As a Hatha and Kundalini yoga teacher I often get asked how the two compare. My usual response is that they are so different that it’s best to experience each and see for yourself. That being said there are some evident differences. Here are my top 10 ways in which Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan differs from Hatha Yoga:
- Always opens with the Adi mantra: Ong Namo Guru Deve Namo and ends with the the Sunshine Song
- The instructor and students are encouraged to wear white to expand their auras
- Exercises are timed
- It’s done with the eyes closed unless specified
- The class usually starts with warm-ups followed by a Kriya (set of exercises), relaxation and meditation.
- There is a theme or specific focus to every class
- Pranayama and chanting can be done during some of the exercises
- Depending on the chosen Kriya the exercises can be super dynamic or held for a long time
- There are no hands-on adjustments
- The music played in class is specific to Kundalini yoga
Haven’t experienced a Kundalini Yoga class yet? Try it out and let me know how it was. Please visit www.3ho.org for more information about Kundalini Yoga.