Yoga is far more than physical exercises. It is a set of physical, mental and spiritual practices designed to achieve good health, mental harmony and spiritual growth. Yoga is an ancient intuitive science that helps us know our innermost self and express our highest potentiality. Ethical principles (such as non-harming and benevolent truthfulness) form the foundation of yoga practice. Physical practices include the postures, social service, diet and fasting. Mental practices include study, relaxation and self-analysis. Spiritual practices include concentration, chanting and meditation.
Yoga exercises (known as Asanas) are gentle postures in which movement of the body is synchronized with breathing. They help develop balance, vitality, concentration, mental purity, relaxation and flexibility. We teach yoga practices of varying difficulty suitable for both women and men of all ages.
The Effects of Asana Practice
Through practicing Asanas the internal organs and glands are gently massaged, stretched and squeezed in a way which harmonizes and optimizes their function. Weak organs and glands are strengthened while over-active organs and glands are calmed. The hormonal system of the body is brought into balance. This, together with strengthening the nervous system, is the main way in which yoga brings physical and mental balance.
Ananda Marga’s system of yoga helps the individual improve their general sense of wellbeing and health, thus building the foundation for deeper practices including meditation. Personalized instruction in asana and meditation is offered free of charge for those who have a sincere desire to develop their full potential through the regular practice of yoga. Yoga exercises, health practices and basic meditation techniques are taught in a class format. Advanced meditation techniques and personalized yoga exercises are taught individually. Ananda Marga Acaryas (renunciate teachers) undergo a rigorous four year training and have many years of field experience.