Anusara means “be in the flow”, “flow with Grace”.
Last year I had my first Anusara yoga experience. It’s becoming a very popular yoga style worldwide, though some people haven’t heard of it yet. It combines a challenging physical practice with a life-affirming and uplifting philosophy. One of the reasons why I love Anusara is because it manages to get me out of my mind. We have to apply the Anusara principles to every pose and that helps me maintain focus on the pose. Unlike other yoga styles which seem to only require us to get into the poses, Anusara makes us work towards the pose and within the pose. Once my pose is finally set, there’s so much to do that my mind stays focused and doesn’t wander anywhere else. At the end of a class, I realize I didn’t think about anything else but my practice. With Anusara yoga I find a way to go deeper into certain poses; it’s teaching me how to create space in my body and in my mind as well.
Another reason why Anusara yoga plays such an important role in my life is its philosophy. Anusara teaches us to see the good in life and people; to open up our hearts to the magic of life and its possibilities. It encourages each and every one of us to perceive ourselves as good and worthy people and to enjoy life. Actually I’m having a tougher time with this part. We all go through difficult times in our lives and sometimes the good seems so far way. Some things seem so hard to cope with that when someone wishes you well you may feel unprepared for that. But that’s how Yoga matches life, right? You don’t have it all figured out, you play it by ear. One step at a time. It’s a work in progress and you might as well enjoy the ride the best you can.