This post is about an introduction to Kundalini Yoga Poses (Asanas). This is an ancient and powerful practice of yoga designed to open up energy channels in the body and increase your spiritual awareness. Asanas are physical postures and movements that are used to strengthen the body and improve flexibility. The practice of Kundalini Yoga can help to expand your consciousness and awaken your spiritual potential.
Garland Pose (Malasana)
Garland Pose (Malasana) is an asana that stretches the ankles, legs, groins, and back. It helps to open up the hips and energize the body. To perform this pose, begin by standing with your feet spread wide apart and your toes pointing outward. Place your hands into prayer position at the centre of your chest. Bend your knees and lower your hips towards the floor. Try to keep your torso upright and press your elbows into the inner edges of your knees. Stay in this pose for a few breaths before straightening your legs and coming back to standing.
Camel Pose (Ustrasana)
Camel Pose (Ustrasana) is a back-bending pose that opens up the chest and lungs. It is said to help to energize the body and bring about a sense of physical and emotional balance. To enter this pose, begin by kneeling on the floor with your legs hip-distance apart. Plant your hands on the base of your sacrum and arch your back up and back. Open up your chest and reach your arms back, taking hold of your heels. Continue to arch your back and press your pelvis up, letting your head hang back. Take a few deep breaths in this pose, before coming out of it and returning to a kneeling position.
Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)
Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana) is a slightly more advanced backbend. This pose increases flexibility in the spine and strengthens the back muscles. To enter the pose, start by lying on your stomach with your legs stretched out behind you. Place your palms flat on the floor, just beneath your shoulders. Begin to arch your back and press your chest up, extending your arms as far as is comfortable. Gently open up the chest and look up, but avoid straining your neck. If you experience any discomfort, come out of the pose or modify it by keeping your elbows bent. Hold this pose for a few breaths before coming out of it and resting your stomach on the floor.
Child’s Pose (Balasana)
Child’s Pose (Balasana) is a gentle, calming pose that is perfect for relaxation and grounding. It stretches the hips and lower back, while also calming the mind and body. To perform this pose, start by sitting on your heels with your toes pointed out in front of you. Reach your arms forward, then lower your torso onto your thighs. Take your arms out to the sides and rest your forehead on the ground. Allow yourself to relax and take deep breaths in this position. When you are ready, slowly come out of the pose, returning to a seated position on your heels.
These are just a few of the poses that can be practiced as part of Kundalini Yoga. By practicing these poses on a regular basis, you will be able to gain strength, flexibility and energy while also calming the mind and allowing your spirit to unfold. It is important to listen to your body and practice each pose safely, so that you can truly benefit from the practice of Kundalini Yoga.