Brief History of Yoga
Yoga is one of the oldest physical disciplines in existence. Its exact origins are unclear but it is believed to be around 5000 years old. Under the classical definition of Yoga there are many different branches, systems or philosophies of yoga. In the West yoga is usually associated with the system called Hatha Yoga. Hatha Yoga consists of a series of physical postures, or poses which are called asanas. They can be practiced static or in a flow called vinyasanas. Along with the practice of asanas, breathing techniques (pranayama) is very important in yoga, as well as centering techniques and meditation. Within the system of Hatha Yoga, there are many different styles or schools. Most yoga styles use very similar postures and breathing techniques. Where they may differ is what is emphasized and or given importance. Also they take on the characteristics of the organizations or the teachers that influence them, as well as their believe systems or philosophy. Today in the West there is a wide variety to choose from.
What is Anusara Yoga?
Anusara Yoga is a style of Hatha Yoga, founded in 1997. Anusara means "flow from Grace", "going with the flow" or "flow from the heart". Anusara Yoga is an integrated approach to Yoga in which the expression of the human spirit is interwoven with attention to precise principles of physical alignment and action. As we perform the physical posture (asanas), we open to our own greatness, we deepen our knowledge of body, mind and spirit, and we playfully celebrate the flow of life. Students of all levels of ability and experience are honored for their unique differences, limitations, and talents.
Why Practice Yoga?
If you practice yoga consistently and overtime you will enhances your body awareness and increases your balance, strength and flexibility, thus improving your over all posture. Yoga stimulates circulation, digestion and regulate the nervous and endocrine systems. Yoga works with the breath, so that the breath can help dictate the emotions and stress levels in life. It helps focus and improve reasoning and intuitive capacities of the mind as well as having an overall calming effect to the body, mind and spirit. Yoga seeks to develop and refine all parts ourselves: body; mind, spirit;as well as the virtues of our heart. Each class is finished with a deep relaxation or quiet centering in order to help better assimilate our experience, thus enabling us to take our yoga practice "off the mat" and bring it into our daily lives.