The Watusi Jump is a millennial tool that can be used during your training and benefit not only your health but your mind. During certain rituals, the Watusi tribe of Africa gathers together and jumps up and down, holding their spears and shields while at the same time yelling some chant in a balanced rhythm. They leap high off the ground and make particular sounds, energizing themselves to go off to war, attempt incredible athletic feats, or perform a spiritual ritual. From time immemorial, they have done this traditionally. This jumping ritual is a great energy gatherer and is an arousing activity for the times when we need to perk up.
However, begin with 15 seconds and build up the practice time slowly — at your own rate of ability. Do not overindulge or strain.
The Watusi Jump may be done several times a day. Each time you practice it, especially when first learning the WJ, imagine that you are Watusis leaping higher and sounding off strongly.
The invigorating effect and mental strength you attain will vastly improve compared to those who simply do the Watusi Jump once.
The Watusi Jump Steps
- Stand with the feet comfortably apart, knees slightly bent.
- Leap up while breathing in through the nose or mouth (if necessary).
- Upon landing, breathe out completely through the mouth with an aggressive sound of “HUH.”
- Continue to leap/jump as high as possible, landing with the knees slightly bent yet not giving in to cushioning the landing.
- Leaping with great spring in your legs, keep the arms, elbows, wrists, and shoulders loose, plopping down when landing. Let this plopping of the arms release any tensions in the body. A smile may crease the face as we let ourselves do the Watusi Jump with great abandon.
- Do two to five more rounds comfortably for 30 to 90 seconds each. The forceful exhalation of the breath with the sound of HUH, releases tensions in the neck, and torso region. Done while smiling, we do this, so our face also releases tensions.
Caution: if you have high blood pressure, a heart condition, or an injured back, consult your physician. Then, when approved, do Watusi Jump at your rate and discretion.
This is a powerfully invigorating activity whose benefits may last up to two hours after doing just a 90-second routine. This exhilarating activity is perfect for energizing ourselves during the lethargic period of the day.
Clearing: A Tool To Achieve Fitness
It is a simple and effective method for concentrating while opening up to the creative areas of our brain. It also reduces stress and allows for the peak performance state of mind to occur.
How To Practice Clearing:
- Sit upright with the eyes and mouth closed.
- Begin by invoking, “God please Bless”
- Then pay attention to the movement of the breath: the ebb & flow, the coming and going of the subtle energy.
- Become aware of the sound of the breath and then continually experience the space between the breath: where the breath merges and emerges.
- If you have a normally active mind, you may wish to add a cue word.
Mentally repeat with the In-breath HUM, and with the Out-breath SO. This will bring even more intense concentration to mind.
Soon the mind will become so concentrated that the sound, the breath, and thoughts will disappear, allowing us to experience true silence. In this state of brain-wave activity, we are open to creative inspiration, and in a peak experience and performance state of mind while experiencing a deep state of relaxation.
Practicing Clearing a few minutes before each Visualization or anything very important to accomplish well is optimum.