Although I’m not able to perform the Nauli Kriya, I am truly fascinated by this and hope I’ll be able to share some of the things I’ve learnt while reading up about it.
What is Nauli Kriya?
- It is one of the 6 cleansing methods used and this particular cleansing technique focuses on the abdominal massage and purification.
How is Nauli Kriya performed?
- In order to attempt performing Nauli Kriya, it would be good to first master Uddiyana Bandha which is the upward abdominal lock.
- Nauli requires the ability to isolate the rectus abdominis in the abdomen which are a paired muscle running vertically on the anterior wall of the abdomen.
- Stand with feet apart, bent forward and hands on thighs.
- Take a deep breath and blow one’s breath out (like blowing a balloon)
- Tuck the chin in for jalandhara bandha (throat lock)
- Contract the abdomen region inwards and upwards where there would be a ‘suction’ feeling
- Attempt to isolate the rectus abdominis muscle and create a churning action which would require some time to master it. It may take weeks or even months so don’t be disheartened if it doesn’t happen straightaway!
- Types of Nauli:
- Vama – isolated contraction of left side
- Daksina – isolated contraction of right side
- Madhyana – isolated contraction of both sides
Benefits of Nauli Kriya
- Massages of the internal organs (ie. Stomach, spleen, liver, large and small intestines)
- Relieves constipation
- Strengthens the abdominal muscles
Contraindications of Nauli Kriya
- Should not be performed by people with hypertension, hernias, stomach ulcers or any other gastrointestinal issues
- Do not practice during menstruation or pregnancy
When should one perform Nauli Kriya and how often can it be practiced?
- It is ideally done on an empty stomach, especially in the early morning
- Can be repeated about 5-6 times iin a 24 hour period
- It should not be overdone as it can cause problems such as indigestion and loose bowels.
Looking forward to being able to do the Nauli Kriya one day 🙂
Linda Lim (YTTC200 – January 2018)