The most common question I’ve gotten after teaching over the years?
“What kriya was that?” Particularly when there was dancing in the kriya.
Dancing allows us to let go and be free, to throw off convention and formality and let loose, but it also helps us on a physical level to move lymph and increase circulation. Dancing improves cardiovascular and muscle tone, builds bone strength, improves balance and boosts mental health. How can you go wrong with all that goodness?
I was inspired recently by Ajeet’s “Dance of the Moon” track and her Global Dance Party (which you can still view below!)
After all of this dancing, I remembered how much I love dancing kriyas.
Here is one of my favorites.
Withstand the Pressure of the Time
This is a powerful and energetic kriya for a full tune-up of the nervous system. If the nerves are not tuned-up you will not be able to withstand the pressure of the time.
- Sit in Easy Pose and raise your arms up with bent elbows and begin shaking the whole body for a kind of inner massage. Every muscle and fiber must shake. Arms, body and head must move. Create your own rhythm and style. This will release toxins from your muscles. Get wild. Continue for 15 minutes.
- Come standing up straight. Shake your hips from side to side. Feet can either stay on the ground and hands can dangle loosely, or vigorously twist the hips and jump in the air while pumping your arms. Make this an energetic dance. This will get rid of toxins and anger stored in your body. Continue for 8 minutes.
- In Easy Pose, extend your arms straight over your head with palms together, arms against your ears. Twist your body left and right. If done powerfully, it will release your shoulders. Continue for 4 minutes.
- On your hands and knees, lift your left leg straight out behind you. Touch your forehead to the ground and come back up, like push-ups. Repeat 52 times. Continue with right leg. Repeat 52 times.
- Come on your knees and bend back into Camel Pose, resting your hands on your heels. Straighten back up onto the knees. Alternate between Camel Pose and standing on the knees, coming in and out of Camel Pose. 55 times.
- Lie on your back and lift the knees up to the chest and place the hands under the hips. You may elevate the hips with the hands slightly, in order to get the knees to the chest. Extend the legs straight out, raise your legs up to 90 degrees, then bring them back to the chest. Continue this motion 108 times. This movement gives power for your prana to be controlled by will.
- Lie down flat and put both hands over your Heart Center and relax. Then sit up and bring the forehead to the knees and relax back down on the back. 26 times.
- Lie down flat on the back in Savasana for a deep relaxation. If a gong is available, make this a gong meditation. Otherwise, play music that uplifts you. Relax for 8 minutes.
Try this Spotify playlist as a soundtrack: