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.
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).