This integral approach highlights the diverse toolkit of techniques and wisdom that the yoga tradition has to offer. Akhanda means indivisible, entire, whole, and each class includes a blend of asana, pranayama, mantra, relaxation and meditation, as well as a theme linking the practice to contemplations from the yogic scriptures. When understood and practiced holistically, yoga becomes even more beneficial and helpful in bringing harmony and balance to our lives, families and to society.
Akhanda Yoga sequences work on all of the directional movements of the spine in each class and offer a balance of effort and allowing, solar and lunar practices, yin and yang. During challenging postures, students are encouraged to smile or find the inner smile, thus making non-competition and contentment true aspects of the practice. Akhanda classes also balance a commitment to alignment with guidelines for inner inquiry, cueing and silence. As yoga is an experiential journey, once established in posture and breathing techniques, students are guided to cultivate deeper levels of awareness.
Through Akhanda Yoga Online you can access a variety of themed Akhanda I, II and III classes graded by level of physical intensity from moderate to dynamic. A moderate Akhanda I class can be practiced by an experienced student with a deep level of awareness. Once you have a foundation in posture and breathwork, you can choose from a number of Vishva-ji’s unique Classical Kundalini, Hatha-Raja and Five Koshas classes. The site also features guided pranayama, Yoga Nidra and meditation sessions, mantra and philosophy teachings and yoga for specific wellness concerns, including a section on Yoga for Women’s Health.
Classical Kundalini is a truly unique style developed by Yogrishi Vishvketu in 2003 to initiate students into Tantra Yoga. Classes focus on the subtle energy systems of the body and work to balance the solar and lunar channels. They feature asana, oscillating movements, Tantric and Vedic Bija mantras, chakra visualizations, and dynamic pranayama techniques to clear the energy passageways and chakras, aligning you with cosmic prana. You will come away with greater clarity, vitality, and peace.
Hatha-Raja is another very special class style developed by Yogrishi Vishvketu in 2003. Classes offer a sequence of moderate postures practiced in a slow and mindful way in conjunction with Brahmaree Pranayama (honey-bee breath) and conclude with a natural meditation. Performing Brahmaree during postures helps to lengthen the breath and releases stress at a cellular level. The postures chosen influence the pineal and pituitary glands of the brain, which balances the hormonal system and calms and uplifts the mind, bringing you more easily into meditation.
Yogrishi Vishvketu designed this profound class style in 2005. Five Koshas classes explore and deepen your connection to the five layers of being, physical, pranic, mental/emotional, intuitive, and pure awareness. By repeating a short sequence three times, these classes focus on individual layers, gradually bringing your awareness inside and allowing you to go deeper and deeper until all that remains is bliss.
Pranayama roughly translates from Sanskrit as “extension of prana (breath/life force)”. The breath is our main source of life energy and in yoga, pranayama techniques are used to raise, balance, and expand the field of that energy. In these classes you will have the opportunity to learn more about the practice and purpose of diverse pranayama techniques, such as Anuloma Viloma, Kapalabhati, and Brahmaree, each with their own unique benefits ranging from calming to cleansing and energizing. You will come away with more confidence to include pranayama in your home practice.
Yoga Nidra, or “yogic sleep” is a meditative practice that brings students into a state of complete relaxation between waking and sleeping. The Akhanda approach to Yoga Nidra directs your awareness to each part of the body, alternating right and left, through the medium of the third-eye. This balances the hemispheres of the brain and cultivates intuition. Setting an intention enhances the practice and assists in manifesting deep wishes and purifying outmoded habits. Yoga Nidra is extremely beneficial for anyone suffering from stress, anxiety, insomnia or alienation.