Few styles of yoga boast the same benefits of Kayakalpa, which translates to "
There are two techniques that Kayakalpa yogis use during breathing techniques and physical postures that make their practice unique: Aswini Mudra and Ojas Breath. They are meant to be used during the daily Kayakalpa routine of seven different
Aswini Mudra and Ojas Breath
The Aswini Mudra and Ojas Breath are pelvic floor techniques that help channel your vital life energy, which includes sexual energy, throughout your body for healing. This is thought to help with signs of aging and diseases. There has even been speculation that practicing these techniques can help with hormonal imbalances that cause conditions like Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, although the scientific jury is still out on that.
Kayakulpa practice should begin after the age of fourteen, which is when someone is considered physically mature enough to begin. You shouldn't try these techniques on a full stomach, preferably before you eat or four hours after. You should not try these techniques if you have had any recent surgeries around your groin, pelvis, or lower
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The Aswini Mudra is designed to help reverse the aging process that Kayakalpa yogis believe is brought about by the rotation of the earth pulling against our bodies. It is thought of as an exercise in "toning up the nerves" of the body. It can be practiced in sets of 10 to 20 reps throughout the day when you are exercising, meditating, or simply sitting and standing somewhere.
To practice the Aswini Mudra, contract your pelvic diaphragm muscles. To do this, squeeze the muscles that you would use to stop urinating. Squeeze them fully and then release them. Do this 10 to 20 times and then take a break for at least two to three hours.
To perform this breathing technique, start by squeezing your pelvic
When you are first beginning your Kayakulpa practice, you should do the exercises in the daily routine and practice an Ojas Breath during each one. After a week, you can do two Ojas Breaths during each exercise, but that is the maximum amount that is recommended.
Of the seven recommended daily exercises, there are three to be performed in the morning, one at
For the first morning exercise, stand tall with your feet shoulder-width and feet turned in towards each other. Place your hands on your hips. Here you can do one Ojas Breath as you reach your arms overhead.
For the second exercise, you sit
Women lie on the ground in a similar position with their feet planted and ankles crossed. They then place their hands together over their stomach in a prayer position and perform an Ojas Breath.
The fourth exercise, to be performed at lunchtime, is sitting cross-legged on the ground with the eyes closed and focusing on the breath. During this time you can practice an
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The fifth exercise, an evening exercise, is a shoulder stretch. Stand next to a wall and lean one shoulder against it. Raise that arm up against the wall as high as you can and lean into the wall, stretching your shoulder. Then, switch sides. As you stretch your arm, practice and Ojas Breath.
The sixth exercise is the same as the second exercise, but now it's done in the evening.
The seventh exercise, to be practiced when you get into bed, is Savasana, or Corpse pose. You lie on your back with your legs straight, feet turned out and palms facing up. Perform an Ojas Breath in this position.