Akhanda Yoga employs the traditional yoga anatomy to guide students to experience all five koshas (layers/sheaths) in each class. The student’s physical alignment prompts a corresponding internal alignment, allowing the physical body to open and connect to the cosmic body. One’s awareness deepens and expands to include all layers of the self: physical, pranic, mental/emotional, intuitive, and pure awareness. Classes are designed to draw awareness to specific koshas (layers) and guide students to experience their practice through all of these five levels of being for different purposes.
The assumption here is not that the class is more advanced if it is more physically demanding. All classes can be practiced at different levels of physical intensity from moderate to dynamic. A practice becomes advanced when the practitioner experiences it at deeper levels of awareness. Checkpoints, or the method of approaching a physical posture from a safety point of view, are important as foundational touchstones. As yoga is fundamentally an experiential, inner inquiry, students are encouraged both to be aware of checkpoints, and to explore how the posture feels and manifests in their body during any given yoga experience. Each class is themed with an intention to further encourage the student’s inward journey.