hatha and anusara yoga

“The great thing about Sandra’s classes are that they are well-built up and offer varied
exercises that that flow from one into the next, working all the body’s muscles. Through these classes I feel that I am getting stronger and more flexible. Even when you stay in a pose longer, you feel guided because Sandra continuously gives instructions that you can integrate into the pose gradually. The atmosphere is relaxed, friendly and non-competitive, exactly how you’d like it to be in a yoga class! I have been practicing yoga for a while and have had several teachers. Where Sandra stands out is that she can teach a intense class in a very soft and inviting manner. This makes it possible to experience the “from the inside out” effect even more. I am so happy I met Sandra!”

-Ingrid, student

Hatha Yoga

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.

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The exact date of origin of Hatha Yoga is unclear. What is clear, however, is the practicality and applicability of Yoga in modern life. People in the West are taking up Yoga in greater numbers every year, and are experiencing the benefits in their bodies, minds and lives. Even though some of the concepts and philosophies of Yoga are rooted in ancient traditions, Yoga is an experience-based practice, meaning that it is a continuous process of development and refinement which maximizes the efficacy of the practice.

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!

Living (in) Alignment – Yoga inspired by the Anusara Yoga method

Anusara yoga is a Hatha Yoga method that interweaves the physical yoga practice with powerful philosophical teachings.

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Anusara Yoga provides a highly effective way to align the body with what is called “the optimal blueprint.” This blueprint is an energetic imprint of the physical body and represents the most ideal alignment of the body where all parts are integrated, open and functioning in the most optimal way. There is a specific sequence of steps in which the body becomes aligned to this blueprint, which are referred to as the “Universal Principles of Alignment.” As the word Universal suggests, these principles apply to all people, of all ages, abilities and stages in life. The UPA’s are highly therapeutic and provide a basis of knowledge and approach for Yoga Therapy.

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.