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Introduction to Satyananda Yoga

Satyananda Yoga is an internationally renowned system of yoga developed by Swami Satyananda Saraswati and his lineage. It is a system of yoga that is firmly grounded in tradition and at the same time is deeply relevant to contemporary living.

Left to right: Swami Satyasangananda,
Swami Satyananda and Swami Niranjanananda

It incorporates the practices of asana (postures) to balance the body and mind through the physical body; pranayama (breathing techniques) to work on the energy body and meditation to calm and focus the mind. Satyananda Yoga offers a systematic step-by-step approach that aims to integrate all aspects of our being.

The Satyananda approach incorporates the whole person, not just the body with an emphasis on developing awareness. It includes not only Hatha Yoga, but also Jnana Yoga (the path of knowledge), Bhakti Yoga (the path of the heart and emotions) and Karma Yoga (the path of service) all of which help the practitioner to develop tools and skills to help on life’s journey.

Satyananda Yoga is a reflection of Swami Satyananda's life mission to distil the essence of yoga and make it meaningful in today's world.

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‘In Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, the first sutra is Atha yogah anushasanam, meaning "Now, the subtle disciplines of yoga." This sutra gives the direction in which yoga moves to provide the ability to observe and direct the mind with wisdom, knowledge and understanding. Ultimately, discipline is an expression of harmonized emotions and attitudes in a balanced personality’

Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati