Ananda Shakti

Definition - What does Ananda Shakti mean?

Ananda shakti is a Sanskrit term with ananda meaning “bliss,” “happiness” or “the bliss of wholeness,” and shakti meaning “the divine feminine creative energy.”

In yoga, ananda shakti may describe a kind of energy referred to as “energy of joy.” It is said in yogic philosophy that ananda shakti can only be experienced through relinquishing all personal and limiting desires. It may also be used to describe a type of yoga, Ananda Shakti yoga, which was developed by Ma Shakti Devi and is a Western form of Kundalini yoga.

Yogapedia explains Ananda Shakti

Ananda shakti is said to originate and culminate in love. This love is fueled by the deep understanding of the oneness of all beings and a true recognition that all are equal.

It is said that those who pursue selfish desires, while they are not doing anything inherently sinful, will not be able to access the state of higher consciousness that leads to an experience of ananda shakti. Instead, the yogi must develop the spiritual maturity to transcend their personal desires and find connection with the Divine within themselves and all beings. Yoga is considered a path to find this, particularly when the emphasis is on giving to others and sharing experience, such as through community practices, or kirtan.

Ananda Shakti yoga, as developed by Ma Shakti Devi, consists of a set of 30 distinctive mudras, asanas, mantras and visualizations. All classes of Ananda Shakti yoga will contain some form of samyama, or mental and emotional exercise that promotes self-healing or Self-realization.

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