, with each human emotion having a distinct breathing pattern. For example, when angry, a person's breathing becomes quick and short. But research has also found that breathing patterns can induce a particular emotion. Sudarshan Kriya, therefore, is designed to transform emotions through breathing patterns.
5-By using the rhythms of the breath, the yogi is able to bring his/her body, mind and emotions into harmony, leaving him/her focused, energized, yet calm and relaxed.
STEPS OF SUDARSHAN KRIYA;-
1-To perform the Sudarshan Kriya you should first come to Vajrasana (Thunderbolt Pose). 2-Kneel on a yoga mat or rug and make sure that the top part of your feet and your shins are touching the floor. Sit on your heels and relax your body. 3-Next, move your buttocks toward the ground, so that you can rest it on the floor. Your ankles should touch the outer part of your hips once you are in position. 4-Make sure that you sit up as straight as possible, but keep your body relaxed. If you experience too much pressure on your hips or knees, you can remain seated on your heels; basically, in the Vajrasana position. PIN POINTS-Throughout the entire kriya, you should keep your breathing relaxed. A three part breath cycle is used in the Sudarshan Kriya, which will need a bit of practice to perform properly.
5-In the first cycle, you need to breathe in and out in a relaxed manner with the breaths being of equal duration. 6-In the second cycle, your exhalations should be twice the duration of the inhalation. 7-In the third cycle, your inhalations should be twice the duration of the exhalation. 8-A typical session of a short Sudarshan Kriya should last around 45 minutes. Also, you can practice this at any time of the day, except soon after having your meals.
9-Ideally, you should leave a gap of at least two hours after eating your meals before attempting the Sudarshan Kriya.
BENEFITS OF SUDARSHAN KRIYA;-
Some of the additional benefits of Sudarshan Kriya are:
1-Increased lung capacity
4-Refreshed, clarified and de-stressed mind
5-Stronger immune system
8-Reduced cholesterol levels 9-Strengthened immune system 10-Increased energy 11-Improved wellbeing and health
THE KEY POINT;-When they are in sync, we feel a sense of well being and harmony. When illness or stress disturbs these rhythms, we feel unhappy, upset, and discontent. The meaning of ‘su’ is proper, ‘darshan’ is vision, and ‘kriya’ is a ‘practice that is purifying’. The Sudarshan Kriya is hence a purifying practice.
MENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS;-
It is now accepted, even in the West, that traditional practices like Pranayama and yoga improve mental health. Depression and anxiety have been found to worsen the progress of serious diseases like cardiovascular ailments, asthma, HIV, and cancer.
2-Sudarshan Kriya and other breathing exercises are now known to provide excellent therapeutic benefits. The technique of breathing exercises are considered to have more advantages than other treatment options because there are no side effects, they are much cheaper, and they are easy to practice.
3-Some of the Sudarshan Kriya mental health benefits are as follows:-
Increased capacity to deal with challenging situations A-Enhanced functions of the brain B-Improved sleep C-Improved clarity of mind D-Greater creativity
1-The psychological benefits of Sudarshan Kriya are such that it is considered equipotent with antianxiety drugs and antidepressants in dealing with patients with a serious depression.
2-Sudarshan Kriya also plays a major role in bringing about a healthy lifestyle. It has also been found that Sudarshan Kriya improves the overall quality of life.
3-Individuals who practiced it experienced better adjustment in home, occupational, social and personal aspects.
4-Some of the Sudarshan Kriya psychological benefits are ;
A-Eased anxiety and depression B-Reduced stress SPIRITUAL BENEFITS;-
1-The Sudarshan Kriya Spiritual benefits are as follows:
2-Enhanced meditation and yoga practice 3-Inner peace 4-Improved interpersonal relations with Sudarshan Kriya
5-In Sudarshan Kriya, the rhythmic breathing pattern helps harmonize the rhythms of the emotions and body and syncs them with nature’s rhythm.
6-The breath connects the mind and body. Just as our patterns of breathing are affected by our emotions, we can change our behavioral and mental patterns by changing the rhythm of our breathing.
7-It eliminates worry, anxiety, and anger and leaves the mind energized and relaxed.
SIDE EFFECTS OF SUDARSHAN KRIYA;-;-
There are no known Sudarshan Kriya side effects, and this is one of the advantages of practicing this technique. The conclusion is that the Sudarshan Kriya brings about biologically beneficial changes to the body without any side effects. However, it is recommended that you consult a yoga practitioner before you begin any new practice or routine.