Ananda Yoga emphasizes inner awareness; energy control; and the experience of each asana as a natural expression of a higher state of consciousness, which is enhanced by the use of affirmations. This branch of hatha yoga will spiritualize your practice, in preparation for a more awakened, yet relaxed meditation.
NEW! Ananda Yoga Class
Location: 2228 6th Street
Drop-in $15 or $48 for 4 classes.
What’s Unique About Ananda Yoga?
Ananda Yoga was developed by Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters), Ananda’s founder and author of Ananda Yoga for Higher Awareness. It is based on the training he received from Paramhansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi.
Proper Alignment and Safe Technique:
Adapting the postures to the individual student’s abilities and needs are important both for preventing injury and for experiencing the inner dimension of hatha yoga.
Choice of Postures:
Although we do include some challenging poses, Ananda Yoga is generally less strenuous than many schools of hatha yoga. We’ve found that extreme exertion does not lead to hatha yoga’s deepest benefits.
Transitions into and out of a posture are every bit as important as the way you do the posture itself. We emphasize moving consciously, slowly, and gracefully. Pauses between poses are as important as the poses themselves: a time to allow your body to integrate the effects of the preceding pose.
Most of the basic postures are paired with special repeated affirmations designed to help you tune into the specific energy flows, and thus the psychological benefits, that each posture promotes.
Energy – Control / Pranayama:
In addition to specific breathing techniques for energy control, you will explore something unique among hatha yoga schools: the marvelous Energization Exercises developed by Paramhansa Yogananda. The order of postures in an Ananda Yoga routine is designed to help you feel and direct the life force, and to prepare the body to sit for meditation.
Meditation is essential to experiencing the spiritual dimension of yoga.
You will learn how to incorporate effective, classical meditation techniques into your hatha yoga practice.
All Ananda Yoga classes held at Ananda Berkeley are led by Nancy Karpani Rakela. Nancy is an Ananda Lightbearer and a certified Ananda Yoga teacher. She has been teaching yoga and meditation since 1995. She is also a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and licensed acupuncturist in practice for over 25 years.