Kundalini yoga is a type of yoga that focuses on inner peace, flexibility, and maintaining your sense of focus. This is one of the most popular types of yoga, due to its slow pace and focus on individuality. The three kundalini yoga poses described in this article can be done anywhere, anytime, by people of any age or ability level.
While cat-cow is not one of the most well-known kundalini yoga poses, it is one of the best to get you warmed up for your yoga sessions. To perform this exercise properly, start by placing your yoga mat down on a flat surface that is free from all other distractions. Come onto all fours on your mat, making sure that your hands are positioned directly under your shoulders with your fingers spaced widely apart and your knees directly under your hips with your shins flat on the floor. At this point, you should be in a straight line from your head to your tailbone. Take a few deep breaths. As you exhale your breath, use the muscles in your core to push your back up to the sky. Allow your head to curve down to your chest, and look to the ground. You should look like a cat that is arching its back. Now, inhale your breath, and press down on your back, pushing your stomach to the ground. You should now look like a sway-backed cow. Continue this movement, being sure to inhale and exhale properly, for at least 30 seconds.
Tree pose is a very popular kundalini yoga pose that helps to center the yogi. To perform this exercise, start by standing tall on your yoga mat with your feet together. Bring your palms together at the center of your chest as if you were praying. Carefully lift your right heel off the ground, and place it on the inside of your left calf. Rotate your right hip so that your right knee is pointing to the side wall. Your legs should form a triangle while in this pose. Hold your hands at your chest or carefully push them overhead to the sky. Continue holding this pose for at least 30 seconds and then switch to the other leg.
Finally, the corpse pose is a great way to end any kundalini yoga session. Start by laying down on your back on your yoga mat. Rest your arms by your sides with your palms facing towards the sky and stretch your legs out in front of your body. Relax your feet and allow them to fall to the sides. Close your eyes and take some deep breaths. Try to eliminate all thoughts from your mind. If you have a thought, acknowledge it, and then dismiss it. Instead, focus simply on how your body feels in this position. Hold the pose for at least five minutes in order to achieve optimal results.