Om Namah Shivaya Gurave Mantra translation in English:
”I offer myself to the Light, who is the True Teacher
within and without (the teacher of all teachers),
Who assumes the forms of
Reality, Consciousness, and Bliss,
Who is never absent and is full of peace,
Independent in its existence,
It is the vital essence of illumination.”
This yoga mantra is the first part of the Niralambaya Upanishad.
The Anusara Yoga Invocation:
Anusara School of Hatha Yoga, also known as Anusara Yoga, is the successor of a modern school of hatha yoga originally started by American-born yoga teacher John Friend in 1997.
Anusara Yoga is rooted in a non-dual philosophy that takes the premise that we are all inherently good. Anusara may also be the most spiritual of the different types of yoga, as it focuses on looking inward, and seeing the light within yourself and others.
The practice of Anusara is broadly categorized into 3 parts, known as the Three A’s:
- Alignment, according to Friend, is the “mindful awareness of how various parts of ourselves are integrated and interconnected.”Anusara’s Universal Principles of Alignment are refinements of this principle.
- Attitude, writes John Friend, is the “power of the heart as the force behind every action or expression in an asana.” It is “the aspiration to reawaken to our divine nature and the celebration of life.”
- Action, according to John Friend, is the “natural flow of energy in the body, which provides both stability and joyful freedom.”
A regular Anusara yoga practice makes the body more flexible and stronger, heals injuries faster and evens out imbalances that naturally exist in the body.