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Ananda Yoga

 What is Ananda Yoga?

Ananda Yoga® is designed to integrate and harmonize all levels of your being: physical, mental, and spiritual. Above all, it seeks to raise your level of consciousness by reinforcing the natural effects of certain special bodily positions (the yoga postures) on your state of consciousness.

    Ananda Yoga is a classical approach that includes:

• Asana (yoga postures)

• Pranayama (special breathing and energy-control techniques)

• Classical yoga meditation techniques

• Applied yoga philosophy.

Ananda Yoga comes from the renowned Raja Yoga/Kriya Yoga tradition of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi. Yogananda was the first great master of yoga to make his home in the West. Ananda Yoga arose from his teachings and was developed into a definite system of practice by his close, direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda, the founder of Ananda.


 What Is the Practice Ananda Yoga Like?

Asana practice in Ananda Yoga is gentle for beginning students, becoming more challenging with experience. It is an inwardly directed practice, never aggressive or aerobic. The primary emphases are:

• Safety and correct alignment

• Maintaining constant relaxation, even in the midst of effort

• An ever-increasing awareness of – and active participation in – the inner aspects of the practice: energy movement and states of mind arising from the practice

• Adapting each asana 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?

Two unique aspects of Ananda Yoga are Energization Exercises and asana affirmations. 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 asana. The affirmation is designed to reinforce the asana's natural effect on one's state of consciousness, bringing the mind actively and directly into one's practice.