Ananda Yoga for Higher Awareness
Incorporates all the practices of the Art and Science of Yoga (Union) as was originally intended.
Breath work: (diaphragmatic breath and other techniques) helps to oxygenate the body and detoxify the blood. As we retrain ourselves to breathe deeply and slowly, the mind and nervous system are calmed, the blood pressure lowers and the heart benefits from a well deserved rest.
Postures: strengthen muscles, increase flexibility of ligaments and tendons, and increase range of motion in the joints. More importantly stretching teaches us how to recognize the difference between tension and relaxation.
Affirmation & Visualization: The mind is a very powerful tool, but if its strength is diffused thought of the past and worries of the future, it does little more than waist precious energy. These techniques train the mind to expand beyond limiting thought and attitude.
Deep Relaxation: when done consciously teaches the body to release chronic tension in the muscles, organs, cardio vascular system, nervous system, and the mind.
Sound: works like an internal massage. Humming the length of an exhale for example strengthens the diaphragm and tones the abdominal muscles. The sound calms and focuses the mind.
Meditation: Studies have shown that meditation lowers the blood pressure, increases immune function, and allows us to feel vital with a greater sense of being in control of our lives. One immediate benefit of meditation is that our mental fuses get longer. We begin to respond appropriately to situations rather than react out of anger, fear, or habit.