Kundalini Yoga: What’s the Angle?

When I first began teaching Kundalini Yoga 45 years ago, I remember the teacher in my ashram told me, “Kundalini Yoga is the science of angles and triangles.”

That sounded wise and mysterious. I liked science, being a one-time physics major until psychedelics told me I should start looking inside instead of outside for my answers, but my analytical mind still wanted to know: What do you mean by “triangles?”

The triangles he said referred to the energy contained in the lower three chakras and the upper three chakras and how they triangulated and ultimately complemented and balanced each other.

“Fine,” I said, although not fully understanding, “but what are the angles?”

His answer was much simpler and clearer.

“The angles refer to how we position the body to affect the organs, glands and chakras as we do the asanas and kriyas. Like the 60-degree angle of the arms in Ego Eradicator that direct the flow of energy into the heart.”

“And the legs, how do they work with the angles?” I asked.

“Just experience it,” he said.

After years of “experiencing” how lifting my legs to various angles might affect my body and consciousness, I finally discovered the answers in a manual that had not yet been published back in the day.

Here is what happens when we raise our legs to various heights and angles when doing leg-lifts in a Kundalini Yoga class:

What’s The Angle?

Angle/Distance Benefits

0 to 6 inches Ovaries and sex glands

6 to 18 inches (15 degrees) Navel point and kidneys

12 inches to 2 feet (30 degrees) Liver, spleen, gallbladder and pancreas

1 1/2 to 2 1/2 feet (45 degrees) Liver, upper stomach gallbladder

2 to 3 feet (60 degrees) Heart, lungs, stomach

4 feet (70-90 degrees) Thyroid, parathyroid, pineal

90 degrees Memory, pineal and pituitary

Want a quick Kundalini tune-up or use these as a warm-up?

Use Breath of Fire as you lift the legs from the floor through the various angles. Do not strain, time is up to you and rest between each angle.

As you practice Kundalini Yoga, remember that it is a science that works with the inherent energy of the human body. Accurate practice brings exceptional results, or as Yogi Bhajan said almost 50 years ago:

“It is better not to do a Kundalini Yoga exercise if you are careless about the angles, because in these exercises, angles are very important. One degree angle off, one degree angle right, does make a lot of difference, because it is just playing on the nerves and nerves are very, very accurate as far as the human body is concerned. That is why I always request people to be very exact, accurate and try to do their best.”

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