Anadi Anant is known as a Yoga, Meditation and Reiki Centre plus Gift Shop, but it is much more than that. Mrs Mishra's family tradition originates from Mithila in Northern India. For thousands of years the guardians of the Vedic tradition (Sanatana Dharma or Eternal Tradition) in this region of Northern India have been the Maithil Brahmins. Mrs Mishra comes from a very emminent family of Maithil Brahmins; one that can trace its ancestry back more than twenty-five generations according to official records, and even further back according to the family's own records.
Mrs Mishra was raised within an orthodox Maithil Brahmin family and studied under the guidance of her father, the late Dr Jayakant Mishra for more than fifty years. Her father, grandfather and great grandfather were all emminent scholars, authors and university professors and from childhood she was immersed in this world of pandits and scholars, many of whom were Sanskrit scholars; in fact several of her family members hold M.A. degrees in Sanskrit and her elder brother, the late Professor R K Mishra was Head of the Sanskrit Department at Allahabad University.
The Anadi Anant Vidya Kendra in Allahabad, India is a Centre for Studies in the Eternal Traditions (Sanatana Dharma) set up by Mrs Mishra. Her father, the late Dr Jayakant Mishra was the inspiration behind this Centre and enjoyed visiting to keep a watchful eye on its development.
Mrs Mishra has degrees from both Benaras and Allahabad Universities and taught in India for several years before coming to the UK to establish Anadi Anant. She has appeared on All India Radio and currently has two books published one in Hindi and one in Maithili:
The main objective of Anadi Anant in the UK is to offer an authentic Indian tradition of Yoga. Yoga has many forms, such as Hatha, Bhakti, Gyana, Karma, Raja and Kriya etc. but all these forms grouped together under the heading of yoga are but one branch of the tree of Sanatana Dharma. Most teachers of yoga in the west teach only Hatha yoga, the physical postures performed on a yoga mat. This is fine as far as it goes, but it is merely an introduction to the real teachings and goal of yoga.
Mrs Mishra teaches Hatha yoga as a starting point to living a yogic lifestyle with Yoga, in the true sense of the word, as the goal and not the practice. Anant Yoga is a form of Raja Yoga which encompasses all forms of yoga.