How is Sundo different from Yoga
Y ... V klasické hathajoze setrváváme v asánách a prodýcháváme je.
S … In Sundo, yoga elements are used for Stretching. Meditation is performed during the breathing part of the exercise, which lasts 40 minutes. It ncludes 25 positions. Those are different positions from the first levels of Asana exercises. These are indeed simpler positions in which the primary focus is the deep abdominal breathing. Before we settle down our attention, it is able to observe only one aspect of our the body at a single moment. In Sundo, the focus is on the breathing. The positions are set so that hey do not monopolizes the attention. Even so certain positions may prove too difficult to hold while finding a certain physical well being, let alone while breathing deeply.
Y ... Yoga work with the energies of the seven chakras.
S … As a Taoist doctrine, Sundo works with three main energy centers - tantiens (lower, middle and upper). This is the same approach as Chinese medicine.
Y ... Yoga is focused on a single approach to cultivate energy.
S … Sundo consists of different types of exercises. It is a bit like a meal that is composed of different courses. Stretching is more dynamic and soft. Breathing meditation is the main course and is calm and deep. The finishing exercises are relaxing, slightly dynamic and slightly strengthening. Organ exercises are energetically fulfilling and finally strengthening exercises at the end are activation, preparing us to step into the world. We don't leave the gym in trance, but alert and full of energy.
Y … In yoga, we breath the so called full yoga breath.
S … In Sundo we use abdominal breathing only in the lower part of the tummy. It is to accentuate the energy activation in the lower tantiene region. Focusing on this area we have the opportunity to bring more energy into it. The whole exercise is very good structured, breathing meditation is preceded by stretching, followed by a series of exercises to distribute and integrate the energy into the body. The training is therefore very progressive and safe.
Thanks to the deep breathing in the lower tantiene area, a person would feel well grounded and well aware of his center.