Anusara means “flowing with Grace” or “following your heart.” Developed by John Friend, Anusara is a style of hatha yoga that encompasses the physical, mental, and spiritual dimensions of yoga.
Anusara Yoga is an exceptionally therapeutic system because it is founded on Universal Principles of Alignment that bring the body into balance. This specific alignment positions the joint and muscles for maximum stability, flexibility, and safety and optimizes the circulation of blood, vital energy and other internal fluids for the healthiest flow. Anusara also teahes 7 Loops & Spirals that act as fine-tuning dials for the energetic and structural alignment in the body.
In addition to the strong emphasis on alignment, poses in Anusara are considered to be “heart-oriented” and are expressed from the “inside-out.” Instead of trying just to control the body externally, the poses originate from a deep connection inside, and they are an expression of each individual’s uniqueness. There is an emphasis on remembering the spiritual purpose of hatha yoga, which includes reconnecting with our innate goodness, power and beauty, and expressing ourselves from that divine place.
Each of us is essentially good. The highest intention of practicing Anusara Yoga is to awaken to the truth that our essential nature is part of the divine flow. In each pose, we artistically offer our individual light and our unique music to the flow of life.
Flowing with Grace through Anusara is saying yes to the whole spectrum of life. It is a willingness to be aware of all parts of ourselves – the light and the dark, the full range of our experience, thoughts, and feelings. It is simply to open our hearts with love to the present moment without clinging or pushing. Anusara Yoga teachers look for the good, especially in their students and in themselves. Anusara Yoga teachers do not try to “fix” or “correct” student’s poses but instead they help enhance and reveal the beauty and divine qualities already present in the poses. They bring the student’s posture into greater alignment and balance by reference to the Universal Principles.
Anusara Yoga is one of the fastest growing schools of yoga in the country. It has been growing with harmony and integrity through the vision of John and the Anusara teachers to serve each student and help them unveil their innate goodness, worthiness, and supreme nature. The Anusara community is a wonderful, heartfelt group of highly trained teachers and fun-loving students, who are eager to share their energy with others.