Nauli Kriya is the practice of contracting and isolating the rectus abdominal muscles. The root word “Nala” means the “navel string” that is rectus abdominal muscles. It also means tubular vessel.
Benefits of Nauli Kriya
Nauli massages and tones up entire abdominal area including
4. Reproductive organs
5. Urinary and
6. Excretory organs.
It generates heat in the body and stimulates
It helps to balance the adrenal component of the endocrine system.
This practice alleviates
Nauli stimulates and purifies manipura charka, the storehouse of prana. It helps to increase mental clarity and power by harmonizing the energy flows in the body.
Through the practice of nauli one can control one’s appetite, sensual desires, strength and will power. If this can be attained, the practitioner will definitely find deeper satisfaction within.
However, nauli can not be practiced by everyone. Those suffering from heart disease, hypertension, hernia, gastric or duodenal ulcers and other ailments or who are recovering from some internal injury or abdominal surgery, cannot do it. You must ask your physician or doctor before you even attempt to practice.
According to Hath Yoga Pradipika Nauli kriya is best of all kriyas because it gives the result of pranayama in very short time and the intensity is very high.
In Kundalini Yoga, Nauli Kriya has big role in uniting Prana and Apana.
How is Nauli Practiced
Nauli Kriya is incorporated in three parts.
1. DAKSHINA NAULO
2. VAMA NAULI
3. MADHYAMA NAULI
When the rectus abdominal muscles are rotated from left to right, it is called dakshina nauli.
When the rectus abdominal muscles are rotated from right to left, it is called vama nauli.
When the muscles are pulled together and the middle group of muscles protrude, it is called madhyama nauli
All Nauli Kriyas require breath control and control over organs inside intestine. There are fallowing five stages
Nauli in padmasan (Lotus Position). This nauli is hard to master, since it requires fallowing activities simultaneously
Sixth stage (Stand up nauli)