The Heart of Anusara Yoga

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What makes Anusara yoga so special is its infusion of heart and a life-affirming attitude in each class.  Through the use of inspirational theming and expert knowledge in physical alignment, anatomy, philosophy and skillful sequencing, Anusara teachers weave instruction and alignment into beautiful classes rich with spirit and love of the practice.

Students can safely explore alignments that honor the intrinsic goodness within, and learn to express that connection from the inside out.  They will find that Anusara yoga honors the diversity of our physical conditions and states of being.  Our practice is designed to create community and a welcoming environment for lovers of yoga and its rich teachings.

Anusara yoga is distinguished by its deep sensitivity to the balance of both our spiritual and physical beings.  Great attention is given to how we cultivate an Attitude that guides our Alignment and Action, the 3 A’s of Anusara.

In brief the Three A’s are a reflection of how the power (Shakti) of Supreme Consciousness (Shiva)  flows energetically through us on a physical, mental and spiritual level.

 Attitude:

As a quality of heart our attitude reflects divine will—Iccha Shakti—as an aspect of the divine present in all of who we are; it guides us in how we act and align with the presence of its grace. Setting the foundation of each pose with intention and meaning, our attitude is the power of the heart as the force behind every action or expression in a pose: the aspiration to reawaken to our divine nature, and the celebration of life.

 Alignment:

As a quality of mind and knowledge—Jñana Shakti—it is the mindful awareness of how various parts of ourselves are integrated and interconnected. It is the skillful application of the art and science of yoga that becomes the means to tune the instrument of our being and how our postures reflect attitude.

Action:

As a quality of body awareness—Kriya Shakti—it reflects freedom of action and the natural flow of energy in the body, which provides both stability and joyful freedom.  Skillful action is an interplay of pulsations of the play of opposites—Spanda—that govern the contraction and expansion present in every pose. It is the interconnectedness of inner and outer, outer physical expression of inner intention.

 

For more insight into the Non-Dual Shaivite Tantra philosophy at the heart of Anusara yoga the reader can find a very clearly presented in-depth study of the subject presented in Christopher Wallice’s book Tantra Illuminated: The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition.

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