It is a complete and balanced practice including asana, pranayama, relaxation, mantra and meditation as well as discussions and readings on the yogic lifestyle and yoga philosophy. This integral approach offers access to diverse teachings and techniques that the yoga system has to offer. When practiced and understood holistically, yoga becomes even more beneficial and helpful for humanity in bringing harmony and balance to our lives, families and to society.
Akhanda Yoga balances a commitment to body mechanics with guidelines for inner inquiry. Asnon is renowned for her joyful and compassionate teachings. During challenging postures, students are encouraged to smile or to find the inner smile, thus making non-competition and contentment true aspects of the practice.
Balance means including diverse aspects of the yoga tradition, balancing all of the directional movements of the spine in every class, as well as balance of effort and allowing, of yin and yang. The seamless flow created avoids any extraneous movements, and prevents disbalanced flexibility and disbalance or loss in the Pranic energy system.
Ha-Tha refers to the union of sun and moon, or Ida and Pingala nadis. Through the balance of right and left energy channels, the union of prana and apana, through the proper use of breath retention and bandhas, one can channel vital energy up the shushumna nadi and attain expanded consciousness, or realization. Hatha is thus a Tantric code word for the route to enlightenment through the manipulation of energy pathways in the Pranic body.
Hatha Yoga does not denote a class-style or pedagogic approach, but is a heritage path of yoga informing us on the techniques and physical and subtle workings of: satkarma, asana, pranayama, mudra, pratyahara, dhyana, samadhi. The name Akhanda Yoga is a clear expression of an integrated pedagogic approach, drawing together aspects of the yoga tradition for a modern class context.
The six traditional paths.
Akhanda is a unique combination which includes a balance of teaching, discussion and practice of six traditional paths of yoga.
Techniques in kriya, asana, bandha, pranayama, mudra and meditation.
Vedanta philosophy and the concept of Oneness as the essential reality of the universe.
RAJA / ASHTANGA YOGA
Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras: mindfulness, meditation, and the eight-fold path.
The use of Vedic mantras for clarity and peace.
Discernment of right action, and responsive versus reactive action.
Kirtan chanting, contemplation of devotional aphorisms and the attitude of surrender.
- A class that balances all of the directional movements of the spine ~ flexion, extension, lateral flexion, rotation, grounding and levitating.
- In all of the stations ~ standing, crouching, sitting, laying on the belly, laying on the back, arm balances and inversions.
- A balance between yang and yin ~ effort and allowing, in postures, meditation and life.
- A teaching that offers studies in the diverse toolkit of yoga techniques: asana, pranayama, mantra, visualisation, relaxation and meditation.
- A teaching that uses themes to bring the philosophies of the wider yoga tradition into classes as a thread that also helps guide the sequencing and dialogue for that class.
- A balance between cueing checkpoints for safety and allowing for inner inquiry. Some element of body mechanics is needed for safety and increased body awareness; however, if we over mechanise the postures, we limit the students’ freedom to explore the micro-movements they can make within the normal range, as well as to explore the subtle prana, and their own inner experience in any given moment.
Akhanda (holistic) Yoga
Akhanda is a holistic yoga teaching approach
In this class you will explore:
- A balance of yin/yang postures, and other diverse aspects of yoga such as pranayama, mantra, relaxation, visualisation and meditation.
- A theme which ties yogic wisdom into the sequence of the day and/or to the progression towards a peak pose. For example, open hips ~ open heart; or forward bends and releasing outmoded ways of being.
- A balance between structural cues and inner inquiry, so that participants can explore their own breath, body and experience within that range of safe movement.