The Culture of asking ‘How are you?’ without really wanting to know – 18 Jul 13

Yesterday I wrote about some typical characteristics of Americans and Germans and what happens when people of both countries meet. When writing about the fact that Americans ask the question ‘How are you?’ quite often and a lot of people, I tried not to point out one thing which was then mentioned in a reader’s comment on my entry. My reader kindly informed me that nobody actually cares how I was.

I asked whether the supermarket employee really wants to know about the mosquito that kept me up all night due to which I am not tired and in a bad mood. The answer is: nobody wants to know about that mosquito! Even if you just failed your final exams, tripped on the way to the stage to accept an important award or broke both your legs, when someone asks you ‘How are you?’ while you are passing by, you are supposed to say ‘Fine!’, ‘Good’ or – the worst option – ‘Okay’.

So why, oh, why do you even ask me in the first place?

I honestly have experienced myself when I was in America. I love the way how jolly and happy every day’s life seems there. People are happy in the stores, they smile and greet, you greet back, they ask how you are and you can answer and ask them back. You feel as though everyone should dance through the streets because we are all connected, all a big, happy family and love each other. You feel just wonderful!

Until the moment you notice that the lady who just opened the door for you and so nicely smiled and asked you how you were is already looking at the next customer coming in, smiling in the same way and asking the same question, not paying attention to the answer. Hey, I was just coming up with a witty reply, a joke about how I was and whether you didn’t feel the same on this lovely day! But you don’t even want to know! How are we supposed to get into a conversation in this way, let alone get to know each other better, build a connection and become life-long friends? Your welcoming smile looked as though it was a possibility – the fact that you ignored me the next second told me the opposite.

No, don’t worry, I got over the shock and recovered well from it. I learned with time that it is used just like a greeting, an extension of the ‘Hello’ or ‘Good morning’. It is not meant that way. I have experienced this in America not only with this one sentence but very often with a display of fake feelings, which was not easy for a person like me. It shows however how fake this world can be. Does nobody really care? You greet with this phrase, obviously pretending to care, faking interest and not even noticing it anymore!

In that case, I would ask you to please not even ask me anymore. That is something that not only Americans should think of: if your smile is fake, it won’t make my world any brighter. Go deeper than that. If you ask, wait for the answer and acknowledge it in some way! If you don’t want to know, don’t ask. It would just disappoint me. I prefer real feelings.

While getting rid of this habit of greeting with such a question, please take care of one thing though: don’t throw away your positive attitude along with it. That is something that I have found in many people there and which I believe is a beautiful thing. So bring that feeling of happiness, positivity and love to a deeper level – and give people a real smile!

‘Wrong Number, Honey!’ – When American and German Cultures clash – 17 Jul 13

When we were in Germany we met with a friend and his girlfriend who had just moved to Germany from America. She had been in Germany for a while but now, as she was starting to live there permanently, she noticed a whole lot of cultural differences and there was one story which really made us laugh. Sometimes it seems as though two cultures are just not compatible.

Our American friend was going by train from one town to another within Germany. The ticket checker went through the rows and finally also came to her. She held out her ticket and, just as she would have done in the US, asked ‘Hi, how are you?’ The ticket checker took her ticket, had a quick look at it, handed it back and left with a grumbled ‘That’s none of your business!’

That was such a nice and clear display of two cultures clashing! If I am allowed to generalize a bit, Americans have a habit of greeting each and everybody around them and asking how they are. When we were in the US ourselves, we also noticed this. You go to the supermarket, walk down the aisle and the man who is actually busy in filling up the shelves says ‘Good morning, how are you?’ You don’t know him, you have never met him, why would you tell him that a mosquito had kept you awake all night and you feel like you could lie down right there and sleep for a while?

Ramona, also German, was quite surprised when once she dialed a number and someone picked up whose voice she didn’t recognize. She asked whether the lady was there whom she wanted to talk to and the woman on the other side replied ‘Wrong number, honey!’ In Ramona’s eyes that was a way too intimate term for someone to use who happens to have a number similar to a friend you actually wanted to call.

So while it may be always funny for a German to hear the question ‘How are you?’ from someone they don’t know, it may always be strange for an American to get such a reserved answer. They may even feel insulted. After all, they were only being nice. From a German point of view, it can be perceived as superficial.

This results however in Americans regarding Germans as introverted, reserved and maybe even unfriendly. You walk through the streets of Germany, happy and jolly. You try to get a look into other people’s eyes to exchange a smile. The reaction is minimal! People look past you or on the floor. When someone accidentally looks at you, he or she is surprised about your smile, wondering about your reasons for this unusual behavior.

Both descriptions are stereotypes of course. Not every American straight away flings his arms around a stranger’s neck and not every German is a sulky grump who doesn’t talk to strangers at all. Nevertheless there is a grain of truth in it that these basic characteristics can be found in those two countries.

As long as it leads to funny situations like the one of our friend’s, it will again and again make people reflect upon their behavior. And that, I believe, is always a good thing!

Waiting for Death – Torture of Death Penalty a Human Rights Violation – 23 Sep 11

Some time ago I wrote about the inhumane situation of prisoners on death row in India. They are sentenced to death, apply for clemency and again and again have another trial or simply have to wait for a decision or finally the execution. They are for years waiting for someone to kill them. Recently this was an issue in the Indian newspapers and yesterday I got to know that the same issue exists in the USA, too. This is what makes the death penalty torture.

Two days ago, on 21st September 2011, Troy Davis was executed in a jail in America after his death sentence in August 1991. I had never heard about this man until I read the news of his execution and the uproar of voices of human rights activists that followed his death. I read that there had been legal processes, pleads for reconsideration and much more going on ever since his conviction. The case gained more popularity and famous people such as former President Jimmy Carter called for clemency, wrote public letters and tried to take influence so that this man may not have to die. Three times his execution was scheduled and only now, in 2011, 20 years after his first trial, he was brought to death while protesters had been in front of the jail and in other places of the country, pleading his innocence.

While getting to know more about this case, I also read about another case, when Romell Broom was supposed to be put to death by a lethal injection in 2009. The executors tried to find a proper vein for two hours and in the end gave up. The execution was stayed by court. Can you imagine this man’s situation?

See what the world is doing! In the US, a civilized country, in modern civilization, a country that is thought of as one of the most powerful countries of the world, which fights for human rights everywhere, there are people who try, with full approval of the highest courts of the country, to kill another person and don’t manage to. This person was aware that he would die but obviously did not think it would take two hours of psychological torture only to be told that he would not die today! This is similar to the methods of torture that the USA themselves condemn in other countries and during war. This is similar to the method of waterboarding that was used in Guantanamo Bay to make prisoners believe they would drown just to get information from them. There is just a difference: this man had no confession to make that could have saved him!

