Energization Exercises

Last Updated: November 1, 2017

Definition - What does Energization Exercises mean?

Energization exercises are a method of exercise that teaches an individual to control the flow of energy throughout the body. These exercises are based on the principle of drawing cosmic energy, or life force (prana), into the body by the power of will. This energy is drawn in through the medulla oblongata, the point on the back of the head where the skull joins the spinal column. Yogis consider this point to be the portal through which divine energy enters the body.

Energization exercises are a contribution to the science of yoga offered by Paramahansa Yogananda, an Indian yogi and guru. They include a series of muscle tensing and relaxing exercises, and also incorporate double breathing to oxygenate and detoxify the blood.

Yogapedia explains Energization Exercises

It is believed that when an individual can control their energy, they can also control their thoughts and direct that energy into the spiritual eye, which helps them achieve Self-realization.

The full circuit of the energization exercises includes 38 sets of exercises that take about 15-20 minutes to complete. Practicing these energization exercises increases the individual's energy, their awareness of its flow in the body, and their sense of self and well-being. It releases bodily tension and helps the practitioner prepare for meditation, enabling them to sit still longer and more comfortably.

Detoxifying and oxygenating the blood through double breathing is practiced throughout the energization exercises. Double breath is performed by inhaling strongly through the nose with a short, sharp inhalation followed directly by a long, strong inhalation that completely fills the lungs. Then, without pause or retention, exhale through the nose and mouth with a short exhalation, followed by a longer one. When this is performed properly, it should make the sound “huh, huhhhhhh" with the breath.

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