An Introduction to Anusara Yoga

6 Oct


Anusara Yoga is a modern school of yoga founded in 1997 by John Friend. It is a strong practice of Hatha Yoga combined with celebration of the heart. The emphasis of this new school is on a set of Universal Principles of Alignment that based on postures, poses that open the heart and the spiritual and meditative benefits of Hatha Yoga. Anusara is a Sanskrit term from the Tantra Kularnava that means flowing with Grace, follow your heart.

As a community organization, Anusara Yoga is very well connected and organized, yet there is a strong emphasis on creative freedom and individuality. Anusara Yoga is based on an implicit alliance to the spiritual principles of Anusara Yoga’s philosophy, as the celebration of beauty in all its diversity, honesty and honoring the creative freedom of the Divine in all beings.The system is open to continual change and restructuring. Self-examination, discovery, and receptivity to new ideas are foundational to this dynamic system.

Today, Anusara Yoga is one of the most popular styles of yoga and fastest growing in the world, with more than 1,200 faculty members and 100,000 students worldwide.This new technique has also received considerable attention in the media, including the cover story of Yoga Journal in 2004, story in the American channel CBS, as also as several newspapers and magazines throughout the United States and Europe.

The philosophy of Anusara Yoga is Tantric in nature. The manifested Universe, which is perceived to travs of our senses and mind is seen as a manifestation of the Divine, which is pure blessing. Everything is supreme consciousness, there is nothing other than Supreme consciousness. Each person is seen equally divine in his or her three different existence: body, mind and spirit. Each of us is regarded as essentially good, accepting that judgment all differences and deviations that we have, and accepting the world and ourselves as we are, and then responding with love. Simply open our heart with love to the present moment, without pressure. In Anusara Yoga Poses are specially designed to help open our heart and feel the freedom of love.

The practice of Anusara Yoga can be categorized into three parts: Attitude, Alinement and Action.

– Attitude: The term relates Iccha Shakti, a concept defined as tntrico power or energy from complete.

– Alinement: Also related to a concept Jnana Shakti, the power of knowledge. This related to the mind, and acurdo to John Friend is the conscious awareness of how various parts of ourselves are integrated and interconnected.

– Action: This concept is related to the Kriya Shakti, energy or power of action, let and is directly related to the body and the natural flow of energy in the, what providing stability and freedom.






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