Now I know it is not only India that has this problem with the death penalty. I wrote before that if you have such a law in your constitution that allows you to kill a person, do it and don’t keep them waiting for it for years. I am against the death penalty but if you anyway are determined to kill a person, don’t torture him on top of it. Seeing those cases however and reading even more about the time that it sometimes takes to actually execute someone, kill someone and end his life, legally, I get more and more convinced that even this in itself is torture. Death penalty has to be stopped in America, in USA and all over the world.

Again there is the question: who are you to decide upon life or death? Who are you to decide whether a person should live or die? Who are you to torture another human being?

America – Highest Water Consumption per Person per Day – 30 Aug 11

Yesterday I wrote about individualism and mentioned that I noticed a certain attitude in the USA which made me think that many people there do not think a lot about their environment and the people around them. When talking to our friend Iris once, who is working in an office for the environment in the department for water, she told us that America also is the country with the highest amount of average water consumption per person.

When she said this, I remembered how we once noticed in an apartment that the tab of the bathtub was running. It was not leaking and only dripping every once in a while. No, it was continuously running in a steady flow. It was just open intentionally. The owner explained us it was running always so that the cat could drink. When we asked about the bill for water, we were told that it was a flat rate, so it didn’t matter how much water was used in that apartment, the cost would not increase.

There are hundreds of such examples from broken taps that are running to people who wash their cars every day in their courtyard. Again, this is not only reduced to America, people are careless about their water consumption in many countries in which it is taken for granted that there is always enough water in the water pipes.

I did however look at statistics online and found that America is the number one of water consumers with an average of 575 liters or 152 US gallons per person per day. I obviously compared it to the figures for Germany, which uses 193 liters or 51 gallons, and India which has an average use of 135 liters or about 36 gallons per person per day. There are obviously many countries that use less water, including all those African countries where water is simply so rare that most people do not have access to a lot of liters per day.

There are so many problems regarding water, the access and availability for rural population and also the question whether it is clean enough to be drinking water. Seeing all this and thinking of those who are thirsty and die of dehydration, we have to rethink our water spending habits. Water is precious. It is life. Don’t waste it! Think broader and wider, see that the water that you carelessly let flow down the drain without even thinking means life to someone else.

Individualism in America – People uniting in Emergency Situations like in Hurricane Irene – 29 Aug 11

Although we were busy working in Bonn this weekend we of course heard and saw news about the hurricane Irene. On the train journey back to Wiesbaden we wondered how the situation was in New York at that time. When we arrived home, we were happy to get to know that the storm was not as bad as it had been expected. Obviously people had been very afraid and for the first time in history the president declared the state of emergency for the city. People of some parts of the city had to be evacuated and even the subway trains left those parts of town and stopped running for the dangerous time period.

It was of course horrible to see all those preparations, people trying to get out and save as much of their precious belongings as possible, some finding shelter only in the emergency halls provided by the government. Inhabitants, landlords and shopkeepers boarded up their homes and stores to try to prevent bigger damage. They were afraid for the safety of what they have.

As shocking as those pictures may have been, there was also something nice to see: people helped each other. Neighbours helped one another carrying things in and out or putting boards onto windows. People went to stay with their family and friends and whoever was in some way close to the danger zone even updated others over internet so that they need not worry about them. I read that also during the time of the storm people helped each other by passing on news about the current situation.

Seeing this is good and makes you feel really as though people now stopped thinking only of themselves. Unfortunately this had been one of my impressions when visiting America. People think very much individually and of themselves.

I have seen people leave the air conditioning running the whole day long, even when they are not in their homes for eight or ten hours, so that their flat is nicely cool in the evening when they come back home. Instead, they could think of how much energy they waste, and just switch it on when they come home. It will take only a few minutes for their home to cool down but the discomfort of waiting these minutes is too much for them.

When we were walking on the road once, we were accompanied by someone who unwrapped a chewing gum and threw the paper onto the road. Ramona, coming from Germany, could not help but ask her why she had done that. The reply that she got was ‘I pay tax, it is the city’s duty to clean the roads.’

These are just two small examples of this individualism that I have seen. It continues of course in bigger and more important parts of life. You see politicians who don’t want to give up their point of view merely because of their ego, without thinking of the society around them. You see many people wasting a lot of food without a thought of those who are hungry. It is of course not only America, it happens all around the world, but with these pictures of people helping each other I realized that this is one of the impressions I had in the US. I hope my American friends don’t take me wrong, I have met a lot of wonderful, helping and supportive people there, too! In general and to people all over the world I would like to say that we need to think of others around us, not only of ourselves. We are destroying this world in our egoism and nature shows us exactly that. We need to think of the generations that come after us and not leave them a big mess just because we felt too comfortable and were too lazy to clean up and do something different.

Helping others in times of emergency but also in normal life is such a non-egoistic behavior. I know that the hurricane is not over everywhere yet and although the metropolis New York has been spared from the worst, there are other areas in which the storm has caused serious damage and has also cost some lives. My blessings, prayers and best wishes are with the people in those areas and with their families and friends.

Review of the Year 2010 – Experiences and Changes – 31 Dec 10

Another year is over and another 365 pages have been filled with words of my diary. As always, after a whole year, it is difficult to say ‘it was a good year’ just as you cannot say ‘it was a bad year’. It is a big mixture of situations, events and emotions. In my life changes occur very quickly, especially because we ourselves are always moving and changing. You cannot put it all together in one or two words and this is why I want to go through the year by months. Luckily I have these diary entries. With them I can reread what happened and give you a short summary of my year.

January

We will end this year exactly where we started it: at the Ashram in India. I remember that the beginning of the year was unusually cold. The whole January was foggy and cold and the children had several days off school because of this strong winter. Nevertheless we were glad we were in India – in Germany and many other places of the world there was a big snow chaos.

February

Very fast after a cold first month, spring started in Vrindavan. Nearly the whole month of February there were thousands of people more in Vrindavan than usual because of the Kumbh Mela. This biggest religious drama on earth had a station in our town before continuing to their actual destination place in Haridwar. They moved on but we remained in Vrindavan to enjoy the festival of colours, Holi.

