There are many different types of yoga and it can be difficult to figure out which is which and what each one does for you.
So what is the difference between Kundalini and Hatha Yoga?
Both forms contain asana and breath. They both aim to increase body and mind awareness and move you toward the union of body, mind, and spirit.
In Kundalini Yoga there is a belief that we all have dormant energy that resides at the base of the spine. The dynamic postures used in a class help to guide this energy up the spine.
Kundalini Yoga classes feature a kriya (or action) designed to have a particular effect on the body and mind.
We start every class with the Adi Mantra “Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo,” which means “I call on the divine teacher within.”
We use a LOT of breath of fire! This is used in other yoga practices too and is an energetic, rapid, rhythmic pranayama
Many of the kriyas use dynamic postures which are vigorous movements as opposed to static postures.
Kundalini Yoga focuses less on alignment (as in other yoga) and more on the internal energy — circulation, glandular secretions, and raising the Kundalini energy.
Meditation is a huge part of the class and each has a specific purpose. Cultivating the meditative, neutral mind is paramount.
Why the white?
It is said that wearing white expands your auric field and aids in balancing the chakras. I have experimented with both and have found difference in my practice but it is up to the individual.
Oh and the turban...how could I forget?
Some say the turban activates specific pressure points on the scalp. Others say wearing the turban is a kriya in itself as it challenges the ego – especially in the West where our hair is considered to be a measure of beauty. Some wear it to honour the Sikh tradition in which Kundalini Yoga is based. Some teachers wear the turban and some don't.
There you have it. The choice comes in what works specifically for you.