Throughout 2012 I adamantly held to my technical knowledge in alignment and biomechanics, which I had gathered and developed for over 25 years, as I disagreed with Desi’s postural ideas on a weekly basis. For decades I have been in search of an elegant set of alignment principles for a universal ‘optimal blueprint’ for the human body. From 1997 to 2012 I consistently adhered to a set of Universal Principles of Alignment, which I taught as Anusara yoga around the world to tens of thousands of students in 26 countries.
I have always been looking for a universal alignment pattern in the human posture that is most optimal and healing. Anusara was the product of years of intense study and system development on my part to establish an accessible set of therapeutic alignment principles for anyone. Until I finally comprehended Desi Springer’s optimal template ideas, I thought that Anusara was the most effective and accessible alignment system that I knew of.
The Anusara principles certainly had efficacy, and were understandable and reproducible to a bright group of students worldwide. If I would have known of a better, more therapeutic, more health-enhancing alignment method, then I would have practiced and taught that method as fully as I could. I practiced Anusara yoga and taught it for 15 years because I thought that it was the best integration of a heart-felt, intelligent, and highly effective asana practice for the masses and myself. The alignment principles that I developed and organized as Anusara yoga were the most effective and accessible that I believed I could present at that time.
I sincerely thought that the universal alignment principles could help any student more fully approximate their optimal blueprint for the highest benefit physically-mentally-spiritually. Anusara was successful on many levels, and a lot of good was created over the world for 15 years, so I am proud of my work with the universal principles of alignment. Now post-Anusara, I am very enthusiastic for the future because the new optimal template of Sridaiva is radically evolved from my previous work and is exponentially more therapeutic and effective in re-patterning somatic body-mind habits and tendencies.