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What Is the Correct Body Posture for Kundalini Yoga?

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PS is practicing yoga since the age of 11. Her yoga retreats in India have helped her gain deep insights into self-awareness.

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The practices involved in awakening the chakras and kundalini are mainly done in the sitting position. You need to adapt to the meditative asana. The recommended asana is Siddhasana and Siddha yoni asana for males and females respectively. These asanas have the following effects on your body:

  • The direct pressure on your Mooladhara chakra.
  • Upward regulation of nervous energy.
  • Upward redirection of blood circulation.
  • The energy moves from your pelvic and abdominal regions to your brain.
  • The produced energy is added to the already circulating energy. This energy increases the voltage of vital energy in your body.
  • The pressure exerted on your perineum awakes the energy source and the vital energy moves upwards.
Maha Bheda Mudra, one of the kriya yoga techniques, is a highly effective way to apply pressure on your Mooladhara chakra

Maha Bheda Mudra, one of the kriya yoga techniques, is a highly effective way to apply pressure on your Mooladhara chakra

Alternatives to Siddhasana

  • In place of Siddhasana, you can also practice Padmasana. Padmasana is highly useful for Tadan kriya, one of the kundalini techniques. The only drawback is this asana Padmasana doesn’t apply the direct pressure on your Mooladhara chakra.
  • If you can’t see in Siddhasana comfortably, then you can practice Uttanpadasana. The posture of Uttanpadasana can be maintained only for a short duration.
  • In kriya yoga techniques, Maha Bheda Mudra and Maha Mudra can be practiced instead of Siddhasana. These mudras are considered equally effective in igniting the power within the Mooladhara chakra.
  • You can also practice Bhadrasana. This asana is also effective in applying the pressure on your Mooladhara chakra.

Steps to practice different asanas

Siddhasana

Siddhasana

1. Siddhasana (Accomplished Pose for men)

  • Sit with straight legs on the mat or cushion.
  • Bend your right leg and place the sole of your foot against your left thigh.
  • The heel of your right leg must press the perineum, which is the area of the Mooladhara chakra.
  • Bend your left leg and place the foot on the top of your right calf.
  • The heel of your left leg must press the pelvic bone, which is located just above the genitals.
  • Push your toes of the left leg between your right calf and thigh muscles.
  • Hold the right toes and move them upward between your left thigh and calf.
  • You are now sitting in Siddhasana with both legs locked and your knees on the ground.
  • Keep your spine straight and steady.

Note: You should not practice this asana if you are suffering sciatica or sacred infections.

You can also choose Sukhasana and Ardha Padrnasana as alternatives, but they are not as effective as Siddhasana.

Siddha yoni asana

Siddha yoni asana

2. Siddha yoni asana (Accomplished pose for women)

  • Siddha yoni asana is recommenced for females in the place of Siddhasana.
  • You need to practice it in exactly the same way as Siddhasana.
  • The only difference is your lower heel is placed at the entrance of your vagina.
  • Your left heel presses against the clitoris.
Padmasana

Padmasana

3. Padmasana (Lotus Pose)

  • Sit with straight legs.
  • Bend your legs and place them on top of your opposite thighs.
  • Keep the sole of your feet upward.
  • Your spine must be straight and keep your shoulders, head, and neck relaxed.
Uttanpadasana

Uttanpadasana

4. Uttanpadasana (Raised heel pose)

  • Sit with straight legs.
  • Bend your right leg under your body such that you are sitting on your right foot.
  • Your right heel must press the entrance of the vagina or the perineum.
  • Your left foot will stay outstretched.
  • You can also bend your left leg in place of right and keep your right leg outstretched.
Bhadrasana

Bhadrasana

5. Bhadrasana (Gentleman’s pose)

  • Sit in Vajrasana.
  • Separate your knees as much as you can.
  • Keep your big toes together such that they are in contact with each other.
  • Your buttocks must rest on the cushion.
  • Place your hands on the knees and keep your back straight.
  • This posture will put firm pressure on your Mooladhara chakra.
Pawanmuktasana

Pawanmuktasana

Points to remember

If your body, especially knees, hips, and ankles are not flexible enough, then you must avoid Siddhasana, Padmasana, and Bhadrasana. Instead, you can practice Pawanmuktasana. In this, the following exercises are involved:

  • Ankle exercises
  • Half and full butterfly
  • Knee rotation
  • Crow walking

You can also practice Utthanasana. You can perform other asanas as well such as Surya Namaskara that fit your body type. This is important to boost your overall health.

Pranayama is an essential exercise, especially Nadi Shodhana. It helps you control your exhalation and inhalation as well as outer and inner retention. This balance is important to achieve perfection in various kundalini techniques.

You should practice these exercises daily along with the ones related to the specific chakras.

© 2020 PS Tavishi