Surya Kriya vs. Surya Shakti: Choosing the Right Yoga Practice

Surya Kriya

Are you familiar with Isha Classical Hatha Yoga?

If so, you may have heard of two popular practices: Surya Kriya and Surya Shakti.

Both practices use specific postures to balance the body and mind by focusing on the sun as a source of energy. However, there are key differences between them.

Let’s take a closer look at each practice to help you choose the right one (in case you don’t want to learn both). Surya Kriya is designed to create energy and balance within the system. It consists of a sequence of postures that activate the solar plexus, which is the primary center of energy in the body. This practice is performed slowly and deliberately, with each movement coordinated with the breath. Surya Kriya can reduce stress and anxiety, improve flexibility and strength, and promote overall physical and mental health. The focus on the breath and specific breathing techniques helps regulate energy flow in the body.

On the other hand, Surya Shakti is an active form of sun-salutation designed to build strength and stamina. It consists of a series of dynamic postures performed in a flowing, rhythmic manner. This practice builds heat in the body, increases circulation, and improves physical endurance and mental focus. Surya Shakti is performed at a faster pace than Surya Kriya, with each movement coordinated with the breath.

Choosing the right practice depends on your personal goals and preferences. If you want to reduce stress and anxiety, improve flexibility, and promote overall health, Surya Kriya may be the right choice for you. This practice is a complete spiritual process that brings about a profound sense of inner balance and harmony. However, if you want to build strength and endurance, Surya Shakti may be a better fit. This 18-step process helps to strengthen the ligaments that hold the skeletal and muscular structure together.

In conclusion, the key to finding the secrets of classical yoga is finding a practice that resonates with you and helps you achieve your goals. Whether you choose Surya Kriya, Surya Shakti, or another yoga practice entirely, approach your practice with devotion, willingness to learn and grow, dedication, and most importantly, discipline. With dedicated practice, you can tap into the limitless potential of your body and mind and transcend beyond your perceived limitations.

Are you inclined towards Surya Kriya or Surya Shakti? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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