I am just about finished doing a 40-day kriya.(So this blog will begin in the present tense and end in the past.) The particular kriya was one I had selected to teach in a class. Having done so, I kind of polled the students and got positive responses from all of them. I looked it over again and did it the next morning for my own sadhana. It clicked immediately then. By that I mean the breathing (5 different pranayam factors) were all powerful. The postures were balanced, two easy and two challenging (there were only four different postures. But I guess I was most interested, fascinated and drawn in by Yogi Bhajan’s specific assessment of procedures and results.
The specific kriya, by the way is “Taking Our Soul to Infinity” taught by Yogiji on April 2, 1997. I found it in the “Praana, Praanee, Praanayam” book (page 144-- a good number, for me anyway--the square of 12 and the numerologically rich total of nine ) by Harijot Kaur. The book, by the way, is excellent and I have found it to be a rich resource for both classes and personal practice.
I will leave you to investigate for yourselves the complete kriya. Suffice it for me to say that I had never heard him say, “maximum saliva can concentrate with your breath and go into your lungs to enrich you.” He was referring to the first pranayam inhaling through the mouth with the teeth locked together and exhaling through the nose. Force is applied on both the inhale and the exhale. This is in the first part of the kriya and I trust you will be amazed or at least in wonderment at what he contends for this part--your blood will ”increase the magnitude of its genetic cells a hundred thousand times.” I’m not a scientist, genetic or otherwise but I can testify that the breath is powerful and became more so as the days progressed into weeks and finally to my present 37th or 38th day.
For example, this first part also requires that you keep your eyes open for a full 11 minutes or, by blinking, even once, “That will delete the health benefits that this kriya is designed to give you.” Luckily for me, there is a Tratakam picture of the Siri Singh Sahib in the back of our Sadhana Room, not at close range but visible so I was easily able to maintain that connection with my teacher, as a vision on all but three or four occasions.
I loved the second and third parts which gave me an accurate assessment of my arc line and my ability to whistle Ardaas Bhaee while poking my thumbs (however gently) in the area of my Third Eye!
Total time for the kriya is 29 minutes, manageable, if slightly challenging and very rewarding. I found that I looked forward to it all the days never dragging myself to my sheepskin with resentment but rather with determination. It worked because I worked. It worked because the SSS assessed correctly how I would feel as I took a final few breaths in the last part. I was uplifted. Each day I meditated upon his words, “As it is the will of God, so be it.”
“It is not a mystery.” he said. “It is not a miracle. It is a reality.” The reality of Kundalini Yoga, discovered and practiced to become dominant of the spirit over the body. Amen! Master.