March

Right after celebrating the festival of colours we read that so-called enlightened master Nithyananda also liked to celebrate a lot – with women in his bedroom! I wrote about his sex scandal and my opinions about such gurus. Whatever Nithyananda was doing in that time, we kept on celebrating. It was Ramona’s birthday and we spent a very happy time with visitors and guests at the Ashram. In the end of March we left the Ashram and safely arrived in our Wiesbaden Ashram.

April

In April we started our tour in Europe and on the way I wrote a lot about dishonesty and cheating. Cheating on a partner in a relationship and being dishonest in your business, especially in the spiritual and esoteric scene. The month personally however was filled with honest friendship and love, meeting and living with many wonderful people. We of course came to Erkelenz, another place that is like home, where our friends Sonja and Peter welcomed us. In Bocholt, where we went for the first time, we deepened a beautiful relation to the family vom Kolke. I enjoyed the energy of the little Konstantin and I experienced the best pizza and ice cream of Germany.

May

We began the month of May with Regina, Jens and Celina and a few days later spent a happy time with Michael and Andrea in Lüneburg. We then managed to take a few friends along with us to Copenhagen to a fabulous Chakra Dance Party. May, too, was a very happy month. Half of May we spent travelling in Europe and then started towards America. At first we were with our friend Asheem in New York before we moved on to sunny and hot Texas.

June

We came back to New York in June and actually spent the whole month there. In this long time I of course got to know American culture better. I could not help but start comparing America, Europe and of course also India with each other and got the confirmation that American culture is difficult for me to live in. It was not a good month, actually the saddest and most disappointing month of the whole year. It was the month in which I started thinking whether those people whom you call friends are really friends.

July

In July we were back in Europe. You know I am not good with living with negative emotions. So I quickly recovered and found my happiness again. We went to Switzerland, travelled some more, enjoyed more time with friends again and even had a swim in the North Sea.

August

In beginning of August we came back home to the Ashram. It was monsoon time – hot, humid and rainy. We enjoyed the first half of August playing with children in the rain but with the end of August, the water of the river Yamuna had risen so high that whole parts of outer Vrindavan were flooded. We started helping.

September

I want to thank everybody who supported us in helping those who were in need in that month. People had lost their homes and we offered them space in the Ashram. We distributed food several times and even cooked it on the spot. We gave them clothes and we offered medical support to prevent fever and other diseases from spreading. It is a month we will remember because of the many efforts we did to help those whose houses were standing in the water, who were living on their roofs, praying that the water will go down. It was only possible with the support of many people from abroad and from India!

October

With October, better weather came to Vrindavan and with that our friends from Germany. From nearly a year of interesting experiences I was inspired to write a lot about friendship. It was also the month in which we started the daily yoga for our school.

November

In November we had the Ashram full with participants of the Yoga Teacher Training, the Ayurveda Yoga Holiday and volunteers. They celebrated Diwali, the festival of light with us. In the last week of November, we started to Germany for a short trip. This time Purnendu was also with us to celebrate how Ramona and I signed a paper which does not make any difference in our love but in necessary bureaucracy.

December

In December, Purnendu was back in India, Yashendu went for work to Taiwan and Ramona and I were travelling in cold Germany with snow all over the country. This time our journey was not intended for business but to visit friends and family in Bocholt, Tornesch, Lüneburg and Augsburg with Ramona’s father. We enjoyed the pre-Christmas time in Germany and just right before Christmas came to the Ashram so that we could celebrate Christmas in India, too. Thomas and Iris joined us on our flight and in the celebration which had even more German guests as Hans-Christian, Annick, Sophie, Lotti and Konsti also arrived in India. Celebrations went on with Sophie’s birthday and we will end the year with yet another big celebration tonight.

So you see, each year has every emotion and what remains as a memory in the mind in the end, is of course happiness and love. Changes happen as always but they are for good. I want to thank all my friends all over the globe, those whom I know and those whom I don’t know personally, my family of course and also you, the one who is reading my diary and makes it worth to write 365 days a year without missing even one.
 

Hey Nithyananda – Was that Repeated Rape or a Divine Act? – 2 Dec 10

We read a little bit more about Nithyananda today and we were actually laughing about several of the news articles that we saw. There are quite a lot of excuses that spiritual masters have for having sex – and they are always the same, too. They give an argument and try to be intellectual about why you should have sex with them. People are told: This is not ordinary sex, nothing dirty. It is a tantric ritual, the divine unity of male and female. Yin and Yang. Some say ‘I am Krishna, you all are gopis.’ And Nithyananda obviously said to one of the women who now accused him of rape: ‘I am Shiva and you are Parvati’. If anybody else does it, it is just ordinary sex, but if we do it, it is a divine act. Oh well…

It is already ridiculous if you look at this side of the coin. If you turn it around and look at what the ‘victims’ say, you may wonder as well. When he was in the US, Nithyananda is said to have enjoyed American culture and went to some strip clubs. Having seen and experienced professional lap dances, he decided that he should have this at home, too, and ‘forced his female followers to do the same’. I tried to imagine how you can force someone to do a lap dance for you but I did not quite succeed, do you?

Another one of those funny allegations is how a woman describes his misdeeds. She told she was ‘repeatedly raped by Nithyananda, not only at his Bidadi ashram but in other parts of the country as well’. Again, my imagination failed. How exactly can rape take place repeatedly and then also in different parts of the country? Does this mean Nithyananda is just an ordinary stalker, following her around the country and attacking her whenever she is alone? Or was she following her guru on his India tour and had a VIP pass to his bedroom?

Whatever will happen in this trial or hearing, there will be accusations and taking advantages of loopholes of laws. In this kind of court cases the truth rarely is revealed. Whoever can make the better story will win. But overall it is not a good image for the spiritual scene in the whole world if God needs to be an excuse for having sex. It is a natural desire, fulfill it in respectful, loving ways and be honest about it. Not that difficult, is it?

News Articles:

http://www.mid-day.com/news/2010/dec/021210-news-bangalore-swami-nithyananda-sex-cid-divine-act.htm

http://www.rediff.com/news/report/nithyananda-aides-charged-with-rape-unnatural-sex/20101129.htm

Outsourcing to India – From IT Work to Homework! – 15 Nov 10

You may already have heard that India is a great place for outsourcing. So many businesses do their outsourcing in India and especially for work of the IT sector, India is a very popular country. Maybe you have heard in the last days that the American President Obama is worried about how much actually is done in India. He doesn’t want to outsource in India anymore but rather have work done in the USA. If he heard the most recent news, maybe he has another reason to worry:

American, British and Australian students have found a fast way to do their homework without much effort: they outsource to India! In prices as cheap as $2 per 100 words, they now get their essays, homework and even term papers written and can even specify how quickly they would like to see the results, in 10 hours, 24 hours or up to four days. You can find hundreds of websites online that take educational work and these are professional websites that actually earn their money by this. Some websites work with fixed prices per project and others do contracts for more work and longer time. Australian educational organizations say that the internet is like a big ocean and you cannot control your students that much. They do what they can to avoid cheating but when it goes to this level, it is too difficult to be 100% sure.

