Agnisar Kriya Steps, Health Benefits & Precautions
Agnisar Kriya is considered as an important step in the package of 7 pranayama after Anulom-Vilom, Bhastrika, Kapalbhati, Bahya, Bhramari and Udgeet that have been introduced by Swami Ramdev Maharaj. Agnisar Kriya is carried out as a part of breathing practices that regulate the Manipura chakra near your belly.
The name ‘Agnisar’ is derived from two Sanskrit words: Agni meaning “fire” and Sar meaning “to flush”. So the following pranayam implies purification of the fire chakra located near the naval region which flushes out the toxins and purifies the Manipura chakra. Similar to other pranayamas, Agnisar Kriya also helps in combating a number of diseases and maintains a healthy body with strong immune system.
Agnisar Kriya mainly affects the belly region and regulates the fire element in the body around the stomach and thus improves the process of digestion and relieves problems related to the stomach.
What Are The Steps To Follow?
The steps that need to be followed are:
- Sit in Padmasana and keep your hands on the knees. While sitting in the same position, close the eyes and concentrate on normal breathing.
- Exhale slowly and stop it outside. Exert slight pressure by keeping the hands straight on the knees and start expanding and contracting the stomach with an intent to touch the naval deep inside.
- Stay still in the same position and then inhale slowly. Take deep breaths and be stable.
- Contraction and expansion of the stomach should be done for at least 10 times. It can be done for 5 minutes initially and can be extended gradually upto 15 minutes.
What Are The Benefits?
There are a number of benefits that Agnisar Kriya offers that help regulate the immune system of our body in order to enjoy a healthy life. Have a look at the advantages of practicing Agnisar Kriya.
1. Strengthens Abdominal Muscles
Agnisar Kriya is a process of churning out the belly. This helps in strengthening the abdominal muscles which further helps in relieving the digestive disorders thus making it strong.
2. Cures Sleepiness
It helps one regulate the fire element and keeps the body energetic and warm all day. This helps in curing sleepiness.
3. Cures Lung Disorders
Agnisar Kriya helps relieve lung disorders as strong forceful inhalation and exhalation is involved. This empties the lungs of any coughs ensuring smooth breathing.
4. Decelerates Ageing Process
It plays a vital role in rejuvenating the organs and hinders the ageing process. This helps in retaining the youth.
5. Massages The Internal Organs
Agnisar is basically an activity where the abdominal and digestive muscles are being churned out and that helps in massaging the internal organs, mainly the belly.
6. Increases Blood Flow
Nauli kriya is the next level to Agnisar kriya that involves churning of belly muscles at a greater level which helps in increased blood flow in the body.
7. Cures Diabetes And Obesity
Since this practice tends to stimulate liver and pancreatic disorders, this helps in curing diabetes and obesity issues.
Patients suffering from ear, eyes or nose problems should avoid doing Agnisar Kriya. Also the ones who have undergone any stomach operations are not recommended to practice this.
Moreover, it is advised to continue the practice with the assistance of a yoga practitioner.