Anusara is a hatha yoga system developed by John Friend that unites a joyful celebration of the heart with powerful principles of alignment, to unfold the grace and beauty that is the essence of being human. Anusara is a Sanskrit word which means “follow your heart”, “flowing with grace”. When we follow our heart we meet the challenges of asana on the mat with compassion and humour. We learn to embrace all of ourselves, to see the good and refine and enhance the beauty within.
Cultivating the virtues of the heart on the mat helps us meet the challenges we encounter off the mat with an open heart. Flowing with grace facilitates a profound inner relaxation that accompanies fearlessness. This release from fear is what precipitates the full flowering of the heart and promotes the softened perception of the world which allows us to be become sensitive to the eternal presence: radiant peace and blissful love.
On Namah Shivaya Gurave
I offer myself to the light,
The true teacher within and without.
Assuming the forms of Reality, Consciousness and Bliss,
Never absent and full of peace,
Independent in its existence.
It is the vital essence of illumination.