Guest Author - Tracy Webb
At last it feels like we are emerging from the depths of winter and spring is afoot. If you’re anything like me, spring seems to be a time of renewal and change. I like to harness that energy and increase vitality with the addition of a Yoga Kriya that I will share with you here.
Change always seems to sneak up on us and as with most things, we are completely resistant to the unknown and would rather stay within our comfort zone. If it wasn’t for change everything would forever be the same – no new experiences and no scope for the Universe to make things better or different than they are at present.
Many Yogi’s are trained to "accept what is" without preference or judgement and the mere concept of making changes voluntarily is alien to them. A Yogi allows life to flow unhindered and realizes that by having preferences, like or dislikes they create more problems for themselves.
However, us mere mortals, we like to feel that we are in control and sometimes a little helping hand is thought to be required to bring about the changes we prefer and feel will make a difference to ourselves and others.
This simple Yoga Kriya is fun and energizing. It wakes up the body and makes you feel vitalized. Not only that, it kick-starts your metabolism, increases lung capacity and makes you feel fabulous. All you need is 33 minutes to reap these benefits.
Kundalini Yoga for Rejuvenation
You can do this set in the bathroom or somewhere that you have a shelf, bar or sink to hold on to.
• Hold on to the sink and walk your feet back to approximately a 45 degree angle. Staying there, walk quickly on the spot without lifting your toes off the ground. You should feel a pull in the hamstrings and the action should work up a sweat. Continue to walk in this way for 11 minutes.
• Stand with feet shoulder width apart and raise your arms in the air with palms facing forward and elbows bent slightly. Sway arms and hips quickly from side to side ensuring the hands are above shoulder level. Continue in this way for 11 minutes.
• Stand in front of the sink again and hold on to it. Extend the arms are bend the body forward keeping legs straight. Lower your head and relax into the stretch for 11 minutes.
Not only does this kriya keep us supple and more flexible in the body, it also instills motivation, acceptance and flexibility of mind. The outward affect of this is less rigid thinking and more adaptability in situations of change.