Ananda Yoga emphasizes inner awareness and the experience of each asana as a natural expression of a higher state of consciousness. The postures are accompanied by positive affirmations. Ananda Yoga will help to spiritualize your meditation practice.
Ananda Yoga Classe Drop-in $15 per class
Tuesdays Morning: 9:00-10:30 am Location: 2228 6th Street, Berkeley
Tuesday Evening: 7-8:00 pm Location: 2228 6th Street, Berkeley Energization exercises and yoga postures
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 Ananda 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 the postures 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. This allows your body to integrate the effects of each pose.
Most of the yoga postures are paired with positive, life affirming affirmations designed to help uplift your consciousness promoting a joyous spirit.
Energy – Control / Pranayama:
Ananda yoga teaches the use of Pranayama, specific breathing techniques for energy control. You will also learn the Energization Exercises developed by Paramhansa Yogananda. These exercises are great to give you more energy and vitality.
Meditation is essential to experience the spiritual dimension of yoga.
The order of postures in an Ananda Yoga routine is designed to help you feel and direct the life force. This prepares the body to sit comfortably for meditation. Each Ananda Yoga class ends in a short guided meditation.
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.