Meaning of Anusara yoga
The meaning of Anusara is to “flow with nature” or “flowing with grace”. This yoga incorporates basic, intermediate, and advanced postures that utilize certain alignment principles for a therapeutic effect.
A Unique Form of Yoga
The United Principles of Alignment and Tantric philosophy (one of the eastern Indian paths) are combined to create a unique form of yoga. Here alignment looks out for the mental state in which one gets aware of the various parts of the body to be integrated, to enjoy an interconnected and harmonious existence. This is a very high level, usually attained after several sessions.
Though this yoga is derived from Hatha yoga, it is unique in its own sense as Anusara focuses more on the spiritual benefits, while hatha is more of physical yoga.
There is some collection of movements as well as breathing control exercises that help to recognize and align in order to serve the Supreme Spirit. Though anyone can perform this yoga, the majority of practitioners are of the Christian faith.
The Spiritual benefits of Anusara Yoga
This yoga helps to open your eyes to peace, harmony, and love all around you. You become friendlier overall and you experience other positive changes. Enthusiasts of Anusara yoga often increase in compassion as they begin to understand people and their respective situations.
People who practice this form of yoga also testify of an increased desire to lead a righteous life, making them more truthful. They also feel more inclined to serve others with joy, as to serve others is a form of serving God. Essentially, the practitioner of Anusara yoga feels the drive to become an emblem of goodness love.
The Philosophy of Anusara Yoga
Though the majority of the Anusara followers are Christians, its philosophy, at surface-level, seems to clash with the ideology of Christianity. The philosophy of Anusara states that the entire world is derived from goodness, while Christianity describes the entire world as originally formed to be good, from the source of a good and loving, Triune God. Believing that sin entered the world, corrupting all of creation, Christians trust in God’s promise that all will be restored to its original goodness, but only as a result of God’s grace through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
To practice Anusara, one does not need to be a strict practitioner of any particular faith; it is open to anyone and everyone. The main motive of this yoga is to provide an opportunity to experience a spiritual form of enlightenment and help individuals improve their lives.