Think flexible yogis are sexy? Well, did you know they can apparently do something with their stomachs that's out of a freakin' horror movie?
It's called Nauli, but it's apparently gotten the nickname "Alien Yoga," according to the Independent. And you can see why:
Day 20 @ghoshyogabook #mayyogacure #nauli This has been a journey. Great for digestive issues. I remember practicing it and thinking nothing was happening. Then one day I was able to push out my rectus abdominal. Yay 😊 #yoga #menofyoga #guysofyoga #bishnughosh #ghoshyoga #practiceyoga #practisedaily #instagay #yogavancouver
The move supposedly helps massage internal organs, strengthening the core and aiding digestion. But it also looks like simply a fun way to scare people!
Nauli Kriya Now this is one thing I never thought I'd be able to do.. after a few attempts in the mirror these days I was starting to give up hope possible because I just couldn't see properly whether or not I was doing it. So today I just went for it in front of the camera! I did too clips as after successfully doing it once I was adamant I could do better hehe, plus it's slightly addictive 🙊 this was my second 30sec clip it is recorded in real time. It's far from perfect but I'm damn impressed with myself and will definitely be using this daily after listening to all the wonderful benefits it brings! . Nauli stomach | #30dyc | Day 13 . . #nauli #naulikriya #stomachmassage #dailypractice #yoga #yogachallenge #yogaeveryday #yogaeverydamndaily #yogaeverydamnday #yogainthegarden #outdooryogis #yogajourney #yogafit #yogafun #yogalife #yogalove #yogaaddict #happyyogi #yogi #yogini #yogisofinstagram #instayogi #yogacommunity #igyogafam #practiceandalliscoming @dashamalove
To do the move, you apparently first exhale, pushing your stomach out, according to Yoga Journal. While holding your breath, you then pull your abs up toward the chest. Then you isolate your abs and roll them from side to side. "This Nauli is the crown of Hatha practices," says a translation of The Hatha Yoga Pradipika. "It kindles a weak gastric fire, restores the digestion, always brings happiness, and dries up all defects and diseases."
Though modern, Western versions of yoga usually don't teach the move, in some classical Yoga classes nauli is one of the first things you learn, according to nauli.org. It's, um, easier said than done. Yoga Journal recommends learning the move from an experienced teacher, especially in order to avoid injuries.
Morning routine Nauli kriyas. Not easy to take a selfie of a nauli "in motion", and not pretty, so appologies for the alien look 😂but I wanted to share that I have been trying to do naulis every morning after a glass of lemon water. It massages my organs, fires up my Agni, my inner fire and helps me kickstart into the grey winter mornings. It's also really good for abdominal strength and . #nauli
What do you think?