Sudarshan Kriya is an intense rhythmic breathing pattern that brings about social, emotional, mental, and physical well being. It is well known for its effectiveness in reducing stress.
Just like nature has its different cycles and rhythms, our emotions, mind, and bodies also have biological rhythms.
When they are in sync, we feel a sense of well being and harmony. When illness or stress disturbs these rhythms, we feel unhappy, upset, and discontent. The meaning of ‘su’ is proper, ‘darshan’ is vision, and ‘kriya’ is a ‘practice that is purifying’. The Sudarshan Kriya is hence a purifying practice.
Sudarshan Kriya steps
A typical session of a short Sudarshan Kriya should last around 45 minutes. Also, you can practice this at any time of the day, except soon after having your meals.
Ideally, you should leave a gap of at least two hours after eating your meals before attempting the Sudarshan Kriya.
Sudarshan Kriya benefits
Some of the Sudarshan Kriya physical health benefits are as follows:
Mental health benefits
It is now accepted, even in the West, that traditional practices like Pranayama and yoga improve mental health. Depression and anxiety have been found to worsen the progress of serious diseases like cardiovascular ailments, asthma, HIV, and cancer. Sudarshan Kriya and other breathing exercises are now known to provide excellent therapeutic benefits. The technique of breathing exercises are considered to have more advantages than other treatment options because there are no side effects, they are much cheaper, and they are easy to practice.
Some of the Sudarshan Kriya mental health benefits are as follows:
The psychological benefits of Sudarshan Kriya are such that it is considered equipotent with antianxiety drugs and antidepressants in dealing with patients with a serious depression. Sudarshan Kriya also plays a major role in bringing about a healthy lifestyle. It has also been found that Sudarshan Kriya improves the overall quality of life. Individuals who practiced it experienced better adjustment in home, occupational, social and personal aspects.
Some of the Sudarshan Kriya psychological benefits are as follows:
The Sudarshan Kriya Spiritual benefits are as follows:
Improved interpersonal relations with Sudarshan Kriya
In Sudarshan Kriya, the rhythmic breathing pattern helps harmonize the rhythms of the emotions and body and syncs them with nature’s rhythm. The breath connects the mind and body. Just as our patterns of breathing are affected by our emotions, we can change our behavioral and mental patterns by changing the rhythm of our breathing. It eliminates worry, anxiety, and anger and leaves the mind energized and relaxed. Some of the ways in which improved interpersonal relations with Sudarshan Kriya are brought about are
Sudarshan Kriya: Side effects
There are no known Sudarshan Kriya side effects, and this is one of the advantages of practicing this technique. This technique, patented by the Art of Living foundation, has been scientifically scrutinized. Moreover, the effectiveness of what is practiced and taught has been assessed and documented independently. The conclusion is that the Sudarshan Kriya brings about biologically beneficial changes to the body without any side effects. However, it is recommended that you consult a yoga practitioner before you begin any new practice or routine.