301 Oak Street, Unit B
Salida, CO 81201
WELCOME TO YOGA ANANDA
Practicing yoga since the early 1990's and teaching in Salida, CO since 2019, Owner and Instructor, Anissa Caiazza, is compassionate and understanding of working through physical limitations. Her focus is on teaching a more subtle and gentle approach to yoga so that her students can learn to safely and comfortably move their bodies through life.
"I found that a slower, more conscious yoga practice is just as beneficial to my overall physical and mental well-being as is a more power or fitness-based approach. I learned to adapt to my body's ability at any given time and I will always be a student of my practice. It is my purpose to encourage movement and mindfulness in my students while strengthening our minds, bodies and spirits."
YOGA FOR EVERY BODY
Whether you have physical limitations, limitations in experience, want to explore a more subtle yoga practice or step your practice up a notch, these approachable yoga classes are inviting for every BODY.
Every BODY is unique in shape, size, strength, mobility, flexibility, energy level and ability. You know your body and our yoga classes are designed towards doing what makes sense for YOU in a safe and comfortable way. Our classes encourage you to explore and find gratitude for your body and its capabilities.
ANANDA~ A SYMBOL OF GREAT MEANING
The word 'yoga' means to yoke/join or union. Joining movement with breath, action with thought and awareness with intention to bring healing and peace to body, mind and spirit. “Ananda” in Sanskrit translates to Bliss; Happiness; The Joy is Within You.
Swami Kriyananda, founder of Ananda, had a vision of this symbol.
The mountain peak at the bottom symbolizes the soul’s aspiration toward higher power; the graceful upward curve of the slopes suggests joyous rather than merely arduous ascension.
The sweep upward and outward from the mountaintop, ending in the figure of a bird, symbolizes the Bird of Paradise—the human soul soaring upward and outward in joyous circles to embrace all beings in its quest for enlightenment.
The bird itself, is also like an arrow, its shape the complement of that of the mountain below. Thus, every upward aspiration of the soul is met by a corresponding descent of divine grace. The devotee should make a conscious effort to bring down into his daily life the peace and joy he attains in meditation.
The descending bird symbolizes the soul who, after finding higher power, descends again to help other aspiring souls. As Paramhansa Yogananda once said: “Lord, give Thyself that I may give Thee to all. That is the highest prayer.”
The river and the heart have been added as a salute to Salida, its special landmarks that we hold dear and this incredible community for inspiring Ananda in me.