Ananda Yoga is a gentle, rather than an aerobic, form of hatha yoga. It is suitable for all ages and body types. Ananda Yoga releases stress, relaxes the body, and helps redirect energy inward to expand and elevate consciousness. It is physically and spiritually revitalizing, an invaluable aid for those who also want to practice meditation. A unique feature of Ananda Yoga is the use of affirmations with each pose to further enhance the mental, spiritual, and physical benefits. Classes are suitable for all levels of skill, from beginner to advanced, unless noted. Ananda Yoga is part of a larger system of Raja Yoga, which includes techniques of energization and meditation, including Kriya Yoga.