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Why is Kundalini Yoga different than other Yogas?

There are some very distinguish features of Kundalini Yoga (KY) you may be interested to know:

  • Tuning In. Right from the beginning of the class, KY distinguishes itself. Yes, we tune in before any class with the mantra “Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo,” which means “I call on the divine teacher within.”  To put it simple this mantra connect you with the source of the teachings of KY.
  • Kriyas. Each KY class features at least one kriya (or series of exercises) designed to have a particular effect, such as Kriya for Elevation, Navel Adjustment Kriya, or Kriya for Conquering Sleep.
  • Dynamic Postures. Many asanas in KY involve vigorous movement as opposed to static postures.
  • Mantras. KY has an enormous cannon of beautiful mantras. There are mantras for everything under the sun: for protection, for inner peace, for courage, for intuition, for happiness…The list goes on and on.
  • KY is Not alignment-based. In Iyengar and Hatha yoga classes, the teacher may emphasize very specific alignment issues, such as the placement of individual fingers on the mat. KY focuses less on alignment and more on the internal energy — circulation, glandular secretions, and raising the Kundalini energy.
  • Breath of Fire. KY uses an energizing, rapid, rhythmic pranayama called breath of fire. Breath of fire is done by itself or along with certain postures.
  • Meditations. There are thousands of meditations in the KY tradition, each with a specific purpose. Cultivating the meditative, neutral mind is paramount.
  • Music. The music of KY features mantras in variety of languages and dialects as well as some mantras/songs in English, and it’s a gorgeous, inspiring, integral part of every class.
  • The Master - Yogi Bhajan. The man who brought KY to the West from India was Yogi Bhajan. He taught and inspired many and, though he died in 2004, his teachings are carried on by his students. You’ll often hear him quoted by KY teachers, many of whom call him their spiritual teacher.
  • The Golden Chain. The concept of the Golden Link (or Golden Chain) refers to KY learning lineage.  It includes your current teacher, their teacher, and their teacher’s teacher all the way back to the beginning of things.  It is your “bloodline” and legacy to KY teachings.

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