What is Ananda Yoga?

Ananda Yoga is a classical style of Hatha Yoga that uses asana and pranayama to awaken, experience, and begin to control the subtle energies (prana) within oneself, especially the energies of the chakras.

Its object is to use those energies to harmonize body, mind, and emotions, and above all to attune oneself with higher levels of awareness. One unique feature of this system is the use of silent affirmations while in the asanas as a means of working more directly and consciously with the subtle energies to achieve this attunement.


The practice of Ananda Yoga involves both the study of the precise alignment of the individual positions (asanas practiced in a static manner) and the practice of fluid and dynamic yoga (vinyasa).


Ananda Yoga is a relatively inward experience not an athletic practice. It was developed by Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi.

Here is a quote by Kriyananda:

"The yoga postures are designed 
to promote and to harmonize the flow of energy in the body.
The perceptive hath yogi, understanding this truth,
will endeavor to become conscious of his energy,
and will use the postures and breathing exercises
as a means primarily to developing this awareness.
 For awareness is the first and most important stage
towards gaining control."



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