‘Alien Yoga’ Is Suddenly A Thing Even Though Some People Have Been Doing It For Centuries

by Shruti Pillai | ScoopWhoop

The latest viral phenomenon on Facebook and Instagram is something called ‘Alien Yoga’ and it’s making people wow and cringe all at once.

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This mind-bending exercise makes the human abdomen take peculiar shapes and it’s making people all over the world drop their jaws open in amazement.

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Little do they know that we desis have been practicing this ancient form of yoga for ages already.

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Source: Bustle

What Instagram is calling ‘Alien Yoga’ is originally named nauli or kriya – an ancient yogic cleansing exercise that promotes digestion and helps strengthen the core. A yogi practicing kriya exhales entirely to isolate the abdomen and pull it completely underneath the rib cage.

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The fascinating dancing movement that the abdomen appears to make is caused by the contraction and release of the abdominal muscles. And while it’s a fairly challenging exercise, kriya can be mastered by a practitioner of any age and level of experience.

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‘Alien Yoga’ has only recently become a thing and the Western world seems to be falling pretty hard for it. But the practice has been around for a while. And by ‘a while’, I mean centuries!

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Just ask Baba Ramdev!

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So you may be a little late to the party yet again, West. But hey, der aaye durust aaye, amirite?

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