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Mukha Dhouti & Agni Sara

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Mukha Dhouti

 

It is a Kriya; part of Douthi Kriyas. Preparatory practice for all yoga practices. It is a technique that prepares the practitioner for proper rhythmic breathing; corrects wrong breathing patterns. It involves forcefully expelling the wind from the stomach. Best when performed early in the morning.

 

Limitations:

  • Full stomach - Avoid.
  • Vertigo, Epilepsy, Blood Pressure, recent abdominal surgeries, backache, neck pain, Hernia - Avoid or work carefully.
  • Pregnancy - Avoid or work easy.

 

Benefits:

  • Corrects and tunes the breathing; makes breath soft & long.
  • Massages abdominal organs, keeps them active and healthy.
  • Develops healthy breathing pace.
  • Powerful Practice for stressed people.
  • Good for digestive issues.
  • Balances Samana Vayu and Apana Vayu.
  • It helps to remove old, stagnant air from the lungs and cleanses the bloodstream of excess carbon dioxide, which is associated with mental fatigue, altered nerve sensations and physical weakness.
  • One`s capacity to work, think, digest, etc increases and greater awareness develops.
  • It creates the harmony in the body and mind.

 

Technique: Keep the legs shoulder width apart. Slightly bend forward without arching the back and rest the hands on the knees. Keep the body relaxed. Inhale deeply through both nostrils. Exhale forcefully through the mouth, like a blower, contracting the lower abdomen and pelvic floor. Repeat 10 to 15 times. Rest for a minute or two and observe the changes.

 

Agni Sara 

 

Another Kriya that is best performed early in the morning with an empty stomach. Has an amazing effect on the breathing; develops softness and rhythm of breath.

 

Limitations:

  • Similar to Mukha Douthi.

 

Benefits:

  • Most benefits are similar to Mukha Douthi.
  • Additionally this practice stimulates digestive fire and is very helpful to deal with digestive problems, gastric issues, constipation, and indigestion.
  • Improves lung capacity.
  • Prepares for breathing in Asanas.
  • It massages the abdomen, strengthens the abdominal muscles and encourages optimum health of the abdominal organs.
  • It also stimulates the five pranas, especially samana, and raises the energy levels markedly.
  • It alleviates depression, dullness and lethargy.

 

Technique: Keep the legs shoulder width apart. Slightly bend forward without arching the back and rest the hands on the knees. Keep the body relaxed. Inhale deeply through both nostrils. Exhale forcefully through the mouth and retain the breath out. Now slowly move the abdomen in and out rhythmically. As you gain more control, increase the speed of movement. Repeat 10 to 15 rounds of Agni Sara. Rest in Sitali Tadasana for a minute or two and observe the changes in the body and breath.

 

Note: To watch a video on how to do it. login to www.youtube.com/indeayoga

 

 

 


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