Our very special topic for today is a yogic breathing technique taught by Art of Living – Sudarshan Kriya. This powerful technique has proved to have a deeply soul-cleansing and stress busting effect on thousands of people across the world. Here’s everything you need to know about it…
Introducing Sudarshan Kriya
“Out of the world” is how many describe their experience with the Sudarshan Kriya technique. It involves practising a sequence of natural breathing patterns that bring the body and mind together – creating a sense of tranquility, balance and inner strength. While practising Sudarshan Kriya breathing, one gets absorbed into meditative state.
How it Works…
The Sudarshan Kriya breathing technique is based on the fact that the breath is inextricably linked to the mind, its emotions and the body. Your breath can tell a whole lot about your current state of mind, and your emotional as well as physical health. Moreover, the better you breathe, the healthier you are – because you are able to take in more oxygen and let out more carbon dioxide, and your body’s organs get a better supply of nutrients. Your heart functions properly, and this of course keeps so many illnesses at bay.
Notice your breath right now. Is it fast or slow? Heavy or light? Deep or shallow? Steady or unstable? When you are irritated, anxious or in any way stressed, your breath immediately becomes short, shallow and rapid. When sad, your breath is heavier. On the other hand, when you are peaceful, your breath is harmonious, stable and light.
The wonderful part is this: just as your emotions affect your breath, your breath can also shape your emotions, mind and ultimately, the body. This is how Sudarshan Kriya works – using the breath to influence everything else.
Sudarshan Kriya Benefits
1. Replaces Negativity with Positivity
This technique can empower you to break the cycle of negative thinking. Step by step, you will learn to let go of your negativity, and make way for optimism and positive emotions like peace and joy.
2. Tackles Stress
We modern humans have pretty much accepted that stress is an unavoidable part of our lives. This technique is deeply cleansing – it helps release built up stress as well as shows you how to stay free from its ill effects in the years to come.
3. Boosts Energy Levels
This technique helps you cleanse and rejuvenate yourself whenever you feel the need to. In this way, you can relieve fatigue and increase your energy levels easily.
4. Increases Productivity
Sudarshan Kriya, by busting your stress, calming your mind and helping you stay positive in all situations, improves your productivity. You can dedicate all your energy to the task at hand and perform with a much more clear and present mind. Concentration levels shoot right up.
5. Improves Overall Health
Thousands of people practice Sudarshan Kriya breathing for health. It has shown to boost brain power, trigger the release of happy hormones and reduction of stress hormones, and strengthen the immune system. The technique can also help induce deep, peaceful sleep – crucial for our wellbeing.
6. Helps Master the Mind
As we mentioned earlier, regulating your breath is the key to mastering your minds. It helps you be in control of what you think, how you feel and the life you lead. This technique can become your anchor in tough times and help you stay in balance.
7. Connects You with Your Inner Self
Sudarshan Kriya meditation brings you to your inner self and helps you stay in touch with it. In this way, it also helps you develop a beautiful sense of connection with your higher purpose, and with the environment you live in.