It is not only Indian students that have understood the concept of outsourcing though! Many government teachers in India love to outsource their work, too! If you have studied education and have a fixed job with the government, you have the possibility of getting good salary. Some teachers thus decide to give a job to a person with less qualification, someone who may not have studied but is able to teach small classes. The government teacher simply hires such a teacher, lets him or her teach instead and only goes for picking up the paycheck. Half of the salary will go to the teacher who did the work, half of the salary belongs to the teacher whose name is officially registered.

You know that there is a lot of unemployment in India and this definitely does something against it! Now another person has the chance to teach and the real teacher has time to work on his farm and get money in this way, too! So this is good on this side but think about it, what will happen to the children? Did anybody think of them and their education? They need real and good teachers so that they can keep on doing the outsourcing work for students across the world!

News: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/australian-students-outsourcing-homework-to-india-pak/711226/

Indian Media on Barack Obama and Pakistan – 8 Nov 10

Barack Obama is in India these days. He started his trip with a visit in Mumbai where he met with businessmen to discuss and sign contracts for international trade and cooperation in between India and the USA. Yesterday he and his wife Michelle moved on to Delhi to meet with the Indian Prime Minister and other officials. They visited several schools and had talks with University students.

Since his plane has landed in Mumbai, there is hardly any other topic on Indian media than Barack Obama’s visit to India. They show what he is doing, what he is talking and of course they have lots of comments and opinions to add, too.

On the first day, they accused him of being a business manager, like a CEO for his country, only looking for business opportunities. He was talking in front of India’s top businessmen and signed 20 contracts that would create 50000 jobs in the US. The media obviously decided to take offence and shouted how Obama was a business man and not a president, that he only talked about the benefit of Americans and did not mention if India got anything from these contracts. He was blamed that he wanted to repair some damage and after the defeat of his party wanted to show people what he was doing for unemployment in the US. Indian media said he came to Mumbai only to pass this message to American citizens.

On the second day, there was another point of criticism! He and nearly everybody who was with him turned the five-star Taj Hotel in Mumbai into the headquarters of their stay. In a speech after his arrival he also remembered the terror attacks that took place there on 26th November 2008. The media found fault also in this point: why did he not mention Pakistan and that they were responsible for this terror attack? Why did the US not declare Pakistan as a terrorist country although it is proved that they were behind this? He actually explained that the US and the whole world are interested in seeing Pakistan become a stable and peaceful country.

So what is my opinion on all of this? I sometimes feel like the media have to make some kind of issue out of everything. What do you expect him to say about his business partners, a country with which he also has contracts? And why should he not take care of the finances of his country? I like that he came, not only on a political mission, but also as a business man, showing that he has interest in connecting the world through this kind of contracts. Of course both countries will benefit from these contracts! I just believe that this kind of talk is much better than any negative politic talk.

Beating Children Costs Money – So Leave It! – 3 Nov 10

Yesterday I wrote about the study on education, violence and sexual harassment that was done by Plan International. Now when I told you about this, I focused on the points that I find important, that children are beaten and sexually abused. What Plan International wrote – and after them many newspapers, magazines, online authors and writers – includes another aspect: money.

The main point of their study, which was conducted not only in India, but in 13 countries of the world, was actually how much money different countries lose through physical punishment. The point is that many children stop going to school after being beaten and mistreated. In this way the schools earn less money which make the country earn less money but more importantly the children drop out of school, don’t finish their education and cannot become great engineers, scientists, computer specialists and doctors who would all earn and pay money for the country. In this way countries get a financial loss through corporal punishment.

One of the astonishing facts was that a yearly financial loss of 7.42 billion US-Dollar, India only reached the third place behind the USA and Brazil. Plan International obviously hope that this will be a reason for governments in all participating countries to start enforcing child rights and laws in order to save some money.

What stroke me about this study was that the money aspect was so important. Now, I don’t believe that this charity organization cares more about the money than the children but the fact that they believe they have to send the message in this way already tells its own story. They have most probably written hundreds or thousands of articles about child laws and violence in schools but to make it more important, they show how much money it costs. Does this mean that the governments of this world only care when it is about their money? Don’t they listen if you tell them that children are beaten and abused, do they need to hear that this will cost them money? Shame on you!

If this strategy helps, it is very fine, I wish that every government wakes up and acts. But I want them to act not only for those who could become engineers and have leading qualities, they should have this feeling in their hearts that they need to stop violence, no matter at what cost! If the whole world only cares when it is about their pocket, it is a very sad place to live in!

You need to act and help those who need it. Without seeing or thinking before, what it will bring you. These are the children of your country and you are responsible for them. Give them love instead of violence and let them get education in a peaceful and joyful atmosphere.

More: http://sify.com/news/school-violence-costs-india-yearly-us-7-42-billion-news-international-kk0rasfjfbf.html

Vyaghra Kriya

Namen

Vyaghra Kriya, Vyagra Kriya, Vyagra Karma, Baghi Kriya, Vaman Dhauti

Vyaghra Kriya gehört zu ‘Vaman Dhauti’, eine Unterkategorie der Dhauti Reinigungstechniken.

Vyaghra Kriya ist ein Kriya um den Magen zu reinigen – sehr ähnlich dem Kunjar Kriya. Von manchen Yogis wird es auch Baghi Kriya genannt. Beides, ‘Vyaghra’ und ‘Bagh’ bedeutet Tiger.

Ausführung von Vyaghra Kriya

Der Unterschied zwischen Kunjar Kriya und Vyaghra Kriya ist, dass Kunjar auf leeren Magen angewendet wird während Vyaghra Kriya 3 bis 4 Stunden nach einer Mahlzeit angewendet wird. In sehr seltenen Fällen wird es bereits nach einer Stunde angewendet.


Um Vyaghra Kriya auszuführen, trinkst du 6 bis 8 Gläser leicht gesalzenes, warmes Wasser. Du trinkst es schnell und presst dabei deine linke Hand gegen deinen Nabel. So verhinderst du, dass das Wasser weiter nach unten, in deinen Verdauungstrakt rinnt. Während du deine Hand auf den Nabel drückst, beugst du dich leicht nach vorne. Du kannst auch deine Beine etwas auseinanderstellen; ganz so, wie es angenehm für dich ist.


