“Men of great knowledge actually found out about the chakras – their workings, their petals, their sounds, their infinity, their co-relationship, their powers. They found that the life of a human is totally based on these chakras. They developed into a whole science. This total science gave birth to Kundalini Yoga. That is how Kundalini Yoga was born.” – Yogi Bhajan
Asanas, or postures, are positions of the body used to activate and direct energy to open both a physical and an energetic position in the body. When using Kundalini yoga to clear the chakras, asana are useful to open pranic flow.
1) First Chakra, the Root Chakra (Muladhara): Foundations, fear, survival
Asana: Crow Pose
2) Second Chakra, the Sacral Chakra (Svadisthana): Creation, desire, relationships
Asana: Frog Pose
Keep the heels together and the fingers on the ground. Inhale through the nose as you straighten your knees; exhale through the nose as you squat down.
3) Third Chakra, the Solar Plexus (Manipura): Will, action
Asana: Stretch Pose
Lift the head and the feet six inches off the ground. Bring the arms up, palms facing. Stare at the toes. Do breath of fire.
4) Fourth Chakra, the Heart Chakra (Anahata): Love
Asana: Camel Pose
If full camel pose is too much of a stretch for you, place your hands in the small of your back for support and arch backwards with your head.