What is Yoga

Satyananda Yoga

Satyananda Yoga is a system of yoga developed by Swami Satyananda and his lineage which incorporates practices derived from ancient and traditional sources.

Swami Satyananda himself travelled the world for over 20 years sharing the inspiration of Yoga. During this time he wrote over 80 books on Yoga and Spirituality. He retired from public life in 1988and now lives in an Ashram (monastery) in the state of Bihar in Northern India. Here at the age of 85 he works with others to support the local community and improve their quality of life.

Satyananda Yoga uses practices in a traditional way, asanas (postures) to balance the body and mind through the physical body, pranayama (breathing practices) to work on the energy body (Ki or Chi in other systems) and meditation to calm the mind.

It also takes a broader outlook by teaching and encouraging a yogic lifestyle.

To this end Satyananda Yoga adopts the attitude of Gyana Yoga - the path of insight and wisdom, Dhyana Yoga – the path of meditation, BhaktiYoga – the path of the heart and Karma Yoga – the Yoga of proper action in the present moment.

The Satyananda approach thus incorporates the whole person, not just the body.

A Satyananda Class typically consists of asana (stretches), pranayama (breathing practices), meditation and relaxation or Yoga Nidra (a systematic relaxation of all layers of being) Students are encouraged to close their eyes during the practices in order to develop self awareness and to discourage competition.