Akhanda Foundations classes offer a moderate sequence of the most familiar and accessible postures and breathing techniques, and can be enjoyed by both beginning and continuing students. These classes introduce the basic principles of alignment, breath, sound, yogic thought and relaxation. You will come away with tools to help you move with greater ease, and use breath both to uplift and calm your whole system.
Akhanda Intermediate is designed to inspire intermediate students through more dynamic asana, pranayama, mantra and longer meditations. These techniques work synergistically to deepen your exploration of the body/mind connection, release blockages and cleanse outmoded thought patterns. This practice aims to heighten your energetic awareness, and to balance and expand the flow of prana.
Akhanda Advanced, sometimes referred to as Akhanda Flow, provides unique and dynamic sequences woven through the sun salutation. As all Akhanda Yoga practices are balanced, the intensity of strong uplifting asana toward the beginning of a class are mirrored by surrendering, grounding postures at the resolution. Classes also further explore the bandhas and breath retention for the direction and expansion of prana. Mantra and yogic aphorisms are used as themes that run through the class and anchor the final meditation.
Akhanda classes all use a theme to weave yogic aphorisms through the class and the final meditation or contemplation. In these philosophy sessions, we will explore various aspects of the broader yoga tradition in greater detail, its mystics, poets, and teachers from the Vedas, Ayurveda, the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Yoga Sutras to modern-day teachings. In short, manageable lessons, you will gain an appreciation of these rich and diverse teachings and how they relate to every-day life and practice.
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.
Specialized classes are designed to target one specific area of concern such as stress, diabetes or back care. They still provide a balanced Akhanda approach, while emphasizing posture, breath, sound and meditation techniques that are especially beneficial for a specific area of wellness.
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. There are also a number of Kundalini class in our Live section!
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.
The classes in this section are designed to promote women’s hormone health or are tailored for a specific time in a woman’s life, such as pregnancy or menopause. They feature gentle, nurturing sequences with a graceful, feminine feel. They balance the solar and lunar energies and often specifically the second chakra. Visualizations and mantras may elicit feminine icons such as Durga.
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.
Inner Reprogramming is a new class style designed by Yogrishi Vishvketu to help release anxiety and stress, and to re-align the whole being. In this practice, movements are slowed to help you drop into the moment and focus closely on harmonizing breath with movement. Culminating with alternate-nostril breathing, this approach calms the body and mind drawing you into a naturally clear, meditative state.
This posture library features individual poses: how to perform and modify the poses, their benefits and contraindications, as well as how they influence the chakras. This section is a great resources for students and teachers to hone their understanding of these techniques.
Mantra are powerful phrases that act to focus and uplift the mind. Vishva-ji says they are like an antibiotic purifying negative emotions. Mantra classes introduce you to some of the Vedic, Upanishadic and Tantric verses chanted in Akhanda classes. First, we will present the meaning and source of the mantra. Then, you will learn to pronounce each word individually, line-by-line and as a whole, improving your confidence in bringing mantra into your daily practice.
Yogic cooking is vegetarian food that is non-harming and uplifting to your energy system. This is called Sattvic food, and is light, easy to digest and ideal for yoga and meditation. Join these fun classes to learn new recipes and ways of cooking tasty, nourishing meals for the whole family.