Anusara Yoga founder kicking off workshop series 

John Friend, teacher and founder of Anusara Yoga, a hatha yoga school, kicked off his worldwide Dancing with the Divine tour this weekend in San Francisco with two sold-out workshops. Hatha yoga focuses on various physical poses. Friend’s school of yoga focuses on poses and breathing in attempt to connect with the heart. For more info, visit www.anusara.com.

What inspired you to begin this modern school of hatha yoga? The founding of Anusara yoga was a natural evolution of 25 years of practice and study. It was something that I thought of much in advance. After 25 years, I came to a point in my study that I was doing something that was different from other schools.

What will you go over during the workshops in San Francisco? This weekend, I’m teaching two different classes. The first is a mixed-level group. Each group gets a two-hour class per day. The second group is more of an advanced group. Usually that encompasses more yoga teachers. Its focus is on relationships and how to dance with all the different things we face in our life. ... Life is a dance.

Where will your event be held? All events will be held at the Jewish Community Center [3200 California St.].

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