This Kundalini* yoga exercise helps you when you feel tired and lethargic. It supports your immune system.
This exercise has a balancing effect on your circulation. This dynamic preventative exercise massages your internal organs and stimulates your digestive system. Thanks to the close connection between our digestive system and immune system, this exercise has a positive effect on both systems. With this exercise, you also strengthen your back and improve the mobility of your spine. The spine protects our main energy channel with all its nerve cords. The rhythmical movement of the spine improves blood-flow to the brain, so that your thoughts can flow more freely, creating space for new ideas. The thunderbolt pose gives you a stable foundation and grounds you in your everyday life.
Sit on your heels and erect your spine in a straight position, starting at the pelvis and moving upward. If necessary, place a blanket or cushion under your buttocks. Interlock your fingers behind your neck. Keep your elbows pointing straight ahead with your upper arms parallel to the ground. Start by inhaling deeply and then lean your torso forward while gently exhaling. If possible, slowly touch your forehead to the floor. As you inhale, slowly sit back up into an upright position. Try and keep your spine straight throughout the exercise. If you wish, you can close your eyes during this exercise and focus on the point between your eyebrows. Continue the exercise for 1 to 3 minutes. Keep breathing deeply through your nose. When you finish the exercise, take a few deep breaths and relax.
* Kundalini yoga is a type of yoga that is very dynamic in practice and combines physical movement with intense breathing exercises. In Kundalini yoga, the practised exercises often stimulate certain regions of the body that affect specific organ functions. The meditative aspect of many of the exercises increases physical awareness, improves the practitioner’s ability to concentrate and provides deep relaxation.