Anusara Yoga

Anusara Yoga

Anusara yoga is founded by John Friend in 1997. This style was derived from Iyengar style by John Friend. It is a modern-day Hatha yoga system. The basic philosophy for Anusara yoga is that life is a gift that we are invited to celebrate and remember in the yoga practice and the life.Anusara means “flowing with grace,” “going with the flow,” “following your heart.”

It is a fast-growing and popular style. Anusara yoga emphasises on the Tantric philosophy with universal principles of alignment.

It helps to focus to experience the joy and bliss in the daily life and the yoga practice.

Philosophy & Principles

It gives you guidelines on how to align the mind, heart and the body.It draws from Shiva-Shakti tantra,the Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and from some other classic Indian texts.In a way that provides bothintegration and safe opening so circulation is optimal and strength,good health and wellbeing are fostered.Yoga is about finding our canter. These principles are tools to guide you into balance.

The Practice of Anusara Yoga:

Due to the Universal principles of Alignment, Anusara yoga is designed for students of any level or ability. In Anusara Yoga there are over 250 poses. Most yoga classes ends with the meditation.

In Anusara yoga, teachers instruct the proper usage of the principles of alignment will generally not “fix” student poses, in terms of alignment.

The Three A’s:

  • Attitude
  • Alignment
  • Action

These are the Three A’s.Anusara Yoga practise categorized into 3 parts, known as the Three A’s

Focal Points:

  1. Pelvic Focal Point (located in the core of the pelvis).
  2. Heart Focal Point (situated at the bottom of the heart).
  3. Upper Palate Focal Point (found at the roof of the mouth).

Anusara’salignment highlights 3 Focal Points in our body. In any given pose, only one Focal Point is active (nearest the most weight-bearing part of the pose).

7 Energy Loops:

  1. Ankle Loop
  2. Shin Loop
  3. Thigh Loop
  4. Pelvic Loop
  5. Kidney Loop
  6. Shoulder Loop
  7. Skull Loop

These are the 7 energy loops noticed by John Friend.


  • Relaxes the body and mind.
  • Improves the flexibility.
  • Focuses on renewal.
  • Increases the balance.
  • Calms the mind.
  • helps to release the tension
  • Reduces the depression.
  • Cures many stress related diseases.
  • Increases the immune system.
  • Connects you to the spiritual world.
  • Gives the deep relaxation.
  • Increases the blood flow.


Practise this yoga daily, will yield the better results.

It’s good to do this pose in the morning with empty stomach.

Always listen to your body, and know your limits. While practise, if you find any pain or discomfort, please exit the pose and ask for the expert’s guidance and doctor’s advice.