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Sudarshan Kriya – the Breath of Vitality, Immunity & Peace

Posted by on Mar 1, 2013

"Faith is realizing that you always get what you need." Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

“Faith is realizing that you always get what you need.” Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

“Love is not an emotion. It is your very existence.” Sri Sri Ravi Shankar


Sri Ravi Shankar teaches a beautiful breathing exercise, called a Kriya, which has been known to improve health, increase vitality, and bring one closer to bliss. As he says, “we must tune our instrument of life.” A kriya is a yogic term coming from the Sanskrit word kri, meaning an action or effort, or karma. Some schools of yoga describe the actions coming from an awakened kundalini, or pranic energy that rises from the coccyx to the pineal gland, the center of the brain, as the only true karma. All else is called akarma, as in not karma, or not true action. Since all action or effort, especially thought, comes from the breathe interacting with Soul, there is no other action.

In other words, this dance of breath, prana karma, and Soul, atma karma, existed before the body, exists in the body now and will continue after the body, even when we no longer have flesh.

This is described in the Bhagavad Gita (10, 20) when Krishna speaks to Arjuna saying, “I am the Super Soul, O Arjuna, seated in the hearts of all living entities. I am the beginning, the middle and the end of all beings.”

Aham atma Gudakesha

Sarva bhutasya sthitah

Aham adischa madhyamcha

Bhutamam anta eva cha


About the Author

Christina Sarich is a musician, yogi, humanitarian and freelance writer who channels many hours of studying Lao TzuParamahansa YoganandaRob Brezny,  Miles Davis, and Tom Robbins into interesting tidbits to help you Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World.

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