Ananda Yoga brings yoga back to its original spiritual essence
Exercise and stress relief are only the beginning; the higher purpose of Ananda Yoga practice is to uplift your consciousness. To accomplish that, you’ll work not only with your body, but also with your Pranayama (breathing and energy-control techniques), Yogic meditation techniques and Applied yoga philosophy.
What Is the Practice Like?
Yoga posture practice in Ananda Yoga is gentle for beginning students, becoming more challenging with experience. It is an inwardly directed practice, and is never aggressive or aerobic. The primary emphases are:
- Safety and correct alignment
- Being relaxed at all times, even during the midst of effort
- Working directly with the body's subtle energy via the yoga postures
- Adaptation – modifying each yoga posture to fit the needs and abilities of the practitioner
What Makes Ananda Yoga Unique?
The Energization Exercises are a series of 39 special energy-control techniques that Yogananda developed in order to help the practitioner increase, focus, and control the life-force.
Each yoga posture is paired with its own affirmation, which one practices silently while in the posture. The affirmation is designed to reinforce the posture's natural effect on one's state of consciousness, bringing the mind actively and directly into one's practice.