Jetzt gib den Zeige- und Mittelfinger deiner rechten Hand in deinen Mund, drücke die Wurzel deiner Zunge nieder und reibe sie.


Das wird dich zum Erbrechen bringen und das Wasser, zusammen mit unverdautem Essen ausscheiden. Wenn noch etwas in deinem Bauch war, das dort nicht hingehörte oder das in irgendeiner Weise festsaß, wird es nun herauskommen.


Du kannst das Trinken und Erbrechen bis zu maximal 3 Mal hintereinander durchführen. Wenn du deinen Magen wirklich völlig leer reinigen willst, wird empfohlen, die Technik 3 Mal anzuwenden. Beim dritten Mal sollte nur noch sauberes Wasser hochkommen.

Hinweis zur Vorsicht

Dieses Kriya muss von einem erfahrenen Yogalehrer unterrichtet werden und sollte unter Anleitung eines Ausbildners ausgeführt werden, bis es beherrscht wird. Dieses Kriya sollte nur einmal am Tag angewendet werden, nicht öfter. Es ist auch nicht für die tägliche Anwendung geeignet. 


Mache dieses Kriya nur als Behandlung gegen Übelkeit nach dem Essen.


Manche Yogalehrer empfehlen, diese Technik öfter anzuwenden. Wenn dein Körper jedoch gesund ist, brauchst du dieses Kriya nicht. Eine zu häufig angewendete Reinigung kann deinen Körper schwächen und sowohl deine Verdauung als auch deinen Stoffwechsel stören.

Warum man Vyaghra Kriya durchführen sollte

Das Vyaghra Kriya wird bei Magenverstimmungen und unverdaulichen Speisen (die Schmerzen verursachen) angewandt. Wenn du dich nach dem Essen unwohl und schwer fühlst, erleichtert dich das Vyaghra Kriya.


Wende es an, wenn dir nach der Mahlzeit übel wird und du einer etwaigen Lebensmittelvergiftung vorbeugen möchtest. So bekommst du auch Energie zurück, die du verlierst, wenn du etwas Schlechtes gegessen hast.

Durch das Erbrechen reinigst du nicht nur deinen Magen sondern scheidest auch etwaigen überschüssigen Schleim in deinen Atemwegen aus.

Das Vyaghra Kriya soll auch gegen Gallenkrankheit helfen.

Tipps und Hilfen

Gehe sicher, dass das Wasser gut trinkbar ist – nicht zu warm und nicht zu kalt – da du es schnell trinken musst.


Wenn du vor hast, Vyaghra Kriya anzuwenden, solltest du als nächste Mahlzeit etwas Leichtes essen (zB Kichadi).


Nach der Anwendung des Kriyas kannst du langsam an einem Stück Kardamon kauen, um so den schlechten Geschmack im Mund zu vertreiben und das Pitta, welches durch das Erbrechen hervorgerufen wurde, zu verringern.

Vyaghra Kriya

Names

Vyaghra Kriya, Vyagra Kriya, Vyagra karma, Baghi Kriya, Vaman Dhauti

Vyaghra Kriya belongs to ‘Vaman Dhauti’, a subcategory of the Dhauti cleansing techniques.


Vyaghra Kriya is a kriya or gesture for cleansing the stomach, very similar to the Kunjar Kriya. It is also called Baghi Kriya by some yogis. Both, ‘Vyaghra’ and ‘Bagh’ mean tiger.

How to perform Vyaghra Kriya

The difference between Kunjar Kriya and Vyaghra Kriya is that Kunjar is done on empty stomach whereas Vyaghra Kriya is done 3 to 4 hours after a meal. In very rare cases it is also done after an hour.


To perform Vyaghra Kriya, you drink 6 to 8 glasses of slightly salted warm water. You drink it fast and while drinking place your left hand on your navel to press it in. This action is done to prevent the water from going further down in your digestive track. While holding your hand there, you slightly bend forward. You can also spread your legs about two feet or a meter apart, just as you feel good and comfortable.


Now you put your index and middle finger of the right hand into your mouth, press the root of your tongue down and rub it.


This will make you vomit and will bring out the water that you drank together with any undigested food. If there was anything else in your belly that was not right or which was stuck at some point of the stomach, it comes out in this way.


You can repeat this drinking and vomiting for a maximum of three times in a row. It is suggested to do it three times if you want your stomach to be completely clean. If you do it three times, there should be only clean water.

Advice for Caution

This Kriya must be taught by an experienced teacher and should be done under the guidance of an instructor until it is mastered. This Kriya should only be done once in one day, not more than that, and it is not suggested to perform it on a daily basis.
Only do this Kriya as a treatment against feeling sick after food intake.


Some yoga teacher recommend this practice more often however if the body is healthy, there is no need to and using this Kriya for cleansing too often can weaken your body and upset digestion as well as metabolism.

Benefits of Vyaghra Kriya

The Vyaghra Kriya is advised against indigestion and if you have eaten something that is giving you pain. If you feel discomfort and heavy because of what you have eaten, the Vyaghra Kriya makes you feel light.


Of course this can be done when you feel nauseous after food to reduce any kind of bad food or poison from the body. In this way you can also regain energy which you lose when you ate something bad.


Through the vomiting, you don’t only cleanse your stomach but also any excessive mucus in your respiratory system.


It is additionally said to be beneficial against biliousness.

Tips and Help

Check whether the water is nicely drinkable, not too warm and not too cold as you need to drink it fast.


If you are planning and intending to practice Vyaghra Kriya, it is advisable to eat something light such as Khichari before and also as your next meal.


After performing the Kriya, you can place a piece of cardamom into your mouth and slowly chew on it to reduce the bad taste in the mouth and the pitta created by inducing the vomiting.

Virasana – Heldenpose

Namen

Virasana, Heldenhaltung

Ausführung von Virasana

Sitze auf deinen Fersen, bewege sie dann seitlich unter deinem Po weg, sodass dein Perineum Kontakt zum Boden hat.

Warum man Virasana durchführen sollte

Diese Yoga-Übung stärkt deine Oberschenkel und Knie, Knöchel und Waden. Sie ist gut für die Verdauung und wird Menschen empfohlen, die Probleme mit Diabetes haben.

Frauen, die in die Wechseljahre kommen, sollten in Virasana sitzen, um Schmerzen zu lindern und Unregelmäßigkeiten auszugleichen.

Es wird gesagt, dass die Übung hohen Blutdruck kontrolliert und gut gegen Asthma ist.

