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Anusara (a-nu-sar-a), means “flowing with Grace,” “flowing with Nature,” “following your heart.” From, Founded by John Friend in 1997, Anusara yoga is a school of hatha yoga which unifies a life-affirming Tantric philosophy of intrinsic goodness with Universal Principles of Alignment. Anusara yoga is growing quickly all over the world with over 250 certified teachers, 750 licensed Anusara-Inspired yoga teachers, thousands of teachers in training, and hundreds of thousands of students world-wide. Anusara yoga now has a presence on every continent throughout the world, excluding Antarctica.
Anusara yoga's remarkable growth is due in large part to its uplifting philosophy, epitomized by a "celebration of the heart" that looks for the good in all people and all things. Consequently, students of all levels of ability and yoga experience are honored for their unique differences, limitations, and talents. This celebratory vision sets the basis for a yoga school in which the harmony and joy of a tightly knit community of highly trained teachers and fun-loving students is exalted. This community feels like it has the tightness of a family, yet the looseness of a merry band of bohemian artists.
Anusara Yoga has reincarnated in 2012 to become the Anusara School of Hatha Yoga. From AnusaraYoga.comThe vision of the ASHY is to uphold the high standards of the Anusara Yoga methodology as created by founder John Friend, nurture a community that supports grass roots teachers and studios, honors the tradition of Anusara Yoga and the philosophy at its core, and  encourages  innovation and creative expression. The school will continue to uplift and transform students and teachers of yoga and create a conscious community whose sole purpose is to provide a safe, healthy and joyful environment for all of its participants  to grow and become more connected to their swadharma - their true path.

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Asana Post

There are aspects of yoga classes that can be pretty mystifying, from asana, to pranayama, to meditation, to mudras, and mantras. They all make up the practice of yoga, the practice, should we say, of union. Today we're looking at mantra chanting in yoga classes: the reason, the practice, and the benefits. We won’t be going over every single possible mantra and it's meaning(!) but let’s see if we can de-mystify this practice a little bit, and provide you with some more clarity on the importance of mantra chanting.

Journal Post

Summary: Getting a yoga mat and enrolling into a yoga class is not only about milestones you need to cover to get started with the practice. There is a lot more for you to know to do the right kind of practice. Explore the article and know what type of yoga is the best for your overall wellness.
Spark up the romantic relationship, shed pounds, strengthen the body, calm the mind, or just plain zen out by adapting yoga into your life. Yoga is an ancient holistic system of healing and preventing ailments, and its benefits just not stop on the physical attributes. Yoga is a diverse and intense concept packed with various unique aspects that aim towards a healthy life, longevity, and unification to the universal consciousness.
I write this from the vantage point of 37,000 feet above our earth, looking both up at the bluest of blue skies and down at cloud patterns of marshmallow fluff, and am seized with a sense of gratitude for the supreme beauty of our planet, and all that is in my life since I embarked on a spiritual path over 30 years ago.

iHanuman Features

Betsey Downing is a Senior Anusara Yoga Teacher living in Sarasota, Florida. She has been practicing yoga since 1972 and studying with John Friend as her primary teacher since 1994. Betsey is the Director of Garden of the Heart Yoga Center in Sarasota, Florida and she teaches workshops to teachers and students nationally and internationally. Betsey also holds a Ph.D in Sports Psychology from the University of Virginia and is listed in the World's Who's Who of Women.
Suzie Hurley is a certified Senior Anusara Yoga Teacher and Director of the Willow Street Yoga Center in Takoma Park, Maryland. In this interview, Suzie shares with us her fated journey from student to teacher and her early beginnings as a reluctant teacher at Pope Airforce Base in Fayetteville, NC. Suzie has been a student of yoga since 1977, a teacher since 1981 and she is also a certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist. Suzie found her teacher, John Friend, in 1994 and was one of the first certified Anusara Yoga Teachers.
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