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Nābhigranthim merurpŗșthe śatavāram ca kārayet |
Udaryamāmayam tyaktvā jatharāgnim vivardhayeț ||

Gherand Samhita 1.19 Try touching the navel a hundred times to the spinal cord. This process is known as agnisara. This process eliminates diseases in the stomach and ignites the fire in the stomach.

In a seated position, with hands on knees, Paul shows us one round of Agni Sara. He begins by bringing his abdomen to a relaxed neutral position. Then he isolates his lower abdomen and slowly draws it back while exhaling without raising his diaphragm or upper abdomen. With lungs completely empty, and without allowing air to flow back in, he vigorously pumps the abdomen forward. (A beginner may find it helpful to pinch the nose to stop the air from flowing in.)

The diaphragm and abdomen are fully relaxed and passive, and therefore able to balloon out to “maximum.” He draws back the lower abdomen, bringing navel to spine, then immediately pumps again, repeating the action fully as many times as is comfortable without inhaling. Finally, he releases and inhales with control, completing one round. Typically, he might do six rounds in one session.

 Agni means fire. This powerful cleansing practice stokes the inner digestive fire.