Tipps und Hilfen

Anfänger können ein Kissen unter ihrem Po, Knie, Knöchel oder unter jedes Körperteil legen, welches bei der Übung weh tut.

Übungszeit

3-5 Minuten pro Trainingseinheit. Diese Übung für einen längeren Zeitraum zu machen, kann deinen Knien schaden.

Wann man Virasana vermeiden solltet

Wenn du Knieprobleme hast, Schmerzen oder Schwäche in den Knien, wenn deine Gelenke abgenutzt sind, solltest du diese Position vermeiden. Wenn du Zweifel hast, frage deinen Arzt oder Physiotherapeuten und gib deinem Yoga-Lehrer Bescheid.

Virasana – Hero Pose

Names

Virasana, Hero Pose

How to sit in Virasana

At first sit on your heels and then move them out from under your buttocks so that your perineum is also in contact with the floor.

Benefits of Virasana

This yoga poses strengthens your thighs, knees, ankles and calves. It is good for digestion and recommended for people with issues of diabetes. Women who start the time of menopause should sit in Virasana to reduce pain and irregularity. It is said to control high blood pressure and is beneficial against asthma.

Tips and Help

Beginners can use cushions under buttocks, knees and ankles if any body part hurts.

Practice Time

3-5 minutes per training session. Practicing for longer time periods can harm your knees.

When to Avoid Virasana

If you have knee problems, pain and weakness in the knees or if your ligaments are worn or torn, you should avoid this position. If you are in doubt, please consult your doctor or physiotherapist and let your yoga teacher know about it.

Virabhadrasana – Der Krieger

Namen

Virabhadrasana, der Krieger

Ausführung von Virabhadrasana

Stehe gerade in Samasthiti. Öffne deine Beine, sodass sie ungefähr 1.5 Meter Abstand zueinander haben. Überprüfe, welches deiner Nasenlöcher aktiv ist. Wenn es das rechte ist, drehe deinen rechten Fuß, damit er nach rechts zeigt. Dann biege dein rechtes Knie und senke dein Becken nach unten, bis es auf Höhe des rechten Knies ist.


Öffne deine Arme weit und strecke sie in einer Linie mit deinen Schultern aus, parallel zum Boden. Schaue nach rechts.


Wiederhole die Übung auf die andere Seite.

Warum man Virabhadrasana durchführen sollte

Virabhadrasana ist aufgrund der Dehnung deines Körpers gut für deine Leisten, Hüften und besonders für deine Hüften- und Fußgelenke. Wenn du am Ischiassyndrom, Osteoporose oder Karpal-Tunnel-Syndrom leidest, bringt dir diese Stellung Linderung.

Wenn du die Position etwas länger hältst, formt sie deine Beinmuskeln, erhöht die Ausdauer deiner Beine und verbrennt überschüssiges Fett an deinen Waden und Schenkeln.
Virabhadrasana dehnt dich schön und stärkt Schultern, Nacken, Arme und Brustmuskeln.

Aufgrund der Drehung ist diese Übung auch gut für die unteren Bauchorgane und kann deine Fruchtbarkeit unterstützen.

Während der Schwangerschaft kann diese Übung Rückenschmerzen lindern, sollte jedoch nur ausgeführt werden wenn du zuerst mit deinem Arzt gesprochen hast und er die Ausübung dieser Yoga Haltung gut geheißen hat.

Worauf man bei Virabhadrasana achten sollte

Das ist eine jener Haltungen, bei der du leicht denkst ‘Ich habs geschafft, es war überhaupt nicht schwer!’ und dabei übersiehst, dass du nicht ganz in die Stellung gegangen bist. Du musst dein Becken auf Höhe des gebeugten Knies senken, um die wahre Wirkung dieser Übung zu entfalten.

Tipps und Hilfen

Drehe deine Hüfte nicht in Richtung deines Kopfes. Dein gesamter Oberkörper schaut nach vorne, nur Kopf, Knie, Arm und Fuß zeigen zur Seite.


Schaue mit offenen Augen weit über deine Hand hinaus – versuche so weit zu schauen wie möglich. Wenn du die Yoga Übung drinnen ausführst, mach sie am Besten vor einem Fenster. Atme normal weiter und lächle, als ob du ein Krieger wärst.

Virabhadrasana – Warrior

Names

Virabhadrasana, Warrior

How to perform Virabhadrasana

Stand straight in Samastithi. Open your legs so that they are about 1,5 meter apart. Check which of your nostrils is active. If it is your right nostril, turn your right foot so that it points to the right. Now bend your right knee and bring your pelvis down so that it reaches the level of the right knee. Open your arms wide and stretch them in one line with your shoulders, parallel to the floor. Look to your right side.


Repeat the pose to the other side.

Benefits of Virabhadrasana

Virabhadrasana is good for your groins and hips and especially for your hip and ankle joints because of the stretch you are giving your body during this exercise. If you are suffering from sciatica, osteoporosis or carpal tunnel syndrome, do this pose and get some relief.


If you hold this position for longer, it forms and tones your leg muscles, increases stamina for your legs and reduces extra fat from your calves and thighs.
Virabhadrasana gives a nice stretch and strengthens the shoulders, neck, arms and chest muscles.


Because of the twisting movement it is also beneficial for the lower abdominal organs and can support your fertility.


During pregnancy this pose can relieve back pain but should only be practiced if you have consulted your doctor before and he approved of the practice of this yoga pose.

Focus Points

This is one of the poses where you can easily think ‘I did it, it was not difficult!’ and not notice that you did not go fully in the pose. You need to bring your pelvis down to the height of your bent knee to feel the effect of this yoga exercise.

Tips and Help

Don’t turn your hip along with your head. Your complete upper body should be facing front while your head, knee and arm are pointing to your side.


Look far ahead with open eyes and try to look as far as it is possible. If you practice this yoga pose inside, it is best to do this exercise in front of a window. Keep normal breathing and smile as if you were a warrior.

Viparita Karani

Namen

Viparita Karani

Viparita bedeutet in Sanskrit ‘umgekehrt’, Karani bedeutet ‘ausführen’ oder ‘machen’, kann aber auch als ‘was dich zum ausführen bringt’ heißen. Viparita Karani bedeutet also ‘die Haltung die dich umkehrt’.

Viparita Karani ist auch als Mudra bekannt. In den yogischen Schriften werden 10 Mudras beschrieben, Viparita Karani ist eine davon. 

