SATYANANDA YOGA® is an internationally renowned system of yoga developed by Swami Satyananda Saraswati and his lineage. It incorporates practices derived from ancient and traditional sources, adapted to suit the needs of contemporary living:
- asanas (postures) to balance the body and mind through the physical body
- pranayama (breathing practices) to work on the energy body (equated with Ki or Chi in other systems)
- deep relaxation (Yoga Nidra) and meditation to understand, calm and focus the mind
- it also takes a broader outlook by teaching and encouraging yogic lifestyles
Satyananda Yoga® includes Hatha and Raja Yoga and adopts the attitudes of Jnana Yoga (the path of knowledge), Bhakti Yoga (the path of heart and emotion) and Karma Yoga (the path of service). The integration of these forms of yoga enables the practitioners to frame all aspects of their lives, according to their needs, in a way which is conducive to spiritual growth.
Satyananda Yoga is a step-by-step approach that incorporates the whole person, not just the body. Emphasis is placed on developing awareness and practitioners are encouraged to learn about all aspects of their personality through Yoga. Change is a process that takes place naturally as a consequence of regular practice with full awareness, rather than by forcing the mind and body to the limit and beyond.
Satyananda Yoga does not adhere to any dogma or religious beliefs. It provides everybody, regardless of social, racial, political or religious background, with tools for health, peace of mind and an inspired vision for their lives. Practitioners of Satyananda Yoga are of all ages, levels of fitness and come from many walks of life.
You can read more about Satyananda Yoga on the European Satyananda Yoga Family (ESYF) website.