Taught on June 14,1971
If digestion is slow and imbalanced, disease rejoices. Most colds and influenza come from an energy imbalance that begins in the digestive track. To stimulate good digestion and improve concentration, the Navel Point must be stimulated and the energy distributed through the two main naadis that pass on either side of the Navel Point. All the facets of this kriya do this.
1. Lie on the stomach and make both hands into fists. Place the fists beneath the pelvis, just inside the hip bones at the top of the thighs. Lift the legs as high as possible with knees straight. Place the chin on the ground and begin breathing long, deep, and slow. Continue for 3 minutes.
2. Sit on the heels. Place the fingertips of both hands on the Navel Point and press in. Lean forward and place the head on the ground; begin Breath of Fire. Continue for 3 minutes. Inhale and exhale completely applying Mool Bandh. Relax.
3. Remain in the position from Exercise 2 and begin long, deep breathing. Inhale through the nostrils long and slow and then exhale with a Snake Breath, through the teeth with the tongue pressed against them to make a hissing noise. While exhaling, press in on the Navel Point with the fingertips and apply Mool Bandh. Continue 3 to 5 minutes and then begin long, deep, slow breathing through the nose for 3 minutes. This exercise can be slowly extended to 31 minutes of long, deep, and slow breathing.
4. Sit on the heels and lock the hands over the head for Sat Kriya. Interlace the fingers with the index fingers straight up and thumbs crossed. Begin to chant Sat Naam emphatically, in a constant rhythm of about eight times per ten seconds. Chant the sound Sat from the Navel Point and solar plexus and pull the umbilicus all the way in toward the spine. On Naam, relax the belly. Continue Sat Kriya for 3 minutes. Then inhale, exhale, and apply Mool Bandh. Meditate. This exercise can be extended to 5 minutes.
© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan
This Pranayam can be found in the manual called KRIYA