Kundalini & Hatha Yoga – 5 differences

Many different types of yoga exist and it can be difficult to figure out which particular practice is right for you. Today we’ll look to shed some light on the difference between Hatha and Kundalini.

Of course Kundalini and Hatha Yoga have much in common. Both forms contain asana and breath. They both aim to increase awareness and flexibility, decrease stress, and move you toward the union of body, mind, and spirit but there are some differences.

5 differences between Kundalini & Hatha Yoga

Kundalini Energy In Kundalini Yoga there is a belief that each person has dormant energy that resides at the base of the spine. Many asanas target this energy and aim to activate it.

Tuning In Instead of “om,” Kundalini Yoga tunes in with the mantra “Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo,” which means “I call on the divine teacher within.”

Breath of Fire Kundalini Yoga uses an energetic, rapid, rhythmic pranayama called breath of fire. Breath of fire can be completed by itself or along with certain postures.

Dynamic Postures Many asanas in Kundalini Yoga involve vigorous movement as opposed to static postures.

Not Alignment-Based In Iyengar and Anusara classes, the teacher may highlight very specific alignments, such as the placement of individual fingers on the mat. Kundalini Yoga focuses less on alignment and more on the internal energy — circulation, glandular secretions, and raising the Kundalini energy.

If you’d like to discover more about this fascinating practice Emer Duffy will be teaching a fundamentals course this coming Sunday the 4th October



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