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Naadi Cleansing


This cleansing kriya balances the Ida and Pingala naadis and can "burn the karmas" of many lifetimes. 

Yogi Bhajan explained that this is a purifying practice which, if done as a regular sadhana, burns the karmas of many lives. The karmas are coded in the structure of the aura, the flow patterns of the subtle nadis, and in the deep structure of the mental body. This breath creates a powerful neutral balance of prana and apana in the system and encourages the flow of kundalini into the central channel of the spine, the sushmuna. Every serious student should spend some time perfecting the benefits of this kriya.

When practicing this pranayam, be sure you have an empty stomach or have eaten very lightly.

Posture: Sit in Easy Pose with the spine straight and the chin in, chest out. 

Mudra: Use your right hand to alternate the breath through the left and right nostrils. The tip of the thumb can block the right nostril and either the Jupiter (index) finger or the Mercury (pinkie) finger can block the left nostril. Apply only enough pressure to gently and thoroughly close the nostril. Do not press too hard.

Breath: The ratio for the length of each part of the breath is 1 count (inhale), 4 counts (hold the breath), and 2 counts (exhale). This kriya may be timed by mentally counting out the rhythm or by carefully listening to the breath, but for ease of timing and to keep the timing consistent, it is helpful to mentally recite a mantra to create the rhythm.

Sat Nam, Wha-hay Guroo, and Saa-Taa-Naa-Maa each work well for this purpose. Any of them can hold the rhythm and keep the mind focused on Infinity.

The inhalation would be one mental recitation of the mantra, the hold would be four recitations, and the exhale would be two recitations. The speed at which you mentally recite should suit your own breath capacity, but you must maintain a consistent timing for each of the three parts of the breath.

Inhale through the left nostril for one count.

Hold the breath for four counts.

Exhale through the right nostril for two counts.

Inhale through the right nostril for one count.

Hold the breath for four counts.

Exhale through the left nostril for two counts.

Time: Continue this breath pattern for 15-62 minutes.

©The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan

This pranayam can be found in Praana Praanee Praanayam, available through KRI.