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Energize with the Kali Breath

Energize with the Kali Breath

If you’re feeling low in energy, stuck, or blah, allow the fiery Hindu goddess Kali to energize and empower you with the Kali Breath. If there are things in your life that need to be recycled or destroyed to make room for new life, Kali can help with that process, too.

It’s enlivening and fun to do the Kali Breath: if you do it with friends, it’s also a surefire laughter-maker. Here’s how:

1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Inhale, and as you exhale in a loud “haaaaaah,” squat down as low as you can while raising both hands, fists as tightly clenched as you can make them.

2. Make a Kali-face while you exhale, brows scowling, tongue protruding as far toward your chin as you can get it. Part of the joy of this exercise is allowing ourselves to be hideous.

3. Stand straight again as your inhale, then repeat the scowling, tongue-out squat-and-exhale at least twice. You will be amazed at how much more alive you will feel after this.

Read more: Spirit, Exercises, Guidance, Self-Help

Adapted from Earth, Water, Fire, and Air, by Cait Johnson (Skylight Paths, 2003). Copyright (c) 2003 by Cait Johnson. Reprinted by permission of Skylight Paths.
Adapted from Earth, Water, Fire, and Air, by Cait Johnson (Skylight Paths, 2003).

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Cait Johnson

Cait Johnson, MFA, is the author of six books, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Witch in the Kitchen, Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games. She has been a counselor for more than 20 years, and teaches workshops on seasonal elemental approaches to self-healing, conscious eating, and soul-nurturing creativity.

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1:39AM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

Thank you.

1:38AM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

Thank you.

1:38AM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

Thank you.

1:35AM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

Thank you.

5:47PM PST on Jan 29, 2013

Thanks Cait

2:13AM PDT on Oct 28, 2012


12:27AM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

11:01AM PDT on May 9, 2012

I tried this, and it does work. However, I always wonder how these types of things are discovered ... people must do some really strange looking things as part of the discovery process! ;-)

11:27PM PST on Feb 15, 2012


2:19PM PST on Mar 3, 2011

WONDERFUL Article. Thanks so much for sharing.

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