This cleansing technique
draws its name from the words 'Agni' (Fire), Sar (Essence) and Kriya
(Action). Fire is the essential element of digestion and this cleansing
action stimulates this fire for the digestive system to work at
its optimum level.
In this, while standing
bend slightly forward from the waist while keeping the back straight.
Take support by resting your hands on your knees or just above so
that the back is not strained. Please make sure the arms are straight.
Now, breathe in deeply.
After this, exhale fully contracting the abdomen and lugs so that
all the air is expelled. While holding breath in this position,
contract or 'flap' your abdominal muscles in and out. Note that
this should be done rapidly while holding the exhaled position WITHOUT
inhaling. Do this as many times possible and then take a slow, deep
breath inside. This is one round of the practice.
Beginners may find
that they lose control of the abdominal muscles and are unable to
coordinate the flapping movement. These muscles must be slowly developed
over time. Therefore, in the beginning three such rounds, each of
10 flapping cycles are more than enough. This should gradually be
built up to 100 inward-outward flapping cycles in each round.
should ideally be done in the morning on an empty stomach but after
evacuating the bowels.
should not do?
People with High BP,
heart disease or internal ulcers of any kind should avoid this.
Also, people with hyperthyroidism or chronic diarrhea should avoid
Excellent for the health
of the abdominal organs and the digestive system. Works wonders
on a sluggish liver and kidneys. Removes several gastro-intestinal
complaints such as excessive gas, hyperacidity, indigestion etc.
Massages the abdominal organs. This is an excellent practice to
develop control over the sluggish abdominal muscles and diaphragm.