About Akhanda Yoga
Akhanda Yoga can reconnect you with your subtler self, to experience bliss and wholeness…
The Sanskrit word Akhanda translates to words like whole, complete, indivisible and unbroken tradition. It is the first word of a beautiful Vedic mantra “Akhanda mandala karam” which means “This cosmos and the manifest universe is one indivisible entity”.
It is a holistic and traditional style of Hatha Yoga, designed to clear the energy channels in the body for one to experience expanded consciousness and live in bliss. It has a lighthearted approach, and allows us to feel happy with our bodies and lives just the way they are RIGHT NOW. Everything else begins to ‘fall into place’ as we start to befriend and respect our bodies and minds.
The practice cultivates contentment and deep acceptance of self and others as the foundation of the practice is based upon non competition and non judgement. The whole class is meditative and we always concentrate or meditate at the start and close of a class, as the whole purpose of yoga is to develop a meditation practice and be able to sit comfortably as you meditate.
Each class includes asana (postures) pranayama (breathe control) mantra (chanting AUM and some other mantras) guided relaxation and meditation. The class is balanced between effort and allowing, yin and yang, the eight directional movements of the spine and practice of the six traditional paths…
The 6 Traditional Paths
‘Yoga’ is to come into Divine Union.
There are many ways in which one can merge into Oneness/Divine Union. Akhanda Yoga inspires us to combine the practice of all six traditional paths to attain Oneness/Union/Yoga/Yoking.
Akhanda Yoga revives the whole meaning of Hatha Yoga; ‘Ha’ is Sanskrit for ‘Sun’ whilst ‘Tha’ is for ‘Moon’. Ha-tha refers to the union of Sun and Moon energy which can be attained through the clearing of the energy pathways in the body. The Ida (Moon) and Pingala (Sun) nadis are energy pathways which begin at the base of the spine in Muladhara Chakra (Root energy centre also known as Shakti energy) and travel up the spine to meet between the eyebrows at Ajna Chakra (Divine Union energy centre also known as Siva energy). Akhanda Yoga balances the Ida and Pingala nadis with asana, pranayama, breathe retention and bandhas (locks) to channel vital energy up the Shushumna nadi which travels up the spine between the Ida and Pingala nadis. Ida and Pingala weave and create Chakras (energy centres) which all hold different energies that we experience in our lives.
Akhanda Yoga teaches us that we have subtler layers to our being than just the physical body. We have a physical layer, an emotional layer, an energetic layer, a mental layer and a blissful layer. Akhanda Yoga allows us to access Anandamaya Kosha (the blissful layer) repeatedly, and when we do this regularly it has profound positive impact on the lives of our self, our family, friends, community, world and cosmic space.
Akhanda Yoga gives us tools to go beyond the mind, through various concentrative techniques and channelling energy up through the spine to attain Divine Union/Oneness/Yoga.
My aim is to guide you back to your blissful layer of self again and again, whilst teaching you how to attain and maintain it for yourself.
The bliss layer has tremendous healing powers, and when we rest in our bliss we heal our whole self on a deep and profound level.
This is the magic of Akhanda Yoga!
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