Kalyaana Mandapas (also known as Tantra Yoga) is a form of Yoga that emphasizes the connection between body, mind, and Spirit. Most commonly known in its more popular form, Kalyaana Mandapas also is known as Hatha Yoga, is a non-competitive style of Yoga with deep meaning. It is a powerful tool for spiritual development within a Yoga practitioner. This article will look at the different kalyaana yoga poses and describe them in more detail.
With the focus on energy, kalyaana yoga includes various Asanas or positions. Each pose or position is designed to let the mind empty, allowing the body and energetic system to shift into a state of meditation. While practicing these Asanas, it is important to remember not to hold your breath while in any pose or asana. Holding your breath is like trying to hold water in a bottle while trying to drink it. It simply won’t work out properly.
There are six kalyaana Yoga Asanas that I feel are of the most importance. They are Sun Salutation, Sukhasana, Sarvangasana, Iyengar, Prasarita Padottanasana, and Chittavritti. Each pose has a specific purpose in purifying the body, relaxing the mind, building strength, improving concentration, and opening the heart.
Sun salutation opens up the chest and helps to cleanse the air sacs in the lungs. Cleansing the air sacs helps to clear the mind and open the body. It is believed that by breathing in clean air, the energy circulates throughout the body and increases vitality, whereas breathing polluted air decreases energy and causes fatigue and stress. You may find this kalyaana pose quite difficult to perform at first. Don’t be surprised if you have a bit of difficulty with this pose for a few weeks.
Sukhasana is another popular kalyaana Yoga pose. In this pose, your buttocks should be placed on the floor a little forward so that the entire body is parallel to the floor. If your buttocks are not parallel, it can be very challenging to maintain focus. The intention of this pose is to bring the mind and soul into synchronization. As with Sun Salutation, Sukhasana also cleanses the lungs.
Lastly, Iyengar stands for “Iyengar World”. This pose is a very powerful mediation. When performed with a partner, it allows the mind to become detached from the body and open to the outside world. Iyengar is often used in conjunction with other positions such as Sarvangasana and Chittavritti. This combination allows the mind to reach a state of pure bliss.