Kundalini Yoga for the Kidneys
The kidneys are part of the of the Genitourinary System which consists of the bladder, uterus, urethra, ovaries, prostate and testes. The kidneys act as a ﬁlter by removing toxins and excess water from the body, which in turn produces urine. Overall, the kidneys balance the water in the body, stimulate red blood cell production and regulate blood pressure. Each person has two kidneys and they sit in the lower back just above the waist line. The right kidney hangs a little lower than the left one due to the liver. The adrenals sit above each kidney.
Severe physical issues with the kidneys can manifest as kidney stones, kidney infection, kidney disease, urinary tract infection, etc. If you suspect you have one of these issues, please contact a doctor immediately!
In Chinese Medicine, the main function of the kidneys are to produce and store “Jing,” or “Ojos” as Yogi Bhajan called it. Ojos is the essence of life and it is believed that once production of Ojos decreases, one ages. Stress, overindulgence of sex and drugs can all lead to decreasing production of Ojos.
From a yoga perspective, the kidneys have to do with the second chakra, which deals with connection with others and emotion. The element associated with the kidneys is water.
On an emotional level, the kidneys have to do with issues around your original self and the roots of your self. The emotional issues around the kidneys can include: fear, traumatic memories around fear, phobias, sexuality, existentialism and indecision. Particularly, the right kidney has to do with childhood fear and the left kidney has to do with issues around the inability to accept the life you were born with. It is important when approaching any yoga set or meditation for the kidneys, that you work on connecting with the underlying emotional issues.
For optimal kidney health, drink plenty of water throughout the day! Other great foods for the kidneys include watermelon, cucumbers juice and celery juice. There is a great juice recipe for the kidneys in Dharma Singh Khalsa’s, Food as Medicine.
Kundalini Yoga is an excellent tool for working with the kidneys and emotional issues around them, here are a few great yoga sets:
Kriya for the Kidneys
This kriya was practiced with a few mantras that were played during certain asanas:
Toning the Kidneys
This kriya was taught with the gong and then with a meditation with the mantra, “Ek Ong Kar Sat Gurprasad”. Here are a few that you can use for your practice:
Relieve, Relax and Recharge
Here is a great meditation that works the kidneys and adrenals in Sadhana Guidelines.