Mixing Different Styles of Yoga

Regarding mixing different styles of yoga: All yoga systems emanate from a common source and we have designed our workouts in recognition of the greater continuum of yoga.

It is true that it's important to try to keep a tradition pure, but it is also true that different styles of yoga are very complimentary and that most of the styles of yoga which are now popular are themselves amalgams of previous styles or a Teacher's interpretation of the style they had learned.

For instance, Iyengar Yoga was formulated by an Indian Teacher, B.K.S. Iyengar who developed a system of hatha yoga with particular emphais on form and alignment. Ashtanga Yoga was developed by another India Teacher Patabhi Jois, in a tradition which uses athletic sequences and variations based on the standard Sun Salutation. American Teachers such as John Friend and Baron Baptiste have innovated their own systems based on what they had learned in traditional yoga training.

What we do in our presentation of Kundalini Yoga is to use elements of Hatha, Ashtanga, and Power Yoga, (Kundalini style) etc. as part of our warm-ups, and then present a Kundalini Yoga kriya, or sequence. We emphasize form and alignment, core strengthening, and heart opening, Most importantly we design our DVD's and classes with regard to the realistic circumstances of people's lives. We are also "lovers of the Name," meaning that we are believers in the transformative power of the the mantras in Yoga to uplift people, maintain their awareness in very positive place, and bring blessings to each practitioner and the world.