“Kundalini Yoga is the original and most powerful of the twenty-two schools of yoga, all of which are beneficial. The Yoga Sutras (writings) say that what you can achieve in 12 years of Hatha Yoga, plus 6 years of Raj Yoga, plus 3 years of Mantra Yoga, plus 1 year of Laya Yoga CAN be accomplished in 1 single year of perfectly practiced Kundalini Yoga”
Kundalini Yoga is Raaj Yoga (ancient sacred yoga) and includes all 8 limbs of Patanjali’s in each complete set. This means you work on the entire spectrum of body and mind as a whole system to get an experience when practising. Instead of focusing on perfecting the posture, Kundalini Yoga uses kriyas to achieve a specific result. A Kriya is a set of exercises which includes postures, breath, sound and movement; with the purpose to raise the awareness quick and direct.
The purpose of Hatha Yoga is the same, but with the difference that it takes many years of practice to reach perfection in the posture, and about 15-20 years to raise awareness in that way. Hatha Yoga is the mastery of polarities, using static postures and with focus on perfecting them, whereas in Kundalini Yoga there are many dynamic postures with vigorous movement, combined with pranayam (breath), mantras and meditation.
Kundalini Yoga is a form of 7 different yoga-styles; among them is Hatha, Raja and Laya Yoga. Kundalini Yoga is the “Yoga of the householders”, meaning it is designed for people who have “normal” lives – So if you do not have time to sit and meditate all day long, or don’t want to wait 15-20 years to raise your awareness; Kundalini Yoga can do the work for you in less time. :)
Klick here to read more on differences between Kundalini Yoga & Hatha Yoga.