Animalia Asana® sessions (either classes or workshops) are dedicated to the animal postures and accompanying animal-named/-themed/-based practices in yoga. The endeavour is to connect with our own animal nature and with non-human animals through being inspired as we travel through many yogic animal poses. Animalia Asana® sessions are infused with a mix of the animal biology (both human and non-human) and the animal-based spirituality or mythology of each asana. Workshops usually comprise a wider breadth and balance of Animalia Asana® practices, including the animal-named mudras, animal-oriented chanting and animal-based meditation.
The animal postures alone allow for a full and varied practice. They include forward folds, back bends, supine poses, prone poses, balances, standing poses, arm balances, inversions and twists – keeping movement in the human body in every way intended. They can be combined into restorative and physically demanding sequences, into slow and deep practices or flowing repetitions, organic sequences or set sequences… and in many other creative ways! Animalia Asana® sessions can also be dedicated to one particular animal posture and work towards preparing the human body for it as a peak posture in a session.
The shared intention set for each class is always in dedication to animals, offering inspiration, connection and compassion. Everyone is welcome – each posture can be adapted to suit everyone’s physical ability.
Most Animalia Asana® teachers tend to focus on sharing workshops for adults rather than regular classes; although, there are weekly classes taking place in Hungary and Fife, Scotland. But do get in touch if you are keen on a regular class, and we’ll see if one can be set up near you. You can find the following three classes currently on You Tube and more will be online soon:
- The Animalia Asana® Class
- Animalia Asana® Restorative
- Animalia Asana® – caring for the activist
A class tailored for animal activists/advocates who can be vulnerable to compassion fatigue or secondary post-traumatic stress.
Of course, there is also Animalia Asana® for Kids!
50% of all funds from the classes (just like all Animalia Asana® activities) go to both the not-for-profit FIAPO and the charity International Animal Rescue; the remaining 50% is reinvested into the voluntary Animalia Asana initiative.
See if you have an Animalia Asana® teacher near to you… we are willing to travel! Get in touch to arrange a class or workshop near you/at your centre. Animalia Asana® practices can be tailored to your needs (e.g., even for chair yoga).
Are you already a certified yoga teacher and feeling drawn to teach an official Animalia Asana® class or workshop to help spread further compassion towards animals, helping both people and animals? Why not complete our Animalia Asana® Specialization Training and do just that? You’ll become a lifelong member whilst you’re at it.
A stupendous 50% of all funds of each class (after expenses) go to charities FIAPO and International Animal Rescue. The remaining 50% is reinvested into the initiative. No wages are paid.
Animalia Asana® is an unincorporated voluntary association.