Anahata (ah-na-HA-ta) is the Sanskrit word for the heart chakra. It means unbeaten, unstruck. Anahata Yoga is the yoga of the awakening Heart.
In cultivating and drawing on the energy of the heart center,
we experience a profound change. Our interpretation of the world and ourselves comes into
alignment with the sacredness of life. In the unfolding of the heart, we transcend our separate, limited ego to find a less selfish, more natural love of ourselves, other people, and the world around us – or, rather, to move in that direction, as this spiritual development is gradual but ultimately is the meaning of our life.
We may change our minds many times a day, but when we hear of someone having had a change of heart we know something great has happened.
Anahata Yoga supports our inborn desire to live in grace, at home within ourselves, shaping the unfoldment of our lives with spiritual meaning. The practice of the asanas invites grace, peace, happiness, and strength to change us for the better and to flow through us unobstructed so that we may touch the lives around us as we would most wish.
Anahata Yoga practice is a flowing meditation in motion that combines posture, breath, relaxation, and prayer. By repeating the simple physical practice, we become sensitized to the variations in the body, in our emotions, in the river of life as we flow along. In the simplest way, we rebuild our connection with what is most important using the tools always available to us: breath, heart, body, and awareness.
The founder of Anahata Yoga, Ana Costa, says, “The idea of creating a flow around opening the heart center
came to me while studying the teachings of my guru, Paramahansa Yogananda. I read, ‘It is slow but sure suicide
to walk, sit, rest, talk or lie down with a caved-in chest. The cells of the lungs become starved thereby, and
maladjustments of the vertebrae often occur.’ Because of the strong impact this statement had on me, I decided that the focus of what I wanted to offer in my yoga classes would be opening the heart center.”
Anahata Yoga is unique in the way it combines the best aspects of yoga practice. First and foremost, it focuses on the Heart. It links all movement to breath. The meditative state is maintained throughout the flow. There are regular periods of quiet to integrate benefits, settle thought, and allow awareness. The ultimate effects of the practice are not merely physical, but extend to the spiritual and emotional, bringing the whole person into a state of balance.