What is Sukshma Yoga and how to do it
As the name suggests, this practice of breathing is good for a mind
The Sanskrit word Sukshma means subtle or dormant, while Vyayama stands for physical exercise. The whole process of Sukshma Vyayama is a yogic practice that is practised to remove the energy blockages, purifying and boosting the body energy. In simpler terms, the Sukshma Vyayamas is all about loosening and strengthening practices that involve rhythmic and repetitive stretching movements.
In the yogic world, it is considered to be an extraordinary technique for relaxation as it helps in promoting both physical and mental calm. The mudras and exercises involved in sukshma vyayama are subtle, simple, and yet highly effective. Therefore the presence and effect of sukshma are mostly felt but not seen.
How to practice Sukshma Vyayama
This yogic practice is known to open the blocked energy channels, therefore balancing the flow of healing and positive energy through the body and increasing vitality.
Begin by sitting in a comfortable position with eyes open. Now with the use of your thumb and the index finger, pinch your eyebrows and area around the eye five to six times. Once done, roll your eyes about five to six times, first clockwise and then anti-clockwise.
Then, shut your eyes tight, almost like squeezing them, and then open them wide. Repeat this cycle for five to six minutes.
Move to the ears. Hold your ears in the middle and start pulling them and rotating them clockwise and anti-clockwise for 10-15 seconds. According to studies, doing so brings awakening to all the nerves that are situated in the lower part of the ear.
Now, move the index, middle, and ring finger from your jawline to the chin, as if massaging the cheeks. As you bring the fingers from jaw to cheeks, you will feel your mouth opening.
Now, open your mouth wide and then close it. Repeat this about 10 times. Then opening the moth, move the jaw in a side-to-side position for a few seconds.
Time for your neck! Make simple neck turns, first from left to right and then right to the left. Then, while breathing, intake your head back and breathing in back, touch the chin to the chest.
You can also do a rotation of the head in the clockwise direction. Remember to breathe in as you take the neck up and breathe out when you come back to the starting position.