Chaturdik Pranam is a simple yoga sequence to open the chest, improve breath capacity and most importantly, encourages an upright posture. Besides all this, the focus on sending out kindness, thanks and good wishes to all 4 corners of the world enhances our mental well being.
I’ve been working with this practice throughout 2019 and consider it a very special gift given by my meditation teacher Swami Pragyamurti. Not only is the sentiment so positive and compassionate, but the actual moves (back bending, opening the chest, raising the arms, moving the wrists and finally forward bending) that seem to bring more life into my body and more love into my heart each time I practice. And it only takes 7 minutes to do!
Boost Your Immunity
As we approach the winter and festive season, it becomes more important for us to build up our physical and mental strength and resilience. In doing so, we develop stronger immune systems which ward off illnesses like colds and ‘flu. In addition, there is the general ‘business’ and over-indulgence that affects us all throughout December. This brings with it the usual fatigue, fears and anxieties. Above all, a positive mental attitude helps us to get through these tough times and is scientifically proven to boost immunity. Further information can be found about this research here.
“How beautiful it would be if more and more people in every town, in every country, by the sea, on hilltops, in schools, prisons and countless homes would start each day by sending out loving greetings to the four corners, thus nurturing themselves, all sentient and insentient beings and all of creation.
This is my dream.”
Hari Om Tat Sat, Swami Pragyamurti
Swami Pragyamurti is the Director of the Satyananda Yoga Centre in London. You can find out more about their classes and courses on their website here.