Ausführung von Viparita Karani

Um diese Übung auszuführen, lege dich in Supta Samasthiti auf den Boden – Körper gerade, Füße zusammen, Knie gestreckt. Jetzt hebe beide Beine um 90 °, sodass deine Fußsohlen zur Decke zeigen.


Jetzt hebst du dein Becken halb hoch und unterstützt es mit deinen Händen. Du hebst es nicht ganz hoch, wie du es in Sarvangasana (Schulterstand) machst. Du bist quasi in ‘Ardha Sarvangasana’, dem halben Schulterstand.


Wenn du in dieser Stellung geübt bist, kannst du deine Hände neben dich auf den Boden legen – Handflächen flach auf dem Boden.

Hinweis für Viparita Karani

Es wird nicht empfohlen, Blöcke, Kissen oder Decken unter dein Becken zu legen und deine Beine gegen eine Wand zu legen. Das ist nur eine Option, wenn du Schwierigkeiten mit dieser Übung hast und dir die Kraft fehlt, dein Becken hochzuheben.

Der Name ‘Legs-up-the-wall-Pose’, der im englischen verwendet wird und unter anderem hier beschrieben wird, ist inkorrekt für Viparita Karani. In einer Variation für Menschen, die die ursprüngliche Haltung nicht ausführen können, stimmt dieser Name vielleicht aber die ursprüngliche Stellung ist nicht gegen die Wand.
Wer das gerne in den ursprünglichen Schriften nachlesen und bestätigen möchte, kann dies hier tun:
Gherand Samhita, Kapitel 3, shlokas 34-36 und
Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Kapitel 3, shlokas 78-82 und
Shiva Samhita, Kapitel 4, shlokas 44-45

Warum man Viparita Karani durchführen sollte

Weil du den unteren Teil deines Körpers hebst, arbeitest du mit deinen Bauchorganen und die Bewegung stimuliert diese. Dadurch wird deine Verdauung angeregt, Verstopfung und andere Verdauungsprobleme werden gelindert. Durch diese Stimulierung regst du auch deinen Appetit an.

Deine Harnwege profitieren auch von dieser Bewegung, genau so wie die weiblichen Fortpflanzungsorgane. Bei regelmäßiger Ausübung von Viparita Karani können Frauen Periodenbeschwerden wie Krämpfe und andere prämenstruelle Syndrome lindern. Gleiches gilt für Symptome der Menopause.

Weil diese Stellung eine Umkehrhaltung ist, wird die Blutzirkulation angeregt und dein Oberkörper und Kopf werden mit mehr Sauerstoff versorgt. Dadurch werden Migräne und Kopfschmerzen, die durch schwache Blutzirkulation hervorgerufen werden, gelindert und vorgebeugt.

Pickel, Furunkel und Akne Probleme werden durch den gesteigerten Blutfluss ebenfalls reduziert. Zudem sagt man, dass Umkehrhaltungen gut gegen Haarausfall und graues Haar wirken.
Natürlich ist Viparita Karani eine ausgezeichnete Übung für jeden, der seinen Blutdruck regulieren möchte.

Blut und andere Körperflüssigkeiten, die sich in den Beinen ansammeln und diese zum Anschwellen bringen, werden wieder in Bewegung gebracht – die Schwellung wird verringert.
Wer leicht Krämpfe in Beinen und Füßen bekommt, kann diese Yoga Übung als Gegenmittel einsetzen.

Was deine Muskeln angeht, stärkt dieses yoga asana deine Arme und Beine aber auch Rücken- und Nackenmuskeln.

Durch das Biegen deines Nackens werden dein Brustkorb und dein Hals zusammengepresst – wenn du aus der Position heraus kommst, können sie sich mit frischem Atem füllen. Damit hilfst du deinem Atemwegssystem, seine gesamte Wirkung auszuschöpfen.


Bei Männern wirkt dieser Druck auch gegen Kropfbildung.

Du bewegst deine Gelenke und hältst sie auf eine sanfte Weise in Bewegung, was gut gegen Arthritis ist.

Durch den zusätzlichen Blutfluss in deinem Kopf, bekommst du mehr Sauerstoff. Das hilft gegen Schlaflosigkeit, hebt deine Stimmung und hilft gegen Depression und Angstzustände.

Diese Übung wird auch empfohlen, wenn du deinen Magen reinigen möchtest, weil das Wasser schneller vom Dünndarm zum Dickdarm gelangt. Aus diesem Grund wird Viparita Karani manchmal unterstützend mit dem Shankha Prakshalana Kriya angewendet.

Worauf man bei Viparita Karani achten sollte

Achte nicht darauf, deine Beine weiter nach oben zu bringen, weil du nicht in den Schulterstand gehen möchtest. Achte lieber auf die Biegung in deinem Rücken, spüre wie deine Bauchregion arbeitet und unterstütze dein Becken.

Wann man Viparita Karani vermeiden sollte

Du solltest Viparita Karani nicht ausführen, wenn du an Nacken- oder Rückenverletzungen leidest oder eine Operation an Rücken oder Nacken hattest.


Wenn du Probleme mit den Augen hast, die irgendwie auf den zusätzlichen Blutfluss reagieren könnten, sprich mit deinem Arzt, bevor du diese Haltung ausübst.


Wie immer gilt: sei vorsichtig und gehe nur bis an die Grenzen deines Körpers, überschreite sie niemals. 

Viparita Karani

Names

Viparita Karani, legs-Up-the-Wall Pose, Inverted Leg Posture, Inverted Action Pose

Viparita is the Sanskrit word for “inverted” while Karani means “doing” or “making” but also can be understood as “which makes you do”. Viparita Karani thus means “the posture which makes you inverted”.

Viparita Karani is known as a Mudra. There are ten Mudras explained in Yogic scripture and Viparita Karani is one of them.

How to perform Viparita Karani

To perform this posture, lay down in Supta Samasthiti with your body straight, your feet together and the knees straight. Now lift both legs up to 90 degrees so that the soles of the feet point to the ceiling.


Now you lift your pelvis half up and support it with your hands. You do not lift it straight up as in Sarvangasana, the shoulder stand. You could say you are now in ‘Ardha Sarvangasana’, the half shoulder stand.


If you are practiced in this exercise, you can place your hands down on the floor with your palms flat to the ground.

Additional Note for Viparita Karani

It is not recommended using blocks, cushions or blankets under the pelvis and to lean your legs against a wall. This is only an option if you have physical difficulties with this posture and don’t have the strength to lift your pelvis up.


This is how the name ‘Legs-up-the-Wall-Pose’, as it is given here is not actually accurate or correct for Viparita Karani. In a variation for people who cannot go into the original pose, this name may fit but the original pose is not against the wall.


