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After having studied ‘the being’ for more than a decade, Yogi Ashwini formulated the Sanatan Kriya, an assimilation of the eight limbs of Ashtang Yog as given in Patanjali Yog Sutras, without any dilutions and modifications. Sanatan Kriya offers an easy way to the modern, busy man to get himself into a state of balance - physical, emotional, financial and mental. Through regular practice one is able to access and control their pranic layers (the aura) to bring about any desired change in the physical from.Gradual and regular practice of the Kriya opens the doors to subtler dimensions bestowing the practitioner with amazing experiences in both physical as well as energy world and carve the way for spiritual evolution.

Close your eyes, paying reverance to your Guru and Lord Ganesh, embark on the ultimate journey of spirit with Sanatan Kriya.

Step 1: Ujjai Pranayam

Ujjai is a simple yet powerful pranayam to purify the body and introduce a state of balance.
Sit in vajra asana or any comfortable posture. Take your awareness to the breath at the tip of nostrils. As you inhale, expand your stomach like a balloon, while exhaling contract it. Keep your shoulders and chest relaxed, focussing on abdominal breathing. Introduce a slight hissing sound from the pit of the throat while inhaling and exhaling by slight constriction of the throat. Gradually, make your breath slower and deeper.

vajrasan neck rotation sholder roation wrist rotation hip rotation knee rotation ankle rotation taad asan
Step 2: Rotations

Your body is the vehicle to your soul. For intense practices, it is important to understand your body and to strengthen it. The basic joint rotations ensure health and longevity of the body by removing the spent prana that gets accumulated at your joints and ensuring free flow of energy in the body.

There are six joint rotations starting from the neck, moving downwards to the shoulders, wrists , hip joint, knees and finally ankles.

  • Each joint needs to be rotated seven times in one direction and seven times in reverse direction.
  • All rotations are to be performed without straining any part of the body.
  • Coordinate your rotations with Ujjai breath, inhaling in half circle and exhaling in the other half.
  • Keep your eyes closed throughout the rotations, maintaining internal awareness of the joint being rotated.
  • Finally, perform the Taad Asana. Stand straight; going on your toes, making sure that your body weight is evenly distributed on both your feet. Once you are evenly balanced raise both your arms with palms facing the sky. Hold the posture while breathing in Ujjai.

Step 3: Chakra Santulan Pranayam

Chakras are the energy centres that work like exhaust fans, pulling in fresh prana and throwing out spent prana. Each chakra is responsible for specific needs of the body, like food, clothing, power, sex etc as well as controls certain organ systems. Chakra Santulan Pranayam helps redistributing the prana among the seven major chakras making for a complete balance.

Close your eyes and sit in vajra asana. With your palms facing inwards, as you inhale, take your arms upwards stopping momentarily at each of the chakral points - Mooladhar, Swadishthan, Manipoorak, Anahad, Visshuddhi, Agya and Sahastrar. Hold your breath as you reach the Sahastrar chakra and imagine a limitless source of energy. Draw this energy and exhaling bring your arms back once again stopping at each chakra. Be aware of the internal chant of the mantra 'so' as you go up and 'hum' as you come down. Repeat 7 times.

Maintain internal awareness of the chakras as well as your palm centers. Synchronise your arms movement with the Yogic/ Ujjai breath. Initially the hand movement may be fast but as your lung capacity increases, the movement will get slow and steady.

mooladhar swadhistan manipoorak anahad vishuddhi agya sahastrar chakra

Step 4: Paanch Maha Prana Dhyan
The Paanch Maha Prana are the etheric forces, which combine together in a human form to provide basic life force to a human body.

    Sit in Sidhha asana or any comfortable position. Now take your awareness to the following regions in your body,
  1. Prana Vayu. Touch the tip of middle two fingers with the tip of your thumb and feel an upward rising force in the region between the diaphragm and the shoulders.
  2. Apaana Vayu. Touch the tip of last two fingers with the tip of your thumb and take your awareness to the downward moving force from the navel towards the knees.
  3. Samaan Vayu. The balancing force between the Prana Vayu and Apaan Vayu. Touch the tip of first two fingers to the tip of your thumb and take your awareness to the outwards and sideways moving force in the region between the diaphragm and the navel.
  4. Udaan Vayu. Touch the first three fingers to the tip of your thumb. Udaan Vayu is the upwards rising force from the pit of your throat towards your head.
  5. Vayaan Vayu. This is the all-pervading reserve force. Touch all your fingers to the tip of your thumb as you become aware of this force surrounding your body as a hollow shell.
pran apaan samaan udaan vayaan vayu

Step 5: Dhyan with the Guru

After fininshing the panch maha prana dhyan, keep your hands in bhairav/ bhairavi mudra. Be aware of a whitish pink lotus at the centre of your chest cavity, connect with the energy of your Guru and gently drop all awareness. Let go.

Whenever you feel like, come back and open your eyes looking first at the center of your palms.

Step 6: Charity and Service

Charity and service are an inherent part of the Sanatan Kriya as prescribed in Patanjali Ashtang Yog under the yamas and niyamas. In the words of Yogi Ashwini, 'only that being can step on the path of sadhna who is willing to help others. Give whatever, to whoever, but give.' Practitioners of Sanatan Kriya at Dhyan Foundation are engaged in a host of charities which are incorporate in as a niyam in their daily routine

Note: It is recommended that the Kriya be learnt and practised under strict supervision of an expert.

You may learn and practice the Sanatan Kriya at any of the Dhyan Foundation centers. You may also read the book 'Sanatan Kriya: Essence of Yoga' which comes with a do-it-yourself audio cd of the kriya.

Share your experiences, doubts and queries regarding Sanatan Kriya at dhyan@dhyanfoundation.com.

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