Work It Out
Photography by: Julie Toy
Kundalini involves doing repetitive movements while focusing on a sacred mantra or the sound of your breath. this stimulates the nervous system, filling you with “prana” or life force. Kundalini Torso Twist. Try this technique from Gurmukh, co-founder and director of Golden Bridge Yoga in Los Angeles. 1. Sit tall in a comfortable cross-legged position, fingers spread and resting on your shoulders. Keep elbows in line with your shoulders and your belly drawn in. close your eyes. 2. As you inhale through your nose, let your belly extend and twist your torso from your waist to the left, keeping your hips still and allowing your shoulders and head to follow your trunk. then exhale through your nose, pull your navel back toward your spine and twist to the right. 3. Repeat this twisting motion for 1 minute without stopping, eventually working up to 3 minutes. Let your breath guide you into each side of the twist. 4. When you’ve completed your minute (or longer), slow the movement gradually until you come to a complete stop, then lower your hands to your shins and take 3 deep breaths to get centered and bring yourself into a revitalized state.