Anahata is the Sanskrit word for the heart chakra. The word means unhurt, unbeaten, unstruck. Anahata Yoga was designed to bring students to a higher level of awareness — to deeply connect, expand, and awaken their hearts through asanas (yoga postures), pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation.
This gentle Anahata Yoga class is a very specific set of asanas. The class begins with a brief meditation, an intention is set and the postures begin. I’ve heard of “Om Free Zones” in yoga class where the class does not end with a chant…Anahata does. One of the wonderful things about this class is that everyone is encouraged to perform at their own level.
You may happen on an Anahata class where someone is doing all their postures on a chair, many doing modified pigeon (on their backs) and barely lifting their foot of the floor in a balancing posture while others are kicking it up a notch to challenge themselves more. Your instructor (me) is expert in helping you modify postures to suit your own body needs. Adjustments are given once I become familiar with you and your body needs…sometimes I need to just keep my paws off and I quickly recognize that, as well! 😉
Whether you come today, came last year, or attend next month, the flow of postures is just about the same. Occasionally a different posture is introduced just to stir things up but the Anahata Yoga Flow is very specific. Anahata Yoga is a beautiful gateway into yoga.
The class ends with a beautiful savasana and final lavender scented adjustment.
If you prefer an individualized introduction to yoga or feel self conscious practicing in a room with other people private sessions may be the way for you to start. If you suffer from PTSD joining in a group activity may be challenging at first a private classes are a nice introductory step. If you have limitations and need individualized instruction regarding modifying postures a private session is the best way to receive 100% personal attention.
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Although all Anahata Classes can aptly be described as gentle, the evening Meditative Anahata Class offers the same amazing flow of asanas with the exception of three or four of the more rigorous postures. The opening meditation, as well as the meditative pauses throughout the class, are longer than the noon classes. The last (most important asana of all) is extended, as well. This class is a beautiful transition from a hectic day and eases into the beginning of a serene and tranquil evening. It is a great class to take with your partner. It is designed to be a long, quiet, refreshing drink of serenity. Learn More…
If you love taking Anahata Yoga Classes
but the price of the classes doesn’t work for you…
We can work something out.
I’m sure of it.
Rest, Relax, Renew – also known as Yoga Nidra
Yoga nidra is an ancient, but little-known, Eastern practice that’s becoming increasingly popular in the West as both a form of deep meditation and a mind-body therapy. It is a systematic form of guided relaxation that typically is done for 35 to 40 minutes at a time. Yoga nidra or “yogic sleep” is a sleep-like state which people experience during their meditations. The practice of yoga relaxation has been found to reduce tension and anxiety. Yoga nidra refers to the conscious awareness of the deep sleep state.
Most people are attempting to change themselves. The Nidra allows people time to be quiet in a safe and quiet environment and get to know and accept themselves.
It helps in relieving muscular, emotional, and mental tension.
Yoga Nidra relaxes the mind by relieving stress and anxiety.
It is used in the treatment of depression, nervous imbalances, and insomnia.
It trains the mind and helps in enhancing memory and increasing learning capacity.
Yogic sleep also results in increased energy levels.
Yoga Nidra not only detoxifies the body, but also clears up the subconscious.
It stimulates creativity.
It also leads to improved senses and more cultivated body awareness.
In my thirties when I recognized the effects of my childhood abuse was having on my life I sought professional help and was diagnosed with PTSD. As an adult I dealt with those effects with therapy and medication. As a child I had a more natural way to start each day renewed. At night I’d lie in bed at night and, in my mind, I’d perform the ritual of mentally washing and rinsing my ears, eyes, tongue, hands, and each offending body part determined to erase all traces of my bad behavior, as well as the perverse abuse I’d received for it. I was determined to start the next day fresh and further determined to be perfect and not make any more mistakes….EVER. Well, what can I say, I was young.
ONLY if you…
…have lost a loved one.
…have experienced mental or physical trauma.
…suffer from insomnia and/or other symptoms of PTSD.
…are a veteran.
…are a Senior.
…need to relax.
…are a human.
…or are a dog that can lie quietly for 35 to 40 minutes.