What we do
The Satyananda Yoga Academy Europe (SYAE) has a clear mission: to spread yoga throughout the continent, and maintain the integrity of Swami Satyananda’s original teachings.
We offer courses for students who want to deepen their yoga practice and use it to enhance the quality of their daily interactions. We also train those who want to teach.
How our courses work
Our courses combine residential stays with several months of guided study and home practice. During residentials, students immerse themselves in a yogic routine; at home, they integrate practices into daily life.
Satyananda Yoga is a broad system that combines techniques from all branches of classical yoga. While it includes well-known classroom practices (such as asana, pranayama and meditation), it also emphasises the importance of lesser-known practices, such as karma yoga and bhakti yoga. The aim of Satyananda Yoga is not to master physical postures: it is to use the wide range of tools available to come to know ourselves better, to live a more harmonious life, and to fulfil our full potential.
What our courses do
Our courses help students to:
- explore a range of yogic practices
- become more self-aware
- identify techniques they can use for their own self-development
- develop self-discipline and establish a daily practice
How our courses were developed
Our courses are modelled on those taught at Bihar Yoga Bharati, the world’s first yoga university. They are rooted in traditional teachings, but they also include contemporary scientific theory. They reflect Swami Satyananda’s belief that yoga is a practical science that helps people manage the demands of a modern lifestyle.
Who our courses are for
Our yogic studies courses are for committed students who want to develop their experience of yoga and establish it as part of their daily life.
Our teacher training courses are for experienced students who want to transmit Swami Satyananda’s teachings faithfully.
We were established in 2004 under the inspiration of Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati. We belong to a global community of Satyananda Yoga academies that share the same purpose: to improve people’s quality of life through yoga.