Although the Sanskrit word “Anusara” means “originating from the navel,” this series of yoga poses is actually more based in classical Ashtanga, or “eight-limbed” yoga. Like Ashtanga Vinyasa, Anusara yoga is a vigorous and fast-paced form of yoga that combines physical postures with open-arm and hand-gesture flows. It also has many subtle variations that can be done throughout the sequence to help modify the sequence for students of varying ability levels, and to create a customized practice that is ideal for your needs.
The Anusara Yoga method bases its practice on the premise that through a sequence of specific yoga postures, the body can be made to feel comfortable in asanas and pranayama practices.
In a world where most of us spend our days working on our careers, building our businesses, and trying to make it easier for our friends and family to get in touch with us, it’s easy to forget that our yoga practice is an incredibly important part of our daily lives. It’s important that we don’t lose sight of this, especially now that we are advancing from our days of simply “yoga” to our many “yoga” lifestyle practices.
Many people consider Anusara yoga to be one of the most enjoyable forms of yoga because of its playful, upbeat and relaxed atmosphere. It is often touted as the perfect style of yoga for beginners who are hesitant to take a regular yoga class for fear of not being able to stay in shape. Anusara Yoga classes are taught at a pace that students feel comfortable with, and they are encouraged to express themselves physically through the postures.
Another advantage of this style of yoga is that in Anusara yoga there are no specific postures or sequences that are strictly followed in every class. This means that there is a lot of room to create combinations or sequences of postures that suit your level. Here are some postures that are often used in Anusara yoga postures and sequences.
The bridge pose is considered by many to be one of the softest inversion poses. If your shoulders or upper back are sensitive, you may need to place a blanket under that area for extra padding. To do this pose, first lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet on the mat. Keeping your knees hip-width apart, lift your hips off the floor toward the ceiling so your weight rests on your shoulders and the balls of your feet. You can simply place your hands on the mat or brace your hands on the floor just below your buttocks.
Also called the Up Bow, this pose consists of a full back bend with only your hands and feet on the ground supporting your weight. First, lie on the floor with your knees bent and keep your feet close to your sit bone. Then bend your elbows and place your palms on either side of your head. At this point, your forearms should be perpendicular to the ground. Then lift your body off the floor and keep your palms and feet firmly on the mat.
Stand straight, shift your weight to your right leg and bend your left knee. Lift the left leg back and grasp the ankle with the left hand. Then bend over and extend your left leg behind you. Once you have found your balance and alignment of your legs and hips, lean forward a little more and raise your right arm to your gaze.
To perform this pose, first kneel with your shins on the mat and do your hips and knees hip-width apart. Then raise your head to the ceiling and slowly lean back. You can put your hands on your lower back to slowly lean back, and then move your hands to the soles of your feet. At this point, your chest should be pointing toward the ceiling.
The plank is a balancing position with the arms, similar to the starting position of a push-up. Your arms should be straight and bent just below your shoulders. Keep your back straight and only the palms of your hands and the tips of your toes should touch the mat and support your weight. Yoga is a very important part of our daily lives. Of course, we need the flexibility, strength and flexibility of our bodies to go about our daily activities. Unfortunately, most of us have a lack of flexibility in certain parts of our body. And if we don’t do yoga regularly, we may lose our flexibility. Therefore, we need some yoga poses that will help us to regain the flexibility we have lost.