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Two Venus Kriyas

Venus Kriyas are powerful yogic techniques for partners that utilize the male and female polarities that exist in all of us.

Practice of Venus Kriyas can help to establish balance in a relationship, allow you the opportunity to connect with and support one another's higher self, and develop the experience of Oneness between the two of you. The focus stays at the heart, projecting love and caring, with the highest good for both partners.

Practicing Venus Kriyas

Venus Kriyas are different from White Tantric Yoga®, which can only be practiced under the guidance of the Mahan Tantric (Yogi Bhajan). (Yogi Bhajan continues to guide the White Tantric Yoga video courses through his subtle body.)

Venus Kriyas are very powerful and should never be used with the intention to manipulate or exploit another person. If these techniques are misused in any way, the result can be harmful to both parties.

It is recommended that you both do a Kundalini Yoga set before the Venus Kriya, for preparation and maximum effectiveness.

Each Venus Kriya can be practiced a maximum of three minutes, and only one Venus Kriya can be practiced per hour.

How to Practice:

As mentioned above, start with a Kundalini kriya.

To Begin:

Step 1. Sit down in front of your partner, put your own hands together in Prayer Pose,[1] and tune in by chanting Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo[2] three times.

Step 2. With your hands still together, look into your partner's eyes and then bow your head in recognition of his/her God consciousness. Project love from your heart, and any other positive intention.

Step 3. Follow the instructions for the specific Venus Kriya that you want to practice.

To End:

Step 4. To end each Venus Kriya, inhale, exhale, stretch the arms up, twist from side to side, and relax.

Step 5. Upon completion of the kriya, put your own palms together at the heart center, say Sat Nam, and thank your partner.

Step 6. Relax completely.

Three-Part Venus Kriya

Begin with Steps 1 and 2 above.

Part 1. Then sit on your heels in Rock Pose[3] facing your partner. Place your hands on your thighs, palms down. Look into each other’s eyes, trying not to blink. Radiate love and see yourself in your partner’s eyes. Continue for 1 minute.

Part 2. Stand up facing your partner. Join hands and look into each others’ eyes, projecting divine love.

Next, squat down together in Crow Pose,[4] keeping the feet flat on the ground and the hands joined. Try to get your buttocks to touch the ground. Look into each other’s eyes. Inhale and stand up together. Hold the breath in for a few seconds. Then exhale as you squat back down in Crow Pose. Hold the breath out a few seconds. Repeat the exercise a total of 5 times, inhaling as you stand up and then hold the breath in, exhaling as you squat down and then hold the breath out.

Part 3. Sit in Rock Pose facing your partner. Inhale and hold the breath in a few seconds, then exhale and hold the breath out a few seconds. Repeat the breath pattern a total of 5 times. Then relax and finish with Steps 4 – 6 above.

Shiva Shakti Venus Kriya

Begin with Steps 1 and 2 above.

Then stand up and face your partner. The man’s left hand holds the woman’s left hand and both right hands are held up (see photo). Right upper arms are parallel to the ground. Look into each other’s eyes. Lift up your left leg and balance on your right leg. The left leg doesn’t touch the right leg. Holding this position, the man lets himself become as the god, Shiva,[5] and the woman lets herself become as the goddess, Shakti.[6] Let your souls dance.

Hold this posture for 3 minutes, changing legs if necessary. Then finish with steps 4 – 6 above.

© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan



[1] Palms pressed together at the center of the chest

[2] Opening chant used to begin every Kundalini Yoga class, meaning, “I bow to Creator and to the Divine teacher within.”

[3] Sitting on your heels; Vajrasan

[4] Squatting down as far as possible with the feet flat on the ground

[5] The masculine aspect of divine creative expression; as the third member of the Hindu Trinity, Shiva is the Destroyer God, joining Brahma and Vishnu

[6] Woman; feminine aspect of God