Nihal Singh is an IKYTA Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Teacher, Craniosacral Therapy Practitioner, Reiki Master/ Teacher, Sat Nam Rasayan and Celtic Shamanic Healer. He specializes in emotional consciousness, personal development and inner body awareness. Nihal is also a writer for Spirit Voyage’s blog, a career consultant and corporate trainer. He resides in Philadelphia, PA.

8 responses to “How to Pick a Kriya in Kundalini Yoga”

  1. Nihal Singh

    Thanks for your kind words Priscilla! Out of all the kriyas, there isn’t one I can immediately think about that would be good for aches and pains from working out. More of the kriyas I know are more for a specific energetic affect. Although you should look into Yin Yoga for what you are asking for. It is an amazing restorative practice and helps stretch the muscles. Feel free to research on your own. In the meantime, you can also check out this Yin Yoga book: http://www.spiritvoyage.com/yoga/Yin-Yoga/BKS-009361.aspx

  2. Priscilla Estes

    As usual, an excellent, clear, helpful and well-written article. Thanks for the book suggestions; I ordered a couple. I’m cross-training right now with Pilates and so-called Boot Camp and needed some yoga inspiration, since I am dividing up my exercise time and don’t have as much time (or energy) for yoga. Any suggestions for kriyas for muscle aches and pains?

  3. Nicole

    Thank you, Nihal!

  4. Nihal

    Sat Nam Nicole,

    I would suggest starting with a DVD class because it would give you more exposure to Kundalini Yoga and also you are lead by a qualified teacher. The books are good too. Shakta Kaur’s Kundalini is a good book to start out with. Some of what people may hear about kundalini energy can be more of an urban myth as kundalini yoga as a practice is just becoming more aware of your body and consciousness so that you can heal. Building and extending your nervous system with yoga can be a good practice and can help. Here are 2 good DVDs you can look into:

    http://www.spiritvoyage.com/yoga/Kundalini-Yoga–Healthy-Body-Fearless-Spirit/Gurmukh/DVD-002463.aspx

    http://www.spiritvoyage.com/yoga/Kundalini-Yoga-for-the-Immune-System-DVD/GuruTej-Kaur/DVD-002347.aspx

    Let me know if you need anything else or have any other questions!

  5. Nicole

    Hello. I am new to kundalini yoga, although I have done some hatha yoga practice in the past, as well as fairly extensive Sanksrit mantra practice. I am interested in kundalini yoga for chronic illness. I have been struggling with moderate to severe adrenal fatigue and complex post-traumatic stress disorder for some years now. I have moderate to severe exhaustion, weakness, muscle and joint stiffness, muscle wasting and atrophy, occasional severe insomnia, cardiac stress (weakness, palpitations, and occasional hollow chest pain), hormonal deficiencies (mainly estrogen and DHEA) and dysregulation, and a fragile/sensitive nervous system. I am working with a talented energy healer to heal my energy system, but my physical body is currently demanding attention. Where do I start with physical asanas (you call them kriyas, right?)? I’m not even familiar any books on kundalini yoga. I’m very physically compromised, and so need gentle restorative, stabilizing, and strength-building exercises; nothing strong or destabilizing, and nothing that will awaken massive amounts of kundalini quickly. Thank you.

  6. Roop

    Thank you so much for the in-depth reply! I really appreciate it. Yes you are right, the surgery went well, but since the recurrence rate of this type of cancer is rather high. I keep thinking about it day and night and it really scares me, makes me negative and drains all my energy. And all this affects my daily life. I cant concentrate at work, I get overwhelmed by all the work load and then I start feeling I might lose my job and the whole negativity ball starts rolling.
    I have none of the books you mentioned above but I will buy them online. I have previously tried to find kundalini books/cds here in Norway but never found anything. I will try doing the kriyas you mentioned above, hopefully I will find some peace of mind and my every day life will be more positive and prosperous.
    I really wish there was a kundalini institute in Norway :)
    Thank you very much once again!!! :)

  7. Nihal Singh

    Sat Nam Roop,

    I am so sorry to hear about your condition there. I will definitely send some healing prayers your way. So it sounds like you had the surgery and that is ok, you are just dealing with some emotional, energetic fall-out as a result? You may still need to connect to what the root cause of the issue was and that is why you may be experiencing what you are. For most, the liver has a lot to do with anger, emotional chaos, power, 3rd chakra, etc. In Chinese medicine, the liver is the highest organ to God. To answer your question about the liver, there is a great kriya for the liver called, “Let the Liver Live” and you can find it Owner’s Manual for the Human Body or Sakta Kaur Khalsa’s Kundalini Yoga. I feel that is one of the best liver kriyas. Try it, but be honest with yourself if you cannot physically do it.

    I had to sit with your meditation question there. There is a meditation in the Prana, Pranee, Pranayam manual on pg. 156 called, “Two-Stroke Breath to Connect the Subconscious and Intuition.” Let me know if you do not have that book. It helps make you free from the attack of the subconscious or at least allows you to escape it through transcending. You always want to have strong intuition at the moment of subconscious suggestion, that is our only defense. I would try to practice this meditation with the intent to connect with the root cause and try to integrate. This meditation may at least put you in a strong place where you can be the observer and then bring it to consciousness. You want to do it until you are in a better place with it which may take you well over the usually recommended 40, 90 and 120+ days.

    I would also highly suggest that you seek out some energy work from a Sat Nam Rasayan or Reiki practitioner or Acupuncturist in addition to your practice.

    I hope that helps! Please feel free to email me if you need anything else or have any additional questions!

  8. Roop

    Hi there!
    Im pretty new to kundalini yoga and need some help. I am 29 year old female, born in India, living in Norway. Been healthy all my life, no history of any serious diseases in the family either. Always been conscious about my diet and work out. Recently finished my medical studies and started working as an inter-doctor at a hospital. A month later I was diagnosed with liver cancer (HCC). It all came as a shock, and my life was completely changed. I was told that the tumor has been growing over few years and is very big in size, it would be hard to operate because of the location and If they didn’t operate there would be 75% chances that I will live for another 2 year, and if they do operate they were not sure if would survive the surgery. I was a very tough decission, but I was keeping positive and strong, praying a lot. My whole family and every one I ever knew prayed for my wellbeing. I have never been a very strong person but I felt like a higher power protecting me, giving me strength.
    Now its been 5 months since my surgery. I have had 2 clear MRIs now. I have been extremely positive and strong during all those months. My whole family and all my friends are surprised how positive and mentally strong I have been. But now when things seem to going ok, I have started feel scared and negative. I have had sleepless nights and when I do sleep I have terrible nightmares, where I find myself waking up in middle of the night and I do not know here I am or who I am. Its a terrible feeling, its hard to explain how it feels. I started working 50% 3 months after the surgery because I didnt want to be home alone thinking about all that had happened and go into a depression. But it seems like I am doing that now. And I feel like I have no reason to do that now, since God has been so kind to me so far. If I even feel a little pain in my stomach or anywhereelse I get hysterical. I do still have physical complaints but according to my surgeon they will reduce with time. When am at work, I find it hard to concentrate, it gets very stressful because I have been away from work for a while because all this and I feel I have lost confidence and faith in myself.
    I dont really know if you can help me, but if you could that would mean a lot to me. Suggest me some yoga kriyas/mantras for my psychological wellbeing and something for my liver.
    Thank you so much! :)

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