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Starting Kundalini & How it Differs from Hatha

Apr 10, 2015

If Kundalini interests you, try a class and see what your experience is! It's always good to take a minimum of three classes, so you can really get into it. As the first time, it's more understanding what to expect and learning some basics, but by the third time you can really just flow with the experience.

Kundalini works on many things and on many levels. Without a doubt, you will gain endurance, strength, flexibility and balance. This will not be just on the physical level, but also mentally and spiritually. The practice is very much individual to self, bringing awareness and health to your body and giving peace of mind, as well as opening you to your own potential, gifts and strengths.

People often ask how Kundalini Yoga differs from other types of yoga. The majority of yoga classes offered are from a hatha tradition or a hatha-variation called vinyasa (meaning flow). Most hatha classes focus mainly on poses, some breathwork, shorter relaxations, and may touch on meditation. Often hatha vinyasa classes use a similar sequence, based around sun salutation variations, that is repeated in each class. Vinyasa classes tend to use Ujjayi (Victory) breath through the practice.

In Kundalini yoga practice, there are many poses similar to hatha yoga, and many others, some of which are dynamic and move with breath. We may use sun salutations as warm-ups, but not in every class and not through class… there is much more. We use Kriyas (yoga sets that focus on a specific intention or goal, using certain poses in a certain order for a certain amount of time or set number of repetitions). There are thousands of kriyas, so class is rarely repetitive.

During each class, and in the poses, we incorporate diverse types of yogic breathing, some more intense than Ujjayi. We often use strong breathwork with dynamic movement in poses. Some breathwork is extremely relaxing, maybe taught in meditation or relaxation, and we also work on breath rhythm by chanting mantras.

Kundalini Yoga incorporates the 8 limbs of yoga and includes different types of yoga. The combination of yogic techniques layered in a Kundalini Yoga class, works on your physical body (and your other 9 bodies (3 minds, soul and energetic bodies). It works on the major energy centers in your body (chakras) as well as connected energy system of minor chakras and nadis. The poses work on your spine, a foundation of health and youthfulness. The meditation works on calming your mind and bring back balance and peace from stress, and the chanting works on your glandular system, shifting your outlook and ability to handle life’s challenges.

People feel great after Kundalini Yoga because all these layers integrate together for enhanced health and wellness. Come try it for strengthening and peace on all levels.

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