Kandasana: Beyond the Contortion

Philosophy of the Asana

If there is one asana which awakens the dormant Kundalini so powerfully, it has to be the Kandasana. Aside from the Ida, Pingala, and the Sushumna, the Kanda is one important nadi as it is where all the 72,000 energy points originate from.

The kanda nadi is located in the sacral spine, aligned with the generative organs. Energetically, the kanda nadi is directly attached to the walls of the Sushumna nadi (spinal cord). I feel this point being suspended at the very centre of the hips (like an empty pouch) behind the walls of the pubic bone in the front and between the big flat hipbones at the back. 

The kundalini energy is trapped in the kanda nadi where she remains dormant until the kanda is finally opened up. Only then shall the Kundalini awakens from her sleep and flows out potently.

The Kandasana is a powerful spiritual technique for opening the muladhara and svadhishthana chakras. The kandasana has always been inspiring to me but never thought that I would be able to do it. No way. This is just way too complicated. 

Looking back, learning it is part of the journey as my inner body becomes more open and sensitive. The sensorial blockages are the most challenging to dissolve. Just like any endeavour which requires willpower, it is not as complicated and difficult as it seems.

Presently, I do this almost every day as my way of internal cleansing as well as to drain my psyche of the pressures and excessive Apana Vayu (subtle outward energy flow).

The Psychic Body

Externally, the kandasana looks like an element of the feet, ankles and knees. Yes, the ankles need to be very flexible for this to happen safely. More important though is our inner awareness of the subtle movements if the joints of the sacroiliac spine. Without the hips being ready and open, forcing the feet and legs to rotate around could cause serious damage to our bodies.

It is also an element of coordination, timing and mind control. The movement has to happen in perfect unison with the breath. The Bandhas protect the spine and hips against shock as the movements are highly sensitive and risky for the feet, knees and lower spine. All these preparatory skills of gaining flexibility, strength, and coordination are meaningfully attained through mastering techniques which promote mobility and dynamism. These all form part of the beginning stages of the practice which is built through time and consistent practice.

The full effect of the Kandasana is felt after the practice once the hips have restored. This energetic effect could last up to days. It creates a deep hole right at the very core of the hips, like an open tube. This channel is directly connected to the brain. Breathing through this pathway allows us to easily collect the ascend the kundalini through the chakras of the astral system.

While at it, one could not feel fatigued or hunger for many hours and even for days. Many psychic manifestations could also be felt during this stage such that energy channelling and healing are so potent at this time. But more importantly, this is the best time to meditate on her purest, most divine and most holy nature.

Practice Note

Remember that the Kandasana is just one of the many ways to awaken the Kundalini energy. In this light, one should never feel lacking if this is not happening. Alternatives are other hip-openers which suit your level. After your choice of asana (flow), you can do the nadi shodhana after. Asana and pranayama can effectively and safely open the energetic body too. In the future, the readiness shall flowingly lead you to this path. So, do not rush.

But there are many of you out there who might be feeling the calling to try this out already. For this lesson, I am sharing with you some deeper components of the breath and energy locks and how they are all related to the structural movements. All these shall lead to a richer and safe experience of the kandasana.

Kandasana Video Tutorials

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