The wellness quest is for attaining clarity, achieving balance, and greater internal harmony.
This meditation is very simple but very powerful if done properly. It coordinates both hemispheres of the brain, and gives you powerful insight. Here is one of my favorite meditations/ pranayams/ kriyas that comes from the Kundalini tradition. This kriya is good to do for general health and wellbeing. It is recommended to do this for at least 11 minutes and up to 30 minutes.
The longer you do it the better you will feel
Giaan Mudra Kriya
Sit in a comfortable seat with your hips higher than your knees. If you have a hard time sitting up straight, feel free to sit with a wall behind you for support or in a chair.
Bend your arms and place one palm inside of the other with both palms facing up.
Bring the tip of your thumb to the tip of your index finger on the same hand creating a lock between the two hands.
With this mudra, or seal, lift your palms up in front of the center of your chest while your elbows relax at your sides. Your hands and arms stay like this for the entire meditation.
This kriya has 4 breaths which make up one round. All breathing should be deep, complete and powerful.
Breath 1: Breathe in through the nose and out through the nose fully.
Breath 2: Breathe in through the mouth with pursed lips like your are whistling or drinking from a straw, and breath out through your mouth the same way. *It is important that your lips be in this shape as it activates specific marma points around the mouth.
Breath 3: Breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth with pursed lips.
Breath 4: Breathe in through the mouth with pursed lips and out through the nose
That is one round. Now you start back with Breath 1. If at anytime you feel uneasy, you can bring your breath back to normal and start again if you need to.
The breath carries our energy and where our energy goes is dictated by our mind. If we can learn to calm the breath, we can calm the mind and be more in control of our actions. You will get the most benefits from this breath if you create a routine. You can do it everyday at any time that works best for you or once a week. Again, the more you do it the calmer your nervous system will become and the more heart-centered you will feel.