'When head, heart and hands unite, an ordinary moment can become divine.' Swami Niranjananda Saraswati
Daniele Dreyer (Danaroopa)
Satyananda Yoga is a fusion of tried and tested
yogic and tantric techniques, the purpose of
which is to bring about changes on a physical,
mental, pranic and spiritual level in the practitioner.
Satyananda Yoga classes are taught in a clear,
systematic method. From simple physical yoga
postures to esoteric meditation and energy practices, the Satyananda Yoga tradition has kept alive and passed on transformative techniques that have been practised and proven for thousands of years.
When you go to a Satyananda Yoga class, you will experience not just practices
that focus on the physical body, but also energy practices, relaxation and
concentration or meditation practices. This holistic system recognises that we are
made up of body, mind, emotions, energy and spirit, and all these aspects are
considered when formulating a class plan.
Unique to Satyananda Yoga are the physical pawanamuktasana series of movements
which are particularly beneficial for those suffering from arthritic/rheumatic conditions
and which can inspire both beginners and experienced students alike. They help
improve digestion and stimulate the flow of pranic energy. Yoga Nidra deep relaxation
is also a hallmark of Satyananda Yoga; it is derived from the ancient tantric system of nyasa
and has been adapted by Swami Satyananda for the modern age.
Yoga is ....
In his lifetime Swami Satyananda inspired millions
of people worldwide to follow the yogic path in
search of self-realisation and enlightenment. And
although he consciously left his body and reached
Maha Samadhi in December 2010, he still continues
to inspire and enlighten by the profound teachings
he has passed on to his followers.
His path began at the age of 6 when he started to have spiritual experiences.
These experiences were recognised and confirmed by sages and sadhus who passed
through his village on pilgrimage to the Himalayas, and they in turn inspired in him an intense
desire to reach the same spiritual heights.
At 19 he left home and searched for and found his guru (spiritual master)
Swami Sivananda in Rishikesh. For 12 years he devoted himself to Swami Sivananda
and followed with faith his guru’s one command: ‘Work hard and you will be
purified. You don’t have to bring the light; the light will unfold from within
you.’ And this is what happened. He gained an enlightened understanding of the
secrets of spiritual life and became a great authority on hatha yoga, tantra and
After these 12 years, he became a sadhu and travelled extensively through
Afghanistan, Burma, Nepal and Ceylon meeting many saints and yogis. He spent a
lot of time in seclusion when he formulated and perfected yogic techniques
needed to alleviate human suffering.
In 1963 he founded the International Yoga Fellowship Movement and settled in
Munger, Bihar founding the Bihar School of Yoga. In 1968 he travelled the world
imparting these ancient yogic techniques. That is how he became recognised
worldwide as a leading exponent of yoga and tantra, guiding millions of
spiritual seekers and inspiring many ashrams and centres throughout the world in
In 1984 he founded the Yoga Research Foundation and Sivananda Math to assist
the underprivileged. Renouncing his mission in 1988, and handing over to his
successor Swami Niranjananda, he retreated into his own intense sadhana
(spiritual practice) in Rikhia, Bihar. Here he took on the Sankalpa (resolution)
Peace, Plenty and Prosperity for his neighbours. This part of his mission was
taken up by Swami Satyasangananda Saraswati who continues to run the charitable
institutions of Sivananda Math, Sivananda Ashram and Rikhiapeeth.
Declaration of Freedom
Whatever may seem to bind or limit you, declare yourself free from it
There is nothing in the outer world, no person, no condition and no
circumstance which can take away the freedom that is yours in spirit.
Instead of wishing that you were free to live your life differently, accept
the truth that right now you are free
Free to change your thinking, free to change your outlook on life, free to be
all that you long to be.
Make this day a day of freedom, spiritual freedom.
Declare yourself free from anxiety and fear, free from any belief in lack or
Swami Satyananda Saraswati
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Swami Niranjananda Saraswati
Swamiji was born in 1960 in central India
and was recognised as a ‘balyogi’, a yogi
from birth. At the age of 4, Swami Niranjan
began his ashram training with Swami Satyananda
and was initiated into Dashnami Sannyasa in 1970.
From the age of 11, and for the next 11 years, he travelled extensively throughout the world
where he helped to establish ashrams and yoga centres in Europe, Australia, and North
and South America.
He returned to India in 1983 to guide the activities of Bihar School of yoga,
the charitable institution of Sivananda Math and the Yoga Research Foundation.
In 1990 he was initiated as a Paramahamsa sannyasin - an honorific term given to
great adepts, and in 1993 anointed spiritual preceptor in succession to Swami
Dedicated to preserving and regenerating yoga as a science, he established
Bihar Yoga Bharati in 1994 an institute for Advanced Studies in Yogic Sciences
which has satellite academies throughout the world. He has written many classic
books on yoga, tantra and other sacred scriptures and in 2000 founded Yoga
Publications Trust. Now retired from ashram administration and national and
international travel, he has entered a new stage of sadhana and
Vision of Yoga
The Process of yoga begins by making us
it allows us to explore how we function in life and how
we develop the dormant, hidden potential within ourselves.
this is not achieved by a collection of practices which one does for an hour a
Real yoga is achieved not by what you practise but by how
Swami Niranjananda Saraswati
Yoga is Union
Yoga Stands for union. Union between the energies which are flowing in the body. Union between the lower mind and the higher mind; union between the lower self with the higher self .... with the practices of yoga you can achieve this. All the things that you are experiencing through the practices of yoga such as good health, peace of mind, clarity of mind, good perception - they are the side effects of yoga. But they are not the aim of yoga ... the aim of yoga is union.
Swami Satyasangananda Saraswati