When one thinks of a brhmana practice that is supposed to build and energize the system, it is easy to conjure images of sun salutations, challenging standing poses and fast flows. But this is not what brhmana practice is about. The brhmana practice is about energy management and because of that it is supposed to support and expand the breath, specifically the inhalation. If fast movement and challenging poses make the breath fast and shallow, the practice might have an agitating effect instead of a lasting brhmana effect.
In addition, when designing a brhmana practice we always have to consider the student’s current state. If the student is tired and depleted, jumping straight into sun salutations might be even more exhausting. Instead we need to use breath and movement to MATCH the student’s current state first and then gradually take him where he needs to go. In the short brhmana practice below we start with simple poses close to the ground to gradually deepen the breath and begin to move the body. Then we use extension poses, backbends and lateral bends to support and expand inhalation. We gradually transition to standing poses and begin to use large whole body movements to nourish and energize the system. We finish the practice with Viloma Ujjayi technique (Alternate nostril inhalation) for a more pronounced brhmana effect.
This practice has been added to Sequence Wiz home yoga practice app. You can find it under Energy > Sluggish > 20-40 minutes. Learn more about the app >