Anusara Yoga ®, a system of Hatha Yoga, is heart-oriented, empowering, and inspiring while also being grounding, healing, and transformational. The Sanskrit word Anusara can be translated as “flowing with grace”, “aligning with your essence”, and “following your heart.”

This unique approach founded by John Friend powerfully blends biomechanical principles of the body with heart opening, creative expression, and celebration. As health and well-being are restored to the physical body through the application of these Universal Principles of Alignment, the journey to the heart begins.

Anusara Yoga® is rooted in a life-affirming tantric philosophy that takes the premise that each of us is an expression of supreme consciousness. The highest purpose of the practice is to awaken to the highest goodness inside oneself, to recognize our gifts and talents, and use them to serve life fully.

Anusara takes its name from a verse in the great text, the Kularnava Tantra. It reads in Sanskrit,
“Shakti-nipata-anusarena sishyo’anugraham-arhati.”
This means, by stepping into the current of Divine Grace, the true seeker becomes ready and able, empowered by grace, to accomplish her or his own greatness.

“Flowing with Grace, anusarena, we experience our inner worth, we align our bodies, our minds and hearts in the current of the Divine flowing through us, we celebrate life itself as we touch the Divinity who pulsates within us as our every thought, feeling, and experience.”
~~Dr. Douglas Brooks

Anusara Invocation

Om Namah Shivaya Gurave
I offer myself to the goodness within my heart, the eternal teacher

Satchidananda Murtaye
Whose nature is Supreme Consciousness and pulsates with the greatest joy imaginable

Nishprapanchaya Shantaya
Who is always present and full of peace

Niralambaya Tejase
Whose essence is completely free from limitation and sparkles with divine luminosity