by Sean Haleen
I was a regular practitioner of basic hatha and vinyasa flow yoga for eight years before I stepped into an Anusara class. Until my first experience with Anusara, my approach to yoga was casual. Some stretching. Some breathing. Some centering. Then when my first Anusara teacher started infusing my heart with the philosophy of Shiva-Shakti Tantra and strengthening my poses with the systematic alignment instructions, I fell head over heels in love with my practice.
John Friend founded Anusara Yoga in 1997 and used his training with B.K.S. Iyengar and Gurumayi to develop a practice that aims to expand the intrinsic goodness in each student by employing a life-affirming philosophy and Universal Principles of Alignment. Moreover, there is a strong emphasis on Kula, or community, particularly facilitated by the use of extensive partner work and the inclusive and celebratory nature of individuality and expression of the self.
For me, after being exposed to the offerings of Anusara yoga, it became easier to live my yoga “off the mat.” The philosophy served as a constant reminder that everything is divine. The Universal Principles of Alignment helped me see that each posture is an opportunity to alignment with our highest self and the universal consciousness that weaves us all invariably together
Anusara yoga has spread all over the world to thousands of teachers and hundreds of thousands of students, demonstrating there is a demand for this unique combination of alignment, philosophy, and community. Try an Anusara class and relish the greatness that is you and your yoga practice!
Yoga Garden offeres Anusara yoga on Monday at 7:45 pm (beginning th elast week of June) and Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9:00 am.