Have you wondered about Ananda Yoga and wanted to try it out? Are you considering starting a yoga practice or want to try a new teacher? This is a perfect opportunity to give Ananda Yoga a try and learn more about this gentle practice.
Ananda Sacramento will have two classes available for Free Day of Yoga
No need to pre-register for these free classes.
Ananda Yoga is a gentle, inward form of yoga. Each pose is paired with an affirmation that resonates with the energy of each pose. This practice is a great precursor to meditation and wonderful at relieving stress, anxiety, and bringing balance to the body and mind.
- Avoid eating for an hour before class
- Wear comfortable clothing
What is Ananda Yoga®?
Ananda Yoga® brings yoga back to its original spiritual essence. Above all, it seeks to raise your level of consciousness by reinforcing the natural effects the yoga postures and helps you become more aware of the effects of the yoga postures on your energy or prana. The energy that moves through our bodies, our prana, directly affects our consciousness and how we choose to use this energy can change who we are. With this focus, it is also designed to harmonize your body, mind, and soul. The goal of an Ananda Yoga® practice to feel uplifted and restored in body, mind, and soul.
Ananda Yoga includes:
· Asana (yoga postures)
· Pranayama (breathing and energy-control techniques)
· Yogic meditation techniques
· 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
· Using the postures to raise your consciousness
· Adaptation – modifying each yoga posture to fit the needs and abilities of the practitioner rather than trying to force the practitioner into some “ideal” position
What Makes Ananda Yoga® Unique?
Affirmations and asanas make a powerful team. 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 change who we are. By repeating an affirmation that reinforces the state of consciousness corresponding to the asana, you strengthen the energy flows and deepen your experience of that state. Affirmations deepen your experience of the energy flows and associated states of consciousness right in that moment; the payoff is immediate.
Pauses after each yoga posture bring a meditative aspect to this yoga style, help to uplift and integrate newly released energy, and help bring awareness to the effects of the posture on the body and mind.
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.
For more information on the Sacramento Free Day of Yoga please go to:
Web page: www.sacramentofreedayofyoga.com