Your Inner Child Was Right—Whirling Your Body is Good for You

Many of us felt the exhilaration of spinning in circles as a child. What we may not have realized is that spinning your body like a top may actually be good for you. Based on the centuries-old Sufi ritual known as Whirling, spinning yourself about an axis can unite mind, heart and body.

Meditation in Motion

An ancient art practiced by Tibetans, Whirling Meditation helps stretch your muscles and joints. It can also enhance your muscle tone, and it even works to increase your overall mobility. Tibetan Lamas believe that Whirling Meditation casts out negative energy and strengthens the tie between your body’s right and left hemispheres. They also believe that gently rotating your body’s core or center wakes up your chakras and stimulates your body’s energy system. The circular motion acts to restore your hormonal imbalances and improve your vitality. Some believe Whirling lets you break free from the ties that bind you to the material world and reconnect you to your “heart center,” which is where love, music, faith and poetry are found.

Getting Around to Whirling

You don’t need music to practice Whirling Meditation, but it helps. Don’t whirl after a meal or you may become nauseous. When you first start to whirl, relax your muscles and begin to rotate slowly (clockwise or counterclockwise, whatever feels more natural). Keep your eyes open. Find your body’s core and raise your arms to the height of your shoulders. Keep your right hand palm up and the left hand low, with palm down. Lock your eyes on one of your raised hands. Whirl your body for about 10 minutes, or until you feel comfortable and balanced without becoming dizzy. Let your body “tell you” when to stop turning. Once you’ve stopped, remain in a still standing pose or let you body simply drift softly to the ground. Remember to breathe deeply and relax.

Experience an Emotional Release

People who practice Whirling Meditation experience a wide range of emotions. Some people laugh, others experience peace and joyful tears. Tibetans believe whirling reconnects you with the earth, and that your body is returning built-up energies back into the soil. For examples of Whirling Meditation, see this Sufi Whirling video.

Older individuals or those with medical conditions should consult their doctor before attempting any Whirling exercises.



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Holly D4 years ago

Lol, what a happy, interesting article! =) Whirling was a favorite activity when I was little. My favorite place to experience it was in the field of wild flowers behind my house. Nowadays, I find myself only doing it when I swim because it's safer and gentler but it still makes me feel wonderful. Interesting to know it's a real thing and not just a quirk of mine!

Mark H.
Mark H4 years ago

I love this! Glad you don't have to be a professional!

Nikola Dobric
Nikola Dobric4 years ago

I'm whirling all the time.

Angela AWAY K.
Angela K4 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Leanne B.
Leanne B4 years ago

Thank you.

Param Singh
Param Singh4 years ago

thanks for tips.

Gagan Deep
Gagan Deep4 years ago

thank you for good info...

Aman Deep
Aman Deep4 years ago

grate article..

Rahul Sharma
Rahul Sharma4 years ago