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What is it?
“The highest intention of practicing Anusara yoga is to align with the Divine”. It is a practice created by a Western yoga teacher with Eastern philosophy rooted in Iyengar and Tantra. It is a flowing spiritual practice which uses asana to connect to different energy centres in the body, and ultimately to connect with pure consciousness, pure bliss, and the divine in all things.
What does it mean?
Anu means ‘with’. Sara means ‘flow’. Anusara is often translated as ‘flowing with grace’ or ‘yoga of the heart’.
Who founded it?
Founded by John Friend (a student of Iyengar Yoga) in the 1990’s
How did it evolve?
This form of yoga was created by John Friend, a student of the Iyengar discipline, which underpins the roots of Anusara.
The school’s ideology is based on “Non-Dual Tantric philosophy” and is a practice which looks for the innate goodness in all situations, and to align with the divine through pure consciousness and bliss. The growth of the style of teaching gave way to the Anusara School of Hatha Yoga in 2012 which became a not-for-profit organisation in 2017. It should be noted that the Founder John Friend resigned as the leader of Anusara following a scandal, and that teachers of this discipline may often be teaching this style without labeling it as such.
What is it like?
The practice of Anusara is a set sequence involving Oms, chants, and asana. It is a practice that has a set of three basic principles: attitude, alignment and action. The benefits of Anusara are that of any yoga practice but specifically through the five principals of the practice – Opening to Grace, Muscular Energy, Inner Spiral, Outer Spiral, and Organic Energy.
There are over 1,000 licensed Anusara teachers with classes and locations globally found through the official Anusara website in the references section below.