Posts by Sandra Anderson

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Articles / Wisdom
The Secret Life of Asana
A change in our approach to familiar asanas can awaken sensitivity to the inner dimensions of our being, anchor our awareness in the subtle reality of the body, and free our mind from its habitual tendencies.
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Classes / Pose Tutorial
Svastikasana: An Auspicious Posture for Meditation
Hailed by yogis as one of the foremost postures described in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, svastikasana (auspicious pose) is ideal for meditation and pranayama practices. In this short tutorial, Sandra Anderson teaches key actions for finding alignment in this pose. Gather any props that might be helpful and join along to find your perfect meditation seat. Format: Video with audio download Length: 5 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Classes / Pose Tutorial
Modified Bharadvajasana
Classical twisting postures can be challenging, particularly if we have tightness or other difficulties in the hips, sacroiliac joint, or lower back. Join Sandra Anderson to learn a variation of bharadvajasana (twisting pose named after the sage Bharadvaja) that offers the same key benefit of the classical posture: invigorating the inner fire at the navel center, which according to the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, destroys all illnesses in the body. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Talks / Wisdom
Anandamaya Kosha: Bliss Body
Joy, happiness, delight, bliss—according to the yogic kosha model, all of these desirable feelings emanate from our innermost sheath, the anandamaya kosha (bliss body). In this talk, Sandra Anderson describes the anandamaya kosha and shares how our yoga practice can allow us to experience our innate inner blissfulness and tap into our highest reverence for all of life. Format: Video with audio download Length: 9 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Classes / Relaxation
Systematic Muscle Relaxation in Shavasana
We all have habitual ways that we hold tension. Practicing systematic muscle relaxation helps us let go of the stress we accumulate in our daily lives and invites ease into the body and mind. In this practice, Sandra Anderson guides us to soften and release tension as we move our awareness throughout the inner space of the body. This relaxation serves as a complete stand-alone practice and as an excellent preparation for meditation. Format: Audio streaming with audio download Length: 11 min
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Sandra Anderson
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Classes / Yoga
Yoga Class to Combat Sitting (Level 2)
We’re all familiar with the discomforts that can arise in the body and mind from sitting in front of our devices: a forward head posture, rounded shoulders, and an overall sense of sluggishness, to name a few. Through our yoga practice, we can begin to remove stagnation and help offset these undesired effects. Join Sandra Anderson for this level two class that uses classical yoga postures to reinvigorate the body and mind and counteract the effects of prolonged sitting. Format: Video with audio download Length: 51 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Talks / Wisdom
Vijnanamaya Kosha: Wisdom Body
The vijnanamaya kosha, or wisdom body, corresponds to the executive functioning of the mind—our discrimination, intuition, and intelligence. Learn why working with this aspect of the mind is essential to any yoga practice, and discover how yogic tools allow us to improve its functioning so that we can move further inward to the center of our being—the core of consciousness itself. Format: Video with audio download Length: 7 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Classes / Yoga
Exploring the Bandhas
The esoteric focus of hatha yoga is the cultivation and redirecting of prana (subtle life energy). The bandhas (energetic locks) are one of hatha yoga’s most essential tools for accessing prana, revitalizing the body, and empowering the mind. The advanced practices of pranayama and meditation arise from the effortless and subtle application of the bandhas. In this 6-part workshop, explore the context and practice of the three major bandhas: mula bandha (root lock), uddiyana bandha (abdominal lock), and jalandhara bandha (chin lock), and take your hatha yoga practice to the next level! Format: Multiple videos with audio download Length: 1 hr, 19 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Meditations / Breath & Prana
Finding Ease in Breath & Body: A Guided Meditation
A systematic practice of meditation begins with cultivating a posture that is both physically and energetically supportive. Join Sandra Anderson for this brief guided meditation that will set you up to experience ease in the body and the breath. Use this short practice to infuse your day with an inner sense of effortlessness. Format: Audio streaming with audio download Length: 3 min
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Sandra Anderson
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Articles / Wisdom
Satsanga: The Company of the Wise
Satsanga (keeping company with the wise) can give us a direct experience of illumination and inspiration, allowing us to see beyond the darkness of our fear, frustrations, and small-minded concerns. See how satsanga acts as the antidote for forces that pull us away from our own inherent joy, and how to find satsanga in our modern-day lives.
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Sandra Anderson
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Talks / Wisdom
Manomaya Kosha: Mental Body
From the yogic perspective, we are multidimensional beings encompassed in five koshas (sheaths). In this talk, Sandra Anderson introduces us to the manomaya kosha, or mental body—the dimension of our being that corresponds to manas (the thinking mind) and allows us to perceive the world through the senses. Tune in to learn how yogic tools quiet and stabilize the mental body so that we can begin to know the subtlest layers of our being—and ultimately, discover our true essence. Format: Video with audio download Length: 12 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Articles / Tantra
The Triune Body in Yoga Practice
According to the yoga tradition, a human being has three interpenetrating bodies—physical, subtle, and causal—each influencing the other. Every aspect of our yoga practice can shape and direct these three bodies to develop a foundation for powerful and lasting healing and awakening.
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Sandra Anderson