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CLEANSING & ENERGISING BREATH WITH YOGA

One of the best methods to cleanse & energize breath is by practicing Agnisara Kriya.

WHAT IS AGNISARA KRIYA
Agni means Fire, Sara means Essence & Kriya means Action. It is also called Breath of Fire. Our navel region is the centre of Fire Element & it is the source of internal energy. As we get heat from the Sun, our body gets heat from this Fire & it is the essential element for digestion. After the food is digested, this heat energy directs nutritive juices to all parts of the body. In case of malfunction in creation of heat energy, the digestive system cannot function properly, resulting in various disorders like indigestion, acidity, gastric problems etc. We start getting imbalances in the stomach. The Kriya recommended for correcting this congestion or imbalance in the stomach is the Agnisara Kriya, which rekindles the digestive fire thereby aiding in smooth elimination of waste, which further results in decongesting the stomach and bringing about a balance. This cleansing action stimulates this fire for the digestive system to work at its optimum level.

SITTING POSTURE
Sit on the Yoga mat in any comfortable and simple posture or if you prefer, sit in a chair. Keep your spine and head erect and the hands on knees. Close the eyes. Make sure the body and mind are relaxed.

TECHNIQUE
Breathe in deeply. Bend down slowly from the waist and while bending down exhale the whole air completely. Now let the breath be out & sit up straight with empty lungs. Without taking the breath in pull your stomach in and out in a quick succession according to your body capacity and then slowly inhale. This completes one round. One can practice 7-10 rounds daily.
BENEFITS
It is excellent for the health of the abdominal organs and the digestive system. This exercise stimulates the liver, spleen, kidneys & pancreas, reduces the abdominal fat, & cures constipation. Works wonders on a sluggish liver and kidneys. It removes several gastro-intestinal complaints such as excessive gas, hyperacidity, indigestion etc. It Improves metabolism & increases internal fire.

PRECAUTIONS
People with high BP, heart disease or internal ulcers of any kind should avoid this. Also, those who have undergone abdomen surgery should not do Agnisar Kriya. Not to be done during menses & pregnancy.
Do not tax your body. Any time you feel discomfort, discontinue and take rest.
The Kriya should always be done on an empty stomach.
Beginners should practice this Pranayama under the guidance of some yoga expert.

ESSENTIAL GUIDELINES FOR THIS PRANAYAMA
Basic Guidelines for Pranayama are equally applicable for this practice also. These are:-
Ideal time for Pranayama is early in the morning, one to two hours before sunrise when oxygen content is maximum in the air.
Always sit straight while doing Pranayama.
It is necessary for you to feel comfortable and relaxed when you start. Wear loose fitting cotton clothes.
During practice, no strain should be felt in the facial muscles, eyes and ears or in the neck muscles, shoulders, arms, thighs and feet.
Keep the eyes closed throughout as otherwise the mind will wander and be distracted.
While doing Pranayama, concentrate on your breath. Do it consciously & not mechanically.
Breathing should not be jerky or irregular, but smooth, steady and continuous.
Persons suffering from high blood pressure, asthma& heart patients should not stop breath while practicing Pranayama.
Empty your stomach. Do not eat anything before Pranayama.
Breathing in Pranayama practices is done through nose only, unless specific instructions are given.
You must establish a daily routine and follow it strictly; even 15 mins daily would bring lots of positive results. I assure you that after one week of practice you will love to spend more time.
Avoid Bhastrika and Surya-Bhedi Pranayama in summers. Shitkari, Shitali and Chandra-Bhedi be avoided in winters.
If you are suffering from a breath related problem such as Asthma, Emphysema, Shortness of Breath etc, then before starting Pranayama, consult your physician.
In case of any query, contact:
Dr Rita Khanna
Mobile: 09849772485 Ph:-040-65173344