The term “Hatha Yoga” is used to refer to all different styles or methods of Yoga which are practiced through the physical body (there is even one style that is called Hatha Yoga!). Some practices are very physically intense, and some are not. Some styles teach alignment or philosophy during the class, others don’t. It is said that there are many roads that lead to Rome, and the same can be said for the practice of Yoga. We are all free to choose our own path.
Yoga can be integrated into our lives and daily routines to enhance physical appearance and increase strength and flexibility. In addition, and possibly more importantly, Yoga can being used as a physical therapy, to relieve pain and bring balance into our body. Regardless of the focus of the practice, yoga brings with it an abundance of tried techniques to help us feel more relaxed and in balance with all aspects of our lives, including relationships and work. Yoga provides a point of reference and inspiration that supports a healthy, conscious lifestyle.
Anyone can practice Yoga. At first, the sight of flexible and bendy people might have a deterring effect on new practitioners. However, the reality is that we can all practice at our own level, and a good teacher respects and honors all of our limitations and abilities. The only thing we need is our open minds and our breath!
Anusara yoga is a Hatha Yoga method that interweaves the physical yoga practice with powerful philosophical teachings.
The philosophy that underpins the Anusara Yoga method is referred to as a non-dual philosophy. This philosophy take the premise that life is not a punishment, not a problem to overcome, but that life is essentially good. In our lives we have the potential of experiencing happiness in the highest way, when we align ourselves, both physically and mentally.