Originally taught by Yogi Bhajan on April 7, 1993
“Awakening the Law of Intelligence in the Original Self: If you are in a demanding situation where you have to come up with a solution, control your breath by inhaling 20 seconds, holding 20 seconds, and exhaling 20 seconds. The answer you need will come to you…I want to give you that depth and that strength which is yours…the original you.” –Yogi Bhajan
- Posture: Sit in easy pose.
Mudra: Interlace your fingers and turn the mudra so that the palms face outward. This is called reverse elbow lock. Extend your arms straight out in front of you with no bend in the elbows. Stay steady and do not raise or lower your arms once you are in position.
Eye Focus: The eyes are focused at the tip of the nose.
Breath: Try to breathe only one breach per minute. lnhale for 20 seconds, hold for 20 seconds and exhale for 20 seconds. Continue this long, slow, deep breath for 3 minutes. If you have problems with your stomach and digestion, your elbows may hurt or be uncomfortable in this exercise.
- Remain in position with the eyes focused at the tip on the nose. Continuously inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth with the force of cannon fire. Continue for 3 minutes. How much you can heal yourself now will be in direct proportion to the strength of your breath.
- Remain in position. Inhale, hold your breath and pump your navel. When you can no longer hold your breath, exhale. Immediately inhale and again pump your navel. Continue at your own breath rhythm, pumping your navel as vigorously as you can. Continue for 3 minutes.
To finish: Inhale, hold the breath 15 seconds, stretch your arms out as far as possible, putting pressure on your joined fingers. Exhale through the mouth like cannon fire. Repeat this sequence two more times.
To fully circulate the energy you have created, extend your Jupiter finger straight up and lock down the other three fingers with your thumb. Circle your forearms in outward circles as fast as possible. This movement has to be so vigorous that the entire spine moves. Continue for 2 ½ minutes. Inhale and relax.
If this set is practiced for 120 days you’ll gain great vitality, personal excellence, and a new concept of what you are. It works on the celestial concept of the third layer of the human mind.
“If you are in any difficulty, control your breath, answer will come to you. Immediately! This is the law of intelligence. It is an awakening concept which you will have first on the spot, no reservation. It’s not a miracle that you belong and this and this, I am not selling you anything. I am telling you. I am not selling you, I am telling you, you have that capacity to donate your own intelligence to yourself, in the case of need, by just controlling the breath. One breath a minute. Try it anytime!” —Yogi Bhajan Note: If you have problems with your stomach and digestion, then during this exercise your elbows might hurt or be uncomfortable.
This kriya can also be found in the manual, Self-Knowledge, available through KRI.
Watch the lecture where Yogi Bhajan shared this kriya: