Ananda in the Himalayas, Narendra Nagar, Uttarakhand

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Yoga and Meditation


Yoga at Ananda is completely pure and traditional in form, stemming from the roots of Hatha yoga and adapting it to suit individual needs. It is a disciplined science encompassing all aspects of life in different ways and levels to balance the mind, body and spirit. This helps us to restore perfect health and leads us from consciousness to super consciousness, resulting ultimately in eternal bliss or Sat-Chitt - Ananda which is the aim of Yoga.

Experienced Yoga teachers at Ananda Spa are trained to understand your personal objectives and goals during your stay at Ananda and beyond. They will then design a specific yoga and meditation program for you to assist you through your journey of life, balancing your being and assisting you to achieve health and well being.


Where Yoga Classes are Conducted
Ma Anandamayi Abode – A renowned spiritual figure around the world, Ma Anandamayi was respected for her propagation of universal love and brother/sisterhood. The Maharajah of Garhwal, a highly spiritual person, invited her to bless his Palace with her presence. The Maharajah made a very special abode for Ma Anandamayi, overlooking the Ganges valley, where she worked to set up her Ashram. Outside her abode, parishioners regularly congregated to receive her and to listen to discourses on spirituality and ‘darshan’. The profound sense of tranquility and peace, the legacy of Ma Anandamayi’s all-pervading love, continues to linger in this vicinity. The Abode is a preferred venue for personal meditation.

Yoga Pavilion - A majestic open-air marbled floored shelter with gold leaf ceiling frescoes, it is surrounded by a still and peaceful water pool. Situated at the south end of the expansive Palace Lawn, the intimate setting receives the best sunset views and is ideal for individual instruction or private meditation. The sound of the resident flautist draws the evening stroller to this magical setting.

Viceregal Hall – Nestled atop a Sal Tree valley, this area is ideal for the more active forms of Yoga. A tranquil hillside garden is tucked just outside, along the valley’s ridge – a perfect refuge for Himalayan tea after an invigorating Yoga session, or for peaceful meditation.

Winter Garden – Adjacent to the Ma Anandamayi Abode, this outdoor area overlooks a dense grove of Sal Trees. The peaceful air of the spiritual leader’s former presence here enhances any Yoga session.


Ananda Yoga
Ananda Yoga enhances the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual qualities of guests utilising three branches of Yoga: Hatha, Kriya and Raja. Beginners and experienced participants are encouraged to experience a higher level of personal contentment through individualised practice incorporating devotion, dedication and discipline to one’s lifestyle.

The ancient Yogic Indian philosophy is a disciplined way of living, encompassing all aspects of life, in different ways and levels to balance the mind and body. Ananda Yoga acquires a special meaning in the setting of a natural Himalayan Sal Forest and the environs of India’s first lifestyle destination spa, located in the picturesque birthplace of India’s ancient arts of yoga, meditation and ayurveda.

Guests may experience the deep meditative calm of the outdoors through individual spiritual sessions. They are able to focus on the inner self with a daily rhythm enhanced by the resources afforded by the entire destination spa. Novice and advanced Yogis will find their lifestyle enhanced with assistance from the following sessions.


Beginners Yoga Session
Resident yoga instructors customise this one-hour session for the guests to experience the inner and outer being through focus on simple movements of the Asana (postures), Mudras (gestures), Pranayama (deep breathing) and Dhyana (meditation). Classes are offered, such as: Shavasana (crope pose), Bhujangasana (cobra pose) Paschimatanasana (back stretching pose), Vakrasana (spinal twist) Tadasana (palm tree pose) Nadi Shodhan (psychic network purification) and Ujjai Pranayam (the psychic breathing).

Intermediate Yoga Session
The one-hour intermediate yoga session is designed according to individual needs. The guest experiences the inner and outer being and focus on movements of the Asana (postures), Mudras (gestures), Pranayama (deep breathing) and Bandha (lock). Classes are offered, such as: Surya Namaskar, Yogamudra, Asana and Pranayama.

Advance Yoga Session
The one-hour advance yoga session is designed to focus on the intensity of holding advance asanas and pranayamas. The session is designed according to individual needs. The guest experiences the inner and outer being and focus on movements of the Asana (postures), Mudras (gestures), Pranayama (deep breathing) Kriya and Bandha (lock). Classes are offered, such as: Asana, Kriya Tratak, Yoga Mudra, Nauli, Kapalabhati, Bhastrika and Uddiyana.

Ananda Sadhana
Ananda Sadhana focuses on Pranayama (breathing), Asana and Dhayana (meditation). The flow of Prana (air) is channelled, stimulating the reflexes and helps to stabilize the mind and overcome hypertension, anxiety, stress and high blood pressure. With experience and guidance, the Prana can be used for healing as well as achieving a primal state of being.

Personalised Sessions
Resident yoga instructors customise this one-hour session according to specific individual needs. The session focuses on detailed consultation and briefing to the guests on their specific needs. Examples of personalised sessions include: meditation, talk on yogic diet, chanting with mantras and power yoga.


Other Yoga Forms
Hatha Yoga ( 60 minutes )
In this Individualised Hatha Yoga session you will receive attention with dialogue and adjustments specifically tailored for your needs. Each posture has manual adjustments which will help you to understand the relationships between the muscle groups and body parts being engaged. To develop a deeper understanding of how your body engages in each posture, the instructor guides your awareness to specific areas to enhance your body’s natural intuition.

Gatyatmak Yoga ( 60 minutes )
Gatyatmak yoga offers a challenge to intermediate and advanced levels of Yoga practitioners. The traditional Hatha yogic postures chosen in the session are dynamic in nature. The entire session revolves around two traditional dynamic sequences of postures known as Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutation) and Chandra Namaskara (Moon salutation). These two highly effective practices focus primarily on rhythm, dynamism and vitality of the body-mind system.

Kriya Yoga ( 75 minutes )
The very word Kriya means activity or movement, and in this context activity or movement of awareness or consciousness. Kriya yoga in relation to the Hatha yogic techniques such as asana (posture), Pranayama (breath-control), Mudras (yogic gestures), Bandhas (yogic energy locks) and various other yogic Shatkriyas (cleansing practices), unleashes and channelises the physical and more subtle psychic energies to attain the state of optimum health and spiritual awakening.

Advanced Pranayama with Bandhas ( 45 minutes )
This is an advanced form of Pranayama which is done with the energy locks to vitalize the system of Body and Mind. Pranayama with Bandha becomes very intense practice. It activates and regulates the ‘life force’ or prana and helps one to attain and experience higher state of vibratory energy.

Pranayama ( 30 minutes )
A stressful life-style has a profound effect on our breathing. In Pranayama the attention is on the breath. Pranayama literally means expansion of prana (Vitality). Various techniques of Pranayama rectify the faulty patterns of breathing. It removes the blockages from the subtle energy channels and enhances the level of vitality and relaxation.

Yoga Nidra ( 45 minutes )
A stressful life-style has a profound effect on our breathing. In Pranayama the attention is on the breath. Pranayama literally means expansion of prana (Vitality). Various techniques of Pranayama rectify the faulty patterns of breathing. It removes the blockages from the subtle energy channels and enhances the level of vitality and relaxation.

Chakra Shuddhi ( 45 minutes )
Chakra Shuddhi means ‘purification of the energy/ psychic centres’. It is one of the very important techniques of Kundalini Yoga. Chakras are the subtle energy centres present in the psychic body. Chakra Shuddhi cleanses the entire chakra system through guided awareness and psychic mantras. It helps to solve the different issues related with the chakras, which bring about a deep transformation or wholeness in personality.

Antar Mouna ( 45 minutes )
Antar Mouna or “Inner Silence” is a very systematic technique which deepens the insight into the processes of mind and develops skills to manage it. This meditation technique gives a deep insight into the area of mental tensions and emotional turbulence and helps one to take a step towards inner understanding and henceforth attaining emotional and mental harmony within.

Ajapa Japa ( 45 minutes )
Ajapa Japa is the spontaneous awareness of the Mantra which is chanted psychically during the process of meditation. ‘Japa’ means repetition. ‘Ajapa’ means spontaneous repetition. Basis of Ajapa Japa is the repetition of the mantra with the movement of breath and awareness in psychic passages. This is an effective process to arrest the unnecessary flow of the thoughts.

Chidakasha Dharana ( 45 minutes )
Chidakasha comes from two roots; ‘Chit’ and ‘Akasha’. Chit means consciousness and akasha means ‘space/ field’. Chidakasha refers to space where all gross and subtle activities of the consciousness take place. Chidakasha Meditation uses the faculty of visualization to gradually deepen the awareness from the gross sensorial plane to subtle psychic and pranic dimensions.

Hridyakasha Dharana ( 45 minutes )
In Sanskrit hridaya means ‘heart’. Here heart represents the centre of subtle feelings and emotions. This highly psychotherapeutic technique of meditation allows releasing the suppressed impressions. This helps us to transcend the limitations of the limited mind and emotions and hence attain a state of emotional stability through inner exploration of the feelings.

Trataka ( 30 minutes )
In Sanskrit hridaya means ‘heart’. Here heart represents the centre of subtle feelings and emotions. This highly psychotherapeutic technique of meditation allows releasing the suppressed impressions. This helps us to transcend the limitations of the limited mind and emotions and hence attain a state of emotional stability through inner exploration of the feelings.

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