Agnisar Kriya Pranayama
This is a cleansing technique that draws its name from three words namely Agni meaning Fire, Sar meaning Essence and Kriya meaning Action. This cleansing exercise strengthens the fire within our body that is critical to the digestive system.
Agnisar Kriya Procedure
To perform this stand straight with your heels together. Breathe in and out slowly. Now bend forward slowly but keep your back straight. Rest your hands on the knees or slightly above for support. The arms should however be straight. Once in this position take a deep breath and then breathe out fully such that you expel all the air in the abdomen and the lungs. When holding your breath when you are in this position flap or turn the muscles in your abdomen in and out. This should be done while you are in the exhaling position and you should not inhale while flapping your muscles. Flap your muscles for as many times as possible and then take a deep breath inside. This completes one cycle in the exercise.
People who have just started with Yoga may find it difficult to hold their breath as well as co-ordinate the flapping movement that can be honed with practice. For starters one should complete three cycles of this exercise with each cycle having 10 flapping frequency. This should then be increased to about 100 inward and outward flapping routine in a single cycle. May seem like a task but as one proceeds and the body gets acclimatized to the routine it will seem easier.
While this exercise can be practiced by everybody, people with specific problems like high blood pressure, internal ulcers, hyperthyroidism, chronic diarrhea and heart diseases should refrain from it.
Agnisar Kriya Benefits
As is evident from the method this exercise is extremely beneficial for the abdominal organs and helps in the effective functioning of the digestive system. People suffering from weak liver or weak kidneys should also perform this exercise for benefits. It is an exercise for awakening the entire human system to make it work better and faster. The specific organs that benefit from this exercise are kidneys, spleen, liver and pancreas.