What is Sudarshan Kriya?
The Sudarshan Kriya, a powerful rhythmic breathing technique that facilitates physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being. As HH Sri Sri Ravi Shankar puts it, the Sudarshan Kriya came to him like an inspiration to bridge the gap between the worlds of inner silence, and outer expression of life.
‘Su’ means proper, ‘darshan’ means vision, and ‘Kriya’ is a purifying practice. The Sudarshan Kriya is therefore a purifying practice, whereby one receives a proper vision of one’s true self.
Sudarshan Kriya incorporates specific natural rhythms of breath to release stress and bring the mind to the present moment. This unique breathing practice is a potent energizer. Every cell becomes fully oxygenated, and flooded with new life, bringing a sense of joy in the moment. And when we feel good about ourselves, love flows naturally in all our relationships with others.
After the practice, participants commonly report feeling calm and centered, with a clearer vision of the world and themselves.
Rhythms and cycle patterns
Nature is replete with various rhythms, and cycles – day follows night, night follows day, seasons come and go. Similarly, there are biological rhythms to our bodies, minds, and emotions. When these rhythms are in sync, we feel a sense of harmony, and well-being. When stress or illness throws them out of order, we experience discomfort, and discontent and feel upset, and unhappy.
The rhythmic breathing pattern of Sudarshan Kriya harmonizes the rhythms of the body, and emotions, and brings them in tune with the rhythms of nature. The breath connects the body, and mind. Just as emotions affect our patterns of breathing, we can bring about changes in our mental, and behavioural patterns by altering the rhythms of our breath. It flushes our anger, anxiety, and worry; leaving the mind completely relaxed, and energized.
How to do Sudarshan Kriya
To learn SudarshanKriya, find an Art of Living centre close to you and enroll for an Art of Living course. Sudarshan Kriya is taught only in the course environment by a trained teacher using an audio cassette that contains instructions by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to guide you through the process.Each individual’s experience of the Sudarshan Kriya varies as it is a personal experience.
- Start with three pranayama with hands in the three positions breathing in Ujjayi for 10 times each.
- Three series of Vastikas breathing for 20 times.
- Three Omms
- Start the Kriya with 20 long circular breaths, 40 mid and 40 fast breaths.
- Repeat the Kriya for a second time.
- Rest for 10 minutes.