From the ashrams of India to the studio down the street, yoga is getting popular in every corner of the world. As with any evolving art, different schools of practice. Different cultures and philosophies affect yoga and an ancient art becomes contemporary and reflective of the modern way of life.
Anusara means ‘natural state or condition’ insanskrit language and Friend has adapted anusara to mean ‘flowing with grace’, ‘flowing with nature’, and ‘following your heart’ as well. The school’s ideology concentrate on the Tantric principle of intrinsic goodness. The ultimate goal of Anusara yoga is ‘alignment with the Divine’ or ‘co-participation with the Supreme’. This fundamental enlightenment comes from celebrating beauty (in all its diversity, truthfulness, and honor) and the creative freedom shared by all beings.
Fundamentals of Anusara Yoga
Opening to Grace
The goal behind this yoga is to be aligned with the flow of Supreme Consciousness. An attitude of soft-hearted devotion and open-mindedness is essential. Friend has described it as: ‘inner body bright’, ‘outer body soft’, and ‘side body long’.
Anusara yoga draw energy from the outer edge of the body to the focal points, or central locations in our body. It increases stability, strength, and physical integration of the asana.
The Three A’s
Anusara yoga categorize in three parts:
Attitude – It is the aspiration to re-awaken to divine nature and the celebration of your life.
Alignment – You will get mindful awareness of how the body’s parts are integrated and connected.
Action – It works the natural flow of energy in the body, which provides both stability and joyful freedom.
Anusara yoga classes begin with three chants of ‘Om’ and then three rounds of the Invocation, and a final ‘Om’.The mantra is said in Sanskrit:
‘Om NamahShivayaGurave (Hail to Shiva, the Teacher)
Sacchidananda-Murtaye (Whose form is Truth, Consciousness, and Bliss)
NishprapanchayaShantaya (The Singular One, the Peaceful One)
NiralambayaTejase’ (The Self-Supported One the Lustrous One)