Those who would like to read about its origin in the scriptures and confirm this statement can read it in:
Gherand Samhita, chapter 3, shlokas 34-36 and
Hatha yoga Pradipika, chapter 3, shlokas 78-82 and
Shiva Samhita, chapter 4, shlokas 44-45

Benefits of Viparita Karani

As you lift your lower part up in this yoga pose, you work with your abdominal organs and the movement stimulates them. Through this, Viparita Karani stimulates your digestion and is good against constipation and other digestive problems. Additionally you increase your appetite through this stimulation.


Your urinary system also benefits from this movement as do women’s reproductive organs. With regular practice of this exercise, women can thus avoid menstrual cramps and problems of the premenstrual syndrome as well as the menopause.


As this yoga pose is an inversion, the blood circulation is stimulated and your upper body and head receives a stronger blood flow which supplies the whole area with oxygen. Through this, migraines and headaches, caused by poor blood circulation, can be healed and prevented.


Pimples, boils and acne problems also are reduced by this increase of blood flow. Additionally it is said that such inverted poses are good against losing hair and getting gray hair.


Of course this all makes it also a great exercise for anybody who wants to prevent or deal with high or low blood pressure. Blood and other body fluids stuck in the legs and causing swelling, get into movement again and thus the swelling will reduce. Whoever easily gets cramps in legs and feet can also try this yoga pose as a cure.


As far as your muscles are concerned, this yoga asana strengthens your arms and legs but also your back and your neck muscles.


Through the bending of your neck, your throat and chest are squeezed together and when you come out of the pose, they can unfold with your next deep breath. In this way you help your respiratory system to open to its full extent. The pressure is also said to help men who are suffering from goiter.


You move your joints and keep them active in a rather gentle motion which is good against arthritis.


Through the additional blood flow in your head, you get more oxygen which is beneficial for very problems like insomnia but which also lifts your spirits and helps against depression and anxiety.


This pose is also recommended if you want to clean your stomach, as it makes the water move faster from the small intestines to the large intestines. This is how this exercise is sometimes performed to support the Kriya Shankha Prakshalana.

Focus Points

You should not focus on bringing your legs further up, as you are not doing the shoulder stand. Instead focus on the bend in your back, feel your abdominal area and the work there and hold your pelvis.

When to Avoid Viparita Karani

You should not perform Viparita Karani, if you are suffering from neck or back injuries or previously had surgery of the back or neck.


If you have eye problems that could react in any way to the additional blood circulation, you should consult your doctor before practicing this yoga pose.


As always, be careful in the pose and only go until the limits of your body, never cross them.

Vipareet Naukasana – Umgedrehtes Boot

Namen

Vipareet Naukasana, Viprit Navasan, umgedrehtes Boot

Ausführung von Vipareet Naukasana

Liege mit ausgestreckten Beinen auf dem Bauch und strecke deine Arme über deinen Kopf. Bringe deine Arme an die Seiten deines Kopfes, so dass deine Ohren von ihnen verdeckt werden. Spreize deine Finger und bringe die Spitzen deiner Daumen zueinander.


Hebe mit einer Einatmung deine Hände, Arme, deinen Kopf und deine Brust als auch deine Beine vom Boden. Halte deinen Atem und balanciere deine Körper auf Bauch, Becken und Oberschenkel.


Um aus der Position zu kommen, bewege deine Arme und Beine mit einer Ausatmung nach unten und lege sie langsam wieder auf dem Boden ab.

Warum man Vipareet Naukasana durchführen sollte

Die umgekehrte Boothaltung ist eine der besten Übungen, um Bauchfett zu reduzieren. Sie stärkt außerdem deine Hüften und Oberschenkel, was deinen Po und deine Beine in Form bringt. Weil du deine Rückenmuskulatur stärkst, ist sie außerdem gut für deine Wirbelsäule, da sie in eine andere Position kommt als normalerweise. So bleiben Gewebe und Muskeln um sie herum flexibel.

Durch die Bewegung in dieser Yoga-Übung bekommen Nieren, Schilddrüsen und Prostata eine sanfte stimulierende Massage.

Durch das Öffnen der Brust, bekommen die Lungen Platz sich weiter auszuweiten, um mehr Sauerstoff aufzunehmen. Das hilft im Alltag tiefer zu atmen, was auch eine immense Hilfe ist, um Stress zu reduzieren. Leute, die tief einatmen, halten ihren Herzschlag niedrig und sind weniger anfällig für Stress.

Wann man Vipareet Naukasana vermeiden sollte

Menschen, die an Durchfall, niedrigem Blutdruck, Schlafstörungen oder Brust- oder Herzschmerzen leiden, sollten diese Übung nicht machen.

Frauen sollten diese Übung außerdem während ihrer Menstruation und in der Schwangerschaft meiden.

Wenn du an Nackenschmerzen leidest, solltest du sehr vorsichtig bei der Ausführung dieser Übung sein und am besten zuvor deinen Arzt fragen.

Vipareet Naukasana – Inverted Boat

Names

Vipareet Naukasana, Viprit Navasan, Inverted Boat Pose

How to perform Vipareet Naukasana

Lie on your belly with your feet straight and your arms straight over your head. Bring your arms to the sides of your head so that your ears are closed. Spread your fingers apart and let your tips of your thumbs touch each other.


With inhalation you now lift your hands, arms, head and chest as well as your legs up in the air. Hold your breath and balance your body on your stomach, pelvis and thighs. With exhalation you slowly move your arms and legs down and gently place them down on the floor again.

Benefits of Vipareet Naukasana

The inverted boat pose is one of the best yoga postures to reduce belly fat. It also strengthens your hips and ties which brings both, your buttocks and your legs, into a nice shape.


While strengthening the back muscles, it also positively affects your spine which comes in another position than its usual one. In this way the tissues and muscles around it remain flexible.


Through the movement in this yoga pose, the kidneys, thyroid glands and prostate gland get a soft and stimulating massage.


Through the opening of the chest, the lungs get space to expand fully and take more oxygen in. This helps you to breathe more deeply in your every day’s life, too, which is an immense help in relieving stress. People, who breathe deeply, keep their heart beat low and are less prone to stress.

When to Avoid the Inverted Boat Pose

People suffering from diarrhea, low blood pressure, insomnia or chest and heart pain should not practice Vipareet Naukasana.


Women should avoid this yoga posture during menstruation and pregnancy.
If you suffer from neck injuries, you should be very careful while practicing this pose and best of all, consult with your doctor first.